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Wanted: A 10-cup Coffee Maker That Will Also Make 2-4 Cups

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Most of the time, I want to make only 2-4 cups of coffee and I have an old Mr. Coffee machine that does the job. However, every once in a while I need to make 8-10 cups of coffee. I have seen various machines (Cuisinart is one) that are designed for the larger amount but claim to be able to make 2-4 cups of equivalent quality.

Do these machines do the job or are there significant disadvantages that I need to know? I really don't want to have two machines if one will do. And if they do the job, which brand should I go for?

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  1. my cuisinart, which i bought at costco years ago, does the job.

    1. It's pricey, but a Capresso model like the MT500 has a 3-5 cups setting. I have one; it works great, and it is said to be the only electric drip machine apart from the very pricey Technivorm to bring water to the ideal temperatures for brewing.

      http://capresso.com/coffee-makers-mt5...

      Consider using a French press or a Melitta cone set-up as cheaper alternatives?

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      1. re: Bada Bing

        Gotta agree strongly with the FP option. They make large ones that are SS and insulated. Make as much or as little as you like plus throw in an electric kettle (with the puchase, not the coffee) and you will get better coffee, faster, and the ability to get a pot of boiling water for other uses. The Melitta makes fine coffee, but it is more work, more variable, and more time-consuming and I have never seen aten cup Melitta. I have an old ceramic Melitta, and when I use it I put a tea cozy over it.

      2. I purchased a Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker and I am very happy.

        It's great for smaller quantities and a second pot can brew while you enjoy the first.

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        1. re: Sid Post

          Sid, will it really make 5 cups? My old coffee maker is supposed to make 4 cups but it doesn't come close. I can get 3 cups but it's tight.

          I think today's cups are bigger than those from twenty years ago!

          1. re: ambrose

            It really depend on your cup size. In Japan I believe they use 6 ounce cups, Europe 4, USA 8.

            I'd guess I get a true 30 ounces of each pot. It fills two of those really tall coffee mugs which I think are 16 ounces.

            1. re: Sid Post

              "In Japan I believe they use 6 ounce cups, Europe 4, USA 8."

              Slight disagreement: I believe the traditional US coffee cup (that your grandparents used) holds 6 oz. This should be what brewers on the US market are gauged towards. I have a brewer targeted towards the Euro market & it does indeed use 4 oz coffee cups (one liter for 8 cups of coffee). At 33 oz, I measure water & coffee into it at 5-1/2 US cups of coffee.

            2. re: ambrose

              Just came back from the kitchen.

              My measuring cup put 24 ounces of water in the tank with room for about 6 more. Subtract a little for the filter and grounds and, you are probably closer to 24 true ounces of rich dark coffee (3 heaping scoops in my case).