Today’s coffee makers are doing much more than just brewing a cup of joe. Any coffee drinker knows that being able to brew a cup of joe at home is key to survival and saving money. With so many choices to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start.
Finding the right coffee maker for your room and your needs can be difficult. Do you need a coffee machine with a timer? Maybe you’ve got room constraints and you want something you can stow away from. Or maybe you’re a coffee snob and you just want the best coffee maker on the market.
Best Automatic: OXO BREW 9-Cup Coffee Makers, $200
If coffee is your life, you’re going to want to go for a coffee maker that can make a stellar cup. This Specialty Coffee Association Certified Home Brewer replicates the pour-over process in an automatic form. The water is heated to the optimal temperature (197.6-204.8 Fahrenheit) and then the rain shower of hot water falls down on the grinds, giving them an even distribution of water for optimum taste.
If the coffee has been roasted, it will remain at an optimum temperature (no burnt taste!) until you are ready to drink it in the thermal carafe. For those who want their coffee set on a timer, this has a 24-hour feature, so you can set it up for the next day.
The minimalist minimal style on this also blends into any decor that is extra bonus points in our book.
Best for Specialty Brews: Ninja CM407 Specialty Coffee Makers, $47
Do you want to cut all those Starbucks runs down? This coffee maker is going to make everything from your usual cup of coffee to a perfectly frothy cappuccino without making you spend extra money (or time). The Ninja Speciality Coffee Maker has a fold-away milk brother for all those specialty drinks and is super quick to use—even for newbies.
Unlike other coffee makers, this model offers you a lot of size choices for brewing so that you can make a 10 cup of coffee when you’re getting friends over for breakfast, or a single serving when you’re knocking out the door to work on a Tuesday. And considering all the brewing options, this coffee maker is surprisingly small, so it won’t take up too much valuable counter space.
Best Pour-Over: Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Makers Classic Series, $34
If you don’t want to spend a lot on a coffee maker but want a portable bonus, this AeroPress coffee maker is great. Similar to the French press process, the use of AeroPress includes (you guessed it) pressing coffee grinds and hot water, but you’ll get a cup of coffee faster than the standard French press. It also offers less bitter and grainy coffee because of its shorter brewing time. This starter kit also contains 350 filters and a filter holder, so you don’t have to think about buying them separately.
Don’t you want a full cup? AeroPress can also make a fast espresso (in 30 seconds!) to fix your daily caffeine. This light coffee maker is also a great solution if you’re a camper or want your own coffee when you’re on the road.
Best Espresso: Nespresso Lattissima One Coffee and Espresso Machine by De’Longhi
If you can’t get through the day without an espresso, this is a Nespresso for you. Plus, with its integrated milk system, you can easily make a latte or cappuccino with ease—no extra levers or frothers required. Everything you need to do is fill in the milk chamber and push the button. Simple and easy! The milk chamber is also a healthy dishwasher, making it easy to clean.
The added advantage of purchasing a Nespresso machine is that it provides a recycling program to reduce any damage to the environment. Since their pods are made of aluminum (versus plastic), they are recyclable, and Nespresso provides a free recycling bag for you to pack and send back to them—free of charge!
Coffee and design-lovers dream, this modern French press from Yield is so pretty that you’ll want it to live on your desktop or in an open shelving situation at all times. With three color choices to choose from, this press also features a beautiful copper pull for added metal pop. If you haven’t been to French presses before, this one is sure to convert you to design alone.
Yield also manufactures this press in a matte ceramic version (with the same metallic pull mark) in case you want to try something that isn’t a traditional glass press. Thanks to its brewing process, French presses also do not need any filters, which means that all you need for a good cup of coffee is grinds and hot water.
Best Coffee Makers With Grinder: Burr Grind & Brew Automatic Coffee Maker $223.95 (39% off)
In order to taste the freshest cup of coffee, the Cuisinart Grind and Brew grind your beans directly before brewing or use pre-ground coffee if that’s what you have at hand. It features a burr grinder, which is designed to grind coffee evenly. The hopper carries up to half a pound of beans and has a sealed lid to help keep them fresh. In our tests, we liked how easy it was to fill the water filter, either on the right or on the left. It’s also relatively quiet for a grinder and grinds directly into a basket and auto rinses when finished to help avoid clogging.
There is a wide variety of trendy ways to brew coffee at home, from espresso makers to cold brew makers to single-serve brewers and French-presses, but coffee lovers know that automatic drip coffee makers are a classic type of coffee maker for a reason: They can brew coffee in large amounts, strong and full flavor. But not all coffee makers are made in the same way. Hopefully, you’ll choose the perfect coffee makers you want. If this post is useful, why not leave a comment.
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