Brewing Equipment - for your favourite beverage
We have numerous types of brewing equipment for tea, coffee and for herbal infusions.
Lets then explore what is in store (pardon the pun) for you ...
Well what can one say about the humble teapot?
It has been around for as long as tea has been infused.
The very best shaped ones are turnip shaped to allow maximum tea and water contact for the best infusion.
However, the globe shape, which has been universally adopted, is perfectly adequate for the purpose.
Our choice is the, not so humble, infuser teapot.
This glass pot has a removable perforated infuser, made either of plastic or stainless steel mesh, and a plunger to help shut off the tea in the lower part of the infuser that is not perforated.
This means once the tea is brewed, the plunger can be depressed and the tea kept from over infusing.
Advice on "using infuser teapots" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy teapots via our on-line shop.
Individual infusers are a very useful way of making a single cup of tea or herbal infusion, offering many advantages over a traditional tea bag.
They can be filled with your choice of loose leaf tea or tisane, preferably with a larger leaf / particle size of infinitely superior quality than in most teabags.
As they are to be emptied and reused, without wasted teabag paper, they are very eco-friendly too.
We stock two types, i.e. mesh tong and novelty teapot shape.
For daily use, the mesh tong is the best.
It is very easy to operate and clean; its mesh construction allows better infusion of the content too.
However, it cannot match the latter for sheer fun and novelty value.
Advice on "using individual infusers" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy tea infusers via our on-line shop.
Espresso coffee machines are designed to give you a very small volume of extremely intense flavoured coffee.
Nowadays, espresso machines are quite commonplace with numerous manufacturers jumping on the band wagon due to the growing popularity of "coffee culture".
However, as espresso coffee has traditionally been enjoyed in Italy, Spain and Portugal, only manufacturers from these countries are expert in the production of the very best machines.
There is one notable exception, let me explain ...
Gaggia, the originators of espresso / cappuccino coffee machines and La Pavoni, both Italian, have in recent years been joined by Jura, Swiss – Italian sector.
Jura offers an even wider range of equipment of infinitely superior qualify to the former two and with typical Swiss manufacturing quality and attention after sales service, easily outshines them!
As to the advantages machines have over stove top pots, well, the former offers a better and more even pressure to obtain the best crème, the thick creamy looking head of froth on the top of your espresso.
Remember that only a maximum of two cups can be made from each loading of the coffee basket.
This makes these machines ideal for personal use or for entertaining a few guests at an intimate gathering, but perhaps a little fiddly for large dinner parties.
Finally, although one should not really be so materialistic, it is also a great status symbol to show off in your kitchen.
Advice on "using espresso machines" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy espresso machines via our on-line shop.
Once again, remember that espresso coffee is always drunk in very small volumes due to its strength and intensity of flavour.
Therefore, stove top espresso pots, which have been in production for well over a century, are designed to give you small volumes of this intense infusion.
Over the decades, many varieties of these stove top pots have been manufactured. We can broadly split these into two types; i.e. aluminium alloy and stainless steel bodied.
Recently electrically operated versions of the aluminium pots were introduced. These offered the convenience of a heating element in the base of the pot, eliminating the need for a stove.
Unfortunately they did not prove to be the resounding success that was hoped for and have since been discontinued in the UK
We have briefly discussed the advantages of espresso machines over the stove top pot. Now it is the espresso pots turn to show its true colours.
By taking up less space as well as by its ability to be pressed into service a little faster and with less maintenance than a machine, the pot gains significant ground.
Additionally, if you are entertaining it is a more convenient means of making coffee, as you can choose the size of pot to suit the number of cups required.
This is why most Italian families have a range of pots to suit every possible occasion.
We stock both aluminium and stainless steel stove top espresso pots
In the case of aluminium pots, Bialetti and Andora Express brands being our choice.
However we opted for Bialetti in the case of stainless steel pots as they offer stylish, high quality designs with good after-sales parts availability.
Advice on "using espresso stove top pots" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy espresso stovetop pots via our on-line shop.
Filter machines are designed to produce a generous volume of coffee, which can be kept warm for some time, within guidelines stated elsewhere.
This makes them not just ideal for daily use but great for entertaining too.
Advice on "using filter coffee machines" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Very Neapolitan, very traditional, very novel and very much enjoyed by many thousands of people worldwide.
If you choose this method of brewing coffee, you will be rewarded with a very mellow tasting infusion in a modest volume to enjoy for your efforts.
Although it should be pointed out that for safety reasons, this method requires a little more care than others.
Advice on "using Napoletana (Neapolitan) flip filters" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Plunger coffee makers produce a fair volume of coffee of full and mellow flavour.
These pots are often called 'cafetiere', meaning coffee maker. The manufacturer La Cafetiere has, obviously, adopted this as a brand name.
Sometimes, this method of brewing coffee is also termed as the French Press, which is a more descriptive name used by the manufacturer Bodum.
However, we prefer "plunger" as our form of reference to the method.
There are numerous types and finishes of these plunger coffee makers available, which can be broadly split into two categories i.e. metal and plastic framed.
In the former, there are chrome, gold and even stainless steel versions of varying quality finish and designs.
The latter variety boasts a wide range of colours, some downright outrageous, with many being quite fancy and intricately designed.
Irrespective of which you go for, the plunger's method of operation is identical and indeed, simplicity itself.
Advice on "using plunger coffee pots (French Press)" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy plunger coffee pots (French press, cafetiere) via our on-line shop.
If you are looking for a good means of brewing a generous volume of flavourful and aromatic coffee, then you need not look further than the traditional percolator.
It is available in two types; i.e. electrically operated and stove top, both working identically.
Often, percolators are said to produce a stewed coffee; in reality, this is due to misuse.
Frequently they are left to brew for too long or worse still the infused coffee being left to stand for hours on end or even worse still reheated once it has gone cold.
It is no great surprise that, through no fault of its own, the percolator suffers such a poor reputation.
Advice on "using percolators" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Ibriks are the traditional stove top pot used to brew Turkish / Armenian / Greek coffee.
The coffee liquor produced is intense in flavour and should only be drunk in very small volumes.
The ibrik, with its narrower top than base, is a very simple pot.
As the coffee nears the end of its brewing period, it resembles a volcano ready to explode with furious lava, well coffee actually (poetic license at work!) like discharge.
Of course, if you follow our instruction, you will never reach the point of it boiling over.
Advice on "using Turkish Ibrik coffee pots" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy Turkish ibrik coffee pots via our on-line shop.
The vacuum method of brewing coffee is a very simple system with only three main parts.
It produces one of the tastiest, full flavoured and aromatic coffee infusions and does so in very acceptable volumes.
The manufacturer Cona, has for at least the last 80 years produced this system.
It continues to do this to the present day, offering excellent after-sales parts availability too.
Its rise and fall from the mainstream coffee maker market has largely been due to its glass construction, which can be a tad fragile in careless hands.
Yet, it is the use of this very material that also gives it what is nowadays popularly called the "wow factor" (oh I really hate these expressions).
It truly is a terrific talking point at the dinner table.
Advice on "using vacuum coffee makers" can be found via the link in the left hand column of this page.
Click here to buy vacuum method coffee makers via our on-line shop.