Nowadays, technology is capable of almost anything. So when it comes to brewing coffee, it’s now easier than ever to get a delicious cup of joe with just the push of a button.
From inventions like the smartphone to Alexa by Amazon, there’s a variety of options to make your coffee in the comfort of your home. Read on to find out about some of these hip and modern ways to spice up your coffee routine.
The Best Smart Coffee Makers
Usually, the ways to make coffee involve traditional drip coffee makers, french presses, Chemex, etc. But with technology such a big part of everyday life, there are more ways than ever to get more bang for your buck with these brewing methods. Here are some of our favorite convenient coffee making machines on the market today.
One of the most innovative coffee making machines on the market, the Topbrewer can definitely kick your caffeine addiction up a notch. Made with a beautiful Danish design, the Topbrewer mainly consists of a faucet that will pour whatever coffee beverage you decide to make.
It accomplishes this with its own smartphone app that allows you to choose certain drinks to brew while also adjusting the amount of coffee, milk, milk foam, and overall size of each drink. Not only that, but you can also clean the machine with a mere push of a button, allowing you to kick back and enjoy your cup of freshly made coffee.
Have you ever wanted to control your drip coffee machine with just the push of a digital button? With the BrewGenie BG120, now you can! Though it looks like a normal drip coffee maker, there’s a smartphone app that can be paired with the BrewGenie to brew coffee. Using this app, you can select a certain time that you wish to brew in the future, as well as adjusting the time to keep the coffee warm on the hot plate of the machine.
The carafe has a capacity of 8 cups, allowing you to brew a satisfactory amount of coffee at once. In addition to this, the BrewGenie smartphone app also notifies you with messages/alert tones to help prevent overheating, and will also notify you when the brewing process is complete.
Behmor Connected Customizable Temperature Coffee Maker
This powerful little machine won’t only become your best friend, but your Alexa’s best friend as well! This brewing device is designed specifically to be paired with the Alexa by Amazon, so you can start brewing coffee with just a simple voice command.
It has several features that grant you complete control over the brewing process. Some of these key features include customizable temperature control, pre-soak times, selecting and favoriting brewing profiles, and even permitting you to automatically reorder coffee beans or grounds through Amazon Dash Replenishment. And if you miss pressing buttons, the Behmor also has a start/stop button for you to brew manually.
Hamilton Beach with Alexa Smart Coffee Maker
Hamilton-Beach has been known for many years for the company’s ability to produce some of the most well-made coffee machines to date. From espresso machines to drip coffee makers, you can find just about any brewing machine to meet your needs, including the Alexa Smart Coffee Maker.
Paired with your Alexa, all you have to do is use voice command to begin brewing a full 12 cup carafe of drip coffee. You can use Alexa to begin brewing on the Hamilton, as well as the ability to adjust brew strength and size. And if you forget to tell Alexa to turn the Hamilton off–don’t worry. This machine will automatically shut off after 2 hours, allowing you to sip your coffee peacefully and worry-free.
Breville-Nespresso USA Smart Coffee Maker
A little on the pricier end of the spectrum, the caffeine bang is worth the buck with the Breville-Nespresso USA Smart Coffee Maker. Unlike its other coffee-making counterparts, the Breville is primarily a single-serve coffee maker. With only a 30 second heat up time, the Breville is able to make a variety of single-serve coffee and espresso drinks like a Ristretto, Lungo, and an Americano.
And now, convenience is key with the Bluetooth technology that gives you complete control over the brewing process. Along with Bluetooth Technology, the Breville also has intuitive LED lights that give you alerts throughout the brewing process. Using the compatible Nespresso App, you can schedule your next brew several hours in advance, customize brew settings, and also keep up with system maintenance.
Illy Y5 Espresso & Coffee Machine
Another single-serve capsule machine, the Illy Y5 Espresso Machine is implemented with Amazon Dash Replenishment Service, which means that it will automatically reorder coffee capsules from Amazon. This is accomplished through the “My Illy Machine” app which is available on most smartphones.
However, we should note that this machine is primarily compatible with the Illy Iper Espresso capsules and Iper Coffee Capsules. The Illy Y5 capsule system is unlike most conventional one-stage brewing systems, mainly because its system is a two-step brewing process. This results in robust, rich, and aromatic crema. Both of these options will leave you with a delicious cup of espresso or black coffee to enjoy, all with the push of a button from your smartphone.
Atomi Smart Wiki Coffee Maker
You can control the Atomi Smart Wiki Coffee Maker from both the Alexa app and the Alexa smart speaker. Not an Alexa user? Don’t worry! The Atomi is also compatible with Google products, making it suitable for both kinds of technology users. All that’s between you and your next savory sip of coffee is one simple voice command or app usage.
Made from stainless steel, the Atomi is sturdy, stable, and is meant to last for the long-haul. It also has settings for regular more or strong mode, that way you can ensure that the strength of your coffee is exactly how you like it. Likewise, not only is it convenient due to its ability to be wirelessly controlled, but its smaller frame makes it easier to fit on most kitchen counters.
Smarter SMC01 iCoffee Remote Brew App
Coming in a variety of color choices, not only will the Smarter iCoffee Remote Brew make your brewing experience more comfortable, but more colorful as well. Accompanied by a heavy-duty burr grinder and a reusable filter, this handy machine already has all of the materials you’ll need to make coffee for a while.
Furthermore, it also makes a lot of coffee. With a 1.5-liter glass carafe, you’ll be sipping on drip coffee for a while. And not only can it be operated wirelessly, but it can also be paired with a variety of technology, from Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and more.
GOAT GINA Smart Coffee Brewing Machine
Intricately designed with a sleek modern look, the GINA smart coffee brewer not only looks simple, but it’s as convenient as it is good-looking. The GINA comes with three different brewing methods including pour-over coffee, cold drip/cold brewing, and even a french press immersion brewer. With the connection to the GINA app, you can brew your coffee at any time, and even select which brewing method you’d prefer.
And if the award-winning design wasn’t enough, then the versatility this powerful little machine provides makes it more than worth the investment. There are actually two versions of this machine, one with the integrated technology and one without, giving you the option to choose what you’d prefer.
Saeco GranBaristo Avanti Super Automatic Espresso Machine
Need an espresso fix? The Saeco GranBaristo Avanti can give you a delicious serving of robust espresso, and all it takes is the simple push of a button. You can also manage drink settings, preferred drinks, strength, flavor, froth, and temperature of your coffee. In addition, you can customize and save all of these settings for 5 other users!
Not only is it easy to use, but its also easy to clean. It has an easy operational bean switcher and bean hopper for when you change out your coffee. In addition, the grinder is made of ceramic and ensures a consistent grind size every time, allowing you to make a wide variety of coffee beverages.
Are Smart Coffee Makers Worth It?
Almost all new technology that has “the next big thing” like these smart coffee makers can be exciting for almost everybody. However, no matter how great some of these machines may be, it’s important to really consider if one will integrate smoothly into your everyday life and routine.
I think the first question you have to look in the mirror and answer is “How lazy am I?”
Have I really gotten to the point where I can get up out of bed and go grind my beans and start my coffee maker?
If you’re answering “Yes” to that question, then maybe it is worth spending up on a fancy, smart coffee maker that you can control from Alexa or Google Home.
That said, until you can afford a full-time robot butler, you (or someone) will still have to make sure the coffee maker has water, a filter, and coffee in it the night before so you can roll over in the morning and say “Alexa, make me some coffee.”
For that reason, most people will be just fine with a “dumb” coffee maker, particularly one that’s programmable. There’s also a more budget-friendly way to have smartphone-controlled coffee making in your kitchen.
Here’s how you can DIY this thing.
DIY “smart” coffee makers
Perhaps the most convenient and affordable way to have a smart coffee maker is by purchasing a simple coffee maker and pairing it with an Alexa/Google-enabled smart plug. Most of these smart plugs are around $20, and they allow you to continue using a regular coffee maker.
For this method, you’ll need a coffee maker that has a physical on/off switch that you can toggle, not just a button that you press. The reason for this is because the smart plug is designed to completely cut power to devices when you turn them off.
Likewise, it also feeds power back to the devices when you turn them on again. If your coffee maker only has a button to press, you can turn it off with the smart plug either with an accompanying app or with voice command, but turning it back on won’t do anything until you press the actual power button on the coffee maker again.
With a smart plug, turning your coffee maker on and off is as easy as turning the smart plug on and off. You can do this either with an app on your smartphone, or through voice command through assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, or even Siri.
What about a programmable coffee maker?
Perhaps the most basic of the “smart” coffee machines are the programmable coffee makers. They can be paired with smart plugs, and they can manually be programmed to the desired time you wish to begin brewing. Programmable coffee makers can also be much more affordable than the higher-end, more exquisite smart coffee makers.
So if you’re a fan of technology and coffee, there are several ways to combine the two. Whether you need a full-fledged coffee brewing machine or a simple app-controlled drip coffee maker, you can find convenience for almost every kind of coffee brewer.