Coffee: the preferred morning beverage for so many people, with a majority of us not being able to get our day started without it. Sure, your local coffee shops and cafés are ubiquitous. However, there is something to be said about having that first sip of coffee at home, preferably still in your pyjamas, without having to stand in line or form coherent sentences with others. When you are brewing your own cuppa, you can use the coffee beans you like and add the flavourings, milk, cream, or sweeteners that would hit the right notes of your palate. And it can be in your favourite coffee drinkware instead of a disposable paper cup and lid.
Did we also mention? Brewing your own coffee at home lets you enjoy long-term cost-savings too.
With a variety of coffee makers available on the market, it is easy to lose track of which type does what. But fret not. We’ll include all the main types of coffee makers De’Longhi Malaysia offers, explaining what they do and pointing out anything you should know before investing in one.
1. Drip Coffee Makers
Drip coffee makers are likely what most people will picture when they think of a typical coffee maker. These types of coffee makers feature a large glass pitcher that slowly fills with coffee as the beans are brewed and filtered. Easy to use, these coffee machines are affordable and also come in various sizes – perfect for just about any home kitchen or office pantry.
To use a drip coffee maker, all you need to do is to add water to the reservoir, fill the filter with ground coffee, and press the brew button. Voilà, the water will then travel through a heating element and into the brew basket, where it will mix with the ground and drip into your coffee mug.
Drip coffee makers are available in both manual and automatic options. Automatic drip coffee machines can be programmed to switch off and on at set times, whereas manual machines require you to press a button for brewing to start. Though different, both types of coffee machines can come with a variety of features. For instance, the De’Longhi Active Line 5-Cup Drip Coffee Machine is equipped with an auto-off function for ease and convenience, an aroma function so that you’ll get to enjoy the best aroma and flavours out of every extraction, a water level indicator for greater brew precision, and a removable coffee filter plus a glass pot to make for easy cleaning.
Drip coffee makers are ideal for those who enjoy a traditional cup of American-style coffee and need a coffee machine that can brew large pots of coffee at a time. So, if you are living with many people in your home, a drip coffee maker is ideal for you.
2. Pour Over Coffee Maker
Despite the similarities in appearance and technique of saturating coffee grounds as drip coffee makers, pour-over coffee machines work differently. With pour-over coffee makers, users get to enjoy much more control over the brewing process – you’ll get to choose the temperature of the water and the rate at which it is applied to the grounds. As such, your coffee will turn out more flavourful than one that is produced by a drip machine. However, the downside of this is that it does take more time and effort.
To use a pour-over coffee maker, you will have to add water to the reservoir and place a coffee filter inside the brew basket. Next, add your ground coffee to the filter before slowly pouring hot water over the grounds. The water will travel through the filter into your carafe or coffee mug below.
You can enjoy pour-over coffee manually or via an automated machine – the automatic pour-over coffee makers feature settings you can customise to an exact degree, from the water temperature to the strength of coffee. However, you are still required to adjust the settings and weigh the exact amount of coffee on your own to achieve the best results.
Hence, if you are looking for a machine that will let you customise your brew first-hand whilst still offering the convenience of a drip coffee maker, De’Longhi’s Clessidra Pour Over Coffee Maker can give you the best of both worlds.
The Clessidra Pour Over Coffee Makers automatically replicates the pour-over coffee method with just a simple push of a button. Complemented by its fitted precision brewing technology certified by the European Coffee Brewing Centre (ECBC), you can rest assured that every cup has gone through the perfect flavour extraction with the highest quality standards. It is made the perfect choice for pour-over coffee lovers who lack the time and energy to brew their coffee from scratch every morning.
3. Pump Espresso Makers
Make Pump espresso machines your go-to if you take your coffee seriously and want bespoke, speciality drinks every morning. Also known as semi-automatic coffee machines or bean to cup coffee makers, pump espresso machines allow you to grind your own beans and brew fresh espresso at home or in the office. These machines can reach a high enough temperature and pressure to produce a robust cup of espresso as well as a range of espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, and americanos.
Though pump espresso machines are a tad more complicated to operate than drip or pour-over makers, they offer a personalised cup of coffee that can be tailored to your specific tastes. To use a pump espresso machine, you’ll need to add water to the reservoir and fill the portafilter with ground coffee before inserting it into the machine.
Next, you have to choose your brew settings, such as the grind size, shot size, and water temperature. Once the settings have been selected, press the brew button and let the machine do the rest. Additionally, pump espresso machines also come with a built-in steam wand that you can use to froth milk for your lattes and cappuccinos.
Premium pump espresso models like the De’Longhi La Specialista Prestigio and La Specialista Arte also offer additional features like coffee cup pre-warming as well as the ability to adjust pre-infusion duration, milk textures, and more. If you do not need these additional functions or features, you can always opt for our easy-to-use bean-to-cup De’Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso Machines. Available in different colours, De’Longhi’s Dedica line is dedicated to providing you with handcrafted specialty coffee whenever you need it.
Espresso machines tend to take longer to brew compared to drip coffee machines, as the process is more intricate. As such, it is more ideal for avid coffee lovers who want to grind their own beans and brew espresso in the comforts of home.
4. Fully Automatic Coffee Makers
Fully automatic coffee makers provide users with an easy and hands-off way to brew coffee at home. Like all the coffee makers mentioned above, to use a fully automatic coffee machine, you have to first add water to the reservoir. Then, fill the bean hopper with coffee beans before choosing your desired brew settings. The machine will then grind the beans, extract coffee, and dispense it into your mug or coffee carafe.
Just like pump espresso machines, fully automatic coffee makers also come with a suite of features so you can customise your brew according to the size of the grind or shot, water temperature, and more. Most fully automatic coffee machines like the De’Longhi Maetosa Fully Automatic Coffee Machine and PrimaDonna Elite Experience also come with a steam arm. It lets you froth milk and indulge in latte art for your coffee. You can even choose from two different bean containers for the ultimate coffee blend experience and have the freedom to create multi-beverages. Plus, these premium fully automatic coffee makers are also compatible with smart mobile apps for unparalleled personalisation alongside storage of preferred settings for different user profiles.
With all these features, it is without a doubt that fully automatic coffee machines are best suited for those who want a premium coffee maker to create a variety of coffee drinks with a simple push of a button. However, the downside of this is that fully automatic coffee machines are not very beginner-friendly and require a certain degree of proficiency as well as skill for you to maximise its features.
5. Moka Pots
Unlike the coffee machines mentioned above, Moka pots are a unique type of coffee maker using the traditional Italian brewing style to give you cups of flavourful and robust coffee. To brew coffee using a Moka pot, you have to first add water to the bottom chamber before filling the filter basket with ground coffee. Next, screw the top chamber onto the pot and place it on your stovetop over low heat. This causes the water in the bottom chamber to boil, and as it does, it will travel up through the coffee grounds and into the top chamber. Once the water has reached the top chamber, you can remove the Moka pot from the stovetop.
Though the traditional Italian way of brewing coffee can come across as a little tedious, De’Longhi’s Alicia Plus Moka Pot simplifies the entire brewing experience by offering a touch of modernity with state-of-the-art features and technology. Designed with an automatic shut-off feature, a keep-warm function, a cool-touch handle, and swivelling base, our Moka Pot ensures your convenience takes precedence over everything else.
We recommend you get a Moka pot for your home since they are ideal for those who enjoy a deliciously robust cup of black coffee.
Get the Perfect Coffee Maker From De’Longhi Malaysia
All the coffee maker types mentioned above serve different purposes. Whether you choose a drip coffee maker to meet your daily caffeine needs or a commercial-grade fully automatic coffee machine for your office And, if you are unsure of which is the right type for you, you can always reach out to our live coffee advisors at De’Longhi Malaysia for a free 1-on-1 consultation session.
Begin your enriching coffee experience with us at De’Longhi Malaysia today!