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Jul 21, 2011 09:45 AM

Please help me find a Non-Plastic auto-drip coffee maker.

Does anyone know where I can find an auto-drip coffee maker that does not filter through plastic? Finding one has been an impossibility for me. I want to be clear; I am not looking for an espresso maker or a french press. I've been getting by each morning filtering my french-press coffee using a funnel directly into the mug. If I want two cups? I have to repeat the process quickly before the coffee gets cold. You see my dilemma? I am committed to removing plastic form my kitchen, particularly where hot liquids and foods are concerned.

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  1. Not auto drip, but would a Chemex work for you? I have one and can say it makes excellent coffee, but you have to use high quality beans, something "normal" like Dunkin Donuts coffee doesn't taste so great using the Chemex.

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    1. re: Rick

      Thanks. No, i havent but i did have it in my "save for later" section of my amazon for awhile til i decided i could just use the funnel and filters i already had and spend $0 for a machine that would do the same thing. The convenience is in the auto-drip. And also that plate that keeps your second cup hot while u drink your first.

      1. re: crowmuncher

        Did you ever find a "plastic free" programmable coffee maker?

    2. I'm not sure about an auto-drip, but Frieling makes porcelain cones that are excellent.

      i bought this for compact car camping and found that it makes better coffee than my home auto-drip machine. I shot for 195 degree water and dripped it directly into coffee mugs.

      Be sure to read the Amazon comments for tips and tricks.

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      1. re: redrako

        I have this item and have used it -- since I like my coffee 'piping' hot, if not heated, it sucks the heat out of the coffee as it is dripping.

        1. re: Rella

          Yes, i heat my steel funnel for this very reason. I wonder how ceramic works differently? Do you think it would be a frivolous purchase given i already have a funnel? I just have way too much stuff in my small kitchen already. Thanks!

          1. re: crowmuncher

            I found with the porcelain cone that I bought that it was difficult to find a container to fit the bottom of the cone. More so than the melita cones; maybe because it is heavy, it seems more precarious. But I like it because it is ceramic. I think the extra step of pouring hot water to heat the ceramic first might be offputting to some. That extra step is not offputting to me as I use an espresso machine, and making coffee that way is time consuming.

            I, too have much too much stuff in my bigger-than-small kitchen :-)) If money is no object, perhaps you might like it better, and use it exclusively.

            1. re: Rella

              The steel one isn't bad and it does hold the filters pretty good when I clip them, but I do see how ceramic would hold heat even longer- just like our mugs-thanks!

          2. re: Rella

            Good point about heat retention. Your comment reminded me of the second time I used this camping I poured the just less than boiling water into the mugs and then through the filter.

            I think when I use this at home this fall, I'll pour some boiling water through the porcelain before I add the paper filter and coffee.

          3. re: redrako

            Is the water reservoir made of plastic, glass or SS?

            1. re: watashi4456

              Redrako is talking about a porcelain cone for making drip coffee manually, not an auto-drip machine, so there's no water reservoir.

          4. I've been looking for the same thing and having no luck. There are a few commercial all-metal coffee makers, but (A) they're enormous (B) they're usually aluminum and (C) the coffee still passes through a plastic valve and spigot. The closest I've found are the old stainless stovetop vacuum coffee pots. They'll definitely do several cups at a time and have no plastic whatsoever. Have you taken a look at those?

            1. PS: Something I found in my own research: -- all ceramic and gorgeous, but I don't think it was ever mass-produced. Such a shame.

              1. Thanks hounds! I currently use a stainless steel funnel. The ceramic one looks good too. Yes it does taste better. Ive been drinking kona these days so please dont worry about me trying to filter dunkin d's. The ceramic maker looks good also. No i have never found an old model, i wonder how $$ that wud b? There are more plastic alternatives in stores lately. I think it's about time they make one available. There is a market for it just like there's a market for glass food storage containers and stainless steel water bottles.

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                1. re: crowmuncher

                  An aside comment re alternatives, crowmuncher. As a result of chowhound poster's search for stainless steel bowl for a rice cooker, I bought the Miracle Rice Cooker, even though I have a Zojirushi. There are many that are looking for alternatives to plastic used in cookware; sooner or later we may have a choice.

                  1. re: crowmuncher

                    The old steel vacuum stovetop models run around $45 on eBay. Some people seem to have dead stock that's never even been used, so it might be worth a look. They're not electric and don't work by drip, though.