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Top 10 Coffee Makers 2017

Uninterested in coffee shop prices? When it's time to get one of these stylish and convenient coffee makers to brew the perfect cup at home or work for way much less money. From single-serve pod systems to 12-cup capability carafes, we've were getting something for absolutely everyone.

OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee MakerKeurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, BlackBUNN BXB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, BlackNinja Coffee Bar Brewer, Glass Carafe with Ninja Hot and Cold 18 oz. Insulated Tumbler and Recipe Book(CF080Z)Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfect Temp 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Stainless SteelBLACK+DECKER CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black/SilverMr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker System, PSTX91Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12 Cup Programmable Thermal Brewer (Black)Capresso 484.05 MG600 Plus 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Glass CarafeHamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Programmable Brewstation Summit Dispensing Coffee Machine (48464)

Keepin' It All Clean

You’re in love with your home coffee maker. It spits out delicious tasting coffee day after day after day. Until it doesn’t. Until your coffee starts tasting a little less than well, clean.

Then it gets worse and a sort of sour or metallic taste creeps in uninvited. Then there’s the smell emitting from the coffee maker. First, a little less than fresh. Then, downright funky.

This doesn't mean the coffee maker has become defective: it's just letting us know it needs a little TLC. So, how exactly do you get your maker and brew back on track?

That's easy: white vinegar.

Not only is it safe and easy to work with, it's super affordable by the bulk, and it works to kill bacteria, shift the pH and get rid of the mineral build-up. We like to refer to it as the superfecta.

Use equal parts vinegar and water — instead of coffee grinds — and run them through a regular brew cycle. Then do the same thing with clear water. Depending on the amount of cleaning needed, you may want to repeat the vinegar step before flushing it with plain ole water.

But let’s backtrack. If you really want to keep things legit, some daily cleaning is also in order. Use warm, soapy water in the carafe each day. Wipe down the machine's exterior for good measure.

French Drip And The French Balloon: A Parisian Coffee Story

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You might think coffee makers came about sometime in the early 1900s. But the story dates back a lot further than that. And women were involved at regular intervals with both inventions and patents.

Early on, folks tended toward infusing coffee. Which comes close to the way some make tea today. You'd put the coffee grounds in a bag -- typically of linen. Then immerse the bag in the hottest water -- just below boiling point. After a few minutes, your brew was ready to drink. At this point, people mostly got excited about what they served the coffee in. Lots of innovation around keeping the brew hot ensued.

There were also those who took pleasure in boiling coffee grounds with water and then filtering out the grounds.

The Archbishop of Paris -- of all people -- advocated against boiling coffee. As more and more folks came around to his view, the process is known as French drip came along. You'd put hot water into a container and let it flow through a coffee-filled filter into a container below. Sometimes, though, by the time the water hit the second pot, it was something like lukewarm. Once again, investors put their energies toward trying to keep the brew warmer. Et voila! The insulated coffee dispenser was born.

But it was in the 1800s when folks got going with crafting a contraption to actually make the coffee. By this time, the vacuum concept was the subject of a lot of experimentation. In filtering percolators, "heat and vapor pressure forced water into the upper chamber of a metal drip pot."

A decade or so later, someone came up with the idea of putting the whole process on display. With the use of glass, guests and spectators could watch coffee being brewed. Of course, the glass in those days was nowhere near as what we use today. So sometimes it would shatter -- or even explode if left empty. One of the earliest patents of this vacuum pot belonged to a Frenchwoman named Jeanne Richard. It boasted one glass globe atop another and was decorated with a rather fetching metal crown. They called it the French balloon.

Inventors fell all over one another making improvements and additions to this 1838 patent. But just a decade later, Parisians had moved onto a maker that placed the two containers side-by-side. Water was forced from one side to the other, where the grounds were placed. Eventually, brewed coffee would be dispensed. A nifty spring mechanism put out the flame that kept the coffee warm at just the right moment. A bunch of incarnations followed the intro of this gadget. The English came up with a similar machine of their own in the 1840s.

Fast-forward about 50 years, and take a leap to the other side of the ocean. Where Americans revised a British machine that was basically a French balloon, called it new, and congratulated themselves on their innovation. In fact, even the Silex pot of 1915 strongly resembles the French balloon. The use of Pyrex glass made the machine much more durable. Alas, no more explosions.

There was really nothing new under the sun after that -- other than electrifying the whole process -- until Mr. Coffee came along in 1972. Plus ca change, right. Mr. Coffee ripped a return to the French drip method, only automated.

There are still enthusiasts who cleave to the infusion, French press and vacuum methods. But the automatic version of the French drip predominates in the U.S.

So that's the accelerated history of coffee makers.

Coffee Maker Features To Enhance The Brewing Experience

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While some of us are content to stick with the coffee making basics, others might feel life is not complete without the most state-of-the-art bells and whistles. Below are a few of the innovations available to enhance your brewing experience.

Brew Pause: Say you have holiday guests, but you want to sneak your first cuppa -- the better to deal with your mother-in-law, your rude aunt/uncle, etc. This handy feature lets you stop the brewing process on a multiple-cup maker, and siphon off a cup or two for yourself. Before the rest of the crew even gets up!

Brew Settings: You might like coffee on the lighter side. Your spouse might favor a dark, rich cup of Joe. The settings feature lets you select the brew that's just right for you.
TIP: Keep in mind that some settings might require a certain grind, i.e., medium as opposed to fine.

Charcoal Filter: Just in case you don't have filtered water to hand, today's nifty coffee makers have got it handled. Some filters eliminate as much as 70% or more of contaminants! And all because coffee made from purer water tastes better...and is better for you.

Programmability: Of everything from brew strength to brewing time to a number of cups.

Temperature Control: Of both brewing water and finished coffee. 200 degrees Fahrenheit is the brewing ideal, and many machines ensure reaching this temp before the process starts.

#10.Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Programmable Brewstation Summit Dispensing Coffee Machine (48464)

Like many of those who wrote reviews, I also owned previous models of the H.B. Brew Station. They were hard to fill without spilling some water. They wore out after two/three years of constant use with very little upkeep by me. They earned their keep. I bought an H.B. Summit 12 cup last week; and before setting it up, I went to this site to check some reviews for suggestions and help on what I might encounter with the new brewer. (This approach is backward, I know) Had I read the reviews beforehand, I would never have purchased the product. Comments like very messy, cannot see how much coffee is being dispensed, coffee drips all over, can only use a paper cup, coffee is not hot hard to program............... good grief!!!

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#9.Capresso 484.05 MG600 Plus 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe

Preparing great tasting drip coffee at home is simple but requires many factors in order to consistently achieve the perfect cup. Fresh whole coffee beans should be ground to a medium sized grind immediately before brewing for optimal full-bodied flavor. Using fresh, filtered water is essential as brewed coffee is 98% water and non-filtered water could leave the coffee tasting flat. All Capresso coffee makers feature high-quality heating elements that heat the water to the ideal brewing temperature of over 200 degrees F and brew the coffee in less than one minute per cup for the perfect extraction that is never bitter. Preferably you should enjoy the brewed coffee soon after brewing has finished as this is when the coffee is freshest and has the most flavor.

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#8.Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12 Cup Programmable Thermal Brewer (Black)

With 24-hour programmability, this coffeemaker lets you choose when to brew. The unit automatically shuts off and has an audible beep when brew cycle is complete. The convenient Brew Pause feature lets you enjoy a cup during the brewing cycle and the easy to read water level indicator takes the guesswork out of measuring. It’s large capacity thermal carafe keeps up to 12 cups of coffee hot and fresh and features a patented Brew Through / Pour Through Lid that seals out air and seals in flavor.

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#7.Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker System, PSTX91

Good taste is no longer optional - It’s required. The new Optimal Brew thermal coffeemaker from Mr. Coffee will brew faster and hotter than your average coffeemaker. These two elements combine to provide the fullest, richest, flavor extraction and making a better cup of coffee. The stainless steel vacuum insulated carafe will help keep coffee hot for hours on your countertop or at your table. A removable water reservoir will allow you to fill the water in your coffee maker without cooling down the coffee carafe or having to move your coffee maker from under the counter.

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#6.BLACK+DECKER CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black/Silver

Black & Decker Large Capacity 12 Cup Thermal Programmable Coffee Maker. Extra Large Capacity Thermal Carafe is 20% larger than most thermal carafes on the market, holds a full 12-cups; Double-walled, vacuum sealed stainless steel carafe retains hot temperatures for hours, preserving fresh taste; Even Stream Showerhead Technology for better tasting coffee, Faster to optimal brew temperature and better water distribution over coffee grounds for superior flavor extraction; Perfect Pour Carafe seals tightly to retain temperature and wide mouth opening for easy cleaning; Quick Touch Programming makes it easy to have coffee ready when desired; Plastic & Stainless Steel finish.

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#5.Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfect Temp 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel

DCC-3200 Features: -Charcoal water filter and gold tone filter included. -Thermal carafe with drip-free pour spout and comfortable handle. -Fully automatic with auto-on and shutoff, self-cleaning function and 1-4 cup setting. -Brew Pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle has finished. Product Type: -Automatic machines. Color: -Grey, Black. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -14". Overall Width - Side to Side: -9". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -7.75". Overall Product Weight: -9 lbs.

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#4.Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer, Glass Carafe with Ninja Hot and Cold 18 oz. Insulated Tumbler and Recipe Book(CF080Z)

The best coffeehouse in town is on your countertop with the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer. Ninja's patent-pending brewing technology is designed to deliver better, richer- tasting coffee with variable richness levels that are never bitter. Only the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer has Thermal Flavor Extraction, which truly unlocks the full flavor potential of your coffee. Auto-iQ One Touch Intelligence draws just the right amount of water needed from the reservoir, based on the brew size you choose (cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe) and brew type you select.

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#3.BUNN BXB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, Black

This is my first Bunn machine, I've used it for a week now and I like it. The brew time is very quick, 1-1.5 minutes for a half a pot. The coffee is hot and the taste is great. One of the features of this system is that you can brew a full pot of coffee in about 3 minutes. The trade off for this "time saver" is the reservoir that holds the water has to stay hot which mean that the unit is plugged in and on all the time. (Of course, you can turn the machine off and unplug it until you use it again then wait 15 minutes for the reservoir to heat up to the correct temperature each time.) I'm pondering the trade off between having coffee instantly vs. using the electricity to keep the water hot all the time.

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#2.Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black

The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker, and a perennial best-seller, the Keurig K55 brews a rich, smooth, and delicious cup every time with the quality you expect from Keurig. Simple touch buttons make your brewing experience stress-free, and multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes help to ensure you get your perfect cup. Whether you like your coffee strong, mild, decaf, or flavored, you can brew all of your favorites with the Keurig K55 – and with large 48oz water reservoir, you can brew 6+ cups before having to refill. Discover hundreds of K-Cup pod varieties from all of the brands you love, including Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, and Lipton, and enjoy coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more. Also available in a two fun colors to complement your décor, and compatible with the Keurig Classic Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, so you can brew your own ground coffee.

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#1.OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker

A delicious cup of coffee is art and science combined; the art of extracting rich flavors and aromas from coffee beans and the science of time and temperature colliding in just the right way, at just the right moment. The OXO Barista Brain Coffee Maker heats water to the optimal temperature to help your favorite roast reach its full potential and precisely maintains the temperature throughout the entire brewing process. Water is pumped to the brew basket in perfectly timed cycles, starting with a short cycle that allows coffee to bloom for full flavor extraction. The intelligent microprocessor monitors time, temperature and volume from start to finish, ensuring the precision of hand-crafted coffee with the ease of ordering at your favorite local coffee shop. You choose the number of cups and we'll do the rest, creating a pot of perfection every time. The experts agree: Our Barista Brain Coffee Maker consistently brews gold-standard coffee from the first cup to the last, as certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

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