Automatic Coffee Maker Buying Guide

An automatic coffee maker is the next generation in coffee makers. There are different types of automatic coffee makers in the market. However, it is best to start this article by explaining exactly what an automatic coffee maker is.

An automatic coffee maker is one wherein the output is more than just an exceptionally brewed black coffee but one wherein the cream, sugar, added flavors (vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, etc.) are already included in the brew, without the need for the brewer to add them in later on in the cup. This article will discuss some basic tips when buying an automatic coffee maker.


The first and primary consideration will always be the price as opposed to the brand and quality of the automatic coffee maker. Bigger named brands like Cuisinart, Krupps, Keurig, etc. cost a lot more than unknown brands. The Jura Impressa S9 One Touch coffee maker for example, retails for over $2000, of course, that is a really high end machine and Espresso maker as well.

This does not necessarily mean that the coffee maker is more durable, indeed some if not all of these brands are plagued with reliability issues. However, certain brands will always brew better coffee because they make use of better filters, better regulated temperatures, added features, and newer technology.

Use and Size

Simply put, will you need a commercial/industrial l type automatic coffee maker, or a personal one. The former is built to withstand 24/7 use, brews faster, is more durable and has a bigger brewing capacity while the latter is made for intermittent use and has a smaller brewing capacity (one to 8 cups).

Types of Brew

Automatic coffee makers are not only coffee makers but personal baristas. This is because they provide a variety of beverages. Determine what types of coffee you want to make with your automatic brewer and select one that meet your requirements.

Some of the options available to you are:

  • hot or cold operation
  • cream/froth maker option
  • cappuccino
  • café
  • latte
  • espresso

Pod System

The next generation automatic coffee makers use a pod system. One pod is used for the coffee, another is used for the cream and/or flavoring. Now, consider that a pod system will require you to purchase an automatic coffee maker and the “pod” in order to brew coffee.

The average price of a pod is around $.20 to $.50 per single pod serving. This is not that much compared to your average Starbucks coffee cup of $2.50 to $5.00 but you have to consider the cost of the machinery which is $150 to $1,000 plus electricity.