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Coffee has been prepared in the ibrik, a small copper coffee pot, in the Middle East since the 16th century. In the 19th century, Joseph-Henry-Marie Laurens, a Parisian tinsmith, invented the first European coffee pot in which coffee could be prepared.

The so-called percolator is still a favourite among coffee pots today, but is more commonly known as an (Italian) espresso pot. In our big coffee pot guide 2022 we have compiled all the facts about coffee pots, some assessment criteria and our favourites among the coffee pots and hope to make it easier for you to choose your new coffee pot.




Summary

  • Coffee pots are not only available to serve coffee, you can also use them directly for brewing it
  • Coffee pots for making coffee do not need electricity and can therefore be used everywhere – even at the campsite
  • The more often you clean your coffee pot, the less deposits can build up

The Best Coffee pot: Our Choices

Coffee pots: Buying and rating criteria

In this article, we also want to show you what to look for when buying a coffee pot so that you are later satisfied with the product. These criteria can be important when choosing a coffee pot:

In the following paragraphs, we explain to you what is important in each of the criteria.

Material

Coffee pots come in a wide variety of materials. In the past, for example, a beautiful porcelain coffee pot was a must at the afternoon table. Even today, these are painted or printed in a wide variety of ways, and with some older models you can even tell where the porcelain coffee pot came from. For the so-called “French Press” coffee pots or also press stamp pots, manufacturers often use glass and espresso pots are usually made of aluminium. Coffee pots made of silver, ceramic or stone are also used for serving coffee.

Insulating properties

After preparing a hot drink, you want to enjoy it warm for as long as possible. However, if coffee is left in a non-insulated pot, it will be cold after an hour.

To keep the coffee warm for as long as possible, good insulation of the coffee pot is necessary.

Many coffee pots, whether for storage or for making coffee, have thermal insulation, usually thermos pots.

These consist of two mirrored bottles in the space between which all air is pumped out, creating a vacuum. The coffee cannot give off any heat; the heat radiation is reflected back through the mirrored inner bottle and remains in the coffee. The insulation works in stainless steel pots as well as in glass coffee pots. Also remember that you can use an insulated coffee pot for hot days in summer for your iced coffee, because the method works the other way round as well.

Capacity

You can get coffee pots in many different sizes. They range from espresso pots that hold two cups of coffee to thermos pots that hold two litres of coffee. Be sure to check the capacity of coffee pots that will be used to brew coffee at the same time, so that you don’t have to go to the cooker twice to brew four cups of coffee.

Heat resistance

Heat resistance is the ability of a material to withstand high temperatures. We all know that certain types of plastic are not.

Heat-resistant materials include ceramics, enamel, aluminium and porcelain. Heat-resistant glass should be specially marked, so pay attention to the description of your coffee pot.

You should be careful with coffee pots made of stoneware, because cracks or fissures can appear in the pot the first time it is used without preparation. Therefore, you should first place the pot in a pot of cold water and let the water boil. Then let the jug cool down and you can use it without hesitation.

Suitability for induction cookers

If you have an induction cooker and want to buy a coffee pot for direct preparation, it must of course be suitable for this. However, since an induction hob has not been a rarity for a long time, many manufacturers have now switched to induction-compatible coffee pots. It is best to always read the description of the products.

Suitability for dishwashers

Another important point for you could be that your coffee pot is dishwasher-safe, no matter whether it is used for preparation or just for serving. In the case of thermos pots, aluminium coffee pots or porcelain pots with imprints or gold rims, you should pay attention to the indication of dishwasher resistance. However, this does not mean that porcelain dishes in particular will not discolour after repeated washing in the dishwasher, as the material is generally very sensitive. It is best to ask the manufacturer directly.

Coffee pots: Frequently asked questions and answers

Here we have answered the most important questions about coffee pots and their purchase.

Who is a coffee pot suitable for?

A beautiful coffee pot adds a touch of elegance to any beautifully laid table. But coffee pots are not only used for serving, you can also prepare coffee directly in some of them. In addition, they can be used to keep the coffee warm for longer or to allow the aroma of the coffee to develop even better.

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Coffee pots have a long tradition because of the coffee. The oldest known coffee pots come from the Ottoman Empire and Ethiopia. (Image source: unsplash / Thomas Martinsen)

For someone who has a coffee maker at home but likes to go camping and doesn’t necessarily want to resort to water-soluble coffee, a coffee pot that makes coffee directly on an open fire can be useful.

What types of coffee pots are there?

As already mentioned, there are different types of coffee pots. Probably the first thing that comes directly to mind is the porcelain pots at grandma’s afternoon table with coffee and cake. Here is a brief overview of the different coffee pots:

  • Filter coffee pot: Filter coffee pots have a filter at the top of the pot. Some of them are reusable, others need an extra paper filter. The desired amount of coffee is poured into this filter and brewed by hand with hot water. Make sure that the water does not boil, the temperature should be between 93 and 97 degrees Celsius.
  • Press coffee pot: The press coffee pot or also called “French Press” has a press that pushes the coffee down after the preparation time. The coffee is poured into the pot and the pot is filled with hot (not boiling) water. Stir briefly and then close the coffee pot. Depending on how strong you want your coffee, let it brew for between 3 (mild) and 5 (strong) minutes and then slowly press the plunger down. With the press pot, make sure you use a coarser grind, as the press cannot grasp coffee that is too fine.
  • Espresso coffee pot: Espresso coffee pots have three parts. Water is poured into the bottom part to just below the pressure relief valve and the ground coffee into the middle part. Screw the top of the pot on tightly and heat the coffee directly on the stovetop over medium heat. When more steam comes out, the coffee is ready and can be served directly.
  • Ibrik or Cezve: This coffee pot is used for making Turkish coffee. About 50 millilitres of water and the desired amount of sugar should be poured into the ibrik per cup. Now boil the water briefly and stir the sugar, then add one heaped teaspoon of coffee per cup to the ibrik and boil it twice.
  • Coffee pot for serving: This type of coffee pot often serves the purpose of keeping the coffee warm (for example, Thermos coffee pots) or serving it at coffee get-togethers.

In the following table, we would like to present the coffee pots once again with their advantages and disadvantages:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Filter coffee pot one-time purchase for coffee pots with reusable filters extra vessel for preparation of hot water necessary
Press coffee pot mostly dishwasher safe extra vessel for preparation of hot water necessary
Espresso coffee pot direct coffee preparation in the pot not dishwasher-safe
Ibrik or Cezve very intensive coffee flavour only suitable for lovers of Turkish mocha, long preparation time
Serving coffee pot insulating or representative coffee pot preparation of coffee not possible

There is also the Jabana coffee pot. It originates from Ethiopia and has been used to prepare coffee for many hundreds of years. The process of making coffee is based on an ancient tradition and is therefore very lengthy and not really common in Europe.

What does a coffee pot cost?

Depending on the manufacturer, capacity and material, the price of coffee pots can vary greatly. While Ibrik coffee pots made of enamel can be bought for as little as 8 euros, you have to dig deeper into your pocket for large thermos pots that are well insulated and do not leak. With porcelain, the most important thing is the brand of the coffee pot.
Art Price
Filter coffee pot 25 – 50 euros
Press coffee pot 15 – 65 euros
Espresso coffee pot 15 – 50 euros
Ibrik or Cezve 8 – 45 euros
Thermos coffee pot 10 – 50 euros
Porcelain coffee pot 30 – 60 euros

The main rule here is: the bigger the coffee pot, the higher the price.

What alternatives are there to a coffee pot?

If you already have a coffee pot and are looking for an alternative because you are simply not satisfied, we have researched the following alternatives for you:

  • Coffee maker: may be more expensive to buy, but the possibilities for preparing coffee are much greater
  • Soluble coffee: the easiest and quickest way to make coffee

A coffee maker can have higher purchase and maintenance costs than a coffee pot, which allows you to make coffee. However, you have the advantage of finding a wide range of machines. For example, coffee beans are freshly ground or milk is foamed in the machine. Probably the cheapest and easiest way to prepare coffee is soluble coffee, which is brewed directly in your cup with hot water. This type of coffee is also called instant coffee. It is prepared by first roasting and grinding the raw coffee. Then the ground coffee is extracted and the liquid extract is concentrated and dried.

How do I clean a coffee pot properly?

No matter whether you use a thermos, glass, stainless steel or porcelain coffee pot, after a certain time deposits will form. This can not only make it look ugly, the pot can also start to smell unpleasant. Depending on the material, you should clean your coffee pot accordingly.

In principle, the more often you clean your coffee pot, the longer you will enjoy it.

However, especially with delicate pots that only have a small opening at the top, this can cause problems when cleaning. Deposits can also form in the neck of the jug, which cannot be reached in this way. If the coffee pot is not very dirty, you can use table salt and lemon juice. Take two teaspoons of salt and the juice of half a lemon, fill the coffee pot with hot water and mix well. After 30 minutes, your porcelain coffee pot will be free of dirt. If it is very dirty, you can repeat the same cleaning process with a packet of baking soda, hot water and several hours of soaking time.

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With simple home remedies such as citric acid or baking soda, your coffee pot will look like new again after cleaning. (Image source: unsplash / Philipp Cordts)

In addition to cleaning the espresso pot by hand after each use, it should be cleaned every few weeks to prevent calcification. To do this, you can put all the parts except the rubber seal in a bowl with lukewarm water and citric acid, vinegar or baking soda and let it soak for 15 minutes. Afterwards, the parts of the pot should be rinsed well and reassembled.

Is there a difference between coffee and tea pots?

Yes, there is and it is even serious. The shape of a teapot is quite different. Because of its bulbous shape – it is usually even wider than it is tall – the tea leaves floating at the bottom are supposed to release their aroma better. In addition, the spout is very far down to allow the aromas to reach the cup first. In coffee pots, the spout is set extra high to prevent any coffee brew from getting into the cup.

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Originally, the leaves of the coffee plant were infused in a similar way to tea. Only later did people begin to roast and grind the coffee beans. (Image source: unsplash / Jo Lanta)

You may also find that when you use a teapot to serve coffee, the coffee takes on a bit of a tea flavour, as the flavours can settle in fine hairline cracks in the material.

Conclusion

With the invention of drinkable coffee, coffee pots became necessary. Even then, coffee pots were also used directly for brewing. It was only with the invention of coffee machines that coffee pots were then discovered as a stylish way to serve coffee. Often, the prints on porcelain coffee pots even suggest the place of manufacture, as certain patterns used to be printed only in certain areas.

Today, these are often still used on grandma’s coffee table or as stylish decorative elements such as flower vases. Coffee pots, such as the French Press or the espresso maker, do not need any other materials to make coffee and are therefore environmentally friendly and ecological, unlike capsule coffee. What’s more, it’s super easy to make coffee anywhere – even at the campsite, for example.

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