Coffee Machines

Coffee machine: a fresh start for your day

Everyone likes coffee, and especially in the morning, a nice hot cup gives you the energy to get through the day. If some people make do with instant and soluble coffee, using a standard electric kettle, for those who are more demanding sooner or later the time comes when improvised solutions are no longer enough: if coffee is a ritual for you too, as an alternative to the traditional Moka pot the most logical choice is to buy an automatic coffee machine, to prepare it in no time and with no effort at all. But which coffee machine should you choose?

There are many different coffee machines on the market, and figuring out which is the bestone for your needs can be tricky; the choice has ultimately to do with your personal taste. Should you choose an espresso machine or a filter coffee machine? With a built-in bean grinder, or for use with ground coffee only? Do you usually use capsules or do you like cappuccino? In this case, having a milk frother that becomes essential. In short, the possibilities are many, and on Klarstein you will find a wide range of models designed to prepare coffee exactly your way, bringing out the best of the aromas and providing you moments of absolute pleasure while you sip your favourite drink.

Main types of coffee machines

Once you have decided on the type of coffee you want to prepare, it is up to you to choose the machine that best suits your needs. The best coffee machine is the one suiting your personality and, above all, your taste. These are the main types available on the market:

  • Filter coffee machines they work from according to a top down principle. Water is poured into a water tank at the top and heated with a built-in heating device. The hot water drips through a filter filled with ground coffee. Finally, the coffee comes out of the filter into a pot at the bottom. Most machines have a heating plate at the bottom to keep the coffee hot.

  • Espresso machines: if you like strong and intense coffee, an espresso machine is the best choice. The secret of espresso machines is the control over the water temperature, and these usually work at the optimum temperature at around 90°C, as boiling water spoils the coffee, giving it a bitter taste.

  • Capsule coffee machines: instead of using ground coffee or beans, capsule coffee makers use pre-packaged sealed coffee capsules containing ground coffee inside. The capsules are perforated when inserted into the machine, and hot water passes through the capsules at a certain pressure, producing a hot cup of your favourite drink.

Coffee machines: operation, advantages and disadvantages

Each type of coffee machine, in addition to different results in terms of taste, differs in the way it is prepared and various other characteristics. In the table below, we provide you with some essential information on how coffee is prepared, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each category, to help you understand which solution best meets your needs.

Type of machine How to prepare Advantages Disadvantages
Filter coffee machine
  • Place a coffee filter in the coffee basket
  • Fill the filter with ground coffee - the amount of coffee depends on your preference
  • Press the button and wait for the coffee to brew
  • Built-in water heating: no need to boil water first
  • Comes with a heating plate that keeps the coffee hot
  • High capacity, these machines usually make 8-12 cups of coffee at a time.
  • It takes time to brew a full cup of coffee (average 10 minutes)
  • You only prepare filtered coffee
  • Replacing the filter can be expensive (when using a disposable filter)
  • You must clean the filter after use (when using a permanent filter)
Espresso machine
  • Fill the filter holder with ground coffee
  • Ramp the coffee according to your preference
  • Position the filter holder in the machine and turn it until it is tight
  • Start the machine by pressing the appropriate button
  • Your espresso should be ready in about 30 seconds
  • They can also be used to make coffee with milk or cappuccino. Many of them come with a milk frother which is used to prepare steamed and frothed milk for this purpose.
  • The machine can be used to make cappuccino
  • The machine can also be used to prepare other types of coffee: Moka, macchiato, Americano, etc.
  • Some models allow you to use ground coffee and capsules
  • It takes only 30 seconds to prepare an espresso
  • They get dirty quickly and require frequent cleaning
  • You can only make a maximum of 2 cups of coffee at a time, so you need to repeat the process if you want to make more coffee
  • They are rather bulky compared to other types
Capsule coffee machine
  • Fill the water tank
  • Insert a coffee capsule
  • Press the button and a hot cup of coffee will be ready in no time
  • It's very easy to make a cup of coffee
  • It is not limited to making coffee, as you can also buy capsules for hot chocolate or iced tea
  • Unlike ground coffee, which loses its freshness after a week of opening, capsules can be stored and kept fresh for months
  • The design of these machines is often elegant, and looks great in the kitchen
  • They are less complicated to use than other machines that use ground coffee
  • They are easy to clean
  • In most cases, you can only use capsules produced by the same company that makes your coffee machines
  • Capsules are more expensive than ground coffee, although not by much.
  • Some capsules are not recyclable, although alternatives exist

One coffee machine, different kinds of coffee

The process of preparing coffee always involves grinding the beans and then boiling them in hot water to extract the flavour. What differentiates an espresso from filter coffee is the fineness of the grinding and the way the hot water mixes with the ground coffee (to grind it you need a coffee grinder, which your coffee machine often comes with), allowing you to make the most of the freshness of the beans. Here is a list of the different types of coffee.

  • Filtered or drip coffee: is prepared by dripping hot water through a filter that is filled with ground coffee. The usual size of a filter coffee is 240 ml and contains about 90-200 mg of caffeine. Filter coffee can be prepared using a coffee machine with a filter

  • Espresso coffee: this is a small cup of strong coffee. The usual size of a small espresso is 30 ml, containing about 80 mg of caffeine. A good espresso should also have a layer of creamy, golden foam on top of the cup. Espresso can be prepared with a moka, an espresso machine using coffee powder or capsules.

  • Cappuccino: is prepared with espresso, hot milk and milk foam. A traditional cappuccino is made up of 1/3 coffee, 1/3 hot milk and 1/3 foamed milk. It can also be prepared with espresso machines, as some of them are equipped with a milk frother.

  • Latte or milk coffee: is made with espresso and hot milk. A standard 240 ml latte is usually made from a single espresso (30 ml), a large portion of hot milk and finally a layer of foamy milk.

  • Mochaccino or mocha: is made by mixing a small espresso with hot chocolate.

  • American coffee: is prepared by mixing hot water with espresso coffee. The amount of caffeine relative to volume is similar to that of filter coffee, but the taste is different.
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