Dunkin’ Donuts may have coined the phrase “America Runs on Dunkin’,” but there’s no denying Americans run on just about any ol’ cup of Joe they can get their hands on. Whether you brew your own at home each morning, scramble through your local drive-thru on your way downtown, or merely opt for a Venti half-caff triple breve latte from Starbucks, coffee is likely a mandatory part of your daily routine. However, for those of you who decide to brew on your own, the variety of coffee makers on the market might leave you scratching your head when it comes time to pick up an at-home applicant for doing so.
If you’re like us, you take your daily coffee seriously and want to get the most out of each precious brew. So, just like there’s more to coffee than Folgers in your cup, there’s also more to coffee makers than a $15 Black & Decker you picked up at the local Target. The problem is, your local appliance store doesn’t help much, considering you only have the option of perusing the wares, rather than sampling the bean-abetted goods. To help make the process less of a headache, we’ve scoured the Web to find the best coffee makers currently available. What follows are five of the best coffee makers worthy of helping you get your daily caffeine fix.
Bonavita 1900TS ($180)
Possibly the last drip-coffee machine you’ll ever want to own, Bonavita’s 1900TS aims to revolutionize the at-home coffee experience. The 1900TS takes up little more than a sliver of real estate in your kitchen with its incredibly compact design, which prevents it from sticking out like a sore thumb. Aesthetics aside, this Bonavita model packs a serious punch, arguably producing the best cup of drip coffee you’ll ever taste. It does so by utilizing the underused process of pre-infusion, which wets the coffee grounds a few minutes before brewing. Pre-infusion allows for your coffee to extract evenly, producing a more consistent brew — and a hell of a good cup of coffee. Moreover, the device’s thermal carafe keeps the coffee piping hot (around 150 degrees) for nearly four hours after the brew cycle completes. Compact, sleek, and efficient, Bonavita’s 1900TS is the cream of the coffee-maker crop.
Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew ($90)
Consistency and efficiency go a long way in making a coffee maker stand out from the crowd, both of which Mr. Coffee’s Optimal Brew machine achieves with ease. Outfitted with a stainless steel thermal carafe, the Optimal Brew keeps your beverage hotter than your average coffee maker. Moreover, the vacuum-insulated carafe keeps each pot hot regardless of whether it’s sitting within the machine or conveniently on your kitchen counter. Mr. Coffee also equipped the machine with a removable water reservoir, rendering the task of refilling the tank an absolute breeze. Users can program the machine to brew at a set time each day, too, or choose from either normal or bold-brew cycles. Delicious coffee and a straightforward feature set simply can’t be had for a cheaper price.
Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System ($200)
Like Bonavita’s 1900TS, the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System features the unique ability to pre-soak a batch of coffee grounds before beginning the brew process. Its oversized shower head also ensures the grounds soak evenly, while its pulsing water flow allows for the perfect amount of saturation during each brew cycle. The impressive device also provides a means for quickly setting a start time and boasts an insulated carafe capable of keeping each pot of coffee warm for multiple hours. Furthermore, for those concerned with coffee-industry standards, you’ll be happy to know the Specialty Coffee Association of America even slapped its stamp of approval upon the model, highlighting its resounding brewing quality. The price tag might be a little high, but the Brazen Plus Coffee Brew System is a worthy companion for any coffee aficionado.
Bunn My Cafe MCU ($200)
Easily the most versatile coffeemaker on our roundup, Bunn’s My Cafe MCU gives coffee lovers loads of options when brewing a cup of Joe. The device is capable of handling regular coffee grounds, K-Cups, coffee pods, and various teas, granting it the upper hand when it comes to flexibility. The downside? The My Cafe comes standard with several brew heads to accommodate its aforementioned versatility, meaning it requires a tad more storage space than typical coffee makers and their accompanying accessories. Still, don’t let the lone gripe detract you from just how great the machine is as a whole; few coffee makers offer as much functionality as the My Cafe. The fact that it brews coffee or tea in under a minute and looks good while doing it makes it even more attractive.
Krups Cup-On-Request ($300)
With Krups’s Cup-On-Request coffee maker, you can say goodbye to handling a carafe and hello to optimization. Not only does coffee brewed with this machine stay at the high temperatures necessary to successfully brew a good cup of coffee, but the machine keeps the resulting coffee hot for several hours. The machine also stores the entire pot of coffee within its interior, allowing you to pour your desired amount of coffee with a simple press of a button on the device’s upper interface. Moreover, the Cup-On-Request features a compact build designed for convenient storage. The steep price may steer some away, but it’s still a fantastic coffee machine capable of producing some of the best coffee around.