10 Different Types of Coffee Machines: A Buying Guide

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Are you the go-getter who’s first in the door at ten to nine, switching on the lights and fumbling for the coffee beans before your eyes are fully open? The slow burner, who cradles a large latte in the late morning like it’s company whilst you go through your emails?

The afternoon slumper who’s come back from lunch in desperate need of a pickup? Or are you the toe-tapper under the desk, downing macchiatos at regular forty-five-minute intervals? 

Whatever your coffee preference, there are 101 different ways to satisfy your habits. As one of the world’s oldest beverages, human beings have found countless methods to get the very most out of their coffee beans. Cut to today, and there are many different types of coffee machines out there for those jumping for some java.

So what’s the best type of coffee machine for your modern workplace? We’ll be answering that question today by outlining 10 different types of coffee machines to help you in your coffee machine purchasing process.

What are the Different Types of Coffee Machines?

Generally speaking, there are two different types of coffee machines: automatic and manual. Automatic machines are able to produce cups of coffee basically autonomously, like at the touch of a button. Contrastingly, manual coffee makers require a little more effort. The upside, however, is that they will allow you to make your coffee exactly how you like it.

Read on below for an extensive list of 10 different types of coffee machines. 

  1. Espresso Machine
  2. Filter Coffee Machine
  3. Capsule Coffee Machine
  4. Coffee Vending Machine
  5. Drip Filter Coffee Machine
  6. Pour Over
  7. French Press
  8. Cold Brew
  9. AeroPress
  10. Moka Pot

Starting with some of the most popular automatic coffee machines and then moving on to their most popular manual counterparts. We’ll delve deep into the brewing methods used by these different types of coffee machines, alongside providing some useful info to help you decide which machine might be best for your workspace.

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1. Espresso Machine

If you and your team are the kind who will still make a daily pilgrimage to the cafe around the corner even when there’s a coffee machine mere metres from your desk, because ‘it just tastes better’, this is the pick for you. Espresso machines are the same ones used in most cafes, so you’ll find they also make barista-grade coffee – if you have a high-quality espresso and knowledge of how to use a milk-frother to match. 

It’s a coffee machine guaranteed to deliver every single time, not only in quality but also in gratitude from your colleagues for the money saved on all those expensive coffee runs.

2. Filter Coffee Machine

For workplaces that involve routines or events with large groups arriving at once, a bulk brewing machine ensures everyone gets a hot, quality cup pronto. These high-capacity filter coffee machines operate via a pump and can be set up prior to meetings or corporate events for self-service dispensing. Ideal for conferences and meetings, with set start and break times, a filter coffee machine can meet high volume demands and provide everyone with their morning fix in a matter of seconds.

3. Capsule Coffee Machine

Capsule coffee machines offer a more personalised and aesthetic coffee drinking experience. With a wide range of coffee pods offering variety in aroma, flavour and intensity, employees can pick whichever they’re feeling at the moment, then select their desired strength and ratio of water to milk and leave the rest to the machine. Often with a more sleek design than traditional bulky models, a capsule coffee machine could be the perfect addition to a modern, minimalist working space.

4. Coffee Vending Machine

Coffee beans go in at the top, coffee comes out at the bottom (or hot chocolate if you’re that way inclined). This type of coffee machine does all the work for you – all that’s required is to select one of the customisable options and wait for the machine to do its magic. 

Coffee vending machines use powdered milk to fit their low-maintenance model (like the Bianchi Maestro Bean To Cup). They are typically also more portable than other larger automatic machines, making them ideal for a workplace that occasionally changes base. The minimal and compact design of modern coffee vending machines (like the Bianchi Maestro Rapido) makes them a suitable coffee machine type for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Furthermore, our range of coffee vending machines is also available with fresh milk with coffee machine models (such as the DelattI F12, Apollo 11, and Mytho Excel).

5. Drip Filter Coffee Machine

Drip coffee makers work by heating water that drips onto the coffee grounds below. It’s like a heavy duty version of a French press (but scroll down if you need the intel on that model as well). Drip filters can produce a batch large enough to fill multiple mugs in one go in no more than a few minutes, and as such are more suited to smaller workplaces that are more likely to have coffee breaks at the same time.

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6. Pour Over

A pour over looks like a science experiment for coffee, with consistently fantastic results. Hot water is poured through coffee grounds in a filter directly into a mug or glass. A ‘brewing dripper’ can be bought to hold the filter in place, ensuring the water is poured over the coffee grounds evenly.

For the specialty lovers amongst us, single-origin coffees taste great through a pour over, as the filter catches anything that isn’t pure coffee in the grounds. This ensures perfectly clean water is used for brewing every single time, allowing all the flavour through uninterrupted.

7. French Press

This is the one you’ve seen in romantic films from the 1950s and is represented as a  decidedly more chic, European style of drinking coffee. A French press, also called a cafetiere or coffee plunger, is a metal or glass vessel, where coffee grounds are scooped in and hot water is poured over the top.

After a few minutes of brewing, an internal filter is pushed down separating the grinds to create a rich, bold flavour. This particular manual coffee machine can be a bit fiddly to use at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be the most aesthetic coffee drinker in the office.

8. Cold Brew

Ah, the trendy one. Cold brew has been making more appearances in independent cafes over recent years – especially in summer months when you’re after a coffee that’s refreshing, but not overly diluted from a handful of quickly melting ice cubes chucked in. And considering that cold brews are increasingly in demand, why not bring the edge into your workplace? 

Cold brew is coffee steeped in cold or room temperature water for between 8 and 24 hours, often topped up with ice or milk before serving. You can make it in a cold brew device, but a large French press works just as well too.

9. AeroPress

The AeroPress is coffee’s most modern invention; the lovechild of an espresso maker, French press and drip coffee maker. Invented in 2005 to make the taste of coffee less harsh, the AeroPress is a cylindrical device with an internal plunger that forces water through coffee grounds to extract flavour.

10. Moka Pot

Of all the different types of coffee machines available today, the moka pot is arguably the most intricate process requiring the most effort and precision, making it perfect for a morning or afternoon indulgence – provided you have access to a kitchen.

Moka pots are small metal devices that require a stove top to heat the coffee. Vapour pressure pushes heated water up to a higher chamber of ground coffee, which will pour out the top after a few minutes, like a small espresso alternative.

The moka pot might not be the most practical type of coffee machine for a large-scale venue, but if you want your workspace to feel cosy and inviting for one-on-one meetings with external clients, it’s a great little investment.

Our Buying Guide On The Different Types of Coffee Machines

Who knew buying a coffee machine could be such a palaver? With so much variety in the marketplace, it can be hard to know which is the appropriate choice. Hopefully, after reading up on the 10 different types of coffee machines explored above, you’ll now feel a little more equipped in your search for the perfect machine. Figure out whether an automated or manual coffee machine is better suited to your space as a first port of call, and go from there.

Keep in mind the required brewing volume, time constraints, and aesthetic considerations. This can help ensure that the coffee machine you secure for your office is perfectly suited to you and your fellow employees.

Want to know more about any of the different types of coffee machines we have on offer here at Corporate Coffee Solutions? Explore our full range of coffee machines available for rent or outright purchase today. If you have any questions about the coffee machines across our selection, simply contact our friendly team for more information or general support.

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