Getting to Know the Different Types of Coffee Makers

In 2017, less than 50% of coffee was consumed outside the home.

Despite the popularity of huge chains such as Starbucks, we still like to make our coffee ourselves.

The good news is that there are plenty of different types of coffee makers to help you do so.

Read on as we take a look at some of the different options for brewing a damn fine cup of coffee.

Automatic Coffee Makers

Automatic coffee makers do all the hard work for you. Depending on the model you opt for they can do everything from grinding beans to pouring the perfect espresso.

There are many types available, but we’ll take a look at some of the most popular.

Drip Coffee Makers

Drip coffee makers have been a regular fixture in American homes for decades.

These simple-to-use machines allow you to make coffee with a minimum of effort. Put your coffee into the machine, add a filter or use the built-in one, fill with water and it’s ready to go. Most models will keep your pot warm too so you can keep enjoying your coffee throughout the day.

Espresso Coffee Makers

Automatic espresso coffee makers allow you to make your own barista-style coffee at home.

The range of options available is huge. You can choose a bean-to-cup automatic espresso machine that will do everything from grinding the beans to pouring your shot, or you could opt for a cheaper machine that takes ground coffee.

Pod Coffee Makers

If you’re looking for convenience, then pod coffee makers are a good choice. Simply insert the pods into the machine, fill it with water, and out comes your coffee.

There is a huge selection of pods to choose from including decaffeinated pods if you’re having trouble sleeping.

Manual Coffee Makers

If you prefer to be in charge of your brew, then you might opt for a manual coffee maker. For the best results, grind your own beans within a few weeks of them having been roasted

French Press

The classic coffee maker with the plunger on top is a simple way to make great coffee.

Put in the coffee, fill with hot water, leave to brew and then push down the plunger to remove the coffee particles. C’est facile!


For great espresso, put coffee into your stovetop brewer, then fill the base with water. 

Put it on the stove and heat it up. The water gets forced through the coffee, giving you a delicious espresso.


This coffee-making gadget was designed by the same man who invented the Aerobie Frisbee.

Put a small filter into the twist-on cap. Add your coffee, then pour over the hot water. When it’s brewed, slowly push down the top of the Aeropress, which forces the coffee through the filter.


Pour-over brewers are incredibly simple. You put in a filter, add the coffee, and then slowing pour your hot water over the top. 

The coffee drips through the filter leaving you with a full-bodied cup of joe. Popular brands include the Chemex brewer, which is the coffee-making method of choice of none other than James Bond.

What Are the Best Types of Coffee Makers?

The simple answer is that the best types of coffee makers are the ones that are most suited to you.

If you’re looking for convenience, an automatic coffee maker is the best choice. If you love the whole process of brewing coffee, then a manual coffee maker will probably be your preference.

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