Filter coffee machines: Faqs and Myths
Dec 26, 2018

Before we talk about myths and faqs, let’s get our facts straight. Filter coffee tastes heavenly and there are no two ways about it. The authentic taste and top-class quality of filter coffee can be offered by very few types of coffee brews.

In fact, many people find the very experience of brewing filter coffee to be highly relaxing and meditative. But, the daily grind of work and running on a clock doesn’t leave us enough time to indulge in such relaxing activities. Yet, we love a good cuppa filter coffee every day and this is where filter coffee machines come to the rescue.

These machines are also called as drip coffee machines and mimic the way that filter coffee is brewed manually. A heating oil heats up water to a boiling point and sends it to the container that contains the ground coffee powder. The hot water drips through the coffee powder into the carafe while absorbing the full flavour of the coffee powder leaving behind the oils and the solids. The collected coffee can be had with added hot water, milk or cream as per personal preferences.

Sounds pretty straightforward, huh? Well, we would think so too. But, here are a few myths and faqs about filter coffee machines that people get confused with. Read on to know key pointers about filter coffee machines and get some clarity.

South Indian filter coffee and filter coffee are the same (Misconception)

The meaning of filter coffee is different in India. Although there are similarities between the two types of coffees at a basic level, they are essentially two different beverages. The South Indian filter coffee is brewed manually with the help of metal equipment that lets hot water collect the flavour of the coffee powder and drip into a collecting container. Milk and sugar are then added to this decoction and the beverage is swished back and forth to create airy froth on top of the beverage.

On the other hand, normal filter coffee machines are more mechanical and use a drip method to produce coffee that can be made into any type of beverage with milk, hot water or cream.

The ideal temperature for filter coffee (Faq)

It s often said that heating water to a higher temperature allows it to absorb more flavour from the coffee powder and hence increase the quality of obtained coffee. However, this is not true. Using actively boiling water is also not a great idea. The right temperature for water is just below boiling point. At this temperature, water will be able to extract the flavour of coffee without acquiring a burnt taste.

The taste of coffee produced by filter coffee machines (Faq)

Many people are confused about how the right kind of filter coffee tastes. The perfect cuppa has a light mouth feel because filter coffee contains very little coffee solids. The aroma is soothingly rich and a burnt smell indicates that the coffee is not rightly made. Filter coffee has a light consistency similar to the consistency of brewed tea.

Instant ‘filter’ coffee is a quick substitute to actual filter coffee (Myth)

No matter how much instant coffee brand claim that they can replicate the exact taste of filter coffee, it is highly unlikely to be true. This is because instant coffee powder is made under high pressure and this result in considerable loss of flavour. The authenticity of filter coffee comes from the way it is made and instant coffee powders cannot offer the same flavour as this.