Best 4 cup coffee maker?
I have a 4 cup grind and brew Toshiba My-Cafe which I bought it Japan. It is extremely well made, grinds the beans, and has a permanent filter.
They make very elegant and functional small coffee machines in Japan that are not sold here. I have never seen a nice one like this in any store here.
It works so well that I bought another as a spare the next time I went. Excellent coffee, controlled drip, good temperature control and very tasty coffee.
I also roast my own green beans with coffee bought from www.coffeebeancorral.com and a Harvest home roaster.
Since larger coffee makers can also make 2-4 cups, I'm not quite sure why you specify a 4 cup coffee maker. In any case, if it isn't too big, a coffee maker that brews directly into a thermos can be quite handy. You wouldn't want to drink the coffee hours later (I assume), but it does a pretty good job for a while. It seemed at first like a useless gimmick, but I changed my mind after using one.
Jason is right, but if you have to make coffee in an office where you can't boil water... Then again you could spend the money on one of those electric kettles, and do as much or little coffee as you want in the french press or a one cup drip thing (see Mellitta display where you buy coffee filters) AND have the option to make water for tea :)
I have a Capresso brand 4 cup maker, and got it at a Williams Sonoma store on sale about 1.5 years ago, so they may not make the 4 cupper any more.
Also check out the Salton brand. Look in places like Bed, Bath Beyond, ABC Home, Target, etc, where you can find lower-priced brands.