Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Coffee Machines over the Years

All of us who have grown up seeing our cup of coffee being dispensed from coffee machines probably would not even know that there could be other methods of making coffee. Particularly those who are only used to instant coffee would wonder what the hullaballoo over coffee machines UK is.

Making a cup of coffee was a deceptively simple process for hundreds of years. Roasted and ground coffee beans were placed in a pot or pan, to which hot water was added, which was then covered by a lid to commence the infusion process. Till the early 20 th century, it was considered adequate to add ground coffee to hot water in a pot or pan, boil it until it smelled right, and pour the brew into a cup.

The first modern method for making coffee — drip brewing — is more than 125 years old, and its design changed little over the years. Coffee machines can be said to have originated with the biggin , in France around the beginning of the 19 th century. It was a two-level pot holding coffee in an upper compartment into which water was poured, to drain through holes in the bottom of the compartment into the coffee pot below. Around the same time, a French inventor developed the ‘pumping percolator', in which boiling water in a bottom chamber forces itself up a tube and then trickles (percolates) through the ground coffee back into the bottom chamber.

The first vacuum coffee maker was invented by Inez H. Pierce of Chicago, in 1930, which truly automated the vacuum brewing process, while eliminating the need for a stove top burner or liquid fuels. An electrically-heated stove was incorporated into the design of the vacuum brewer. Water was heated in a recessed well, which reduced wait times and forced the heated water into the reaction chamber. The impact of science and technological advances as a motif in post-war design was eventually felt in the manufacture and marketing of coffee and coffee machines . During the 1990s, consumer demand for more attractive appliances to complement expensive modern kitchens resulted in a new wave of redesigned coffee machines UK with a wider range of available colors and styles.

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