Advice And Reviews: Choosing A New Coffeemaker

This article discusses some of the features available on coffeemakers, and how to choose a new one.

Well, that was it. The coffeemaker has brewed its last pot. It no longer gets the coffee hot enough, or just won't turn on anymore. So, someone is in the market for a new coffeemaker. What to buy? The possibilities are nearly endless.

Coffeemakers are available in every price range, with every kind of feature, from no-frills to more bells and whistles than a new Cadillac. Prices can range anywhere from $12 to hundreds. It just depends on what the coffee drinker wants from a coffemaker.

Coffeemakers are available everywhere, from discount stores to department stores. They come with grinders, espresso makers, timers, dual-pot and single pot, by the cup or by the quart. Some have glass carafes, some have insulated ones like you used to see at the truck stops. Some cofeemakers brew the coffee right into the drinker's favorite mug, or even travel mug. The possibilities are nearly endless.

The coffee drinker should first think about what he wants a coffeemaker to do, and what he's willing to pay for the privilege. Is he mostly a weekend coffee drinker at home, saving his morning cup for the cart at the office? Or, does he like to have his coffee perked and ready to go when he gets up in the morning? Does he want a grinder with the pot. Also, how much does he drink, and is he the only coffee drinker in the family?

A coffee drinker who is the only one in the family, or who drinks coffee at home mostly on weekends, will probably want to look for a smaller pot, one that holds about four cups and is a basic coffeemaker. If he wants the coffee to be waiting on him when he gets up on Saturday morning, four cup makers are available with timers, so he can put in the coffee and water the night before, set the timer and voila! He gets up in the morning to fresh-brewed java.

Busy people who drink coffee at home probably will find a maker with a timer is a necessity for their household. Along with having the coffee ready when they wake up, another advantage of this kind of coffeemaker is that they usually turn themselves off after a certain length of time, relieving concerns about leaving the house with the coffeepot on. This is also a good feature for office coffee pots, where the absent-minded may leave the pot turned on.

Couples who like espresso but don't want to pay for an espresso maker have some options now. Some manufacturers have come up with coffeemakers that brew a cup from a "pod" of coffee, and even put a frothy layer of espresso-like crema on top. These coffeemakers usually include a few pods of coffee in the package, and pod refills are becoming more widely available in stores.

True java junkies may want a fresh-ground coffee experience, and with a coffeemaker that includes a grinder, they can have it every morning. These coffeemakers may also have timers, so the coffeemaker grinds the coffee and begins the brewing process, all automatically.

Impatient coffee drinkers can buy coffeemakers with the "sneak-a-cup" feature. That is, they can pour a cup of coffee before the whole pot is brewed, without the liquid going everywhere while the carafe is off the plate.

A coffee drinker in the market for a new maker may also wonder if a glass carafe or the insulated kind is better. It really comes down to personal preference and habit. An insulated carafe will cost more. However, if there are children in the home, the carafe is spill-resistant and not breakable, like glass. Some coffee drinkers argue whether the coffee stays warmer in the insulated carafe, or in the glass kind on the hot plate. The other advantage to an insulated carafe is that it can be brought to the table, is cool to touch on the outside, and suitable for serving when outdoors.

Some on-the-go types will want a coffeemaker that brews right into their insulated travel mugs. Other java connoisseurs will eschew these for the total espresso-maker/grinder/coffeemaker experience. This will probably set the drinker back about $300 or more, but what price for exceptional coffee?

Some coffee drinkers may even go for the ultimate retro, old school experience and buy a steel percolator. Yes, they are still in production. A good one runs about $50.

A coffee drinker has so many choices available in so many price ranges, he is bound to find something suitable with as many, or as few, extra features as he desires.

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