Automatic coffee maker

The popularity of coffee is due to the variety of taste, aroma and invigorating properties. For admirers of this drink, sooner or later the question of buying a coffee maker becomes urgent. When choosing specialized equipment, the main thing is to reduce the cooking time without losing quality and taste.

Types, pros and cons of automatic coffee makers

Varieties and features


A simplified version that works in semi-automatic mode. The preparation technology consists of placing previously ground coffee beans in a special container (horn) and further fixing. After pressing the start button, pressurized hot water flows through the cone and the coffee drink contained in it.

After passing through the coffee tablet, the finished drink is poured into the cup. The used grains are removed from the horn and it is washed. Carob machines in their composition contain a steam tube, which is designed to froth milk or cappuccino. Only in expensive devices, obtaining fluffy foam in sufficient volumes has been worked out.

When choosing a model, be sure to pay attention to the material of the horn. Plastic is not as heat resistant and durable as metal, which reduces the lifespan.


  • Price;
  • Compact area of ​​placement;


Long brewing time, which is determined by the difficulty of laying coffee beans in the cone and the need to wash it after preparing the drink.

Suitable for those who like to spend a long time preparing a delicious drink and do not mind feeling like a real barista.


Successfully arranged coffee machine and coffee grinder. Before purchasing, pay attention to the coffee grinder, as it consists of metal or ceramic millstones. The latter benefit from silent operation, but the service life is several times shorter.

The coffee grinder grinds the grains to the required size, and after that they enter the cone and the drink is brewed by analogy with the carob.


  • budget pricing policy;
  • the possibility of using all kinds of varieties;
  • pleasant taste;
  • the mode is optimized for the pressure parameter.


  • the horn needs to be cleaned after each brewing, which creates certain difficulties for people who are in a hurry in the morning;
  • the need for some skills in tamping ground coffee into a tablet.

Varieties and features


The pod is a portioned package of coffee, which, according to the standard, is 7 g. The capsule is packed in filtered paper. Outwardly, the pod resembles a tea bag; common and popular ones are made in the shape of a circle. To prepare, just place the package and press the start button.

At the exit, ready-made coffee will be obtained. Inside this machine there is a boiler, which is necessary for heating water. After that, the liquid is placed in a container. The compactness of the capsule model does not take, but the cost of pods is about twice that of regular coffee, which is a significant disadvantage.

The strength can only be adjusted by adding the required amount of water to the cup.


  • device price;
  • ease of use;
  • the quality of the finished drink.


  • price of capsules;
  • you can not create combinations or change the taste of the resulting coffee;
  • a limited choice of brands and manufacturers suitable for this device.

By analogy with pod machines, capsule ones were also built. Since after placing the capsule in the coffee machine, it is covered with steam, from which the preparation of coffee begins.


To get aromatic coffee, just press the button. The functional option of the machine includes grinding beans, pressing in a special mechanism, measuring the required amount of water, which will later be passed through a pre-formed coffee tablet.

The price of a machine determines its functions.

Expensive machines include the feature:

  • temperature changes;
  • regulation of the strength of the drink;
  • memorization of cooking methods;
  • easy preparation of latte and cappuccino;
  • timer with automatic shutdown, etc.

This type differs from others: reliability, functionality and a wealth of options.


  • automation and speed of cooking;
  • no need to clean the machine after cooking;
  • the richness of the species that are prepared with the help of the machine.


  • price policy;
  • the area occupied by the device;
  • increased noise level emitted by the built-in coffee grinder;
  • the need for systematic maintenance.

How to choose an automatic coffee maker

Purchase rules

If a coffee machine is purchased for home use, then it is necessary to proceed from financial indicators. Since for the average person there is no need to purchase a super-automatic coffee machine, which is not used further according to its functionality.

The preferred option would be pod or capsule. They are easy to use, do not take up extra space, do not require long-term maintenance and at the same time prepare delicious coffee. If you buy less practical, but cheaper types of coffee machines, you can stop at the carob machine.

All coffee machines are divided into three types:

  1. Productivity up to 10 cups per day;
  2. Up to 30;
  3. Over 30 servings.

You should calculate the amount in advance so as not to overpay for the power consumed. In addition to performance, it is important to pay attention to:

  • pump pressure, which is used when water passes through the horn or capsule;
  • machine power, measured in watts;
  • the volume of the boiler designed to contain water;
  • the volume of grains placed.

In all other cases, when choosing, you need to pay attention to the additional functions contained in it. If only espresso is enough, then you can buy a regular carob. If you want to brew cappuccino and latte, you also need a frother, a reservoir for cream or milk.

Additional selection criteria:

  • indication,
  • prescription,
  • programming function,
  • grinding adjustment,
  • timer,
  • portion dosage,
  • regulation of the strength of the drink,
  • care and maintenance, which consist in the need for washing or in its absence,
  • design,
  • manufacturer.


  • Pricing policy, which determines both the country of origin and the quality of the machine;
  • Product reliability;
  • Design that satisfies the aesthetic properties suitable for the interior;
  • Convenience and ease of use, which will save time and effort;
  • Extensive functionality and a wealth of options that help you go beyond the standard espresso;
  • Performance that plays a role if the unit is located not at home, but in the office;
  • Warranty for the product and the efficiency of the service in case of malfunctions or breakdowns.

How to use

Operating rules

Only coffee beans may be put into the grinder. Instant coffee will cause clogging, and larger items will break. Flavored additives are also not recommended. They interfere with grinding by sticking to the millstones.

Some models are equipped with compartments for ground grains. Thanks to this constructive trick, you can diversify the coffee menu. For example, decaffeinated beverage preparation is available.

To obtain high quality coffee, you should correctly choose the degree of grinding. Here it is better not to go to extremes. Coarse grinding makes the severity of the drink weak. Too fine grinding threatens to malfunction the coffee maker.

Check the hardness of the waterwhich is poured into the reservoir. Too hard forms scale and spoils the taste of the drink. Order bottled water from the source for preparation.

There are models with liquid softeners provided in the design of the device. Contains ion exchange resins. Devices need periodic regeneration with ordinary salt. Cleaning instructions are in the manual.

Boiled water is also not recommended for cooking. The coffee is bland and weak in taste.

It is important that the water in the tank is above the minimum mark. This will protect the heating element from damage. Manufacturers are increasingly equipping machines with a minimum water level alarm.

The waste container is cleaned once a day. Washed and dried to avoid unpleasant odor and mold formation.

The brewing mechanism is cleaned once a month from the accumulation of coffee oils. Otherwise, the coffee will take on a more bitter taste. For one-piece mechanisms, special cleaning tablets are used for cleaning, which are loaded into the ground coffee compartment. Upon completion, the system is flushed.

Cappuccinatore is rinsed every timeso that no milk remains in the tubes. This will help to avoid the formation of bacteria and keep the taste of the drink excellent. For cleaning, the detergent is pumped through the milk frother.

The unit must also be cleaned of scale, at least once a month. Even if you buy bottled water. To do this, use a special tool or folk citric acid.

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