Coffee Makers Product Guide

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Whether you are a one cup or multiple cups a day coffee drinker, the smell of fresh brewed coffee can’t be beat, especially in the morning. Variety, not only exists in the type of coffee you can drink, but also in your coffeemaker selection. With so many choices, you can find the right coffeemaker to suite your taste.

Coffee Makers

The first thing to consider is how many cups of coffee you make on an average day. Most manufacturers offer coffeemakers in four-, ten- or twelve-cup sizes, and the number of single-serve (pod) makers continues to grow. While a larger machine is great for a big family or entertaining, you may also want to take into consideration a single serve machine that allows everyone to make their own favorite cup of flavored coffee or tea or other hot beverages.

How do the different types of coffeemakers work?

Type How it Works Perfect for...
Automatic Drip Brews more than one cup at a time. Amount determined by how many cups of water you add to the reservoir. Water is heated and forced through a filter filled with ground coffee. Coffee is dispensed into the carafe resting on the heating plate. When you need multiple cups of coffee at the same time for the whole family, get-togethers or the office.
Single Serve/Pod Brews one cup at a time. Coffee is in a pre-measured container/pod for a single cup. The pods are available in variety of flavors and are air-tight and vacuum sealed. Pop a pod into its slot, add water to the reservoir, press brew, and the water is pushed through the pod into your cup directly. When you want a fresh brewed cup of coffee in seconds. No need to measure out or clean up coffee grinds.

Brews multiple cups at a time. Ground coffee is placed in a metal basket with a perforated bottom that serves as the filter.

The basket is placed in the percolator above the water line. As the water is heated in the percolator, it is forced up the tube, over the grinds and brewed coffee is returned back to the bottom of the pot. Percolators are available in stovetop and electric models and come in a wide range of sizes.

Making a dark, strong coffee. Larger models are perfect for holiday parties, family dinners and other get-togethers.
French Press Brews multiple cups at a time. Hot water is poured directly into a carafe containing fresh coarsely ground coffee. Once the water is poured, simply push down a plunger within the carafe. The plunger filters and forces the coffee grounds down to the bottom of the carafe and holds them there allowing the fresh brewed coffee to rise up and separate from the grinds. A coffee aficionado. It produces full-bodied coffee because of the direct contact between the coffee and water. Coffee in a French Press can be brought to the table for easy pouring.
Moka Pot Some models produce single cups, others multiple cups. A traditional way to brew espresso-like coffee on the stovetop. Quick and easy to use. As the water boils in the lower chamber, powerful steam pressure forces the water through ground coffee in the filter and into the pot. A traditionalist who prefers strong coffee brewed on the stove.

What features should you consider to make having that cup of java even easier?

Feature Benefit Found On
Programmable If you love to wake up to a fresh brewed pot of coffee, this feature allows you to pre-program the time the night before. Automatic Drip
Auto Drip Stop Brews one cup at a time. Coffee is in a pre-measured container/pod for a single cup. The pods are available in variety of flavors and are air-tight and vacuum sealed. Pop a pod into its slot, add water to the reservoir, press brew, and the water is pushed through the pod into your cup directly. Automatic Drip
Auto Shut-Off

There’s no need to worry if you forget to shut off the coffeemaker before you leave the house. The auto shut-off will simply shut off the coffeemaker after a period of time.

Automatic Drip
Drip Tray If you don’t place the cup underneath in time or use too small of a cup, many single serve coffeemakers have a drip tray to catch spills. Single Serve
LCD Display Makes it easy to read the functions you have chosen. Automatic Drip and Single Serve
Temperature Adjustment The temperature of the brewed coffee is maintained due to the heat plate for piping hot coffee. Allows you to adjust the temperature of the heat plate. Some models begin heating the carafe before the brew process begins so the coffee brews into a warm pot. Automatic Drip
Brew Volume Setting Allows you to adjust the amount of beverage being brewed. Some models let you adjust the strength of the brew from regular to robust. Single Serve
Built-In Grinder Lets the user grind fresh coffee beans and brew fresh coffee all in one machine. Automatic Drip

What else should you consider to get that perfect cup of coffee time after time?

  • When it comes to filters you’ll need either paper or permanent. Paper filters are disposable and produce a sediment-free, mild-free coffee by preventing some of the coffee oils from coming through. Permanent filters are made of nylon, stainless steel or gold-plated stainless that eliminate the need for paper. These are re-usable, durable, easy-to-clean and most are top-rack dishwasher safe. When it comes to your coffeemaker, look for a swing-out filter basket that is easy to use and clean.

  • Also look for a built-in water filter that removes impurities from the water before brewing, producing a better tasting cup of coffee. Remember to replace the water filter periodically.

  • Do you want a home brewing system? This type of system allows you to make coffee, tea, cocoa, cappuccino, latte, and more. Many come with the features found on automatic drip and single serve coffeemakers. They are perfect for personal use and for entertaining.

Rinse out your coffeemaker carafe daily. Glass carafes and filters can be placed in the top rack of the dishwasher.

After extended use, the coffeemaker must be decalcified to remove bacteria build up. You can buy a decalcifying solution or use a home remedy of vinegar and water. Check your specific model directions.