Types of coffee makers

The truth is that there are many more types of coffee machines than we thought at first glance. But it is also true that consumers are susceptible to advertising and to what we see on display in stores. In this way we stay on the surface and get to know only a small percentage of all the types of coffee machines on the market.

Do you know how many types of coffee machines there are? Well, several dozens. Yes, as you can hear it: not three, not four, not five. Dozens. On this page, you are going to see all the coffee machines that exist in the world.

The coffee machines are classified according to how they extract the coffee. Each coffee maker has a different elaboration method, and therefore a different result. Filter coffee has nothing to do with espresso coffee, or with coffee made with French press, for example.

Contrary to what it may seem, most of them are manual coffee machines (i.e. without an electric appliance). What happens is that in our country, the different types of electric coffee machines are much more accessible. They are a minority, but they sell much more.

Tradition and custom in coffee consumption also play a significant role. In each region or country, the machines that prepare a type of coffee machine more by the tastes of its inhabitants end up being more popular. That’s why on the Internet, the expresso coffee machines triumph, in their different versions, and drip machines (although these are already a little less).

To find out what types of coffee machines exist, let’s take a look at this table (by clicking on each type of coffee maker you will access a complete information page about each one). Then below, we briefly and concisely point out the differentiating features of each segment.

Types of coffee machines, their uses and characteristics

Now that you know how many kinds of coffee machines there are. In this section, we are going to know the different types of coffee machines and how they work, at a basic level, so you can differentiate between them. If you want more information, you already know: go to the gallery below.

Capsule coffee makers

The method of elaboration is express (pressure), so that they are used to prepare espresso coffee. These differ from traditional espresso machines in that they do not use ground coffee, but single-dose capsules of a specific format.

Manual espresso machines

The coffee machines that last a lifetime. They prepare espresso from a dose of ground coffee. The user must start and stop the water flow manually.

Automatic espresso machines

They also make espresso, but they don’t have an arm (or filter holder). The reason is that they allow the user to use coffee beans, as they have an integrated grinder, and thus automate all parts of the extraction process. They are also called bean to cup or super-automatic coffee machines.

Their ease of use also characterizes them: by pressing a button, we can personalize any parameter of the coffee extraction, or elaborate any pre-programmed drink.

Drip coffee machines

They are also called filter coffee makers. They do not serve to make espresso coffee, but they elaborate filter coffee, through a drip of several minutes.

Italian coffee machines

The classic Moka coffee machines. The manuals are heated over the kitchen fire, while the Italian electric coffee makers have a base that can be plugged into the mains. They are used to prepare espresso coffee, but with a different method from that of espresso machines. We can also mention the peculiar and coquettish porcelain coffee pots, which belong to this segment.

Piston coffee makers

They are also called French press. These are also manuals, and all types of kitchen coffee makers are undoubtedly the most economical. Coffee is not brewed by dripping or filtering under pressure, but by pure infusion.

Hydro pressure coffee machines

They’re steam-pressure coffeemakers. The pressure is created by the water vaporizing, so it is much weaker than the pressure generated by an espresso machine with a pump. The result, of course, is a lighter espresso.

Combined coffee machines

As the name implies, they combine several functions or methods in a single device. The most common are the combi machines that allow you to make both filter and espresso coffee. Others have a toaster or a water service to make infusions (which is a complete breakfast centre).

Siphon coffee makers

They are also called vacuum coffee makers. It is not a very popular type of home coffee maker on the Internet, but the result is ideal for purists. Coffee brewed in a siphon brewer, or cona brewer, is very intense, with very defined nuances.

Cold Brew Coffee makers

The cold brew is a method of brewing coffee with cold water, through an infusion process that lasts several hours. Very popular in Anglo-Saxon countries, it is increasingly accepted on the Internet.

Neapolitan coffee machines

They are called caffettiera Napoletana and are similar (but not the same) to the Italian Moka coffee machines. The coffee develops by filtering (not under pressure), but in a slow way. The result is a much denser Neapolitan coffee with more body than the one made with a Moka.

Percolating coffee machines

Percolators are machines designed exclusively for use in the hotel and catering industry, as they allow several litres of coffee to be prepared and kept warm at the same time.

Vietnamese coffee machines

They work in a similar way to plunger coffee machines, brewing coffee by infusion. The difference is that they have a perforated filter, made of stainless steel.

Coffee makers pour over

The famous drip cones, or drippers. A version without electricity, very handmade and economic, of the classic drip coffee machines.

Car coffee machines

We are talking about the different types of coffee machines and their uses, so we must also differentiate between travel coffee machines or car coffee machines. They are small espresso machines, which can work either with ground coffee or with white single-dose coffee. 

They prepare one coffee at a time and are characterized because instead of a conventional plug, they have a 12v or 24v connector to be able to use them in a car or truck, respectively.

NOTE: In case you don’t know it yet, each of these kinds of coffee machines needs a different grinding or grinding thickness. Please refer to our guide of type of coffee for each coffee brewer for more information on this.

Well, and now that you know the main types of coffee machine and their characteristics, which one is your favourite? Do you have any of these at home? Would you like to try some new method that you have known through these pages? Do you miss any that we haven’t mentioned in our review?