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Brew a fine cup of joe with one of these five great coffee makers

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.

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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.

The Best

Bonavita 1900TS ($140)

Bonavita 1900TS Thumb

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 8-cup 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.

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The Rest

It can stand the heat – Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew ($60)

Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew

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.

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Doesn’t make you wait – Cuisinart DCC-2650 ($100)

Cuisinart DCC-2650 coffee maker

Cuisinart’s 12-cup DCC-2650 is so comprehensive and feature-laden that its $100 price tag is hard to believe. Offering more functionality than nearly any coffee maker on the market, Cuisinart’s rig allows you to pause the brewing process in order to pour a cup, in case you don’t have time to wait around. Its hot plate also features three adjustable settings designed to keep your coffee at whatever temperature you prefer, and the unit comes complete with a setting to brew anywhere between one and four cups rather than the full 12. The DCC-2650 includes a “bold” setting for those who like their coffee strong, as well as a self-clean function for the coffee drinker who just can’t find time to wash dishes.

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It runs the gamut – Bunn My Cafe MCU ($160)

Bunn My Cafe MCU

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.

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Keeps it simple – Chemex Ottomatic ($350)

Chemex Ottomatic coffee maker

The Chemex Ottomatic coffee maker blends simplicity with quality to produce one of the best cups of drip coffee anywhere. The Ottomatic makes pour-over coffee a quick, automated process, heating water to between 197.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit — which is within the optimal range for coffee brewing, according to the National Coffee Association — while the hot plate holds coffee between 176 degrees Fahrenheit and 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The Automatic’s unique pour-over system also features a pulsing sprayhead that alternates between one- and multi-head drips to keep the coffee hot on its way into the carafe, and to better ensure a smooth, flavorful pour. Some might balk at the Ottomatic’s hefty price tag, but few coffee makers can match the simple beauty and precision of Chemex’s latest machine.

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