1 Type: Types of Coffee Machine
If you like to experiment with a wide range of coffee beans, then a manual machine may be right up your street. Most models use a motor driven pump to force the exact amount of water needed through a thermo block, creating coffee to your specific taste. While they require slightly more work than an automated machine, you have a lot more control over the final product.
An automatic coffee machine does all the work for you – simply add some coffee beans and the machine will grind them and dispense them at the touch of a button. They are often more expensive than manual models, as well as slightly noisier, but they are the ultimate appliance for people who want quick coffee with little hassle.
A capsule – or pod – coffee machine removes the need to use coffee beans entirely, instead relying on capsules of ground coffee wrapped in filter paper. These are inserted into the machine, which then pierces the pod and forces hot water over the contents to create an espresso. While extremely fast and easy to use, the capsules are slightly more expensive per cup than the equivalent in beans and machine quality can vary.
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2 Size: Choose one that will fit your needs
The size and weight of your coffee machine may be important if you intend to stow it away after each use, so if this is the case pick a lighter model. You will also need to make sure you have enough countertop space even if you decide to leave it out.
3 Features: Settings and features
When buying a coffee maker, particularly a manual machine, easy to use settings and features will be important.
Bar pressure: This is the speed at which the hot water is forced through the coffee, with between 15 and 19 bars considered optimal.
Thermoblock: The heating element that boils the water to the perfect temperature.
Filter holder: Used for holding the granules, with aluminium on cheaper models, while brass is preferred on pricier machines because it retains heat better.
Wattage: Machines with higher wattage boil water faster.