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Even in the digital age, coffee makers still play a crucial role. Although these require more manual labour and take longer to prepare, the coffee can be prepared entirely according to personal taste. So for all coffee enthusiasts, coffee presses are a must in the kitchen.

In this guide, we will look at different models. To simplify the purchase decision, we have compiled the most important comparison criteria. With these, you can weigh up which model is right for you. We will also answer some of the most important questions so that you can get a complete picture of the coffee maker.




Summary

  • The coffee maker is a device for manual coffee preparation, which usually consists of a vessel and a holder. The product can come in various sizes, colours and materials.
  • A distinction can be made between two methods of preparation. The Pour Over method is suitable for those who prefer a pure coffee without coffee grounds. The full immersion method, on the other hand, is ideal for those who want coffee with an intense aroma.
  • Brewing time varies according to coffee preferences, but on average it is four to six minutes. The longer you let the coffee brew, the more intense the flavour. However, waiting too long can cause the drink to become bitter.

The best Coffee Maker: Our Picks

In this section, we would like to introduce you to our favourite products. These should give you a first overview of which models exist on the market and which ones might be suitable for you.

Buying and evaluation criteria for coffee makers

To help you find the right coffee maker, we have listed the most important buying criteria. These should help you to make a comparison between the different products. The following criteria are important for making the right choice:

We will explain the individual criteria in more detail in the following section. This way you know exactly what to look for.

Capacity

Coffee makers come in different sizes and capacities. This information is given either in litres or, more rarely, in cups. Four cups correspond to about 0.5 litres. The ideal size depends on how much coffee you need and how many people you want to serve.

Material

Most models consist of a vessel and the corresponding holder. These two components may or may not be made of the same materials. The most common materials are:

  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Plastic

Each material has certain advantages and disadvantages. With a glass jar, you can check the coffee level at any time, which is only possible with a stainless steel jar after opening the coffee maker. However, stainless steel is more heat-resistant and breaks less quickly than glass and ceramic.

Filter

A filter is needed to operate the coffee maker. There are various types, but the aim is the same for all of them. They prevent coffee grounds from getting into the beverage and guarantee a clear coffee taste. A distinction must be made between the following filters:

Type of filter Description
Paper filter This type of filter is the most common and must be replaced after each use.
Plastic filter This type of filter has established itself mainly in the low-price segment. Can be reused several times.
Metal filter Like the plastic filter, this type of filter is also reusable. Thanks to the material, cleaning the filter is easier than with plastic filters.

Depending on which filter you choose, the taste of the coffee may vary slightly. With plastic filters, it is important that you wash the filter briefly with boiling water before each use. This will remove any remaining flavours from the filter.

Dishwasher safe

Not every coffee maker is dishwasher safe. If you don't want to wash your coffee maker by hand, make sure you choose a dishwasher-safe model when you buy it.

Insulation

If you don't want to finish your coffee straight away, you can leave it in the coffee maker. The coffee maker keeps the coffee warm for several hours thanks to the appropriate insulation of the container. However, not all coffee makers have such insulation or a thermal function. Coffee makers made of glass are usually not insulated, whereas a stainless steel pot can keep the coffee warm for hours.

Design

When it comes to design, you are spoilt for choice when buying a coffee maker. Although almost all coffee presses have a slim design, the shape varies from product to product. Some manufacturers go for an hourglass or cone-shaped design, while others prefer the shape of a cylinder. The coffee makers also differ in colour.

Be it a plain white or a more unusual colour like red, there is something for everyone. In the end, design is a matter of taste and you have to decide what appeals to you most visually or what fits best in your kitchen.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about coffee makers answered in detail

Here we would like to answer some of the most important questions about coffee makers. These questions are crucial when buying a coffee press.

Who is a coffee maker suitable for?

In contrast to a coffee machine, you brew the beverage yourself by hand with a coffee maker. It is therefore well suited for people who want to have full control over the coffee preparation and determine the intensity and aroma themselves.

Most models are designed so that you can serve the coffee directly from the pot and keep it warm for a few hours. This is an advantage if you like to enjoy your coffee throughout the morning.

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The pour over method is a simple preparation method. The advantage is the good extraction of flavours from the coffee grounds, which gives the coffee a clear taste. (Image source: Tyler Nix/ Unsplash)

Of course, you have to allow enough time for the preparation with the coffee maker. So if you are already so stressed in the morning, you either have to get up earlier or resort to an electronic and faster coffee maker.

With the coffee maker, time and precision are needed to ensure the best possible taste experience. The coffee press is not only suitable for coffee, but can also be used to prepare tea or milk foam.

What types of coffee makers are there?

Visually, coffee presses can differ in size, design and material. Functionally, the models vary depending on the method used to prepare coffee. The following methods have become established for the manual preparation of coffee:

  • Pour Over
  • Full Immersion

With the pour over method, you pour hot water over the coffee in the filter. This gives you a purer coffee, as the ground coffee is separated from the beverage. With the full immersion method, however, you mix the hot water with the ground coffee. This gives your coffee a more intense aroma. Once the brewing time is over, you filter the coffee.

How much does a coffee maker cost?

The price varies depending on the material, capacity, design and brand. The following table gives you a better overview of the price ranges and the corresponding product features.

Price class Available products
Low-priced (up to 12 €) Mostly made of cheaper material, small capacity
Medium-priced (12 - 30 €) High-quality material, larger capacity
High-priced (over 30 €) High-quality material, large capacity, elegant design

Most models are in the medium-price segment and already offer satisfactory quality. Those who want more features, such as a bag or a cover, have to pay a higher price.

How long does the coffee have to brew in the coffee maker?

Depending on the brand and brewing method, you will need to let the coffee brew for different lengths of time. For each model, you can read the time required in the instructions. In general, it can be said that a longer brewing time leads to a stronger coffee. However, waiting too long can cause certain substances to dissolve and create an undesirable taste.

If you wait too little, you will get a watery drink without a real coffee taste. The grind of the ground coffee also has an influence on the brewing time. You don't need to steep finely ground coffee as long, because the water can extract the aromatic substances more quickly. Coarser ground coffee takes longer to brew and should therefore be left to brew for one to two minutes longer.

On average, it takes between four and six minutes to brew a medium-strong coffee. It is best to try out different variations until you find the perfect combination of ground coffee and brewing time.

Conclusion

For all fragrant coffee lovers who want to determine all aspects of the coffee themselves, a coffee maker is ideal. You can adjust the aroma, the intensity and the grind to your needs. Before buying, you should think about the most important points in which the various models differ. These points include the capacity, the material, the filter used, the dishwasher resistance, keeping drinks warm thanks to insulation and the design of the coffee maker.

Most coffee presses range in price from twelve to 30 € per piece. In this price segment, there are already high-quality products that will satisfy most coffee drinkers. Of course, cheaper or more expensive products are also available on the market.

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