The term “coffee machine” refers to any device used to turn grinds into that most favored of stimulants: coffee. In the modern kitchen, the coffee maker is as common as the refrigerator, but widely varied in design and function. The good news, however, is that regardless of your tastes or budget, there is a coffee machine that is perfect for you.
All Shapes and Sizes
Let’s face it − we like our gadgets to have all the bells and whistles. Coffee machines are no exception to this. Some of the more expensive offerings seem to be able to do everything except drink the coffee itself. There are coffee machines that will make everything from espresso to a single cup on demand. They are made of plastic and stainless steel or, if your taste and budget allow, copper cladding for that old world look. Faced with a myriad of choices, a little planning might be necessary before making your next coffee machine purchase.
The first place to start is to ask yourself what you will be making with the machine. If your need is for a simple yet reliable cup of coffee each morning, then your needs can be fulfilled for under $30. If the occasional cappuccino is what you desire, then it is likely you will have to open your wallet a little wider, although there are simple cappuccino machines on the market for under $75.
The second but equally important point to consider is the quality of coffee you desire. If your favorite coffee comes pre-ground in a can from the local supermarket, then any coffee machine will produce a cup suits your taste. If you consider yourself a connoisseur, however, then you might want to treat your Fair Trade organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with a little more love. For you, a coffee machine with a built-in grinder is what you seek. You might also consider a burr grinder for the ultimate in-home ground coffee technology.
It is also important to decide on the appearance of your coffee machine. For most people, the fact that theirs is made of white plastic is a non-factor in the decision making process. Those of you fortunate enough to have kitchens clad in stainless steel or old world copper and tile might want to search a little wider for a machine that matches the décor. Hundreds of worldwide manufacturers ensure that there is a coffee machine for every taste.
Finally, the money factor has to be considered. Most of us would be very happy to have a copper clad, professional cappuccino machine in our kitchens, but the prospect of paying more for it than we did for our car is a deal-buster. There are coffee machines in every price range, which means that while you might have to forego stainless steel, you’ll never have to give up the joe. Making the decision as to which coffee machine to buy is easier if you ask yourself a few simple questions. The answers will lead you to the best coffee maker for you, and ensure that a fresh cup of joe is available to you whenever you want it.