A lot of us depend on coffee to start our day, keep us going during the day and some of us love to finish our dinner with a cup. Since we like our coffee so much, it would only be natural to want to invest in a good machine so that we could brew the drink we enjoy in the convenience of our home.
I remember how buying a coffee machine when growing up wasn’t overly that complicated. It was mostly about the brand. As I grew older it became more about the features. Most houses today have a coffee maker but choosing a coffee maker is not as simple as it used to be. There are so many options out there that the process of how to buy a coffee maker has become complicated. For example, should you buy a single-serve machine like a Keurig? Are you better off getting a french press or a drip machine?
The answer is not as simple either. We are all creatures of preference. What may be an excellent coffee to me may not resonate with the person next door. That’s why I believe that the first step in buying a coffee maker is to understand your preferences.
Before You Buy That Coffee Maker – Discover What Kind of Coffee Drinker You Are
Understanding your preferences will help you make a better decision about the coffee maker that’s best for you. At the least it will eliminate a type of brewing device that’s not right for you. So what kinds of preferences should you look at? Well here are some suggestions that will get you started.
One factor in deciding what kind of coffee maker to buy is to think about how many cups of coffee you drink per day. For example, if you only drink one or two cups throughout your day, then a single-serve machine may be the right kind of machine for you.
Another factor to consider is how you like your coffee to taste. If you like a smooth, full body drink with high levels of caffeine then a french press would be the kind of brewing device you should consider buying.
One factor that is important to me is to consider how much time I have in the morning. Given that I don’t have much time in the mornings I would need something that can brew a cup of coffee fast and that requires next to no clean up. That’s why I depend on my single-serve machine during the morning rush.
A drip machine is a good solution for those that need to make a lot of coffee at once. Most drip machines can brew anywhere from 8 to 12 cups of coffee at a time. You also might want to consider this kind of machine or a machine that comes with a carafe if you need to have multiple cups of coffee so that your coffee stays warm for hours.
So You’ve Figured Out Your Preferences, it’s Time to Select the Machine That’s Right for You
Now that you have an idea of the kind of coffee drinker that you are, it’s time to select the machine that’s right for your preferences. Although there are many different ways to brew coffee, I’m going to look at some of the more popular kinds of brewing methods today.
Drip Coffee Machines
Many households today still have drip coffee machines. In fact, the standard drip method is probably the most popular way to brew coffee in North America. The process of making coffee using the drip machine is pretty straight forward. Put coffee grounds into a filter, turn the machine on to heat the water and let the water pour over the coffee grounds and then drip into the pot below. Drip coffee makers brew a pot of coffee between 8 to 12 cups. These machines are ideal for households with more than one coffee drinker, people who need more than one cup of coffee and even dinner parties.
Single Serve Machines
Single serve machines have become very popular over the last 4 to 5 years. These machines transfer water at a high pressure through a needle into a pod containing coffee grounds. The water then exits the pod through a small hole into your cup. These machines are great for people that only need to brew a cup at a time or for a family that likes variety. This way one person can brew a brand of coffee that they enjoy and another person can brew the brand that they like immediately afterwards. These machines also benefit those that don’t want to deal with a longer brew time or cleanup afterwards.
The French Press is ideal for those looking for a smooth, full-bodied cup of coffee containing high levels of caffeine. Some of the best cups of coffee I’ve tasted have come from a french press machine. The french press is a relatively straight forward machine that requires manual operation. To brew coffee using this method you need to place coarsely ground coffee beans into a pitcher and added heated water. Let the mixture steep for about 4 minutes and then push the plunger down. The result – a freshly brewed cup of coffee with all the extracted oils and flavour.
Espresso machines force a small amount of hot water under pressure through tightly packed coffee one serving at a time. These machines are generally more expensive than drip coffee makers. You can use the espresso as a base for many other drinks such as caffee latte, cappuccino, mocha, and Americano.
Knowing what kind of coffee preferences you have can really narrow down the kind of brewing device you should buy. Once you’ve figured out the kind of machine that’s right for you, it’s always a good idea to research features and compare prices. There are coffee brewing machines that sell for over $200 but one can buy an equally good machine for about half of that.
Have you looked at purchasing a coffee machine? Do you know someone that purchased a machine that wasn’t the right kind of machine for them. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below.