Coffee machine or koffiemachine as they say in the Netherlands, are becoming more used in private homes instead only in the bars. As a rookie, you might find yourself in a situation where you cannot decide which one to buy as you do not know the basic features you need to consider.
To make everything easier, we will explain the different types as well as how to choose the best one for yourself.
If you want the best fresh coffee, then go for bean-to-cup models as these grind beans just before brewing, keeping the beverage fresh and nice all the time. The process of using is simple as you pour beans in the grinder, choose the settings and press a button.
The more advanced machines are, the wider spectrum of taste, flavor and temperature you can set and therefore achieve a higher level of customization. The best thing about these is that you do not clean these manually as all these come with the automatic self-cleaning programs.
Espresso machines offer you the fastest way to get your hands on a cup of coffee but the main downside is that these use grounded coffee instead of fresh beans.
What is unique about these is that all come with a lot of features like tamper, milk jug, filters and others.
For this reason, these models are often used in bars and cafes, but when it comes to taste and flavor, bean-to-cup models are the best. Also, if you like milk in coffee, espresso offers a huge level of control of milk so you can easily make a cappuccino, macchiatos, or lattes.
As it name suggests, you get your coffee in a pod and you simply pour it in the cup. There is no grounding, loading or touching too many buttons, but you only insert the pod, choose the program and start the water. The majority of models come with milk frother as well. The main downside is that you have to change the pods from time to time.
What to consider when choosing the coffee machine?
When you plan to get one, make sure to consider whether you drink coffee with milk or not. If you do, you need to get a model that comes with milk frother, which can be automatic, accessory, and steam wand.
The first is great as you have predefined programs for cappuccino, latte etc. while you can detach the jug easily. Frothing accessory models often come with a separate frother where you forth the milk manually. Steam wand types use steam pressure to froth milk.
It is the hardest to control but it also gives you freedom when it comes to the milk texture.
Espresso machines usually use these and often come with the stainless steel jug for milk. Also, make sure you consider the auto cleaning programs as you do not want to lose time on cleaning. In addition, make sure that you have smart controls on your model to make the process faster and easier.