While you can always hop into a coffee shop to get your daily dose of caffeine, having your own coffee machine is still so much better. Not only will it save you a lot of money, it also allows you to experiment with different coffee flavors. Plus, it fills your home with that delicious aroma that’s just very relaxing, especially in the morning.
Now when you’re aiming for the perfect cup of coffee, having the right coffee machine is already half the battle. Finding the right one, however, takes more than just a round of eenie minie miney mo. Not all coffee machines are created equal, and you gotta find one that matches your taste, your lifestyle, and basically your coffee habits. Here are a couple of things you need to ask yourself before you head over to the check out counter.
- How much patience do you have?
If your answer to this question ranges somewhere between “not much” and “none at all,” and waiting a long time to get your caffeine fix in the morning makes you all the more cranky, it’s probably best that you go for automatic models that do not require too much fuss. However, if you can give up speed and convenience for coffee quality, coffee brewing devices like a French press would give you better tasting coffee that’s sure to pick up your mood and get you ready for the rest of the day. Different brewing devices (and machine brands, too) vary in time of preparation required, so when you’re selecting a coffee machine, always consider how much time you have, especially in the morning, which is the busiest time of day for most people.
- How much coffee do you drink?
For your convenience, pick a machine that can brew enough coffee to satisfy your caffeine cravings. Is one cup enough to give you a jumpstart in the morning and help you function throughout the day? Or does it take five more to keep you from transforming into a fire-breathing dragon who doesn’t smile and can’t think straight? If you’re a one-cup-a-day kind of person, a single-serve coffee maker can make you happy. This will guarantee that you’ll have fresh, delicious coffee every morning. But if you drink multiple cups a day, or if you’re sharing with other people in the house, a larger one, which can brew more cups in one go, would be a smarter choice.
- How do you like your coffee?
If your coffee habits are not an entire production in itself, simple machines will do. But if you like experimenting and exploring different ways to enjoy your cup, or if you always take your coffee making routine to the next level to get the best flavor possible, you’d want one that includes special features. For example, if you want freshly ground beans all the time, you might want to invest in a model that has a built-in grinder. Or if milky coffee is more your taste, a machine with steamer or frother might be your perfect match. Some even have a water filter to make sure the water that you use do not alter the taste of your coffee. Compare different models and figure out which features would serve you best, and which ones you can live without一this would help you make a smart decision when it comes to your purchase.
- How much are you willing to spend for it?
The price is the ultimate factor that you need to consider when buying a coffee machine. The basic ones are priced from less than a hundred dollars, but there are also high end models that cost over a thousand. While the more expensive ones usually produce the best quality coffee, you can also find great ones that don’t necessarily cost an arm and a leg. Besides, you can make up for it by getting quality beans. The best thing to do is set a budget, and find a machine that can give you what you want at a price you can afford.