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If you can’t imag­ine your morn­ing with­out a cup of fresh­ly brewed cof­fee, but you’re tired of wast­ing time prepar­ing a drink in a Turk, then it’s time to think about pur­chas­ing a cof­fee machine. The range of mod­els on the mar­ket is great. In today’s arti­cle, we tell you what types of cof­fee machines are for home, what are their pros and cons, as well as what points to pay atten­tion to when choos­ing a device.

Types of coffee machines

For home use, the fol­low­ing types of cof­fee machines are dis­tin­guished:

drip

Drip cof­fee mak­ers can use ground or bean cof­fee. But the strength of the drink can­not be adjust­ed. Pho­to: Kit­fort

A drip cof­fee mak­er is the sim­plest and most afford­able elec­tric cof­fee mak­er (for exam­ple, Kit­fort KT-767). Mod­ern mod­els have an auto-off func­tion and a delayed start.

Pros:

  • sim­plic­i­ty and ease of use;
  • cook­ing sev­er­al serv­ings at once;
  • low price.

Minus­es:

  • pre­pares only black cof­fee (espres­so or amer­i­cano);
  • high con­sump­tion of cof­fee;
  • low strength of the drink;
  • the fil­ter must be cleaned and changed reg­u­lar­ly.

Rozhkovaya

Some mod­els of carob cof­fee mak­ers have a built-in cap­puc­ci­no mak­er and allow you to brew not only espres­so, but also cap­puc­ci­no or lat­te. Pho­to: Kit­fort

The carob cof­fee mak­er is also designed for prepar­ing espres­so and espres­so-based drinks. How­ev­er, some mod­ern mod­els are equipped with a cap­puc­ci­na­tore (for exam­ple, Kit­fort KT-740). To get rich aro­mat­ic cof­fee, it is bet­ter to choose devices with a met­al rather than a plas­tic horn.

Pros:

  • low con­sump­tion of ground cof­fee;
  • pleas­ant taste with a del­i­cate creamy foam;
  • addi­tion­al func­tions (tem­per­a­ture main­te­nance, auto-off, option­al built-in cof­fee grinder);
  • long ser­vice life;
  • low cost.

Minus­es:

  • after each use, the horn into which cof­fee is poured must be washed;
  • skill is required to pre­pare a drink (you need to prop­er­ly tamp the cof­fee in the cone);
  • cof­fee strength can­not be adjust­ed (depend­ing on the degree of com­paction in the horn and the qual­i­ty of the grind).

Chaldovaya

In the case of pod cof­fee machines, the cof­fee is already pack­aged in por­tions. Pho­to: fullcoffeeroast.com

Out­ward­ly, a pod (or por­tioned) cof­fee mak­er resem­bles a carob one. In this case, a bag of tamped cof­fee pow­der is used to make cof­fee. Some mod­els are equipped with a cap­puc­ci­na­tore and can pre­pare two cups of cof­fee at the same time.

Pros:

  • high qual­i­ty of the pre­pared drink;
  • it is impos­si­ble to spoil the taste of cof­fee;
  • works qui­et­ly;
  • com­pact dimen­sions;
  • ease of care;
  • low price.

Minus­es:

  • poor assort­ment;
  • you can not adjust the fortress;
  • high cost of one cup of cof­fee.

Capsular

The cap­sule cof­fee machine does not require any spe­cial care. Pho­to: Sarah Kobos, nytimes.com

To pre­pare the drink, spe­cial cap­sules are used, in which cof­fee is pack­aged in por­tions. This type of cof­fee machine includes, for exam­ple, Delonghi Nespres­so.

Pros:

  • wide range of col­ors of cof­fee machines;
  • a vari­ety of tastes, it is impos­si­ble to spoil the drink;
  • sim­plic­i­ty and speed of prepa­ra­tion;
  • com­pact dimen­sions;
  • ease of main­te­nance;
  • works qui­et­ly.

Minus­es:

  • cost of cap­sules;
  • it is impos­si­ble to use cap­sules of the same type for cof­fee mak­ers from dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Automatic

The auto­mat­ic cof­fee machine offers a wide range of func­tions. Pho­to: coffeeness.de

The main fea­ture of auto­mat­ic cof­fee machines is that there is no need to pour cof­fee and pour water every time before prepar­ing a drink. In addi­tion, these mod­els are dis­tin­guished by a wide range of func­tions (built-in cof­fee grinder, cap­puc­ci­na­tore, auto­mat­ic clean­ing, prepa­ra­tion of 2 cups at once, adjust­ment of the grind­ing degree and cof­fee strength, etc.).

Pros:

  • qual­i­ty and taste of cof­fee;
  • you can use both ground and grain cof­fee;
  • Ease of use;
  • many func­tions.

Minus­es:

  • rel­a­tive­ly high price;
  • large dimen­sions;
  • the need for reg­u­lar main­te­nance.

used coffee

Grain — auto­mat­ic cof­fee machines have a built-in grinder. Thanks to fresh grind­ing, a rich­er and more aro­mat­ic drink is obtained.

Ground — used in most drip and carob cof­fee machines. If you pre­fer beans but don’t want to spend mon­ey on an auto­mat­ic cof­fee machine, you can buy an inex­pen­sive cof­fee grinder, such as the Kit­fort KT-769.

There are mod­els that allow you to use both grain and ground cof­fee. They are usu­al­ly equipped with a sep­a­rate tray for ground cof­fee (eg De’­Longhi Mag­nifi­ca S ECAM 21.117).

Volume

For home use, a cof­fee machine with a water tank vol­ume of 1–2 liters is suf­fi­cient. Such mod­els take up less space, are eas­i­er to main­tain, and are cheap­er. For exam­ple, a 1.4‑liter SMEG DCF02BLEU drip cof­fee mak­er is enough for home use. For the office, it is bet­ter to choose a device with a vol­ume of more than 2 liters.

Power

The larg­er the vol­ume, the high­er the pow­er of the cof­fee machine should be. Pow­er affects the speed of prepa­ra­tion of the drink and pro­vides the pres­sure nec­es­sary for espres­so. For a 2‑liter device, 1500 W is enough pow­er; for the office, choose cof­fee machines with a pow­er of 1600 W or more.

cappuccinatore

If the cof­fee machine does not have a built-in cap­puc­ci­na­tore, you can buy it sep­a­rate­ly. As a rule, they are not expen­sive. Pho­to: techradar.com

It is nec­es­sary for whip­ping airy foam from milk or cream for mak­ing lat­te, cap­puc­ci­no and oth­er cof­fee and milk drinks.

There are mod­els with a man­u­al and auto­mat­ic cap­puc­ci­na­tore (or with­out it). Man­u­al milk frother is a noz­zle for sup­ply­ing hot steam under high pres­sure. To whip the foam, you need to sub­sti­tute any con­tain­er with milk under it and move it up and down.

Auto­mat­ic milk frother allows you to get milk foam at the touch of a but­ton. Typ­i­cal­ly, such mod­els are more expen­sive and require more thor­ough care (the cap­puc­ci­na­tore must be washed after each use, oth­er­wise the drink may be spoiled by sour milk residues).

You can buy a sep­a­rate milk frother (Kit­fort KT-768 or more styl­ish and expen­sive SMEG MFF01PGEU) and enjoy lat­te or cap­puc­ci­no from the sim­plest cof­fee mak­er.

Grinding degree adjustment

The degree of grind­ing affects the taste and ton­ic prop­er­ties of the drink. The fol­low­ing degrees are dis­tin­guished:

  • large or coarse;
  • aver­age;
  • small or thin;
  • extra for espres­so;
  • pow­dered for Turk­ish cof­fee.

Too fine grind­ing gives a burnt after­taste, the drink will be bit­ter. The coars­er the grind, the weak­er the taste, the cof­fee will sour. The Philips EP3519/00 cof­fee machine has five grind set­tings.

Coffee strength control

You can adjust the cof­fee strength using but­tons or a mechan­i­cal switch. In dif­fer­ent mod­els, this func­tion is imple­ment­ed in dif­fer­ent ways: chang­ing the num­ber of grains per serv­ing / water flow rate / tem­per­a­ture or reduc­ing / increas­ing the prepa­ra­tion time of the drink.

If you want to adjust the soft­ness or strength of the drink depend­ing on your pref­er­ences (or mood), it is bet­ter to choose a mod­el with this option, for exam­ple, Bosch TKA6A044.

The cost of consumables

Before buy­ing a cof­fee machine, pay atten­tion to the cost of cof­fee. For exam­ple, the cost of one cap­sule for Nespres­so is from 44 rubles, cof­fee in pods for mak­ing espres­so is about 40 rubles per bag. While 1 kg of cof­fee beans can be bought for 1000 rubles. It takes about 7 g of grains to pre­pare one cup of cof­fee, that is, the cost of one serv­ing is 7 rubles.

How­ev­er, cap­sule cof­fee machines do not require any spe­cial main­te­nance (it is enough to throw away the used cap­sules and peri­od­i­cal­ly rinse the tank under water), and auto­mat­ic cof­fee machines must be cleaned reg­u­lar­ly with a descal­ing agent. For exam­ple, DeLonghi EcoDe­calk mini costs from 740 rubles, enough for 2 appli­ca­tions.

Additional functions

Choose a cof­fee machine depend­ing on your bud­get and pref­er­ences. Pho­to: lifestyleasia.com
  • Con­trol type — mechan­i­cal or touch.
  • Exis­tence of the dis­play for con­trol over all process­es.
  • Simul­ta­ne­ous brew­ing of two cups to save time.
  • On timer to pre­pare a drink at a spe­cif­ic time.
  • The pres­ence of an anti-drip sys­tem that ensures the hygiene of the tray and elim­i­nates the flow of cof­fee.
  • Auto­mat­ic self-clean­ing of scale, deposits and oils.
  • And oth­ers depend­ing on per­son­al needs and pref­er­ences.

Outcome

To sum­ma­rize briefly, then:

  • for quick prepa­ra­tion of a vari­ety of drinks, it is bet­ter to choose a cap­sule cof­fee machine;
  • if you drink more than 3–4 cups a day, then it is bet­ter to buy a drip, carob or auto­mat­ic cof­fee machine;
  • if you pre­fer strong cof­fee, then an auto­mat­ic, carob or pod cof­fee machine will do;
  • if you are not ready to pay a large amount of mon­ey for a cof­fee machine, choose from drip, carob and pod;
  • if sav­ing on raw mate­ri­als is more impor­tant for you, then you need an auto­mat­ic, drip and carob cof­fee machine;
  • if you rarely drink cof­fee and want a device that does not require addi­tion­al care, choose cap­sule mod­els;
  • If com­pact dimen­sions are impor­tant to you, then an auto­mat­ic cof­fee machine is not for you.

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