Last Updated on October 1, 2020
What’s the difference between a coffee maker and a coffee machine? What’s the best choice for a home? I’ll talk about that in this article.
Ordinary coffee-drinkers or professionals often don’t understand how a coffee machine differs from a coffee maker, considering these words to be synonyms. However, these are completely different devices that have some similar characteristics.
What’s a coffee maker?
This is a household appliance in which coffee can be prepared only with direct human intervention. There are a few types of coffee makers, fundamentally different in design and principle of operation:
1. The simplest devices that work without electricity are the French press and the Aeropress. The process of making coffee is carried out using a piston and requires maximum manual labor therein. Here the drink is squeezed out of the soaked coffee powder instead of brewing. Not all coffee varieties are suitable for this preparation method.
2. Affordable and simple-to-use coffee makers are drip and geyser. In the first model, coffee is produced by the free flow of hot water through the coffee powder and filter. In the second model, steam is used, under the pressure of which hot water enters the container with ground coffee. In geyser coffee makers, filtration is carried out too, but in the first device, the process goes from top to bottom, and in the second device, from bottom to top.
3. Complex and expensive semi-automatic devices are espresso, capsule and pod. They’re often called both a coffee maker and a coffee machine. However, such devices are classified as coffee makers, since they don’t have as many functions as a coffee machine and some actions are done manually. For example, adding ingredients necessary for making coffee with milk, cocktails, Irish coffee, and other coffee drinks.
What’s a coffee machine?
Its name implies a fully automated device. What’s a coffee machine do? It independently performs all stages of coffee preparation, including boiling water, grinding beans, and coffee powder dosing. A person is involved only in choosing the volume of the final product and programming the following functions:
· Grind size.
· Amount of coffee powder.
· Volume of liquid.
· Pressure and temperature control.
Modern models of coffee machines prepare different types of coffee drinks, including Latte, Cappuccino, Mochaccino.
This classification also includes high-tech coffee machines that make both ground and instant coffee. Such devices are fully automatic, including serving cups.
What’s better — coffee maker or coffee machine?
Both devices have advantages and disadvantages. So you need to take several parameters into consideration when choosing a coffee machine or coffee maker.
In terms of cost, coffee makers are presented in a wider price range. You can choose either an affordable French press or costly espresso coffee maker. When it comes to coffee machines, they’re all expensive.
Another important factor is the taste and texture of the coffee. They’ll be different on different devices, so choose based on your preferences. Manual coffee makers give a paler and watery drink, but it preserves the beneficial properties of coffee beans as much as possible. The drink made in the coffee machine will be richer in taste and aromatic.
Both a coffee maker and a coffee machine can be used to prepare different types of coffee drinks. However, in a coffee maker, coffee is first prepared, then milk components, chocolate, spices or alcohol are added to it. The coffee machine will do everything by itself (if set up correctly), following the recipe exactly.
If you need a coffee maker or a coffee machine for your home, then you can determine which one is better based on its cost and the number of necessary functions. For offices or public catering, a coffee machine is preferable, especially since it can be rented at an affordable price.
So, upon consideration, the difference between a coffee machine and a coffee machine becomes obvious. For completeness, let’s compare the main parameters of these devices.
· Cost: from low to high.
· Operating principle: manual and semi-automatic.
· Functions: making coffee from pre-prepared ingredients.
· Number of modes: 1.
· Sizes: small and medium.
· Cost: high.
· Operating principle: semi-automatic and automatic.
· Functions: grinding, forming portions, automatic heating, temperature and pressure control.
· Number of modes: 2 or more.
· Sizes: medium and large.