There’s a whole host of coffee equipment available these days. Here’s a look at 5 of the most popular kinds of machines and 10 recommended units for that perfect cuppa.
While tea has traditionally been the beverage of choice for India, recently, Indian consumers have woken up to ‘smell the coffee’. Of course, filter coffee has been traditionally consumed in the coffee-growing regions of the country, but apart from that, instant coffee was the most popular choice. But no longer; a good cup of coffee has graduated from being simply an indulgence. While coffee shops have done well with this trend, making a cup at home has also caught on.
With several homegrown brands supplying high-quality beans these days, having coffee brewing equipment at home is a must for any coffee lover. Now, there’s a whole host of equipment available in the market today, and you should choose one based on your coffee needs – quantity, the kind of coffee you source, etc. We are going to focus on machines in this article and not traditional equipment such as moka pot, French press or percolators. Here’s a look at 5 of most popular kinds of coffee machines and 10 recommended units available in the market currently.
Pod and capsule machines
These work best for those who like espressos. Packed pods and capsules can be purchased for the machine. The pre-packaged pod is inserted into the machine, which combines hot water with the coffee and pours out a perfect cup. While these are great for those who are short on time and want to put in minimum effort into making that cup, do bear in mind that the pods are expensive and not very environment friendly either.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Desea: With five milk programmes, frothing function and compatibility with compostable pods, this is one of the best options on the market. From Rs 39,899
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine by De’Longhi: Compatible with two different sizes of pods, this has one of the best tasting coffee among pod machines. Complimentary capsules on purchase sweetens the deal. From Rs 37,499
Drip filter coffee machines
These machines usually heat up water fed into it and send it down into a container of ground coffee, which then filters down into a pot. This is best for those who want a large pot of black coffee for several servings. The flavour profile though, is not very rich.
Braun KF7150BK BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker: Has an auto on-off function and allows the user to choose between regular and bold flavour options. From Rs 23,783
Keurig K-Elite Single-serve K-Cup Coffee brewer: This might be a single-serve drip coffee maker, but it allows for five different drink size customisations and with a large water reservoir, doesn’t require frequent refilling. From Rs 21,869
These come in several kinds, manual, semi-automatic, automatic and super-automatic. These machines allow you to choose a number of variables such as pressure, grind size, amount of water. Depending on the kind of machine you have, you can control the variables based on your requirements. While manual machines let you control everything from grind size and amount of coffee and water to pressure, with the super-automated machines, all you have to do is enter the kind of coffee you want and let the machine do the rest. The semi-automatic and automatic kinds work similarly, with a few more inputs from the user than the super-auto ones.
Breville BES878BSS Barista Pro: This one comes with not just an integrated grinder but a host accessories such as filter baskets, milk jug and cleaning kit, among others. From Rs 72,983
DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker: Offers great customisation options with both ground coffee and pods. From Rs 64,200
Perhaps the most commonly found kind across offices and cafeterias, these machines have an in-built grinder and so, you can feed in beans directly into the machine. Many have compartments for water and milk as well, along with frothers too. Most of these are fully automated and only require you to button in the kind of cup you want.
Krups Evidence Plus EA894T40 Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine: Allows user to make two milk-based drinks at one go and has a huge number of customisation options ranging from adding shots, regulating flavour strength and controlling drink temperature. From Rs 1,46,189
Sage SES878BSS The Barista Pro Coffee Machine: This one isn’t for amateurs and is more for those who are extremely particular about all the parameters of the brewing process. Just as an example, the machine has 30 different settings just for grind size. From Rs 1,12,479
Siphon coffee brewer
This kind of machine can be both electric and non-electric ones. Water is heated until it turns into vapour and passes into a container with ground coffee. The vapour, upon turning back into water, combines with the coffee and filters down into the carafe where the water is heated. This method of brewing produces an aromatic and flavourful cup that is rivalled by few. Do bear in mind though that there are several parts to these machines which have to be cleaned after use and in non-electric ones, it can be difficult to control variables such as temperature.
Hario Technica Three Cup Coffee Siphon: One of the easiest to clean set-ups among siphon coffee makers is also fairly hardy despite the large glass area. From Rs 8,900
Yama Glass Siphon Vacuum Coffee Maker: With a capacity to brew five cups, this is handy for those looking at more servings per use. From Rs 6,837