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Aug 14, 2012 03:43 PM

Small drip/filter coffee maker?

Does anyone have a small drip (filter) coffee maker that they really like. I'm looking for a 2-4 cup machine that is of reasonable quality...sort of like the larger Cuisinart or Breville machines, but smaller. Any recommendations?

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  1. Would you consider a manual pour over? If so, you'd get a ton of bang for your buck with a Hario V60 cone, some filters, and a kettle.

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    1. re: aburkavage

      Second the v60, its what I am using while separated from my syphon and am thoroughly enjoying it.

    2. With good coffee and good water, I make do with the El Cheapos - a 4 cup Mr. Coffee with a reusable filter, and a Sylvania 5 cup (or less) with paper filters. The Sylvania is faster. Both are light and travel well.

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      1. re: Veggo

        Totally agree! With this kind of coffeemaker, I think the quality of the coffee is much more important than the brand of the appliance.

        1. re: Veggo

          I keep my Mr. Coffee 4 cup w/reuseable filter in the trunk of my car. Saturday morning at a hotel had to make 3 pots w/coffee I had freshly ground at home. Not bad!

        2. I can vouch for the krups 4-cup.

          1. Zojirushi Zutto 5-cup! I love it! Easy to clean, great design, and makes the best coffee I've had that wasn't a manual pour-over. It's a little expensive but it was well worth the money to me. If mine broke tomorrow after having used it for a year I would buy another one immediately.

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            1. re: la2tokyo

              Just bought the Zojirushi Zutto and likewise love it, although I've only used it twice. One thing however would make it does not automatically shut off after a period of time, does it? The on/off light is not especially prominent, so I'm going to have to be careful to remember to turn it off.

              1. re: josephnl

                I love mine. The water reservoir is removable so it is easy to fill and doesn't make a mess on the counter.

                There isn't any automatic shutoff so you need to turn it off when you get the last cup.

            2. I have a White-Westinghouse 4 cup. No bells; no whistles. I dont even know if they make them any longer.

              I use it 2 or 3 times a day nearly every day and I have done so for more than 4 years. When I notice it is taking longer to make the coffee, I run a pot of white vinegar through it and that takes care of it.

              I don't need an instruction manual or a service agreement on it. I won't be looking for parts when it stops working.

              It just makes darn good coffee because I spend my money on good beans.