Coffee Makers 101 Guide


Coffee lovers are in pursuit of the elusive perfect cup of coffee. That first cup of coffee you have in the morning can set you up for a great day. To help you get that perfect cup, it’s important to have the right tool – the coffee maker.

Coffee makers come in different sizes, colors, and prices. They even have different names and are used in different ways. Some are used over the stove top, some use pods, and some use pressurized steam to make you a cup of coffee.

So, which of the coffee makers out there should you get?

Let’s start with what features are you looking for and should consider when shopping for a coffee maker.

Things like waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee, how much coffee you brew, how fast do you want it, whether you’d like to adjust the coffee’s strength, how many parts does it have, how easy is to handle and clean are some of the features you need to take into account when shopping for a coffee maker.

Another thing worth noting is that in the real world a regular cup measures 8 ounces but for coffee machines a cup is typically 5 to 6 ounces. In fact most of the coffee mugs probably hold 10 to 12 ounces. So keep that in mind when doing your measurements and checking out the capacity of a coffee maker.

You can spend way more money on a coffee maker that has lots of special features but you will find that some of the most basic coffee makers still make a decent cup of coffee.

You’ll want a machine that brings the water to the optimal temperature to make the best brew. Ideally, the coffee maker should bring up the water temperature to between 195F (90C) and 205F (96C) degrees and holds it at this range for 5 to 6 minutes.

You don’t want a machine that’s hard to fill or use. When you’re desperate for that first cup make sure your machine has a pause and serve feature.

With the basic features out of the way, let’s jump into the “types” of coffee makers. A quick search on google reveals a whole bunch of them. There is the regular pot, french press, single serve, grinder/brewer, percolator, espresso maker, and the list goes on the on. Confused, don’t worry, you’re not alone!!

Luckily, the folks at Everyday Good Thinking provided a very useful and easy to follow guide. It clearly outlines the number of cups, how to operate and the name of different coffee makers out there.

Which Coffee Maker is Right for You? An infographic


This should allow you to narrow down your choices to the correct “type” of coffee maker that will work out for you and fulfil your coffee brewing needs.

With this knowledge you are ready to create that elusive perfect cup of coffee.


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