When you’re in the market for a new coffee maker, and you find a range of machines with prices from $15 up to $200 and even more, there’s no doubt you’ll get confused. Coffee makers are seemingly the same, but the truth is, not all coffee makers are created equally.
Coffee makers are not just about how many cups they make or their auto on/off features. The quality of a coffee maker is measured by the way it extracts and brews the coffee and its ability to get the most out of your beans to give you a flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee.
What Affects The Quality of a Cup of Coffee at Home?
- Of course, it all starts with the coffee itself. Use a quality brand, and the fresher the grind, the better. The best way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee is by grinding your beans just before brewing.
- Choose a coffee maker that allows you to adjust the strength of your coffee so you can customize your drink to your taste. This would usually mean adjusting the amount of time the water is steeping the coffee in. The stronger you want the coffee, the longer your machine will keep the coffee ground steeping in water before dripping it down to the carafe.
- How the coffee maker extracts the coffee makes all the difference. The average coffee maker will simply shoot water down on the coffee ground (similar to a faucet), which would result in an uneven extraction of the coffee. A great coffee maker has a showerhead that spreads the water evenly on all the coffee ground, resulting in a full and even extraction of the coffee ground.
- The coffee maker should be able to brew at a temperature of 195 to 200F, which is the optimal temperature for coffee brewing.
Which Drip Coffee Maker Makes The Best Coffee at Home?
We highly recommend that you go for a coffee maker that is certified by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). SCAA certified coffee makers are guaranteed to brew at the right temperature, the perfect time and within the SCAA Golden Cup recommendations for the best cup of coffee.
Now, we realize you might be on a budget, or not keen on spending a fortune on a coffee maker, so we’ll start our recommendations with the most affordable options.
Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1500:
This coffee maker would cost you less than $100, much like many coffee makers out there, but it will make you a far superior cup of coffee.
The Bonavita has a very simple one button operation. Switch it on and it’s ready to go. It heats water up to 195-205F, has a showerhead for an even extraction and has a pre-infusion option that blooms fresh coffee ground to de-gas it.
How long the Bonavita takes to brew and how strong your brew is will depend on the coarseness of the coffee ground you’re using. It’s always fun to experiment with this until you get your favorite result.
The Bonavita is also available in models BV1800 and BV1900, you can read about the difference between them here.
KitchenAid Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Maker:
The KitchenAid mimic the pour-over brewing method, automatically. The heats water at the top of the brewer to minimize any heat loss, and it reaches temperature up to 204F. The digital display on the machine shows you each step of the brewing process, as well as a clock and the settings for an auto on option.
The KitchenAid also has a Roast selector, a setting that allows you to choose according to the type of roast you’re brewing, medium or dark, which allows you to taste the subtle differences between these roasts. You can read our review of the KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee Maker here.
Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker:
One of the great things about the Brazen Plus is that it allows YOU to set the temperature of your brew. You can choose from 190 to 210F. Another great feature is its oversized showerhead and pulse water flow which saturates the coffee ground even better. Other features include auto on start, digital clock, thermal carafe and more. Click here to read our comparison of the Brazen Plus vs. Bonavita.
Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker:
This is the top of the line coffee maker that is preferred by most. It is the best for its highest quality, the Moccamaster is fully handmade in the Netherlands and it’s certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of American and Europe.
The Moccamaster is able to brew a full or half carafe, in 4 to 6 minutes. It has a manual drip-stop brew basket with 3 positions, two will allow you to adjust the flow of the coffee and a third to stop it completely for when you want to remove the carafe. It heats water up to 205F with auto shut-off after brew.
Watch The Coffee Makers in Action:
KitchenAid Automatic Pour-Over:
Unboxing of the Brazen Plus: