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Feb 10, 2010 11:43 AM

Best coffeemaker?

... no longer interested in going to starbucks early a.m. in the snow.

Can someone recommend a coffeemaker that looks very stylish (and black) and makes good (and easy) coffee?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. There's a couple of key variables to control for good coffee, and one of them is temperature of the water and brewing time. For almost every automatic out there, they fail in those two regards- they can't get the temp hot enough, ideally 195-205, and the brewing time is too long.

    The technivorm is the only automatic coffeemaker that I'm aware of that actually gets those two things right, but you'll have to pay for that although it will be cheaper in the long run than getting coffee from starbucks.

    You can also get good tasting coffee with something like manual drip, chemex, or press pot, but they'll be more work.

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    1. re: hobbess

      I've had a Technivorm for years. It makes great coffee, is a very simple design and is built very well. I got mine from

      1. re: saeyedoc

        Same here. IMHO this is the very best coffeemaker and everyone I know who bought one (after seeing mine) is very happy with it.

        1. re: Carole

          Add me to the list of happy TechniVorm owners. I've had my KBTS for over three years & love it. The only other "clean brew" method I was considering was brewing with a cone filter directly into a thermal carafe, & boiling the water in a copper kettle. The total price (at the time) was the same as a TechniVorm, but without any of the convenience.

    2. For me, best coffeemaker is one of those devices that hold a paper filter and you put it right on top of your coffee cup then pour hot water into it. Mine is red, but they probably come in black.

      You should also consider stove top espresso pots (Bialetti and similar). In my opinion they don't make very good espresso, but they do make an excellent cup of coffee. Just adjust the grind to your taste.

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      1. re: Zeldog

        I'm with Zeldog - I love the manual method of making coffee. I have a Beehouse, but I've used plastic ones in the past. I love it for the following reasons:

        1. It makes a great-tasting cup of coffee
        2. It takes up zero counter space
        3. It uses no electricity
        4. There is no waste - I make exactly the amount of coffee I want to drink
        5. It makes a great-tasting cup of coffee

      2. I use an Aeropresso (from Amazon). I love it. It's really simple, quick, and fun. You can microwave your water to the right temp and make a few cups.

        1. Marisa Dvari, assuming that you are talking about quaffing coffee, and not espresso, the best taste is extracted by vacuum pots, among which the king is the Cona (expensive) and the workhorse is the Hario Nouveau (pictured). As for "stylish," all vac pots are (as you can see) wow-your-friends stylish.

          That takes care of the "good" half. Making coffee in either a Cona or a Hario is also "easy," the third or fourth time you do it. The first or second time, there is a steep (but short) learning curve. But any vac pot does take more personal involvement than an automatic drip machine does. Our Hario Nouveau, for instance, has an alcohol burner, which requires keeping a stock of alcohol on hand, and one needs to keep track of the time from when the water "goes north" (from the lower bowl up to the coffee grounds in the upper bowl) so that the alcohol burner can be capped about three minutes later to allow the coffee to "go south" (sucked by vacuum down to the lower bowl).

          Our Hario Nouveau comprises the main steel stand, the lower bowl, the upper "syphon" (upper bowl) which has a rubber sleeve gasket to make an airtight fit into the lower bowl, a two-piece screw-together filter holder, the filter itself (we use Melitta "disc" paper filters, but washable cloth filters are available), the alcohol burner that sits in the stand under the lower bowl, and the holder for the syphon for when the syphon is removed from the lower bowl. Not part of the Hario is a small cap for the lower bowl that we added to keep the coffee warmer after the syphon has been removed. All of those parts except the stand, the alcohol burner, and the paper filter go into the dishwasher, but one needs to disassemble them to put them into the dishwasher. .

          There is one (1) "automatic" electric vacuum pot coffee maker, the Bodum Electric Santos (comes in your choice of colors, orange, blue, or clear) -- but it may have been discontinued -- it no longer is listed on the Bodum USA website.

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          1. re: Politeness

            I know a lot of the fanboys lust after the Hario TCA-2 for their vac pot, but I don't how much of it has to do it is due to it being really difficult to find in America. As soon as Starbucks bought Clover, how many shops dropped it even though they had previously said how it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

            But, I wouldn't call that process 'easy'- manual drippers like Hario V60 and a vacpot Hario TCA-2 are a lot more technical with a steeper learning curve than most people expect.

            1. re: hobbess

              hobbess: "I know a lot of the fanboys lust after the Hario TCA-2 for their vac pot, but I don't how much of it has to do it is due to it being really difficult to find in America."

              I would hardly call myself a "fanboy," but we have used a Hario Nouveau exclusively for the past eight years for one reason only: taste. After using high-end drip coffee makers for decades, we were completely won over by the taste of the coffee that the Hario Nouveau makes.

              Anybody with a PayPal account and access to the Internet can get a Hario Nouveau (model NCA-3, superior to the TCA-2 Syphon Tech): (Canada is part of North America, isn't it?)

          2. Check out the Jura Capresso series. I currently have a C9 and love it. Yes it's an overkill for a cup of morning coffee, but if you have 2 or more coffee drinker at home, you'll end up saving money within a year for not going to Starbucks everyday.

            Making a cup of coffee involves more than hitting 3 buttons (on,make,off). There're some other chores invovled - filling up the water tank, making sure oily coffee beans don't stick together, emptying out the coffee grounds every few days... There are also other regular descaling maintenance you have to do every few months, depends on your usage, and they're all automatic. You drop in a cleaning tablet into the machine and it'll do all the work for you.