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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Jun 30, 2015 23:56
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#1
alaScore 93

Jura GIGA 5 Automatic Coffee Center

There’s no denying the Jura GIGA 5 is the Ferrari of coffee machines. It has all the bells and whistles anyone could want, and it’s got the looks to fit in the most high-tech of kitchens. The coffee it produced was strong to some, but the machine...

1 expert reviews | 13 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 | 1210 user reviews

#3
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 | 7 user reviews

#4
alaScore 93

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 | 51 user reviews

#5
alaScore 92

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Carafe - Black

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

4 expert reviews | 284 user reviews

#6
alaScore 91

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

#7
alaScore 90

Jura Impressa Z9

We spent a lot of time debating a manual machine vs fully auto. We wanted convenience but without compromising taste or quality. The Z9 covers both aspects very well. Super ease to use, clean and maintain. Just about everything is customisable. We buy...

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#8
alaScore 90

Philips Saeco HD8763

A birthday treat to myself. I loved my old Gaggia but this knocks spots off that old hissing leaking thing - and makes the most fantastic coffee from freshly ground beans: perfect crema on my espresso, which I can tune to the grind and cup size I want....

2 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

#9
alaScore 90

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 | 37 user reviews

#10
alaScore 90

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

#11
alaScore 89

Smart Funnel

Love This Item. So practical with many uses. I bought 6 of them to give as gifts.

89 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 89

Hamilton Beach 46201

This is the best coffee maker I ever owned. It has a removable water tank that gives you the option to remove it if you want for cleaning. It is also designed so you don't have to lift the top to fill with coffee and filter. The front swings out to...

49 user reviews

#13
alaScore 89

Breville Barista Express BES870XL

Breville, an Australian Brand you can trust. Honestly one of the best machine of this type on the market. Little bit tricky to setup but after few try, the Espresso is great.

11 user reviews

#14
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

#15
alaScore 89

Cuisinart DCC-1100BK

its a coffee maker. non self grinding, it works

61 user reviews

#16
alaScore 89

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit

After putting my Nuova Simonelli Musica into storage and moving on to a Motorhome I was troubled about getting our morning coffees. After much online research and a need for coffee with a crema and a flavour like it was Barista made. I bought the...

52 user reviews

#17
alaScore 89

Nespresso Pixie

Awesome machine

47 user reviews

#18
alaScore 89

Keurig B40 B60 B70 B77 B79 Puncture Housing

You have to take your time and figure out how the part installs but then thing not difficult. My machine is good as new.

16 user reviews

#19
alaScore 89

Breville BES920 Dual Boiler with Smart Grinder

After a lot of time and research I decided on the BES920 for my new machine, replacing my faithful Gaggia. The old 900 model had a lot of positive feedback and a few minor issues which seemed to be addressed in the 920 update. So far I have been very...

13 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

100 Cup stainless steel coffee urn - Focus Foodservice 57100

I am an office manager and a large high school. I have purchased several sets of coffee pots over the years and these are the best by far. I have used them about 10 times so far. They are so well made and look very attractive. The coffee perks quicker...

10 user reviews

#22
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

#23
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

#25
alaScore 89

Krups XN730T

Great coffee and so easy to use

1 expert reviews | 143 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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