Coffee brewing can range from fully automated to completely manual. There is a correlation in that higher-quality cups of coffee tend to be made more manually, though this is continually being challenged. Often, automated machines are made with the goal of ease of use, potentially at the expense of cup quality, as they cannot be adapted to the specific needs of different coffees. At the same time, the coffee-making process is full of variables that technological advancements can help us address more rigorously. There is a huge range in sophistication and quality of bean-to-cup machines. The top machines on the market are quite remarkable and allow you to make excellent coffee. The key here, as with all automation in coffee making, is that the machine can still be programmed or driven by a person. It still requires the user to understand how to tweak the controls to adjust for different coffees.
Excerpt From: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. “The Coffee Dictionary.”« Back to Glossary Index