How to Select a Coffee Maker
With so many options available, a how to select coffee maker guide has become necessary. While coffee machines are more powerful than ever, a first time buyer might get bewildered with all the variants being sold. If you’re new to the world of coffee machines, this guide will explain all you need to know.
There are numberless coffee machine variants available, but the following are the most common and the ones you’re most likely to find online.
- Filter Coffee Machines
These coffee machines require you to fill it with cold water, which a heating element will subsequently warm up. It is then sent through a basketful of coffee and into a container which a hot plate keeps warm. These are versatile machines compatible with any ground coffee.
- Capsule or Pod Coffee Machines
Coffee is contained in capsules or pods which are then inserted into the coffee maker. Once you press the appropriate button, the capsule is pierced and hot water is sent through it and into a container. These machines are widely available and easy to clean, but you can only use pods that are compatible with the machine.
- Percolators Ground Machines
Here, the coffee is placed over a water chamber, and when the water boils it is sent into a tube and in a specially designed compartment. Electric models are available as well as stove tops.
- Pump Espresso Maker
These are special coffee machines that have a thermostatically controlled boiler that heats water up to 85 to 92 C, which is the most appropriate for coffee. When this temperature is reached the water goes into the ground coffee at the most suitable bar pressure. Many types of pump espresso makers are available, but most of them usually have a steaming milk tool which can be used for cappuccinos and lathes.
- Bean to Cup Machines
Bean to cup machines work differently from the others, as coffee beans are grinded, after which hot water is run through them before dispersion. This is basically an espresso mixer but includes a grinder.
Which Coffee Machine is Easiest to Use?
If you’re looking for the simplest coffee maker, then capsule coffee machines are the way to go. They’re very easy to use, as you just need to pop the capsule in, press a button and wait for your coffee to come out. You don’t need to know anything about coffee grounds or learn brewing techniques as the machine will do all the work for you.
Not only are capsule coffee makers easy to use, but there is plenty of variety here. However, you need to understand that capsules are a bit more expensive compared to beans, although capsules are still cheaper compared to buying at a coffee shop. The other major drawback is you can only use the capsules that are available, so that’s something you need to keep in mind.
That’s not an issue for many people which is why capsule coffee machines are very popular. But if you’re more particular about the flavor, a beans to cup or manual coffee machine would be more appropriate. If you’re going to buy a capsule machine, look for one that can steam and/or froth milk, although these models are expensive. However, the additional price is worth it if you’re looking for the widest range of drinks possible for your machine.
Capsule machines are, in short, ideal if you’re looking for a quick way to make delicious coffee with several flavors to choose from. If you can’t be bothered with experimenting with coffee beans, then this is the best option.
For Picky Coffee Drinkers
If you’re particular about the coffee you drink, a manual espresso machine is the only reliable alternative. As the name makes clear, these machines need manual work to set up, but they provide you with the finest coffee possible and you have complete control over the results.
If you decide to buy an espresso machine, make sure you have right kind of coffee, one with a fine grind. If you’re going to purchase coffee beans you must have a burr coffee grinder. If you’re going to purchase pre-ground coffee you need to make sure that it is ground for the machine. In addition, you need to take the time to study how an espresso machine works and what the options are so you can get the best results possible.
The biggest advantage offered by a manual espresso machine is the wide range of coffee available, from blends to single origin coffee. You can therefore experiment as much as you like until you find the right mix. On the other hand, capsule machines are easier to use and if you just want tasty coffee to go, then you’re better off with it. The choice in the end, is entirely up to you.