Coffee Makers Worth Buying?

There are too many choices of coffee makers. This is evident at the coffee shop that I splurge at once a month. They sell espresso, Chemex, Melita filter, and regular drip coffee there, and you get to choose which one you want.

At the moment, I keep a small French press at the office. It’s horrible. By the time the coffee is brewed, it has gone from hot to merely tepid. Grounds always get into the liquid. I drink it because the alternative at work is instant coffee. Here comes my request for help number one: Can someone who loves French press coffee please tell me the best way to make it? Mine is a daily disappointment.

I’ve been mulling over the possibility of buying a coffee maker for the office. But then you Google “coffee maker” and all kinds of magical things happen. Some of them cost $19.99, and some of them cost $999.99. Question: Is there any reason not to buy a $19.99 four cup Mr. Coffee coffee maker? Do I actually need something more complicated in order to have a decent, hot, grounds-free cup of coffee at the office every morning? If the cheap-o actually does the job well, why do people buy fancier models?

Here are the possibilities I am considering. If any of you out there in Internetland have used one of these, please tell me how you like it. I consider online ratings and reviews to be totally and completely rigged, so I’m not depending on them for this critical, life-changing decision. Just know that your honest feedback will help every other reader who searches for “coffee maker” and clicks on this article. Just so you know, I have ruled out the Aeropress because I don’t have time to lovinglyand carefully manually brew coffee at the office. Coffee is something that happens while the computer boots up.

Thank you in advance for your advice. You are doing a service to humanity. There is some office drone in San Francisco who is searching for a new coffee maker right now; there is a wife in Dallas who has just finished her Dallas kitchen remodeling project and needs exactly the right coffeemaker to match the new counter tops; there is a plumber out there who can’t deal with unclogging other people’s drains until he’s had his morning shot of caffeine — you are helping all of them. See, it’s not so hard to be a charitable person after all! You’re doing great at this!

Black & Decker 5-Cup Coffeemaker ($16.99 at Target): It’s under $20, it has one button, and it makes coffee. Is this a piece of junk that will get grounds in the coffee and spill all over the counter? Or is this the simple, no-nonsense coffeemaker that I need? Someone please tell me, because the mix of reviews of this one range from “The coffee tastes bad!!!” (sic), to “Not to mention the coffee tastes great!” (also sic).

Cuisinart DCC-450 4-Cup Coffeemaker (40% off of $49.99 right now at Macy’s): I own a Cuisinart food processor, and I use the heck out of it. If the quality of Cuisinart’s coffee maker is anything like the quality of my amazing 14-cup Cuisinart food processor, which mixes bread dough as well as it shreds, slices, and purees, then this could be my coffee maker for life. Or not. Reviews of it range from “I am happy with this product,” to “… “it simply is a piece of junk.” Do you have this coffee maker, and how does it work for you?

Zojirushi ZUTTO Coffeemaker ($63.99 on Amazon): I am kind of excited to see that Zojirushi makes coffee makers. Their other products are great, so I trust the quality of their engineering and manufacturing. A common complaint about the ZUTTO is that the coffee is not hot enough. Can someone who has used this otherwise fine-looking machine please discuss the temperature of the coffee that it produces? OK, thanks.

Bodum BISTRO 1.2 Liter Coffeemaker ($250 from Bodum): This badboy would be a splurge. The carafe looks like a giant, insulated beaker, and it’s a regular pushbutton machine without a timer, which is what I want. Bodum claims to be revolutionizing drip coffee with this guy, but I want to know if it’s worth the price. Reviewers on Amazon say that it makes great coffee, but dies quickly. Anyone out there have anything to say about the Bodum BISTRO drip coffeemaker?

Thank you for your charitable service. You can’t get a tax deduction for the time you took out of your workday to tell everyone about the best and worst coffeemakers you’ve encountered, but know that by helping others to have a good jolt of caffeine every morning, you are making the world safer and happier.

By Chaya Kurtz,


Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

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iveta cer

Thanks I always make instant coffee and I have big build in coffee maker :)

Jocelyne Lacroix
Jocelyne Lacroix4 years ago

My message was truncated. ...because the machine and the coffee and the grind have all to be compatible. Here is a link that will give you food for thought Cheers!

Jocelyne Lacroix
Jocelyne Lacroix4 years ago

We had a Braun coffeemaker. The best. We had it for approx 20 years. We had it repaired twice recently and everyone in the repair shops was telling us to keep it at all costs. They were the best for temperature, density and quality. When it reached its end of the road, we went to Costco as they already to a selection for you for the best price/quality balance. One cheap, one average, and one top of the class. We bought the middle class: a Cuisinart. It's OK. It has a strenght dial which does make a difference. Being French, I like my coffee very strong, as strong as a demi-tasse. But whatever the machine, the coffee is key. You then have to adjust the quantity and the strenght according to whichever result the machine yields. Hubbie and I have been playing a little game. For 3 years now, we have been trying to buy the best cheapest coffee, as I figure that poor people deserve good coffee too. Pastene is not bad. Again, it depends on the machine. It was good with the Braun but so so with the Cuisinart. You'll never guess where I found by best cheapest coffee? Ikea! Unbelievable! It costs 3,49$/250g here in Montreal and they often have it on sale at 1,49$. It's strong, mellow, it tastes better than any other Van Houtten or local brewery. At that price, from time to time, I indulge in a good Illy can. BTW, Lavazza is overrated and is not at all what the Italians drink. They drink Illy. In conclusion, I found that you'll have to learn from trial and error which coffee works best

Melissa Keep
Melissa Keep4 years ago

I have a $20 drip coffee maker. It works just fine. One button, no clock. I grind my own beans, but you can do that ahead of time. Don't waste your money on fancy names.

Shirley S.
Shirley S4 years ago

I have owned & used a percolator for many years & most times used Lavazza coffee & nobody has complained yet.Mind you we DO NOT like weak coffee.

Marilyn J L.
Marilyn L4 years ago

Darn! I was looking for answers.

Cynthia B.
cynthia l4 years ago

I have not tried a coffee press. However I have a Gevalia coffee maker which is the Best along with their coffee Abyssinian Mokka-from Ethiopia and Pecan Torte- heavenly. However regular Folgers tastes better brewed in this pot. I also love Target's, Archer brand coffee
Mr. coffee pots suck! Black and decker was good. Grind your own beans! I love iced coffee-no milk . I have tried Keurig with the K-cups at a friends but they are too expensive for me. One last item if you percolate coffe it has less cafeen! ok 2 wash your glass pot with salt and ice swished around Not soap

Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

thnx for the ideas.

Scot Roberts
Scot Roberts4 years ago

Ok maybe three things.......there are an awful lot of different ways to make a cup of coffee.