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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Apr 19, 2014 02:36
alaScore 93

Krups EA 8258

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

3 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

alaScore 90

Gaggia Brera

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

3 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

alaScore 89

Victorinox Swiss Army Signature Lite Multipurpose Tool

Carried one of these on key ring for years, and then one day the TSA decided I was a threat and seized it (post 911). They finally lifted the restrictions on what you can carry and so I reloaded. Nothing handier than a Swiss Army knife. This one is...

19 user reviews

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

alaScore 89

Contigo CON-016961 West Loop 16-Oz. Stainless-Steel Travel Mug - Blue

Left travel mug full of coffee in my car for 2 hours in the winter and it was still. Great mug!

12 user reviews

alaScore 89

Contigo CON-021324 Hamilton Beach 49316 12-Cup Coffeemaker - Black

Left travel mug full of coffee in my car for 2 hours in the winter and it was still. Great mug!

12 user reviews

alaScore 89

Contigo CON-021325 West Loop 16-Oz. Travel Mug - Black

Left travel mug full of coffee in my car for 2 hours in the winter and it was still. Great mug!

12 user reviews

alaScore 89

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

Tully's Coffee is awesome. If you've been to their coffee shop, you've had it from a keurig! Still amazing!

19 user reviews

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

alaScore 89

Keurig 5071 K-Cup Carousel Tower

this turntable easily shows your choices of coffee Easy to use and clean. Better than the metal ones. Looks great on the countertop. Handle makes it easy to move from pantry to countertop or take with you to work .

760 user reviews

alaScore 89

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

I have recently been introduced to the French press world through the AeroPress that I started using a couple months ago. I thought coffee is coffee right? Wrong! I've always been a fan of good tasting coffee but didn't know there was a science to it....

63 user reviews

alaScore 89

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

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

40 user reviews

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.

40 user reviews

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

alaScore 89

Melitta Coffee Grinder

I love coffee and had been grinding it at the store which was ok. I got some $$$ premiums coffees from S*bucks and they only come whole bean. I had a coffee grinder years ago and having to hear it in the AM was a turnoff. I got this based upon others...

11 user reviews

alaScore 89

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

Great tasting coffee. I purchased it in both regular and decaf since it is so delicious and i wanted to be able to enjoy it at anytime of the day. i would recommend this coffee to those whom like the Donuts Shop coffee but hate having to drive to go...

335 user reviews

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

alaScore 89

Kitchen Craft Le'Xpress Cafetiere, 6 Cup, 850ml

this was a little bit smaller than i expected as it said it was a 4 person cafetiere which i gues it would be if you only had small cups of coffee!but all in all a good product for the money

15 user reviews

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 | 652 user reviews

alaScore 89

Keurig B314 1-Cup Mini Brewer - Black

this was purchased so my spouse could make her self a single cup of hot chocolate or coffee when she is home alone. We usually make pots of coffee for certain times. We wanted to try different kinds and flavors also.

243 user reviews

alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus - Cobalt Blue

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

243 user reviews

alaScore 89

Keurig K10 Mini Plus - Yellow

this was purchased so my spouse could make her self a single cup of hot chocolate or coffee when she is home alone. We usually make pots of coffee for certain times. We wanted to try different kinds and flavors also.

243 user reviews

alaScore 89

Keurig 5024 Stainless-Steel Travel Mug - Silver

Love it. I have tried many others and this one is the best! Fits great into various cars as well.

121 user reviews

alaScore 89

Keurig K-Cup Starbucks Breakfast Blend -16-pk.

a supurb cup of joe in the morning but i dont recommend drinking it in the after noon it is too weak for that, i think

67 user reviews

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.

32 user reviews

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.


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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