Is there anything else as perfect as the taste of java early in the morning? Maybe there is but a cup of coffee to start off your day not only keeps you rejuvenated but also pumps in more life into your body hence starting the day right. In the recent days, more people prefer brewing their own coffee at home to spending more on the same in expensive restaurants. This is all good for there is so many coffee machines in the market unfortunately, finding the ideal machine for all your needs can be so overwhelming.
Modern technology has brought a lot of good features on the coffee makers from programmability to a thermal carafe to keep the coffee hot for a bit longer and so many other settings that can let you adjust the strength of the coffee. It’s unbelievable how sophisticated the coffee makers have become and it’s not just about on/off switch alone. They range in variety from a simple percolator to a more advanced espresso machine. If you are interested in purchasing a coffee maker at home, the following buying guide is to make your experience less daunting and help you find the design that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Factors to consider.
1.Number of cups.
If you only need a single cup, a one or two-cup drip model or single-serve pod machine would be the perfect choice. On the other hand, if you need multiple cups, get a bigger machine with most large models having a carrying capacity of 10 to 12 cups.
2.Amount of time between cups
If you are the type who takes coffee all through the day then consider a coffee maker with insulated carafe or mug. This is to ensure your coffee remains fresh-tasting and hot for hours. Glass pots with warming plates can make the coffee taste stale after staying longer.
One should look for a model that is convenient for them, for instance if you have less visibility in the morning, a unit with an automatic ‘on’ will be perfect and if you are easily forgetful, an automatic ‘off’ model will be useful. Other factors to consider include, clear marking to indicate amount of water, ease of use and cleaning, simplicity and also storage. Get something that can easily fit in the cabinets.
4.Espresso or normal coffee?
Normal coffee markers cannot be used to make espresso for it requires a different process. If you prefer finely ground coffee then get an espresso maker which ranges from a simple two-chamber pot to fully automatic machines. With the recent innovation though, it’s possible to get a model that combine both regular coffee and espresso but using different processes.
Types of coffee makers
You probably enjoy the different flavors of coffee or you prefer larger quantities. Regardless of your needs, there is a coffee make tailor-made just for you. Below are some of the most common types of coffee makers.
1.Single-serve coffee makers
Also known as pod coffee makers and are ideal for individuals who do not have enough patience to wait for a pot of coffee to brew. This model uses a sealed coffee pod to brew coffee and require less clean up because of so many flavor pods and cups available. As much as they are so fast, they are expensive to buy and operate because of the frequent purchase of refills.
2.Automatic drip coffee makers
This is the most popular coffee maker and its common in most workplaces and household because it is easy to use. To operate it, all you have to do is fill the chamber with water, add coffee in the filter basket the presses the switch to heat the water then pour it over the filter basket into the pot. It can brew approximately 10 to 12 cups of coffee. It’s important to note that when purchasing a coffee maker, consider features such as programmability, pause functionality and automatic ‘turnoff’ so that to ease the process.
3. Electric French-Press coffee makers
This is ideal for those looking for the ultimate robust coffee flavor. Coarsely ground coffee beans are steeped over hot water then with the use of a manual plunger, the filter is pressed down to separate grounds from flavorful coffee extracts.
Creating espresso requires more time and effort. It is made by squeezing small amount of water into finely ground coffee. The espresso can then be used in making other coffee drinks such as cappuccino, mocha and caffe latte .Types of espresso makers range from simple manual models to steam and electric pump. Electric pump models range from manual to automatic then super automatic in which the machines completely grinds the beans, makes espresso then collects the grounds in a bin.
Basic coffeemakers can still make goo coffee but some additional features can make a model more convenient and easy to use. Some of those features include:
- Programmability settings: allows you to set the time for the machine to start brewing
- Thermal carafe: Keeps coffee hot for longer and fresh-tasting.
- Brew-strength control: Allows you to produce stronger brews by controlling flow of water.
- Small batch setting: controls water flow to prevent a weaker brew when making a small amount.
- Pause and serve: Allows you to pull away the carafe and fill the cup without spilling.
- Auto shutoff: Automatically shuts off the heating element.
- Self-clean cycle: Reminds you to periodically clean the machine
- Water filter: eliminates odd-tasting coffee and odor although it needs to be replaced periodically
- Built-in-grinder: to save on space as it performs both brewing and grinding.
There are so many coffee maker brands, from Black and Decker to Mr. Coffee, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Kurps, Gevalia, Mellita so many more. Although the first two are the largest brands, it’s important for one to compare the features on the other brands before purchasing the perfect coffee maker for them. Always remember the best coffee maker is the one that can perfectly take care of your needs, is within your budget and provides the convenience that you are looking for.