One of the most frequent requests that we hear involves recommendations for home auto-brewing machines. There are several factors that go into a machine like this, and several of them involve budget, desired features, size, and style.
Many of our other blog posts deal with the components of making a great cup of coffee (grind, water chemistry, water temperature, brewing parameters, type of coffee, etc.), and when discussing them we always concentrated on pour overs. We have already discussed how “batch brew” can be every bit as good or better than pour overs, so let’s look at the recommended gear to get you brewing on a home machine.
The true test of a good home brewing machine is its ability to brew coffee. Home machines have only a few jobs, but they must be done properly to ensure a great experience. They must:
- Heat water to the right temperature
- Infuse the coffee with water
- Filter grinds so they don’t enter the brew
Some brewers have advanced features, such as being able to set the brew temperature, to set a “bloom” time, to set an infusion program or protocol, or to determine total brew time and contact time.
As long as we are using proper water, a properly set burr grinder, and expertly roasted coffee, you should have all of the other ingredients to make a great pot of coffee at home. So which machine is right for you?
We will yield the floor now to a guest blog, which has reviewed several different models, and explained their features and any up/down sides that they may have. All of these are excellent options, and all would make a great countertop companion.
The “Top Pick” at Branch Street is the Behmor Brazen Plus, which has been “field tested” by several of our fellow coffee nerds, and it withstands the test of the most conscious palate.