Which coffee machine is the right one for me?


coffee cup with coffee beans
Germans still like filter coffee best

Coffee is the Germans' favourite drink. The average German drinks 162 litres of coffee per year. The most popular is the well-tried filter coffee, but cappuccino and latte macchiato also enjoy great popularity. Thus a whole science has developed from coffee brewing and the average consumer feels overwhelmed with the question of which coffee machine is the right one for him. We want to shed some light on this and create an overview of the types of coffee machines, the price range and what they have on offer.

The simple - filter coffee machine

Functionality: Preparation in a filter coffee machine is relatively simple. The ground coffee is placed in the filter (the quantity varies according to the desired strength of the coffee) and the filter is then placed in the appropriate device. The water tank is filled with water and you are ready to go. The boiling water flows through a heatable pipe towards the filter and passes through the coffee powder. It is then collected in a glass or thermos flask. The duration of the flow time can be regulated on some machines, which means that the coffee remains in contact with the water for longer and influences the aroma, strength and taste.

Glass jug: Coffee filter machines with a glass jug are heated from below to keep the coffee warm longer. Unfortunately, this causes the coffee to lose its valuable aroma and soon becomes bitter.

Coffee filter machine with glass jug
The tried and tested method of brewing coffee.
Thermos flask: If the machine has a thermos flask, you not only save electricity costs and do something good for the environment but also preserve the aroma longer.

Coffee speciality: filter coffee
For whom? Suitable for anyone who expects nothing more from their machine than a simple filter coffee. Several cups can be prepared at the same time without a great deal of time and this also applies to cleaning.

Costs: Coffee filter machines are available from as little as 18 euros and with a thermos flask from as little as 20 euros.
On top of that: Filter bags approx. 2€/100 pieces and coffee best made from Arabica beans, as these are best suited for filter coffee.

If you don't want to do without freshly ground coffee, you can buy a Coffee Grinder .

For the small strong one - (electric) espresso maker

espresso maker with finished espresso
You can make your own espresso with an electric espresso maker even when you are travelling

Functionality: An espresso maker consists of two parts - the water tank with the filter funnel, into which the coffee comes and the jug. which is screwed onto the lower part. The espresso maker is then pushed onto the hotplate or, in the case of electric espresso makers, connected to the power supply. The water begins to boil and is pressed through the ground coffee under pressure.

Espresso maker for the stove: The preparation on the stove plate is trickier because the right time has to be found between the necessary pressure to send all the water through the coffee and boiling over. The small pot boils over quickly.
Electric espresso maker: With electric espresso makers, this is easier thanks to the automatic switch-off and boil-stop function. We have tested electric espresso makers for you.

Coffee speciality: Espresso & if you also buy a Milk frother, you can also prepare a latte macchiato or cappuccino.
For whom? This machine is more for the espresso lover. It is suitable for the small espresso in the morning or afternoon and thanks to its size it is also a good companion for holidays.

Costs: The classic espresso maker for the stove is available from just 10 euros.
For the electric one, you have to calculate with at least 23 Euros, but most of them are between 45-80 Euros. Then there is the coffee, although espresso beans are usually roasted darker than filter coffee beans.

For the barista and true connoisseur - the espresso machine

Espresso cup with cookie (Cantuccini) and coffee beans
An espresso machine is rather an acquisition for real connoisseurs

Functionality: Very dark roasted and ground espresso beans go into the sieve. It is then pressed into the sieve and locked in the machine. With a high pressure (higher than in espresso makers) the water is pressed through the ground coffee. This is the best way for coffee and water to emulsify. For a good espresso, a high-quality machine is half the battle, but experience and the individual components also play a decisive role. For a successful espresso, it should be a sieve carrier machine.

Coffee speciality: Espresso & if you also buy a Milk frother., you can also prepare a latte macchiato or cappuccino.
For whom? The espresso machine is more of a device in the higher price range and therefore more suitable for real connoisseurs, experts and baristas who appreciate the value of excellent espresso and are prepared to dig deeper into their pockets for it.

Costs: The price range is from about 70 Euro to 2000 Euro.
On top of this comes the coffee, although espresso beans are usually roasted darker than beans for filter coffee.

At the push of a button - capsule machines

Espresso capsule machine in operation
The espresso capsule machine prepares a good espresso at the push of a button

Functionality: The capsule machine is probably the most revolutionary machine that makes coffee at the touch of a button. At the same time, it must be remembered that capsules are a heavy burden on the environment. Open the machine, insert the cartridge, press the button and you're done. The brewing process then starts. The heated water is pressed through the capsule and the beverage immediately fills the cup. If you want your coffee with milk, you have to wait a little longer. The process described above then runs twice - once with the coffee, once with the milk. Both components of the desired drink are sealed in the capsules. By means of an often integrated fill quantity control, quantity and taste intensity can be varied. Depending on the capsule system, the machines offer different possibilities. Espresso capsule machine test.

Coffee speciality: espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, chai latte, cocoa etc. Depending on the capsule system.
For whom? Rather for singles as well as two-person households with moderate coffee consumption or without environmental awareness.

Costs: The machine itself costs about 30-100 Euros. The capsule machines are rather expensive. Even for capsule systems with imitation capsules, the price is at least 20 cents per cup. For milk drinks, you have to expect more.

Coffee pad machines - the modern filter coffee

Functionality: The coffee pad machine is relatively similar to the capsule system. This means that only 1-2 cups are brewed in the capsule system. One pad per cup is inserted into the machine. At the push of a button, a precisely measured amount of water is heated to 90 degrees and pressed through the coffee pad.
The difference between capsule and pad: pad machines brew with considerably less pressure but with more water than capsule machines do. As a result, this means that a pad machine is more similar to German filter coffee.

The coffee speciality with a filter coffee note: Some machines already have an additional milk foam system which makes it possible to prepare cappuccino, latte macchiato or café latte with hot milk foam.

Costs: from 55 euros and with milk frother system from approx. 90 euros. Coffee pods are available from approx. 7 cents per piece.

Everything your heart desires - the fully automatic coffee machine

fully automatic coffee machine in operation
At the push of a button the beans are freshly ground and an aromatic Cafe Crema is ready

Functionality: At the top, whole beans, water and, if necessary, milk are poured in, at the bottom the desired drink is tapped at the push of a button. The machine also tips the coffee grounds directly into a coffee grounds container and the better models clean themselves after making coffee. A fully automatic coffee machine works similar to an espresso machine. The only difference is that the beans are ground in the machine and the selected portion is pressed into the sieve and all this is done automatically. If the machine has a milk foaming system, it foams up and is filled into a cup together with the coffee in the correct proportion.

Coffee speciality: espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, possibly also cocoa, etc.

ATTENTION: Not every coffee machine has a milk frothing system, but most do.

For whom? You should call yourself a coffee drinker to buy such a device, as the prices are in a higher range.

Costs: Prices vary as much as the performance of the machine. The cheapest ones are available for approximately 190 euros. Top products are in the four-digit range. It is best to get advice from an expert.