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Jun 16, 2011 03:12 PM

What's the best paper filter coffee maker or drip pot system you've used?

Caffeinated Chowhounds:

Can any hard-core coffee lovers recommend a coffee maker with paper filters that makes really, really good coffee? I don't drink coffee at all, but want to get one as a gift. I know there's the whole water temperature issue with electric makers, so recommendations of non-electric models (just pots where you manually pour hot water in the top) would be OK, too. If it's electric, I'd like to spend less than $150 or so. I don't want to get a system that uses pre-packed coffee cartridges and only want to get a model that uses some sort of paper filter.

Thank you,

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  1. I like the Zojirushi. Bomb-proof with a nice SS carafe and no heater.

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      Just got one of those and lurve it to bits.

    2. Clever Coffee Dripper $15

      Taylor Clock and Multi-Timer $15

      PINO Pro Digital Electric Kettle $70

      You could geek it out a little further with a scale for $25 - 40 but more importantly - does your gift recipient have a burr grinder?

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      1. re: scarmoza

        Second the Clever Coffee Dripper with enthusiasm. It's affordable. It's no-tech. There's nothing to break. The coffee is excellent and tailored to individual preferences. The only drawback is it makes a single large cup of coffee or 2 small ones at most (if you're talking cafe au lait).

        1. re: scarmoza

          The Clever should be pretty foolproof. It even can be forgiving of not having a burr grinder from what I understand, but you could add a manual one like Hario Mini Mill for another $40.

          1. re: scarmoza

            Fourth the Clever Coffee Dripper. Awesome coffee and so simple. Spend the money on a good burr grinder.

            1. re: Vetter

              All right. I'm definitely leaning toward the Clever Coffee Dripper. What's a good model of burr grinder, please?

              1. re: ninrn

                The good electric ones are going to set you back upwards of $150 (new). Check out sweetmarias.

                I have the Hario Mini Mill which is probably the least expensive burr grinder on the market at $30 (new). It's a manual grinder - so, I would only recommend it as a gift to someone who is dedicated and able to get a workout while they wait for their water to boil.

          2. Hario V-60 is great. The ceramic pour-over filter is around $20, the special kettle with narrow spout is like $50-60.

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            1. re: will47

              Do you use your Hario kettle on the stovetop? Gas or electric?

              1. re: scarmoza

                I'm not the coffee maker in the house, and since I already have a glass kettle which has a very controllable pour, we don't have the special Hario kettle. I got one for my dad, though, and I think he's used it successfully on an electric stovetop, and I know it's induction capable. I would guess with a gas stove you might want to boil the water separately and transfer into this kettle.

                1. re: will47

                  The reason I ask is because I've only seen the Hario kettle used as a transfer vessel and never on the stove top. If it does do well on the stovetop it would make an adorable Hario gift set along with the Hario Mini MIll, Hario V-60.


              This might be the kind of thing you're looking for, a Chemex.

              1. I have a Cuisinart grind and brew with a glass carafe. I like it a lot, no major complaints--I set the timer and coffee is hot and ready when I wake up. You can get one at Macy's for less than $100, and they also offer a model with a thermal carafe. They both use basket-type filters (paper or the included gold permanent filter.