4 Different Types of Coffee Makers: Which is Right for You?

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In a 2018 study it was found that 79% of U.S coffee drinkers consume coffee made at home. So it’s no surprise how common it is to see a coffee maker in someone’s kitchen. However, there are several ways to brew coffee at home. Today we will explore four of these options so you can learn about brewing methods you might not be familiar with.

List of the Different Types of Coffee Makers:

1. Drip Coffee Makers

a drip coffee maker

This is the classic coffee maker people see in the average homes and workplaces across America, and even other countries. It is an efficient system and can be used while someone is busy doing something else, which is convenient.

This process happens after filling a water reservoir to the desired amount, then putting coffee grounds in a different reservoir with a coffee filter. After you press start, the machine drips water through the grounds and into your coffee pot. This takes approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how much coffee you are brewing and the model you use.

There are a lot of drip coffee brewers to choose from that range from a single button to a coffee bar that can vary the amount, intensity, and temperature of your brew. The wide range of models to choose from is a plus for this type of coffee maker.

The main drawback for this option is that it does not steep your coffee. Steeping coffee develops flavors that bring complexity. A drip coffee maker also uses a filter. Filters can absorb the natural oils that give each blend of coffee its own unique profile.

Pros
  • Lots of model options
  • Easy to use
  • Efficient
  • Makes multi-tasking easy
  • Bulk brew
Cons
  • No steeping time
  • Filter soaks up oils

2. Single-serve coffee makers

a single serve coffee maker

Single-serve coffee makers are great for exactly what the name states; a single cup of brewed coffee. This option is better for people who live alone or with non-coffee drinkers. It is also great for those with a busy routine and need a convenient way of making coffee that requires a little less preparation than an auto-drip coffee maker.

These systems are easy for the user, because you just put your coffee cup underneath, put a pod in, and press brew. The pods have a pre-measured amount of coffee enough for a single cup. They come in different brands with a variety of flavors and blends to choose from.

They are fast and easy to use. However, they are limited to only one cup of coffee, which can occasionally become a pain in cases when you have a large group to make coffee for. One other drawback is that the coffee is pre-measured, so you cannot change that to add or take away intensity like some at-home coffee brewers like to do.

Pros
  • Fast
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • One cup of coffee
  • Cannot change measurements

3. French Press

A french press is a manual coffee maker and takes about 6-8 minutes altogether. It is easy to do and produces a very flavorful coffee as a result. It also is easy to travel with a french press because of its small size and no use of electricity or batteries to worry about.

The french press has a simple process. The user puts in a measured amount of coffee grounds at the bottom of the french press, then a proportional amount of hot water is poured on top. This is steeped for 4-5 minutes. It has a metal filter as the lid, which is the way water is forced through the coffee grounds. After the steeping time, you push down the filter top on the french press. It can hold anywhere from 8-48 oz. The coffee produced has a full flavor from all the natural oils the steeping produced. The french press brewing method is known as the most flavorful way to enjoy coffee.

Drawbacks of this method include the attention it takes. Users could step away during the steeping process, however it is not recommended because if forgotten the coffee can over-steep. Over steeped coffee has a very bitter, harsh taste to it, which is not the result we want. Some might think that 6-8 minutes of their attention is too long to make their coffee in the morning, so the time could potentially be a drawback for some users.

Pros
  • Full-flavored coffee
  • Simple process
  • Can travel
  • Bulk brew
Cons
  • Needs attention during process
  • Can be slower than other methods

4. AeroPress

Aeropress

An AeroPress is a fairly new product that came out around 2005. AeroPress is smaller and somewhat more convenient than the others mentioned. It has the perfect site for bringing with you when traveling, and brews a flavored cup of coffee with lower acidity.

It is a small cylindrical tube with a plunger. It hold grounds in one part and water in the other. The user pushes the water through the coffee grounds. The AeroPress brews one cup of coffee at a time and the device is typically mounted directly over the cup. It uses total immersion technology to make the coffee rich in flavor. The AeroPress brews a single 7-8 oz cup of coffee in a little under a minute. It also includes a micro filter, so no grounds will get in your cup.

Drawbacks include that it only makes 1-3 cups of coffee at a time and the fact that the process takes about 8 steps. This may be an easy process for some, but other coffee makers use less steps to get the same result.

Pros
  • Rich, less acidic coffee
  • Fast 8-step process
  • No grounds in cup
Cons
  • Can only make up to 3 cups of coffee at a time