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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Sep 1, 2014 01:13
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#1
alaScore 97

Melitta 10-cup Digital Coffee Maker

While the Melitta 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker is a cheap way to get your morning Joe in a thermal carafe, its bitter brew makes it hard to recommend.

2 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#2
alaScore 93

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 | 341 user reviews

#3
alaScore 92

Gaggia Classic

Reviewers say that the Gaggia Classic produces a nearly perfect espresso for a fraction of the cost of high-end machines. Several users who have owned their machines for years say the Gaggia is very durable and holds up well to consistent daily use....

7 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

#4
alaScore 92

Krups EA 8258

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

3 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 91

Krups EA 9000

The price loses it points, but in tech terms this is king of hassle-free fresh coffee. The only limit is the quality of the bean you choose.

2 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#6
alaScore 91

Melitta 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46893)

Maxell’s Encore EN-5 offer a rich, full sound for an affordable price, beating out nearly all of the headphones in the test. However, our testers didn’t think they were very comfortable, nor did this pair do a good job staying put during use....

1 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#7
alaScore 91

Gaggia Brera

Great for long coffee, but it can't match up to the best manual models for pure espresso

3 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

#8
alaScore 91

Krups XP5620

That said, once you know its foibles and the type of grind the machine likes, it's possible to get good espresso and milk drinks out of it. Even so, for the same amount of money you can buy the De'Longhi Scultura, which makes much better coffee.

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 90

Melitta Caffeo CI

As one would expect for a coffee machine from Melitta, it is well made and makes a good cup of coffee. The downside for me is the amount of water discharged in to the drip tray on start up, 40 ml, a further 12 ml per cup of coffee brewed and 27 ml on...

3 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

#10
alaScore 90

Jura ENA 9

This is my 2nd Jura Ena, and this one is just as reliable as the first. Great cup of coffee, easy to use and the latte function perfect for one cup at a time without wasting milk. I highly recommend this machine.

7 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

#11
alaScore 90

Siemens TE503201RW

I looked high and low for the right machine - this one had exceeded all expectations. I got this at a special price off Amazon, and that was the swing vote (price). Since I got it about 5 months ago, I have made thousands of cups and it just works...

1 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 90

Gaggia Carezza

The Gaggia Carreza makes great coffee at the right temperature and looks fantastic, too. It's one of the best machines that we've tested, but the De'Longhi Scultura produced slightly better coffee in our tests and is cheaper.

1 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#13
alaScore 89

DeLonghi EN520SL - Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Maker

The coffee tastes great. Froth is great too. Started preferring this over Starbucks. The capsules allow us to try out various different coffees instead of getting stuck with one type for a long time

13 user reviews

#14
alaScore 89

Nespresso ® Citiz Black Espresso Machine with Frother

My husband and I bought this machine, and are very satisfied! It is very easy to use and very easy to clean (unlike our other espresso machine). It is excellent, the selection of coffee flavors is wide, and it makes delicious lattes, etc. Same or...

15 user reviews

#15
alaScore 89

Cuisinart Programmable Filter Brew 12-Cup Coffeemaker (Black)

I bought the coffeemaker for home use; I selected this model because it can be programed up to 4 hours instead of 2 before it turns itself off; and the price was reasonable.

21 user reviews

#16
alaScore 89

Cuisinart Single-Serve Brewing Station with K-Cup Pack

I love this K-cup coffee maker. It's been the best purchase of the year for me. Looks so much better made than a Keurig. I am very happy with it and use it everyday.

21 user reviews

#17
alaScore 89

Chemex 8 Cup Coffee Maker

I purchased this Chemex 8 Cup Coffee Maker after having bought a smaller, similar type glass filter coffee maker a few months previously. The design of the Chemex places the pouring spout at the top of the carafe, rather than at the mid-carafe level....

25 user reviews

#18
alaScore 89

Cuisinart 12c Programmable Coffee Maker

THIS WAS A GIFT FOR MY SON ON HIS NEW HOME, HIM AND GIRLFRIEND LOVE IT

15 user reviews

#19
alaScore 89

Krups KM1000 10-Cup Stainless-Steel Coffeemaker

This coffee maker was love at first sight. My husband and I used it once a day every day, and it made very good coffee. The coffee maker had to be unplugged every other day and it was very easy to set up the clock. The blue light was a little bit too...

14 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

Cuisinart DCC-1150BKFR

Makes great coffee fast and keeps it hot for hours.

14 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

Cuisinart SS-700

The Cuisinart SS-700 makes stronger coffee than most other machines, but its price ($199) is also higher than most other pod coffee makers. The SS-700 provides more customization options than most other brewers and users don't need to refill the...

1 expert reviews | 180 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Keurig K45 B40 Elite Coffee Brewer

I gave this to my husband for Christmas but he saw (I thought I had hid it well enough) that I had bought some Hot Chocolate so I gave it to him. We have a new toy! Love seeing all there is available to brew and he has had fun sampling what came with...

880 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewer - Platinum

Review for the Keurig K10 Mini Plus Coffee Brewer, Black in color. Operational as advertised, work great right out of the box, could not ask for more.

312 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Single-Cup Brewer + Auto Shutoff

Easy to use and makes good coffee. Just be sure to use distilled water so it doesn't clog up. Compact and takes up little space

276 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Keurig MINI Plus

Easy to use and makes good coffee. Just be sure to use distilled water so it doesn't clog up. Compact and takes up little space

276 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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