India is generally regarded as a tea drinking country, while the southern states do have a splendid filter coffee scene, for most Indians coffee always meant the tepid instant coffee of the Bru or Nescafe variety.

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But things are changing as Indians hop on jets to whirl the globe; we have acquired a new found taste for coffee. We don’t want to drink the dull tasteless instant type; we want the experience of a freshly brewed Cuppa.

Now the process of Brewing for ages has been very complicated with all the roasting, grinding and filtering involved, but now we have our new age saviors in great Coffee machines which without any hassles can get you great coffee.

So, let us begin the journey of understanding the art of brewing coffee

Types of Coffee beans

Most of the coffee in the world is either An Arabica or a Robusta or a blend of the two, there are other varieties but generally rare and hence more artisanal. Often chicory is added to the blend for changing the taste and texture of coffee.

Now, the roasting bit,

So, there is the light roast also known as the first crack. This coffee has more acidity and less body.

Medium Roast is still dry but is more caramelized, here the body is fuller with lesser acidity, with a bitter taste profile.

Dark Roast involves roasting beans to the second crack, at this stage the beans begin to have an oily feel and the notes are spicier and thicker.

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There are more exotic roast available but that’s for another day.

Now we come to the holy process of brewing coffee. Brewing it right is as important as picking the right bean and roasting it to your choice.

Let’s enter the intriguing world of coffee brewing techniques

Coffee Brewing techniques

Channi Coffee

Easy for people who don’t want to have brewing equipment, but still want a better coffee experience at home. It generally feels watery which can be compensated by adding more coffee and you would need a course grind for it to work for you.

Moka pot

The Moka pot is an easy way to get a strong brew. They are stove pot brewing equipment. It is a compact and inexpensive contraception to get a concentrated dose of coffee. They only thing to worry about is you can never get a consistent taste and at times it gets too bitter to handle.

Espresso

Espresso is key to your café experience coffee, base to all your favourite coffee drinks at CCD, Barista or Starbucks. These machines give you much desired control over the flavour profile. It may seem daunting at start, but as you learn the art of getting a mean shot out of the machine. You would thank yourself for the effort.

French Press

The classic workhorse of the coffee industry for brewing a consistent heavy bodied black coffee. Easy to use and quite affordable too.

Aeropress

These mean gadgets are all the rage these days. It can be used for making a mean espresso by using the one way and invert it to get a smooth filter coffee.

Pourover

The Pourover is often the go-to method for coffee aficionados. You can control all the four variables of making the great cuppa you always dreamt of, the dose, grind, temperature and the time.

Cold Brew

For those who like a smooth, less acidic coffee cold brew is your saviour. Put some coffee in a Jar with water and let it steep overnight. Strain the liquid and you are ready to go.

Now, if you don’t want all this trouble there is another alternative buy a shiny new coffee machine to relieve you of all the pain and cherish the cuppa.

Here is my list of the best available coffee machines in India

Best Coffee Machines in India

1. Morphy Richards New Europa 800-Watt Espresso and Cappuccino 4-Cup Coffee Maker

This is one efficient appliance that helps you get your caffeine fix anytime. It puts your professional grade espresso or cappuccino within your stride in minutes.

Morphy Richards New Europa 800-Watt Espresso and Cappuccino 4-Cup Coffee Maker

Built & Design

  • Makes cappuccino, latte, and espresso
  • Good for up to 4 cups
  • 2-year warranty
  • Power: 800 watts; operating voltage: 230 volts
Performance: Morphy Richards New Europa 800-Watt Espresso and Cappuccino 4-Cup Coffee Maker is all that you need at your home. This machine is a multi-tasker that get you coffee as you like it. You can use any blend you like. It has a mean motor but lacks proper space for water to get in so you may need a manual pressing.
Pros
  • Anti -slip base so that you don’t have to worry about a kitchen slip.
  • Heat resistant glass carafe so there are no blow ups.
  • Non slip grip. So that you don’t break your carafe.
  • Easy to clean
  • Neon light Indicator
  • 800 W Motor
Cons
  • Water Indicator is missing

2. InstaCuppa French Press Coffee Espresso Tea Maker

If you want best morning coffee, espresso you need this. It is one of the best budget coffee makers available. It could serve six cups of coffee in one go. So, no more refilling and waiting for the coffee you are craving for.

InstaCuppa French Press Coffee Espresso Tea Maker

Built & Design

  • Stainless steel body which gives it a rugged exterior
  • Elegant and stylish design
  • FDA approved
  • 600 ml capacity
Performance: This is by far the most budget friendly machine on offer. Easy to use and hassle free. It is a great apparatus for someone starting anew.
Pros
  • Plunger mechanism is smooth and easy to use.
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Borosilicate glass and steel exoskeleton makes it durable
  • Can make 6 cups in a brew.
  • Elegant design
  • Can also be used to brew tea.
Cons
  • Coffee beans need to be pre ground.
  • You need to keep track of brew time; else you get bitter tasting coffee.

3. Philips Daily Collection HD7434/20 0.92-Litre Coffee Maker

Philips is the go to brands in home appliance space. It is trusted by buyers across generations. The Philips HD7431/20 0.92 Coffee Maker (Black/Metal) is an efficient drip coffee maker with some unique features. The design and styling of the machine is pleasing to the eyes.

Philips Daily Collection HD7434/20 0.92-Litre Coffee Maker

Built & Design

  • AromaSwirl for optimal aroma distribution
  • Drip brewing
  • Capacity of 0.92 Litres
  • Total Brewing time approx. 10 minutes
  • Power by a 700 watt motor and works with 230 volt supply
  • 2-year Warranty
Performance: The Philips HD7431/20 0.92 Coffee Maker (Black/Metal) is perfect for making drip coffee and can make 4 to 5 cups in one go. It makes sure that you get consistent quality brew every single time. The coffee flask is detachable which makes cleaning it effortless.
Pros
  • Lightweight ergonomic design
  • Elegant and stylish
  • Friendly to the Pocket
  •  Easy to use.
  • Dishwasher safe
Cons
  • It gets quite noisy at the end of the brewing process.
  • The Brew may feel watery; add enough coffee for better results.

4. Preethi Cafe Zest Drip Coffee Maker

Preethi Cafe Zest Drip Coffee Maker (CM210) is a great coffee machine to prepare café grade coffee at home. It is packed with a powerful heater that helps expedite the brewing process. It also has a nifty look.

Preethi Cafe Zest CM210 Drip Coffee Maker

Built & Design

  • Water level indicator
  • Anti-drip system
  • Heat sensitive shock proof ABS body.
  • Power: 450 watts; operating voltage: 230 volts
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Designer Handle
Performance: Preethi Cafe Zest Drip Coffee Maker (CM210 is a compact machine with a powerful motor that delivers great tasting coffee. This Desi brand is not only efficient but has invested in your safety as it comes with ABS shock proof plastic body. It is just the appliance for household brewing adventure.
Pros
  • Friendly to your pocket
  •  Available in a wide range of colors
  •  Shockproof ABS body
Cons
  • Average built quality

5. Prestige PCMD 1.0 650-Watt Espresso Coffee Maker

Prestige Drip coffee maker is for the lovers of South Indian filter coffee .It makes great coffee with advance mesh filter , anti-drip mechanism , advanced brewing technology , water level indicator etc. ,you can enjoy the perfect cup of coffee at the comfort of your home , any time , any day .

Prestige PCMD 1.0 650-Watt Espresso Coffee Maker

Built & Design

  • Advanced mesh filter
  • Elegant and stylish design
  • Anti-drip mechanism
  • Water level indicator
  • FDA approved
  • Power: 650 watts; operating voltage: 230 volts
  • 1 Year Warranty
Performance: Prestige is a brand that you can trust and this offering from the house of prestige doesnot disappoint. The company understands India’s love affair with filter coffee and this machine delivers on that front spectacularly.
Pros
  • Nifty design.
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Anti-drip valve prevents dripping when the carafe is removed
  • Steam vent for releasing excess steam.
  • Water level indicator
Cons
  • Temperature control unavailable
  • Makes noise due to lack of water towards the end of the brewing process.

6. Philips HD7431/20 Coffee Maker

Philips is the go to brands in home appliance space. It is trusted by buyers across generations. The Philips HD7431/20 Coffee Maker (Black) is an efficient drip coffee maker with some unique features. The design and styling of the machine is pleasing to the eyes.

Philips HD7431

Built & Design

  • Hassle-free cleaning
  • Drip brewing
  • Capacity of 0.6 Liters
  • Total Brewing time approx. 10 minutes
  • Power by a 700 watt motor and works with 230 volt supply
  • 2-year Warranty
Performance: The Philips HD7431/20 Coffee Maker (Black) is perfect for making drip coffee and can make 3-4 cups in one go. It makes sure that you get consistent quality brew every single time. The coffee flask is detachable which makes cleaning it effortless.
Pros
  • Lightweight ergonomic design
  •  Elegant and stylish
  • Friendly to the Pocket
  • Easy to use.
Cons
  • It gets quite noisy at the end of the brewing process.
  • The Brew may feel watery; add enough coffee for better results.

7. Morphy Richards Fresco 800-Watt 4-Cups Espresso Coffee Maker

Morphy Richards Fresco 800-Watt 4-Cups Espresso Coffee Maker is a delight for Espresso aficionados, Make delicious espressos for you and your family in a snap. And get the feel of a Starbucks espress at home. It will also look brilliant in your lovely kitchen.

Morphy Richards Fresco 800-Watt 4-Cups Espresso Coffee Maker

Built & Design

  • Can make 4 cups with milk frothing
  • Heat resistant with drip tray, so that you worry less about dropping your precious cuppa.
  • The see through glass carafe to relish your brew.
  • Temperature indicator.
  • 2-year warranty.
  • Power: 800 watts; operating voltage: 210-250 volts
Performance: The Morphy Richards Fresco 800-Watt 4-Cups Espresso Coffee Maker is for people who like their CCDs and Starbucks espresso with cream on top. Now you don’t need to wait for ages to quench your thirst for espressos. It is a boon for all coffee addicts. Get your coffee fix anytime you feel like.
Pros
  •  It is elegant and modern in style
  •  Professional grade espresso
  •  Makes 4-6 cups at a time
  •  The milk froth is thick and airy
  •  The drip tray makes the machine-accessible
  •  Friendly to your pocket
Cons
  • You can’t control the temperature
  • Machine not big enough for frothing you need some jugaad. Use a cup instead

How to brew the ultimate drink

What is the best temperature to brew coffee?

The optimal water temperature for drip coffee is 95-98C. water below this temperature doesn’t extract enough caffeine/essential oils from the beans, and above such temperature the acidity increases wildly.

Quality of coffee

The quality of a brew depends on many factors few are noted below:

  • Time elapsed since the bean is ground (fresher the better).
  • Time elapsed since roasting (again you want is as fresh as you can).
  • Clean brewing equipment, so that you don’t get any residue taste.
  • Quality of your coffee bean.
  • Quality of the water used for brewing.

What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta?

Arabica and Robusta are two different species of coffee. Almost all the world’s coffee is of one or the other type. The differences are those of taste and conditions of their individual growing patterns.

Taste: Arabicas have a wider taste range, between varieties. They range in taste from sweet-soft to sharp-tangy. Their unroasted smell is sometimes likened to blueberries. Their roasted smell is perfumey with fruity notes and sugary tones.

Robustas taste range is neutral to harsh and they are often described as tasting grain-like, oatmeally. Their unroasted smell is often described as raw-peanut. Their roasted smell is often likened to burnt rubber.

Production Conditions: Arabicas are delicate; they require cool tropical climates, lots of moisture, rich soil, shade and sun. They are subject to attack from various pests, and are extremely vulnerable to cold and bad handling.

Robustas are hardier plants, capable of growing well at low altitudes, less subject to problems related to pests and rough handling. They yield more pounds of finished goods per acre at a lower cost of production.

You can read the full difference between Arabica and Robusta here.

Just how much ground coffee do I need for x amount of coffee?

  • Whatever seems right to you.
  • It may change slightly from coffee to coffee and according to freshness.
  • My personal taste is 1 tablespoon per cup of coffee

How to select your coffee machine

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1. Bang for the buck

It is important that while buying any home appliance you get the most for what you pay. Also, all available products may not fall under your budget.

You should always decide in advance your requirements and then chose the appliance that is efficient as well as budget friendly. Here you may find two products with the same features but different price points. Choose the one that gives you most utility.

2. Ease of Use

The coffee maker is easy to use does not involve any rocket science. You need to follow certain steps and the rest is done automatically. Some machines come with a timer that lets you know when the coffee is ready using an alarm all you to do is fill the machine up and wait for it to beep

3.The Output

It is very important that you know the amount of coffee you will need in one go.

Single Cup Coffee MakerMulti Cup Coffee Maker

This coffee maker can crank up a single cup at one go and is just perfect for a smaller family where people drink coffee at different times.

This coffee maker can prepare about 3-4 cups of coffee at a time and is for those who like to have their coffee with friends and company.

4. Category

Indians usually prefer milk in their coffee so latte, cappuccino are often the go-to choices, there is also a growing trend of black coffee drinkers, so we see all this rage about the espresso coffee and hence it is important to identify your preference while shopping.

You have a wide range of options there are coffee makers that can do all kinds of coffee and there are some which specialize in one or the other form. Always make sure that you research well into your taste and preferences before making the buy.

5. Safety

If an appliance needs the power to run, it is imminent that it has shock proofing mechanisms. Your safety should be of utmost priority. In case of overload, the circuit breaks and the appliance stops working. This factor should never be neglected as overload could lead to chances of shock.

6. Stress-free maintenance

Coffee maker jars are generally detachable which make them easy to clean and maintain. Always factor the ease of use and cleaning while researching the product. As difficulty while cleaning will prevent you from using your appliance less often.

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1

hi,

I would like to know, which coffee powder to use for the Philips or Morphy Richards coffee maker?

can I use the filter coffee powder for these machines?

2
Jinal Aidasani

hi,

i would like to know , which coffee powder to use for the philips or morphy richards coffee maker ?

can i use the filter coffee powder for these machines?

3
Kshitij Mathur

Try Blue Tokai. Amazing coffee. I’ve been ordering from them for the last 4 months and I’m not going to anyone else.