How do you like your morning java: in the form of a short, strong espresso or a creamy, milky cappuccino? Do you prefer your coffee dispensed from a fully automatic machine or to brew your own using coffee grounds?
There’s a dizzying array of coffee makers to choose from — drip filters, hand pumps, and fancy, full-on espresso machines with all the bells and whistles. So, which of these is going to fit neatly on your kitchen countertop, ensures your cup of joe gets you going in the morning, and most importantly, falls within your budget?
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you decide.
Drip Coffee Machine – $
A drip coffee machine works just like you’d imagine—hot water is dripped over ground coffee, which is ground more coarsely than espresso. The water is retained into a pot after filtering through. A cup of drip coffee will typically contain a higher volume of caffeine than a shot of espresso.
A drip coffee machine is great for those who love coffee but hate having to make it. No real skill or know-how needed. The machine is also the perfect size, does not consume too much space and fits just nicely on your kitchen countertop.
The De’Longhi drip coffee machines are perfect for a big family who really loves coffee—it makes up to ten cups! Its complete frontal access and digital control also mean you won’t need to move the unit.
With the precision brewing technology for that ideal flavour extraction and an optimal infusion temperature of 92 to 96 degrees, enjoy fuss-free long black coffee at the right temperature every morning.
Here’s why the drip coffee machine is perfect for you:
- Ideal for beginners
- Affordable price tag
- Compact for your kitchen countertop
- High-quality filter coffee brewing function
Pump Espresso Coffee Machine – $$
Be it ground coffee or coffee capsules, pump espresso coffee machines take both like a champ.
A pump espresso coffee machine is a great coffee maker for those who are rather hands-on with their coffee and are prepared to grind, dose and tamp their coffee grounds for the best results. It also works well with pods, perfect for people who may not always have the time to go through the traditional coffee-making ritual.
A De’Longhi pump espresso coffee machine can produce brilliant coffee—latte, macchiato, caffe latte, flat white, on top of espresso, cappuccino, and tea with the Adjustable Cappuccino System and Double Drip Tray.
Another highlight: The De’Longhi pump espresso coffee machine is a great choice for those with limited space in the kitchen, but in need of a coffee machine. It’s compact, yet does not compromise your coffee experience.
Here’s why the pump espresso coffee machine is perfect for you:
- Stylish, compact design
- Ability to use pods or ground coffee in a patented dual-function filter holder
- Brews a wide range of milk-based beverages with adjustable Cappuccino System Brew
Bean to Cup Coffee Machine – $$$
A fully automatic, bean-to-cup coffee machine takes everything out of your hands. No barista skills required.
At a simple press of a button, a FACM grinds the beans and compresses them into fine grounds, heats the water to a precise temperature before hot water is forced through the compressed grounds, and out comes a cup of flawless espresso. Or latte, or macchiato.
The coffee produced is technically perfect; rich, aromatic, full-bodied with well-defined flavours and in the correct temperature. It takes just over a minute too, which means you won’t be waiting around for very long for your morning pick-me-up.
Best of all, the De’Longhi bean-to-cup coffee machines are fashionable and functional. Some are even equipped with an intuitive touch display, an easy self-cleaning system, and a stylish app that can save your favourite coffee recipes so that you will have a great coffee experience each time.
Here’s why the bean-to-cup coffee machine is perfect for you:
- Makes a barista-level coffee
- Consistent brewing results with customisation options
- Simple, user-friendly design
- The widest range of coffee drinks
Sounds tempting? Read more about 10 things you should consider before purchasing your first bean-to-cup coffee machine.