Coffee is an essential part of most people’s day-to-day routine to start the day and to keep going throughout the day. Even people who are on a holiday or vacation are not an exemption. They either want home-brewed coffee or instant coffee. It is a lot more pleasant for the guests to see a proper coffee maker that they can use rather than receive instant coffee sachets. If you are a host, you must know what the different types of coffee makers are before buying one.
A coffee maker is technically any apparatus or machine that allows brewing or concoction of coffee. There are the traditional coffee makers that you can use on a stove top manually and there are modern ones that basically only need to be plugged into the wall for electricity in order to work.
This post will discuss the different types of coffee makers, and hopefully, by the end of it, you can decide which should you purchase for your vacation rental home.
An espresso machine brews coffee by pushing hot water under a significant amount of pressure to pass through ground coffee beans. This produces pure thick espresso that Italians love straight to the cup. Milk and sweetener are then added optionally.
This type of coffee machine is usually found in cafes. However, smaller versions have been manufactured for those who want to brew coffee in their own homes. They tend to be really pricey due to the complex construction of the machine. But they do provide a premium experience to guests, especially to coffee connoisseurs.
Pod Coffee Machine
A pod coffee machine is a small unit that is designed to produce coffee by piercing pods containing a mixture and then adding hot water to it. This usually yields only one cup of coffee. Hence, one pod per person, and only one cup at a time.
The biggest advantage of this is that you can control the number of pods you will provide for each guest. There are various pod coffee flavors to choose from and it is always exciting to find out what each one tastes like.
Drip Coffee Maker
A drip coffee maker works by passing cold water through tubes in the machine and once it’s heated, it drips on the ground coffee. The liquid then passes through a filter and then onto a carafe or a pot that forms a part of the setup as well.
This type of coffee maker produces several cups of coffee, which makes it ideal for accommodations that host four or more guests. It is very easy to use.
A moka pot has a similar principle as with an espresso machine. It also uses pressure to extract the coffee from the beans, but not as hard. It comes in two parts. The bottom part is filled with water and the special funnel with the ground beans is used to cover it. The top part is then screwed on it. The whole setup is placed on a stovetop to boil. The hot water will rise up, pass through the beans, and the extracted coffee is captured in the upper part of the moka pot.
Moka pots come in different sizes, the smallest one is two cups. Take note that the cups stated on the packaging label refer to espresso shot cups, meaning they are a lot smaller servings of coffee. It is safe to say that a 6-cup moka pot is good for two people already.
They can come in different colors too, so you can choose one that suits the design of the kitchen. It is very nice coffee maker that is easy to use, however, it can get really stained as time goes by.
Among all the coffee makers in this list, the French press is the easiest to use. Ground coffee beans only need to be placed inside the pitcher, pour hot water, place the cover but don’t push the plunger just yet. Wait for a few minutes and let the coffee brew. Then carefully push down the plunger to separate the ground coffee beans from the liquid coffee extraction. And you can pour yourself a cup.
French presses are very affordable, which makes them a good choice if you want to stay away from offering instant coffee. They come in different designs and quality. Choose one with a durable construction as the cheap ones easily break. You don’t want to have to make a trip to a coffee store just to replace a broken French press in your rental accommodation.
There you have it, the different types of coffee makers. There are a lot of options and depending on the kind of accommodation you offer, you must choose the most appropriate one. That is, if your accommodation is upscale, perhaps a proper espresso machine or pod coffee machine would be nice. For a budget accommodation, a French press is already nice enough. If you feel that a coffee maker is unnecessary and does not really suit the kind of guest experience you are trying to offer, there is no harm in providing instant coffee sachets, but just make sure that they are of great quality.
So, which one are you buying for your guests out of all these different types of coffee makers? Let me know in the comments section below.