Coffee makers have progressed over the years. From yesterday's cowboy pots churning coffee over the coals to today's hip gourmet brewers, there's a coffee maker to fit each taste, each lifestyle, every budget and every counter space. So where do you begin looking for the coffee maker of your dreams?
Prior to heading for the appliance aisle at your favored store, do a bit of homework. Look at the kind of coffee you prefer, how much you drink coffee, how much space you have for a coffee maker, how much you are able to spend on a coffee maker. These are the subjects involved in selecting whether to purchase an espresso or a non-espresso coffee maker.
Selecting a Coffee Maker: Espresso or No Espresso
Espresso coffee makers are a dream. They cost more than other coffee makers (some cost thousands of dollars) and make an assortment of coffee types including cappuccino and lattes. Espresso machines often make just one cup of coffee at a time and require cleaning after every cup. The coffee is stronger than that brewed by different means.
True coffee aficionados often choose to use the espresso coffee maker, particularly the hyper-automated models that do everything from grinding the coffee to pouring it into the cup.
Distinctive coffee drinkers who would like to have a pot of coffee available at all times and aren't interested in lattes or other variants of coffee tend to favor non-espresso coffee makers. Non-espresso coffee makers work considerably well for people who like to start the coffee brewing and go on about their usual activities when it brews. They buy coffee that is grounded and don't trouble with beans or grinding.
For coffee drinkers requiring large amounts of coffee, non-espresso is the way to go. Big percolator type coffee urns can be used to make more than a hundred cups of coffee at a time.
They also prefer bringing back to the coffee pot time after time and filling again their coffee cup over making only a cup at a time. Non-espresso type coffee makers are much cheaper than espresso machines.
Selecting a Coffee Maker: Non-Espresso
These coffee makers are available in drip, French press and combined models. Drip coffee makers often make 6 to 10 cups of coffee at once. For those who need a lesser number, it's better to purchase a model that makes 4 cups (or less) at a time. Drip machines are inexpensive and easy to use.
There are pod coffee makers in hand which use individual serving pods to brew coffee. Pod coffee makers can be cheap but the coffee itself costs a lot more than standard cans of pre-ground coffee. French Press coffee makers are nifty for a few cups of coffee at a time. Combined coffee makes featuring both espresso and non-espresso coffee makers in one machine are also available. These machines afford coffee drinkers the best of both worlds.
Selecting a Coffee Maker: Espresso
Espresso coffee maker variants are semi-automatic, fully automatic and super automatic models. These machines make fewer cups at once and may call for more time and attention that a standard drip coffee maker.
The more machine-controlled an espresso coffee maker is, the more features it will offer. Some can do everything from grinding the coffee beans to filling the cup with coffee and releasing the used coffee grounds.
The more features the espresso coffee maker offers, the higher the price tag tied to it. These coffee makers can be priced anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.
The first decision to be made in selecting a coffee maker is the need to check whether an espresso coffee maker or a non-espresso coffee maker is needed. Coffee choices, budget and amount of coffee to be made are factors that affect the deciding process.