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The best home kitchen coffee maker...?

I am looking to have the best possible cup of coffee...in my own kitchen. Right now have a 12 cup capacity coffee maker, but that is too much coffee for one person. Any recommendations for one on a smaller scale? Thanks.

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  1. My Capresso (not sure of the model) has been the most reliable coffee maker I have ever used. Bought it at Starbucks years ago and the thing keeps churning out great, hot coffee

    1. Use a french press. You'll never go back.

        1. French presses come in a variety of sizes. That's what we use on a daily basis.

          I also have a Melitta percolator that appears now and then. I take it with me when I'm traveling because in this part of the world and on my budget I can't get hotel coffee that's worth bothering with--not only that but it also means I can have a cup or two before I have to venture out into the land of the living. But it's a 10-cupper, so probably more than you're looking for. I say go with the french press.

          1. Best cup of coffee? You have to forgo electric then. I have never seen a consumer-level coffee maker that heats the water hot enough and quickly enough and pushes the water through fast enough to make truly excellent coffee.

            You have to go manual - French press or manual drip.

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            1. re: Shazam

              here you go, the only home brewer to reach the magic 195-204 window for proper coffee brewing.


              1. re: chipman

                Nice. Too bad they're monster sized. Might as well just buy a Bunn. :)

            2. You might want to look at the Melitta one cup gadget. I got mine at the super market. It makes good coffee no matter how strong you want it.

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              1. re: yayadave

                I agree the one cup Melitta is great and good for traveling--

              2. My advice would be a Keurig single cup brewer and a French Press. You can get both for under $150 and have all bases covered.

                1. You can get a French Press that makes 32 oz of great coffee, If you want less,coffee -- -- say, just a single cup -- then also consider a smaller-sized French press that makes one exquisite cup of coffee. My wife uses one when I'm not around to share coffee with her, or if we both just want half a cup: it's terrific. If you go with French Press, however, I'd strongly advise you to have a good burr grinder on hand, that produces a uniform coarse grind.

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                  1. Stainless steel french press.

                    The glass ones last about 6 months before the glass breaks. Cracked five or six of them before I wised up and bought the Bodum stainless. The double walled construction also keeps the coffee from getting cold too quickly.

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                    1. re: tomishungry

                      I'm on like my third french press. I broke the first one being a little too overzealous in rinsing it out. The second one I got was a Bodum "thermal" one--it was double walled plastic, and the plastic on the inside cracked almost immediately. The one i have now is glass again. I have managed not to break it for a whole year and a half.

                      Whoever said have a burr grinder is right. I have mine set for not much more than just busting the beans up. Otherwise you end up with an awful lot of sludge in your coffee. (I actually use the same setting with the percolator for the same reason.)

                      1. re: tomishungry

                        I couldn't agree more. The Bodum Columbia, SS., 32 oz. make a great cuppa and no more broken glass by your's "ham-fisted" truly......Brilliant!

                      2. I find the coffe made with the Krups 4 cup model using a paper filter to be the best coffee, since so much depends on getting good beans and grinding just before brewing. I have used all the different types of coffee makers including the French press, which leave a mess. The filter paper absorbs the oils that are so irritating to the stomach. And since I broke my coffee Caffeine addiction, I enjoy a fine cup without the caffeine and oils.

                        1. Best possible cup of coffee varies by person. A lot of French press aficionados here, not too surprising. But not everyone likes that in my experience.

                          We have the Keurig B60. You can read up on those at the Single Serve Coffee link above. The consensus seems to be this machine does very well within the constraints of home use, convenience, etc. Not likely to impress those who make coffee in a French press, but for someone coming from a standard drip machine it is good. The cup packaging stays fresher than coffee in the pods that go in the cheaper pod brewing machines.

                          If you want a machine that does a bit more variety (although ramps up the per-cup cost as well when you do it), the Tassimo is interesting as well now that they've signed up a few more coffee partners.

                          Disclaimer/background: I am not the coffee drinker in our household. I am the gadget researcher. ;) The coffee drinker in our household really, really enjoys the Keurig machine, though. We actually have a French press, but she didn't enjoy that coffee very much, despite fresh grinding, etc. In fact, the Keurig replaced a process of grinding fresh beans right before brewing (not home roasting, but locally roasted), and she still has not looked back or longed for the old coffee at all.

                          Just one experience with it.

                          1. I started using a Bosch Porsche brewer with thermal, last November, replacing a challenged Cuisinart Grind and Brew. It has been excellent every morning. The brew temp is spec. at 199F; clean up is easy; it looks great on the counter; and, there is no microprocessor to befuddle me on a groggy morning. I make two mugs, which is half its capacity. Hard to find, but Amazon has it.

                            1. I'd recommend a French Press. You can get one that is designed to make exactly one or two or four cups. If you get a glass model, it WILL break eventually, but glass makes the best coffee. You can get thermal steel. I have not had good experiences with plastic.

                              If you want less work, I have been reasonably impressed by the Keurig and Senseo pod machines and, to a lesser extent, by the Tassimo. I do not own one of these since there are no good coffee pods available where I live in Canada (though you can order some on the net).

                              1. i love my flavia machine. i use the french roast. now i can't drink coffee anywhere else.