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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Jul 24, 2014 23:53
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#1
alaScore 91

Intensa ECAM 23.450

Love the machine - works very well - only negative thus far is the beans sometimes don't slide into grinder without a little help

6 expert reviews | 935 user reviews

#2
alaScore 90

Krups EA 8258

Acceptable espresso, but the poor frothing wand is useless for latte

3 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

#3
alaScore 89

Smart Funnel

If you hate to throw away a bottle of shampoo, hand lotion, hand soap or some other thick liquid, get a Smart Funnel. You just insert the almost-empty bottle so that the spout faces down, and it slowly drains into the bottle below. You can just walk...

74 user reviews

#4
alaScore 89

Bodum Brazil 12-Cup French Press Coffeemaker with Heat-Resistant Beaker

Love this thing. I bought it in order to try out this style of brewing coffee and find myself not knowing what I was drinking before

76 user reviews

#5
alaScore 89

Periodic Table Mug

Ideal, fun gift for my daughter taking her Chemistry A Level. She uses it all the time as an attractive, well shaped mug - not sure how much she uses it for reference! It is cleaned in the dishwasher every night and has not lost any of it's brightness....

18 user reviews

#6
alaScore 89

Mahogany Brunton Long John Coffee Table

This table has replaced a larger one which used to sit between our chairs in front of the television. I hunted for ages to find one which had just the right measurements as we had made other alterations at the same time, and this one was the only one...

20 user reviews

#7
alaScore 89

Melitta Coffee Grinder

I love freshly ground coffee...this machine grinds it beautifully to 5 different settings...plus I can just push the button and walk away! Love it!!

14 user reviews

#8
alaScore 89

Keurig 9319-016 Vue Coffee People Donut Shop V-Cups (16-Pack)

Coffee at and electronics store? I was skeptical but the prices here were the best so I tried it - What a great idea. The coffees(I ordered quite a few) arrived quicker than anticipated. In addition it was fresh and well packed.

41 user reviews

#9
alaScore 89

Le Creuset Stoneware Sugar Bowl with Lid, Cerise, 300 ml

This is attractive and goes with the other le creuset stoneware items I ordered. However, I feel it would be good to have a hole in the lid edge for the sugar spoon.

18 user reviews

#10
alaScore 89

Bodum French Press Stainless Steel Travel Mug ? White

I got this as a gift from my wife a few months ago, and i initially put it aside and almost forgot about it. I already have a larger 40oz press that i use regularly to make a big pot to last through study/work sessions. I recently started just cutting...

11 user reviews

#11
alaScore 89

Zojirushi Double Wall Stainless Steel 16-oz Mug, Gold

This is a great thermos - it keeps coffee hot for hours, it is easy to clean, and looks great.

921 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 89

Keurig 60018-108 - Coffee People Donut Shop K-Cups (108-Pack)

I like the taste of this coffee over several others I have tried

365 user reviews

#13
alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Single-Cup Brewer + Auto Shutoff

Easy to use and easy to clean, will most certainly use it when I visit

266 user reviews

#14
alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus - Yellow

Easy to use and easy to clean, will most certainly use it when I visit

266 user reviews

#15
alaScore 89

Brita 040 147 Starterpaket Marella Cool

Easy to use and much cheaper than buying bottled water all the time. Nice easy to fill jug and the water tastes delicious. I've switched from buying copious amounts of bottled water (a waste of plastic bottles) and this is just as good as Evian (to my...

74 user reviews

#16
alaScore 89

Contigo WLH100E01 - 16-Oz. AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mug - Gunmetal

bought this for my dad and he loves it! the price is great and so worth it

51 user reviews

#17
alaScore 89

Contigo WLB100E01 - 16-Oz. AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mug - Midnight Blue

bought this for my dad and he loves it! the price is great and so worth it

51 user reviews

#18
alaScore 89

Keurig 9312-016 Vue Tully's French Roast Coffee V-Cup (16-Pack)

Easy to use and makes a good cup of coffee. Use it everyday.

22 user reviews

#19
alaScore 89

Keurig Elite Brewing System

As a geek and blogger, staying caffeinated is a specialty of mine.  One of my favorite things in the morning is coffee.  However, I am the only coffee drinker in my house.  Making a whole 10 cups when I am only going to drink 1 to 2 cups doesn't make...

1 expert reviews | 723 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewer - Platinum

My husband and I are on our second Keurig at home-- we just had to replace the first one after five years of use. We have used their products, in the larger size, for more than six years. He wanted something smaller for the office. We visited many...

300 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

Keurig 5024 Stainless-Steel Travel Mug - Silver

Well, what can i say. I have an entire cabinet full of coffee mugs that "claim" to keep coffee or other liquids hot or cold for an extended amount of time. This is not necessarily true. I can say this. This is the best quality, longest lasting...

133 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Keurig KCup Portion Pack Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Coffee 16pk.

Good coffee, especially without having to go to Starbucks!

53 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Keurig Vue Pack Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend - 16-pk.

Breakfastblend is on of the best that You can get for Keurig, I would say that this is top three. Hard to find Vue cups where I am so Amazon is my go to place for these.

38 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Cuisinart 33" Bar Wall Rack - Brushed Stainless Steel

I use this for cooking utensils and it looks great; have a very modern kitchen. easy to install, buy extra hooks.

39 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Keurig 9306-012 Vue Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend V-Cups for Travel...

This is almost always my first cup in the morning, not only because it brews a travel-sized drink, but it also has a fantastic smooth taste and great aroma! I\'m hooked!

34 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Coffee & Espresso Makers

    Will a cup of coffee do, or do you need the jolt provided by a freshly made shot of espresso? Either way, having a coffee or espresso maker in the home or office can save money and hassle when it's time for that morning wake up call!

    For coffee makers, the automatic drip machine is the most popular format. Bargain models do little more than brew the coffee, which is all that is required by many people. More advanced models will feature a number of welcome innovations including water filtration, automatic timer controls, built-in warming plate and serving carafe, and much more.

    Other coffee maker formats include manual drip, percolators, coffee presses, and the 'pod' style machines that use prepackaged packets of coffee. These require more work than the automatic drip models, including prep time and cleaning, but they also generally cost less and are an attractive starting point for budget conscious shoppers.

    For espresso machines, simple models use a pressure-brewing system – these machines are cheap, but rely on an operational temperature that might exceed the optimum brewing temperature. Pump or pressurized models use air pressure to facilitate the brewing process, which is the preferred method for true connoisseurs. As price goes up, espresso makers have a range of additional functions and conveniences just as coffee makers do.



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    What to Look for in a Coffee & Espresso Maker

    Capacity – Larger machines, meant for businesses and offices, can brew up to 12 cups at a time, perfect when you have a lot of people that need a cup of coffee at the same time. Smaller machines meant for personal use typically make 2-4 cups – their smaller footprint means you do not need a lot of counter space to house them.

    Warming Options – If you plan on drinking coffee throughout the day, or at least beyond the peak morning hours, you will want a model that incorporates an insulated carafe to keep the coffee warm for extended periods.

    Automatic Timer Controls – Hate fumbling with controls before you have had a chance to wake up? Automatic timer controls allow you to load the machine well in advance; in the morning, or when you want your coffee, the timer kicks in and the coffee machine will brew your coffee quickly and easily.

    Additional Accessories – The almost limitless list for you to consider includes automatic safety shut-off, self-cleaning cycle, built-in bean grinder, pause and serve function (to prevent spills), brew strength and batch size controls. As always, more accessories and greater conveniences will cost more.

    Popular Coffee & Espresso Maker Brands

    Black & Decker and Mr. Coffee are the two most familiar names among coffee maker manufacturers – each has models from entry level to the high-end, but specialize in models that offer solid performance at a reasonable price. Cuisinart has focused on upscale models that offer all the bells and whistles, and cost accordingly. Braun and Hamilton Beach offer functional models that are both well priced and well reviewed.

    Saeco and DeLonghi each makes both coffee makers and espresso makers for a wide range of prices and tastes. Cuisinart espresso makers, like its coffee makers, are marketed as higher end products.

    Popular Coffee & Espresso Maker products

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