There’s nothing more valuable than a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The right brew will get you in the mood to destroy that workload, nail that interview or simply to stay awake all day following a rather heavy night before (we’ve all been there). What’s even better is that, these days, we don’t have to make do with naff coffee anymore; we have the option of having genuine, barista-quality brews at home! That’s why we’ve put together this mini guide as to the different types of home coffee maker.
A pod machine
Perhaps the most simple and easy to maintain type of coffee-maker on the list, pod-based machines are gloriously easy to use: simply lift back the catch, insert your pod, close the slot, and press a button. Some twenty seconds or so later, the drink will pour into the mug. The one downside of these machines is that the pods themselves can be a wee bit pricey in the long run, but my god is it worth it.
Filter coffee machines
Having been around far longer than the pods, filter coffee machines have a serious fan base, and with good reason. Despite having to wait around for the kettle to boil, they’re incredibly easy to use, and are a relatively cheap way to get fresh, great-tasting coffee without the hassle. Essentially, hot water simply drips slowly through a basket of ground coffee and into the pot. Easy, delicious and there’s usually a hot plate to keep the pot warm. The one piece of necessary maintenance is cleaning out the filter (though some models have disposable filters, which are cheap and ideal if you’re feeling a bit lazy)!
Now this is some serious luxury. As you might have guessed from the name, bean-to-cup machines provide about the freshest coffee it’s possible to get without going over to Colombia and sourcing the beans yourself. What’s more, many of the machines are virtually automatic: add water, fill the bean hopper and press the button. Cue some truly stunning coffee, and cue you skipping off to work, full of caffeine-induced energy. Needless to say, this machine of epic luxury doesn’t come cheap, but wonderful things like this never do. If money is no object, this is where your money should be going.
Otherwise known as pressure machines, these machines are steam-driven, and were created with the aim of making seriously strong coffee – the sort junior doctors rely on. Essentially, the water is boiled in a chamber, building up pressure and steam until the pressure forces the water through to the coffee itself. What’s great about these is, not only do they make up an espresso that could wake up a hibernating grizzly bear, but the froth caused by the pressure is ideal if you want to whip up a nice cappuccino. You can then sip it whilst reading the Financial Times and wearing a monocle. Probably.