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Which Type of Coffee Maker Is Best for Me?

16 September 2020
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Choosing which coffee maker to buy is not a walk in the park. There are countless coffee makers available in retail stores and online, that we sometimes stumble and ask ourselves, “which should I buy?”

Whether you are a coffee aficionado that needs a good cup of coffee even when on a hike, or a corporate individual that runs on caffeine adrenaline, this guide will help you find the best coffee maker for your needs.

A Cup That Packs a Caffeine Punch

a top view of a french press filled with coffee
A cup of coffee made with the French Press contains 80-100 milligrams of caffeine; the highest amongst common coffee makers. Photo from sawangthongdee.

If you prefer a jitter-inducing cup of coffee every morning, a French Press does that job best. Due to the constant infusion of coffee grounds in hot water, this coffee maker produces the highest caffeine content amongst others.

Find out how your brewing method affects caffeine extraction here.

Moreover, if brewed correctly, you will get to enjoy the full flavours out of your coffee grounds as its flavour notes and oils are released completely into the brew.

If You Are Always on the Move

an aeropress and portable coffee grinder held in a hand
The Aeropress is thoughtfully engineered to fuel an active lifestyle. Photo from mojocoffee.

Since its emergence in the market in 2005, the Aeropress has been gaining traction amongst business travellers, hikers, and backpackers. It is made from food-grade polyurethane rubber which makes it durable and lightweight.

Not only is the Aeropress compact, but it can also be easily disassembled for cleaning and storage. For a better coffee experience, bring a portable coffee bean grinder along with the Aeropress to ensure that you always have fresh coffee grounds for brewing.

Did you know that grinding your coffee beans on demand can make or break a coffee? Here’s 8 other factors that affect coffee taste.

A Rich and Heavy-bodied Cup of Coffee

a matte black moka pot
Moka Pot coffee is known for its creamy texture, fragrant aroma, and rich flavours. Photo from Mostafa Mahmoudi.

The coffee that a Moka Pot brews is intense and creamy due to the intense pressure built up by the constant heating. Compared to regular drip coffee, the Moka Pot is typically 2-3 times more concentrated, giving its robust and complex flavour profile.

The drawback about this coffee maker is that it is commonly associated with a bitter taste. This is often caused by the buildup of limescale in its hidden edges. Nonetheless, if it is cleaned well after each use and descaled regularly, you can expect a consistently rich and flavourful brew.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to descale your coffee machine to ensure it is sparkly clean.

Brew Multiple Cups Each Time

a person pouring coffee into a cup
With a drip coffee machine, you can save time and brew multiple cups of coffee with ease. Featuring the De’Longhi Active Line Drip Coffee Machine. Photo from De’Longhi.

A drip coffee machine is perfect for coffee-drinking families and those who don’t have the time to brew one cup at a time. For starters, the De’Longhi Active Line drip coffee machine is a combination of simplicity, affordability, and the ability to quickly produce multiple cups each time.

Before buying a drip coffee machine, ensure that it comes with a heated plate so that your coffee stays warm. Never reheat your coffee as it affects the chemical makeup of your brew and ruins the flavour profile.

Here’s 2 digitally-advanced drip coffee machines to start with.

An Interactive, Hands-on Coffee-making Experience

a person adjusting a knob on a coffee machine
With a semi-automatic coffee machine, you can handcraft your own coffee in the comfort of your own home or office. Featuring the De’Longhi La Specialista Coffee Machine. Photo from De’Longhi.

Some of us prefer to get a freshly-brewed cup of coffee with the touch of a button, but some prefer being involved in the coffee-making experience.

Semi-automatic coffee machines like the De’Longhi Dedica and La Specialista feature inbuilt advanced barista technology that controls essential elements like temperature and water flow, but still gives the home brewer a chance to be their own barista.

Find out why the La Specialista coffee machine is a dream come true for coffee connoisseurs.

From tamping coffee to frothing milk and crafting your favourite coffee recipes, this coffee maker will bring out the inner barista in you.

Convenience and Consistency

coffee being extracted from a coffee machine
Fully automatic coffee machines feature a combination of technology and precision, producing a flawless cup of coffee each time. Featuring the De’Longhi Maestosa Fully Automatic Coffee Machine. Photo from De’Longhi.

A fully automatic, bean-to-cup coffee machine takes all the trouble out of your hands. No skills needed. All you need to do is push a button and you will get a consistently great cup of coffee every time.

De’Longhi’s range of fully automatic coffee machines like the Prima Donna Elite Experience and Dinamica have been designed with state-of-the-art technology to provide you with the best coffee experience you can get at home. Moreover, you can create and personalise coffee recipes based on your preference. Whether it’s a cappuccino, latte, or hot chocolate, your options are endless.

If you want to recreate the coffee from your favourite cafe at home, the De’Longhi eShop is the place to go.