Every single time you look for a coffee maker, you end up with a list of amazing brands to choose from. They tell you that you should always consider the price, the amount of coffee it can brew, and other fun features you can get from a coffee machine. But the truth is, you only need at least one TYPE of coffee machine that will brew the right taste! Know what you need here!
We’re beginning with the most basic: the super simple manual pour-over. You may be able to picture this type of machine: a simple plastic cone that can sit on top of a mug. Manual pour-overs allow you to fill a filter with your preferred beans, and then – as the name suggests – pour hot water over the grinds in order to brew great coffee directly into your cup.
Manual pour-overs are great for quickly brewing a single cup. This would be a great choice if you’re brewing coffee for one, and if you don’t mind brewing cups as you need them (as opposed to brewing a whole pot all at once). This type of coffee brewer also works well for bringing on a hike, backpacking or hunting trip. So next time you go on a trip with your spotting scope, binoculars, etc. you should also remember a pour-over!
Automatic pour-overs are similarly simple. The finished product is very similar to that of a manual pour-over, but these machines actually automate as much of the process as possible.
If you’d rather not be stuck manually pouring the water over your grounds, but would rather be able to walk away and come back to a finished pot, this is a great option. And if you want to be able to brew more than one cup at a time, an automatic machine is a smart move.
Many of these automatic pour-over machines are similar to our next category – the traditional drip machine – but they differ in some key ways. For example, most automatic pour-over machines actually run a “bloom cycle.” This function mimics the traditional pour-over method of letting the grinds “bloom” with a splash of water before really beginning to pour.
Many straightforward drip machines offer features such as programmability and warming. This means that you can set a time for the coffee to begin brewing and wake up to a fresh pot. It also means that you can choose for your finished pot to be kept warm throughout the day.
Be sure to pay attention to details such as filtering, programmability, whether the machine uses a hot plate or an insulated carafe, and the overall capacity.
Espresso is no longer exclusive to your trendy local coffee bar. Home espresso machines have seriously grown into their own, and models now offer a solid and reliable way to bring your favorite drinks into your own kitchen.
Many espresso machines also offer a range of automation. Some higher-end models are able to automate almost the entire process – from tamping the espresso puck, to timing the shot and frothing the milk – and this may be useful for those who are too intimidated to jump straight into the world of baristas.
This type of coffee brewer actually takes advantage of pressure to brew a perfect pot. These machines heat water in the lower chamber, and the steam pushes liquid up into the top chamber. In the top chamber, water is able to mix with grinds. When the water begins to cool, and when the steam condenses and causes the pressure to change, coffee is drawn back down to the original chamber. Grinds remain up top, and you’re ready to go with a fresh pot.
These machines look great, and they’re enjoyable to watch, but they aren’t just a gimmick. Many users claim to prefer the taste of siphon coffee, and it’s worth exploring. Consider this type of model, especially if you’re looking for a fun way to brew coffee with guests.
These five different types of coffee machines can all serve different purposes, so it’s important to think carefully about what you’re interested in. You’re not just making coffee – you’re choosing how to make coffee. After taking a glance at this overview, you’ll be well on your way.