Did you know that the cup of coffee in your hand can be brewed in a variety of ways and manners?
Each different method has traits that are unique to it in order to match peoples' different lifestyles, tastes and preferences.
However, the one thing that all coffee makers have in common is the ability to brew your coffee without the need to boil the water in a separate container.
The volume of coffee you can make really depends on the size of the water container, filter and the carafe that holds the finished brew.
What it all ‘boils' down to at the end of the day is that choosing a coffee making machine is basically a matter of features, preferences, brand and of course price.
When trying to select a coffee machine that best fits your personal needs, the above factors as well as what you really need and want from your coffee maker should be considered.
The following is a list of the different types of coffee makers and their advantages:
Drip Coffee Makers
This type of coffee makers comes in 4 to 12 cup capacities. It is also available in various designs and models at different prices.
This is, in general, the most economical type of coffee maker. The 10 and 12-cup coffee makers are among the most popular units in this type. Smaller models are also made available for small families. For hotels and dormitories, 4-cup coffee makers are ideal.
If you’re purchasing a drip coffee maker, you need to make a choice between glass and thermal carafe. You can also prefer models designed for dripping right into a travel mug. This is the most popular type of brewer that even non-coffee drinkers can get just so they have an available coffee maker for guest serving. This can be the type that’s best for people looking for a practical brewer.
This was once the standard coffee brewer. There are people who claimed that it brews richer and tastier coffee than drip models. However, percolators come in limited designs and capacity choices.
The common design for individuals who wish to percolate the coffee grounds is glass type percolators which are aimed for stove-top use. But the most popular design for such type of coffee maker is the electric brewer that features automatic settings.
French Coffee Press
The French Press Coffee Maker has been around in the industry for a considerable period of time. This brewer works by pushing the coffee grounds into the boiling water to make darker and richer coffee.
The disadvantage of such design is it produces smaller capacity and cooktop brewing requires monitoring.
Single pod or One cup Coffee Makers
In this type of coffee machine, the tea and coffee pod is positioned in the basket. The water coming from the reservoir drops through the pod, to the coffee cup.
While this brewer is great in preparing clean specialty teas, coffees, lattes, and herbal beverages, the amount of drink it produces may not be enough for bigger families.
Coffee machines that prepare lattes, espresso, or cappuccino are usually priced far higher than standard coffee makers. These brewers have functions and features that allow users to produce specialty coffees. There are also units that are capable of making regular coffee, making them practical enough for daily use.
Among the things you should take into account when purchasing a specialty coffee maker are: serving capacity, type of brewing, physical size, and function.
As you can see from the above, there are quite a number of different types of coffee makers around and that choosing one that is just right for you is basically a matter of going through the features of each type of machine, your own preferences, the brand and of course price.