Working from home doesn’t mean that you have to give up your love for specialty coffee! Over the last decade, the home coffee business has flourished, with everything from manual brewing devices to capsule machines flooding the market. Luckily for you, we’re here to help you identify the best machines for a cafe-quality brew at home.
The simplicity of the AeroPress makes it popular among camping enthusiasts and coffee connoisseurs. Alan Adler, an American engineer and physicist devised it approximately fifteen years ago in 2005 because he needed a quick and foolproof way to get his daily dose of coffee. The Aeropress generates more pressure than a standard plunger, resulting in a bolder flavour, more flavorful brew than others.
The Moka pot (or stovetop) is the machine for you if you enjoy strong coffee. The base, coffee basket and filter, and top make up the Moka pot. It was invented in the 1930s in the land of Espressos, Italy, and is still found in most Italian households. The perfect ingredients for a Moka Pot are coffee beans with a rich, nutty, chocolatey flavor profile. You’re looking for a grind slightly more coarse than that of an espresso.
If you prefer old-school methods, there is nothing better than a French press. The plunger, which was invented in 1929 and has stood the test of time, is a tried and reliable brewing instrument. It's one of the simplest at-home coffee makers to use, and you'll still get some fantastic flavors. They're modestly priced, brew a terrific cup of coffee (and tea) and are a breeze to clean.
If you truly want to emulate the café experience, then go big with an espresso machine. The automatic ones ensure that your café-like brew is just a few buttons away. Semi-automatic ones are a good choice if you want a quick and easy cup of coffee with some latte flare. Manual espresso machines are an ideal option if you are willing to invest some effort.
Filter coffee is a trademark beverage of the South and it's not hard to see why. This method of coffee preparation retains the most flavor and richness from the beans while avoiding bitterness, making it ideal for super-delicate or expressive mixes. It takes a little more finesse than the Moka pot, but it's still a simple and inexpensive device for home-brewing.
Brewing coffee at home can be a rewarding experience, especially if you manage to find the perfect recipe that works for you. Coffee machines make the job easier by doing the work, and still allow you to experiment with brews and flavours. Understanding what kind of device you have, the time, finesse and budgets for would ultimately help you investing in a device that works for you. Happy brewing!