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How Do I Choose the Best Espresso Carafe?

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  • Written By: T. Carrier
  • Edited By: John Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 17 July 2017
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Since most beverages have a liquid consistency, they require some type of container. For coffees like espresso, carafes are a common solution to this problem. If you are seeking an espresso carafe, you will want to evaluate two primary factors: efficiency and appearance. Aesthetic variables might range from color choices to etchings and designs. As for efficiency and quality, factors such as insulation and manner of serving will likely impact your purchasing decision.

Espresso results when small coffee grounds are combined with a portion of almost-boiling water. Since this combining is pressurized, the beverage has a thick texture and an intense, concentrated flavor. Other ingredients can be added to create coffee drinks like cappuccino, mocha, and latte. While espresso is made with specialty machines, it is generally served using espresso carafes. These vessels are containers with wide bottoms, usually affixed to a handle.

In general, any coffee beverage is best served in an insulated container. This feature helps maintain the coffee’s warm temperature. It may also aid in preserving flavor for a longer period of time. An insulated espresso carafe is usually made with a combination of inner glass and outer plastic or stainless steel. It may also be fitted with a lid or a type of pump.

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Ease of serving is a variable that should be taken under consideration as well. Some carafes possess a long, straight handle resembling that of a cooking pan, while others have a curved handle that attaches to the main body on both ends. When choosing an espresso carafe, the latter type is probably ideal since the coffee will likely be poured directly from the carafe. Self-serve coffee lovers may also appreciate a carafe with measurements on the container so that they can control portions. In addition, some carafes have a narrow opening that prevents spilling, whereas others have a large circular opening.

An espresso carafe is largely an ornamental feature, so specific aesthetic design may be important to you. These containers are available in various colors, with perhaps the most common being either black — clear options made of glass or crystal are also available. Various patterns and designs may also adorn the carafe. If you are purchasing the carafe for a business, you may consider having it branded with an official logo. As for materials, plastic carafes may be less expensive, but they also have a less ornate look when compared to glass or crystal.

Espresso makers often include an espresso carafe, but sometimes damage to the device requires replacement. In such cases, you will want to ensure that the carafe will fit onto the particular brand of espresso maker you possess. Taking measurements will help with this process. As with any product purchase, finding a replacement carafe will be less inconvenient if you peruse a few consumer review sites that offer product rankings and opinions from individuals who have purchased the product.

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