Drip Coffee Maker recommendation
Did a search and came up surprisingly empty. I'm looking to replace a 12-cup Krups, standard drip coffee maker. Haven't checked Consumer Reports, but will. Does anyone have any first-hand advice - to the good or the bad?
I've been really happy with the coffee making performance of the Krups, but from the time it was new, the door to the brewing coffee compartment would randomly swing open, allowing the coffee to drip all over the counter top and onto the floor. (another good use for duct tape was defined.) This week, it happened one time to many and I'm now looking for a replacement.
I've had great luck (& great coffee!) from the basic Braun drip brewers. I've owned two & they each worked flawlessly for 9-10 years before dying. After the last one died I started using the free Krups brewer I got from Gevalia & experienced the same brew compartment non-clasping problem. Build quality was just not as good as the Braun.
I've been using a TechniVorm KBTS for the past 4 yrs & couldn't be happier. The price is a little much, but I hope not to buy another brewer for at least 20 yrs.
CocoaNut, do not misinterpret the sentence that follows as a lecture from the Snob Factor Police, as it is not intended that way at all. In the balance between flavor and convenience, the choice of the drip brewing method in and of itself is a choice to tip toward the convenience side. To get superior coffee from a drip coffee maker is possible, but it requires the manufacturer of the coffee maker to implement expensive workarounds.
To get superior flavor from a drip coffee maker, the coffee maker must be designed with extraordinary measures to keep the water hot as it travels from the place where it is heated to the place where it contacts the coffee grounds; ideally the water should be heated to boiling point (212° F. at sea level) or very near it, so that it can contact the coffee grounds at about 205° F., the ideal brewing temperature. Most drip coffee makers heat the water with a coil in the base (because the coil is usually the heaviest component in a mostly plastic appliance, the weight of the coil helps to stabilize unit on the countertop), and then send it to the coffee grounds in a long tube that often passes through the water reservoir above it. Very few drip coffee makers heat the water hot enough to begin with (more heat stresses the other components in the appliance), and the tube is cooled by passing through the reservoir, so that commonly the water that hits the grounds will be only about 165° to 170°, which will brew coffee, but not as well as 205° water will.
As others have noted and will note, Technivorm has taken the extraordinary measures to get the water hot enough and keep it hot all the way to the grounds, so Technivorm is rightly regarded as the ne plus ultra among drip coffee makers for brewing flavorful coffee. But Technivorms are expensive.
The next step down, in both price and brew quality, still pretty good, probably is the Melitta Clarity -- but it is discontinued, good luck finding one. After that, the Capresso MT500. You still would be parting with about two Benjamin Franklins for an MT500. Go much below that, though, and the convenience features should get more of your attention than the brew quality.
thanks for all the input. I'll have to check in on some of the top dogs in coffee brewing, but will liking remain in the 100-150$ range. And thanks Politeness for your extensive and tactful information.
I'n my past, I've had a Braun, Krups and Gevalia and probably a Mr. Coffee somewhere along the line. With the exception of M.C, they've alll brewed a very nice cup of coffee - I honestly think I liked the Gevalia the best and had no problems with it. I knew it was made/styled after one that I'd owned before. Thought it was a Braun, as it was different than my current Krups.
Wineguy, FWIW, Consumer Reports gives top billing to the Cuisinart Brew Central model. The price is certainly right, but conversely, it seems to draw quite a lot of review negativity with complaints of leaking (that's a biggie) and less importantly, a small opening to the water reservoir - lots of spillage. Input?
Years also I owned one of the (manual espresso) brands from Starbucks. WAY too labor intensive for me! I want a good cup of coffee, but am more about immediate gratification.
CocoaNut, no complaints from me regarding this coffee maker. I haven't had any leaking from my Cuisinart. I agree that the opening to the reservoir is smallish, and it took me a few tries initially to become an expert marksman. The opening to the reservoir is shaped such that one can balance the coffee spout at the precipice and easily pour the water into the reservoir.
Another feature I appreciate about the Cuisinart is the temperature control of the hotplate. My coffee can sit awhile, if necessary, and not burn up. Additionally, it eventually turns itself off if I fail to remember to do so.
the Technivorm is intriguing. I love press coffee and use a double walled SS press (with an old Russell Hobbs to heat the water). My wife hates the grit even though she acknowledges the brew is great. She uses an old ceramic Melitta and throws a tea cosy over it to keep it warm. It is about as good as any drip coffee I have had. We got tired of the mediocre performance and limited life expectancy of Brauns, Krups, Capressos, etc. but we gave up on auto before Technivorm had proliferated. Anyone with one they are that much better than, say, a Capresso?
junescook Feb 27, 2010
Our latest coffee maker is the CR top-rated thermal carafe type, Zojirushi. We found it on line for about $69 including shipping. It uses the melitta style filters, heats the water high enough to make good, strong coffeee, and keeps it hot for three hours or so without burning it.
We'll never go back to the hot-plate type.
I ended up buying the Cuisinart 2600, 14-cup maker. I think it was $99 at Best Buy. Having now brewed several pots in amounts of 6, 10 and the full 14, I'm pretty pleased with the result. It produces as good a cup as does my retired Krups and Gevalia. (I think in was my Braun that I thought didn't get the water hot enough for a good flavor extract)
Besides a decent brew, my biggest requirements were at least a 12 cup pot and an auto-turn-off. Having both, the added features are an actual no-drip pour spout, an L-M-H hot plate setting, a regular/bold flavor setting and a 2-4 cup setting. A bonus is, it received consistently high ratings regardless of the review site. The only drawback (so far) is that the pot itself is heavier (even empty) and I didn't take that into account, so that's on me.
I've only this morning made the lesser amount of 7 cups and will bump up to the "bold" setting as the "regular" setting isn't producing a deep enough flavor.
Thanks to all for your input. Had I been looking to spend the $$$, I definitely would have looked closely at the Technivorm. Happy New Year!