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Best coffee maker under $100

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My cusinart two to go coffee maker just kicked the bucket so I'm in the market for a new machine. Requirements are:

1. Must be auto drip (my GF doesn't want to mess with manual presses)

2. Small capacity. Mostly interested in single cup machines, although something as big as a 4-cup capacity would be ok.

3. Needs to accommodate standard coffee grinds with a reusable filter. Don't want to be restricted to use coffee pods.

4. Would like to keep it under $100.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Keurig B40:

Reviews look good and the price is right. Only downsides are that if I want to use my own grounds I would need a reusable filter which is $15 extra and also the only cup size option is 7.25 oz which is a little on the small size. Are there any other machines I should look at?


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  1. Aeropress ... doesn't meet criteria 1, but it's only $30 & the only coffee better is arguably the clover -- i've been roasting and grinding my own beans and this aeropress coffee is the best i've had


    1. The Keurig is fine with its own K-cups, but I wouldn't get it expecting a fun time using it with your own ground coffee. Too much effort and cleaning IMO. But, the option is there, and maybe you wouldn't find it such. There are a wide variety of the Keurig coffees to choose from, though, as long as you buy online (hard to find too much variety in most stores, and expensive in stores). Depending upon how you like your coffee, having more (larger) cup size options isn't that big a deal. We have a B60, and it's the middle size 7.25 oz that seems optimal with most K-cups. That said, the Elite B40 does in fact have two sizes, 7.25 and 9.25 oz. So I would think you'd be fine with that.

      1. Get it at Bed Bath & Beyond with the ubiquitous 20% off coupon. Just picked up the B60 a few days ago for $119 after coupon.

        1. have you considered a Bodum french press? They're very inexpensive and produce the purest most unadulterated cup of coffee you'll ever have. They come in all sizes and can be found at World Market, target or online. If you love coffee, once you have press coffee drip won't due!

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          1. re: jjb75

            I too would encourage the OP to try the Bodum french press (http://tinyurl.com/6hm9d7) even though gf is looking into an auto-drip. It's really not much more work...and for a much, much better cup of coffee. Wouldn't hurt to try for < $20.

          2. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

            After researching the Keurig a little more I don't think I'm going to get one. I think I'd rather stick with grounds instead of K-cups and the cup size is too small for my GF.

            How does the Bodum french press compare with the Aeropress?

            Also, when using a manual press, what do you guys use to heat the water? I assume the best option would be to buy an electric kettle with a temperature setting so that I can assure that the water is at the correct temperature.

            1. Thanks for the suggestions everyone! The more I look into the Keurig the less I think I'm going to get one. I'd rather stick with grounds than K-cups and my GF doesn't like the small brew size.

              How would you compare the Bodum to the Aeropress?

              Also, when using a manual press what do you guys use for heating the water? I assume the best option would be an electric kettle with temperature setting to ensure the water is at exactly the optimum brew temp?

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              1. re: mliew

                I have a Japanese hot water pot (Zojirushi, the same company that makes rice cookers) on my kitchen counter. It keeps water at 205 degrees. I make press pot coffee all the time at that temperature -- I always have water, and no need to turn on a kettle.

                And did you know that you can use coffee grounds directly from the pot in the garden? I just add a little water, swirl it around, and dump it on the roots of rosebushes. Works like a charm.

                1. re: mliew

                  We too have the Zojirushi hot water pot on our counter; it takes the same space as a coffee maker and we have more use for it. We've been happy w/our Bodum & have no experience using an Aeropress, but looking @ the Aeropress, the Bodum seems simpler.

                  1. re: mliew

                    I LUV the aeropress ... it's cleaner than a french press -- the hockey puck of expressed coffee goes neatly into garbage and the press just needs a rinse

                    1. re: SGFoxe

                      We also love the aeropress, and prefer it to a French press. I even have one that I leave at work. We collect the used coffee grounds and throw them on the potted plants. We rinse it after use and from time to time I throw the pieces in the dishwasher.

                  2. Have you considered a Bialettei Moka Pot? I love love love mine and the great coffee it makes - Super easy to use and can be had for around $50 +/-