Coffee is one of the biggest industries in the United States, second only to the petroleum industry. Approximately 55% of Americans drink coffee. Even if you like to grab a latte on the go odds are you still have a coffee maker at home. Coffee drinkers are choosing everything from single-serve pod coffee makers, to pour over coffee pots or French presses. Yet still, the drip coffee maker remains the standard for at home or at work coffee brewing.
Here at Ron’s Appliances our goal is to help you the consumer find the best coffee makers for 2019 and to find the best coffee maker for you the consumer. We want you to end up with the machine that is right for you and one that will provide you with the quality of taste you desire.
What Types of Coffee Makers are There
- Single-Serve Pod: This is currently one of the popular styles available for those looking for a single cup of coffee. These machines are fast, with your coffee ready in a couple of minutes. some machines even have timers on them that will have your coffee ready when you want it.
- Pour-Over: This type of machine pours water over the coffee grounds and the results are stored in a carafe or pot beneath the filter. These types of machines can also include timers as well.
- French Presses: These machines work by pouring hot water over freshly ground beans, letting it steep and then pressing the grounds to the bottom of the container with a plunger. This will result in a rich bold cup of coffee. This type of coffee maker is suitable for those on the go.
- Drip Coffee Maker: Drip coffee makers create their coffee by dripping water over coffee grounds contained in a filter. This type of machine can contain timers so that your coffee will be ready when you are. The drip machine is still the standard for at-home and at-work brewing.
- Espresso Makers: Work by forcing pressurized near boiling water thru densely packed coffee grounds. This process produces a small intensely flavored shot of coffee. This coffee can be driven straight or used to create other drinks.
Single-Serve Pod Coffee Makers
Like coffee, but don’t want to make a full pot every time you want a cup, then the single-serve pod machines may be the right machine for you. All you have to do in put enough water in the machine for a few cups of coffee, pop in a pod (k-cup) with your favorite blend press a button and in a few minutes you will have a piping hot fresh cup of coffee with very little mess.
Today, there are many single-serve machines on the market and it might be difficult to determine which machine is right for you. Should you pick the most affordable machine available, or the one with the most features? In fact, there are several factors to consider before choosing your single-serve machine.
- Just like with larger coffee makers, you get what you pay for. Figure out how much you are willing to spend, and find a coffee maker with the features you require that fits your budget. You might be looking to replace expensive trips to your favorite coffee shop, so investing in a high quality machine with lots of options might allow you to save money in the long run. Or, you might be perfectly happy with a machine that brews a good single cup of coffee.
- Next, you want to consider how much countertop area you can devote to the machine. Plus, with the single-serve machines you are going to need somewhere to store your k-cups or pods. Do you have a drawer available to store them in or will you have to purchase a caddy or rack that fits under the coffee maker to hold the pods.
- Do you take your coffee to-go? If so, you may want to maker sure the coffee maker you purchase has a removable drip tray that will allow you to remove it and place taller travel mugs in the coffee maker. This will allow you to save time and get you out the door quicker.
- One concern people have with the single-serve machines is the environmental impact of the used k-cups and pods. For the eco-conscious people, most machines will work with refillable K-cups, that will allow you to use your favorite coffee grounds.
- If you want the option of making a pot of coffee sometimes and just a single cup other times, there are machines available that both single-serve makers and drip makers in one machine.
Pour-Over Coffee Makers
Pour-over coffee making is one of the manual forms of coffee making. In this process, you simply pour your correctly heated water over coffee grounds contained in a filter. This method allows you to control the amount of caffeine and taste that will be present in your cup/pot of coffee.
Pour-over coffee methods will result in a lighter version of coffee than the French press method and will result in a smooth taste rather than the gritty one that can sometimes be associated with the French press method.
Remember though, that in this method you must manually heat the water and then place the coffee grounds in a filter in your cup/pot and then pour the water over the grounds thus creating your favorite brew. This may be a really good method if you are using some more expensive varieties of coffee.
French Press Coffee Makers
French press coffee makers traditionally brew a more robust stronger tasting cup of coffee. This is due to the fact that the water and the grounds come in complete contact with each other.
In this method of brewing the water is heated and poured into the grounds allowed to sit for a period of time and then a filtered plunger is forced from the top of the brew to the bottom removing the grounds. This can sometimes cause the resulting cup/pot of coffee to have a somewhat gritty taste because all the grounds may not be removed from the brewed coffee.
The French press continues to survive in a world of Keurigs and fancy mocha machines because it can brew a substantial amount of quality coffee. The French press can typically brew four decent sized cups of quality coffee.
Drip Coffee Makers
Drip coffee makers remain the standard for at-home or at-work coffee making in todays world. In this method the grounds are placed in a filter and properly heated water is spread across the grounds with a shower head and the resulting brew is collected below in a glass or stainless steel carafe or pot.
Many coffee snobs say that you cannot get a good cup of coffee from a drip machine but that is far from the truth. There a few important key features to consider before buying a drip coffee maker.
- Heating element: A drip coffee maker uses a resistive coil made of aluminum or copper, to heat up the water. Look for one that heats the coil from the center outwards, which keeps the water equally heated.
- Tubing: For the best tasting coffee, look for a machine with insulated tubing, which keeps the water hot as it moves over the coffee grounds and into the carafe/pot.
- Showerhead: The showerhead is responsible for dripping the water over the grounds; if it does so unevenly, you won’t get a good brew. Look for a large round showerhead that distributes the water evenly through the coffee grounds.
- Filter Baskets: The filter baskets come in flat-bottomed or cone style. The most important thing about filters, is what they are made of. In the US paper filters are the most common type. But in Europe permanent filters are preferred. You’ll get a bit more flavor with the permanent filters than the disposable ones, but that is a personal preference. You must also make sure that the filter you use fits well with the shape of the showerhead.
Espresso is a coffee of Italian origin that is brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods and has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top. As a result of this pressurized brewing process. the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as caffe’ latte, cappuccino, caffe’ macchiato, caffe’ mocha, flat white, or caffe’Americano.
Espresso machine typically require that you do a lot of manual work. you have to heat the water, grind the beans or acquire ground ones, pack the grounds into a portafilter and lock it into the machine. There is a new variety of espresso machine the super automatic espresso machine that does a lot of the work for you. However, these machines are quite expensive.
Finding the Best Coffee Maker for You
Finding the best coffee makers for 2019 as you can see is quite a task. We hope that the information provided above will help you in your search for the right coffee maker for you. We realize that there exists a large variety of coffee makers to choose from but our hope is that this information will help you narrow your choices down to one of the varieties discussed in the article. One of your next steps will to determine your budget and our goal is to help you find the right machine for you.