How to Take Apart a Keurig: Disassembly Instructions

Sometimes you have a problem with a Keurig that can only be fixed with a Keurig disassembly. It’s a pin for sure but it’s better than trashing the unit and sometimes this can resolve problems a lot faster tha going through the warranty process.

If you want to learn how to disassemble a Keurig then read on. I’ll be giving you all the tips you need to get yours taken apart correctly and put back together as quick as possible.

How to Take Apart Keurig Coffee Makers

Before we dive deep lets first watch a quick video on how to disassemble Keurig machines.


Thanks to http://www.keurigtroubleshooting.com/ for putting together this awesome tutorial.

First things first you have to take off the water reservoir and drip tray. These are made to come off easily as you no doubt know quite well already. You can also pull the k-cup holder out by hand without the use of any tools.

With those easy parts out of the way the first hard thing to do is to remove the casing from your Keurig. We do that by first flipping the machine upside down and using a screwdriver to take the screws out of the base plate.

Take The Bottom Off A KeurigWith the screws off the bottom can be removed except it’s got some wires holding on to the inside of the machine. To do any serious repairs inside the housing you will have to cut these wires leaving enough room to repair your cuts when it it comes time to put your Keurig machine back together.

Once the bottom is fully removed then you have access to the water pump and tubing that immediately connects to the water reservoir at the bottom. You’ll also note that even if the water pump is working properly there is a pretty LED light in this section of tubing that illuminates the water reservoir. If this light goes (or more likely the wiring that operates this light shorts) then this is the section of tubing that would need to be replaced or the wiring should be repaired.

Keurig Water Reservoir Light

Continue Removing the Keurig Base

The next part involves removing another group of screws. There are four screws surrounding the main water pump holding the rest of the bottom of the machine together. Remove these screws and the two holding the end of the water pump tubing.

With these screws removed the bottom of the Keurig can be slowly lifted off. Just be careful to not pull the water pump tubing too hard as it is still connected to the body. You will also have to carefully deal with the power cord which is still connected to the base. Just pop the power cord out of where it clips to the base and slide the base off.

Remove the Keurig Base

Take Apart the Top of a Keurig

Once the bottom of the Keurig is fully removed the next step to disassembly is to take apart the top where the K Cups are inserted.

If you open the top up as if you were going to insert a kcup you will find some more screws that need to be removed. There are two on either side of the needle and one on each side of the handle. Be removing these screws you will be able to take the handle off your Keurig relatively easily.

Disassemble the Top of a Keurig

Once you get the proper screws removed you can then gently lift the handle and lid directly off the top of the unit. You may need to slightly close the lid to lift of off both pieces at the same time. Once removed the lid and the handle can be separated easily.

This is what to top of your Keurig should now look like once you remove the handle.

Remove Handle From Keurig

When you get the handle removed from the top of your Keurig you will next need to grab a hex screw driver to remove two more screws inside the top assembly.

Take Hex Screws Out Of Keurig Top

Open up the Body of Your Keurig Machine

With the base removed and the top of your Keurig pulled apart next we move on to the disassembly of the body casing. For this job you must be prepared to slightly damage some of the interior plastic. It’s almost inevitable.

To remove the silver top plate of your Keurig from the black plastic body you’ll need to flip your machine upside down and use a long shafted tool like a flat-head screwdriver to pop three plastic clip hinges apart. These clips hold the top plate to the body and can’t be reached effectively without going in from the bottom. They will likely be damaged when you separate them but this will not be evident from the outside when you put the unit back together.

The first clip you will work on will be the inside clip located under the LCD screen where the silver top casing meets the black body casing. You’ll need to insert your long handled flat-head on the clip and use a hammer to pop the clip apart.

Separate the Clips Holding the Keurig Body Together

The second and third clips are located roughly on the back “corners” of the body. Understand that the back is curved but if it was squares they are located roughly where the corners would be.

Use your long handled tool and a hammer to pop these two clips off and the grey or silver top plate should be able to separate from the black body with as little internal damage as possible. In most cases you can do this carefully enough to keep the internal damage low enough to get these clips to go back together just fine when you put everything back together.

As an example of what you are looking for here is what the clips look like in the body once you get it off.

Clip Inside Keurig

That’s it! At least, that’s how to open up a Keurig machine and get to the guts inside. Of course there are lots of additional disassembly procedures beyond this to get to various parts that may be malfunctioning but that should get you started.

As I add posts to this site on fixing other components inside a Keurig I’ll link to them from this page.

Good luck with your repair!

Related Reading – See the Strongest Keurig K Cups Here!

Here is the disassembly of a Keurig 2.0 Machine

The tutorial above should help with the disassembly of most Keurig machines but in case you want to see an extra example check out this extra video on taking apart a Keurig 2.0.

How to Repair the Wires Inside a Keurig Coffee Maker

Here are a couple pictures of what you need to do to fix wiring problems inside your Keurig. You will basically need to cut damaged wire sections and solder then back together again.

If you fully remove the bottom from your keurig machine then you will have to cut these wires. Using a soldering gun and a heat shrink will let you safely put them back together again when it comes time to reassemble your Keurig machine.

Use Soldering Iron to Join Wires Together

Repair the Wires In Your Keurig Machine

The Strongest K Cup Coffees & How to Brew Even Stronger Coffee With Your Keurig

Are you looking to buy the strongest k cup coffee you can find? I’m right there with you. I love the ease and convenience of the Keurig system but I am not a big fan of some of the weak coffee many of the kcups produce.

Below I’ve listed some of the strongest Keurig coffee pods you can buy. As is always the case, brew these with the smaller cup option on your machine and you’ll be getting the strongest coffee possible from your Keurig.

Super Strong K Cup Coffee Pods to Buy & Try For Yourself

Here are some of the strongest k cups for sale today. Click through each link for pricing and product details. I’ve provided my own notes for each option below for your convenience.

Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers - 20 CountDeath Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers – 20 Count

Keurig, Coffee People, Jet Fuel, K-Cup Counts, 50 CountKeurig, Coffee People, Jet Fuel, K-Cup Counts, 50 Count

Keurig, Green Mountain Coffee, Dark Magic (Extra Bold), K-Cup Counts, 50 CountKeurig, Green Mountain Coffee, Dark Magic (Extra Bold), K-Cup Counts, 50 Count

WILD JO: 12 Cup Organic Dark French Roast Single Serve Coffee for Kuerig K-Cup Brewers, Bold Strong Wicked Good! Keurig 1.0 & 2.0 Eco-Friendly CupWILD JO: 12 Cup Organic Dark French Roast Single Serve Coffee for Kuerig K-Cup Brewers, Bold Strong Wicked Good! Keurig 1.0 & 2.0 Eco-Friendly Cup

Revv K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast (Pack of 30), Ships in Brown BoxRevv K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast (Pack of 30), Ships in Brown Box

How to Make Stronger Coffee With Your Keurig

The coffee pods listed above will get you started in the right place. They are all really strong coffee k cup options that are hard to beat.

If you use them however you should know there are still more ways to ensure you get the strongest coffee possible.

In normal coffee brewing environments you get strong coffee by slowing down the brew time, using the hottest water possible off a brew, and by decreasing the grind size, a common way of getting more surface area for better brew extraction.

With a Keurig coffee machine however you are limited by the temperature of the water the machine uses to brew and are largely limited by the speed at which the machine brews water. You can’t increase the amount of grind in a pod due to them all being uniform in size, and you can’t tamp the grind down to get more grind in the pod either.

There really are few easy ways to increase the strength of your coffee comparable to the ways you would do so in more traditional coffee makers.

The easiest way you can actually make better and stronger Keurig coffee is to pre-heat the water used for your brew. By this I don’t mean put hot water in the water reservoir, I’m talking about running a large cup of coffee cycle through the Keurig that is really just water. Don’t insert a k cup into the machine. Run it as just water and this will get the heating element hot and the water for the next cup will be a few degrees hotter which will help with extraction.

In other forms of coffee brewing getting the temperature closer to boiling helps and this is the most you can do to get every degree of heat into your Keurig brew. The ultimate affect this has on your coffee will be small but it will help maximize the strength of the coffee you make out of it.

Another way to get the most strength out of every cup you brew is to literally only use the first part of the brew and throw the rest away!

Sounds wasteful I know but the amount of coffee grind that can fit in a k cup is not great enough to brew a full bodied 6-ounce cup of coffee. You really need a bigger k-cup for a 6 ounce cup of coffee than the pod size allowed.

Because of this the first 4-5 ounces of coffee brewed from each k cup will be stronger than the last 1-2 ounces of coffee brewed. The water (assuming it’s hot enough) will extract the most flavor in the beginning and the least at the end.

Use that drip tray to collect the last, watery bit of coffee and just throw it away. You wouldn’t brew coffee twice using the same grounds so don’t try to get more coffee from a pod that is just too small.

Now there are even more crafty ways to increase the strength of your Keurig coffee pods. If you are brewing with a Keurig 1.0 machine it’s a little easier to hack your own pods but even with a Keurig 2.0 machine you can still “trick” the machine into using your own pods.

Instructables has a good tutorial on hacking your own pods. For me, this is overkill and defeats the purpose and convenience of the Keurig system.

When I think about brewing string Keurig coffee I always find the ease of pulling your cup out before the brew cycle ends to be the simplest and most effective method. Pair this with using a pre-heated Keurig, and an extra bold pod in the brew chamber and this is about as good as you can get. If you want any more strength then just do what everyone else does… start brewing with a french press!

Can You Make Tea In An Aeropress Or French Press?

Can You Make Tea In An Aeropress Or French Press?

Have you ever heard of people making tea in an Aeropress before? Surprisingly, I have! I have found that several people have actually tried this and failed. Some couldn’t get the timing down right; some couldn’t get the temperature of the water just right; some got too many leaves in their cup of tea; some had trouble with the paper filter catching most of the good taste.

The scenarios keep going and going but today I would like to say that yes you can make tea in an Aeropress but it may take you a few times to perfect this.

Click here to read about making tea in a french press!

How to Brew Tea in an Aeropress

aeropress for tea
As for any tea, you will want tea water temperature for this (about 190-200 degrees F). It is important that it isn’t boiling but that it is hot. Before you make any tea in an Aeropress, if it has been used to make coffee before, you will need to make absolutely sure that it is clean. You won’t want any residue left because it will affect the taste of your tea. Let’s say you want to make a cup of tea with loose black tea. Here are some steps you will want to take in making tea in your Aeropress:

  • Put one tablespoon of black tea in your aeropress.
  • Put your aeropress plunger out to 4. Fill it with that nice hot tea water over the span of 10 seconds. Use the inverted method though!
  • Stir for another 10 seconds
  • Wait 30 seconds. (While you are waiting, go ahead and put the filter and cap on your aeropress and then put it over your mug)
  • Press the plunger down until it is close to the bottom but won’t move without pressing hard. (At this point I would let it rest for about 1 minute to drip before removing it)
  • To finish it off, add more hot water to taste. Some people don’t like too strong of a cup of tea so they would add an equal part of hot water. Some actually like it strong and drink it just as it came out of the aeropress.

If you don’t like your tea strong or bitter for that matter, then I wouldn’t add more tea than that. If you have a really smooth black tea you might be able to steep for a longer time. Here is an excellent example of good quality, yet affordable, tea: Davidson’s.¬†Not only that but you can probably get 2-3 plunges out of the same tea! Do you ever remember people talking about leaving their loose tea in a pot and re-brewing it. Leaving your tea in the Aeropress would be essentially the same.

Keep in mind that when you make tea, you will have to experiment more with amounts of loose tea to put in and amounts of steep time. One of the most important things is getting the right tea. I have full confidence that with my generic guidelines you will be able to find the perfect way to make a cup of tea.

Can you Brew Tea in a French Press? Yes You Can!

can you make tea in a french pressBrewing tea in a french press seems to be more common, so I am sure you may have heard of this. But the french press isn’t only famous for coffee use, but also for making tea.

The french press is especially useful in making large quantities of tea. Another very beneficial aspect of the french press is its ability to make medicinal teas-the kind of medicinal teas that require a larger than usual quantity of tea leaves to create the correct concentration of brew.

You will find that it is actually very easy to make tea in french press pots. Read on for a bit of instruction, also see this post for the differences between french press and drip coffee!

Instruction for Making Loose Leaf Tea in a French Press

Again, just like for the Aeropress, you will need to make your your french press is clean and free of any coffee residue if it has been used previously to make coffee. Let’s go through the procedure of making tea in a french press:

  • The ratio seems a little different from that of the aeropress. For the french press you will want to have 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every 6 ounces of water plus one teaspoon of water.
  • If you are making black tea you will want water at a temperature of about 190-200 degrees F. If you are making green tea you will want water at a temperature of about 150-170 degrees F. If you are making red tea you will want water at a temperature of about 190-210 degrees F. If you are making herbal tea you will want water at a temperature of about 180-200 degrees F.
  • Next you will want to pour the hot water into your french press and put the lid on it. Don’t push the plunger just yet! Brew times differ of course by taste but, like everything, there is a recommended time for these things. For brewing black tea or red tea in your french press, a brewing time of 3-4 minutes is recommended. For brewing green tea in your french press, a brewing time of 2.5-3.5 is recommended. For brewing herbal¬†tea in your french press, a brewing time of 5-15 minutes is recommended. When your tea has finished brewing, then it is time to press the plunger down on your french press.
  • Lastly, of course, pour your tea in a cup and enjoy it with some milk or honey (or any other sweetener you like).

Here are some things to keep in mind: If you ever plan on re-brewing your tea leaves, don’t press the plunger all the way down at the bottom of the french press. This does two things: It can damage your tea leaves and on top of that, it will bring undesired bitterness to your cup of tea. Also, if you plan on brewing herbal tea, which requires the longest brewing time, you will want to get a french press cover so that it can keep your tea hot. Here is one of the best ones that I have seen:¬†French Press Cover.

I hope that this article was useful to you. If you currently have an Aeropress or a french press, try these guidelines. I hope they work out for you. I do want to tell you though, that although you can brew tea in both the Aeropress and french press, the french press is far superior in achieving this!

What’s The Fastest Way To Make Coffee?

As far as using equipment goes, the aeropress is without a doubt the fastest way to a cup of coffee (about 2-3 minutes). The aeropress isn’t only the fastest way to a cup of coffee but it is also one of the most durable and portable options out there.

Aeropress Method:

  1. Boil water to about 165-175 degrees F. Make sure to have enough water for your coffee vessel and for the aeropress.
  2. Put the paper filter (they do make metal mesh filters) into the cap of the aeropress.
  3. Weigh about 15 grams (or 2 1/2 Tablespoons) of coffee beans.
  4. Grind your coffee to fine grind (about table salt size).
  5. Put your aeropress together. (Make sure that every time you use it you are drying it out because the left over moisture will compromise the seals in the aeropress)
  6. Stand your aeropress flared side up and add your ground coffee.
  7. The rule usually is to add twice the amount of water to your amount of grounds. Let’s say you have 15 grams of coffee, you need to add 30 grams of water. People say that 200 degrees F is the optimal temperature for this but I find that leaning towards a cooler temperature (165-175 degrees F) is actually better.
  8. Next, gently immerse the grounds with a butter knife or some sort of bamboo stirring stick. At this point, the goal isn’t really geared toward stirring the grounds, it’s is more toward the goal of even saturation of the grounds. Then let it sit for 30 seconds.
  9. Then add another 160 grams of water and let it sit for one minute.
  10. Now, use the remainder of the water, which should be around 200 grams, to wet your filter and cap. This serves three purposes actually. One, is to kind of make the paper stick to the filter. Second, it will get the paper taste out of the filter. Third. it will actually heat your brewing vessel.
  11. After that minute, give your grounds several good stirs.
  12. Cautiously screw the cap on your aeropress.
  13. Now it is time to flip your aeropress over. Put the aeropress on top of your brew vessel and begin to apply downward pressure. Ideally you should be feeling about 30 lbs of pressure. If pushing feels too easy, that is probably an indication that your coffee bean grind was too coarse. If the pushing feel way to hard, that is probably an indication that your coffee bean grind was too fine. Your coffee should be fully brewed when the assembly begins to make a hissing sound, meaning that there is no more water to push through the device.
  14. After that is completed, unscrew your cap and push the aeropress’ interior section the final inch. This will push out the filter and the puck of ground coffee beans.
  15. Enjoy your cup of coffee!

Wait there is an even faster way to make coffee…

Instant coffee! I am sure you have heard of that! Instant coffee is often referred to soluble coffee. All you do is heat up water (or milk) and stir in the instant coffee and that’s it! In the 1970’s, about a third of the United States’ coffee was converted to instant coffee. Did you know that about 15 percent of coffee consumed in the United States is actually instant coffee? There are pros and cons to this option though!

Pros

It is a very fast way to make coffee. There is no need for equipment, which means no carrying around a coffee maker or grinder; no affect on your electricity bill; little labor; and of course no messing with filters, cleaning equipment nor having to worry about throwing away damp grounds.

Cons

Although it is a fast way to make coffee, due to the processing of this product, you lose some aromatic experience, definitely essential coffee bean oils and of course you lose the freshly brewed coffee taste. All these things are part of what makes coffee taste great. But the instant coffee industry is working on fixing all of these. Only time will tell if they can do it.

Very Brief History

The earliest documented version of the idea behind instant coffee was in about 1771, in Britain. The first product made in America was in 1853. Then others got better at it and it eventually grew into the instant coffee we have today. Instant coffee still has some work to be done to but the goals of the industry seem to have it going in a solid direction.

Raw Materials

There are 50 known species of coffee beans and only 2 of them dominate the coffee industry.

  • Coffee Arabica Varieties- mainly grown in Latin America, India and Indonesia. They are mild in flavor but are expensive to buy because it requires a greater amount of labor because every ripened coffee cherry needs to be hand-picked at their ripeness peak.
  • Coffee Robusta Varieties- mainly grown in Africa, India and Indonesia. They have a much harsher flavor and are cheaper to buy and grow. They can be harvested at a range of ripeness and more resistant to insects and diseases. For this very reason, the Robusta’s are the more widely used variety in the manufacturing of instant coffee.

Coffee beans are roasted over 300 degrees F to drive out the moisture in them.

Instant Coffee Manufacturing Process:

  1. First and foremost, extraction takes place. Coffee beans are pre-brewed in highly efficient extraction equipment. Softened water is passed through a series of columns of ground coffee beans. The water first passes through several “hot” cells (284-356 degrees F) and then it passes through 2 or more “cold” cells (212 degrees F) to extract the more flavorful elements. Then the extract is passed through a heat exchanger to cool it to about 40 degrees F resulting in 20-30% solids.
  2. After filtering, the extract undergoes a process to increase concentration. There are 3 technical ways to do this but the underlying point is to separate the lighter water from the heavier coffee extract.
  3. During this whole process they try to keep the aromatic elements so that they, at a later time, can return them to the product. They do this by removing oxygen from the extract.
  4. Then they take the liquid coffee extract and convert to a dry form. This can be done in 2 ways. One is called spray drying. Here, a cooled clarified liquid concentrate is sprayed through a nozzle at the top of a 75 foot tower. Air that has been heated to about 480 degrees F is blown downward through the mist to evaporate the water. The coffee particles are tumbled in the air in this mixture. The second method is by free drying it. Here the coffee particles are cooled gradually in several steps and then once formed into ice it is ground. Once it is ground, it goes through a drying chamber where vacuum and heat are applied and the ice vaporizes and is removed.
  5. Then after all this is done the aromatics that they were able to keep, are introduced to the product.
  6. Then the product is packaged in a low moisture and low oxygen level place- a moisture proof container. This product absorbs moisture very quickly and so it needs to be packaged in such a container. On top of that, they use nitrogen or carbon dioxide in the package so that there will be less oxygen in the container to preserve the aromatics in the product.

 

The Difference Between Aeropress & French Press

Short Historical Fact

The french press dates all the way back to 1921. The aeropress first came out on the market in 2005.

Passionate coffee drinkers often get into heated debates in regards to what coffee beans are better, what brewing method is the best or even what equipment is the best. In today’s article we are not going to¬†settle the debate of whether the french press is better than the Aeropress.¬†Instead I simply want to talk to you about the differences between the french press and Aeropress.

The Difference In:

Design

In some shape, way or form, the french press has been around for centuries. The french press contains a beaker (mostly made of glass but some metal) in which ground coffee beans is placed, and also contains a mesh plunger (mostly made of metal but some use synthetic material) that presses the grounds to the bottom of the beaker, leaving all the essentials oils in the brew. Brewing time for the french press is about 4 minutes. This piece of equipment uses coarse coffee bean grind. The french press does give the user variety. It can be used to make iced coffee or even brew loose tea leaves!

The Aeropress is the newer invention. It actually acts a lot like an espresso machine yet it doesn’t get the required pressure that you would need to make real espresso but it does a decent job at giving you a great substitute.

The Aeropress uses a fine coffee bean grind. It uses a combination of heat from the hot water and air pressure to extract the flavor of the coffee beans. The french press is already pretty easy to clean but the aeropress is even easier. The aeropress uses 30 to 90 seconds of your day to make you a cup of coffee, with a remarkable 10 second brewing time! But, this piece of equipment uses a paper filter. Do you know what that means? It means that you now lose a lot of the essential oils that coffee beans have that you would get with the french press.

The aeropress user may get more variety because of its espresso-like coffee capabilities. You can make a latte, cappuccino or even an americano! Both the Aeropress and the french press make tea though so they both are pretty versatile.

 Taste

The first comment I have in regards to taste is that yes, a good quality machine is needed for a good cup of coffee but something that is overlooked is that you get out of it only what you put into it. As you see it is essential to also begin with high-quality coffee beans. If I gave a french press to two people, one for each, and the same amount and same quality, size, shape and coarseness of coffee beans, I would end up with different outcomes, depending on the preparation.

The french press is well known to “pack a punch”. Many love the taste of the coffee of the french press but many don’t due to the more bitter taste. A lot of the bitter taste can actually be controlled by using the correct temperature of water to brew the coffee beans. Yet there are still some out there who like their cup a bit more bitter than most’s liking. People say that the texture of the coffee gets weird at the bottom due to the “mud” or “sludge” but a lot of that can be controlled by using the correct coarseness of coffee beans which in turn, requires a phenomenal coffee bean grinder. One of the biggest reasons why people have a “bad” experiences with their french press is because it requires a lot more experimenting and education than any other coffee maker.

The aeropress gives you a less intense, more smooth and pleasant cup of coffee. With this smooth cup, the user will notice that it taste more like a cup of espresso than any brewed coffee, even though it really isn’t espresso. You can have this high-concentrated cup of coffee as is or you can have it with more hot water, milk or even cream. As I mentioned earlier, the aeropress usually has paper filters and so deprives you of essential oils that you get from the french press due to the metal mesh filter that the french press has. So one of the things people like about the aeropress in comparison to the french press is that the paper filter traps the loose coffee grounds and so give a clean cup of coffee. You may be thinking, “Why can’t I have both?” I have good news! Here are metal mesh filters for your aeropress:¬†Metal Mesh Aeropress Filters!

Cost

The cost of a French Press and a Aeropress seem to be pretty close in price. The down side is that the french press usually comes with a glass beaker. If people are not careful, this glass beaker may break on them. It may not be as indestructible as the manufacturers claim them to be. Now, they do make a great and durable stainless steel french press but it is slightly more costly.

Now the aeropress isn’t quite indestructible (for a clumsy enough user, anything can break), but it should last long time with normal use. But one of the great advantages that the larger french press has over the aeropress is that it is much better suited to brewing multiple cups at once, which can be very beneficial to many.

Related Reading – The Differences Between French Press Coffee & Stovetop Espresso

Summary Of Differences

  • How long will it take to get my cup of coffee?: Aeropress may take one minute and a half. French Press may take 5 minutes.
  • The aeropress is aided by pressure to improve extraction while the french press doesn’t.
  • French press uses a coarse grind while aeropress uses a fine grind.
  • The standard aeropress comes with paper filters to clean up the beverage some, but deprive you of more aromatics and of course the essential oils of coffee. They do have metal mesh ones for the aeropress.
  • Coffee increases in heat in an aeropress. In the french press, the coffee gets colder during the 5 minutes of brewing. But they do make double walled french press beakers that tend to do a way better job of retaining heat.
  • The french press can brew multiple cups of coffee at once. It can easily brew 4-6 cups at a time and some even can make 12 cups at a time. The Aeropress can only make one at a time.
  • The aeropress is easier to clean.
  • Aeropress coffee is cleaner.

 

Moka Pot VS Drip: What’s the difference?

There are so many ways to make coffee these days. I look back at history and am astonished at how far the coffee world has evolved. I have never seen so many ways of making coffee nor this many coffee makers in my life. Not too long ago was I posed this question: “What is the difference between a moka pot and a drip coffee maker?” Due to that question, I felt the need to write to all of you coffee fanatics out there. Let’s start with taking a look at each method.

Brewing Method

Moka Pot:

The moka pot is often misleadingly referred to a stovetop espresso maker. There are many variations in design of the moka pot but the basic process is the same. Here is a basic layout of what the moka pot consists of:

  1. There is a chamber at the bottom for water. It has a threaded opening for the top section, and a pressure relief valve. You should only fill to right before the relief valve. Never fill completely. The brewed coffee flows into the top section but also is poured out through there, which has a threaded opening for the top section and is sealed off by a lid (the lid usually is one that flips open and closed). This section, on some models, are made with a clear, heat-resistant plastic that enables the user a clear visual of this process.
  2. The middle part of the moka pot holds the ground coffee beans. It is a metal ring that has a funnel attached to it. The funnel is joined to the metal ring by a metal screen. This middle part just drops into the lower section and ground coffee is spooned into it until full or perhaps just till you have reached a slight heap.
  3. The brewed coffee flows into and out of the top section. It has a threaded opening for the bottom section and is closed off by a common lid that flaps open and closed. The bottom of this section has a screen much like the middle section that leads to a tube that points up to the top section. Since the upper section gets threaded onto the bottom section, it slightly packs the coffee bean grind in the middle section.

When the moka pot is put together, then it is placed on a stove so the water can be heated. Since the lower section of the moka pot is air tight, the air that expands due to the heat forces the water down and forces it up the tube, through the ground coffee beans and through the top tube. As it comes out of the tube the coffee drops down into the bottom of the top reservoir. That is where you get your coffee from. Keep in mind that you will want a coarser grind of coffee beans for this than you would for drip.

Related Reading – The Differences Between Moka & French Press Coffee

Drip:

Here is an interesting fact: Most of the coffee that is consumed in the United States is produced via some variant of the drip method.

The drip method is simply like this: Hot water is poured over coffee beans ground to a medium coarseness, contained within a filter. The water floods the grind and drips through the filter, yielding coffee. So the only real hindrance to the water is the resistance from the ground coffee and of course, the filter.

Like I mentioned above, there are variants to the drip method.

  1. Chemex Brewers-These use a special and much thicker filter than the standard paper filter drip coffee makers. These trap sediment while still having the ability to pass aromatic substance through. For these brewers, you will need to be more involved in the brewing process than other variants.
  2. One-Cup Brewers- These make coffee small enough to fit right into a mug. They brew one cup at a time. Some of these brewers come with inserts that fit on top and into the filter. These inserts have small holes at the bottoms of them with the design to regulate the flow of water that is dripping into the coffee. These often come with metal filters that are part of the design.
  3. Filter Holders- Are similar to one-cup brewers but they make a much larger quantity of coffee, dispensing the coffee directly into thermally insulated containers.
  4. Vietnamese Coffee Maker- This is pretty much like a one-cup brewer with some differences of course. This coffee maker has 3 parts: The body has an interesting look…it looks like a small coffee cup with a saucer melted together. The bottom of this “cup” is actually a filter. Now, there is a second filter that fits into the main body. The last item is the lid. The cup or mug should first be heated by putting boiling water into it for a little while, then you drain it. Place the main body into the mug, fill it with with coffee beans ground finely and then screw on the second filter down tightly. Then splash a bit of hot water into the brewer. Make sure that the device is filled up no more than a quarter of the way, because the ground coffee will absorb the water and expand. After 30 seconds have passed, unscrew the second filter a couple turns, fill the device with hot water and cover it. It will be a while till ¬†it drains…about 5 minutes.
  5. Reversible Coffee Pot/Flip Pots/Napoletana- These seem to have about 4 parts. One part looks like a small pot but has tall sides. A second seems to look like a watering can with a large opening up top. These two parts snap together and inside of this is a two-piece assembly that looks like a saltshaker. If you open this “saltshaker” up, you will see that there will be a perforated surface. The coffee grind is put inside and then the top is screwed on. Water is placed in the part that looks like a small pot and then all of the pieces are assembled. The side with the water is placed on a hot stove. When the water reaches correct temperature, the water will start seeping through the coffee and into the piece that looks like a spout. When it is finished, the top and middle parts of the device are removed and now the coffee can be served.
  6. Auto-Drip- This is the most common variant of the drip method. For these you can use paper or metal mesh filters (which require a more coarse of a grind). These have the upper hand in the simplicity of the brewing process in comparison to all others. Water is heated in one chamber and then introduced to the coffee grind (which are within a filter) when adequate temperature is reached. Water seeps through the grind and filter into the coffee container (carafe). Most common disadvantages of low-end auto-drip machines is that they don’t tend to heat up water adequately. Also, the manufacturers like to brag about how their machine keeps coffee hot but do you know what happens when coffee is continually heated? It becomes bitter.

I hope that this article has been beneficial for you. Thank you for reading!

French Press VS Drip Coffee: What’s the difference?

For coffee enthusiasts, coffee isn’t something to be taken lightly. Coffee is a way of life. Coffee is important to them. They have learned that coffee beans are not the only thing that is important to achieve a great cup of coffee. It isn’t only about the quality of equipment either. A huge contributor to a good cup of coffee is the process in which coffee is made. There are many methods to make coffee out there. I am going to be touching on two of those methods in this article. While going through this article, keep in mind what you want to accomplish with coffee.

Comparing The Two

Many out there prefer to go the most convenient route in regards to getting their coffee fix. In most cases, that means compromising taste for convenience. If you are looking for convenience, depending on your definition of convenience, then the french press method may not be for you.

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The french press method requires more labor on your part, in comparison to drip coffee making. The process of making coffee in a french press is for those with patience. Usually, coffee using this method takes about 4 minutes. So if you are wishing to save time and labor, then this is not the method for you. Plus, you may just want to wake up to your cup of coffee instead of being so involved in the making of it. Drip coffee makers can be programmed to make coffee on their own. Some even have grinders attached to them and require very little labor on your part.

When shopping for your next coffee maker, outside of the price, you may consider things like the looks or the size of it. If you have a lot of counter space and like big equipment then a drip coffee maker may suit you. Some people don’t have much counter space or they like small and attractive equipment and so they may go the french press route. Although the french press is smaller and can be stored out of sight pretty easily, they still require a way to boil water. After all, they are not electric and have no heating element.

Something else to consider in the difference of these two coffee-making methods is in the flavor. A french press will give you a full flavor of the coffee beans and the essential oils that you lose with drip coffee makers. You may find that coffee using the french press method may be a bit bitter. It is all subjective, but what I can tell you for sure is that you get a more powerful aroma using the french press method.

Do you like to camp and travel and don’t want to have your coffee experience affected by your recreation? Many buy a french press just for the reason of portability. If you want something portable, this is the equipment for you. A french press can go anywhere while a drip coffee maker is big and not to mention, it needs to be plugged into an outlet. Many people don’t like getting up earlier just to make their coffee but the love the taste that the french press offers, so they take their french press to work. It is great for situations like that.

If you are planning to bulk brew, then a drip coffee maker will be something you will want to invest in. French presses are limited in how many cups of coffee they can make. They usually can make only 4 to 5 cups at once. The good news is that most of the drip coffee makers out there can brew at LEAST 8 cups at one time. Want more good news? Some standard drip coffee makers have the capacity and ability to brew up to 14 cups at once!

Unfortunately, drip coffee makers are not versatile. If you are looking for versatility then look into getting a french press. Why? Because you can use a french press for making iced coffee. In a french press you can easily crank up the concentration of the coffee. That is what you need for iced coffee. Then after you make your super concentrated cup of coffee, you can add to a cup of ice and enjoy your great cup of iced coffee. Something else that you can easily do with a french press is brewing loose tea!

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What Is Your Stance?

As you see, there are serious benefits to each of these pieces of equipment and methods. But it all boils down to your style of life and of course your taste preference. Depending on your definition of what excellent or great is, both of these methods can get you a great or excellent cup of coffee. Now it only comes down to what you want to do with you piece of equipment and what taste you prefer. To really know the difference in taste, it is only vital that you taste coffee from both pieces of equipment; only then, can you truly know the difference in the taste. Below is a short summary of what we talked about above.

Conclusion

Making coffee in a french press or a drip coffee maker are very different methods, not to mention they require different equipment. So if you are looking for a more sleek, compact, portable piece of equipment or perhaps just a more rustic and strong coffee, then start thinking about saving to get a nice french press. This one happens to be one of the most efficient ones that I have found: KONA.

Now, if you are looking to brew in bulk, or like large pieces of equipment or perhaps you just fell in love with a more cleaner and smoother brew, then a drip coffee maker may be what you will want to be purchasing next. Here is one that I have found to be one of the best, yet affordable: Conair.

I hope this article has been helpful and educational in regards to this topic. Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

Are Moka Pots Safe To Use?

Are Moka Pots Safe To Use?

People make it seem as though the look of their equipment has an affect on their coffee experience. So some, in choosing their coffee equipment, moka pots included, they take the look into great consideration.

We have to realize that there are moka pots that are made with different material. There are some moka pots that are made from aluminum and some from stainless steel.¬†As far as moka pots go,¬†the classier look of aluminum moka pots is attributed by people, to the metal. Those who seem to be more health conscious will steer toward the stainless steel ones, though not as good looking.¬†But which one is better? Does one give you better flavor than the other? Is one better for your health than the other? Let’s take a look!

Aluminum in general is pretty inexpensive. Aluminum heats and cools quickly. This may be very useful in some cases. On top of that it is a light metal. The down side is that acidity has a very negative affect on aluminum. For example: If you cook acidic foods in a pot or a pan, eventually it will warp and etch them, eventually making them useless. Then again, aluminum can be easily replaced as it isn’t very expensive.

Now, stainless steel on the other hand is more durable and stable than aluminum is. In comparison to aluminum, stainless steel takes longer to heat up and cool down. It is more expensive but it seems to be more cost effective. But even in aluminum, it is smart to keep it away from acidic foods. The acid can still can make it through the protective surface of pots and pans, for example.

If you have ever made coffee with an aluminum moka pot as well as a stainless steel one, you will find that the aluminum leaves you with more of a metallic flavor in your coffee, while the stainless steel one preserves more of the original flavor of your coffee beans.

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Moka Pots & Your Health

safe moka potsWhile aluminum seems to be a better look for people and may be cheaper, yet potentially more dangerous, at least when it comes to these stove top coffee makers, any health hazard can be avoided by using your resources and learning some useful tips on how to take care of your moka pot. The idea is to know how to clean and dry your moka pot, while keeping an eye on the oily coating that is inside the pot. Some, after a while may go rancid on you but at the same time you do not want to wash the oily coating away because it prevents the contact of coffee with the metal next time you use it. The more you use it the more of the coffee oils coat the inside of the moka pot, thus giving you a distinct and perhaps favorable flavor.

Though aluminum equipment today has been improved and is safer than before, I recommend you use stainless steel, so as to reduce your intake of potential toxicity of aluminum itself.

Stainless steel on the other hand is one of the the less risky materials to use. Though experts are still concerned with the leaching of nickel from stainless steel. But it is believed that due to the alloy (combination of metals used) of stainless steel equipment today, they are less likely than other cookware (aluminum in our case), to leach any metal, including nickel.

Now, once again the safety of your equipment is largely dependent on your care of them. If you clean your moka pot with abrasive material or dent it, then you will begin to not only ruin your pot, but increase the risk of your health.

Conclusion

Did you know? Most people consume 30-50mg of aluminum through atmospheric exposure daily and regular food sources without bad effects. According to scientists, aluminum isn’t easily absorbed by humans; it goes straight through our digestive tract without entering our bloodstream.

Most high-end aluminum moka pots come in anodized aluminum. What does that mean for our health? It means that it prevents food from reacting to the aluminum. According to experts, even when it does get to the point where food does react to the aluminum, it is far too small to do any harm. There has been no official government food safety regulation sites where they have linked diseases to the usage of aluminum cookware. Here are some I have found to be some of the best high-quality aluminum moka pots: Bialetti (Italian Import) and Pedrini (Italian Import).

Now, stainless steel moka pots seem to contain more metals than the aluminum ones. As I mentioned earlier, the alloy is essential for the safety of you health. So it is vital that you purchase a high-quality stainless steel moka pot, as it will have a better materials than the inexpensive ones. Here are some of the best stainless steel moka pots that I have found: Cuisinox and Bialetti (Kitty).

So are moka pots safe to use? Yes they are. To summarize it all there are four things you need to remember to keep you safe and to prolong your moka pot’s life:

  1. You need to make sure that the materials are of high-quality.
  2. Make sure that the place that makes them actually know what they are doing.
  3. Be sure to clean the pot properly.
  4. Take care of it.

Here are some quick tips:

  • Don’t use soap or detergent to clean them. Use plain water. Do not scrub.
  • Make sure to dry you moka pot. Use a soft cloth to dry it.
  • When you first buy your moka pot make and discard the first two to three batches of coffee. This is for seasoning purposes. The best way to ensure that it is being properly seasoned is to leave brewed coffee in the pot for one whole day before you discard it.
  • Do not store your moka pot assembled. Moisture may get trapped and cause corrosion.
  • If you leave moka pot unused for a long time the oily covering on the inside of the pot may become rancid. At this point will want to boil water with some detergent in it and wash it thoroughly. This should remove the rancid oils from it. Then repeat the seasoning process.

Interesting Fact: The longer your pot has been used, the better the coffee becomes.