One of the first things you should consider when looking for a coffee maker is whether you want standard drip coffee, or if you want to make it through percolation. Each method creates coffee with a distinctive taste and is either a preferred or reviled, depending on whom you are talking to. Percolation is the original method for making coffee. Inside the brewer, there is a chamber to hold the grounds and a tube that connects that chamber to water at the bottom of the unit. When placed over a heat source, water rises in the tube and trickles through the grounds to create coffee. This is a difficult method to master because over extraction and re-brewing will create bitter or tasteless coffee.
A simpler, more common method for making coffee is called drip brewing. For this method, coffee grounds are placed in a filter, a heating element heats up stored water which then passes through the grounds and into a pot or server. This is pretty much a fool-proof method for making coffee and several makers are available that can brew a single pot or two pots at once. We offer many options when it comes to this essential piece of coffee equipment. Choose coffee makers with multiple warmers to ensure that you have enough fresh hot coffee to supply even your busiest rush. Don’t forget to consider the water source when you select your coffee maker, not all establishments will have water access where the coffee maker will reside. If this is the case, choose a “pour over” style coffee maker so you can add water to the tank with each carafe you brew. For coffee shops that can attach their coffee maker to a water line would do well to choose an “attached water line” style coffee maker, that way the process can be automated somewhat and your baristas are able to save time for creating amazing latte art instead.