Getting an awesome coffee maker as a holiday or wedding dream could be dream come true. However, if you haven’t been one of the lucky few who is gifted the most important and the most overlooked equipment in the kitchen, this post is for you.
You don’t have much choice when you have gifted a coffee maker. Just make do with whatever product you have. However, if you are like most of us, you should be ready to put some thought into your purchase. After all, a coffee maker is a must-have for every kitchen. Whether you are a student or a young professional or even a couple with a small family, you will need this little equipment to make a delicious and strong drink for you every morning.
Make sure you think your decision through before buying any coffee maker. This equipment will stick with you for years to come. So, make sure you are buying the right product. Keep these things in mind while buying.
1. The Kind Of Coffee You Like
There is a wide variety of coffee makers available on the market. If you like simple, quick, and effortless coffee, you should opt for single serve coffee makers. However, if you like to use freshly ground coffee beans, a traditional domestic use coffee maker will be great for you.
The single serve coffee makers are relatively new to the market. They use instant coffee premixes, which may come in a variety of flavors- vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and more. These coffee makers can be used for making hot chocolate, tea, and sometimes even soup. You don’t have to measure coffee powder every time you use the machine. Simply pick up a K-pod and load it into the machine. Then switch the coffee maker on and your brew will be ready in under a minute.
Even though these machines give you quick coffee, they do not compromise with the taste. Most K-cups are designed to work perfectly with a particular coffee maker brand. You don’t have to work with complicated settings. Just load the K-cup and you are good to go. You get more ease and flexibility with these machines but they take away control in the bargain.
For coffee fanatics (because ‘coffee lover’ is too generic), there are the traditional coffee maker machines. These machines may sometimes be loaded with commercial-level features. They give you more control over the ground size, brewing temperature, pressure, and even the strength of your drink. Most of these machines are designed for grinding fresh coffee beans and using them to make a delicious cup of coffee. However, some of them may even use coffee powder.
The traditional machines now come with advanced features. Some have burr grinders, while others have ceramic grinders. For people looking for better heat retention, there are insulated machines as well. If a plain espresso doesn’t make the cut for you, there are machines like DeLonghi and Nespresso that will allow you to steam and froth milk to the perfect texture. You can use it to create a savory cappuccino or latte.
2. Your Budget
Consider your budget before buying anything. The more you can spend the more features you will get. You should define your budget before you begin looking for the right product. If you want a sub-$100 piece that provides ease of use and simplicity, a Keurig single serve coffee maker could be perfect for you. These machines can make a regular cup of coffee in an instant.
A Keurig K55, for instance, gives you basic single serve coffee making functions. These machines are simple and durable. Plus, they cost less. Some of the higher-end models cost only a few dollars more, will let you brew an entire carafe at once.
If you are ready to spend some money and get more advanced features, then you have plenty of options too. A Keurig K575, for example, will bring ease of use, great design and flavorful single serve coffee your way. On the other hand, a DeLonghi or Nespresso machine will bring elegant European design, Italian bar pumps, burr grinders, and milk frothers to your kitchen.
3. Reviews Signal Red Flags
Of course, no product is perfect. However, you should know about the shortcomings of a product before buying it. Reading authentic buyer reviews on sites like Amazon helps you in selecting the right product for your kitchen. You can read the most important functions of a product as well as its setbacks or any problems with its functioning.
4. A Good Coffee Maker Means A Great Day
Your morning decides the quality of your day and your coffee decides the quality of your morning. Selecting the right coffee maker that suits your needs, budget and your lifestyle is essential for making your mornings happy. Imagine having a busy schedule with small kids at home. You have to pack their lunches, make breakfast for yourself and get dressed for work. If you spend 5 to 10 minutes of your life every day making coffee on a busy morning, you are doing yourself a huge disfavor. Buy a single serve instead.
Similarly, if you are a coffee enthusiast and keep your brew over and above everything else in your life, a no-frills basic machine won’t be enough for you. You need something with more customization options and more control over your brew strength and quality. You need a richer, tastier drink with better texture. All this can be achieved only with an advanced machine.
We suggest that you buy a coffee machine only because it truly fits your needs. Simply buying a ‘best selling’ machine won’t be enough for you. Your coffee drinking needs and styles develop over time and you don’t want to stay stuck with an option that will cease to meet your needs in a year.
So be a smart consumer and research thoroughly before buying. Try to be more specific with your needs and you will find a coffee maker that fits your description soon. Yes, it will take some time but you will get a coffee maker that you will love to show off for year.