Smart coffee makers can be a great addition to your home. They’re much more affordable than many smart devices, they’re used every day, so app controls are convenient, and they work well with routines or voice commands. If you’ve recently bought a coffee maker with smart features, our guide will show you how to use them!
First of all, you need to make sure that your coffee maker is connected to your home Wi-Fi network. While this process can vary a bit from model to model, it usually involves similar steps. You can always find more by consulting your instruction manual.
Step 1: Make sure your Wi-Fi network is operational and your mobile device is updated before you begin. Plug in your smart coffee maker.
2nd step: Download the companion app for your coffee maker. Your manual or an online product page will contain the information about the application to download. When you open the app, you might need to create a new account and sign in. Always write down your account name and password for this game.
Step 3: Add your coffee maker as a device in the app. Apps will usually have an Add Device sign or a Plus sign on the Home screen to add a new device. Select this to continue. If necessary, choose the type of device (coffee maker, kitchen appliance, etc.) if the app prompts you to do so.
Step 4: You will likely be asked to hold down a particular button on your coffee maker to help connect it to the app. Do it if necessary. The app should then ask you to choose your Wi-Fi and enter your network password. After that, wait about a minute for the coffee maker to connect.
Step 5: To note: If your new coffee maker focuses primarily on voice assistant technology, it might not have a separate app to connect, in which case you would use these steps with the Alexa or Google Home app, etc. If there is compatibility with voice assistant, you may need to repeat these steps with those voice assistant apps as well. Fortunately, this is largely the same process.
You should now be able to use the companion app to choose your coffee maker from the home screen. This should give you access to a variety of settings to help you use your coffee maker. Again, it varies a bit, but most of the options should be the same. Let’s see what you can do!
Step 1: Start or stop brewing. The main controls will allow you to start brewing whenever you want (assuming the water, filter, grounds, etc. are in the coffee maker and ready to go). In many coffee maker apps, you will also see an option to control the mode, like strong, regular, and light coffee. In other coffee makers, you may see options to control the number of cups you brew at a time.
2nd step: Plan your brewing hours. The apps will also have a scheduling system where you can automate the brew times for a certain time of the day, at certain times of the week. This is especially useful if you get up frequently at a certain time or know you’ll always want a cup when you get home.
Step 3: If your coffee maker comes with a grinder, you may also have the option to start the grinding process whenever you want, independent of the brewing process.
Step 4: More advanced coffee makers may also have options for controlling the temperature while brewing. If so, you should also be able to choose a temperature during the brewing process.
As we mentioned, many coffee makers these days come with a voice assistant for Alexa (some also work with Google Assistant etc.). If so, you will need to download the voice assistant app and connect it to the coffeemaker using the process we’ve outlined above, making sure you name your coffeemaker in a recognizable way. For Alexa, this can also include downloading a Skill provided by the brand. Again, more detailed descriptions will be in your instruction manual, but the process is not difficult. Once your voice assistant is connected, there are a lot of things you can do.
Step 1: Start or stop brewing with voice commands. It can be as simple as “Alexa, start brewing coffee” and your voice assistant will figure out the rest. This is more useful for on-demand brewing and saves time compared to using an app. You can either give these commands to the app on your mobile device or with a smart speaker like the Echo Show.
2nd step: Connect your coffee maker to a routine. Routines are actions that can control multiple smart devices at once with a single voice command. Morning routines are especially common and are a great place to add your coffee maker. With a routine like “Start My Morning”, your voice assistant can turn on the lights, start brewing coffee, recite your appointments for the day, give a weather update, and raise the thermostat temperature. Learn more in our guide on how to set up routines with Alexa.
Step 3: Use IFTTT. Some coffee makers also have additional compatibility with the IFTTT platform, which allows you to use specific conditions created by the community for the activation of the app. It’s a way to set up more complex routines or find a way to make your coffee maker work closely with another device.
Is your coffee maker lacking in smart features or voice assistant compatibility? You still have the option to connect it with a smart plug. It won’t have the same full functionality as a smart device, but it will allow you to turn on the coffee maker and start its brewing process on a schedule or with a voice command.
Finally, keep in mind that smart features are best suited for coffee makers that don’t use pods – otherwise, you have to remember to replace the pod every time you use the app. Also, remember to only use milk if there is a separate, dedicated reservoir for milk, like the one found on cappuccino makers.