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Coffee Makers in Korea: Choose Your Brew

If the cost of buying coffee at one of the countless cafes around Korea is bringing you down, a homebrewed cup can wake you up without the guilt of a 5,000-won latte.


Cuisinart Brew Central


One of the most versatile and easy-to-use machines on the market today, the Brew Central coffee maker can have your favorite roast ready for you first thing in the morning with its programmable features and automatic shutoff. For 84,000 won, you can brew from one to twelve cups of regular to bold coffee, complete with a dripless spout and brew pause button to pour a cup mid-cycle without any spillage. Grind yourself the perfect drip with Cuisinart’s stainless steel Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill, 50,000 won, with 18 different grinds and an automatic stop when the grind is done.


Bodum Chambord French Press


Bodum offers affordable, easy-to-clean French presses in three different sizes – three cups for 40,000 won, four cups for 45,000 won or eight cups for 50,000 won. Upgrade to Bodum’s 100,000-won double-wall French press, for a spill- and crack-proof option that keeps your coffee hot even longer. A coarse grind of coffee is recommended, since the press’s filter can more easily clog with a fine grind. Let the coffee and water brew together for a minimum of four minutes before gently pressing the plunger into the pot, and serve immediately.


Yama Glass Cold Drip Maker


Cold drip coffee offers a rich, acid-free taste through a slow and steady brew process. Yama’s 270,000-won version of the cold drip comes with a ceramic filter and is adaptable for both coffee and tea. To use, submerge ice with cold water in the top chamber, add fine-ground coffee to the filter in the middle chamber, and set the valve to drip. At about one drip per second, the eight-hour brew process results in six to eight cups of smooth coffee that will keep refrigerated for up to seven days in a sealed container.


West Bend Classic Stainless-Steel Percolator

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West Bend’s 60,000-won percolator brings a retro feel to any kitchen by circulating hot water around coffee grounds, filling your home with that classic perking sound. This lightweight electric coffee maker comes with a detachable cord and heat-resistant base – perfect for tabletop serving. With its automatic warm mode, you can keep your two to twelve cups of coffee at serving temperature for hours. Since percolator coffee is continually boiled before serving, try a low-acidity, smooth roast with a coarse grind for the best flavor.


Bialetti Kitty Moka Pot


Available in a four-cup size for 45,000 won or six-cup for 60,000 won, this stainless steel stovetop pot brews strong coffee similar to espresso. Experts advise using drip-ground coffee and pre-heated water to prevent transferring a metallic taste from your pot. Once the pitcher is full of fresh coffee, using steam pressure from your stove, remove from heat and wrap with a chilled, damp towel to halt the brewing process and leave you with a deep, rich flavor. Bialetti’s heat-resistant handle with a wide reach makes it drinkable immediately – straight from the pot to your mug or diluted with hot water or milk.


Nespresso Citiz Espresso Maker


This modern countertop espresso maker allows you to create your own espresso beverages  at home with its no-mess, foolproof system that uses Nespresso’s espresso capsules. The Citiz, 300,000 won, comes with an adjustable tray to fit a variety of mug sizes as well as an automatic power-saver, high-pressure pump and removable water tank – making the home espresso process as simple as ever. Add the Aeroccino Plus, the Citiz’s companion milk steamer, for 100,000 won to get a proper, consistent temperature and froth hot or cold milk with two whisk attachments.






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