Manual or Automatic: What is the Better Brewing Method

While automatic, electric, auto-drip coffee machines are often considered more practical, and are generally faster. But if you're interested in enjoying the subtleties of the high quality beans from Roastmasterz by Java Original Coffee, manual brewing methods such as Poor-over, AreoPress or French Press may all offer a great alternative.

However, in the end, the comparison between automatic and manual coffee brewing methods land your selection of the better brewing method largely depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and priorities.

Here is a brief rundown from the experts at Roastmasterz by Java Original Coffee with considerations for each method.

Automatic Coffee Brewing

  • Convenience: Automatic coffee makers offer ease of use, often with the touch of a button, making them ideal for busy individuals.
  • Consistency: Most machines can produce a consistent cup of coffee, as long as the same settings and proportions are used.
  • Speed: Many automatic machines brew coffee quickly, which is great for those who don’t want to spend much time preparing their coffee.
  • Variety: There are many types of automatic brewers, from drip coffee makers to single-serve pod machines, and super-automatic espresso machines that grind beans, tamp, and pull a shot.
  • Volume: Automatic machines are often a good choice for brewing multiple cups of coffee at once.

Manual Coffee Brewing

  • Control: Manual methods give you complete control over all aspects of brewing, like grind size, water temperature, and brewing time, affecting the final flavor profile.
  • Ritual: For many, the process of manually brewing coffee is a beloved ritual that offers a sense of satisfaction and craftsmanship.
  • Flexibility: Manual brewing methods let you experiment with different techniques and make small adjustments to tailor your coffee to your exact preferences.
  • Flavor: Enthusiasts of manual brewing argue that hands-on approaches can extract the best flavors and nuances from coffee beans.
  • Portability: Many manual brewers are small and require no electricity, making them perfect for travel or outdoor activities.

So, which method is better?
Automatic coffee brewers are the best choice for those who prioritize convenience and consistency with minimal effort. Manual brewing methods cater to those who enjoy the craft of coffee making, appreciate the ritual, or want the flexibility to experiment with different tastes. There is no definitive answer to which is better—both types have their own merits and cater to different needs and preferences.

But keep in mind that in the end, ... experimenting with different brewing methods, adjusting variables like grind size, water temperature, and brewing time, and using freshly roasted, high-quality coffee beans from Roastmasterz by Java Original Coffee will help you find the brewing method that produces the best cup of coffee... just for you!


The unique history of Roastmasterz remains our driving force, creating a line of artisan roasted coffees while maintaining our family’s history & values. Now part of Java Original® Coffee, RoastMasterz is available around the globe, offering artisan roasted specialty coffee to retailers and individuals alike.

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