It’s a Golden Age of coffee, whether at home or away. But how do you get a truly great cup? We’ve shared the best places to get a cup of Joe in New York City. Now, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum turns her attention to how to make great coffee at home. Especially when money is no object. Here’s our list of the best luxury home coffee makers in the world right now. They’re expensive – but they’ll definitely get it right, every time.
how to make great coffee at home
Many of us love a good cup of coffee. But some of us struggle to make a great cup at home. We count ourselves among those people.
If you’re like us, it’s possible that a new home coffee maker will solve your dilemma. We went in search of the best home coffee machines out there. The good news? There are lots of them, and one is going to be perfect for you.
These are all high-tech, extremely precise machines that control temperature, bloom time, brew time and more. That’s how to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. No more rainy-day and midnight runs to the coffee shop!
the best luxury home coffee makers
1. Techniform Moccamaster 59691
This Dutch brand is well known for being one of the best makers of innovative home coffee machines, and the Techniform Moccamaster 59691 ($299) is no exception. Engineered with extreme attention to detail, the brand promises that it perfects every step of the brewing process. Which means you get a perfect cup of coffee.
The machine works to keep water at the ideal boiling temperature, and to saturate the beans for the exact right amount of time needed to bring out the most flavor. And if you aren’t drinking your coffee right away it’s not a problem. The hot plate will maintain the brew at the perfect drinking temperature for over an hour.
2. Breville Precision Brewer Thermal
If you want a machine that allows for maximum customization, while also brewing craft filter coffee to perfection easily each time, the Breville Precision Brewer Thermal ($319.95) is a great bet.
It allows you to control every aspect of your experience, starting with the kind of brew, including iced coffee and cold brew. You can also control flow rate, bloom time, temperature and more. For coffee fanatics who want to play around with all the different elements of brewing process, this machine could be the perfect new playground.
3. OXO Barista Brain 9
First, we just have to say how much we love this name! Barista Brain. Very clever. The OXO Barista Brain 9 ($199.99) is for those who love excellent coffee but don’t want to get involved in the details of getting it made. This machine is designed to imitate the skill and knowledge a barista’s brain. Highly user-friendly, the device only requires you to insert water and ground coffee and press a button.
From there, this home coffee machine knows exactly how to take care of the rest. It controls temperature, brew time and flow so that all are optimized for the coffee you’re making. It also has a sleek “shower head” fixture, which is the best way to assure all beans are equally watered. Using this coffee maker should feel almost as easy as having a coffee shop right inside of your house. Now, if it could only also pour and serve . . .
4. Capresso MT600 Plus
Capresso’s name is meant to signify its heritage in machines for cappuccinos and espressos. But it turns out the brand makes excellent machines for every kind of coffee. The claim to fame for the Capresso MT600 Plus ($109.99) is the way it uses a different kind of heating method. It’s designed to separate the water from any aluminum and reduce taste contamination.
Of course, it also maintains the coffee at a perfect temperature, and filters the water to provide a smoother and cleaner taste. The speed of the machine – a cup in a little over a minute – means that the coffee is never bitter, and is always full of flavor.
5. Rocket Espresso Milano R 60V
From Rocket Espresso Milano, the creator of many great commercial and personal machines, comes an exceptional model that will deliver a delicious cup of espresso. The R 60V ($4,750) has a pressure pump designed to extract the maximum amount of flavor from the beans’ oils.
It is also highly customizable, with a remote control that can connect to your WiFi so you can control and communicate with the machine as it brews. The device can also hook up directly to your water source, so there’s no need to refill. It’s the top of line for home coffee machines.
6. Ratio Eight
The coffee makers from Ratio Eight ($535 and up) are both aesthetically pleasing and functionally commendable. They look a bit different than other home coffee machines, in that they have a wooden housing component.
The machine is built to be as intuitive and intelligent as possible, so that users need make fewer choices. Press a single button, and the machine does all of the thinking for you: heating the water and changing brew cycles automatically. You’ll be drinking an amazing pour-over in no time. And with much less effort.
7. Bonavita 1900 TS
From a company certified by the Specialty Coffee Association, the Bonavita 1900 TS ($159.99) comes with a host of enticing features. In addition to optimal temperature control and a speedy brew time, it also “de-gases” the beans and has a “shower head” spray feature to ensure that beans are evenly watered. The purpose of all that engineering is to create the same kind of coffee as a skilled barista’s pour over.
8. Delonghi BCO 430
“Be your own barista,” says the description for the Delonghi BCO 430 ($269.95). And this impressive espresso and cappuccino machine delivers. It brews drip coffee, and you can also make lattes and cappuccinos. Those with little ones will happy to learn that it also makes hot chocolate. The machine filters its own water, froths milk, and more.
That’s our list of the best luxury home coffee makers. In a future post, we’ll cover the very easiest way for those struggling to learn how to make coffee at home: instant, single-serve coffee packets. In the meantime, though, it’s all about the machines. Which one will be your new go-to?
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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.
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