No casa is complete without a boss coffee maker but with so many on the market, it is often very difficult to know which one to go for. So we did the homework for you and made this article to help you understand what makes a good coffee maker and where to get one.
Did you know that a whopping 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day? The world simply can’t get enough of caffeine but most people still drink instant coffee at home and wait until they reach their local barista for a fresh brew. The truth is, you can and should brew your favourite cup of coffee at home, and with the expertise and skill of a barista. You only need access to the right equipment.
1. Moka Pot
The first in the list are espresso makers or Moka pots as they are commonly known. The Moka pot uses steam pressure to create espresso and is a cost-effective alternative to espresso machines. The Moka pot comes in a variety of sizes; make sure to go with something that can brew multiple cups in one go.
- Authentic coffee
- Can only be used on stovetops
- Have several parts that need cleaning
Our recommendation: The Original Bialetti Moka
This Moka pot maker has become the go-to manufacturer for consumers around the world. It is made without sacrificing quality or style. Just make sure to learn the technique and you’re all set.
2. French Press
The French press, also known as a plunger pot or press pot, is easy to use and doesn’t require much in the way of maintenance. It utilizes a simple brewing method, that is, you toss in coffee grinds and add hot water. Then let the mixture steep for at least 4 minutes and finally push the screen down to separate the grinds from the coffee.
- Easy to clean
- Simple and easy to use
- Rather fragile
- Not the quickest brew
Our recommendation: French Press Coffee Maker by Cafe Du Chateau
This coffee maker uses an advanced filtration system that separates the coffee grounds from the coffee. It can be used to make coffee, tea, and espresso. Each metal piece is 304-grade stainless steel, ensuring longevity and durability.
3. Vacuum Coffee Maker
Vacuum coffee makers, also known as siphon coffee makers, look like they were pulled straight out of a chemistry lab. This unusual device has two chambers, with water going in first, and coffee grounds going in second. The increase in the device’s internal pressure, forces water into the upper chamber where it comes into contact with the coffee grinds. The resulting coffee brew drips back into the lower chamber.
- Makes authentic coffee
- Looks very scientific
- The device is fairly fragile
- Time consuming
- Complex process
Our recommendation: Syphon Coffee Maker by Hairo Technica
What earned this coffee maker our recommendation other than it’s bong like features was its use of the best heat resistant material called borosilicate glass. This allows the coffee maker to absorb brutal punishments from rising heat and pressure.
4. Drip Coffee Makers
Drip coffee is the go-to choice for many people who want a quick drink at home. It is convenient, easy to use, and produces an acceptable cup of coffee. It is your best option if you don’t have access to a boiler or stove.
- You can make a lot of coffee in a short period
- Easy to clean
- Can’t control the heat of the water
- Some parts of the machine are made of plastic that can blend into the coffee
- You may need to use filters
Our recommendation: Cuisinart DCC-3200
This coffee maker uses state of the art technology to give you an authentic cup of coffee at home. The best part is that it is programmable and gives you more control than traditional drip coffee makers.
5. Espresso Coffee Maker
Espresso coffee makers produce strong and rich coffee. This device costs a little more than other household coffee makers, and it might be a little labour-intensive. Users will have to adjust to the rather complicated brewing process. But learning how to use this device is worth it since you can extract the most delicious coffee at home that will give Starbucks a run for their money.
- Delivers the best quality of coffee possible at home
- Can make large quantities of coffee, enough for at least 4 people or more
- Contains lower caffeine volume compared to drip coffee makers
- Labor intensive
- Complex process
Our recommendation: Breville BES870XL
It is currently the best seller in its category on Amazon and has earned five-star ratings throughout. This espresso machine gives precise controls to help you control the texture and flavour of the coffee.
6. Thermal Coffee Maker
The main advantage of a thermal coffee maker is that it can make large volumes of fresh coffee. It can get a little annoying to have to constantly head over to the coffee maker in the morning when you’re hard-pressed for time yourself. More importantly, thermal coffee makers can keep your coffee at a hot temperature for longer without staying connected to a power source.
Think of them as drip coffee makers, only, they’re far more insulated.
- Keeps coffee hot for long
- Makes a large quantity of coffee for the whole family
- More expensive than traditional drip brewers
Our recommendation: Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95
This coffee maker has a capacity of brewing 10 cups and comes with a removable water tank. It has thick and vacuum-sealed walls that keep your coffee at the optimal temperature for several hours on end. This model also has different brewing pre-sets to give you options to match your taste buds. It also features a water filtration disk to filter out various impurities including chlorine from water to ensure your coffee is not contaminated.
Well that concludes our list and we hope our coffee machine guide helps you find the best machine for you but just in case you missed it, check out what our boy 2 Chainz thought of this $600 cup of joe on his show “Most expensivest sh*t” for GQ magazine: