I debated on where to put this… But since it was a “food” related question, and since you can go to a cafe for coffee, I thought to start it here.
If it needs to be in IMHO, no problem. Mods feel free to move it to where it works best.
Anyhow, I did a search on coffee makers and the last thread was a couple of years ago.
I am in the market for a new coffee maker. Here are the basic requirements:
- it should be able to brew a pot of coffee (no one-shot or one cup ONLY models)
- it should be able to use pre-ground coffee (I don’t want a combo machine that grind fresh beans and move them right into the brew cycle.)
- it should be easy to clean thoroughly.
- it should last a few years at least
- it should allow the use of a paper filter
- it should brew a good cup of coffee. No plastic, metallic, or other foul taste will be tolerated. (I don’t expect it to turn crappy coffee into good coffee…although that would be nice…
- it should be priced less than say $200 (I’d be happy with a $5 coffee maker, but I cannot sink $1000 into a shiny espresso machine.)
That’s it. Any other features are great, but to me, the simpler the better. Having the ability to clean it properly is much more important than having the ability to start the coffee maker automatically, have a clock, etc.
For reference, I have had 2 Cuisinart machines in a row. The first had a bean grinder integrated into the machine, and although it worked, it was a pain to clean. I have since purchased a small bean grinder that is NOT part of the coffee maker, and I prefer this.
The one I am using now doesn’t have the grinder, but is tough to clean completely. It has a few difficult areas to reach, even if I completely dismantle it.