Top Home Espresso Machines

Espresso is most certainly the champions league of coffee making. Espresso makers operate by pushing small amounts of water through very fine ground coffee beans producing a very concentrated thick coffee shot. Espresso is also the base coffee for drinks like Cappuccino or Caffé Latte.

Top Rated Drip Coffee Makers

The auto drip coffee maker is probably the most common coffee maker and you will find it in most households around the world. It is also the most convenient type of coffee machine especially when you are planning to serve coffee for a larger group of people.

The Best French Press

The french press also known as coffee press, cafetière à piston or cafetière is one of the most traditional coffee brewing devices patented by italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. Coffee lovers praise the distinct flavor of the french press because it captures a lot of the coffee beans flavours.

Stove Top Coffee Makers

The moka pot or macchinetta is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that was patented in Italy by inventor Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. You can find the moka stove top coffee maker in many households throughout Euope and Latin America.

Single Serve Coffee Machines

The single serve coffee maker has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It produces good quality coffee while being extremely easy to use at the same time. The coffee comes in formes of capsules or pads which hold enough coffee for a single cup of coffee.

Top Coffee Grinder

If you are looking to brew the best coffee, you will quickly find out that there is no way around a top coffee grinder. For a high quality coffee or espresso it is crucial to use fresh grounds, so the best way to achieve this is by grinding the beans right before brewing the coffee.

Things to consider when choosing the best coffee maker

From pods to capsules, purchasing a coffee machine has become a quite a challenging process over the past years. We want to guide you through the options and help you find the right maker for you. First you should start by defining you needs and preferences in order to narrow down the options.

What are your needs?

 

The first thing to consider when choosing a coffee machine is what it will be used for. Are you looking for the best coffee maker for your home and personal use or are you looking for a machine that will be used in an office enviroment? Are you going to entertain people on a regular basis and need to make several cups of coffee in no time or do you just enjoy the occassional cup for breakfast or after dinner?

If you are in an office or have a large family with a lot of coffee lovers, you should consider the time factor. A sophisticated Espresso machine that undeniably produces the best coffee, might not be the best choice for you since it takes a few minutes to create a maximum of 2 espresso cups at a time. Instead you could look at a traditional drip coffee maker which will give you a decent size pod full of coffee with a limited amount of preparation time. A single serve coffee maker could also be an option. Even though it only makes a single cup at a time, it does so with reasonable speed which makes it possible to brew several cups in a few minutes. They also often come with the option to decide between a full cup or an espresso. For the purists there is also the French Press or the stove top coffee maker, they are both available in different sizes. Though it does take a little more preparation time than the automatic drip brew coffee maker, you will certainly get a very good and unique tasting coffee out of it.

If you have a little more time on your hands and are determined to create the perfect coffee there is no way around a real espresso machine. Keep in mind that you might need additional equipment like a grinder, tamper etc. But there is no doubt that this will give you the most quality for your money.

What type of coffee drinker are you?

 

This question is of course equally important and in many cases even crucial for your choice of the best coffee maker.

If you like espresso, the choice is simple but what about Lattes or Cappucinos? Both have espresso shots as their base, so you would need a machine that can produce espressos. Besides the obvious choice there are also some single serve machines that are able to brew good quality espressso shots. You can also use one of the smaller stove top coffee makers. Even though they produce moka and not espresso, they still brew a high quality coffee that you can use for your Cappuccinos or Lattes. Millions of Italians can’t be wrong about this.

If your preferred drink is the Americano or a simple full cup of coffee you should of course look at the drip coffee makers and single serves. In recent years the drip coffee machine has gotten a bit of bad reputaiton, but we don’t like coffee snobs either and there are certainly a few great machines out there that make great tasting coffee not matter what the media is trying to tell you. Plus we believe that taste is something very individual and shall not be challenged. Everyone has to decide for themself what they like or not and even though we love our espressos, we do enjoy a cup out of the traditional coffee makers as well. Especially if it comes from a good machine with the necessary quality standards.

The french Press and the stove top coffee makers are the best of both worlds. You can make a larger amount of coffee plus the ability to influnce the taste a little more (Water temperature, brewing time etc.).

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Drip Coffee Maker

A drip coffee maker operates by automatically pouring water over ground coffee beans contained in a filter thats positioned above a pot or carafe. The water is pushed from a water tank through the coffee in the filter and absorbs its oils and essences. It then passes through the bottom tip of the filter and into the pot or carafe. While the method is the same as it was with traditional pour-over coffee making, today the machines are fully electrical and do the work automatically. Auto-Drip coffeemakers have a heater plate to keep the coffee in the pot or carafe warm while and after pouring the coffee.

An auto-drip coffee maker is perfect for making a larger amount of coffee at the same time with limited preparation time. It is also very easy to clean. The paper filters can be simply disposed together with the ground coffee in it.

Who is it for?

  • Enviroments with a lot of demand such as offices or families with several coffee drinkers.
  • People who prefer non time consuming coffee making

Pro’s

  • Easy to Use – Not much preparation time needed
  • Brews several cups of coffee at the same time
  • Coffee quality is consistent

Con’s

  • No Influence on the brewing process (brew time, temperature)
  • Additional costs for purchasing filters
  • Coffee quality is inferior to more work intensive brewing methods.

Espresso Machine

The espresso machine is undeniably the number one choice for coffee connoisseurs. People usually drink espresso as single or double shots, but espresso is also the base coffee for cappuccinos or lattes. Espresso is brewed by pushing a small amount of hot water under pressure through very fine coffee grounds. Coffee machines consist of a grouphead with a removable portafilter. The portafilter contains the ground coffee beans. When filling the basket of the portafilter with coffee, a tamper is used to stamp the coffee grounds into a solid „puck“. During the extraction, the water is forced through the grouphead (which has a lot of wholes in the botttom) to equally distribute the coffee into the Portafilter and through the grounds.

When buying an espresso machine is important to remember that a grinder is needed. The fineness of the grounds has a large impact on the flavour and can vary depending on the type of coffee you choose.

Who is it for?

  • Smaller households or single persons
  • Coffee gourmets
  • People who like a variety of different coffees
  • People who don’t mind putting in effort to make a coffee

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Pro’s

  • Creates the highest quality coffee
  • Gives you the opportunity to make a variety of different coffee types.
  • Comes with additional features like steamer and heating plate

Con’s

  • Making an espresso can be time consuming
  • Higher demand for maintenance and cleaning
  • Higher price tag

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Single Serve Coffeemaker

Single Serve coffemakers brew as the name implies a sincle cup of coffee at the same time. The machines simplify the process of making coffee by using a standardized one-cup amount of coffee, usually packaged in form of a coffee pod (paper pad) or capsule. The machines force a, as well standardized, amount of water through the pod which then flows directly into the cup. Since the whole process only requires pressing one button it has become one of the most convenient ways to brew coffee. The brewing process only takes a few seconds and often even let the coffee drinker choose the cup size and or the type of coffee.

Who is it for?

  • Families and single households
  • Office environments who prefer a coffee quality superior to classic drip coffee making
  • Everyone who would like to enjoy a quick cup in between

Pro’s

  • Very quick method to brew coffee
  • A variety of different flavours and coffee types to choose from
  • Very little cleaning and maintenance needed

Con’s

  • Produces a lot of waste – not very environmental friendly
  • High price per cup of coffee, expensive capsules and pads
  • Only one cup at a time can be made