Coffee maker shopping, suggestions?
My 7 year old Capresso coffee maker broke last night and we are shopping for a new machine. Things I loved about it that I would like to find in a new one:
1. Thermal carafe, not glass
2. Auto-timer so I can preset the night before
3. Stop and pour, so you can sneak a cup before it's done brewing
4. permanent gold filter
5. removable water reservoir
I checked online and went to Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel to see what is out there. Leaning towards this10 cup Cuisinart which has all but #5.
No need for the built in coffee grinder, as I already have a great burr grinder and don't believe in combination appliances.
What do you have that you think I should consider? Just looking for fabulous drip coffee, not espresso. My budget is $125. Thanks for any suggestions.
that technivorm better make some seriously good coffee to justify such a big, ugly appliance taking up valuable counter space!
i have the same krups as sam harmon, and i think it's great.
the cuisinart does make good coffee, but definitely skip the built-in grinder. it gets clogged too easily & is impossible to clean.
I can vouch for the Technivorm that it makes seriously good coffee. It gets less ugly time goes by. It beats all the coffee makers I have in the past....Krups, Cuisinart, Bosch, etc. etc. Go to www.coffeegeek.com and talk to people on the forum. In addition, the people at Sweet Maria's are as nice as they come!
The Technivorm is the best coffee maker I've ever had. And I think I've owned most of them. It's well worth the investment, IMO. I bought mine after reading all the "serious" coffee forums. I was skeptical at first, but now I'm sold. Plus, less little gadgets (it only really has an on/off switch) means less to break.
Mine is a different model than the one you're looking at, but I love Cuisinart coffee makers in general. I'd go with your original idea.
As an aside, I *hate* the stop and pour feature. This is like the worst feature ever invented, and nearly every drip coffee maker has it now. For one thing, the cup you stop to pour will be too strong, and the rest of your pot will be too weak. For another, if you fail to set the coffeepot square on the plate, the plunger will go all the way down, blocking the drip and causing water and coffee grounds to back up all over your cabinet.
Seriously, I can wait a few minutes.
I have a cuisinart grind and brew, and I certainly don't like it. The best way to put it is, I've learned to live with it. I have finally (i think) figured out how to brew a pot of coffee without it going all over the counter and floor. It still happens at least once a month. There are at least 2 things which I think can go wrong
1. What "JonParker" said about the carafe not sitting exactly right.
2. If you get any grounds in the opening to the carafe, it blocks coffee from going in, causing a backup. So every pot we make, we only make 8 cups, for fear of backups
by the way,
I'm glad to see you aren't leaning toward a machine that booth grinds and brews. Sounds great in theory, but in practice, doesn't work too well. The steam gunks up the leftover coffee dust in the grinder, so every time you make coffee, you have to totally clean out the machine. At least on mine, that is the case.
I hated the Cuisinart thermal caraf. It is insulated, which can be a good thing, as leaving coffee on a hot plate can do bad things to the flavor, BUT the SS carafe is so large it sucks A LOT of heat out of the coffee. We traded-in the model with the glass instead. We then pour the coffee quickly into a an insulated "commuter mug" even if there is no commuting from kitchen to office... Some of the older thermal glass carafe machines were much better about keeping coffee HOT, but I suspect the majority of buyers hated the fragile nature of them. Oh well.
The water reservoir is kinda sucky on the Cuisinart too -- weird "stepped down design" that is hard to see water level, but we have a bright light over sink and pullout faucet so that is not too bad.
It is maddening to shop through all these flaws, but the coffee it makes is actually pretty decent, the whole unit seems well made and fairly priced.