please tell me about your dream coffee maker!
i'm not a coffee drinker, but my wife is. i'd like to get her a new coffee maker for christmas and don't know where to begin my search nor what to look for. any recommendations for the ULTIMATE coffee maker?
I think the ultimate coffee maker is a Technivorm. You can get them online or at some high end kitchen stores. They brew the coffee at the perfect temp, very quickly and you can get a thermal carafe that keeps it hot for a long time. It doesn't have a timer, but since it only takes a few minutes to brew, you don't really miss it. I love mine! I'm the only coffee drinker in my house, and I think it's perfect.
I've been roasting my own coffee for years (Hearthware iRoast2), then grinding (Capresso burr grinder), and then brewing it in my Technivorm Moccamaster. Technivorm makes very nice coffee makers and I recommend them. SweetMarias is an excellent site both for coffee gear and green beans. Good luck!