How to Choose the Best Coffee Machine for Your Drinking Habits

Coffee machines can be as unique as their user. That’s exactly why it pays to do a little digging before buying a coffee machine to make the right choice based on your taste preference, brew style, and especially on convenience.

Which coffee machine is right for you?

* Drip Brew Coffee Maker: This is the most popular coffee machine that most people have in their home or office. If you are going to choose a drip brew coffee maker, then it all boils down to one word: convenience.

For the many people who don’t have the time to mess with different coffee brew methods and need to gulp down a cup of Joe before stepping out the door, drip brew coffee makers are convenient because you can program them in advance to brew at a specific time. Depending on how much money you want to spend, a drip brew coffee maker may also come with a number of advanced features like a Pause and Serve brew feature, programming for small quantities, or even brewing into an insulated thermal carafe.

* French Press: A French Press is an ideal brew method for the coffee purist who wants more flavor and a fuller body in their cup of Joe. But a French Press is also a great alternate brew method to have on hand in case your trusty drip brew coffee maker gives out on you.

Even though French Press brewing may seem complicated, it’s quite simple. The entire brew process takes only 4 minutes. On top of that, you may want to check out the Travel French Press by Bodum that will allow you to steep, brew, and plunge in one container to enjoy exceptionally fresh coffee on your commute to work.

* Pod Brewer: While pod coffee makers are more expensive than drip brew coffee makers, they scream convenience. Pod coffee makers brew into pods of coffee grounds or into specialty K Cups if you are using the Keurig single cup brewer.

The greatest advantage to a pod brewer is that you can brew a single cup without having to worry about wasting a full pot in as little as 30 seconds. But if you’re looking for an eco-friendly brew method, this isn’t the right choice for you. Throwing away a coffee pod or K Cup after every single brew cycle is hardly good for the environment.

* Vacuum Brewer: A vacuum brewer is an intriguing coffee brewing device that also works as a great conversation piece for a dinner party.

A device like the Bodum Santos has two separate glass chambers that sit on top of one another on the stovetop. You will place the water in the bottom chamber and the coffee grounds in the top chamber, and then bring the water to a boil. The vacuum effect will draw the water into the top chamber to brew fresh coffee that is full-bodied and flavorful since a filter is not used in the brew process.

Bio: Bethany Ramos works at home full time as a freelance writer, and she also co-owns her own e-commerce website, The Coffee Bump.
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