Have you ever been overwhelmed when shopping for a coffee machine? There are so many different types that when trying to find one that fits your specific needs can be a little bit overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide to help you pick the best possible option!
The Manual Coffee Maker
A manual coffee maker is one that doesn’t require any electricity. You simply grind the beans, put them into the maker, and then pour hot water over them.
A French Press is a kind of manual coffee maker that doesn’t require a filter. You simply pour the coarsely-ground coffee into the container, cover it in boiling water to the top, and place the mesh plunger on top of the grounds. After four minutes, you depress the plunger, and you have delicious coffee!
Pourover coffee is slightly different - it consists of a cone-like shape that you place the coffee cup under. Using a special cone-shaped filter, you first wet the filter, place the ground beans inside, and pour boiling water over the grounds. The coffee drips slowly into the cup below, and it’s as easy as that!
There are a lot of good reasons to use a manual coffee maker! Manual coffee makers produce great flavor, due to the fact that the brewing methods leave more of the oils from the coffee bean in the coffee itself. They don’t take up a lot of space, are easy to clean, and manual brewing methods are generally pretty cheap. French presses can be found in stores and online for as little as $10!
There are few downsides to this option, except for this one: If you need to make coffee for a crowd, this is not the coffee maker you need.
- Budget Friendly
- Small Space Friendly
- Best Flavor
The Drip Coffee Maker
A drip coffee maker is what you would think of as a regular coffee maker. They’re incredibly versatile, easy-to-use, and you can find them in virtually any store that sells home supplies. You know how they work - pop a filter in the basket, put the grounds in, pour water into it, and press a button! Voila. Easy coffee in just a few minutes!
The best thing about the drip coffee maker is how easy it is to use.There are some models that will even let you schedule your coffee the night before, so it’s entirely possible for you to wake up to freshly made coffee if you prep the machine the night before!
Another bonus is that if you need to make large-batch coffee, this is your best bet, and while it won’t have the flavor of french press or pourover coffee, the flavor will always be solid if you use good beans.
- Busy Life Friendly
- Budget Friendly
- Large Batch Friendly
The Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig coffee makers have made the single-serve, pod-based coffee machine very popular in the last decade or so. They’re one of my personal favorites, and in my collection of coffee making apparatuses, probably the one I use the most.
Here’s the thing about a single-serve coffee maker. The flavor is on par with a drip coffee machine if you get the right pods, it’s quick, and the cleanup is virtually nil. It needs to be cleaned periodically, but you won’t find yourself scrubbing out a cloudy carafe on a regular basis, and it gets you your coffee quick because it’s single-serve.
Obviously, this is not your option for large batches, but it’s infinitely customizable because of the different kinds of pods, and some pod-based coffee makers can even make tea and hot chocolate! They’re also available in lots of different price ranges, so anyone can pick one up and start using it.
- Busy Life Friendly
- Easy to Clean
The Espresso Machine
If you find yourself frequenting coffee shops for drinks like lattes and Americanos, you might want to think about investing in an espresso machine. These machines can be a little more expensive and tricky to operate, but if you’re a fan of the taste and drink them regularly, then an espresso machine may be a good choice.
Espresso is a delicious way to drink coffee, and if you’re buying lattes two or three times a day, a good espresso machine may eventually save you a lot of money. This is great for coffee enthusiasts, and there’s no denying you’ll be getting grade A taste.
- Excellent Flavor
- Money-Saving For Coffee Shop Addicts
- Coffee Enthusiast Friendly
Which coffee maker is the best option for you? Personally, I have a french press, a drip, and a Keurig (what can I say? I love coffee!), and they all serve different purposes. Let us know your favorite in the comments below