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The Most The Most Common Questions about Coffee Makers and Tea Makers
What kinds of coffee and tea machines are available?
Selecting a brewing tool for coffee or tea is very much a matter of personal taste. Coffee makers are available in a wide range of sizes and brewing styles. Some versatile models even come with different filters or accessories. If tea is your favorite beverage, you can find electronic or manual brewers. Different types of coffee and tea makers include:
- Single-serve machines with pods or cups
- French presses
- Percolators and stovetop espresso makers
- Drip machines
- Hot tea brewers
- Ice tea makers
- Capacity and cup size - Some single-serve makers offer settings for regular cups and larger mugs.
- Cleaning - Are the carafe and filter dishwasher-safe?
- Machine footprint - Does the coffee brewer fit in the intended space?
- Accessories - Does it come with different filter options or milk foamers?
- Sneak a cup - Some machines let you pour a cup before the end of the brewing process.
What are the different features of coffee makers?
Single-serve machines come with pod holders or permanent filters for brewing your favorite coffee. European-style percolators and French press carafes require water to be heated separately before pouring it over the coffee. Traditional machines can be used with regular paper filters or permanent mesh filters. Apart from the coffee-making method, major features to look for include:
What features should I look for in a tea machine?
When brewing hot tea in a machine, it's convenient to have different settings for steeping different kinds of tea like black tea, herbal tea, or green tea. A warming button that keeps tea hot without boiling too long is another good feature. Some hot tea brewers are microwave-safe in case you can't wait for the water to boil. Most also feature manual steeping time controls so that you can set the machine to your preferred cuppa. Iced tea machines should have a pitcher that is large enough for your needs. Look out for fridge-friendly pitcher designs or tea dispensers with spouts.
What should I look for in a combination model?
If you are looking for perfect caffeine flexibility, a combination coffee and tea brewer might be the right choice. If both beverages are brewed in the same pot, it should be dishwasher-safe to deep clean before you switch from one to the other. For brewing tea, it's good to have the steep settings offered by single-use machines. Many combination brewers come with permanent mesh or plastic filters for coffee and a steeping basket for tea so that you need neither paper filters nor tea bags to enjoy your favorite drink.