What Types Of Coffee Machine Are There?
It’s hard to know what the best coffee machine to buy is. Do drip coffee makers actually make decent coffee? Who wins out of Nespresso vs Keurig? Are pod coffee machines worth the money for pods?
In this guide we can take a look at the different types of coffee machine that exist out there, and which one is the best for your needs.
Drip Coffee Maker
Drip coffee machines are typically the standard machines (many would describe it as the best espresso machine type) you see since they are the most popular. To use, already-ground coffee is placed in a filter and steeped with hot water, which absorbs the coffee’s oils and essences before dripping into the coffee pot for consumption.
Drip machines can make up to several cups of coffee at a time and require little supervision, but they don’t produce the freshest or tastiest coffee. Coffee brewed using the drip method can be weak or bitter, which renders any specialty bean you may purchase and grind up yourself useless
See my review on the best drip coffee maker if this type of machine is what you are after, where I review:
The French Press
The French press requires a more hands-on approach than most coffee machines, but it is still a popular alternative.
To use a French press, you will need to either grind the beans yourself beforehand or buy a specific course of coffee grind. If you don’t, it can be easy to mess up along the way and fill your drink with coffee grounds. Some people like that, but most probably do not.
The French press method provides a strong, flavorful cup of coffee, but it can be a time-consuming process because you need to be involved every step of the way. Mistiming the process can also result in acidic or bitter coffee.
If you think a French Press is for you, check out my review of the best french press coffee maker where I review three of the best:
Pod Coffee Makers or Espresso Machine
These machines make one serving at a time using specialty cups or capsules. Users place the pod – which can be of different flavors or varieties, depending on the brand – in the basket, and water drips through it into a single cup. These machines can be easy to use, but they take a while if you want more than one serving at a time.
I have reviewed quite a few pod coffee makers, and you can check out my review of my top four and my search for the best pod coffee maker here where I review:
Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
A Semi-automatic Espresso Machine is the step between Pod Coffee Makers and Bean to Cup machines. You use ground coffee and tamp it down before attaching the handle to the machine to get the boiling water through it under pressure. Unlike bean to cup or super-automatic coffee makers, semi-automatic machines require you to purchase ground coffee or grind your own.
In my eyes, these are very good starter machines for those wanting authentic espresso shots and a variety of coffee, as once you fill a bean to cup you are stuck with the coffee beans you put in until it is gone, unless you want a lot of hassle. Also Bean to cup machines are better for those who drink A LOT of coffee for the same reason, as beans would go stale if you were having one a day.
Bean to Cup (Super-Automatic Espresso Machine)
Just as its name implies, bean-to-cup machines take the coffee at its most basic stage and turn it into a simple, delicious beverage in minutes. Users buy coffee beans at the store and can choose from different flavors until they find their favorite, or even rotate to keep their options fresh. The machines take the whole beans and grind them automatically, then dispense and tamp the correct amount – saving you plenty of time and effort that it would otherwise take to make such a fresh cup of coffee.
Bean-to-cup machines offer the freshest cup of joe possible (as long as you drink plenty of coffee, see semi-automatic above), and they require little-to-no cleanup to maintain. With bean to cup also comes the aroma of freshly-ground coffee, which is lost in instant or drip coffee.
Click the link and see my review of my top 4 personal favorite espresso machines and I’ll also let you know which is the best super automatic espresso machine. The machines I review are: