Should I use a bean-to-cup coffee machine, or is the coffee much better to prepare by hand?

Should I use a bean-to-cup coffee machine, or is the coffee much better to prepare by hand?

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  1. In general, you will be better off doing it manually. The “super automatic” machines sure are convenient, but they generally have a lot of weaknesses.
    First, the built in grinders are generally not very good, and not very adjustable.
    Second, you often don’t have good control over the dosing or tamping, like you would in a normal espresso machine. Most of these machines use some sort of artificial “back pressure” device to help the espresso extraction – these work to produce “crema” on your espresso shot, but adversely affects the taste.
    Many of the lower priced machines also lack temperature stability due to small boilers or heat exchangers, which will negatively affect the taste.
    Most of these types of machines are rather complex mechanically, and will likely only last a few years, this is an expensive replacement if it breaks.
    If you aren’t picky, will only make milk drinks, or make “cafe crema” (normal sized coffee brewed espresso style though one of these machines), they often aren’t so bad, but if it’s real espresso you are after, it’s rare you will find one of these that can remotely come close to doing it manually.

  2. I’d recommend using the French Press Coffee maker instead. It enables users to brew a cup of coffee that fits their preferences. The period of time that coffee grounds are steeped, the type and quantity of grounds used, the water temperature, and other variables are all adjustable by users.
    There are various options. I prefer a SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker . It provides outstanding value for money in my opinion and has never let me down.
    This reasonably cost maker delivers great-tasting, hot coffee anywhere I want. It has proven to be a long-lasting and simple-to-clean device over the years.

    Should I use a bean-to-cup coffee machine, or is the coffee much better to prepare by hand?

    Here are my advantages:
    Superior taste
    They last a lifetime (stainless steel models)
    Convenient and easy to use
    No paper filters required
    Easy to clean

  3. Those systems are convenient, but I do not like them for the following reasons. The grinder portion does not allow for easy regular cleaning. And most brews do not give you an even extraction. Grind your beans and pour water over your grinds by hand. Make it a ritual. Coffee is a very special beverage. Most arabica beans are hand harvested, dried and graded. Being the second largest commodity, second to oil, it employs more people than any other commodity.

  4. No, bean to cup machines will never be comparable to hand pouring because with hand pouring you control everything.

    The grind: You can improve the grinder , moving to grinders with better particle size uniformity for more even extraction. Mass market cheap grinders rarely perform in this regard.
    The pour: There is no optimum pour so the resulting brew might not suit your taste even if it’s done well (a big ‘if’). There’s under extracted and over extracted, but many ways to hit the sweet spot in the middle including by adjusting dose, water, brew duration, time, pressure and temperature. Adjusting all of these means leading to different but all good variations on a correctly extracted coffee, one variation of which will suit your palate best. There’s no guarantee a machine will extract the way you like.
    Of course convenience is useful and this machines can make a good cup in theory, but strictly to answer your question, hand pouring is always ‘better’ for the infinite control.

  5. For a home user a full automatic machine like this Krups may be a good solution because of the following:
    — constant quality from cup to cup,
    — fast heating,
    — easy handling,
    — no need for barista experience,
    — acceptable price.
    On the other hand, the average cup will never be so good as prepared with a delicate espresso machine and a separate quality grinder. Meanwhile you have to deal with some “drawbacks”:
    — higher price,
    — bigger footprint,
    — a lot of skill needed to produce good quality cups one after another,
    — during the learning period, you’ll ruin lot of coffee (expensive).
    On the other hand, you’ll get possibly better quality, you’ll have way more flexibility to adjust the coffee drink to your personal taste.

  6. I’ve never used a multifunction machine like a Krups. At home, I control the whole process of espresso and latte creation from roasting green beans, to grinding and espresso extraction. I can tell you that it’s a lot of work and takes a lot of dedication to learn how to roast good coffee and pull good shots. On the other hand, there is great satisfaction in being able to do so. In fact, the whole activity is one of the highlights of my life. I highly recommend it for people who like to do things like: brew their own beer, make their own yogurt, make their own bread, work on their car, want to learn how things work, don’t want to be bored in retirement, etc. Also, how descerning you are when it comes to the taste of things is important. Evidentally there are some people who don’t realize or care about the difference between poor, mediocre and something better. But if you like to pursue something better, explore and learn new things, than doing it yourself may suit you.
    If you roast your own coffee, the price of the beans is roughly half of what you pay for roasted beans. Electricity for roasting a half pound of beans in my roaster costs about 6 cents.
    Roasting is a fascinating science and will give great pleasure to those who like to do it themsleves. Also, for the whole process of doing it yourself, there are so many options for experimentation, learning and exploring the outcome that you enjoy the most.

  7. I’d use neither.
    Get a decent conical burr grinder and figure out how you want to brew your coffee. (french press, clever dripper, pour through, technivorm, chemex, aeropress.)
    Expect a decent espresso machine to cost you a minimum of 400-500 pounds and a good home espresso machine will run at least 1000 pounds. A good espresso grinder will cost as much as the linked espresso machine/grinder.


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