How to Choose a Coffee Machine?

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How to Choose a Coffee Machine?
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If so, we can certainly help you out today.

 

Our buying guide below will help you understand the different types of coffee machines and how you can choose between them. So, once you go through this article, selecting the right machine for your kitchen will be easy.

 

While comparing the different coffee machines, you need to do so on 3 parameters. Once you judge them on 3 parameters, making the right decision becomes easy.

 

Types of coffee machines: 

 

Did you know, more than 7 different types of coffee machines are available?

 

We will today go into the details of these 7 types. Once you understand their work and the kind of coffee they have on offer, shortlisting the right one will be easy.

 

Filter drip coffee machines

 

The filter drip is the technique that these machines use to make coffee. In this coffee maker, hot water drips slowly over ground coffee beans. After that, the water passes through a filter which is heated. The good news is that you can easily customize the brewing temperature, time, and volume of coffee you need. We will highlight one such machine below to understand what kind of features it has and why it is so popular.

 

 

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The advantage of this coffee machine is that it allows you to brew automatically and keeps your coffee warm. With the help of easy voice commands, controlling it is not going to be a problem. The stainless steel finish makes it aesthetically pleasing.

 

With a capacity of 25 fluid ounces or 5 cups of coffee, it is suitable for use throughout the day. You get a coffee pot, a permanent coffee filter, and even a coffee spoon. The easy to understand button controls make it convenient to use. You need to put the beans in from time to time and refill the water. Once you do so, it is easy to get your filter coffee at any time.

 

The distinctive taste of filter coffee is what makes such machines a perfect choice.

 

Pod Coffee machines

 

The pod coffee machine is one of the most convenient to use. You have to put the coffee pods into the machine. After that, once you click the start button, it will brew coffee on its own. The pods can consist of the ground as well as roasted coffee beans. Every pod can brew limited cups of coffee. That is why you might have to replace it from time to time. The advantage of pod coffee machines, however, is that they are pretty compact. You can easily understand its working by going through the example below.

 

 

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The advantage of this pod coffee machine is that it can help you brew a cup of coffee in under 3 minutes. The compact and durable design ensures that you will not have to worry about wear and tear. Another advantage is that you can choose between 2 different brewing styles according to your requirement.

 

The self-cleaning design of the machine ensures that the maintenance is almost nil. Not only that, the design of the machine is such that you can keep it on any flat surface. Thus, such a machine is compact and offers some bit of customization in terms of brewing style.

 

If you're planning to buy a coffee brewing machine for personal use and like to experiment with different coffee types, pod machines are the perfect option for you.

 

Espresso machine

Espresso machines use different technique to brew your cup of coffee. They use high pressure to not only heat the water but also move it through the ground beans. Consequently, you get a concentrated shot of coffee.

 

While some espresso machines allow you to use pods and finely ground beans, many allow you to use one of them. That is why, before choosing an espresso machine, you have to figure out whether you need one which uses pods or ground beans. We will highlight one of the finest espresso makers below to give you an idea of what you can expect.

 

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This machine is so popular because it provides you with a single knob, which allows you to brew your coffee quite easily. It will enable you to choose the steam settings as well as the type of coffee which you need. The 3.5 bar pressure ensures that you can get your espresso shot easily. The machine can brew up to 4 cups of espresso coffee.

 

The accurate temperature control ensures that you can get a consistent taste while using this machine. The frothing arm ensures that you can control the texture of the espresso easily. The stainless steel design is another reason why you should go for it. Not only that, the washable drip catcher allows you to maintain it easily. All of these in a compact machine. That is why this espresso machine is such a good choice.

 

If you prefer concentrated shots of coffee, the espresso machine is the way to go.

 

Bean to cup machine

 

Do you like coffee made from freshly ground beans?

 

If so, bean to cup coffee machines can help you achieve that. Normally, you store beans in them. It is only when you put the settings to brew coffee, the beans are grounded, and coffee is made. That is why it is easy for you to get a rich taste when using such a machine. Before you make up your mind about it, go through one of the finest beans to cup machines below.

 

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With a burr grinder, you can get fresh coffee brewed each time you use this machine. The steel grinder ensures that wear and tear are not going to be a problem. The adjustable manual froth allows you to get the texture that you want.

 

The heat-up time of fewer than 40 seconds saves you a lot of time. Not only that, it offers pressure up to 15 bars, which is another reason to go for it. While other beans to cup coffee machines do not offer this feature, this one delivers iced coffee if you choose that setting. That is why it is one of the best beans to cup machines available.

 

If you're a coffee connoisseur, a bean to cup machine is the only solution for you.

 

Ground machines

 

Ground machines, as the name itself suggests, work with already ground coffee beans. They provide you with customization settings for your coffee, but they do not grind the coffee beans for you. If you do not wish to deal with coffee beans, these are the machines you should go with.

 

 

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The advantage of this coffee machine is that it can brew two cups of coffee. You can program it for the next 24 hours. The auto-shutoff mechanism is another unique advantage.

 

It lets you know how much ground coffee is leftover as well. It helps you determine how many cups are remaining before you need to refill them. The self-cleaning feature is another reason why you should go for it. Thus, if you're looking for an easy to use coffee machine that allows you to customize every cup of coffee, you should go with this option.

 

So, if you just want to put the powder into the machine and hot water and customize the rest, ground machines are the perfect choice for you.

 

Single-cup machine

 

Do you often brew only a single cup?

 

If yes, a single-cup machine is a perfect option. These allow you to customize the coffee to a certain extent but are quite compact. Moreover, if you want to brew coffee just by pressing a single button, these are perfect for you.

 

 

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This is one of the best single-serve coffee machines because it can brew an 8-ounce cup of coffee in less than 90 seconds. For a 14 ounce cup of coffee, you will have to wait 2.5 minutes or less. The mesh filter ensures that you can use the coffee ground powder which you want.

 

The easy to clean stainless steel construction reduces maintenance. The spill-resistant drip tray another convenience that you have. You can use it with any kind of ground coffee. The compact design allows you to keep it with you wherever you want. Thus, the fact that it works with any ground coffee and is pretty compact makes it a good choice.

 

You shouldn't ignore such a coffee machine if you're buying one only for single-serve use.

 

French press machine

 

French Press is the technique used to make coffee. Such a machine consists of coarse coffee beans. The boiling hot water is poured into coffee beans for several minutes. While extracting the coffee, the plunger presses down the coarse coffee beans to the bottom of the container that you can extract the coffee. Such machines often consist of a large container along with the plunger. To understand more about this machine, take a look at the example below.

 

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The overall capacity of this French press machine is 34 ounces. It can help you make coffee within just 4 minutes. The stainless steel plunger ensures that it can press on coarse coffee easily. The mesh filter is quite reliable, as well.

 

The Bodum safety lid ensures that you will not have to worry about the contents spilling over. The dishwasher-safe design makes it simple for you to clean it. Not only that, the coffee extract has the maximum flavour as well. That is why, when you're holding your coffee, you can get a strong flavour quite easily. The stainless steel plunger, along with a reliable mesh, ensures that you can get a strong flavour always.

 

If you're a fan of the French press technique of making coffee, you can go with this machine.

 

Thus, the 1st criteria you need to look at is the type of coffee machine you need. It all depends on the coffee type you prefer to drink, or if you are very particular about the coffee, you can choose the machine accordingly. Only when you're sure about the type, you can check out the next two criteria for choosing such a machine.

 

Types of control:

 

The controls of the coffee maker will determine whether it is easy to use or not. If it has a significant learning curve, it does not make sense to go with that machine. We will today highlight the different type of controls which such a machine can offer. Once you go through these, it will become easier for you to choose the right one.

 

Touch Control

Touch controls are the easiest to operate. They do not require much of a learning curve either. However, machines with touch controls are susceptible to control breakdown after a couple of years. That is why maintenance is on the higher side. Going with machines with touch controls, you have to make a compromise between convenience and maintenance.

 

Knob Control

The control is equally easy to operate. However, knobs are sturdy. The maintenance is on the lower side. That is why, if you need a low maintenance machine, go with a knob one.

 

Button Control

Button controls are one of the oldest types of controls in such machines. They are equally easy to understand, as well. Needless to say, they are durable as well. That is why, if you want to go with a machine that is easy to operate, low on maintenance, and has a minimal learning curve, go with a button-based one.

 

Mouse controls

Some machines, especially the ones having touch controls, have a mouse as well. The mouse pointer allows you to select the right option easily. However, such machines do not just have mouse control. Mouse control is in addition to touch control.

 

Voice controls

These days many machines offer voice controls as well. However, just like mouse control, voice control is also offered in conjunction with the type of control options. The beauty of voice control is that you can easily integrate it with various digital assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant to control it. However, voice controls have a learning curve. They might seem convenient, but only when you know the right voice commands you operate the machine.

 

After going through the different control options, you have to look at the control type you prefer and then shortlist the machine accordingly. Once you compare the machine to these two parameters, you will easily shortlist a handful of options.

 

Going through the 3rd criteria, it will become even easier for you to pick the best machine to brew your coffee.

 

Scope of application:

 

Not every coffee maker is suitable for every application. You have to take it to the place where you are going to use the coffee maker. Only after that, choosing the right one becomes easy. There are essentially three different types of applications in which you can use a coffee maker. We will highlight these three below.

 

Personal

When you're buying a coffee maker for personal use, you can go with a single-serve coffee maker. In that case, whether the coffee brews for 45 seconds or whether the coffee brews for 75 seconds hardly makes any difference. The features that make it different is that it should offer customization options and a compact design.

 

Cafe

When you're looking for a coffee maker for a cafe, speed is pretty important. Not only that, but the capacity of the maker is essential as well. In that case, buying one which requires frequent refills is not a good idea. The control should be easy to memorize as well. You have to look at all these features while buying a coffee maker for a cafe.

 

Office

When buying one for the office, the maintenance should be on the lower side. The holding capacity of the maker should be on the higher side. Not only that, the customization options should be wide as well. Office coffee makers can be bulky. However, they should be extremely reliable. You have to look out for these characteristics when you're buying one for your office.

 

Once you consider the scope of the application, it will become effortless for you to choose the best coffee machine.


Thus, once you consider these three parameters, using our guide of what will be easy for you to pick the best coffee machine. So, you need to compare the different machines on these three parameters and after that, you can buy the machine that meets your requirements precisely.

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