To Make The Best Coffee You Need The Right Machine For The Job
If you are reading this then chances
are you are in the midst of searching for a coffee maker of some kind and quite possibly more than a little
confused by the sheer range of what is available. Be reassured - you are not alone! The
choice really is quite staggering and you can pay anywhere from $20 to over $3,000 on your chosen coffee
machine, so you do need to make sure that you are getting what you actually want before parting with your
First and foremost be
realistic about what you need. Do you drink coffee every day, do you like espresso, are you a bit of a fanatic? Or
do you really just want a fairly decent cup of coffee a couple of times a week?
Once you start browsing for
these things it is quite easy to get sucked into believing that you need a super-duper all singing, all dancing,
fully automatic, blindingly shiny contraption on your countertop. For some people this is exactly what they are
after, but for most people it is not necessary and a more modest model will fulfill their needs more than
adequately. Whatever your needs, doing adequate research beforehand will ensure your money is well
The coffee maker has
certainly become a very popular kitchen gadget over the last few years. Ok, so it may not be exactly an essential
item but these days most families own an array of kitchen gadgets which could easily be classed as luxury items if
we are truthful. If you really love your espresso, latte or cappuccino as opposed to simply needing something to
wake you up in the mornings then a decent coffee maker is a highly desirable item. If you like
good coffee you are not going to be happy with a kettle and a jar of
Having a good coffee maker in
your kitchen means that you can enjoy a high quality brew with breakfast or at any time of day you choose, and it
will cost you a lot less than numerous visits to your favorite coffee house.
As already mentioned, like most things you can pay
very little or quite a lot for a coffee maker. There are many mid priced machines which will give you a
decent cup of Joe and for a good proportion of coffee drinkers this will be enough. However if you want great
as opposed to good, are an espresso fanatic, or you want to have different types of coffee available on tap,
the investment in a top notch model is more than worth it. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a barista you
owe it to yourself to get the best machine you can afford. Select one which has a learning curve so that you
can hone your skills!
For couples who drink several cups per day spending a
few hundred dollars on the best coffee maker will actually prove to be sound financial investment. Long term
it will be far cheaper than a Starbucks habit!
Coffee makers have seen a huge surge in popularity in
the last couple of years and if the trend continues it seems most kitchens will have one. Manufacturers have
responded to this increased consumer demand and there is now a quite incredible array of models to choose
from. Of course this can present a bit of a problem in that unless you know precisely what you want you are
going to be faced with a potentially overwhelming variety to choose from.
The type of coffee maker which is the best one for you
will depend on a number of factors including
- how many cups will you
want at a time?
- how often will
the machine be
- what type of coffee do
you prefer ?
- do you want to be able
to make a wide range of different coffees
- how much space do you
- what is your
Our Coffee Maker Reviews
Here on our homepage we have examples of various types
of coffee machine with a brief overview of their features. On the right of this page you will find links to
more in depth reviews of various models plus information on discounts which may be available from time to
time. All of the models we feature here attract a high number of positive customer
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So here we go with a few
The Single Cup Coffee Maker
There seems to be tons of
these around now and a lot of them are quite good. This is one of the most popular - the Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing
This machine is simplicity itself using K-Cups so
there is no grinding involved and no cleaning required afterwards. You can make tea, coffee or cocoa in
minutes and there are three size options. The reservoir is large enough to produce eight cups
before it need refilling. If you want a good cup of coffee with almost zero effort this is a great
Smaller Espresso Makers
A lot of people
love to drink espresso but a significant number of them don't want to go to the trouble of making it in the
traditional way. The answer is to get a machine which does it all for you automatically. If you are looking
for something small the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother is worth
looking at. There is also a cheaper version without the milk frother. To froth or not to froth, the choice is
This machine is very popular and gets a ton of good reviews. It does the job well and is small
enough for any kitchen countertop. It looks extremely stylish and comes in no less than five colors - fire engine
red, limousine black, silver chrome, black and white. The machine features a unique extraction system designed for
coffee capsules which together with an 19 bar pump ensures that you get a perfect espresso every time. It also
means you can enjoy your coffee and not have any mess to clear up afterwards. It also has a built in aeroccino
which allows you to produce all sorts of milk based drinks. In short it performs as well as many of the larger,
more expensive machines. So if you want coffee house standard shots but don't have a lot of free kitchen space this
type may be best for you.
At the time of writing this particular model has no less than 113 full five star reviews at
Amazon and these are definitely worth a read if you are considering this machine.
Over Coffee Makers
If you are a 'coffee all day long' sort of person you are going to want a machine that produces
quantity as well as quality. A good example of this type of machine is the Bunn Velocity Brew 10 Cup Thermal
Carafe Home Coffee Brewer. Bunn
are a well established name when it comes to coffee brewing and they have a reputation for great build quality.
The model shown below will make up to ten cups of coffee and what's more it will keep the coffee piping hot in
the thermal carafe. There is no warming plate on this model as its not needed and keeping the coffee warm in the
carafe means that the quality does not deteriorate.
Now if you are a real coffee enthusiast and only the
best will do you are going to be looking at spending a fairly serious amount of money on you chosen
coffee maker. There is a growing trend for producing commercial standard espresso shots at home and there
are thousands of 'home baristas' out there who want a serious piece of kit!
Having something like the
Breville BES900XL Semi Automatic
Espresso Machine in your kitchen says that you are really serious about your
The first thing to note about this
model is the price tag - its undoubtedly expensive. That being said, if you are having a Starbucks every day
getting the Breville could actually save you money in the long run.
So why would you go for the
Breville? Well first off it looks totally gorgeous - you have a little piece of Italy in your own kitchen. It
makes truly great coffee and its easy to use.
This is a semi automatic machine.
Its not a push one button and your coffee is ready machine. It is however easy to use and gives you a degree of
influence over how you make your drinks. So far there are only a handful of reviews on Amazon for this model
but they are all very positive and some are glowing. A couple go into a lot of detail and are extremely
informative for anyone considering purchasing. They offer advice on getting the best out of the machine and
avoiding the typical beginner pitfalls. Read the reviews