Coffee machines made of wood are by no means the most common manufacturing material on the market. When we talk about wooden coffee machines, we almost always think of decorative objects or toys, but never of real devices for making coffee, although they do exist. And in this article, we are going to tell you about them in detail.
For obvious safety reasons, wooden coffee machines cannot house any electrical appliance inside them, so these machines are ruled out from the start. The only wooden espresso machines we can find are some single references that incorporate some wooden finish, such as the handle of the portafilter and so on. But you won’t find any all-wooden bodywork on an electric coffee machine.
The search for wooden coffee machines is therefore reduced to manual coffee machines, whose use is also ritualistic and artisanal and fits in very well with the idea of using wood in their manufacture. It is not usual to come across coffee machines made entirely of wood, but only in some parts or ornaments. Here we can see a varied sample:
Below, we will briefly review the different types of wooden coffee makers that can be found on the market, so that you know where to start looking:
Pour Over wooden coffee machines
We start with drip cones or manual filtering systems. In this segment, we can find numerous coffee machines with wooden decorations, some well known and others not so well known but with the same construction philosophy.
Most of these wooden filter coffee machines are actually borosilicate glass containers (which is the most common material for this type of process, withstand temperature changes without deforming) with some decoration or finish in wood. We have, therefore, the usual coffee makers with wooden necks, such as the Chemex or other similar proposals.
We also have the legendary Hario V60 filter cones, mostly made of glass, but also have some special finishes in olive wood. Like this one:
Italian coffee pots with wooden handles
Obviously, Italian coffee machines cannot be made of wood, as they have to be placed directly on the stove. However, there are some models of Italian coffee machines with wooden handles, which offer an exquisite finish, far removed from the traditional standards of a segment that is very much anchored in “traditional” design. Here are some examples of those we have found on Amazon:
French Press coffee machines made of wood
The infuser cups of French Press coffee machines are usually made of stainless steel or borosilicate glass to withstand the sharp contrast in temperature when boiling water is poured directly over the coffee.
However, as with Italian Mokas, it is possible to find manufacturers who opt for French presses with wooden handles as a way of distinguishing themselves from the rest and bringing a different touch to the sector.
Another type of coffee makers with wooden handles are often the Turkish coffee machines or cezves, although these are, of course, not so popular on the market anymore.
Wooden toy coffee machines
It is clear that this is not the same type of product as the previous ones… wooden toy coffee makers are not used to make coffee. But they are an ideal complement for your children’s toy kitchen or to encourage role-playing.
There are basically two types of toy coffee machines on the market: plastic and wooden. Of course, there is no distinction between the two options… neither in terms of quality nor in terms of sustainability. And in this article, we have to deal only with the latter.
Wooden coffee machines for children come from the most varied manufacturers and brands on the toy market and generally imitate two types of machines: capsule machines and espresso machines. And of course, they usually include various accessories in the form of cups, glasses, small consumables, etc. A sure hit for the gift-giving season!
Handcrafted wooden coffee machines
Handcrafted wooden coffee makers are usually the option that comes to mind when we think of an antique wooden coffee machine. Of course, you are not going to find these types of pieces in shops, but you will have to order them from an artisan or carpentry professional.
In any case, the task is not going to be easy because we tend to always associate coffee pots with an electrical appliance. In Latin America, for example, manual coffee-making methods are much more popular, and in many homes, we can find classic wooden coffee machines with manual filtering.
Another option, of course, is to make your own. How do you make a wooden coffee maker? It’s very simple:
Very simple… as long as you have some carpentry skills, of course. Because in the end, it’s really just a single piece with the right measurements and finishes.
As you can see, many of these models are not wooden coffee pots per se, but wooden holders for a cloth coffee filter (the classic coffee sock).