Best Drip Coffee Maker

MrGrimm999

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Hey guys,

I've been becoming very frustrated trying to decide on which premium drip coffee maker to replace my Mr Coffee with. Reading all the reviews on amazon and google, it seems like every popular machine either doesn't last long enough, are made with cheap parts, produces a funny taste, leaks, or doesn't keep the coffee hot enough. I figured I would give it a shot in the forums. I've been purchasing coffee beans from Atlas Coffee and Lifeboost. I've been using a blade grinder but been thinking about getting a conical burr. I drink 2 20oz cups a day but will brew a full pot when i have company over. I've been spending all this money on coffee beans so naturally I would like to get the best flavor out of them.

Here's my top contenders:

Technivorm Moccamaster
Bonavita (either Connoisseur or 1900)
OXO 9 Cup Brew
Breville Precision

I'm having a hard time spending over 300 for a coffee maker but if its worth it...

Thanks alot guys!! I look forward to your opinions!! I'll value your positive or negative feedback just the same. I'm sure there are other posts like this in the past but I wanted to start a new one :)
 
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MntnMan62

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Here's an idea. Forget about the conventional drip coffee makers and get yourself a pour over. Lots of people rave about the Chemex. I kind of like the Bodum 34 oz. version. You can use the paper filters or the metal reuseable ones. I think you'll never have to worry about funny tastes, leaks, cheap parts or how long it lasts. And best of all you'll spend $20 and still have $280 to spend on other things. Sure, you have to buy a gooseneck kettle as well, which might cost about $50 for a decent stove top model, leaving you $230 to play with. That is certainly enough to get yourself a nice burr grinder, which is probably the most important thing you can buy for brewing coffee at home. Just my two cents.
 
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davidscheff

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Hey! I own a Capresso Triple brew. It costs $278. It was a great buy I made last Christmas. I have been regularly making coffee myself, and I don’t have to push multiple buttons and get all confused with the working procedure. It’s user friendly. Since you have $300 in your pocket, this will be worth buying. You also make sure you make a deal with an authorized espresso coffee maker dealer, so there is a guarantee in after-sale services.
 
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MrGrimm999

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Here's an idea. Forget about the conventional drip coffee makers and get yourself a pour over. Lots of people rave about the Chemex. I kind of like the Bodum 34 oz. version. You can use the paper filters or the metal reuseable ones. I think you'll never have to worry about funny tastes, leaks, cheap parts or how long it lasts. And best of all you'll spend $20 and still have $280 to spend on other things. Sure, you have to buy a gooseneck kettle as well, which might cost about $50 for a decent stove top model, leaving you $230 to play with. That is certainly enough to get yourself a nice burr grinder, which is probably the most important thing you can buy for brewing coffee at home. Just my two cents.


You know, I’ve heard Chemex mentioned a few times but never looked into it. I just read about it for the first time and definitely sounds like what I’m looking for. Only hitch is I will have to decide if I still want a machine for ease of use in the mornings. But this will def now be one of my contenders! Thanks!!
 

Musicphan

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The key to any good brewer is rock-solid temperature stability. When you to the level your looking at most handle that very well. I would also highly recommend a model that has a thermal pot vs. glass - it eliminates your coffee from getting cold and you don't need a burner/heating element that will make your coffee bitter.

Comparing the models listed - I would go with a Bonavita or Moccamaster. The Moccamaster is hands down considered the best of the coffee brewers - they also have the price tag to match. I think followed by the Moccamaster is the Bonavita which IMO offers consumers the best value. OXO has just recently upped their game into specialty grade quality so not a lot of track record. I hear a lot of hits/misses in regards to quality but have no personal experience. The Breville IMO is overpriced... the ability to use a 3rd party pour-over brewer is nice, but at $300 I would take a Bonavita or Moccamaster. They tend to push the precision pour which I find a bit unnecessary - you won't find day to day you would ever adjust temp, and really I don't think water flow rate is critical. The bigger impact on flow and proper brew time is grind size, not water flow.
 

Musicphan

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One note about Bonavita - I would suggest looking at the 'older' version of that brewer. There is one key difference - in the 1900TS model the brew basket sits on top of the carafe. On the Conossouri it's integrated into the house and 'hangs' like a traditional drip brewer. HOWEVER, that eliminates the ability to use manual brewers. I currently own a 1900TS and use it most days, in the morning i brew in the thermal carafe. In the afternoon when I only want a cup or two and want a richer coffee (or using some special coffee)... I use the same 1900TS but instead of using the stock thermal carafe I use my Chemex.

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Denrael

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Hey guys,

Technivorm Moccamaster
Bonavita (either Connoisseur or 1900)
OXO 9 Cup Brew
Breville Precision

I used to have a Bonavita (old model where the basket sat atop the thermal pot) before it died after a couple of years of solid use. I actually alternated between the thermal pot and slipping a Chemex under the sprayed which worked amazingly well. I've since changed to a MM, mainly because I like the repairability and user serviceable parts. From a temperature perspective you can't go wrong with either of those machines. Plus I have to admit the retro look of the MM looks awesome in my kitchen.
 
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