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4 Tips for Selecting a Coffee Machine To Give as a Gift this Holiday Season

We all have at least one special friend who’s totally nuts over coffee. If you’d like to give that person something he or she will definitely love, it’s got to be a coffee machine. Choosing a coffee machine as a gift may be challenging if you don’t know the basics because there’s just so many to choose from. There are simple drip makers, espresso makers, and Nespresso machines. What is the best Nespresso machine out there? What’s the perfect drip coffee maker to give? Don’t worry because I’m here to help you choose the perfect gift for a coffee lover. Here are four tips for selecting a coffee machine that would make a great gift this holiday season:

4 Tips for Selecting a Coffee Machine To Give as a Gift this Holiday Season

Coffee machine basics #1. Know your options

There are many types of coffee machines available. There’s the usual filter coffee makers, pod machines, espresso machines, and many more. Don’t get lost in the sea of choices. By being aware of their functions you can more easily make your choice.

Filter coffee makers are the most common ones in households today. It uses a filter paper you put in a filter basket where your coffee grounds are. Hot water then drips onto it and into your mug or coffee pot. These coffee makers can usually make 4 cups, but there are also bigger ones for a bigger party.

Pod coffee makers are pretty many newbies in the coffee machine industry. But no doubt they’ve earned their place. It works by inserting a single serve coffee capsule which the machine pricks into and drips some water. It’s definitely a great way to get barista quality coffee at the comforts of your own home. The only limitation is that you have to get your coffee pods from the same coffee maker because the cups are uniquely shaped per machine. Another nice thing about these types of machines is that there are pods available with other types of beverages, such as hot chocolate and tea, available, as well. Therefore it has a bit more beverage versatility.

Those are just a couple of options you’ll see when you start looking around. Make sure to check the shelves and consider what your friend would love the most. Which brings me to the next tip.

Coffee machine basics #2. Check for preferences

Nothing beats a personalized gift that actually touches on the recipient’s favorite things. How about a one cup coffee maker in her favorite color? With a bag of beans from his favorite coffee producing region? These little details matter. Check if your friend actually has an existing wish list you can draw ideas from. A bit of research goes a long way!

Coffee machine basics #3. Value for money

We always want to make sure we’re getting value for money in everything we buy. Is the coffee machine you’re eyeing worth it? Is it expensive but is known to be durable and long-lasting? Many factors come into play that adds value to the item you put in your cart. In terms of choice for coffee makers, you’ll never go wrong with the world’s most trusted brands. DeLonghi, Breville, Bunn, and Nespresso, these are arguably top of mind when it comes to coffee machines. You’ll never go wrong with a credible name.

Coffee machine basics #4. Ease of maintenance

Generally, the bigger the machine, the harder it is to maintain. Capsule coffee makers and the regular filter coffee makers are among the easiest to maintain in their line. You only need to dispose of the filter paper, wash the filter basket, and empty the water reservoir. A bit of wiping here and there in case of splatters, and you’re all set. Consider the complexity of the functions you want in your coffee maker. The more functions it has, the more moving parts it employs. Check with the sales crew and learn the different parts you need to clean.

If you make a good selection, your friend or loved one will be delighted with their new kitchen toy — and maybe invite you over to try it out!

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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