It won’t matter how rich, expensive or high quality your coffee beans are, they won’t produce the best flavour if the grinding isn’t right. There is more than one type of grinder on the market and when evaluating grind and brew coffee machines, you will want to pay careful attention to the grinder. Grinding before you brew is a vital process. Enter the grind and brew coffee machine to make life easy when you want that perfect cup of coffee in the morning. Get to know how your grind and brew coffee machine is made up to work effectively. So here is how it works!
The Grinding Component of a Coffee Machine
Some grinders come with blades and some have burr type grinders. The general consensus among coffee growers is that the burr type is best. The blades tend to cut the coffee in a way that doesn’t release the best flavour. On the other hand, 2” burrs will gently chop the beans into a well ground consistency that will enhance the bean’s flavour. The objective here is a fine, consistent grind. If you can buy a machine with a conical burr system, you will have further improvement in the quality of your brew.
The Coffee Brewer Component of a Coffee Machine
The second aspect of combination grind and brew coffee machines is the brewing component. This will consist of a water reservoir, a filter and the cup or pot area to catch the hot coffee.
Brewers come with a thermostat to heat water to the perfect temperature. Filter areas can hold a filter designed to hold enough grounds to make a full pot or have single serving filters.
The most important part of the brewing side of things to consider is how well the water is filtered as well as the coffee. If tap water is used and contains minerals, there must be a water filtration system to avoid having chemicals or minerals change the taste of the coffee. You could, of course, use filtered water, but in combination units, convenience is the goal.
Combining the Coffee Brewer Component & Grinder in the Machines
Combination units have taken the best grinders and best brewers and put them conveniently together and are also known as bean to cup coffee machines.
Many of these combo units have timers so you can program them to grind and brew just minutes before you are ready to enjoy the coffee. This freshly ground and brewed coffee can be waiting for you and begin the process as you sleep. You will wake up to the aroma and flavours that will help you start your day just right.
There are various sizes and styles of combination coffee machines. Depending on the recipe (Espresso, Latte, etc) or if you plan to make more single-cup drinks than pots, you can right the model for your needs.
Automatic or Super Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machines?
In addition to comparing features, you will want to compare your personal needs to the machine’s abilities. For example, the super-automatic Espresso machines or Cappuccino Machines are designed for the busiest people.
As bean to cup coffee machines, they go from stone cold to a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. There is also a cleanup time to factor in. With super automatic styles, there is no clean up so you can save even more time with these models.
- The basic formula for the perfect, freshest brew then, is to begin with the beans.
- Select a flavour from around the world that appeals to you. (See our online coffee store)
- Next, make sure you retain that flavour by grinding it with a burr style grinder (not usually found at your local grocery store) to ensure the texture is just right for brewing.
- Then brew with pure water and a good filter that won’t change the flavour.
Grind and brew coffee machines with all of these features will do the job. The rest of the features, such as timers, automatic cleaning, etc. will just be foam on your latte!
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