Rules for choosing a coffee maker for home and office
- What it is?
- Types and their differences
- French press
If the family decides to buy such a necessary piece of home appliances, like a coffee maker, everyone understands how difficult it is to make the right choice. After all, the types of these devices are huge and manufacturers fill the shelves with all new models. And the shops lure attractive prices and various promotions and discounts. To make the right choice, you just need to get a little familiar with some of the features of different types of coffee makers and the capabilities of the models. Then the decision will come by itself, depending on your needs and preferences.
What it is?
Coffee. This refreshing drink is loved, admired. Many do not even imagine their breakfast without a cup of this strong drink. He charges us with energy for the whole day.
Its tonic properties have been known for a very long time. Initially, coffee was brewed in special dishes, in different countries it was called differently - Turk or Jazz. But technological advances are advancing; nowadays, many devices can facilitate the process of making a coffee drink. This household appliance became known as the coffee maker.
Types and their differences
There is a huge number of types of coffee makers.
Work does not need electricity. This device is convenient to take with you on a trip, but many prefer to use it at home because of the simple design. It is a glass vessel, inside a movable filter piston. To make coffee, ground coffee beans are poured into a vessel and boiled water is poured. Then the lid is covered, after a few moments the coffee powder is pressed against the piston. The filter does not pass the precipitate remaining from the coffee, and the resulting delicious coffee can be poured into a cup or glass.
Many people love this device because of its attractive stylish design.
To prepare a drink, you need to pour water into the vessel, and put the ground coffee in the filter. The water boils and slowly, one drop drips through the coffee, enriches it with oils, takes its taste, and then is poured into a glass vessel in the shape of a teapot.
At the base of the apparatus is a water tank, the water is heated by electricity, from the temperature difference rises up through the tube and into the filter, where the ground coffee is. This procedure can be repeated many times to increase the strength of the drink.
This type of coffee maker is the most popular. There are several varieties of them.
Rozhkovye coffee makers are boiler-type and express, as well as simple and pump. Rozhkovaya coffee maker is designed to make coffee, cappuccino, espresso, latte.
In the boiler, water boils, then it is passed through a filter with ground coffee, the steam pressure is 4 bar. Gourmets emphasize that boiling is contrary to the canons of properly prepared coffee.
In pumping heating water reaches 90 degrees, and therefore the boiling process does not occur. Water has a pressure of 15 bar, then penetrates through the filter with coffee, it is enriched with subtle aromas and flavors, so in the prepared coffee there is not that bitterness, which is obtained by brewing boiling coffee.
The principle of operation of the apparatus in a capsule coffee maker is extremely similar to the principle of operation of the carob model. True, there is one difference: steam is passed through a capsule filled with ground coffee.
The principle of operation of the device is akin to the carob, but the difference is that instead of coffee, the device is charged with a special coffee pill - a coffee pod with a composition already prepared according to a special recipe for one portion of the drink, each of which is in an individual package.
Espresso combines. They can use both ground coffee and grain. In fact, this is a coffee maker, in the design of which the manufacturer has provided an integrated coffee grinder.
Combined models are coffee grinders that can make espresso and americano drinks. This is such a home appliance that combines the features of the horn and drip coffee makers.
Traditionally, in Vietnam, coffee is not brewed, it is brewed in a unique dropper - a device in the form of a metal cup with holes in the bottom. For the Vietnamese drink, ground coffee is poured into this device, pressed with a press, and boiled water is poured. Drink, passing through the holes at the bottom of the mug is enriched with strength and aroma of coffee beans.
Viennese royal coffee maker invented in the XIX century. At first she was the privilege of the royal court. The structure includes two tanks made of glass and metal, a vertical tube and a burner. Ground coffee beans are poured into a glass jar, water is poured into a metal hermetic, burned with a burner, after which it enters the jar with coffee, takes its aroma and then returns to the glass container as a result of temperature and pressure differences. drink.
On a set of operations coffee makers are automatic and semi-automatic. Devices automatic machines do everything for you - from grinding coffee beans to dispensing a drink in a cup using a lever dispenser.
Semi-automatic require additional action on your part.
Advantages and disadvantages
The advantages and disadvantages depend on the type and model of the device.
- in order to make coffee, it is worth boiling water;
- suitable for brewing tea;
- convenient on the road.
- taste is not perfect;
- there is no possibility of making another coffee drink besides coffee;
- fast cooling of brewed coffee.
- cooked coffee does not cool for a long time;
- ease of operation.
- coffee is not very strong;
- quite a long time preparing;
- need to replace filters.
- You can make not only coffee, but also brew tea, herbs;
- very rich taste is obtained;
- ease of care.
- the ability to cook only a whole portion at full load, even if such an amount is not necessary;
- A large amount of time is prepared - from 5 minutes.
- the speed of preparation of the drink - from half a minute;
- a wide variety of drinks;
- high quality;
- economical consumption of coffee - you need the minimum amount of coffee powder to make the same amount of drink compared to other types of devices;
- Some models have the ability to use coffee pods.
- only finely ground coffee can be used;
- steam boils water to a boiling point, whereas for an ideal coffee drink, a temperature of about 90 degrees is considered correct, pump models do not have this drawback.
- capsules are varied;
- frequent cleaning is not needed, almost no maintenance is required;
- simple operation
- The cost of such coffee machines, as well as ready-made capsules, is quite high. Some models function if you use capsules from the same manufacturer, and sometimes this is inconvenient.
- Replaces the horn and drip coffee makers.
- high price;
- difficulties in the care of the association of coffee makers of these different types.
How to choose?
When buying a coffee maker, you need to take into account many factors.
When choosing a device for home use, you need to consider how many people will use this device in your family.
Universal coffee maker is considered rozhkovy model. The preparation time of the drink is very short. It is recommended for purchase by those whose lifestyle is very busy and busy. She can also be satisfied with lovers of espresso or cappuccino.
If it is important for you to not care for your equipment, a capsule device will be the best choice. Drip devices can make American coffee better than other models. For those who prefer drinks with a rich taste, it is advisable to recommend a geyser-type device. For a small budget, the most affordable today are drip and geyser models.
If you are looking for a good coffee maker, you should know the answers to a number of key questions in advance:
- how many minutes you can spend to make coffee;
- how much during the day you plan to consume the drink;
- do you need a variety of these drinks;
- what is the budget you have pledged for the purchase of coffee makers;
- Does it matter to you how comfortable the device is to use;
- Is there enough space to install the purchased coffee maker or should it be built-in appliances to be in harmony with other items in your kitchen.
The cost of a coffee maker is directly dependent on how many different functions this device holds. Think about which ones you need, and without what you can do, because many of them may be unclaimed, so do not pay extra money.
But it is better not to refuse some functions. For example, the filtration coffee maker should certainly be equipped with an anti-droplet system, which is characterized by automatic disconnection of the device, if the coffee pot or teapot is removed during coffee brewing and does not stop working when the coffee pot is in its original position. Therefore, you can fill the cup with a drink without waiting for the entire process to complete.
If there is an anti-transfusion function, the device will turn itself off after filling the coffee pot with the already prepared beverage.
Well, if the manufacturer has provided in the model holder filter compartment. In this case, in order to pour coffee it is not necessary to remove it from the appliance, you just need to push it aside.
Traditionally, drip coffee makers operate using ground coffee. Recently, they began to equip the built-in coffee grinder.
They are paper and reusable nylon. Paper is good because they do not clean them. True, they need to be changed literally every time after the completion of the coffee maker, which require additional costs. The nylon filter is designed for 60 applications, after which it has to be changed. However, careful use and good care can extend its life. Titanium-coated nylon with a special coating can last longer than just nylon. Special coating can also extend the life of the product.
Power depends on the type of coffee maker and is usually equal to 900-1500 W., with 1500 W usually in capsular models.
A coffee maker that has high power will heat the water faster. The higher the power, the higher the pressure in the coffee maker. Therefore, if the performance of this household appliance is especially important to you, be sure to consider this indicator when purchasing. But do not forget that the more powerful models will cost an order of magnitude higher than the weaker options.
Of great importance is the material that was used in the manufacture of household appliances. The capacity of geyser coffee makers is usually made of metal, the lid is glass or of transparent plastic, so you can see how the coffee is brewed. For convenience and safety, the instrument handle must be made of heat and electrical insulating material.
When buying a carob device, look at the filter horn. It should be metal, most often it is stainless steel.
Capacity for brewed coffee must be only glass.
In coffee makers for heating water using a boiler or a thermoblock.
The models equipped with the thermoblock are lighter and more compact. They are good for home use. True, coffee machines with a thermoblock more often fail than boiler models. The performance of boiler machines is higher. Therefore, the device belongs to the professional equipment for a bar or cafe.
Bosch "Tassimo". Average price - 3800 p.
- Ease of Management.
- A rich selection of brewed beverages, in addition to coffee: espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, hot chocolate, as well as tea.
- Self-cleaning steam function.
- Designed for only one cup;
- Not too high pressure.
The famous German brand Bosch is the most inexpensive of the manufacturers of capsule devices and is ideal for home use.
Krups KP Dolce Gusto. Average price - 6990 p.
- The use of capsules Dolce Gusto - more than 20 different flavors of coffee.
- Supports the preparation of cold drinks.
- Good power as well as pressure.
- Adjustable height stand cups.
- Auto Shutdown feature. Convenient at home and in the office.
Panasonic NC-ZF1HTQ. Average price - 8500 p.
- Drip device is not too powerful, uses ground coffee.
- System against drops, many indicators, regulators.
- High build quality.
- Suitable for brewing tea.
- No replacement filter.
- Designed for 8 cups.
- It has double walls and an airtight cover, retains heat for a long time
Melitta Optima Glass Timer. Average price - 5550 p.
- The manufacturer produces two options: white and black.
- You can cook from 2 to 8 cups.
- Used paper filters.
- The coffee pot is made of glass, there is a drip protection system and a heating panel.
- Can be configured to work with water of a certain hardness.
- Self-cleaning mode, which is launched using the Calc button.
Philips HD 7457. Average price - 3190 p.
- Good power (1 kW), the volume of 1.2 liters.
- Works only on ground coffee.
- For 1 start preparing 10-15 cups.
- Permanent filter, but it is possible to use disposable.
With integrated coffee grinder
Philips HD 7762. Average price - 18155 r.
Very expensive model of drip type. Excellent American coffee can be appreciated by lovers of this drink. The integrated coffee grinder contains 2 compartments, which makes it possible to grind two types of coffee beans. Coffee strength can be customized. There is a timer, auto power off. The coffee maker is compact and convenient, has a reusable filter.
Redmond SkyCoffee M1505S. Average price - 7890 r.
Compact device for a small family. The flask is made of glass. It is possible to use coffee both ground, and in grains. The unit has many functions. The main difference is that the remote control is possible in the mobile application for the Ready for Sky smartphone. There is a permanent filter. As a minus - a small coffee pot - just half a liter.
Gaggia Gran Style. Average price - 10680 p.
Brand - Italy. The body is made of high-strength ABS plastic, has black and white versions.
The device is very compact, with a pressure of 15 bar. The filter holder is sealed. Classic cappuccinator and has two types of filters - for ground coffee and coffee pods.
Kenwood ES 020. Average price - 18890 r.
Medium power, can function with coffee beans and coffee powder pods. Pressure up to 15 bar, water capacity 1 l. Complete set: a tamper, a spoon for measuring coffee. The body and the horn are made of metal, the horn has a handle made of thermally protected rubberized material. Model, very easy to maintain.
The best geyser coffee maker - Rommelsbacher EKO 376 / G. Average price - 9490 p.
It is possible to prepare espresso from ground coffee. The case material is stainless steel, the upper container is made of heat-resistant German glass Schott Duran and is equipped with a thermal insulating handle. The large size of the jug is 300 ml, you can make a drink for several people at once.
The rating is based on numerous feedbacks from consumers and specialists, as well as on marketing research in this market segment. In addition to the above, many more models are worthy of attention. For example, Melitta coffee makers (Germany) have long been known in the Russian market as reliable and high-quality devices. The brand specializes in premium-class coffee machines, although it sometimes starts up budgetary production, which is usually preferred by ordinary customers.
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