You really don’t need to have all the makers to enjoy your favorite coffee, but it’s really nice to buy a few specialized makers that will do a much better job of creating that exact taste you want that you can control and that is why I came up with maker resource guide for you.
The few makers I recommend that every coffee lover should own so they can have a freshly brewed cup at home are:
- Drip Coffee Makers – The OXO Brew 9 Cup Programmable Drip Coffee Maker is one of the best programmable drip coffee makers on the market because it has the SCA-certification and brews delicious coffee. It achieves this by replicating the pour-over method with controlled brewing. Water is heated and held at the best temperature for coffee, to reduce that burnt taste of typical drip coffee. Coffee grounds are evenly saturated with water because of the rainmaker shower head, which is the best way to get full flavor extraction.
The simple dial on the front can program coffee up to 24 hours in advance. It can produce two to nine cups of coffee, which is great for any household and also has a sleek modern design to it.
- French Press – The KONA 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker is one of the best on the market. From its design to its enhanced durability this is my go to French Press. The KONA 8-Cup has a high-quality stainless steel filter and screen that keep your coffee residue-free.
This press has an ergonomically designed BPA-free plastic handle that wraps around the glass carafe, preventing you from burning yourself whilst pouring coffee and makes for an excellent choice when it comes to French Presses.
Don’t get this one if you’re not a fan of the plastic shell – This maker stays inside my pantry with my other kitchen tools so I don’t mind how it looks. The design of these Kona French press is rather interesting, and I know that it’s not for everyone especially if you have a fancy coffee bar and want to match your tools. If that’s your case, I think you might prefer the Frieling French press. Which is stainless steel coffee maker even has a patented dual screen made of super-fine mesh, which means zero sediments in your coffee as well.
- Moka Pots – Bialetti is the original manufacturer of the Moka pot so sometimes you may hear the moka pot being referred to Bialetti. The same way instead of someone saying to search for something on the internet they say “Google” it.
Italian aluminum engineer, Alfonso Bialetti created this design in 1933 and many of today’s Moka pots try to replicate it’s classic eight-sided design and for that reason, it’s my number one recommended choice!
- Espresso Machines – This Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso found on Amazon. This entry-level espresso, cappuccino, and latte maker offers a simple interface at an attractive price, but does not seem particularly durable and may require supplemental accessories.
At the time of writing this, it retails around $250, which is a really affordable option for an at-home espresso machine. Compared to some of the cheaper alternatives, this one wins out because it is semi-automatic. With this machine, it’s easy to make cappuccinos and lattes at the touch of a button. Other machines often require a much more involved process and that is why I recommend this for anyone looking for a home espresso machine.
While these are my recommendations I have put some time and tested a few makers and can tell you that like with most things, you get what you pay for. Don’t skimp out on buying a less quality maker just because you’ll save a buck or two. A quality maker will pay for itself in time spent making you a great tasting cup of coffee.
Also, I wanted to mention that depending on where you purchase you can always return an item if it doesn’t live up to your expectations. I had to return a maker once that I bought online because I didn’t realize how large it was and it didn’t fit under my cabinets as I imagined.