A Home Brewer’s Guide to Buying the Perfect Coffee Maker
Just the aroma of coffee can perk you up. A few sips and you’re off to a great start. If you’re among those who get out of bed faster knowing that there’s good coffee waiting, then you must own a coffee brewing machine. If you don’t, it’s probably high time you get one.
The drip coffee maker is quite a popular choice among coffee makers in the Philippines and it is a fixture in many coffee-drinking households. It has a compartment that holds the coffee grounds, a water reservoir which is heated up by the machine, and a waiting coffee pot that catches the liquid which has flowed through the grounds and the filter.
But not all drip coffee makers are made the same. With all the options out there, buying a coffee maker can be quite overwhelming. So before you click ‘add to cart’ or swipe your credit card for what you might think is the best drip coffee maker in the Philippines, you have to first determine your wants and needs, then set your priorities. Here are some factors to consider prior to going shopping.
A cup of coffee can range from 5 to 8 ounces, how much do you consume? You need to know this to figure out the machine capacity you require. It is advisable to make an inventory of the household members who will be joining you for a caffeine fix. If the number of people varies widely, which is the case for families that entertain and have guests often, then Smeg drip filter coffee machine’s versatile capacity will come in handy. While it can produce a maximum of ten cups, it also has a four-cup setting.
Ease of use
How much effort are you willing to exert to prepare coffee? Are you up for multi-step procedures? Or do you prefer something that you can operate even while half asleep? After all, operating your coffee maker should be easier than standing in line for a cup at the nearby cafe.
The Smeg drip filter coffee machine only has four buttons – power, warmer, half cup, and timer. Pretty easy to work out. The timer allows you to schedule when you would like your coffee brewed. This is particularly helpful in the morning so that your coffee is ready when you wake up. That’s one less thing to worry about! On days when you end up pressing snooze too many times and extending your bedtime, the Smeg drip filter coffee machine can keep your drink warm for up to 40 minutes.
If you are conscious about the amount of waste generated from your home then you will feel better using a coffee maker that does not require paper filter. The Smeg drip filter coffee machine has a stainless steel permanent filter so it is kinder to Mother Earth.
Have you identified the corner where you will be brewing coffee at home? It is important to determine how much space you can spare for your coffee maker. If you don’t have a big area, then you must opt for something compact. Aesthetics is also a consideration. Do you want something that will blend with your motif or something that will stand out? The Smeg drip filter coffee machine measures 9.6 x 10 x 14 inches. With its iconic vintage design of 50s style curves and lines, it is a conversation piece and can add character to any room. The Smeg drip filter coffee machine’s stainless steel and plastic body comes in vibrant red, pink, pastel blue, and pastel green. More subtle colors are also available, such as cream and black.
Mineral buildup prevents the optimal function of a coffee maker. It can affect the water temperature and coffee flavor, or even cause the coffee maker to stop working completely. Therefore, descaling must be done regularly. But will you remember to do it? Caring for your coffee maker shouldn’t be so complicated. The Smeg drip filter coffee machine will alert you when it needs your attention. It will automatically schedule descaling based on the water hardness level that you set. Water hardness refers to the amount of minerals in your water, specifically calcium and magnesium. The harder the water, the higher the tendency to clog the metal tubes of the coffee maker, which means the more frequent you need to do descaling.
Go for a trusted name so you don’t spend too many mornings with a malfunctioning coffee maker. That will ruin your day. Smeg is an Italian brand that has been manufacturing appliances since 1948. It is highly-reputed for bringing together technology and style to deliver dependable products.
But there’s no such thing as a perfect piece of machine. No matter how established the source of your coffee maker is, at some point, there will be wear and tear issues. What solutions are available to you when that happens? Ask around about the brand’s customer support reputation.
Mondo Cucina, Inc (MCI) is the official distributor of Smeg coffee makers in the Philippines, it is also responsible for after-sales service of all Smeg products. MCI is easily accessible through phone, website, and social media. The Smeg concierge addresses customer concerns from 8:00 am to 2:00 am daily. You can count on live human beings - not irritating automated chatbots - to pick up calls and reply to messages.
Other coffee-making equipment
Once you’ve chosen your coffee maker and you’re ready to add another layer to your coffee-making ritual, you might want to get the Smeg milk frother for easy, safe preparation whether you want your beverage hot or cold. The Smeg milk frother can run on any of 6 pre-set programs or can be used with the manual function. It comes with various whisks so you can decide if you’d like some foam on your cup or not. It can heat and froth milk to perfection so you can whip up thick and creamy froth for your cappuccino, latte macchiato, and flat whites. It also provides convenience in the preparation of instant drinks such as hot chocolate and milkshakes. If you’ve been wanting to do latte art, the Smeg milk frother can be an ally, the ergonomic handle allows great control and the Tritan lid ensures no spills so you can just let your creativity flow. The Smeg milk frother is available in red, pink, pastel blue, pastel green, cream, and black. Also in retro style to match the Smeg drip filter coffee machine.
If you’d like to get more involved in what goes into your cup, maybe you can toss in the Smeg coffee grinder into your shopping cart as well. Having a grinder will allow you to grind your coffee just right before brewing. Yes, even for coffee grounds, fresh is better – you will notice the effect on the taste and the aroma. The grind size impacts the flavor, so you have to get that right otherwise you might end up with a cup of something oddly sour or unpleasantly bitter. The Smeg coffee grinder has 30 available grinding sectors and can do fine, medium, and coarse. It also has special functions for espresso, American coffee, and French press. It’s available in red, pastel blue, cream, and black – also retro style.