Home coffee makers have improved a great deal over recent years, and there are many exceptional candidates out there. It’s difficult to choose just one. The answer also depends on your budget, and how you intend to use the coffee maker. The best home coffee maker for one household isn’t necessarily the best for another. In short, there’s a lot to consider.
On the other hand, you can buy everything from the traditional manual espresso maker to the super-automatic coffee machine which doesn’t require you to lift a finger (well, maybe on to press the on button).
You also have to consider how much control you want to have over the coffee-making process, or on the contrary how much you want to relinquish. What coffee maker makes the best tasting coffee
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Espresso machines fall into three main categories; manual, semi, and super-automatic.
Manual coffee machines are generally the cheapest and most labor-intensive but also represent the greatest fun factor for those coffee fanatics who enjoy the whole brewing process.
Generally speaking, they are not big or bulky and as a result, will not hog precious kitchen benchtop space.
Manual coffee machines are not just for beginners
Manual machines are for the coffee purists too! These are the sort of people who treat coffee-making as a hobby and are intensely interested in every step of the coffee-making process.
Manual machines can of course trace their origins back to the original espresso machines that were first developed in the 1930s. Since then there have been 7 decades of refinement although the fundamental principles remain the same.
While it is true that for a complete novice the learning curve can be a steep one, the quality of coffee that is produced can be just as good or even better than super-automatic machines with a bit of patience and persistence.
They are also usually finished in more ‘rustic’ materials like copper, brass, or chrome which can add a certain charm to your kitchen if you like that sort of thing.
One downside is that because they don’t have a built-in water reservoir, it will be tedious to make more than a couple of coffees at once (this would become an especially drawn-out process if you were entertaining a group of people for example).
Semi-automatic coffee machines
The next group is the semi-automatics. They usually require the user to initiate the pumping action and then manually stop it once the process is
over, usually after half a minute or so. They are very popular in the home thanks to their ease of use and fantastic tasting coffee.
The milk frothing capabilities vary from model to model, but you should understand that frothing is something that can seem difficult at first and can be learned and perfected over time. If you are not so confident with the process, then go for machines that have frothing adapters which increase aeration and give you a better froth.
A subcategory of semi-automatic coffee machines is the fully automatic option. Do not be fooled by the name though – most fully automatic machines are just modified versions of the semi-automatic version.
The only real modification you need to worry about is that the coffee extraction is done for you after the push of a button and the espresso machine will stop by itself when the predetermined amount of coffee has been reached.
These types of setups are particularly useful in coffee shops where a lot of tasks are being performed simultaneously and the coffee machine needs to be left unattended. Whether or not this benefit applies to the home user is a decision for that particular user to make!
Super-automatic coffee machines
Super-automatic coffee machines are one-touch solutions. It is as easy as pushing a button and watching the machine make the coffee for you.
They contain built-in water containers and grinders and help the user maintain and care for the machine.
As far as the actual process is concerned, the machine will do everything from grinding the beans, to tamping the beans and measuring a predetermined amount of coffee. Some models will even dispose of the excess coffee grounds (known as the puck) for a truly automated solution.
Super-automatics also require very little cleaning and while most will clean themselves, others will let you know via the LCD interface exactly when and what needs to be cleaned. Such processes as decalcification are usually automatically handled.
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