5 Best Coffee Maker Machines under 10000 in India for Coffee lovers

This Moka pot from 3d Creations offers a quick fix for your daily Caffeine needs. It can brew upto 3 cups of Coffee or 6 small cups, within 3 minutes.

If you’re a beginner to brewing Coffee, a Moka pot is a good Coffee maker to start your brewing journey. It is cheap, easy to use and clean, and makes a good cup of Espresso-like Coffee.

All you have to do is add water in its lowest chamber, ground Coffee in the funnel (or middle compartment) and place it on the stove. The low flame will heat up the water to an almost boiling temperature turning it into steam.

The steam travels upwards via the nozzle and through the bed of Coffee powder. It then condenses as a dark brown liquid in the uppermost chamber.

The mere simplicity of this percolator or Moka pot is enough to give it a try if your main requirement is a daily cup of strong Coffee. The procedure requires supervision and trial & error on your part to get the desired thickness or flavour.

However, you must choose the Coffee blend wisely as this will affect how your Coffee turns out. Finely ground Coffee with medium to dark roast is best suited for Moka pots like this.

This Moka pot is a good option to start brewing Espresso-like Coffee right at home! You can also add warm milk or sweet syrup to the infusion for a variety in flavour.

Most Coffee machines allow a very short time for the water to stay in contact with the grounded Coffee. A French press does the opposite.

This InstaCuppa French press uses ‘steeping’ or ‘dipping’ method to bring out the different flavours of the Coffee. You can brew upto 6 cups of Coffee at a time.

All you have to do is add coarsely ground Coffee powder followed by hot water.

Let it sit for about 4 minutes as you get ready for office then plunge and pour.

The hot water stays in contact with the Coffee grind for a longer time, thus effectively drawing out its various flavours.

Since, the French press way of Coffee brewing doesn’t involve high temperature or pressure, the natural oils in Coffee are left intact. Hence what you get is a Coffee that’s rich in body, aroma and flavour.

You can even let the French press tag along with you to the Office if you have access to hot water there. This way you can enjoy your Caffeine jolt anytime during the day.

For best Coffee results, use a coarse or medium ground Coffee blend. This will minimise the flakes sneaking into your cup.

If you want to experience more than just the ‘Caffeine kick’, a French press is a good option to draw out the Coffee’s flavour.

Philips Drip Coffee Maker

This elegant looking Drip Coffee Maker from Philips is a perfect brewing partner for your home or home office.

A percolator or French press might leave you tinkering with the proportions and hoping the Coffee turns out alright. But Drip Machines take the charge to brew a strong cup of Black Coffee.

 The upper lid opens to reveal 2 compartments— one for the Coffee powder and one for water.

The Drip Coffee maker can brew 2 to 7 cups of Coffee within 10 minutes.

The process starts with the press of the press of a button, as you go about your daily chores. The washable filter ensures the Coffee particles don’t slip into the brew while the water filters through the blend.

With the drip-stop function you can even pause the drip and pour a cup then continue the brewing again. The Drip Coffee maker lets you enjoy a larger quantity of Coffee throughout the day without having to wash and refill the machine again and again.

Philips also offers a warranty of 2 years on this product so you can rest assured in case of any unexpected breakdown.

Overall, this is a good Coffee maker if there is more than one Coffee lover in your family. The budget price, simplicity of use and no supervision required, further adds to the charm of the Drip machine.

If you want to brew a good Espresso and use it as base for other Coffee preparations then consider buying an Espresso machine for your home.

An Espresso machine gives you more control over the brewing process which ultimately lets you personalize your recipe or method. Another reason to go for this Morphy Richards Expresso maker is because it comes with a ‘frother’.

You can thus produce that lovely foam that is the characteristic of Cappuccinos and lattes in mere minutes!

However, operating this Coffee maker takes some getting used to. So, do read all the instructions carefully. Once you get the hang of it, brewing Coffee will be as easy as drinking it!

Depending on how much of a ‘kick’ you need, you can adjust the Coffee’s strength accordingly with the ‘Coffee strength selector’.

The Coffee maker comes with a drip tray that catches any leaks. It also comes with a glass carafe i.e. a glass container capable of holding 4 cups of Coffee without overheating.

The product is also covered by a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer, in case of any issues.

All-in-all this is the best Coffee maker machine under 5000 in India!

If all the Coffee brewing techniques feel like a hassle, why not go back to good old instant Coffee? Nescafe puts a ‘smart’ twist to it.

Nescafe offers a smart Coffee maker that gets a hot and tasty blend ready in 1-2 minutes! The Coffee maker is essentially a travel mug you can connect to via your Smartphone’s Bluetooth. You can then select the type of brew from the ‘Nescafe E Connected Mug’ App and start the brewing. 

The same mug can be used to carry the hot Coffee around as you take a sip or two in transit.

The mug is designed to be spill-proof and insulated for this very purpose!

The only other accessory is a small docking station that can be plugged into a nearby socket when you want to warm up the Coffee or make a new blend.

All you have to do is add the Coffee mix and water or milk and select the recipe from the App. You can even make cold brews with cold milk or water for an occasional change of beverage.

Overall this is a good Coffee maker to go for if you want tasty, portable Coffee in no time!

About Coffee, Coffee making and Coffee maker machines

Bean to Cup— The journey of Coffee

Man’s first encounter with Coffee begins with a legend.

Once upon a time, Kaldi, a goatherd living in Ethiopia, was going on about his usual day. His goats were grazing on a hill, while he kept an eye on them.

Suddenly, he noticed one of the goats behaving abnormally. It had strayed away from the herd and was munching on some unfamiliar plant.

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The goat seemed to be dancing excitedly making Kaldi curious. He plucked a few berries and tasted them.

He found the berries were almost sweet but with little chewy part. Most of the space inside was taken up by a hard seed that Kaldi immediately spit out. What he didn’t know at that time was this seed would go on to become the world’s favourite beverage!

As Coffee’s popularity grew in the ancient world, the beans were propagated to various regions by travellers and invaders, owing to its ‘exotic’ and ‘miraculous’ properties.

And soon Coffee plants were no longer exclusive to Africa, but started growing in Middle East, Italy, India and slowly the rest of the world.

Today, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia are some of the largest Coffee producers.

 

Did you know Coffee was smuggled into India?

Baba Budan was a Sufi Saint living in 16th century Mysore (present day Karnataka). While coming back from Haj he did something unthinkable for anyone at that time.

He smuggled out 7 raw beans of Coffee from Yemen at the risk of his life. If caught, his punishment could have been worse than death. Why?

Because, Coffee was a closely guarded commodity by the Yemeni elites. They exported it in large quantities, but only after roasting the beans (so that no Coffee plant would grow out of them).

This ensured their customers would keep coming back and pay exorbitant prices for these magical beans.

Baba Budan managed to successfully sneak these precious beans in to India. This was how, the legend says, the first Coffee plant took root in India.

The Coffee Plant

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The Coffee plant is a shrub that produces berries which look like red cherries when ripe. Out of the many species of Coffee plants only two types are produced commercially— Coffea Arabica and Coffea robusta.

The main difference between the two is that Coffea arabica is rare and hence more expensive compared to Coffea robusta. Other subtle differences also exist in terms of taste, texture and strength of Coffee produced by each.

Processing

When sufficiently ripe, Coffee berries are picked by hand or machines. The flesh is removed, the seeds are washed, and then dried. The beans are then sorted and taken for the next step which is roasting.

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Roasting of the Coffee beans is a very important step as it directly affects the taste (due to changing of its physical and chemical characteristics). Roasting also turns the fruity looking beans into their dark brown versions that we know.

The roasting begins at around 2000C and the beans start changing their colour. At the end of the roasting process the beans are graded and separated, depending on their colour.

You might have noticed some Coffee cans come labelled with ‘dark roast’, ‘medium roast’ or ‘light roast’ in their specifications. Now you know what that means. However, to know the significance of these roasts, keep reading below.

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Freshly ground Coffee tastes the best compared to pre-powdered one. This is why even a simple black Coffee tastes so good in Café’s, because they serve Coffee from freshly ground beans.

The common home-made Coffee we know is instant Coffee. This are basically Coffee granules that can be mixed with either hot water or milk. For Coffee with more character (like taste, aroma and texture), its best to go for a Coffee maker.

Coffee makers for home require either powdered Coffee or Coffee beans to brew that perfect cup. However, Coffee machines with grinder are quite expensive so it’s best to go for Coffee makers that use grounded Coffee powder.

The bottomline: Coffee cherries are plucked, washed, dried, roasted and graded. They are then sold commercially, either as coffee beans, granules or powder.

Most budget Coffee makers for home need grounded Coffee to brew your daily Caffeine shot. But there’s more to a good cup of Coffee than the form of Coffee used.

Caffeine content

For most Coffee lovers, morning only arrives after gulping their first cup of the day. Coffee doesn’t just give a ‘fresh’ feeling but also kicks the brain to start working, and powers-up the body to get moving quickly.

This is all thanks to its chemical content called ‘Caffeine’. Caffeine is found in many products like tea, Coffee, energy drinks (e.g. Redbull), Chocolate and so on. But Tea or Coffee is a more direct way of consuming Caffeine.

Caffeine stimulates the brain, and energizes the body thus giving you a head start on the day. Its effects can also be used to combat tiredness and sleep, especially when you have to pull an all-nighter. Check out this article to know more about how Caffeine works.

You might remember your first Coffee experience as wanting to stay up for studying or to wake-up your brain before leaving for exams. And in no time, Coffee became an integral part of the morning routine.

Since the ‘kick’ is an important part of a good cup of Coffee, you should be aware of how much you’re consuming daily. How much Caffeine you consume depends on 2 factors— Coffee brew and type of Coffee mix.

Depending on what brew you prefer (whether it’s an Espresso, Cappuccino etc.), the Caffeine content varies from 50mg to 400mg a cup. (The recommended daily dose is 400mg per day).

To make calculation simpler, if you drink 1 cup of black Coffee (with or without milk) everyday, your intake is 100mg (rounded off) for that day.

Another factor that affects Caffeine content are the type of Coffee beans (whether Coffea arabica or robusta). These affect the Coffee’s strength.

Most of the commercially available grounded Coffee is a blend of both Coffea arabica and Coffea robusta along with a third ingredient— Chicory.

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This point is important to note because many of the blends we buy from market predominantly use robusta with Chicory. These give a stronger Caffeine kick compared to pure arabica Coffee, but taste very different from Café-like Coffees (which use arabica + robusta). 

If you’re a beginner, the after-effects will be enough to confuse any cup of Coffee as ‘good’. An instant Coffee mix like Bru or Nescafe is enough to jolt your brain.

But, as you experiment different types of Coffee and increase the frequency, you’ll start noticing the other factors that make a good cup of Coffee.

Roasting and its impact on Coffee

As you increasingly experience Coffee, you’ll notice subtle differences like the Coffee tastes grainy, spicy or almost bitter at times. This distinct ‘flavour’ depends on the roasting temperature i.e. the Coffee’s roast profile.

The Coffee’s roast profile directly affects the Caffeine content and the flavour of your final Coffee.

Coffee beans are roasted starting from 2000C and can go up to 2400C. After every few degrees change in temperature the Coffee beans change colour. Their Caffeine content, taste, and aroma also changes with their colour.

The Coffee beans are then separated and labelled as ‘Light roast’, ‘Medium roast’, ‘Medium-dark’ and ‘Dark roast’ depending on their roasting temperature.

Sometimes, the roast profile is also provided on the Coffee blend’s label.

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Here’s a tabular look at what the different roasts mean for you and your Coffee:

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Spicy tinge or grainy taste might not suit everyone’s taste palette.

*Most consumers thus prefer medium roasted Coffee blends as they have high Caffeine content and a balanced taste.

Popular Coffee brews in India

India has quite a young Coffee culture which has become a trend only in recent years. And when Coffee becomes a part of routine you might want to explore more than just instant Coffee without burning money on expensive Coffee machines.

But before you settle on a Coffee machine, you should first identify what you expect from it. Coffee makers for home use cannot brew Café-like Coffee. They are more suited to brew Espresso or Espresso-like black Coffee.

Let’s have a look at the popular Coffee brews in India:

Instant Coffee

Instant Coffee requires the lowest preparation time and least number of steps to get ready. It is basically a pre-brewed Coffee powder that is freeze dried or spray dried. Adding hot water or milk quickly dissolves the Coffee and its ready to be consumed!

It is also called as ‘soluble’ Coffee to differentiate it from the other Coffee blends available in the market. Nescafe, Tata Coffee, BRU etc. are the leading brands in instant Coffee segment and are used to make the typical ‘homemade’ Coffee.

  • Espresso

When almost boiling water is forced through a bed of finely ground Coffee under pressure you get a dense, aromatic and slightly creamy Coffee called Espresso.

The Coffee’s unique taste and limited quantity differentiate it from other Coffee preparations. This is one type of Coffee that you either hate or love. There’s no in-between.

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Espresso is also the base for several other milk-based Coffees like latte, macchiato, mocca, cappuccino and flat white.

For example, add hot water and it becomes an Americano. Add steamed milk and you get a Café latte. Add some chocolate syrup and milk and there! It’s a Café mocha!

How well these Espresso based Coffees turn out, depends on the quality of Espresso itself. Although Coffee machines for home use aren’t as good as Café ones in brewing the perfect Espresso, they get close enough.

You can then try out a range of Coffee recipes with an Espresso maker at home!

  • Espresso-like Coffees (or as I prefer to call them simply ‘Black Coffee’)

Drip Coffee and French press are Espresso-like Coffees known for their unique brewing technique. In fact, the concentrate or infusion obtained from Drip Coffee is often used as a base for Filter Coffee (or Kaapi), India’s favourite Coffee version.

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Drip Coffee is most similar to an Espresso. Though it has more water content and lacks the creamy layer, you can enjoy more quantity at a time unlike an Espresso shot.

Drip Coffee lets you lengthen your Coffee break without overdosing on the Caffeine.

French press Coffee is more suited for Coffee connoisseurs who enjoy everything about Coffee, including its preparation.

So, if your Coffee machine requirement is saving prep time, go for an espresso machine, or Drip machine. These machines require least supervision and do a good job of brewing Coffee on their own.

Coffee Brewing techniques

Have you ever wondered why sometimes Coffee makes you go ‘Ahh!’ and at times ‘Blah’?

Good Coffee is easy to describe— it should be aromatic, flavourful and strong (or medium depending on your preference).

But there can be many reasons for a bad Coffee. The taste is too bitter, the Coffee is bland, it’s just not strong enough or there’s grainy residue. And most times the issue lies in the brewing technique, especially in the ratio of Coffee to water.

The brewing techniques vary with the type of Coffee maker. Let’s have a look at each:

Moka pot or Percolator

Moka pots uses steam that passes through a bed of grounded Coffee to brew an Espresso-like Coffee. These are easy to use and maintain with no cleaning hassle.

Moka pots are perfect for beginners and Coffee lovers that want to ensure a daily dose for a minimum price.

Espresso machines

Commercial grade espresso machines are exorbitantly priced and impractical for home use. However, there’s a range of home-use Espresso makers that do a good enough job.

These machines force hot water through the Coffee blend under pressure for a short amount of time. This results in a dark-brown, dense liquid we know as espresso.

These machines take some getting used to before you start brewing Coffee for your daily fix. The espresso obtained can be used as base for other Coffee recipes.

Drip or Filter Coffee

In this, a filter holds the ground Coffee and water passes over it. The water slowly drips through the Coffee bed into the Coffee pot or carafe below.

After the required amount is collected, the same carafe can be used for pouring the Coffee into a cup. The Coffee brewed is comparatively more liquid than other brews produced via different brewing techniques.

French Press

Here, Coffee is steeped in hot water or milk for some time. This allows the aroma, flavour, oils and caffeine to mix into the brew.

The Coffee pot or carafe is cylindrical in this case and comes with a series of filters. After the Coffee is steeped for some time the plunger is pressed. This holds back the Coffee residue while the brew can be poured into a cup.

As you can control the temperature of water and how long it stays in contact with the Coffee, French press gives a good control over the brewing process. With gradual trial and error, French press brings out the best in terms of the Coffee’s flavour profile.

Check this page for detailed Coffee brewing techniques.

The Coffee Grind for a perfect cup

The Coffee brewing techniques all involve the use of ground Coffee, water and the time the water stays in contact with the Coffee particles.

The round surface of the Coffee particles is termed as their ‘surface area’. The smaller the particles the greater is the surface area available for water to come in contact with.

(Imagine surface area of a single large ball to many smaller balls made out of grinding that ball. The added surface area of the mini balls will be higher than the surface area of the single large ball).

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With higher surface area (i.e. fine grind), water can extract more Caffeine from the Coffee in less amount of time. Alternatively, for coarse grinds, water will need more time to extract Caffeine effectively.

But what if you don’t follow these instructions?

If water stays in contact with finely ground particles for longer time than required, the Coffee will taste too bitter. And if water isn’t allowed enough time to extract Caffeine from a coarser grind, the Coffee will have poor strength.

Hence the recommended grind size for different types of Coffee machines commonly used in India are as follows:

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Many times, the details of the grind are not given explicitly on the Coffee blend’s label. In such cases you can confirm the application of that Coffee mix by reading what it is meant for— espresso, French press or some other brewing method.

To know more about the various Coffee grinds and their applications jump over to kitchensanity

FAQs

Q.1 Which Coffee maker machine is the most user-friendly?

Moka pots and Drip Coffee makers are most easy to operate followed by French press and Espresso machines.

Q.2 Which Coffee maker machine brews Coffee quickly?

Moka pots or percolators brew Coffee within 2 to 3 minutes while French press takes about 5 minutes. Drip Coffee makers consume 10 minutes while Espresso machines need 3 to 4 minutes to brew the Coffee.

Q.3 How to find the best Coffee maker machine for your home?

Depending on whether you’re a beginner, experimenter or connoisseur the recommendations will vary. Beginners can start with an instant Coffee maker, a Moka pot or a Drip machine. Experimenters and Connoiseurs can choose between French press and Espresso machines as these require a liking for Coffee brewing along with some basic expertise.

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