The 8 Best Home Brewing Options for Every Type of Coffee Drinker
If you’re like me, waiting until you get to the office for that first cup of coffee in the morning is not an option. Making coffee at home is a great way to jumpstart your morning and get your head ready for a productive day of work. Brewing a great cup of coffee at home is even more important for those of us that work from home. But there are so many types and brands of coffee makers to choose from, how do you pick the perfect coffee brewer for you and your home?
We’ve compiled a list of the best coffee makers to suit every individual so you never have to wonder about where your morning caffeine fix will come from.
Best High Volume Coffee Brewers
When it comes to classic drip coffee, Cuisinart is the brand to look to. This simple yet elegant design can brew up to 14 cups of coffee and will stay warm for hours. With two brew strengths to choose from and a fully 24-hour programmable brew setting, you’ll be able to wake up, grab a cup and go. At only $69.99, the Cuisinart is a great option at a great price.
For the aesthetically inclined, the best drip coffee maker is this retro style machine made by Smeg. At first glance, this machine looks like a well-preserved relic of the 1950’s, but upon closer examination you’ll find a sleek modern UI with state-of-the-art features. The Smeg is fully programmable for fresh-made coffee right when you wake up, and even contains customizable aroma intensity and water hardness settings. For $199.95, the Smeg will bring retro flavor to any kitchen in one of three colors: Cream, Stainless Steel or the classic Sea Foam Green.
Our last and grandest drip coffee machine recommendation is the Technivorm Moccamaster. This beast of a brewer pumps out the perfect cup every time thanks to its 9-hole drip outlet arm that evenly extracts coffee from every inch of grounds. The convenient two-setting hot plate will keep your coffee warm while the automatic drip-stop feature will stop the flow when you pull the carafe out, keeping your machine clean and dry. Invest in your morning with the Moccamaster at $309 in a huge variety of color options.
Best Single Cup Coffee Brewers
The latest trend in coffee-making is back to the basics — pour-over coffee is fast, easy, and arguably more delicious than most other brewing methods. The Chemex design is a beautiful, stylishly simple glass carafe that looks great in every kitchen. A careful pour allows the coffee grounds to bloom and cuts the bitterness that other coffee machines often can’t avoid. At $41.33 you can’t beat this straight-to-the-point coffee maker.
Another drip coffee maker, Ninja takes the sleek sophistication of their renowned blenders to the brewing world with this all-in-one machine. This model comes with 6 brew size settings, a stainless steel thermal carafe and a convenient fold-away milk frother. The Ninja also boasts a specialty coffee concentrate brew option that emulates an espresso pour, which when combined with the frother will allow you to make your own lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos and more without ever leaving your kitchen. At $202.99, this isn’t the most budget-friendly option but you’ll be paying for quality if you go with the Ninja.
The single-serve coffee maker may have been pioneered by Keurig (so much so that the controversial disposable “K-Cups” are named after the brand), but another company has perfected this super easy brewing method. The Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker is an excellent choice for push-of-a-button coffee, and its slim profile makes it a great option for smaller kitchens. This machine comes with a vacuum insulated to-go tumbler and even has a self-cleaning function for no-frills maintenance. The Sboly is quite affordable at $68.45, and you no longer have to worry about creating excess waste — the Sboly comes with a reusable basket for you to use your own coffee grounds in.
For true coffee snobs, regular coffee just doesn’t compare to the rich flavor of espresso. The latest Nespresso VertuoLine design by De’Longhi is so simple it’s hard to believe that it makes true, authentic espresso right on your countertop. Load up one of several Nespresso pods and the Vertuo automatically reads a barcode to adjust the machine’s settings so all you have to do is push a button. At $149.25, the Nespresso by De’Longhi is an easy, affordable espresso machine that’s sure to satisfy the pickiest of coffee drinkers.
Best Cold Brew Coffee Brewers
When the weather gets warm, a steaming cup in the morning isn’t quite as appealing as a nice cold glass of iced coffee. But iced-down drip coffee quickly becomes diluted and weak, and that’s when you turn to cold brew. One of the easiest brewing methods out there, cold brew should be steeped overnight to produce an incredibly smooth and strong cup of coffee. The OXO Brew is the perfect tool for cold brew, featuring a perforated top for even wetting of coffee grounds and a simple brew-release switch to pour any size cup. With easily removable parts for cleaning and off-season storage, the OXO is only $49.95 and will keep you cool and caffeinated all summer long.
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