Guide To The Best Tasting Drip Coffee Makers For Any Kitchen
There comes a point in one’s adult life when a quick coffee fix from any-old-place loses some of its panache, and the flavor of the brew becomes a serious priority. You’ve probably already painstakingly researched all of the best artisanal coffee shops in your neighborhood and pinpointed a few with a coffee that tastes well worth your hard-earned money.
But now you’re shopping for a coffee maker of your very own. So, which one will make the best tasting brew?
If you really, really care about how your coffee tastes, these six elite coffee makers were certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and each of them met their rigorous coffee-brewing standards for optimal flavor.
No matter your lifestyle or the size of your kitchen, we’ve tracked down a machine that will make you a delicious cup of coffee so you’ll never have to go to the coffee shop again.
Among the coffee makers we surveyed, this Bonavita thermal-carafe, stainless-steel model produces the best-tasting coffee for a drip machine. Design elements go a long way in producing that result: The filter’s wide, showerhead design, for instance, ensures an even distribution of the water to the coffee grounds. The machine has been noted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America in its Certified Home Brewer Program.
If you’re a flavor aficionado who needs the pungent aroma of the morning brew before even putting a toe out of bed, this coffee maker is your best bet. It uses a microprocessor to replicate the taste of a Chemex pour-over, and that’s amazing, sure. But the most magical feature of this machine is that this brewer makes such fantastic coffee while you’re still asleep. A single dial allows you to program a start time so your coffee will be ready for consumption as soon as you stop hitting the snooze button.
The Moccamaster brewer is perfect for waking up an entire family of coffee drinkers. It whips up 10 cups of coffee in about six minutes, and the stainless steel carafe is resistant to drops, bumps and dings, so it’s perfect for a crowded kitchen. It’s one of the largest coffee makers on this list, at 15.5 inches tall, so make sure you measure your clearance if you plan on storing this brewer under your kitchen cabinets.
If you’re a big fan of things with more buttons, this 21st century coffee maker has options for everything—elevation calibration, preferred brewing temperature, pre-soak duration, brew start time—and will allow you to optimize your coffee experience from beans to brew. This brewer is perfect for anyone who values user control over ease-of-use.
Get all the taste benefits of a coffee shop pour-over without paying coffee shop prices. This model has 24-hour programmability for all you sleepyheads and falls somewhere in the middle of the list as far as footprint size, so it won’t fill your kitchen. But best of all, this brewer has one-touch medium or dark roast settings so you can taste the subtleties of your favorite variety of bean. If you’re the kind of person who sips on their coffee all day long, this brewer has a hot plate that will keep your coffee piping hot until you’re ready to leave for the day. It also comes in three colors, so you can perfectly match your decor.