For some, coffee is an essential part of their daily routine. These are likely the same crop of people that qualify as coffee connoisseurs, insisting to drink only a certain grade of coffee that baristas at several international coffee chains brew. Instant coffee is frowned upon, as are coffee-based drinks, sullied with blended ice, cream and lots of artificial flavourings.
And if they aren’t buying their coffee from said chains, chances are that they’d have machines of their own at home. They are better able to control parameters that directly affect the quality of the end product, like the quality of the beans, as well as water temperature and several other factors.
It may seem counterintuitive, but buying such a machine, especially if you are a coffee-addict, can be the best thing for the health of your wallet in the long run. You’re likely to save big opting to self-brew quality coffee instead of buying it from a cafe. Plus, you get to fill your home with that lovely aroma, and is’t that the best way to start your morning?
If you’re intrigued and would like to splash that dosh on some coffee-brewing kit, here are 3 machines at 3 wildly different price points to satisfy your caffeine cravings!
|Brand/Model Number||Philips/HD7431 Coffee Maker|
There’s nothing wrong about a good old fashioned cup of drip coffee. There’s also nothing wrong with how stripped down and pared back these machines are too. They literally only brew you your coffee and serve no other function. If you’re after some milk or sugar in your daily cuppa, you’re out of luck and have to add it on your own once the coffee has been brewed and transferred into your mug.
Its low price tag doesn’t mean that Philips scrimped on absolutely everything though - this HD7431 has some smarts too. For instance, it has a nozzle that circulates the inflowing coffee evenly through the jug. This creates an optimal and consistent aroma from the first to the last cup. To use the machine, simply insert your coffee filter and choice of coffee ground, and let the machine do the rest!
Credit: Harvey Norman Malaysia
|Brand/Model Number||Nespresso/C40 Inissia Espresso Maker|
The Nespresso and Dolce Gusto pair have popularised home coffee machines. They promise cafe-quality coffee effortlessly, with the former even going as far as claiming their long coffee has a similar taste to an espresso but with even more body.
This machine comes with a high-pressure pump, that can create a great-tasting foam on top of your coffee. Its thermoblock heating element guarantees you spend less time waiting for your go-fast juice every morning. Couple these niceties, with its compact footprint and elegant design, and it is no surprise that these machines have become as popular as they are today. You can even buy coffee capsules developed by the bigger coffee chains, so you can recreate that trademark taste in the comfort of your own home!
|Brand/Model Number||Breville/BES-880 The Barista Coffee Machine|
If you’re after the complete cafe experience and are extremely finicky about the quality and temperature of each of the components in your cuppa, look no further than the Breville BES-880. It really offers you the true cafe experience, grinding beans only on demand to ensure the best extraction for the best flavours. Interchangeable filters and even different operational modes make sure you have quality coffee fairly effortlessly.
All 3 steps in the coffee-making process (Breville have simplified it to Grind, Brew and Milk), such as coffee strength, milk texture and temperature, are all infinitely adjustable, and you can even save up to 8 customised presets! The ability to create micro-foam (for flavour and for latte art!), digital temperature control and advanced heating systems guarantees you that cafe-grade coffee anytime!
As with most appliances, what you should buy may just about boil down to your needs. The higher-end machines may offer you a better brewing experience, creating a sense of drama that allows your inner barista to live out its dreams, but a bare-bones drip coffee machine should serve most well.
The most convenient of the lot here would have to be the mid-tier offering. It’s easy to clean and to use and comes with a wide variety of coffees from the first party manufacturer and its partners, as well as from independent, 3rd party coffee producers.