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Best Auto-Drip Coffee Maker?

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Joe Jan 31, 2005 02:13 PM

Any recommendations for a coffee maker? My only requirements are that it must have a setting for brewing small amounts of coffee, is programmable, and that it is easy to clean. Possibly thinking about getting one with a thermal carafe...are they worth it?

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    Anna 'Boo' Carroll RE: Joe Jan 31, 2005 02:51 PM

    Time and again I talk on this site about the Senseo pod coffee Maker. Fill up the reservoir in the back, put in your pod (single or double) and in seconds out comes one/two cups of hot coffee with crema on top. The downside is that not a lot of coffee is available in pods at the moment. But the 'official' coffee that comes with the Senseo is very rich. If you get the dark roast, which is all I drink. You might go to a store that has the different kinds of coffee pod coffee makers and see which one suits you. There are more than one on the market. No grounds, no beans, no filters, no grinding. It's put in the pod, push the button and there you are.

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      Nyleve RE: Anna 'Boo' Carroll Jan 31, 2005 06:20 PM

      I don't want to start a whole argument here, but don't you think that this whole "single cup" coffeemaker mentality is a bit, um, antisocial? I mean, if I were at someone's house and they offered me a cup of coffee - a single cup - I would never have the nerve to ask for another one, even if I wanted it, because they'd have to go through the whole process again. If a pot were made, I'd happily have another half cup or maybe more.

      On the other hand...I do use an espresso machine and will often make it for guests. They don't ask for seconds, but I'll offer it if I'm in the mood to fiddle.

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        Anna 'Boo' Carroll RE: Nyleve Jan 31, 2005 10:27 PM

        In his post he did not talk about having lots of guests in for coffee. He was asking for something convenient for him. And the one cup is as efficient as you can get. Of course I have a separate coffee maker (large and expensive) for when I have dinner parties and have guests over. But that wasn't what he was talking about. Unless I totally misread his post.

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          Nyleve RE: Anna 'Boo' Carroll Feb 1, 2005 09:09 AM

          No - you're quite right. The poster wasn't asking that question. It just got me thinking, that's all. Sorry if I went a bit off topic on this.

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          Anna 'Boo' Carroll RE: Nyleve Jan 31, 2005 10:27 PM

          In his post he did not talk about having lots of guests in for coffee. He was asking for something convenient for him. And the one cup is as efficient as you can get. Of course I have a separate coffee maker (large and expensive) for when I have dinner parties and have guests over. But that wasn't what he was talking about. Unless I totally misread his post.

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        Pina RE: Joe Jan 31, 2005 04:33 PM

        Ihave the Krups Crystal Pro-Aroma and I love it. It has a timer and a built in water filter. It also has drip shut off so you can get that beloved 1st cup of coffee asap. It is easy to use and clean makes a nice pot of coffee. cost is about $50.

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          Pupster RE: Joe Feb 1, 2005 11:38 PM

          Absolutely, get a carafe-type coffee maker! It's hard to get specific, since you don't outline a budget (and I wouldn't anyway, because I haven't used that many coffee makers to make comparisons), but the advantage and peace of mind from carafes rather than burner-type models is worth the money.

          The advantages include:
          1) Never wondering if you turned off the coffee maker, so you don't burn the house down.
          2) Keeps coffee hot for hours. You make one batch of coffee in the morning and can continue to drink from the same batch all day.
          3) The coffee doesn't continue to cook (and turn into sludge) on a burner. This is important if you care about taste at all.
          4) My machine is fast -- makes a full carafe in under 5 minutes. I think this speed is typical of carafes, and most are programmable these days anyway.

          Cleaning is a little harder, but you're only supposed to rinse out the carafe anyway, which is simple as pie. I have a Cuisinart, but only cuz I got it cheap cheap cheap. It's not the best carafe-type model out there, but I still love it.

          For convenience, my best friend has the Cuisinart Two-to-Go, which I've used a couple times. It is a drip maker that brews the coffee directly into two thermalized carry cups. She's the type of person who if she couldn't carry her coffee into the car with her, she'd be driving to Starbucks for a $4 to-go cup. The machine is simple, so doesn't make the fanciest cup of coffee but it is convenient and saves her tons of money. I love the set-up if you don't need more than the two cups.

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