When it comes to brewing coffee, we coffee lovers are considered a highly diverse bunch. On one end of the spectrum, you have the coffee lover who likes their brewing process to be as simple as possible. These folks are more inclined to toss a coffee pod into a Keurig machine, hit a button and be done with it. On the other end, you have the consummate coffee geek or coffee nerd who views the art of making coffee as a grand chemistry experiment. (Side note, I used to think I was a coffee nerd until I met a real one. )
Most self-professed coffee nerds prefer using manual coffee brewing methods as opposed to operating an actual coffee machine. Manual brewing methods like the French Press or Pour Over allow one to fine-tune virtually every aspect of the process. Coffee nerds know this well and love to experiment with a variety of factors such as brew pressure, water temperature, brew time, and bloom time in order to achieve that perfect cup of coffee. However, brewing caffeinated perfection comes at a price: it takes more time.
So what's the best coffee machine for coffee geeks who value both control and convenience? We recommend the Breville Precision Coffee Brewer. Here's why.
Priced at around $300, the Precision unsurprisingly costs more than the average coffee brewer. But then again, this product isn't average nor does it target the average coffee drinker. The Breville Precision is a high-end coffee machine that stays true to its name. It offers the precision required to make craft filter coffee….automatically. It's for this very reason that we think the Precision is the best coffee machine for coffee geeks.
The Breville Precision, with its sizable 60 oz tank, gives you deep and intricate control over the coffee brewing process. You can set brew lengths, brew temperature, brew pressure / flow, and bloom time. Coffee geeks are intimately familiar with how such factors affect coffee's flavor, balance, body, and aftertaste. After all, it's chemistry.
For example, light roasts tend to be subject to under extraction when the water used isn't hot enough. Conversely, dark roasts are vulnerable to over extraction when the water is too hot. Generally speaking, you'll want the coffee to be any where between 95 degrees (F) to 205 degrees (F). With the Breville Precision, you'll be able to set the water temperature accordingly. Another example of the control you get with this machine can be seen when you're making just a single serving of coffee. Most coffee brewers don't allow you to change brew flow rate. Whether you're filling a carafe or a 10oz mug, the water flows are the same rate. This can result in very unwanted and inconsistent results. The Breville Precision allows you to slow the flow rate down for single cups while increasing it for larger batches.
The Breville Precision also allows you to use different types of filters. This is a huge plus for the coffee nerd in you because it opens to the door for experimenting with different configurations. Choose from standard gold, flat bottom filters, or even a cone filter by using the included adapter.
At the end of the day, there are many solid options out there to choose from when it comes to finding the best coffee machine for coffee geeks. However, few are as versatile, convenient, and well-built as the Breville Precision. Yes, it comes with a higher price tag than a standard drip coffee machine. But when you experience the precise control and time-saving convenience of this machine, you'll find it's well worth the price.