Coffee Carafes for Automatic Drip Coffee Makers
Automatic drip coffee makers are the most common type of coffee maker found in homes. It has been around for many years and continues to be as popular today as it was when it was first introduced to the coffee world. There have been many advances in the features available on the automatic coffee maker including the different types of carafes that are available.
The original coffee pots or carafes that came with automatic drip coffeemakers were made of glass. These heavy duty glass pots were the receptacle for the coffee to drip into and had little more lid than a plastic covering with a hole for pouring and one for receiving the coffee from the coffee basket. The only means of keeping the coffee warm in these glass pots was and still is the warming plate on the unit.
These glass carafes serve their purpose. They catch the coffee and keep it warm while it is being served. However, the coffee has to remain on the warmer in order to stay warm and the coffee will become unsavory after being on the heat for any extended period of time. Additionally, the glass pot stains easily and can break. It is also not very practical for use as a serving carafe at a luncheon or breakfast unless there is an additional hot plate to set the carafe on while it is being served.
Today’s coffeemaker can be purchased with thermal carafes that are attractive for serving and keeping the coffee hot. These thermal carafes can be taken off the hot plate and used to serve without fear of the coffee becoming cold quickly. Another advantage to the thermal carafe is that the coffee stains do not show and it doesn’t break as easily as a glass carafe does.
Individuals who have an automatic drip maker with a glass carafe and would prefer to have a thermal carafe should visit the coffee maker’s website and other coffee websites to see if they have a thermal model that will fit their coffee maker. Often automatic drip coffee maker carafes are interchangeable. This makes it possible to find a thermal carafe to replace an older glass model.
Thermal carafes come in a variety of styles and materials. Some are heavy, molded plastic material that is insulated while others are stainless steel with insulated interiors. Both make lovely serving pieces for breakfasts and lunches and both types keep coffee at a nice serving temperature linger than a glass carafe does.
Coffee carafes are another choice that consumers should consider when looking at makers. The carafe is the part that will be used when serving and should be able to keep the coffee warm and make an attractive presentation.