April 22, 2022 3 min read
A coffee maker has only one task: to brew coffee. So, what is the difference between a good and a bad brewer, and which coffee maker should you really choose?
The vast majority of us are not baristas. We just want a coffee maker that makes good coffee, and that makes the job easiest and with the best possible cup of coffee for our investment.
Therefore, we at Wilfa have set up some points about the different things you should look for when you go to purchase a new coffee maker.
The fact that a coffee maker is approved by the European Coffee Brewing Center (ECBC) is a sign of quality in itself, and should be a minimum requirement when buying a new coffee maker.
ECBC sets, among other things, requirements for water temperature and contact time (the amount of time that the water is in contact with the coffee grounds can have a drastic effect on the flavour of your coffee). It is absolutely essential that the coffee maker works with the right water temperature from the first drop. At the same time, it is important that the water does not take too short or too long to flow through the coffee powder. With small deviations here, you quickly end up with either sour or bitter coffee.
Here you see an overview of our coffee makers, all of which are approved.
Drip stop is both practical and almost a necessity for a well-brewed coffee. First and foremost, it gives you the opportunity to stop the water supply to the flask completely, so that there is no spillage when you take the flask out of the funnel. This can also be useful if you want a long contact time.
At the same time, the more advanced coffee makers come with an adjustable drip stop that allows you to set the contact time by adjusting how fast the water flows through the filter holder. In this way, it doesn't matter if you're brewing a litre of coffee or a single cup; you still get the same delicious results.
Tip: Here you see our funnels that have both ECBC approval and drip stop.
A coffee maker that is left with coffee residues and water in it will after a short time begin to smell. While fresh coffee is an inviting and irresistible smell, stale coffee is much less enchanting! What's more, brewing coffee in a machine with any traces of stale coffee automatically gives freshly brewed coffee an unmistakeable taste of old coffee. Most coffee makers on the market today leave approximately 100ml of old water standing in the brewing unit. Therefore, you should always start by pulling some water through the funnel, or turning the funnel upside down, to get the old water residue out.
Tip: These funnels completely drain water and give you coffee brewed with fresh water from the first drop.
In addition to this, many people use the coffee pot to refill the water tank, risking old coffee leftovers contaminating the fresh water supply. Therefore, it is recommended to use a clean water jug if you do not have a removable water container. With a Wilfa coffee maker, the removable water tank makes it easy to pour out old and fill with fresh water. Additionally, our pump systems eliminate the risk of old water being left in the machines' pipes – emptying the funnel of water after each brew, so you get nothing but fresh, clean water every time.
In addition to the above points, there are several different features that can elevate your coffee brewing. The Wilfa Classic Plus gives a handy warning when the brewer requires cleaning.
Every coffee maker from Wilfa has a water container that tells you how much ground coffee you need in relation to your chosen amount of water, meaning perfect brewing ratios every time.
Wilfa's coffee makers also have a mixing lid with a spout that goes down into the coffee pot, to ensure that the coffee has the same strength throughout the brewing process.