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What type of coffee maker to buy for Christmas?

Updated on October 9, 2013

Which type of coffee maker is right for you?

Are you looking for a coffee maker to buy someone as a Christmas gift this year? Do you need advice about what is the best type of coffee maker for various types of gifts?

There are lots of different types of coffee makers on the market right now, and the different options may be overwhelming. Depending on whether flavor, price, or convenience is most important to you, you might prefer a different type of coffee maker. The type of coffee maker that is best for you will also depend on your needs, whether it is for home or office, or if you entertain guests frequently. The following guide will help you select the coffee maker that is best for you.

Coffee makers are a great gift to buy loved ones for Christmas, or to put on your own wish list. Coffee enthusiasts can spend a lot of money at local coffee shops, and receiving an awesome coffee maker as a christmas gift will save them a lot of time and money. If someone in your family loves coffee but could use a new coffee maker, they will be thrilled to receive a new coffee maker as a Christmas gift.

One of the most popular coffee makers for Christmas gifts is the french press, because it looks very elegant. If you are searching for a Christmas gift for someone that really loves coffee and you have a bit more money in your budget consider the Nespresso maker.

Counter Top Coffee Maker

The Classic Model

When you think of your standard coffee maker, this is it. The tried and true model found in kitchens across America. It is a great solution for busy homes with multiple people who enjoy fresh coffee in the morning.

These basic coffee machines have a lot of plusses. Generally, a quality model can be purchased for under $30.00, they are easy to clean and can make several cups of coffee at once. Some of the fancier versions offer the ability to set a timer the night before, so you can wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee that is ready to go, instead of having to wake up extra early to prepare your coffee.

Although they are available in some smaller sizes, they frequently make too much coffee at a time for one person to drink and the remaining coffee gets left on the counter to go stale. Additionally, if you have a small kitchen you may not like how much counter space it will take up. They are great for a basic cup of coffee, but for people who are very particular about their coffee, a more specialized coffee maker might be in order.

Many small businesses keep this type of coffee maker in their break rooms due the cheap cost, ease of use, and ability to make several cups of coffee at once. However, this is not always the best solution, because often one or two employees wind up always making new coffee and cleaning up the coffee maker, while other employes do not, leading to employee conflicts.

French Press Coffee Maker - A Slightly Fancier Option And Popular Christmas Gift

French Sure Know How to Press by Dusk Photography
French Sure Know How to Press by Dusk Photography

If you are looking for something a little fancier than a standard coffee maker, you should consider a French Press. To make coffee in a French Press you put the coffee grounds into a beaker-like container with boiling water. After the coffee is allowed time to brew, you push down on a plunger that separates the grounds from the coffee, forcing them to the bottom of the pitcher.

The French Press is also an excellent alternative for people who live alone or have a very small kitchen, because it makes less coffee and takes up less space. They are easy to clean, allow the user to control the quantity and strength of the brew, and generally are fairly cheap.

They are less practical for houses where there are lots of coffee drinkers, because they normally only make about two cups at a time. They also are more fragile, because they are predominately made out of glass. The other drawback is that they require more attention than a counter top model, which can be set and left alone.

A French Press is not a suitable option for an office, because of their smaller size and fragile nature.

Coffee by Kaakati
Coffee by Kaakati

Espresso Makers

A Great Christmas Gift for Someone Special

For the true coffee lover, there is nothing like an espresso maker. Selecting an espresso make may be very daunting because of the wide array of features that they come with. You can pick one with a grinder included, a storage area for unused coffee beans, and a foaming wand for making foamed milk. While all of these options have their place, they are not all necessary for a home purchase.

If there is one feature that you should make sure your espresso make has, it would be the steamer wand. While you might not use it every day, you will be glad to have it if you have company or for weekend breakfasts. It is nice to be able to add a nice steamed milk to a cappuccino, and it can be used to quickly heat a mug of water to make tea.

The grinder feature is less important, because you can purchase beans that are already ground, or buy a stand alone grinder. Coffee experts will tell you that coffee needs to be ground immediately before brewing, but most people will not be able to taste a difference.

Although expensive, an espresso machine for the home can quickly pay for itself if you routinely buy coffee at cafes.

Coffee Pot by bflshadow
Coffee Pot by bflshadow

Stove-Top Espresso Makers

Great Flavor, Cheaper Price

If a traditional espresso maker is beyond what you are looking to spend, but you love the flavor of espresso then consider a stove-top espresso maker. While completely impractical for the office, they are very practical for in the home.They are much cheaper than traditional espresso makers, and do not take up any space on your counter.

The main difference between the two types is that the stove-top machine does not offer any of the features such as a foaming want for making foamed milk or a grinder for making fresh grounds. Also, the stove-top espresso maker does not offer the same pumping mechanism that the other type of espresso maker has. Instead, it relies on the water in the bottom getting heated on the stove, turning into steam, and passing through the grounds.

Pod Machines

Keurig and Nespresso

The current trend in coffee makers is the use of the pod based machine. The two brands most well known for this are the Keurig machine, which uses the brand's "K-cups" and the Nespresso machine, which uses their brand's capsules. Another option is the Flavia machine, which uses flavored packets, instead of capsules.

This type of machine boasts of ease and convenience, with a no-mess set up. You turn the machine on to warm up, put the coffee cartridge into the machine, push the button and let it brew. Cleaning up is normally as simple as removing the used cartridge and disposing of it. This machine is a favorite of work place break rooms, where each individual employee can make their own cup fresh as they want it, and easily clean up after themselves.

The major draw back of these machines is the same as their biggest asset - the cartridge system. You are strapped into buying their expensive cartridges, and you can only try the flavors that they offer. Not to mention the environmental impact of throwing away a plastic cartridge every time you want a cup of coffee.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very good and comprehensive lens on coffee appliances. French press is for me:=)

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      A one cup coffee maker is the right decision for me, as I am the only one drinking coffee in our family. So I can have a fresh cup of coffee every time I feel like.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Really nice lens, I'm a true coffee lover but still learned something from reading your page, Thanks for sharing... :)