When thinking of a coffee maker, an automatic drip coffee maker is probably the first one that comes to mind, but did you know there are many different types of coffee makers you can use to brew coffee? Each type of coffee maker has a unique element for making coffee, and you just may find that one of these methods of brewing is the best for you.
As we list 10 different types of coffee makers, we will also include the benefits of each and the best product on the market for brewing.
The most common, popular, tried-and-true method of brewing coffee is by way of the automatic drip coffee maker. When it hit the market in 1970, lives were changed. No more percolating and no more boiling water on a stovetop to pour over a strainer of coffee. Simply fill the reservoir with water and add your favorite ground coffee to the basket with a filter and you’re good to go! You can turn the coffee maker on for immediate brewing or program the coffee maker to brew before waking up the next morning.
Automatic drip coffee makers are ideal for immediate enjoyment. They require little effort to brew a hot pot of coffee in just minutes. Automatic drip coffee makers are the most common among homes, restaurants, and offices because they are easy to use and produce a quality result.
An affordable, programmable, and reliable automatic drip coffee maker is the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker. It comes with a 12-cup glass carafe and water filtration system. There is a freshness timer once the coffee has been brewed, and you can also choose the strength of the coffee you are brewing. If you need to pour a cup of coffee before the pot has finished brewing, this automatic coffee maker is equipped with a grab-a-cup auto pause feature that will pause brewing when the carafe is removed from the maker.
Customers have given this automatic drip coffee maker 3.8 stars out of 5. Customers agree that the programmable feature and quick brew time of about 5 minutes are the most favorable qualities of this automatic drip coffee maker by Mr. Coffee.
Before the automatic drip coffee maker hit the scene, the percolator was it. If you wanted fresh brewed coffee in your home, you needed a percolator to do it. The percolator contains many pieces and takes longer to brew, which is why the automatic drip coffee maker became such a hit after making its debut; however, there is still a need for this pioneer of coffee brewing today.
Percolators that require an open flame, such as a stovetop of grill, are perfect for taking camping or using outdoors. Percolators aren’t limited to stovetop uses. There are now electric versions of the percolator.
Whether the percolator you choose is electric or stovetop, the results are the same. You will brew an aromatic, stronger pot of coffee than typical automatic drip coffee makers will produce. This is what keeps percolators a relevant option among coffee makers today.
Included with the percolator are the filter basket, pump tube, and lid. You will fill the percolator with water up to the fill line or below. Do not fill water above the fill line. Place the percolator on a stovetop or open flame, such as a grill or campfire, and bring the water to a boil. When percolating begins, the coffee will begin to brew and continue brewing until removed from heat. This gives users control over the strength of the brew
This stovetop percolator by Farberware holds 8 cups and gives you complete control of the strength of your brew. All of the contents of the percolator are dishwasher safe and durable. The filter basket is permanent and does not require paper filters.
With a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, customers agree that this stovetop percolator brews fresh, quality coffee indoors and outdoors.
3. Moka Pot
Similar to a percolator is the moka pot. The moka pot is used on stovetops to brew coffee. Water is filled in the bottom portion of the pot. Then, the middle funnel portion of the pot is filled with coffee grounds, and the top of the pot is attached to the water-filled base.
The moka pot will then be placed onto a stovetop and brought to a boil. As the water boils, the water will filter through the coffee and fill the top of the moka pot with fresh brewed coffee. It is often said that the moka pot is similar to a stovetop espresso machine because the temperature of the water gets so hot; similar to the heat required to make an espresso.
This stovetop moka pot by Bialetti makes 9.2 ounces, fresh-brewed coffee in less than five minutes. This authentic moka pot is made in Italy, so you know you will be brewing a top quality brew with this pot.
With 4.3 stars out of 5, users are most satisfied with the top quality of coffee that is brewed from this moka pot. Users love the versatility of making both espresso-style drinks as well as full-bodied coffee drinks.
4. French Press
The French press is ideal for both hot and cold brewing methods. It is a simple concept with an even simpler preparation method. Simply fill the glass beaker with the appropriate amount of ground coffee in relation to the amount of water you will be using in the French press. You will want to use coarsely-ground coffee beans in a French press. Once the coffee beans have been placed in the glass beaker, you can add hot or cold water for brewing. Hot water will brew the coffee in 2 to 4 minutes, while cold water will brew best with a 12-hour minimum.
Once the coffee has brewed, simply press down on the plunger; this will filter the coffee to ensure that no grounds find themselves in your coffee. Once the coffee has been pressed to the bottom, you are now ready to pour and go!
This French press coffee maker holds 34 ounces of water and includes a 2-year warranty. Included with this Veken French press is a wooden spoon, a measuring spoon, a milk frother, a sponge cleaning brush, and four filter screens.
With 4.6 out of 5 stars, users agree that the flavor of the coffee and the ease of use are the top features of this French press.
Espresso machines take normal coffee beans and brew them quickly at a higher temperature than other coffee makers. This gives espresso a full-bodied, rich, and aromatic coffee to enjoy as a latte, cappuccino, or simply an espresso shot.
Espresso is made from finely ground coffee beans that are pressed firmly and brewed at a high heat. A milk frother can be added to an espresso machine to make cappuccinos from the freshly brewed espresso.
This espresso machine by Mr. Coffee features a two shot system that will make two shots of espresso at one time. Included with this espresso machine is a 40 ounce reservoir and an attachable milk frother arm for creating cappuccinos anytime you want.
Users have given this dual shot espresso machine by Mr. Coffee 3.7 out of 5 stars. The affordability of this espresso machine to create quality espresso is what users find most appealing about this dual shot espresso machine.
The vacuum brewer was invented in the 1800’s, but you can still purchase a modernized version of this original innovation today.
The vacuum brewer consists of an hourglass-shaped canister with two main chambers. Connecting the chambers is the middle tube of the brewer known as the siphon. Water is placed in the bottom chamber and heated. Once heating begins, coffee is placed in the middle tube and connected to the bottom chamber. When the water begins to boil, it will rise to the upper bowl and mix with the ground coffee.
The next step is what gives the vacuum brewer its name. When the brewer is removed from the heat, the pressure of the lower bowl will create a vacuum and begin pulling the water from the upper bowl that has mixed with the coffee grounds. This coffee will siphon through the filter in the middle tube of the brewer as it is pulled from the upper bowl back down to the lower bowl. This is how vacuum coffee is made.
Vacuum coffee creates a rich, flavorful brew by maximizing the flavor of the oils from the coffee beans during the brewing process.
This vacuum brewer makes 8 cups of coffee and preserves the rich aromatic flavor during the brewing process. Included with this vacuum coffee brewer is a cloth filter, filter assembly, and measuring spoon. Coffee will need to be ground slightly finer than you would use for an automatic drip coffee maker for best results.
Users have rated this vacuum brewer 4.2 out of 5 stars being most pleased with the flavor the coffee creates. The flavor of coffee produced using this vacuum brewer is a perfect 5 stars.
Single serve coffee makers are like a cousin to the automatic drip coffee maker. The concept is the same, but instead of brewing a full pot of coffee, you brew an individual cup during each use.
Single serve coffee makers are highly popular because of their elimination of waste and ability to give users exactly the beverage they want. Decaf? Hot tea? Colombian? Hazelnut flavor? Hot cocoa?
With a single serve coffee maker, you can make all of these beverages with the same coffee maker.
The best overall single serve coffee maker is the Keurig K-Elite. You can brew hot coffee or iced coffee with this coffee maker. You also have the option of brewing 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounce cups. The reservoir holds a large 75 ounces, allowing you make multiple cups of coffee before having to refill.
Users have given this single serve coffee maker a generous 4.4 out of 5 stars because of its versatility, durability, and quality of coffee produced.
Pour over drip coffee is easier than ever with a cone coffee maker. The cone design fits on top of most mugs, carafes, or beakers. The cone design of the coffee maker allows you to add the appropriate amount of coffee into the cone filter for the size you will be brewing. Then, hot water is poured over the coffee grounds and filtered into the mug, carafe, or beaker below.
Made of double-layered thin mesh, this cone coffee maker keeps grounds out of your coffee without sacrificing flavor. It fits most mugs, carafes, or beakers for you to brew the perfect amount of coffee every time. You can brew up to 10 cups of coffee with this cone coffee maker by Goodiez. In addition to the base and filter of this cone coffee maker, you also receive a cleaning brush for easy and quick cleaning.
With an exceptionally high rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, users find that the flavor and ease of using this cone coffee maker makes it a step above the rest.
The AeroPress is similar to the French press. The canister is placed on top of the mug or pot, ground coffee is added to the filtered canister, and hot water is poured into the top of the canister. After a quick steep, you will use the plunger of the AeroPress to press the water and coffee grounds to the bottom of the canister where the filter is located. The filtered coffee will then fill up the mug or carafe below.
Users give the AeroPress coffee maker 4.7 out of 5 stars which speaks volumes to its success. Users are most pleased with the flavor and how easy the coffee maker is to both use and clean.
Rich, creamy, foamy coffee is made using a Turkish coffee pot. You will place ultrafine coffee grounds in the Turkish pot and add about a cup and a half of water per heaping tablespoon of coffee. Heat the water to a boil, transferring the foam from the coffee as the coffee begins to heat to a mug. You will then finish bringing the coffee to a boil and add the freshly brewed coffee to the foam in the mug(s).
This Turkish coffee maker is affordable, durable, and easy to use. The wooden handle keeps your hand safe during preparation while the pot safely heats the water and coffee to a boil.
Users rate this Turkish coffee pot at 4.5 stars out of 5 because of the rich flavor produced in this easy to use coffee maker.