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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Feb 26, 2015 12:56
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#1
alaScore 94

Keurig 2.0 K450 Brewing System

A nice, warm cup of coffee is a great way to wake up in the morning. It's also a great signal for guests to start packing at the end of a dinner party. The problem is, with so many single cup brewers making themselves at home on kitchen counters,...

1 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

#2
alaScore 93

Delonghi Lattissima+ EN 520

It may not come cheap, but the Nespresso Lattissima EN520 is the perfect match for someone who likes to drink a latte rather than sticking to pure espresso and Americano drinks. It's compact, it's simple and it makes great coffee.

4 expert reviews | 1308 user reviews

#3
alaScore 93

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Carafe - Black

Mr. Coffee is a perfectly serviceable machine at an affordable price.

4 expert reviews | 284 user reviews

#4
alaScore 93

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 | 3 user reviews

#5
alaScore 93

Gaggia Carezza Deluxe RI8525

A stylish espresso maker that produces great coffee, but with operation that takes a little getting used to.

3 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

#6
alaScore 93

Krups XP5620

The powerful steam output makes producing milky drinks easy, too. The only issue we had was that the output is so powerful relative to some others at the price that you can end up a mug full of froth if you’re not careful where you wave your wand....

3 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#7
alaScore 91

Krups XP5210

Using both ground coffee and ESE coffee pods that sit in the holder, the XP5210 makes it easy to avoid using expensive pre-packaged pods without an additional accessory.

2 expert reviews

#8
alaScore 90

Philips Saeco HD8763

Great machine and great coffee!

2 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#9
alaScore 90

Delonghi Vintage Icona ECOV310 AZ

This lovely looking machine didn't work at all. Water leaked out of the boiler outlet, and drained the tank before it could heat up. Delonghi confirmed that it is a faulty machine and the seller is replacing. If the next one doesn't work, I will get...

1 expert reviews | 98 user reviews

#10
alaScore 90

De'Longhi EC155

Reviewers say that the DeLonghi EC155 offers a lot of value for its price and produces a great-tasting espresso that rivals that of any coffee shop. Though it has a few design flaws, users say they are minor, especially in this price range. Owners...

3 expert reviews | 1443 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 89

Keurig 40692 K2.0 Cup Holder Carousel, Chrome

Awesome product, works great!

10 user reviews

#13
alaScore 89

Jura GIGA 5 Automatic Coffee Center

Buying a Jura 5 is truly a worthwhile investment. At last, I am enjoying a decent cup of Java every time I make a cup. NOT the brown colored water, bitter, no tasting, sad coffee I made for 63 years as a computer tech. Buying a Jura 5 from aLatteHotte...

13 user reviews

#14
alaScore 89
#15
alaScore 89

Bunn 04238.0000 64 oz. Water Pitcher for Pourover Coffee Brewers

Love it! Has a line indicating the perfect amount of water for our BUNN coffee makers!

10 user reviews

#16
alaScore 89

Cuisinart Chef's Classic 36-Inch Rectangular Wall-Mount Bookshelf Rack...

Exactly what I wanted, its so solid and well made, heavy duty. I tried to hang from it 3 or 4 times to make sure its going to hold the stuff and it didn't bend a bit, Im not so heavy so please don't try it after you read my review! Im only 160 lbs.

57 user reviews

#17
alaScore 89

Nespresso Pixie

Awesome machine

45 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

Krups XN730T

Great coffee and so easy to use

1 expert reviews | 131 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

DeLonghi kMix 5-Cup Coffee Maker in Stainless Steel DCM02ST

Love this little coffee maker. Makes a great cup of coffee, easy to clean, just one on/off button do not need to contend with fifty other buttons for settings. Modern, stylish appearance.

16 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

It's what a good espresso machine should be: simple to operate and capable of producing perfect espresso shots

1 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Delonghi EC 860

Having upgraded to the chromo look machine from a Dolce Gusto pod machine, 3 weeks in and my expectations have been far exceeded. The machine looks fantastic and is not hogging too much bench space. I've only used illy pre ground coffee so far but I...

26 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Miele CM 6310

First of all I am so jealous of the 20 plus people that have received this system as part of the vine program. It would be very hard for me to give this less than five stars on that program. That being said I did pay the full $2000 for this machine. I...

21 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte

Love the Latte maker. Easy to use and perfect Latte every time.

1404 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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