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AeroPress NesPresso (and other pod-based coffee machines) Automatic Coffee Machine Italian-Style Percolator French Press Drip Coffee Maker Instant Coffee
Ease of Use 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
Cleaning Easy.  Quick rinse only. Medium-Easy. Minimal.  Cleaning of drip tray from time to time and regular replenishment of water reservoir with fresh water (daily is recommended) Medium. Regular removal of old grounds. Cleaning of drip tray and brewing group in warm water.  If not done, stale coffee can go mouldy and affect flavour. Medium. Unscrew top from base after percolator has cooled.  Can be quite tight to unscrew.  Discard used coffee and briefly rinse with warm water. Medium-Easy. Quick rinse with warm water after use.  The filter and filter holder may need to be unscrewed to clean residual coffee grounds that get caught. None – just the cup!
Maintenance No descaling ever required Periodic descaling Periodic descaling
Amount of coffee used per cup Approx. 18 grams on average. Up to 6 grams maximum.
Cost Per Cup 35 cents per cup approx. (18 grams of coffee used). 50 cents – 75 cents approx. (5 or 6 grams of coffee used).
Flavour Good to Excellent Poor to OK Good to Excellent Good to Excellent.  Has a tendency to burn and impair flavour.
  1. Intensity can be low.
  2. Intensity can be low.
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Flexibility of Coffee Used Freshly ground or pre-ground coffee can be used. Only specially made coffee pods can be used. Freshly ground or pre-ground coffee can be used. Freshly ground or pre-ground coffee can be used. Freshly ground or pre-ground coffee can be used. Freshly ground or pre-ground coffee can be used. Only one type.
Water Fresh water is used every time Revervoir water can become “slimy” after a couple of days. Reservoir requires regular cleaning in warm soapy water. Revervoir water can become “slimy” after a couple of days. Reservoir requires regular cleaning in warm soapy water. Fresh water is used every time Fresh water is used every time Fresh water is used every time Fresh water is used every time

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