What makes cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos that you buy in a coffee shop so different from the ones many people try to recreate at home is that they contain milk foam and milk froth instead of just regular milk. You can recreate this froth and foam – and subsequently recreate coffee shop classics – with devices called milk frothers. which are my number one recommended tool for any novice home-barista (excluding a coffee grinder, which I take a step further and recommend to every coffee drinker)
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Since there’s no end in sight for the pandemic and many of us are still working from home, we’re making and drinking our own coffee more than ever before.
If you don’t already own a coffee maker, but you love coffee, I definitely recommend investing in either a drip coffee maker, a french press, or a pour-over, depending on how much coffee you drink every day. Investing in a coffee maker and making your own coffee at home will save you a lot of time and money that you otherwise would have spent buying already-made coffee our. Plus, reusing your own cups is much better for the environment than using a disposable cup – or multiple – every day.
I personally own all three: a french press, a drip coffee maker, and two cheap pour-overs. However, my default go-to maker (especially during the work week) is definitely my drip coffee maker, for two main reasons: its 12-cup capacity, and the programmable feature it offers that allows me to prepare my machine the night before and set it so that my coffee auto-brews in the morning, letting me wake up to a fresh pot of hot coffee every morning.
I see a lot of half-pot or 5-cup coffee makers on the market, but I am not recommending any of them here today because I personally don’t understand the appeal these mini-machines have. They make smaller pots of coffee, but the machines are often just as expensive as (or barely cheaper than) 12-cup coffee pots. You also don’t need to make the full 12-cup pot on coffee makers with that capacity – any decent 12-cup drip coffee maker should have clear measurements that make it easy to make 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 cup pots. Even if I didn’t find it easy to get through a whole 12-cup pot myself, I’d always prefer having the option to make more coffee, especially for when/if I’m hosting guests.
Below, I will list, rate, and review my top drip coffee maker recommendations, starting with my most-highly recommended coffee maker. It’s from Black & Decker, and it’s the coffee maker I own and use regularly myself. Continue reading “Recommended Drip Coffee Makers”