When trying to decide what type of machine you wish to buy, you will need to ask yourself several questions:
Which type of coffee you drink the most?
How often are you likely to use an espresso coffee maker?
What features do you want your coffee machine to have?
How much money are you prepared to spend?
TYPES OF COFFEE
When buying a coffee machine you should be knowing the types of coffee and which is your favorite:
Espresso is strong coffee brewed by forcing steam under pressure through dark, roasted, powdered coffee beans.
A standard Espresso with silky foamed milk poured into it, topped with a dusting of chocolate powder.
A beverage that is based on espresso (or moka coffee) combined with steamed milk.
The Cafe Mocha has chocolate syrup or powder added to the beverage, which results in a coffee and chocolate taste combination.Mochas can be topped with whipped cream.
A standard Espresso with just a dash of milk added, served in a small espresso cup
TYPES OF COFFEE MAKER
Drip Coffee Maker
A drip coffee maker consists of a power base, with water reservoir, filter holder, flask, and built-in warming plate or flask stand. There can be additional features like permanent gold-tone or screen filters - which will replace the standard disposable paper filters; digital clocks to preset the time for making coffee; automatic power-off; and a pause-to-serve function, which lets you stop brewing to pour a cup of coffee in between.
Espresso Coffee Maker
There are many different types of espresso drinks including cappuccino, cafe latte and cafe mocha. All are made with one or more shots of espresso.
A more expensive, high-quality, semi-automatic pump machine would be most suitable for this purpose. Although it will take longer to create espresso with a pump machine than it would with an automatic machine, a piston machine is considered by coffee purists to be the best type of espresso maker. Steam driven coffee machines are considered to be unable to provide the pressure required to produce quality espresso.
If you prefer the frothy taste of cappuccino, a mocha or a latte made with steamed milk, and the quality of espresso is not important to you, choose a less expensive machine. A super-automatic may be just right for you.
With coffee makers, as with most machines, simple is always better. You don't want too many switches and buttons and overcomplicated procedures. All you want is a cup of coffee. A simple machine, one designed and tested to do one simple thing, and be good at it, tends to work better than a complicated one.
You want a coffee maker that does the job all the way through, nothing too much, and nothing left half done. Underachievers that don't extract enough flavor, and overachievers that boil the water too much that your coffee gets too bitter; you don't want them.
See if the coffee maker makes a decent-sized serving at one go. Decent-sized is relative. If your morning wake up ritual needs two cups, then see that your coffee maker can deliver just that. Some coffee machines limit themselves to serving sizes that are precise, but are annoyingly less or more than what some need. Make sure what you buy neither serves too little nor overflows your cup and wastes all that coffee goodness.
A good coffee maker should hold enough water for a decent amount of servings at one time. Make sure it can hold a good amount without the reservoir being too big that it takes over the machine. Bad coffee makers tend to have big reservoirs, and cheap machine parts within, just so that they can pass as coffee makers. Do not fall for this. Scrutinize, and choose wisely.
Everyone wants a bargain, but remember that there's such a thing as a balance between the price and the features. Measure the coffee maker's set of features along with its build and its price. This kind of formula is a good rule of thumb. So this means you'll need to check out the slightly costly items, and visit the reputable shops to get the best "balanced" value. It's not just money at stake here, it's your mornings.
Of course, you have to deal with cleaning issues. You want to maintain your coffee maker's service life. Make sure that the crucial parts are washable so that you do not get coffee sticking to them over time. As long as you can wash the important parts like the pot and the reservoir with soap and water, you're good to go.
You don't want anything bigger than your counter. If you buy something that can sit snugly at the corner of your kitchen, then you'd want to use it day after day, since it doesn't "intrude" in your kitchen space.
Make sure that there are no exposed electric parts; that everything is properly insulated. Sometimes there are spills, and you don't want a shock when you clean up the spill. See if the handles are cool to the touch and children who fumble with them and won't get burned.
Coffee makers come in many shapes and sizes. Simplify your search of your best coffee maker by setting your criteria of what you want from your machine before you start looking for your perfect coffee maker.
Power Rating & Water Capacity
The general theory about power is that the greater the wattage, the better performance and endurance of the machine. This is because more power may let the boiler brew the coffee faster. However a larger water capacity in a boiler gives more endurance, making the heated coffee last longer.
If a built-in grinder is used then you’ll need a model with a higher wattage, but the manufacturer will usually fit an adequate power supply anyway, so a large enough boiler is actually the real priority.
COFFEE MAKER PRICE AND BUDGET
Make sure that when you choose your machine, you have set a limit on the amount of money that you are prepared to spend. You’ll find many good deals on espresso/cappuccino machines online, you can check them on the links to price/feature comparison.