There are a lot of things to put into consideration when buying a coffee maker, but the decision is going to be mainly determined by cost, preference, and convenience.
We have compiled a list of the major things to look for in this article. If you want to read something more intricate then this post from WhichCooker is great. However, read on below to get a good overview.
Convenience: are you looking for a hands-off coffee-making experience when you get up? Do you love the ritual of brewing coffee in the morning? Getting a programmable electric coffee maker can be a good idea because you will have your coffee ready when you get up. If you have less automated machines, then you have to give it more attention, but it will still involve a few pushes of the buttons. If you choose manual pour-over coffee makers- such as stovetop espresso pots and French press brewers – you will have to give full attention to the process. For homes that prefer different types of coffee in small quantities, a pod machine is a perfect choice.
Type of Coffee:
Espresso machines and coffee makers are usually separate machines, but there are hybrid machines that allow you to make both types of coffee. You will need a lot of space for two machines, but it is going to be the best option if you love espresso and coffee and you want to make the perfect cup. Hybrid machines take less space and you are going to spend less than purchasing two separate machines, but you might not get the highest quality of both espresso and coffee. A pod machine has the option of espresso type drink but it is not authentic. This means you have to skip such machines if you like traditional espresso or cappuccino.
You can find a coffee maker that allows you to brew the exact amount of coffee you need. There are machines that allow you to make a wide range of brew sizes, but there are some that restrict you to a few options. Single-cup brewers are the perfect option for those living alone or where different people prefer different flavors or styles of coffee. Such machines are also great for homes where people wake up at different times. Machines making large quantities of coffee are the best option for people making larger quantities and love lots of coffee. They are also great for family breakfast, dinner parties, and brunch with neighbors. The machine is usually labeled 10 to 12 cups, but you need to keep in mind that a cup in this case measures 5 to 6 ozs, and not 8 or 16. If you need a coffee machine for small events, there are commercial-sized brewers able to brew a lot of cups.
If you drink throughout the day, you need to consider getting a coffee maker with a thermal carafe so it can keep things hot no matter the time. If you just drink it in the morning, you don’t have to worry because a glass brewer with a warming plate is going to be enough. However, there are those who hate the burnt taste the warmer causes when left for too long. If family members go out in the morning, then a pod machine is the obvious choice because they can get a cup without having to worry whether they left the machine on.
The size of the coffee machine is not going to have any effect on your cup, but it can cause a lot of headaches if it doesn’t fit the designated space. When purchasing a coffee machine, accurately measure the designated space and ensure that it is going to it. When measuring the designated space, think about the space needed when opening the top of the machine to add grounds and water. Consider mug sizes for single-serve machines. Most larger mugs out there are not going to fit under the brewer.
Custom Brewing Options:
Basic machines don’t come with a lot of options, only the option of adding fewer or more water or coffee grounds, while the more complicated ones give you the option of choosing brew strength, water temperature, and brew sizes. Some machines have the option of making hot tea, chocolate, and more. Simple machines are not that expensive and you will not get confused when using them.
There are machines that have options that are beyond brewing and have options for programmed brewing at a specific time, a thermal carafe to keep it warm, and keep-warm or auto-shutoff. Some also have features like audible alerts when your coffee is done. High-end machines can have features like bean grinding, milk frothing, and notifications to clean the machine. The most expensive are espresso machines and coffee/espresso brewers but they also come with the most options.