1. Type of coffee maker
Espresso Coffee Machines
If you’re a serious coffee aficionado, espresso is probably your favorite coffee maker. While it’s widely range based on brands and features, espresso makers almost always fall on the higher end of the price range, but for those who really value their daily cup of joe, the price is absolutely worth it.
Espresso makers usually produce smaller quantities (Espresso Shot, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Latte, and Mocha, etc) that are stronger and more flavorful. However, it usually allows you to make a variety of drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. Most of them only allow you to make one shot of espresso at a time, but it’s becoming more common to make two shots at once.
There are a wide variety of features, brands and designs of espresso machines available for you to choose from. Basically, there are two types of espresso machines: Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine and Super Automatic Espresso Machine. If you want to spend more time to create a highly customized taste espresso drink, Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine should be the better choice. Otherwise, you should choose a Super Automatic Espresso Machine.
- Make the highest quality of coffee on your personal taste
- Will save your money over buying cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and macchiatos etc at coffee shops
- Easy and fun to own once you’re familiar with the operations
- The most expensive type
- Make more mess compared to auto drip Machines
- Makes one or two shots at a time
Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Single-Serve Coffee Maker, also called single-cup coffee maker, has become more and more popular in recent years. Comparing the automatic drip coffee makers, single-serving models are even more easier to use. No need to worry about messy coffee grounds or filters, and less clean-up. You can choose coffee pods in different flavors to make your personal expresso drinks, simply drop the pods into the machine, then add water to brew. In less than 30 seconds, you’ll get a decent cup of coffee. Single-Serve Coffee Maker save your time, while enjoying the wonderful coffee.
The only downside is that the coffee pods are more expensive than coffee ground or coffee beans. So it may cost you more money over time.
- Extremely easy to use and clean
- Affordable, cheaper than espresso makers
- Control of water temperature
- Make richer and fuller coffee flavor compared of Auto drip maker
- Make only as much coffee needed, none wasted
- Get expensive over time
- Not the richest coffee for some espresso lovers
Drip Coffee Machine
The Auto Drip Coffee Machine is the most common type of coffee maker in the world. It usually use a coffee brewer to make a pot of coffee and is very easy to use. Load up a coffee filter with the coffee ground, put it in the allotted spot, add some water, and press the power button, then it begin to brew your coffee. Generally speaking, one brew make 4+ cups of coffee, the Auto Drip Coffee Machine is best suitable for home.
- Easy to use
- Affordable to buy and keep
- Many options with different sizes and shapes
- Consistent brew quality
- Only makes basic coffee, not espresso drinks
- Need to purchase coffee filters and coffee ground
- Can’t regulate the water temperature
The French press is a very popular traditional method for making coffee, manual, low-tech, but simple to use. Pour in some coffee grounds, add some water, then press the lid of the device down to filter the grounds.
It is probably the cheapest type of coffee machines to make your own coffee at home. No need to buy any filter, even no electricity needed. The device price is usually around $20.
Without any programmable control, the coffee created by the French press isn’t always as good as that of some of the other coffee makers. And you’re more likely to get more mess manually.
- The most affordable type
- No filters and electricity required
- Simple to use
- Manually, Skills are required
- Timing is hard to control
- More grounds may be wasted
7. Other Features to Consider