Barista or Coffee Maker – Who Makes The Best Coffee?

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Ahoy Bushy Bearders! I’m sure we can all agree that there’s no better way to start the day than with a steaming mug of coffee. The smell of it is enough to make you feel more alert and give you more energy.

How would you describe the flavor of your coffee? Now that there are so many options available, making such a seemingly easy decision might actually be a bit challenging and, it is possible that you would need your entire life to be able to even sample all of the many kinds of coffee that are available today.

But, today, I would like to ponder whether a coffee machine or a person would be more likely to produce the ideal cup of coffee.

The Case for Coffee Makers

On one hand, coffee makers are used by people who enjoy their coffee because of the convenience that they offer. On the other hand, there are detractors who assert that the appliances compromise on some aspect of the flavor although new developments in coffee machine technology are quickly disproving even the harshest critics’ claims.

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Each cup of coffee made by a modern coffee maker is made with amazing accuracy. The temperature is just right, the timing is accurate to the millisecond, and the ingredients are measured to within an inch of their ideal range. These high-tech coffee makers were developed to provide the most flavorful cup of coffee conceivable, and they live up to their name by ensuring that every cup is as tasty as it can possibly be.

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Despite this, coffee makers are still considered to be machines. And there is a limit to what can be achieved by machines.

Coffee makers are limited in what they can do because of their functions. There is nothing else that they are capable of doing besides their pre-determined functions. Each cup of coffee is prepared in the same manner, so they are unable to personalize it in any way according to your preferences. Some people find comfort in knowing that every cup of coffee they make with their coffee maker will taste exactly the same. But does that include you?

Isn’t individuality a necessary component of living? And don’t our peculiarities contribute to making us who we are? Do any of us not have a mental image of the perfect combination of ingredients for our coffee?

Of course. coffee makers do not actually take into account the ideal cup of coffee for YOU, they just know how to make nice, consistently good-tasting coffee.

They are merely tools, and as such, they require the direction and participation of humans. Additionally, mechanical systems have a natural propensity to fail at some point. At some point, a coffee maker will no longer be able to produce that “perfect” cup of coffee.

What do you think of a barista? What exactly do baristas do?

A person who is committed to preparing the ideal cup of coffee for a customer is known as a barista.

They will mix, brew, taste, and test your coffee in addition to doing everything else in their power to guarantee that it is perfect for you. They are constantly thinking of new methods to surprise and please you with that ever-flavorful coffee bean, and they innovate constantly.

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They are also humans, which means that each cup will have its own distinct flavor, which will be influenced by the barista’s character, personality, and skillset. However, the fact that they are humans also presents a problem. Baristas, in contrast to coffee makers, cannot just start brewing coffee anytime the customer asks them to. You can’t just walk up to a barista at any hour of the day and tell them to brew some coffee for you; that’s not how it works – they aren’t generally available ‘on-demand’.

Also, due to the fact that they are humans, baristas are fallible. In contrast to coffee machines, baristas can’t be set up to make the same cup of coffee every time.

Sometimes, a barista’s quirks could make the coffee taste bad because of how they do their job. However, there are occasions when the barista adds just the right amount of human touches to make the cup exactly right. When you stop and give it some thought, the coffee machine is an essential tool for the modern barista. If they want to be successful, they will need all the assistance they can get their hands on.

The Verdict

After all is said and done, it boils down to the fact that coffee producers and baristas are two sides of the same coin. The barista selects the ingredients, determines which flavors work best for which customers, and ensures that the finished product will reflect each individual’s eccentricities and personality. When these parts are put together in the coffee machine, they make what the barista had in mind: the perfect cup of coffee for the perfect customer.

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Coffee addict and self confessed obsessive with all things Java, Dave loves to write about coffee nearly as much as he enjoys drinking it. Can always be found no more than 2 feet away from a fresh brew!

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