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Finding the best coffee maker or espresso machine can be a daunting task. We have been in this position many times before and understand the challenges that go into buying one. Do you go for the most expensive machine? What about the best looking? Or maybe a leading brand name? These are all great questions that many people ask and the answers to them can be found at All About Coffee.
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Nothing beats the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. Investing in a good coffee maker will save you money, time and allow you to brew coffeehouse-style drinks right in your own kitchen. But finding the right machine isn’t easy (I know). That’s why I created this guide to help you find the best coffee maker for your needs and budget.
Types Of Coffee Makers
Pod or K-Cup Machines
These use pre-packaged pods (or K-Cups if you’re using a Keurig brand machine) to brew coffee. Just put the pod into the machine, press a button and hot water is sent through the cup to your mug.
Pod machines are sometimes called “single cup” coffee makers because each pod only contains enough grounds for one cup. Some manufacturers do sell carafes, so you can brew multiple cups at a time. You’ll also find some coffee makers offering larger pods for multi-cup pots.
Pump espresso machines are what you’ll find in your local coffee shop. They brew up a mean cup of espresso at just the right temperature. That’s because the machine uses a temperature-controlled boiler that first heats up the water to the optimal temperature for coffee brewing (between 185f and 197f). Once the water reaches the right temperature, water passes through the coffee grounds at just the right bar pressure.
While these machines can be a little pricey, we have found that they are the best coffee maker for espresso. And most come with a steaming attachment, so you can make lattes and cappuccinos right in your own kitchen
Your grandparents probably used a stove-top percolator to brew coffee every morning. Percolators have two chambers: one for water, and one for ground coffee. The coffee chamber is just above the water chamber. Once the water starts boiling, it’s forced up into a tube, down through the coffee and into a special compartment.
Today, you can buy stove-top percolators, or electric pots that have their own heating element.
Drip coffee makers are what most people are familiar with. Cold water is poured into the top of the machine and ground coffee is placed in a filter. The heating element inside the machine warms the water, which drips through the coffee and into the carafe below. A warming plate keeps the carafe warm.
Drip machines are great for brewing large pots of coffee, and the warming plate can keep your pot hot all day long if you want it to.
The French press is a more like a teapot than a coffee maker, but it’s used all throughout Europe and other parts of the world. Here’s how it works:
Place freshly ground, coarse coffee into the press.
Fill the press with water.
Pull the plunger up and wait 3-4 minutes.
Push the plunger down and let the pot sit for a few minutes to let the sediment settle.
Pour and enjoy!
A French press will extract the most flavor from your coffee beans, creating a rich and robust “cup of joe”.
There are hundreds of coffee makers on the market today. Finding the right one can be a challenging task. Who has time to research all of the models out there?
We have done all the hard work for you and reviewed some of the best machines you can buy. From the best espresso machine to the top-selling coffee makers, we have covered it all.
These reviews are based on five important criteria: Build Quality, Price, Design/Features, Maintenance/Cleaning and Durability/Longevity. We owned some of these machines and others we have tested personally.
We sincerely hope that these reviews will help you save time and money.