It doesn’t matter what coffee maker you choose; the basic idea is the same: ground coffee meets water which extracts the flavor. The water flows through the beans and is then filtered to remove any grit. The process is simple but different coffee makers may produce different results. The temperature of the water can impact the flavors extracted from ground beans. The time water stays in contact with beans can also affect strength. Some coffee makers have special techniques for stirring the grounds. Others pour the water over them rather than sending it down a stream.
There are many options for coffee makers. You can choose from non-electric pour-over machines to electric drip coffeemakers, or cup or capsule machines that make one cup at a time. Cold-brew coffee makers offer a unique option. They use cold water to either make a concentrated coffee or can produce a lighter version that is ready to be brewed.
There are many factors to consider when buying a Bellman coffee maker, but the majority of decisions will be based on preference, cost, or convenience.
Convenience: Would you like to have your coffee ready for you as soon as you wake up? A programmable electronic coffee maker will have your coffee ready when you wake up. Although less automated machines may require more attention, they can still operate with just a few buttons. Manual pour-over coffeemakers, like French press brewers and stovetop Espresso pots, all require your full attention to get the perfect cup. The pod machine works well for households that prefer different types of coffee, but not large quantities.
Type of Coffee: Espresso machines and coffee makers are often separate machines. However, hybrid machines can be used to brew both types. It will take up a lot of space but is the best option for those who love both espresso and coffee. The hybrid machines are smaller and more space-efficient than two separate machines. However, they will not provide the highest quality coffee or espresso. While pod machines may offer an espresso-type drink option, these are not the best. If you prefer traditional espresso or cappuccino, it is better to avoid them.
Brew Size: You can brew as little or as much coffee as you like. Some machines have many brew sizes while others offer limited options. Single-cup coffee brewers are ideal for those who live alone and prefer different types of coffee. They are great for families where everyone wakes up at different times. For people who like lots of coffee, brewers that can make large quantities are great for family breakfasts and brunch with neighbors. While large brewers may be labeled 10-12 cups, it is important to remember that a cup of coffee in a machine is only 5-6 ozs and not 8-16. Even small-sized commercial brewers can be used to make enough coffee for large events.
Timing: Coffee should be brewed at the same time every day. A thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot, no matter what time it is. If you only drink java in the morning, a glass brewer with heating plates will suffice. But some people don’t like the burnt taste warmers can give your coffee if it’s left on for too long. A pod machine can be a convenient way to make a quick cup of coffee for those who have to rush to get out the door each morning.
Sizing: The size of the machine will not affect the cup of coffee you drink, but if it doesn’t fit in the area it was intended for, it can cause headaches. Make sure you measure accurately. Also, consider whether or not you’ll need to open the top to add water. Your mug size is important for single-serve machines. Larger mugs will not fit under the brewer.
Custom Brewing Options. The most basic machines offer no other options than adding coffee grounds or water. However, more advanced machines can allow you to choose the water temperature, strength, and brew size. Capsule and cup machines can be used to make tea and hot chocolate. Because you can’t choose the wrong option, simpler machines tend to cost less and are easier to use.
Extra Features: Some machines have additional features, such as the ability to program brewing at a particular time, keep warm or auto-shutoff, or use a thermal carafe for keeping the coffee warm. Some machines have audible warnings that the coffee has finished brewing. Many electric models have lights to indicate when the brewer is turned on and when the coffee has been brewed. The higher-end machines may have features such as milk frothing, bean grinder, and notifications about when the machine has to be cleaned. These machines offer more options than the espresso machines, as well as the highest prices.