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People who can't even contemplate starting their day without a cup of coffee, it's very difficult for them to settle for just any coffee maker/ machine. There are so many options that may drive anyone crazy. But, we can always narrow the choices considerably, however, if we first select the type and size of coffee maker we need.

Following are the type and size of coffee maker available in the market:

Manual coffee machines

Manual coffee machines are the cheapest. However, all functions are manual, so we'll be doing most of the work including frothing the milk. Cheaper manual coffee machines are likely to be made out of plastic, though, if we spend a little more, we can get one made from stainless steel body.

Semi-automatic coffee machines

The next step up from a manual model is a semi-automatic coffee machine. These cost more and have some automated features. These could include programmable control panels, an LCD screen for viewing the temperature or an in-built coffee grinder.

Automatic coffee machines

If we are looking to buy at the top of the range, we need an automatic coffee machine. With automation we should always be able to prepare the perfect cup of coffee to our liking. With the touch of one button, milk will be frothed, beans ground, coffee brewed and poured. Another bonus of automatic coffee machines is that they clean by themselves - cleaning a coffee machine manually can be quite a tricky process, considering all the small parts and fissures.

Capsule coffee machines

Capsule coffee machines are newish to the market and offer an alternative to their traditional manual and automatic counterparts. These are very small and compact machines that use pre-packaged capsules of coffee, which come in individual serves. We simply load the capsule, fill the water tank, press a button and out comes the coffee. Most of these machines come with a manual milk frother.

Drifting away from the coffee shops nearby and the instant stuff, there are machines that can do the job fairly well. But for the same, they must pass through a set of criteria.

  • Simplicity - With coffee makers, as with most machines, simple is always better. Nobody wants too many switches and buttons and overcomplicated procedures. All we want is a simple machine, designed and tested to do one simple thing, and be good at it.

  • Function- We want a coffee maker that does the job all the way through, nothing too much, and nothing left half done. Underachievers that don't extract enough flavor, and overachievers that boil the water too much that the coffee gets too bitter; we don't want them.

  • Type of Coffee- It might take a while to know what kind of coffee we love to have from our coffee maker. For most brews, drip coffee makers are all right. For espresso, a dedicated espresso machine is the only one that will suffice.

  • Cup Size- We need to see if the coffee maker makes a decent-sized serving at one go. Decent-sized is relative. Some coffee machines limit themselves to serving sizes that are precise, but might not console someone's need. Hence, we should make sure what we buy neither serves too little nor overflows.

  • Reservoir- A good coffee maker should hold enough water for a decent amount of servings at one time. We should make a note that the coffee maker can hold a good amount without the reservoir being too big that it takes over the machine. Hence, we should not fall for bad coffee makers, which tend to have big reservoirs, as they have cheap machine parts within, so that they can pass as coffee makers.

  • Value- Everyone wants a bargain, but we should remember that there's such a thing as a balance between the price and the features. Hence, as a good rule of thumb, we should measure the coffee maker's set of features along with its build and its price.

  • Brand- It may not seem necessary, but buying a coffee maker from a reputable brand is much better than buying some run-in-the-mill counterpart. A branded machine can beat any non-branded device anytime. That's another consumer rule of thumb there.

  • Easy-to-Clean- Of course, we have to deal with cleaning issues. We should make sure that the crucial parts are washable, so that we do not get coffee sticking to them over time. As long as we can wash the important parts like the pot and the reservoir with soap and water, we're good to go.

  • Portability - No one wish to have a machine bigger than their counter. If we buy something that can sit snugly at the corner of our kitchen, we would want to use it day after day, since it doesn't intrude in our kitchen space.

  • Safety- We should make sure that there are no exposed electric parts; that everything is properly insulated. Sometimes there are spills, and we don't want a shock when we clean up the spill.

To conclude, coffee makers come in many shapes and sizes. We should simplify our search for the best coffee maker by setting the criteria of what we want from our machine before we start looking for our perfect coffee maker.