Best Coffee Maker

eric/

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What is the best coffee maker out there?

Pretty simple and straight forward question.

I'm looking to get a new one since my old one quit working.
 

robbieduncan

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Is there a budget?

Anyway nothing with capsules. Sorry Keurig/Nespresso etc users but it really doesn't taste anything like real coffee made with freshly ground beans from a machine with a good boiler. Oh and no bean-to-cup machines either.
 

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Is there a budget?

Anyway nothing with capsules. Sorry Keurig/Nespresso etc users but it really doesn't taste anything like real coffee made with freshly ground beans from a machine with a good boiler. Oh and no bean-to-cup machines either.
Well the cheaper the better, but as long as it's worth it, probably no budget. Has to last though.
 

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Well the cheaper the better, but as long as it's worth it, probably no budget. Has to last though.
Then look at full metal machines that can be stripped down and rebuilt with good spare part availability. Gaggia make some, although even they eventually get bunged up with limescale.
 

soloer

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I like my Bunn coffee maker, but it is a one-cup machine that would fall into the same category as Keurig. So, if you are avoiding that type of machine, you wouldn't like it.
 
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jf1450

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Anything with a cone filter and thermal carafe. I hate those hot plates and the burned coffee taste. Cant remember the model but i got one at HH Gregg made by Hamilton Beach for $90.00.
 

4JNA

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i get the cheaper is better bit, but for a great cup of coffee, you need a great machine.

have a Capresso unit and used it daily for about the last 8 years. one plastic seal thingy broke but was easy to replace. totally solid, and some of the best at home coffee ever. just my two cents.

great beans, good cold water, great machine. anything less is like a high end Bang Olufsen system hooked up to radio shack speakers. :eek:
 

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i get the cheaper is better bit, but for a great cup of coffee, you need a great machine.

have a Capresso unit and used it daily for about the last 8 years. one plastic seal thingy broke but was easy to replace. totally solid, and some of the best at home coffee ever. just my two cents.

great beans, good cold water, great machine. anything less is like a high end Bang Olufsen system hooked up to radio shack speakers. :eek:
Ah ok those prices are much more within what I'd be willing to spend.

I guess I just didn't think somebody would like an $800 coffee machine haha.
 

GoCubsGo

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I am very interested in this myself ... http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/
Check it out, read some of the blogs and such on it ... watch the videos and I wonder if you wouldn't be sold on it. I have a Keurig and I love it. It's been replaced a number of times but I absolutely love it myself.
 

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I am very interested in this myself ... http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/
Check it out, read some of the blogs and such on it ... watch the videos and I wonder if you wouldn't be sold on it. I have a Keurig and I love it. It's been replaced a number of times but I absolutely love it myself.
If you get one tell me how it goes. I've never seen that before. I want one having spent a few seconds looking at the page. Not necessarily to make coffee with. I just think it looks amazing as a thing :)
 

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The best coffee maker ever, if you really like coffee, is the Starbucks Barista. It's no longer in production so you have to look for one on eBay; they run about $75-100 for a good one.

 

GoCubsGo

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If you get one tell me how it goes. I've never seen that before. I want one having spent a few seconds looking at the page. Not necessarily to make coffee with. I just think it looks amazing as a thing :)
Exactly. It is a very small investment if you don't go balls to the wall with a grinder (which I think it almost necessary). You can get the 3-cup for under $40.
The best coffee maker ever, if you really like coffee, is the Starbucks Barista. It's no longer in production so you have to look for one on eBay; they run about $75-100 for a good one.

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Someone once bought me a starbucks machine as a gift and it was terrible. In less than 6 months with no more than 3-4 cups of coffee being brewed per day, it broke. Starbucks or their manufacturer, refused to honor any warranty.
 

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I am very interested in this myself ... http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/
Check it out, read some of the blogs and such on it ... watch the videos and I wonder if you wouldn't be sold on it. I have a Keurig and I love it. It's been replaced a number of times but I absolutely love it myself.
I think I just had a science nerdgasm

but having to boil water and then pour it in is a bit of a turn off. Idk.
 

GoCubsGo

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I think I just had a science nerdgasm

but having to boil water and then pour it in is a bit of a turn off. Idk.
Honestly, I got wrapped up for hours in the videos and blogs about it one night. I've never been so intrigued with the propaganda that people shoot out of their holes about the pour, the bean, that grind, etc. It is actually, albeit sadly, fascinating.

I am someone who only seems to survive if things are easy all of the time; at least when it comes to things like making coffee. As much as I appreciate a real nice cup and such, I won't buy into these machines that require all kinds of work. However, the Chemex just seems easy, as easy as making my iced London fog tea drink. Boil water, grind, pour, and wait.
 

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I went through quite a few machines, the cup things, and other stuff. Bought a Bodum french press and a B&D grinder for 20 bucks a few months ago and haven't used anything else. Coffee is probably the best I have ever tasted (I drink it black).

I always thought it would be a long process to grind the beans and boil water, etc, but the whole process takes less than 10 minutes usually.

Sometimes simple is better.

Of course if you want steamed drinks and stuff this won't work, but if you are just looking for a good cup of coffee thats cheap and easy that would be my recommendation.
 

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I'll have my say that anything that is a machine makes horrible coffee. The best coffee is made ye olde fashion way. With ground beans in a special reusable cloth bag, and hot water pouring through those beans once. Trust me, that is the best coffee.

Oh, and it is cheap. Will set you back at most $10.
 

twietee

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I'll have my say that anything that is a machine makes horrible coffee. The best coffee is made ye olde fashion way. With ground beans in a special reusable cloth bag, and hot water pouring through those beans once. Trust me, that is the best coffee.

Oh, and it is cheap. Will set you back at most $10.
I don't know jav, are you talking about filter coffee? I do appreciate it while visiting my mom or during a meeting, mostly because it's the only thing to hang on, but besides that.. I do rock my 'lil Bialetti on a daily basis though. And nothing beats the smell of fresh and finely grounded beans..
 
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