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Jan 29, 2008 08:25 PM

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.

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  1. Should you want to reevaluate your budget, the Technivorm is purported to be the best drip machine out there. Over your budget but you will get years of use from it.

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      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.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        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 and talk to people on the forum. In addition, the people at Sweet Maria's are as nice as they come!

        1. re: Jane917

          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.

      2. re: scubadoo97

        At 270, the technivorm is not good - while we did have great tasting coffee for 6 months, the thing just completely went bust on us. It wont heat at all. Would never buy it again.

        1. re: BillyBob

          You're the first person I've ever heard complain about one. Wouldn't they honor the warranty?

      3. I've had this for over a year now, and it's worked great. $100, before a 20% coupon at BB&B.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: JonParker

            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.

            1. re: TroyTempest

              I have never been tempted to get a grind and brew machine. It just sounds like a bad idea on the surface.

          2. My wife and I searched high and low for exactly what you describe and after trying a few different ones, we settled on this, which we've been using for almost a year and really like:

            It gains for being comparatively less expensive also.

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            1. re: ccbweb

              I finally gave up on B&D because they all seemed to die after a year to a year and a half. They had some nice models, esp. the under the counter ones, but they're just not reliable in my experience.

            2. 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.