Cappuccino makers have a small difference with coffee makers because they use steam or pressure to force the water through the finely ground coffee. The pressure or steam in the machines can also be used in frothing milk. You will therefore have an added advantage when you have a cappuccino maker even when you have a coffee maker.
The machines come in different types and you might want to get familiar with the types so you are able to make a proper decision because each comes with its pros and cons. The most common machine types are steam cappuccino machines, pump cappuccino machines and pod machines. Whereas it is important to choose the most suitable type for your cappuccino making needs, there are general factors that should be considered when buying the best machine. These are the factors that will determine how valuable and useful your machine turns out to be.
Drink variety – Coffee beverages are in different varieties and when you choose a high end machine you are more likely to enjoy them. In essence, a quality machine will be able to make cappuccino, espresso and regular coffee. In most cases, a machine that can make specialty coffee beverages and regular coffee will come with separate coffee carafes and cappuccino cups. With a machine that can do different varieties, you can make several cups of different beverages in a single brewing to match your preferences.
Speed – How fast can the machine make your drink? The one advantage that comes with cappuccino makers is the speed in brewing drinks. They save you time compared to coffee makers, but the type of machine that you select will also determine the speed or amount of time it takes for your drink to be ready. Machines that are designed to automatically froth milk and add it to the coffee may take an additional small amount of time. It is also important to remember that pod machines reduce tasks that need to be performed, but at the expense of coffee quality that you get in the end.
Water supply – Removable tanks make better choices for cappuccino machines because you can physically and easily refill them without the need to pour the needed water into the hot machine. However, some models come with inbuilt water tanks and even though they are not as convenient, they still make it possible for you to brew coffee, cappuccinos and espressos all in a single brew. When thinking of water supply, choose a machine that can directly hook to your water line so you have an easier time filling the tank to make your favorite coffee beverages.
Self-clean ability – Modern cappuccino machines come with self-clean technology a feature that brings a lot of convenience to users. With such a machine, all you are required to do is pour special cleaning solution into your machines few times a year to de-calcify them. Some makers even have milk frothers that are self-cleaning so you don’t have to worry about maintenance every time you use your machine.