What Coffee Maker

What Coffee Maker do you really need. By and large they aren't what they used to be, and that's probably a good thing. We've gone from boiling coffee over an open fire to percolators to modern, high tech coffee makers.

There is now a coffee maker which is perfectly suited for everyone's individual tastes, every budget and every kitchen.

If you're in the market for a coffee maker, then before you head to the store, you need to think about how you like your coffee, your budget and the space you have available in your kitchen.

Do You Really Need An Espresso Machine?

An espresso coffee maker is more costly than a regular automatic drip coffee maker; some espresso makers can cost thousands. Some espresso coffee makers also feature steamer attachments so they can make lattes and cappuccinos as well - and many make just one cup at a time and will need to be cleaned after each use.

People who are truly serious about their coffee often prefer espresso makers to automatic drip models, particularly the full featured models which handle the entire process, including grinding the beans and pouring a cup of coffee.

However, the average coffee drinker who just likes a regular cup of coffee now and then and doesn't mind if their coffee maker can produce lattes or cappuccinos will probably prefer an automatic drip coffee maker. They can simply start a pot of coffee and get ready for the day or do other things while their coffee is being made. These are coffee drinkers who most often buy their coffee already ground rather than grinding their own.

A dual pot automatic drip machine or possibly a percolator-style urn is a good idea for people who need to make larger amounts of coffee. Some of the larger urns can make as many as a hundred cups in a single batch. These are also the right choice for people who tend to come back to refill their coffee again and again and would find making only one cup at a time impractical.

French press coffee makers are another possibility; these make anywhere between one and six cups at a time and make a strong, full flavored cup (though the strength of the coffee can easily be adjusted). They're inexpensive, easy to use and are increasingly popular with coffee lovers.

Further coffee maker options include pod-style drip makers which use single serving filter pods; these are relatively cheap, easy to use and easy to clean up afterwards, but the pods are far more expensive than other pre-ground coffee.

What Coffee Maker: Choosing an Espresso Machine.

There are automatic, super automatic and semi-automatic models of espresso coffee makers. An espresso maker will make less cups at a time than a drip maker and will usually require cleaning after making each cup.

Automatic espresso makers offer different features, with some doing everything from grinding the coffee to ejecting the grounds once the coffee is made. Of course, the more an espresso maker does, the more costly it will be, so be prepared to pay for extra features.

You might also want to consider a combination maker which can produce both espresso as well as drip coffee. These models are not usually all that cheap, but for serious coffee lovers, they may be well worth the investment. 

The discussion continues but no-one can tell you which one to select without knowing how you like your coffee, how much you have to spend and what space you have for storage. These variables will determine what coffee maker you ultimately decide on.

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