March 12, 2023

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Bean-to-cup espresso machines

Bean-to-cup espresso machines

It seems that bean-to-cup espresso machines are the most expensive option for making coffee, but are worth it in the long run as they offer the best cup of coffee for the price. People say that bean-to-cup espresso machines are great for those who want to make a quality cup of coffee and don't mind investing a bit upfront [3] [4] . They are also easy to use and require minimal cleanup [4] , making them a convenient option. Of all the coffee machines mentioned in the notes, they seem to be the most popular choice among coffee enthusiasts [4] .
Electric Grinder

Electric Grinder

An electric grinder seems to be a good option for those looking for a reliable coffee device that can offer consistent results. People say that electric grinders like the second hand options such as Rancilio Rocky, Eureka Mignon Manuale, or Baratza Sette are needed for traditional espresso and dialing in [3] , and that the cheap burr grinder off Amazon can still make coffee taste decent with skill being more important than the machine [6] .
Baratza

Baratza

It seems that Baratza is a popular choice when it comes to hand coffee machines. People say that Baratza is reliable and affordable [1] , with a wide range of models with different features [5] , and even a "lowest possible acceptable version" [5] . It's also mentioned as a great option for those who are looking for quality coffee, but have a limited budget [1] .
Moccamaster

Moccamaster

According to source 5, Moccamaster is mentioned multiple times as a reliable and affordable coffee device and is recommended for people who are looking for quality coffee, but have a limited budget. Source 6 mentions that it is a good and consistent drip coffee and that SCA has an approved home brewers list, so it seems like a good choice based on its reputation. It also has the advantage of being able to make a big pot of coffee which could be useful if you're entertaining guests.
Aeropress

Aeropress

It seems that the Aeropress is a great option for those looking for a hand coffee machine. It's easy to use and clean [4] , and according to some users it can produce a better cup of coffee than automated drip machines [5] . It's also more affordable than some of the other options mentioned in the notes [2, 7]. Additionally, it takes up minimal space which makes it ideal for those with limited counter space.
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All answers

  • Bean-to-cup espresso machines
  • Electric Grinder
  • Baratza
  • Moccamaster
  • Aeropress
  • French Press
  • Gaggia
  • Nespresso
  • Dolce Gusto
  • Stovetop
  • Tassimo
  • Delonghi Scultura
  • Oomph
  • Dura Bean to Cup
  • Hand Grinder
  • Cost

    When considering the cost of a hand coffee machine, French Press or Aeropress machines [1] are often the most inexpensive and simple option. A Melitta filter cone can cost as little as US $2.88 [1] , making this a great budget-friendly choice. Hand grinders (Hario Mini Mill/Skerton or Porlex) [1] are also great for those on a budget and looking for good quality coffee. Capsule machines [1] are usually more expensive, due to their proprietary system and overpriced capsules, whereas bean-to-cup espresso machines [1] can be more expensive upfront but cheaper per cup of better coffee.

    Ease of Use

    Moka pots [1] are easy to use and produce results close to espresso. Delonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 [4] , Aeropress [4] , Gaggia [4] , Nespresso Vertoline [4] , Dolce Gusto [4] , Stovetop Moka pots [4] , Tassimo [4] and Delonghi Scultura ECZ351BG [4] are all relatively easy to use, with the former two being especially space friendly. For those who want to make multiple cups of coffee in one go, a drip pot like Bonavita 10 cup or Moccamaster is an option recommended by many people on Reddit's r/Coffee channel [2] .

    Flexibility

    A V60 hand pourer allows for precision in grind size and pouring speed, giving users flexibility to tinker and experiment almost endlessly with different parameters. Automatic drip coffee machines offer immersion behavior with more consistent results while flat bottom drippers such as Kalita Wave, Beehouse Dripper or even silicone collapsible ones offer ease of use without the hassle of cleanup. Antique Spong Grinders provide nice fineness but take more time to grind each cup while pre-ground coffee is an option if one uses pressurized portafilters.

    Quality of Coffee

    Baratza has been mentioned multiple times as a reliable and affordable choice for those looking for quality coffee on limited budget [+5]. Electric grinders like Rancilio Rocky, Eureka Mignon Manuale or Baratza Sette [+6] can be used with traditional espresso devices for dialing in shots perfectly while cheap burr grinders like 13 dollar burr grinder off Amazon [+6] can produce decent cups as well. Sozen Turkish Coffee Manual Grinder [+6] is also an option though it takes longer than other options.

    Flavor Enhancers

    Milk, cream, sugars and flavored syrups can be added [+1]. AeroPress filters out bitter/greasiness while Clever Dripper offers sweetness that pour over/AeroPress do [+9]. Paper filters take away flavors but produce "cleaner" cups by blocking/absorbing oils [+9]. Cleaning all parts with large and small bottle brushes takes same amount of time for both Aeropress and French Press [+9].

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    Source: "Aeropress vs French Press, which is easier to c..." (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Aeropress
      • Easier to clean
      • Fewer parts to disassemble and clean
      • Can push grounds into garbage/compost pile/disposal method of choice and rinse
    • French Press
      • Gets grounds stuck in the filter a lot and needs to be sponged/brushed carefully to get out
      • Has five parts to disassemble and clean
      • Trying to get grounds into the trash can is a pain in the ass
    • Clever Dripper
      • Even easier to clean than Aeropress
      • Cheaper than Aeropress
      • Don’t get as much sweetness with it as you do with pour over/AeroPress
    • Other
      • Cleaning all parts with large and small bottle brushes takes same amount of time for both Aeropress and French Press
      • Aeropress is one of the easiest to clean coffee making devices

    Source: "Automatic coffee machine" (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Gaggia Anima Black Fully Automatic Coffee Machine
      • Does four things: espresso, double espresso, espresso lungo, double espresso lungo
      • Pretty much fuss-free, needs to be rinsed clean once a week and to refill beans
    • Bonavita (non digital)
      • Gets the job done and is quite comparable to a V60 for what it is
      • Produces great cups of coffee and the metal pitcher keeps the coffee warm for hours
      • Super easy to brew
    • Breville Precision
      • Has gone through Specialty Coffee Association’s approval process
      • Can properly extract coffee
      • No grinder option
    • Technivorm Mocca
      • Simple and reliable
      • Brew temp is still perfect
    • Sage Smart Grinder Pro
      • Dial grind to “Filter” and select the number of cups
      • Use with a standard electric coffee maker with Melitta-type filters
    • Delonghi Magnifica S ( ecam 22.110.b )
      • Makes decent coffee bean-to-cup
      • Ease of use is 10/10
      • Needs to push very dark roast beans into grinder manually
    • Technivorm Moccamaster
      • Makes really excellent drip coffee
      • Switch on - cleanest/easiest to use automatic coffee maker
      • Clean filter holder and coffee maker needs to be descaled
    • Barratza grinder
      • Grinds directly into filter basket
      • Switch on - simple/clean design
      • Timer feature is useful

    Source: "Worth getting a hand grinder for espresso?" (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Timemore C2
      • Not recommended for espresso
      • Can get a grinder for under 80 Euros
    • Electric Grinder
      • Second hand options like Rancilio Rocky, Eureka Mignon Manuale, Baratza Sette
      • Needed for traditional espresso for dialing in
    • Cheap Burr Grinder
      • 13 dollar burr grinder off Amazon
      • Connect a drill to it for faster grinding time
    • Sozen Turkish Coffee Manual Grinder
      • Tough to grind but fineness is ok
    • Pre-ground Coffee
      • With pressurized portafilter, preground is ok
    • Antique Spong Grinder
      • Buy size 2 and above to save on grinding time

    Source: "Are hand pourers considerably better than auto ..." (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • V60
      • Cheaper to get a decent brew compared to auto drip
      • Can perfectly hit the required flow rates
      • Can offer guests good drip even though most may be happy with a Senseo
    • Moccamaster
      • Good and consistent drip coffee
      • SCA has an approved home brewers list
      • Personal bias leans towards the Breville/Sage Precision Brewer and the Technivorm Moccamaster
    • Cheap Drip Pot
      • Can still make coffee taste decent
      • Skill is more important than the machine
    • Automated Drip Machines
      • Make a big pot of coffee
      • Can be fancy with good water temperature control and/or a trick shower head
    • AeroPress/Pourover
      • Can get a better cup of coffee out of it
      • Can have more control
      • Can highly caffeinate your coffee
    • Paper Filters
      • Take away flavors
      • Produce a “cleaner” cup
      • Block and absorb more oils

    Source: "Hario V60 vs Drip coffee machine" (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Hario V60:
      • Requires precision in grind size and pouring speed
      • Can tinker and experiment almost endlessly
    • Automatic Drip Coffee Machine:
      • Easier to use, with some immersion behavior
      • More consistent
    • Flat Bottom Drippers (Kalita Wave, Beehouse Dripper):
      • Easier to use than V60
      • Can protect against under extraction
    • Generic Flat Bottom Dripper (Silicone Collapsible):
      • Easy with no cleanup
      • Limited in how exact you can be as the brewer

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    What are the most important features to look for when buying a hand coffee machine?

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    What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a hand coffee machine vs. an automatic machine?

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    How much time does it take to make coffee using a Moka pot?

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    What is the grind consistency for each of these grinders?

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    How easy is the French Press or Aeropress to clean?

    Source: "A lot of the coffee machine recommendations on ..." (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Baratza:
      • Mentioned multiple times as a reliable and affordable coffee device
      • Recommended for people who are looking for quality coffee, but have a limited budget
      • Has a wide range of models with different features
      • Mentioned as having a “lowest possible acceptable version”
    • Gaggia:
      • Mentioned multiple times as a reliable and affordable coffee device
      • Recommended for people who are looking for quality coffee, but have a limited budget
      • Has a wide range of models with different features
    • Breville:
      • Mentioned multiple times as a reliable and affordable coffee device
      • Recommended for people who are looking for quality coffee, but have a limited budget
      • Has a wide range of models with different features
    • Magister:
      • Mentioned as a reliable coffee device
      • Has some downsides, but overall a good machine
    • Aeropress:
      • Mentioned as a good coffee device, but not suitable for those who want to make more than one cup of coffee in the morning
    • Intelligensia Black Cat:
      • Mentioned as a good local coffee choice, with good cost/shipping

    Source: "Do you have a coffee machine? What one and is i..." (from reddit, r/CasualUK)

    • Delonghi Magnifica ESAM4200:
      • Second one bought, the first did multiple cups a day for five years before dying
      • 200 ish quid for bean to cup espresso, with a wand on the side for frothing milk
      • Easy to clean, just pull open the front and throw the pucks out when it says it’s full and give the drip tray a wash occasionally
      • Water tank holds a decent volume
      • Keep the innards exceptionally clean, and the metal filter should be regularly scrubbed to avoid blockages
      • Need to calibrate on a per-blend basis for the right grind and shot size
    • Aeropress:
      • Cheap way to decent coffee
      • Takes up about the same space as a tin of beans
      • Plunging coffee through a filter directly into a cup with the ability to filter out the bitter/greasiness
      • Makes a really smooth cup of coffee
      • Self-cleans on use
    • Gaggia:
      • Get one and a metal burr grinder for your budget
      • Basic espresso with foaming
    • Nespresso:
      • Ridiculous amount of different flavour coffees
      • UHT milk
      • Limited to the types they make pods of
    • Dolce Gusto:
      • El-cheapo Americano DG pods from Aldi are better than all of the instant coffees
      • Generates a huge amount of plastic waste
    • Stovetop:
      • Cheap, around 8 quid
      • Moka coffee, needs finely ground coffee
      • Can get one that makes cappuccino all in one
    • Tassimo:
      • Plenty of choice in coffee variety
      • Drink doesn’t come out hot enough and it’s not nice enough
    • Delonghi Scultura:
      • On offer from Amazon, around £70
      • Semi budget machine
    • Oomph:
      • Multiple times a day
      • Great
    • Dura Bean to Cup:
      • Invested quite a few hundred quid
      • Worth every penny

    Source: "What kind of coffee machine should I buy?" (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • French Press or Aeropress:
      • Inexpensive, simple equipment
      • Flexibility to provide best results
      • Melitta filter cone costs only US $2.88
    • Hand Grinder (Hario Mini Mill/Skerton or Porlex):
      • Cheapest way to get into good coffee
    • Capsule machines:
      • Limited selection of coffees
      • Proprietary system locks you in
      • Expensive and overpriced capsules
    • Moka pot:
      • Easy to use
      • Results close to espresso
    • Bean-to-cup espresso machines:
      • Cost more upfront, but cheaper per cup of better coffee
    • Flavoring:
      • Add milk, cream, sugars, flavored syrups
    • Buying from a cafe:
      • No need to invest upfront

    Source: "Manual espresso machine recommendations?" (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Cafelat Robot
      • Available in powder coat green, blue, white/cream
      • Double spout is held on by a gasket and removable
      • Possibility of choosing between the gauge (“barista”) and non-gauge versions, as well as which baskets you’d like (pressurized or non-pressurized)
      • Build quality is phenomenal, and it’s clearly something that is expected to last many many years
      • Level of control you get with a shot is really useful, and for levers you don’t really need to hit the 9-bar
      • Workflow is a lot easier than the Flair (less pre-heating required)
      • Cleanup is very straightforward
      • If start to experience some channeling early in the shot, you can back off a bit on the pressure and in most cases still manage to salvage the rest of the shot
      • Red model will be soon available
    • Bartiza Encore
      • Not designed for espresso
      • Can upgrade to a manual grinder

    Source: "Coffee machine recommendations?" (from reddit, r/Coffee)

    • Bonavita 10 cup or Moccamaster
      • Easy to use
      • Price not to exceed $800
    • Nespresso Vertoline
      • Best tasting stuff
      • Special little cups needed
    • Filling your own Vertuoline pods
      • Half an hour to do 40 pods
      • Cost drops to about 20 cents per pod
    • Non-disposable pods for Keurig
      • Can use the same machine
      • Inventor has apologized to the planet

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