Beginning your morning with a fresh cup of coffee is definitely one way to get the day off to a great start. That comforting aroma and rich flavour has been known to put a smile on many a sleepy face and the caffeine is sure to give you the boost you need.
Of course, buying your coffee from a cafe can become an expensive habit and you have to get yourself out of the house early just to get there - if your mornings are rushed, you might not have the time to stop every day for that little pick-me-up.
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These kitchen appliances may look a bit complicated, but they are designed for ease of use and once you have made a delicious drink or two, you'll see just how simple it is to make your favourite hot beverage. As an added bonus, some devices can be programmed to start just before you wake up, meaning you will be able to enjoy that lovely cuppa as soon as you roll out of bed.
But which coffee maker should you get? There are a few different types of machine and the right option will mainly depend on your beverage of choice.
Filter Coffee Makers
For those who prefer the simple pleasures of a standard cup of coffee, a filter coffee maker is the best choice. These heat the water and dispense it above the beans. The water percolates through the grounds and into a pot below.
These devices generally include a hotplate to keep the beverage warm, so you can enjoy another cup later in the morning.
If you enjoy mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, macchiatos or other specialty drinks made to your exact specifications, an espresso machine is the ideal choice.
These appliances are famous for their frothy noise and include two main parts - one for brewing the espresso and one for steaming and foaming the milk.
Also known as pod machines, the best known of these is the Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
Capsule coffee makers enable you to whip up a variety of cafe-quality drinks in seconds. All you have to do is keep the device filled with water and insert a pod that contains the ingredients for your drink.
If you opt for a filter coffee maker or an espresso machine, you will need to buy pre-ground coffee beans, or grind your own at home.
Many people opt for the latter, as it gives them more control over the taste and strength of the beverage. If you decide to go down this route, you will need to purchase a grinder to go with your coffee maker.
These are offered by brands like Swan and Elgento. What's more, when they aren't being used for your caffeinated beans, they can double as a herb chopper.