What Are The Different Types Of Coffee Makers?

Did you know that you can prepare your own coffee by hand?

How about creating  your very own latte at home?

If you understand the different types of brewing devices available, you can save money by becoming your own home barista. 

Keep reading and I'll help you understand what coffee maker types are best for your needs.

According to Mechanism

1. Automatic Coffee

Chances are, you are most familiar with the automatic.

You generally use this type to produce a nice cup of drip, which is one of the most popular ways to drink java overall.

This is a reliable and delicious way to prepare your morning dose of caffeine!

Automatics are quite simple. 

They heat up water and pour it over your grounds through a filter. 

Many people use paper filters for this machine.

Others have metal or plastic reusable ones.

It all depends on your taste. 

The coffee drips into some sort of glass or metal carafe.


Your cuppa is ready for consumption.

And all you had to do was add water and grounds.

An example of an automatic is the Braun KF7000BK Brew Sense Drip Coffee machine

2. Smart Coffee

These “smart” appliances can be linked up to your smart phone or tablet through an app!

If you use an Amazon Alexa device, you can even sync this up to your brewer so that you can use voice commands.

You just need Wi-Fi. Pretty nifty, right?

Many of these types are automatic drip machines that you can use for your basic cup of joe.

There are also machines that you can use for other preparation methods, such as espresso.

Those can get a little pricey.

An example is the Behmor Connected Customizable Temperature Control, Compatible with Alexa

3. Manual Coffee

There are a number of different kinds of manual coffee devices.

A couple of popular manual methods are a French press.

Caffeine lovers who are serious about their drinks often love manual devices.

Making your java by hand can be incredibly rewarding, and fun!


It allows you to really connect with the process. 

Plus, you can truly customize your drink to your tastes.

A French Press (also known as a coffee press or plunger) is a quick, easy way to cook up a deliciously strong cup of joe.

Related reading : 18 Benefits of French Press

A Chemex is a beautifully crafted device.

Also known as a “Pour-over,” it is an artful, fun way to prepare your favorite drinks.

4. Cold Brew Coffee

The popularity of this style drink is on the rise because of its many health benefits.

So it's not surprising that there are some great contraptions out there especially for making this smooth beverage.

These are simple, but effective.

Take the Takeya Patented Deluxe for instance. 

It comes with a built-in mesh filter.

You merely steep your grounds in it for 24 hours to complete your cold brew.

Or you can switch it up just a little bit for the Toddy Cold Brew System.

The mechanism is basically the same.

These are easy to use and just require a little more time than some of your other standard machines.

Cold brew is served (you guessed it) cold, and often on ice.

5. Stovetop Coffee

Some java drinkers s prefer to use stovetop contraptions to produce an extra strong drink.

An example of this is a Moka Pot.

Moka Pots have three chambers: one for water, one for the grounds, and one for the finished product.

When it heats up on the stove, the pressure from the steam forces the hot water through the chamber with the ground beans.

This ends up with a strong drink (though it's not quite as strong as espresso).

It's a very simple process, but there is still a bit of an art to it.

For example, you'll need to learn how to bring your water to boil only using a moderate amount of heat.

Percolators are another stovetop option.

They use gravity to cycle boiling water through the grounds.

6. Espresso Machines

These can seem intimidating, but they don't have to be.

As you probably know, espresso is a much stronger, more concentrated version of your average cup of joe.

It  is made with much finer grounds over a much shorter amount of time.

These appliances have the ability to force water through your ground beans with a large amount of pressure. 

This is what causes the shots to be stronger and darker than your average cup of joe.

They generally come with a steam wand so that you can aerate milk.

This way, you can cook up your own lattes or cappuccinos at home.

One example is the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino brewer.

7. Manual Espresso

Automatic espresso machines can be quite pricey.

But you can still prepare your own  at home without breaking the bank if you buy a manual one.

These devices can be fun and easy to use.

I think they are great if you are looking for hands-on customization when it comes to your drink.

They will still exert enough pressure to extract that bold, delicious flavor.

They can range from being minimalist to very extravagant.

It all depends on your needs and price range.

Take the Elektra Microcasa for example. 

This is a very expensive but gorgeous lever-operated device.

A cheaper, simpler version is something like the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker Like the Elektra, this one is lever-operated.

Better yet, try the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker.

This is a bit like a fancy french press!

According to Brewing Techniques

The percolator

1. Percolator

Percolators create a flavorful, full-bodied cup of yummy caffeine that many people love.

As we mentioned, this is a great stovetop preparation method.

Boiling the water creates bubbles.

The power of these rising bubbles is what allows this method work.

The moka pot

2. Moka Pot

Like we talked about above, the moka pot is a great stovetop option.

If you are looking for a manual option that can produce a strong drink, you might like the moka pot.


Many people turn to the moka pot to create a powerful cup of java.

This device can produce a drink similar to espresso because it is steam-powered when heated.

This creates plenty of pressure for creating a more concentrated drink.

The French Press

3. French Press

The French Press is another popular manual preparation method. It is quick and easy.

It simply involves steeping round beans for about four minutes in the container.

When you use a french press, you need large-size grounds, so you'll need to be sure you have a french press grinder that has a coarse setting. 

This is a quick, delicious, and bold cup of joe.

4. Vacuum coffee

This type looks like it belongs in a mad scientist's lab!

But don't worry, it's not that complicated (well, maybe a little!) Some people say that this one results with the best drink.

It is also known as a siphon coffee maker.

It requires much more attention than other methods. 

But if you value a wonderful cup of aromatic goodness, you may enjoy using this kind.

5. Drip coffee

These are automatic machines that are easy and simple to use.

Many people prefer this method of preparing their drinks.

Drip machines depend on gravity to produce a satisfying beverage in the morning.

All you have to do is measure the right amount of grounds and water. It suits many needs. 

This is especially good for people who don't need anything special or gourmet.

The espresso

6. Espresso

These machines produce a dark, concentrated caffeinated drink.

They use high pressure to force water through finely-ground beans.

This produces a couple ounces of aromatic caffeinated shots.

You can drink them straight for a strong kick!

Often, shots of this concentrated caffeine are combined with aerated milk to form lattes or cappuccinos. 

Good for coffee aficionados, or just people who need a powerful boost.

7. Thermal coffee

This one is very similar to an automatic.

A regular drip machine directs your coffee into a glass carafe or pitcher.

However, a thermal one drips your java into an insulated metal carafe.

This preserves the heat, taste and quality of your favorite drink much longer. 

They both depend on gravity to operate.

8. Aeropress

An Aeropress is a handy, portable little contraption.

Like the french press, this device is a full-immersion method.

After letting your ground steep, you use a plunger to push it through a filter (paper or metal).

These can be small and easy to travel with.

According to Different Coffee

The type of machine you decide to buy depends on the type of drink you plan to use.

For example, if you prefer to buy big tubs of pre-ground, less expensive grounds, you will enjoy an automatic drip machine.

Especially if you like to put cream and sugar in your mug and the taste of the taste itself isn't as important.

If you're looking for stronger drinks, you will require an espresso machine or even a moka pot. 

When I drink black coffee, I like to use methods that really extract the flavor, such as a french press.

And of course, if you are looking to steep cold brew, that will dictate what kind of device you buy.

According to Capacity

Some people live alone and just want to whip out a quick, single cup of coffee.

Others have larger, caffeine-loving families.

Or maybe you're a commercial operation and you need to produce large quantities at once.

My point is, you will want to think about your capacity needs before purchasing a machine. 

For example, if you have a big family that loves their java in the morning, a french press might not be practical.

What type best suits you?

What type of coffee maker is your favorite?

Are you planning on buying a new device in the future?

I am very curious to know which one!

I wanted to make this list because I realized that a lot of people don't know about all the options out there.

Picking out a new machine can be a fun and personal experience.

I hope you found this helpful!

Feel free to share this article with your friends.

Maybe they need help deciding what type of appliance they need!

If you have any recommendations or advice, I would love to hear your comments.

Sarah Price

Creator & editor here at House Of Arabica. I'm a proud mother of one baby girl. Passionate about coffees and their variations. Love to review coffee accessories! Please feel free to put your comment below.

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