Coffee makers have come a long way from the days of the stove-top percolator. New coffee makers can make as little as one cup of coffee at a time, be programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up in the morning, and some even grind whole coffee beans. The ones with a thermal carafe will keep your coffee hot for hours and are among the top-rated coffee makers on the market.
The Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew is loved by owners for its superb brewing performance along with features like the automatic shut-off that will turn the appliance off when it’s done brewing, the pause-and-serve function that allows you to pour a cup of coffee before the entire pot is done brewing, and a programmable timer that can be set to start brewing minutes before you get up in the morning. As the name implies, this machine can also grind fresh beans as part of the brewing process using a special grinding basket that empties the ground coffee directly into the filter. This feature is optional, though, and the machine can be used with whole-bean or ground coffee. This coffee machine comes with a 10-cup thermal carafe to keep coffee hot for hours. It also has a charcoal water filter in the reservoir that filters out chlorine and other impurities from tap water.
Zojirushi Fresh Brew
Zojirushi is a top-rated brand for most kitchen appliances. The Zojirushi Fresh Brew’s thermal carafe has a 10-cup capacity and is effective in keeping coffee hot without scorching it. Like many other coffee makers the Zojirushi brand has an automatic shut-off feature, allows you to serve coffee before the entire pot is finished brewing and has a clock and preset timer so you can set it to have coffee brewed and ready when you want it.
The Bunn coffee maker is basic in design with no clocks or timers or even a grinding option. Like it’s competitors on the market, the thermal carafe has a 10-cup capacity. What sets it apart from the others, though, is how quickly it brews a full pot of coffee. The Bunn ThermoFresh coffee maker has an internal water tank that keeps water at the optimal brewing temperature so you can have fresh coffee in three minutes.
Capresso Coffee Team
The Capresso Coffee Team coffee maker boasts all of the best features from the other brands: an easy-to-read digital control panel allows you to set the appliance’s timer to begin brewing at any preferred time; there are five programmable brew amounts so you can brew two, four, six, eight or 10 cups of coffee; and like its Cuisinart counterpart, it has a coffee grinder built in. The Capresso’s grinder, though, is a professional, solid-steel conical burr grinder, and you can chose from five grinder settings from coarse to fine grind. In comparison to the Cuisinart, the Capresso also has a charcoal water filter to help you brew a pot of coffee with the best possible taste. This coffee maker has a 10-cup thermal carafe to keep your coffee hot without burning it.