The Best Coffee Equipment: Coffee Makers, Roasters & Grinders

Look, I get it! I really do! You want the best coffee, made for the least amount of money, and with the most convenience. Well, there is a trade-off between these three elements: you can have any two of them, but not all three at the same time! This page aims to help you focus on which elements of the coffee making process are important to you and which coffee makers, grinders & roasters help you do that!

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So we'll delve into the world of coffee equipment: from handmade coffee makers to automatics to full on roasters! I'll try to give you an indication of where they live on the coffee triangle I mentioned earlier.

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Manual Coffee Makers

This section is first, simply because so many coffee drinkers buy pre-ground coffee for use at home or work. If you're usually buying this kind of coffee, then look no further than different types of coffee makers that you might need to try. You will still need to pay attention to the basic grind size, though.

Drip Cones

These come in a variety of materials including plastic, ceramic, wood, and metal. There are also several different sizes and shapes, the filter papers for which are not interchangeable.

While the plastic cones are pretty affordable, the ceramic drippers are much more aesthetically pleasing. Of course, it's arguable whether they produce better coffee.

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  • Ceramic Cones
  • Flat-bottomed Cones

The only real issue with these drip cones is finding the right filter papers to match your size and type. They are NOT interchangeable by any means.

  • Equipment Cost: 4.5 - very affordable for starting out, you don't need much else other than a source for hot water
  • Coffee Quality: 5 - whatever coffee you put in, you'll get good results if you pour the water slowly and make sure the grounds are properly infused
  • Convenience: 2.5 - you need a hot water source, thermometer, and you'll need to rinse the equipment and clean up after use.

One alternative that is easier is the disposable coffee bags that fit over your cup. Starbucks calls it its Personal Drip System, but there are many companies competing in this increasingly competitive segment. It is somewhat more convenient, but experience shows that they are more expensive, while the resulting coffee isn't as tasty.

Alternative quirky methods abound, though most have issues. You can also consider the Aeropress system for decent espresso. Portable systems also can be found that provide everything in a convenient package, too.


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What are the different types of coffee makers?

What other popular types of coffee makers are right for your needs? Let's explore different types of coffee brewing machines, with a brief maker comparison.

Automatic drip coffee machines

automatic drip coffee makers come in great colors!

The most common type of coffee makers, for both home and commercial use, is the automatic drip coffee-maker. These drip machines begin the coffee brewing process by pumping the water through a heating element, and then slowly dripping the heated water over a basket of ground coffee.

There are many popular types of drip machines, ranging from under $30 to well over $200 for the best models, but they all function in the same way. Simple to use, I reckon that they provide an economical method to make coffee (the machines can be found for relatively little cost), you can use whatever coffee you have (but pay attention to the grind level), though some clean up is required after use. The machines do work pretty much by themselves, so there is no standing around while pressing matters need to be dealt with.

Read more here on how to select the best automatic drip coffeemaker …

French press coffee

One of my favorite ways to brew coffee is with a French press. Why? Well,French press coffee makerFrench Press Makers brew up a wonderful tasting coffee for you.

I feel you receive the full, natural flavor of the coffee bean by pressing your coffee in this manor.

The biggest drawback is that the coffee does not remain hot for long. A double walled French press pot does avert some of the heat loss, but if you like your coffee “McDonald’s” hot … this is not for you.

Read more here about using and selecting a French press ...

French drip coffee

Typically found in the Southern states, a French drip coffee pot is traditionally a teardrop shaped coffee pot.

French Drip Type Makers are sometimes as elegant as this one (pictured). You can simply use regular ground coffee, as compared to the French press style which uses coarse grounds as recommended.

French drip coffee is the perfect type of coffee pot for small, intimate luncheons; the pot itself is a talking point, as few people have seen one in use. Some of the most beautiful designs can be found with the porcelain models. Since they do not have a heating element, they fit nicely in with your table decor.

Explore the art of French drip coffee, how to make it and supplies here.


Single cup coffee machinessingle cup coffee machine

There are many types of single serve coffee machines available.


Single Cup Coffee Machines may use either pre-filled capsules or ground coffee

The most popular machines use pods, a type of coffee-filled packet, but you can find single cup coffee machines that use whole coffee beans, too.

Single serve coffee machines mean just that … they will make one cup at a time.

This is ideal if you prefer a different flavor or strength of coffee than the ones with whom you share your machine.

Read more about single cup coffee machines here …

Vacuum coffee making

vacuum coffee makerVacuum Coffee Making is something you rarely find, except with the true coffee connoisseur now days.

Using a vacuum type coffee making equipment will produce a coffee that is pure and without any of the noticeable sediment that you may find in drip coffee.

Many tasters feel that coffee from a vacuum type of maker is noticeably weaker in strength, this is primarily due to the fact that vacuum brewed coffee is much more a pure cup of java.

Read more here about making coffee using a vacuum coffee maker …

Coffee percolators

percolator coffee potCoffee percolators make a stronger flavored coffee.

You can find both stove top percolators and electric (plug in type) percolators readily available.

Stove top type percolators are perfect for your RV and camping in general.

These manual coffee pots require very little space, and produce a very flavorful cup of coffee.

Read more about coffee percolators here …

Under counter coffee machines

under counter coffee makers are space savers.Space Saver Coffee Machines offer full flavored coffee in tight spaces.

This is also known a space saver coffee maker. You will find these types of machines available with programmable features and a thermal pot is available from some manufacturers.

Some styles will allow you to grab a quick cup without removing the entire carafe with an underside serving nozzle, so your coffee can finish brewing as intended.

Find out if a space maker coffee pot is right for you with this link ...

Coffee maker with grinder

Many people like the convenience of having just one appliance to do both jobs automatically:

  • Grinding the coffee beans
  • And brewing the coffee

coffee maker with grinder from Capresso is an ideal coffee making machine.Grind and Brew Machines come with an array of features.

Automatic drip machines are the more common type of these combination machines today.

But you can still find complete coffee centers, like the ones from Jura, that will not only grind your beans to perfection, but brew up a cup of espresso, cappuccino or a regular cup of coffee with the push of a button.

From simple functions to more elaborate programmable features, you will find the convenience of a maker with a grinder built in grinder to make a fresher cup of coffee every time.

Read more about selecting a coffee machine with grinder here …

Built in coffee maker

There is nothing more extravagant than having a built in coffee machine right in your home kitchen!

Extravagant or not, the convenience of an entire coffee center is a real time saver, not to mention a counter space saver, too. You will need to find the appropriate cabinet space to accommodate your new machine.

this built in coffee maker center has it all.

Spoil yourself with a built in coffee center

Many people find it most likely will offset any cabinetry that they would have stored their appliances in anyway. So this is not really an issue.

Read more about having a built-in coffee maker here …


Thermal Coffee Brewers

Thermal coffee maker from Zojirushi.

If you drink a lot of drip coffee, and indeed many people, you'll find that a thermal coffee brewer offers a neat feature: the ability to keep coffee warm without exposing it to a hot plate.

You see the easy to grip thermal carafe which will allow you to pour cup after cup of fresh tasting coffee that hasn't stewed or lost its flavor!

Read about the thermal coffee brewers right here...

On Demand Coffee

Hamilton Beach Brewstation is one of the on demand type machines that accepts a travel coffee mug.These on demand coffee machines aim to make life just that little bit more convenient in the mornings, during coffee breaks, and at other times of the day when you fancy a cuppa but face daily home or work pressures!

The coffee is available at the press of a button, and is poured into your cup or jug. The coffee tastes much fresher than leaving it on a hot plate, too!

Read more about On Demand Coffee on the next page.

And Finally

That's it for our review of 12 basic coffee maker types. Just click on the link in each paragraph to find out more about each coffee machine type.

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Would the best coffee grinders stand up, please!

Choosing the best coffee grinder begins with how you brew your coffee. So if you already make coffee, then this is the easy part; but if you are looking for your first coffee maker, then consider how you will make your coffee.

There are three different types of grinder that you could use for grinding coffee beans: the blade coffee grinder, the burr and conical burr grinder, and the manual coffee grinder. But first let's consider your brewing method.

How do you brew?

The French presses need coarser grinds than drip coffee makers do. But espresso makers need finer grinds. So if you haven't bought your coffee maker yet, then consider that question first!

Once you decide that, then find out the different ways to actually grind coffee. It's easy to learn how to grind coffee beans well if you just follow some commonsense tips.

In general, the finer the grind, the more the coffee is in contact with the hot water and the less flavor you get. While espresso is strong and tastes great, the grounds are only in contact with the water for less than 30 seconds!

Now why not first read the buying a coffee bean grinder tips page is really the best one for you.

Blade Coffee Grinder

Blade coffee grinders are the least expensive, as little as $10, and chop the coffee beans much like a food processor chops vegetables. However, the friction of the blades creates heat that may burn or singe the beans.

These are not suitable for espresso and perhaps not the best coffee grinder. But they are preferable to buying just ground coffee. Do read the coffee bean grinders tips page on making the best of your blade grinder, if you are to get the most out of this machine!

Burr Coffee Grinder

The next type of grinder is the burr coffee grinder, sometimes referred to as a flat wheel grinder. Coffee beans are crushed between two wheels, one moving and one stationary. You can control the size of the grind by adjusting the wheels to get coarse, medium, fine or Turkish grind.

A burr coffee grinder is more expensive, around $70 and up, but the flavor difference is noticeable and the beans are not altered by heat. These grinders need frequent cleaning but the results are well worth it.

Conical Burr Grinder

A conical burr grinder is top of the line and probably the best coffee grinder coffee beans for a perfect cup of coffee. The surface of the burr grinder is conical, hence the name, so these machines allow you to choose the speed of grinding and they create less friction. This type of grinder needs more thorough and frequent cleaning than a burr grinder.

Any grinder is better than none

If you can't afford a top of the line burr or conical blade grinder, don't worry; you'll still get a better cup of coffee by buying any of these three types of coffee grinders than if you bought pre-ground beans!

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Coffee Roasters For Your Home

Nowadays coffee bean roasters have become one of the most popular kitchen appliances. The freshness as well as flavor of the coffee is in best whenever it is being roasted at home in small batches.


Coffee drinkers can choose from different varieties of brands, shapes, sizes and colors of coffee roaster for their home brewing. But nothing can beat a freshly brewed tasty coffee which is brewed right in the total comfort of your home. However, it is really important to own a coffee roaster if you want to experience the best flavor of coffee. You'll also need to learn how to use it through trial-and-error!

Coffee roasters are necessary for converting the green beans into the most popular beverage. Without a good coffee roaster, beans do not get the perfect balance to develop flavorful coffee. Most of the coffees roasters are especially manufactured for professional use in the enterprises such as at big coffee shops. However smaller roaster models for the home usage have recently become popular.

There are two types of coffee roaster for your home, fluid bed roasters and radiant drum roasters. The fluid bed coffee roasters actually work as a warm air popcorn making poppers. These coffee roasters have got a glass chamber for roasting, so you can easily watch coffee beans getting roasted with your naked eyes and stop whenever you want to.

These coffee roasters are great for the beginners and best way to start with the home roasting. The heat drum roasters are like the other professional roasters. These do not have any glass chamber for watching beans getting roasted, thus while roasting coffee beans in this roasters you have to follow the sound or smell minutely.

You can select some of the really good coffee beans and easily roast them the way you like; this will give you a chance to taste some of the best flavors of coffee. So if you have not tried this home coffee roasting, then get set to experience this fantastic treat. Your experience of coffee drinking will not be the same when you will taste the refreshing cup of coffee you prepared with your own coffee roaster.

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