Whether you're brand new to coffee or have been living off of its sweet, sweet buzz since high school, you've probably had a cup of mud at some point or another. Avoid that nasty swill or the long lines at your local coffee shop with one of these excellent coffee makers that'll have you looking forward to your morning cup o' joe every day.
Best Nespresso machine
Using Nespresso's recyclable capsules, the Vertuo machine lets you have many different coffee styles depending on your preference. It brews regular coffee, espresso, and frothed milk-topped concoctions, thanks to the built-in frother brews 7.7-ounce cups of coffee or 1.35-ounce cups of espresso. The 54-ounce water tank means you can fill up less frequently.
Bonavita DIGITAL Design 8 Cup (BV1900TD)
If you're really into coffee, but would also rather have the convenience of drip coffee instead of the science experiments involved in some brewing methods, then this is the coffee maker for you. It makes up to eight cups at a time at an excellent temperature, all in about six minutes. It has a "showerhead" design, which allows for even saturation of your grounds, and all it takes is one touch.
Bosch Tassimo My Way (TAS6002GB)
If you'd like a coffee machine that allows you to set the intensity, size, and strength as you want it, then Bosch's Tassimo My Way is for you. This coffee machine is simple and easy to use one-button operation, with a neat touch sensor interface. The best part about this machine is its ability to store up to four profiles, making it easier to produce everyone's favourite drinks.
Best barista experience
De'Longhi Espresso Machine (ECP33.21)
Love espresso? Well, you'll love this coffee machine, as it will create all your favourite drinks, including single and double espresso, macchiato, Americano, latte, and more. You get a real barista experience at your home, thanks to an advanced milk frother for maximum results.
If you'd rather take the manual route but still want a quick coffee, then the Chemex pour-over carafe is perfect. It comes in 3- to 10-cup iterations, all for an affordable price. All you need to do is pop in the filter, your grounds, pour, and brew, as this is the best way to save leftover coffee for refrigerating or reheating.
Best press method
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
The AeroPress method is a bit involved, but if you're a connoisseur, then it's more than worth your time. The micro-filters prevent any of the grounds from finding their way into your cup, and the "total immersion" brewing method helps prevent the bitterness you can get with other methods. Cleanup is also a lot more simple than a French press.
Best French press
Espro P3 glass French press
A French press is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to brew excellent coffee, and the Espro P3 takes it even further with a double-filter design, which has rubber seals, so you get all of the delicious coffee with none of the nasty, bitter sludge. This press has thick glass to help insulate, and its plastic holder locks in place.
Best vacuum brewer
Hario Next Siphon coffee maker
This veritable chemistry experiment comes to us from Japan, where vacuum brewing is the coffee house standard. Hario's maker is made of thick glass that doesn't feel cheap, has a soot-free alcohol burner, and it's very easy to clean. If you fancy a science experiment in the morning, this is the way to go (it also makes dynamite, clean-tasting coffee).
How you like your coffee can be a very personal thing for most people, but for my money, the Nespresso Vertuo is the best on this list because of its brand power. Nespresso is known for making high-quality coffee machines that produce a high-quality cup of joe. If you prefer the manual method, then it doesn't get better than AeroPress.