If you love great coffee and dream of making fantastic coffee at home, then choose the right coffee maker. Every homeowner dreams of creating the right feeling of comfort and warmth in their own domain. Brewing great coffee each morning can help you feel right a home in your own kitchen. Here are some top tips for how to choose the best coffee maker for you.
Planning to buy a coffee maker? Here are some useful tips
Coffee was and still is one of the most popular hot drinks in the world. It’s up there with tea when look you at just how widespread tea drinking is around the world. There are many ways to make coffee these days.
While some people appreciate the artisan side of making coffee, there are those who just want their shot of flavorful caffeine in the morning. But most of us can agree there is nothing like having great coffee at home when you want it.
Coffee makers are arguably the best tool for that job, and today we’ll give you a few useful tips on how to find a perfect machine for yourself.
Assess your needs
Getting a coffee machine involves a bit of planning. You can’t just go out and grab the first thing you find. You can, but you most likely won’t get the results you’ve wanted. Instead, you need to do an inventory of your needs as well as your overall situation. It will help you make great coffee.
A budget for fantastic coffee at home
Coffee makers come in a variety of flavors, from simple cheap ones to massive expensive ones. Setting up a budget before you start looking at individual machines is a great way to stay on track. It also reduces the number of models you need to look at. Regardless of what you spend on your coffee maker, once you have bought your machine it’s cheaper than buying in. You can have great coffee at home for a fraction of the take out price.
Figuring out your budget will tie into your tastes as well. If you’re into straight black coffee, you can get away with spending $50 and getting pretty impressive results for your money. However, if you’re into espressos and other, more complex types of coffee, you’ll need to bump your budget to a few levels higher.
Convenience and functionality
Coffee makers are all about convenience. However, not all coffee makers are created equal in this regard. Some will require much more of your involvement than others. Your typical French press will have you work the coffee, watch the water, and generally be involved with the whole process.
On the other hand, if you have a single cup coffee maker, all you need to do is pop a pod into that bad boy and press a button.
Some people aren’t interested in spending a lot of time making coffee at home. While others, enjoy the whole process of making coffee sometimes more than the coffee itself. The best coffee maker is one that meets all of your needs. That can be a simple drip brewer or a complex espresso rig. It all comes down to your preferences.
As far as coffee goes, quality matters but so does quantity. If you’re sharing your love for coffee with someone else, you’ll probably want to get a machine that can make several cups of coffee at the same time.
Although single cup coffee makers can technically be stretched to make several cups in a fairly short period of time, they aren’t exactly designed for that type of use. A much better thing to do is to get a coffee maker that can simultaneously produce several cups of coffee.
Coffee maker features
One of the often forgotten aspects of selecting coffee makers is the interesting features that some offer. Modern coffee machines are incredible. Not only will they produce the most impressive brew you can find, but they are also packed with a bunch of smart features all able to create your favourite type of coffee at home.
It’s up to you to define whether these features play a major role in your decision-making process. Things such as timed brewing, automatic shut-off, and similar features can make your life easier. However, be prepared to pay for such creature comforts.
Stick with a trusted brand
Coffee makers are machines first and foremost. There are a bunch of moving parts, pressure operated components and mechanical pieces that can fail. Investing in a coffee maker that is manufactured by a trusted brand is arguably one of the best ways of avoiding any awkward situations, premature malfunctions, and disappointment. And you can guarantee great coffee at home when you want it.
Once you figure out what type of machine best suits your needs, do your homework and find a brand that has a positive track record when it comes to making machines like the one you need.
Coffee at home vs coffee from the coffee shop
Calculate long term costs of coffee at home
Different coffee makers have different running costs. Buying bulk coffee grinds and paper filters for a drip coffee maker is going to keep your long term cost of operating your machine fairly low. However, the same can’t be said about the single cup coffee makers that run on pods. Depending on what type of single cup coffee maker you’ve got, your running costs could turn out to be quite expensive.
What makes coffee such an awesome drink is the diversity of flavors you can experience. There are so many ways to make coffee, and most of them are incredibly tasty. Don’t limit yourself to one coffee maker or one type of coffee. Explore the entire spectrum and be prepared to invest in another coffee machine soon.
Of course, you can always dip into your local coffee bar for a cinnamon sprinkled soy macchiato coffee, for so many dollars a cup several times a day. But with your own coffee maker you can always make one in your very own home, whenever you want, at a fraction of the price.
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