Hello My Imaginary Friends,
It seems that smart devices are everywhere. Everything from your fridge to your toilet. (Must fight urge to sing circle of life…)
Why should your coffee be any different?
There are a lot of options they range in price. I’ve done a lot of research and here are my top three recommendations for smart coffee makers.
Behmor Brewer ($373.00 at Amazon Canada)
This is the best possible drip coffee maker on the market.
- Temperature control
- Soak timing
- Smart home integration
- Only 8 cups
If you want complete control on your coffee and you want it at a specific time, this is your coffee maker. It’s versatile and from one of the best names in coffee. Unfortunately the price is high.
This is truly for the hipster coffee scientist. It combines a Bluetooth-enabled scale and app with the tried and true pour over method of coffee brewing.
- Hipster Cred
- Absolute control
- Brew coffee like a European Barista
- Makes spectacular coffee
- Easy to clean and maintenance
- Not really all that smart
- Use your own hot water
- Only 25 oz of coffee
- No smart home integration or schedule
This is for those that want to take the time to experiment and brew the perfect cup of coffee. It’s simple but time consuming. It’s a lot of work but will make amazing coffee.
Create your own (~$40)
I’ve mentioned before that the best coffee maker is the simplest. The less bells and whistles on the darned thing, the more power there is for the water heater and pump.
What you do is you buy yourself a simple coffee maker. For a 12 cup machine, it’ll cost you around $20; less if you want smaller or get a sale. The only feature that is important is a physical switch, on or off, not a digital button.
The second part is to buy yourself a smart plug. They range from 20 to 100. Make sure it works with your phone/tablet/computer or the smart speaker/hub of your choice.
So now you have them connected, and when the smart switch is on, the coffee maker is on.
- Any size of machine you like
- Makes surprisingly good coffee
- Schedule (Using IFTT or Stringify)
- Smart home integration
- Not fancy
- No temperature control
- No pre-soak
- Simple settings
- Not as impressive
This is the option I’ve gone for. It works extremely well. I tell my Google Home in the morning to start the coffee and then hop in the shower.
I could schedule it to wake me with delicious coffee smells if I wanted, but I like the snooze button too much.
This is cheap and easy and will make good coffee.