How to Choose the Best Home Coffee Machine
As any regular coffee drinker will know, you cannot beat a nice cup of brewed coffee right in the comfort of your own home. In the modern day, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of options available when it comes to home coffee machines. Depending on what it is that you are searching for, you can bring home anything from the simplest coffee maker to a fully kitted-out device with all the bells and whistles. You can even get included add-ons like timers for scheduled brewing, warmers to keep your coffee piping hot all day and all sorts of other additions.
Whatever it is that you are looking for, read our top tips on what you should be considering when purchasing a coffee machine for your home.
Here are the top considerations
The size of the coffee machine you choose for your home is a very important decision. The grander coffee machines are normally the most expensive, but there is no point getting one if it is going to take up a lot of your kitchen space and get in the way when you are trying to cook a meal! Look around the market for the best coffee machines for the size that you need and try to make a decision based on your research. If you are providing coffee for your family, think about getting one with just one coffee filter instead of two or three to prevent your machine from taking up too much space.
Make sure you stay within your set budget! It is very easy to get carried away when looking at potential coffee machines for your home and splashing out on a machine that you just can’t afford. All of the coffee-related add-ons may look nice, but are they really needed? Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Home coffee machines can range from the hundreds to the thousands, so take the time to research the type of machines that best suit your price range and your needs. You will obviously be getting what you pay for, so it is worth keeping in mind that the slightly more expensive coffee machines have a longer lifespan than the cheap ones.
If you like the idea of coffee machine add-ons, then you won’t only have to worry about the type of machine you are getting, but you will also have to think about the type of additions available when buying your machine. Do you want scheduled brewing time? Is it worth getting the coffee warmers so your coffee is hot around the clock? Do you have the right cups if any of your visitors want a cappuccino or a latte? These are all things you are going to have to consider or something that you may not care about at all.
Quality is key when choosing a coffee machine. After all, you’re purchasing a machine for quality coffee, right? So, what would be the point of getting a nicely sized, cheap coffee machine if it is not going to be producing quality coffee for you from start to finish? If you can get a machine that produces tasty, café style coffees, you are already winning. Granted, the quality of the coffee is also reliant on the type of coffee beans you are purchasing, but decent coffee beans alongside a decent machine will always taste better than if you are using a cheap machine.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the type of coffee machine that you wish to purchase for your home. There are many different types of ways to make coffee, which means there are many different choices you will have to make before spending your hard-earned money on a quality coffee machine. It can be quite a daunting choice when trying to choose between your filter machines, capsule machines and bean to cup machines. If you wouldn’t even know where to start, take a look at our explanations of each machine below.
The different types of coffee machines you can buy are:
Filter coffee machines
This is where you pour water in to the machine so that it can be warmed up and dripped through a basket of coffee in to the jug beneath it, which is kept warm through a hot plate.
Capsule coffee machines
The coffee comes in a small pod which you put in to the machine. You then press the style of coffee you want, and hot water is pushed through it in to a mug. These types of machines are easy to clean but you are limited to the type of capsule sold by the machine’s manufacturer.
This is when ground coffee is inserted above a water chamber and the water is boiled and forced up a tube through the coffee and back in to the compartment below it.
Bean to cup machines
This is the machine the grinds the coffee beans you place in to it before running hot water in to them and dispensing them in to your mug, it is similar to a pump espresso maker but with a grinder added on.
There you have it, all the information you need to purchase the best home coffee machine for your own kitchen. If you look in to all of these aspects of the coffee machines available and make an informed decision accordingly, there is nothing stopping you from purchasing a top-quality coffee machine for your home, whether that be a small capsule machine for your morning buzz or a high-end bean to cup machine with automatic scheduled brewing assistance. The choice is yours.