There are actually several variations of the perfect cup of coffee, instead of just one. The standard used is the quality of the coffee, since individual tastes will determine whether espresso or latte is better tasting. In order to have a consistently great cup of coffee, it is important to own a quality coffee maker that is durable and reliable.
What is the best way for a typical consumer to differentiate among various models and brands? The key is to keep a couple of things in mind, though the rest is a function of your personal preference.
The coffee maker’s color is the initial consideration we will mention, though that is not because it is the most critical. In fact, color is not at all important, but it will be addressed here quickly. It is unwise to choose white or light colored machines meant to brew dark colored beverages.
Even a single drop of coffee can make it look like it’s been abandoned for weeks. Many people would not usually attempt to clean the machine immediately after using it, and so the elegance and the minimalist quality of a white machine would be easily lost. Choosing a dark color is a good choice especially if it does not look immediately dirty after its first use.
Next we will discuss water filtration. Should you only be able to have one feature on your coffee machine, it should be this one. In most US cities tap water is good as it is, but it doesn’t hurt the least bit to further filter it before you make your drink out of it. Pricier machines typically include this feature, less expensive ones may sometimes include it, so you will need to research the models which incorporate filtering mechanisms.
If you rise at the same time each morning steadying yourself on your large coffee tables, then using a timer will benefit you. You can set up the coffee machine in a way that it starts making your coffee and by the time your alarm clock knocks you out of the bed, it should be ready. Fresh coffee provides a smell that makes it easier to get up to in the morning.
There are coffee machines that use coffee pads. They are plastic devices that will keep both the filter and the ground coffee fresh. You can just pop the pod into the machine and it does everything for you. It can be a convenient solution, but don’t forget that there is no industry standard, so if you buy one type, you have to use their pre-packaged coffee, and the other way around. Should you purchase that brand of coffee only to have the machine break, you will need to get a machine of the same brand again.
To have a good coffee you don’t have to go to the local coffeehouse, but a good quality machine to brew yours is mandatory. If your old one just gave up, it’s the best time to spend $100 and buy one that really does its job well.