Nice Coffee Maker made in the USA, France, or Italy
Hello, I am looking for a quality coffee maker that is preferably not made in China.
I need it to be able to make single cups or whole carafes of coffee and at varying strengths.
I would like the carafe to be glass.
It does not also need to be able to make espressos but that would be a plus.
Preferably it would be stainless steel.
I am looking to spend between $100-300 dollars.
Does anyone have any suggestions of coffee makers that they have used and liked?
thanks a lot
If you don't mind some work, I think a Melitta ten cup pour over is great. For single servings, I like the clever coffee dripper. The latter is made in Taiwan.
Just to be clear, rores28... Taiwan isn't China, but anyway, what about a Technivorm product made in the Netherlands?
They retail at the top of your price range, but has just about every seal of approval a coffee geek could want...If you order from Roastmasters.com, they provide a descaler kit and filters and a pound of whole bean coffee, plus continental US shipping:
http://www.roastmasters.com/kbts.html... or, if you prefer to go with Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Moccamaster-792... .
The Aeropress doesn't fit every one of your criteria, but it's not far.
- Made in USA.
- Makes single cups of varying strength and character, to your tastes
- Capable of making very good cups of coffee that stand up to any other method
- Very affordable ($25-30 or so)
- Makes a decent pseudo espresso (or espresso-strength coffee) that can also be useful for Americanos and mochas and such
- Made of plastic
- Best used for only one cup of coffee at a time - cannot make a whole carafe
- Has a bit of a learning curve
- More work than most higher tech coffee makers - comparable to a manual pour-over cone.
For something that can make more coffee, the Technivorm is invariably well-reviewed and is made in Holland IIRC. It fits most of your criteria. Can't make or approximate espresso. But it's way up at the top end of your price range (~$300). Doesn't give you quite as much control as you have with an Aeropress or pour-over cone, but it's easy to use. There may be more affordable Western-made drip brewers of similar quality out there, but I haven't messed around with auto drip brewers enough to tell you.
I don't own one and have never made coffee from it. I have drank coffee made in one - it was a very good, well-balanced cup of coffee, though notably it was also made from very good coffee beans. The operation of it looked fairly simple and easy.
I don't know how much control it offers of brew strength. Aside from controlling the ratio of coffee to water, I have heard of people pausing the brewing for a bit after the grounds are wet to increase brew strength, but I haven't messed around with this myself and haven't drank enough cups made from a technivorm to get a good idea of its full capabilities.
I sprung for the Technivorm about 3 years ago and have never looked back. Roasting and, of course, grinding the beans myself provides enough variables to take into account without having to wonder if your coffee-maker is up to the task. Water temp when it hits the ground coffee is key to extracting the maximum flavor. The Technivorm delivers.
FWIW, if you don't have good hand strength, the Aeropress may be a bit of a challenge, but it does make a pretty good single cup.
For the larger sizes, look at Technivorm or the Breville unit...
I bought the Brevile for the office for it's formfactor, built in grinder. Their carafe mode is okay, but their single cup mode have variable steep/brew strengths and makes a pretty mean cup of coffee too.
COO for electronics I've stopped caring a longtime ago.
Tools, high end AV electronics. cookware, yes.
For a coffeemaker, factor in the latter like features and how good it brews - you would be hard pressed to find one that does both and is not made in RPC
Good coffee is all about the beans freshness and the grinding of them just before brewing, That said there are many different types of coffee makers, both manual and automatic. The most exciting one is the Brazen by Behmor. While very new to the market, I think will end up being the very top of the line for auto brewers.