Features to consider while choosing coffee and espresso maker
Highlighted below are some of the features you will find in most highly rated coffee and espresso makers. You will find that some of these features are left out of some devices and therefore when researching brewers, you should pay keen attention to the features listed on the website or the package.
Only two devices on our list incorporated a grinder, and that significantly increased the cost. For coffee aficionados, you may want to be in complete control of the brewing process from start to finish. This extends to even picking beans from the store as different beans with obviously result in a different feel and taste. Even among those devices with grinders, there are variations. An example is the Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine which grinds its coffee beans directly into the filter provided while its counterpart the EspressoWorks All-In-One Espresso Machine & Cappuccino Maker has a plug in option. This one will require you to use a measuring spoon and tamper to get the ground coffee on the filter before you can reattach it to the device.
Almost all the devices mentioned have a milk frother as frothed milk is an essential part of making the right coffee. Where you usually get your coffee in a café, there is sometimes the inclusion of latte art which improves the look of the coffee in addition to texturing the beverage how you like it. Since a home coffee maker serves the purpose of taking over from your regular coffee shop, the experience shouldn’t be different.
Some of the devices we mentioned incorporate a milk reservoir, and the frothed milk is deposited right into your cup. A prime example is the Mr. Coffee Café Barista Espresso and Coffee Maker. However, most devices offer up a steamer that you can use to manually froth milk. You might also need to purchase a frothing cup to make full use of this attachment.
Water tank capacity
The water tank influences how many cups of coffee you can make at a time. For a single person, one to two cups taken in the morning is enough to get them through the day. As such more people in the household means that more coffee is required. Most manufacturers will list their reservoir capacity as a feature, and you would do well to make a few quick calculations that tell you whether or not your needs will be satisfied by the product you buy.
Some of these devices come with extra components while with others, you may need to purchase accessories to make full use of the equipment. A frothing cup is one such accessory. Having to go back to the store to buy one may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Other accessories may include coffee mugs, tampers, measuring sticks, and more. Also, you can purchase a standalone coffee grinder. If you already have one of these in your household, there is simply no need to buy a coffee maker with an incorporated grinder.
What is the device made of? This may seem like a trivial affair, but parents with young children know the pain of losing some of their appliances to their kid’s mischief and curiosity. Also, stronger component materials mean that the device will generally last longer. Most of the tools we mentioned are made of stainless steel with a few plastic components. Even then, regular maintenance will elongate the life of the device a little more. The fact that the Aicook Barista Espresso Coffee Maker manufacturer recommends clean up every 80 cycles for soft water is proof that almost all machines need to be taken care of to have a longer lifespan.
You need to place the coffee and espresso maker combo machine on a particular surface in your house. There are heavier machines and lighter ones. With weak counters and coffee tables, you may have to purchase a lighter model. Their weight can range from below 10 pounds to above 20 pounds. Also, if you intend to move the machine about from time to time, picking a lighter model is generally a better idea.
Dimensions are likely to affect the weight of the machine. Not only that, but you need to consider where in your kitchen you intend to put the purchase. If your counter has enough space or you are willing to make more room for it, you can get a bulkier model. Also, generally, bulkier models tend to carry more features, though this might not always be the case.
Price is a significant thought factor whenever you set off to buy something. Ideally, you would get a coffee machine with all the best features the first time, so you don’t have to upgrade at a later date. These upgrades would be needed where maybe the size of the family using the machine and where people’s coffee needs have grown. However, coffee machines, especially high end models, can be expensive. As such if you have a limited budget, you have to consider cost when choosing the make and model.
Coffee machines are likely to have a different output when it comes to the flavor of the beverage. However, most people don’t get the chance to taste the drink before they order a machine for themselves. As such, they won’t be able to gauge if they like what comes out or not. Nevertheless, some showrooms and stores may offer you the opportunity to test out a gadget by brewing a cup or two. If you get a chance to do this, you should take it and see which machine brews better tasting coffee where all other variables are constant. Remember your tastes are unique to you and so what tastes good to someone else might not necessarily feel the same.
Before purchasing an espresso maker, check out the warranty terms. Different manufacturers offer different warranties. You will find some offering as little as a one-year warranty while others provide lifetime coverage. Also, what kind of damage does the warranty cover and what are the claim terms? Do you get a refund of your money, or will the product be replaced? Does the warranty cover the whole product or just a few parts?
It is always essential to check out the comments and reviews section of an online store when checking out a product. You will find out a lot about the gadget, the manufacturer, and also their customer service.
This may include details of the brewer’s capabilities to produce quality coffee, whether any parts get damaged easily, if spare parts and replacements are readily available, how long customer care takes to get back to the customer and more. In yet another scenario you can choose to ask your friends and family what devices they use and what they like about them. This way, you get more detailed information, and you have the option to visit them and taste the coffee they produce.