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Jan 13, 2012 10:54 AM

Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

Our third Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker just died.
It is predeceased by a Keurig brand machine.
I have given up on these machines and I am now searching for a dependable drip machine.
Any recommendations?
I initially considered the Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker - but it doesn't get great reviews.

Thank you!

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  1. Zojirushi. Keurig and its ilk are mostly junk designed to pick-pocket consumers behind the old "convenience" disguise.

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      We went from a Keurig to a Zo and are v v happy with it.

      1. I love my Technivorm Mocha master. It delivers water at two hundred degrees for best extraction. Stainless carafe keeps breakfast coffee hot enough to drink at lunch. I've owned mine for 5 years without problems. Only downside is $280 price.

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        1. re: chejfeff

          If you can afford it, the Technivorm is the way to go for a drip coffeemaker. But that's a big "if" - probably too expensive for 95% of consumers.

          1. re: monopod

            heard great things about those, but as far as I know, they don't make a programmable, all in one unit where beans go in and coffee comes out at a programmed time. With the morning rush, not having to set up and brew the coffee is a big factor!

            1. re: monopod

              I bet those 95% of consumers spend more than $300 on junk food and other junk. In the long run $300 is not too expensive and represents maybe a month or two of Starburcks coffee.

            2. re: chejfeff

              we just got a mocha master as a wedding present, and it is amazing! They are super expensive though...

              1. re: chejfeff

                They are expensive but the Mocha master is the one if you want high quality drip. Just be sure to couple it with a quality burr grinder. My coffee is heads and shoulders above anything you can get in most restaurants AND coffee shops.

                1. re: meadandale

                  I have had technivorms for years, but honestly it is nothing more than a Melitta with aotomated water heating and pouring. Alton Brown once suggested a water heating carafe and a melitta setup. Poor man's tecnivorm for a fraction of the price

                1. Call me crazy, but I brew great coffee in a Mr. Coffee drip. I have outfitted it with a gold basket, I grind my own beans, and clean it regularly. It was something like $20 after a coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond. I used to have a Krups before this, and it was good too.

                  Funny, but I just got a Keurig compact model for my daughter for college. She doesn't drink a lot of coffee, and ground coffee sitting unused to two weeks would turn my stomach, so I decided to go the Kcup route for her. It seems to do a decent job, and I don't expect it to get heavy use (at least until finals week!). I was surprised at how pricey these machines are, and also by the price of Kcups. Even at $12 to $15 per pound, my coffee been set up is a lot cheaper. Haven't done the math yet, but I get a lot more than 20 cups out of a pound of coffee beans, so it seems obvious. Hope it lasts.

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                  1. re: RGC1982

                    I have almost the same setup for my AM caffeine fix and I like it. I also have a French press but it seldom gets used, except for when I am entertaining. I buy 8 O'Clock brown bag beans and grind my own.

                    I previously have a Krupp and I wasn't impressed with the design or build quality.

                    1. re: RGC1982

                      We used regular 8 O Clock coffee, I grind my beans, and I just didn't like the coffee I got with a Mr. Coffee. It is interesting how different people get different results from similar equipment and food.

                    2. We really love our Capresso CoffeeTeam Therm. The new model is the CoffeeTeam TS (there's one with a glass carafe too, but the thermal carafe is a must I think) and it has been redesigned to be even more compact.

                      The CoffeeTeam has a quality burr grinder and is fully programmable, so we have it set to grind the beans and make the coffee fresh just before we wake up.

                      Only two minor complaints: one, the bean container only holds enough beans for two pots, at least at the strength we make it. Two, very oily beans like a French Roast can sometimes clog in the chute from the grinder to the filter, resulting in a pot of hot water. It's rare, though. The new design may fix that since the whole grinder to filter configuration has changed.

                      Totally easy to clean and take care of, makes amazingly great coffee.