Things to Know Before Buying a Coffee Maker
Speaking as one of the world's million caffeine addicts, coffee is not only a delicious smelling treat that wakes you up in the morning, but a way of life. There's nothing like a good strong cup of joe or a homemade latte to get your day off to a great start - or a bitter, weak and watery coffee to ruin it completely. How do you choose a coffee machine that will work for you, and what features are important to look at?
What type of coffee machine fits you best?
The first thing to consider when choosing a coffee machine is, obviously, its type. There are four basic variants, and each one has its own pros and cons.

Fully automatic coffee machines require minimum effort from a user to make a basic cup of coffee. A fully automatic machine has an in-built coffee-grinder, and the brewing process is automatic. You just have to put some coffee beans and water inside. Usually, these machines are the most expensive ones, especially if they come with automatic settings for type of grind, temperature, and a pot warmer.

Carob coffee machines are the basic ones. The process of brewing is the same as a percolator; the only difference is that there is high pressure involved. To make some coffee, you need to put ground up beans or powder inside the carob and manually attach it to the machine. If you want to use whole beans, you'll require a separate coffee grinder.

Capsule coffee machines are more recently popular for their convenience. There are no coffee beans needed for these; just put a capsule or pod inside the machine and press 'Start'. They can even be hooked up to your sink or water filtration system so that you don't ever have to manually fill the reservoir. Note, however, that only specific capsules can be used for certain machines,which can get pretty expensive in the long run. They are also notoriously bad for the environment (unlike regular coffee grinds or filters, each plastic capsule cannot be disposed of in organic waste and ends up in a landfill).

Drip coffeemakers are the most common and familiar coffee machines. Water is brought to near boiling temperatures and steamed through ground coffee beans. It drips through a coffee filter into a large pot. This is a popular options because it is cheap and produces a large amount of coffee at once, perfect for an office environment. The taste of drip coffee tends to be weaker, however.

How much coffee do you really need?
It is important to consider how much coffee you need to make at once. Some machines are capable of brewing just a couple of cups, or one cup at a time, while others can automatically brew up to 2 liters of coffee at once. Therefore, pay attention to the volume of the water tans and how much beans are needed to be able to make a batch of coffee. In addition, check the power of the machine in watts, so that you know how much electricity is going to consumed.
Should you pay much attention to pressure?
When brewing coffee, pressure matters. Don't buy machines that produce less than 5 bars, as this is not enough pressure to force water through the beans. Optimally, you machine will produce 15-20 bars of pressure, but 7-10 will d the job. The higher the pressure is, the more coffee extract can be 'squeezed' from beans.
What additional features are you looking for?
Ultra-modern coffee machines allow users to adjust anything they want: the grind of the beans, a timer to turn on the machine automatically at a certain time, the recipe of the beans, etc. Of course, all these features are cool and convenient, but the more bells and whistles the machine comes with, the higher the price tag. You should decide which ones you truly need, so that you don't end up paying extra money for a useless gimmick.
A good coffee machine is your personal barista at home. If you are coffee-lover, consider buying a fully automatic one to be able to drink anything you want anytime. On the other hand, if you need nothing more but a cup of espresso or just as quick drip coffee, a cheaper machine will be enough for you.

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