Why Do We Need SCAA Certified Coffee Makers
We could probably buy one of the Bunn’s commercial coffee machines, but it would be too expensive for home use. There is a lot of science behind brewing coffee and it involves using the right brewing temperature, maintaining that temperature during the entire period of coffee extraction, and ensuring that the coffee grounds are properly, uniformly extracted. Most of the coffee makers on the market are not conceived to follow these strict rules, and that’s why we get insipid, flavorless coffee at home. Many manufacturers don’t care about the temperature during brewing, or if the flow of water during dripping is correct. If the dripping is too fast the coffee grounds will be under-extracted. If the water is too hot and the dripping is too slow, we will get over extracted coffee. Getting these parameters right, requires some research, testing, and using the right material and design. This drives the price of a coffee maker up, and lowers the profits of a manufacturer. Buying a cheap coffee maker almost guarantees bad coffee.
SCAA has a program to certify home coffee makers. A certified SCAA coffee maker is a machine that is checked against a battery of tests to ensure it complies with the specialty coffee standards, and all the brewing parameters are correct. Some of the parameters that SCAA test during certification are:
- Brewing time
- Brewing temperature
- Extraction uniformity
- Coffee clarity
- Temperature of coffee
How to Choose Your SCAA Certified Brewer
There are 7 coffee makers that made it through the rigorous certification of the SCAA. They are not the same, there are many differences, and some excel in certain areas, others excel in different areas. Learn how to choose your brewer.
Make it Your Own
Any of the SCAA coffee brewers will deliver a delicious cup, with intense aroma and flavor. Sometimes, however, this just not enough. You feel that your coffee needs a little kick. Sure you can add some more grounds, but that is a little too much caffeine, you don’t want to get the jitters. You can add the extra kick to your coffee by raising the brewing temperature just a tiny bit. You can also make a stronger coffee by prolonging the brewing time. Some of the brewers on the SCAA list allow you tweak your cup, some don’t. If this is important for you, make sure you make the right choice.
From the list, the Brazen Plus has the ability to adjust the brewing temperature. This means you can take your drip coffee making to new levels, you can tweak it to perfection. KitchenAid Pour Over brewer also has two settings to adjust the brewing temperature.
None of the certified brewers are cheap. All of these coffee machines are more expensive than the average maker. When you pay 200$ or more for a coffee maker, you would like to use it a few years. The good news is that most of these appliances have good warranties, above 2 years. This is the double of the industry average, which is one year. From the bunch, the Technivorm Moccamaster stands out with 5 years warranty. The Moccamaster is the most reliable brewer on the market. Sure it doesn’t have the whistles and bells that Bonavita and Behmor Brazen do, but it surely is going to make you great coffee forever…
Our world is all about convenience and usability. As an appliance that will be used on a daily basis, convenience and usability are almost as important as coffee taste. Here are some features that will make your daily cup of joe more enjoyable to brew. Elevation adjustment is a feature that helps you take into consideration the altitude where you brew your coffee. Without this feature, it’s kinda’ complicated to adjust. This is only useful if you live in Denver or other high altitude cities Auto shut-off feature will help you save some energy. Another feature is the ability to program it to start brewing in the morning, according to your schedule. I personally don’t use this, because the coffee ground in the evening is stale in the morning. We are talking about specialty coffee, and grinding hours before brewing is just not acceptable. However, for people always in a time crunch, the feature is there.