Best Coffee Makers That Brew at 200 Degrees

This is an article about the relationship between coffee and temperature.

Did you know that over 700 people tried to sue McDonalds between 1982 and 1992 after being scalded by coffee?

Or that if your coffee is too hot, one of the first injuries is a burnt tongue?

Your tongue will burn at around 116 °F (or 47 °C)

Fortunately, because the tongue has such a good blood supply, it is one of the fastest healing parts of the body.

Now that we have looked at how serving coffee at the wrong temperature can be a costly mistake for some of our favorite brands to make, let’s get serious.

In the next section, I will explore if there is a perfect temperature to brew coffee at.

What is the optimal temperature to brew coffee at?

The NCA recommends that coffee is brewed at a temperature between 195 °F and 205 °F which is slightly less than the boiling point of water which is 212 °F.

The brewed temperature is different from the served temperature of coffee.

The temperature that coffee is served at is a very personal thing.

Some people like their coffee piping hot, others prefer to drink it when it has cooled a bit.

I am in the second group.

I hate very hot drinks because I haven’t got the patience to wait for them to cool down!

And unless you drink your coffee black, adding any kind of milk, cream, creamer or syrups will automatically cool your coffee a bit.

What is the science behind this?

It is between 195 °F and 205 °F that the best flavor compounds in the coffee grounds are most easily dissolvable.

If your water is hotter than this then you will dissolve the delicious flavor compounds and some other less desirable compounds.

If your water is colder than this, the flavor compounds in the coffee grounds won’t be dissolved enough to be released into the hot water and the coffee will lack flavor.

Importantly, these are the ideal temperatures for brewing coffee no matter what brewing method you use.

Well the exception is cold brew coffee…

Are you a pour over devotee?

Then make sure that your coffee is brewed when the water is between 195 and 205.

Or is it the French Press that floats your coffee boat?

Once again, in order to hit that coffee sweet spot, make sure that your water is between 185 and 195.

Unfortunately, making great coffee is not a one trick pony.

It relies on more than just a perfect temperature…

Once you have mastered the art of the perfect temperature, the next factor to look at is the size of the coffee grinds. 

BUNN HB Heat N Brew Programmable Coffee Maker, 10 Cup



The Bunn Heat N Brew is a modern and stylish looking coffee-maker that brews coffee at a temperature no cooler than 197.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

This statement, referring to a very specific temperature, can be made because the machine uses a digital thermometer to monitor the water temperature once the brewing process has begun.

A valve opens up only when this ideal temperature is reached. This means no coffee is brewed until the ideal temperature is reached!

The Heat N Brew is for those who prioritize perfectly hot coffee and don’t mind spending a little extra for it. Backed with a 3-year Warranty, the Heat N Brew is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and is definitely worth the price because to be certified by the SCAA, a coffee-maker must meet stringent requirements including brew temperature.

Although general feedback on this machine has been overwhelmingly positive, one draw-back is that it takes 10 minutes to brew 10-cups of coffee.

This is a little bit slow for those who love their coffee brewed hot and quick.

Other features include a glass, shatter-resistant and drip-free carafe and auto warmer plate.

For coffee brewed at the ideal temperature, the Heat N Brew definitely delivers.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Cuisinart CPO-850 Pour Over Coffee Brewer Thermal Carafe



This machine is all about hot coffee!

From its brew method to method of storage, the Cuisinart CPO-850 delivers perfectly hot coffee in every aspect.

Being SCAA Certified, this machine ensures that coffee is brewed at approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit (plus or minus 5 degrees).

This ideal temperature range is combined with precision brewing that pre-wets coffee grinds, letting them bloom and extracting the best flavour.

It comes complete with an all stainless-steel exterior with black accents, as well as a stainless-steel filter and carafe to match.

The stainless-steel carafe will keep your perfectly bloomed and extracted coffee hot for longer!

Other features include flavour / temperature control and a brew-pause function.

This mid to high-priced machine flaunts a beautiful design, and produces even more beautifully brewed coffee.

At the ideal temperature, water passes through a charcoal water filter and eventually into a stainless-steel thermal carafe.

It is perfect for those who love great coffee brewed at the correct temperature… although if you refer to yourself – or are referred to by others – as a coffee snob, it is important to note that the water’s brew temperature is brought up as the coffee brews.

This saves time, but is unlike machines that pre-heat their water.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker



The story of the Breville Precision Brewer is quite literally precision brewing.

Starting with precise temperature (adjustable with a digital control) and brewing time, this machine meets all the standards of the SCAA and is the world’s first 60 oz. drip coffee maker.

You can choose between 6 unique brewing modes and it even holds a patent pending on its innovative automatic ‘Steep and Release’ valve.

This valve is used for brewing small amounts of coffee when the carafe is not in place.

In addition, you can control and customize such parameters as your coffees bloom time, flow rate and you have the choice of flat bottom or cone filter brew baskets… Breville even includes them both for you!

This, all-stainless beauty is definitely a high-end machine for high-end coffee drinkers and has an appealing aesthetic to match.

All-stainless refers to not only the machine itself but the option for a stainless-steel thermal carafe as well as opposed to glass.

This is often found with higher-end coffee-makers that know the importance of maintaining hot coffee once it has been brewed.

The Breville Precision Brewer is all about – again – precision, and getting the most out of your coffee, no matter what type you buy!

For some, the complexity of options with this machine can be daunting and they prefer something a bit simpler.

But if you are someone that knows coffee, and likes having options for even the fine details involved in brewing it, this machine is precisely what you are looking for.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Behmor 5393 Brazen Coffee Maker



The Behmor Brazen promises to brew great coffee using even the most ‘brazen’ of coffee beans.

With features like temperature control between 190 – 210 degrees Fahrenheit, this 8-cup brewer gives you a wide enough temperature selection for any type of coffee you choose.

So wide even, that it exceeds the requirements needed to be certified by the SCAA (which it is).

Your coffee grinds are sure to be fully saturated because they are first being pre-soaked and then showered with an oversized showerhead using a pulse flow; having the water stop and start intermittently as coffee brews.

This prevents water from standing still at any point during the brewing process and makes sure your coffee grinds are fully saturated with water.

The machine is black with stainless-steel exterior accents and is on the higher end of the price spectrum… for good reason.

Combined with great brewing techniques and technology, the Behmor Brazen includes a stainless-steel water reservoir and thermal carafe, thus making sure your coffee is not only brewed at the optimal temperature for taste, but without any plastic coming into contact with it.

If you love coffee that is brewed right and also love being able to choose from a variety of easy-to-use features, then you are the ideal customer for this machine.

One warning is that because this machine can brew coffee hotter than most, make sure the lid is on the water reservoir.

If you are not careful, you could get burned! But if you are brazened enough to try it, you can be sure to enjoy perfectly hot coffee at home, everyday!

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker (BV1900 TS)



The Bonavita 8-cup One Touch Coffee-maker uses a 1500-watt heater to maintain the perfect brewing temperature of 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Its small, uncomplicated design matches that of its one-touch operation and is very affordable.

It is perfect for those who love great coffee brewed fast, and without a lot of fuss.

Complete with a durable stainless-steel thermal carafe, this machine makes brewing great coffee easy and any plastic used on it is completely BPA-Free.

It uses a pre-infusion mode that wets your coffee grinds prior to brewing to allow them to de-gas and improve their flavour quality.

Once pre-infused, a showerhead water flow is used to saturate coffee grinds with water in a flat-bottomed brew basket.

All of these simple design features makes it possible to brew coffee easily and efficiently.

On the flip side, its ease-of-use comes at the cost of lack of programmability and additional brewing methods.

With this machine, ‘One Touch’ means, one way. And although coffee is brewed correctly and at the optimal temperature, you may want a few extra options.

The Bonavita One-Touch has been recognized by the SCAA as a Certified Home Brewer and with such an easy-to-use system, this great one touch machine may also become certified as your day-to-day home brewer!

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Best Coffee Makers With Stainless Steel Reservoir

Are you on the hunt for a new coffee maker?

One with a stainless steel reservoir?

Is it because you are concerned about the harmful effects of plastic or just that you are fed up with your coffee tasting of plastic?

The good news is that coffee makers with stainless steel reservoirs are available.

The bad news is that they are few and far between.

In this review, I have five alternatives for you.

And the selection is so small that I have included one coffee maker that has a glass reservoir and not a steel one!

My picks are all in the chart below. 

But before I start looking at these products in any more detail, I want to think about stainless steel and plastic.

Life in Plastic?

Like it or loathe it, plastic is here to stay.

It is cheap, lightweight and very ugly.

Every modern gadget or machine contains it- even coffee makers.

But for many coffee lovers, the real concern about the plastic centers on plastic water reservoirs.

And whether over time the plastic starts breaking down resulting in harmful chemicals dissolving in the water.

The roots of the concern can be found in the BPA crisis.

BPA or Bisphenol A is a synthetic chemical which was an important part of polycarbonate- a tougher and more durable form of plastic.

What is BPA?

First used commercially in the 1950s nowadays over 3.6 billion tons of it are made every year.

Which makes it one of the biggest chemicals in the world.

The trouble with BPA is that can be absorbed by into the body and this has been linked to infertility in men, impaired kidney function and even type 2 diabetes.

It was banned from being used in baby bottles by the FDA in 2012.

It is no wonder that consumers are looking for alternatives.  

If you are one of those consumers then hold tight because in the next section I will look in more detail at stainless steel.

Plastic Tasting Coffee

But before I do, I want to help other coffee nuts who have concerns about plastic.

That their coffee tastes of the frickin’ stuff!

Some of the best advice that I have found, involve “deep” cleaning your coffee machine with various different solutions.

These solutions include a;

* vinegar and water mix

* baking soda and water

* lemon juice

These solutions are placed in the water reservoir and then just press the start or brew button on your machine and the solution works its way around your coffee maker.

Just remember to not use any ground coffee when you do this.

More details on all of these tips can be found here.

But now, it is the turn of stainless steel.

Stainless Steel

Although stainless steel is heavier and more expensive to make than plastic, it is has been used in the food and drinks industry since 1913, when it was “invented” by Harry Brearley.

It has stood the test of time and it is known to resist corrosion, heat damage and chemical damage.

It is perfectly safe when used with water- just think about your cutlery or your sink unit (if you have a stainless steel one.)

It does not contain any BPA and like plastic, it lasts forever.

Now that we have looked in detail at stainless steel and plastic water reservoirs, let me describe to you some of the other features that you can expect to find in coffee makers with stainless steel reservoirs.

So what kind of features can you expect to find?

Not all of these features are available on all of the coffee makers in my comparison but the most common features are discussed first.

Large Capacity

Many of the coffee makers are large capacity- they can make up to 8 cups or over in one brewing. The maker with the smallest capacity is the Gourmia GCM 9400, which can make between 2-4 cups.

Pause and Brew

Related to capacity, pause and brew means that at the touch of a button the brewing process can be paused and then re started.

This feature comes into its own when a whole pot of coffee is being brewed but before the whole pot has been made, you want to drink a single cup.

The brewing process can be paused and restarted.


If a coffee maker is programmable, this normally means that it can be set to turn on and start brewing at a specified time of day.

I use this feature on my coffee maker to start brewing just as I am getting out of bed in the morning

Temperature Control Brewing

Temperature controlled brewing allows the user to choose the temperature that their coffee is brewed at from a choice of different set temperatures.

Experts believe that coffee should be brewed using water which is between 195 °F (91 °C) and 205 °F (96 °C) and the set temperatures are within this range.

Shower Head

Shower head describes how the hot water is poured over the coffee grounds.

Older coffee makers tended to just have a spout- water came out as it would from a faucet.

The obvious issue with that is that there is a flow of water that is only “hitting” the coffee grounds in one place.

A water spout that has a shower head as opposed to a faucet head, allows the water to be more evenly spread across all the coffee grounds and the spray of water is gentler which will also disturb the coffee grounds less.

The Bunn, Redline and Oxo coffee makers in this comparison all have a showerhead.

The Behmor uses a pulsed water technique which aims to saturate all the coffee grounds as efficiently as possible.

The Gourmia, as a pour over coffee maker, uses a circular technique in order to soak the coffee grinds in water.

Lightning Fast Coffee

This needs very little explanation.

Standard drip coffee coffee makers tend to take about 5 minutes to brew a 10 or 12 cup carafe.

The Bunn coffee maker in my comparison only takes about 3 minutes.

SCAA Coffee Makers

A coffee maker that has a SCAA certification is a coffee maker that is guaranteed to make an almost perfect cup of coffee.

SCAA is the Speciality Coffee Association of America.

It is the organisation that represents thousands of coffee professionals (from producers to baristas) and so they are the expert in defining what makes a great cup of coffee.

In order to gain SCAA certification, a coffee maker must pass a rigorous testing process with about nine different criteria.

Oxo and Behmor

Beautiful Coffee Makers

Beauty is a very subjective term.

What is beautiful for one person is butt ugly to another.

However, I think that my comparison contains three coffee makers that might be considered beautiful.

Oxo, Gourmia and Redline.

Perhaps the Behmor might be considered a real beauty if you are a keen fan of plastic?!

One Touch Brewing

Instead of having to press a series of buttons and wade through menus, a cup of coffee can be had at the press (of one) button.

It is the ultimate in convenience.

Amazon Alexa

This is the future!

This is the ability to connect a coffee maker to Amazon’s smart speaker such as the Echo.

And then you can start and stop your machine with your voice.

There is one coffee maker in my comparison that can be connected to the Amazon smart speaker and that is the Behmor machine.

What kind of features do you miss out on?

As well as highlighting some of the features that the coffee makers in my comparison have, in this section I will quickly mention some features that these coffee makers don’t have.

Just to be clear, these missing features are ones that you might find on all sorts of good quality coffee makers but not on any coffee makers that have stainless steel reservoirs.

Color Touch Screen

Beans to cup

Pod compatibility

Espresso maker

Removable water reservoir

Gourmia GCM 4900

Ideal for a lover of pour over coffee



This is a very neat and funky looking machine for those who love a good old-fashioned pour-over coffee.

Hidden out of sight at the back of the machine is a 1.8 liter (60 oz.) glass water reservoir. 

It’s a sleek, minimalists dream that offers hand-crafted pour-over coffee from a machine… confused?

The fully automatic machine, gently saturates coffee grinds with water using a circular motion, pausing intermittently to let the coffee bloom and extract the best flavour.

This perfectly mimics that of an authentic hand-pour.

The water then drips through a stainless-steel water filter and down into a neat looking carafe – thus completing that of a perfectly authentic, hand-made pour-over coffee.

Although an old-fashioned technique, the pour-over is all the rage right now and has been re-adopted by many trendy coffee shops and baristas alike.

The stainless-steel coffee filter and glass water reservoir of this machine fit its sleek aesthetic and keep the taste of your coffee pure.

The machine follows a simple ‘One-Touch’ brew method and is ‘ETL Certified’ – so you can be assured of its safety and quality.

The machine is very small and affordable.

On the flip side, some buyers have expressed its lack of durability when compared to that of more expensive machines in its class.

Others noted the fragility of the glass carafe.

All in all, if you love the idea hand-crafted, pour-over coffee and love the idea of it being brewed automatically, then this machine is the way to go.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

OXO On Barista Brain 12 Cup Coffee Maker with Removable Kettle



The Barista Brain is a high-end, highly scientific and precise machine.

There is no steel water reservoir but instead there is a glass kettle with a capacity of 1.8 liters or 60 oz.  

If purity is something you value along with great quality, you’ll love the BPA-Free glass kettle.

A glass kettle means no harmful chemicals from plastic leeching into your coffees water and no chemical taste!

The combination of intuitive design and precision features make it an obvious choice for anyone that values the quality of their coffee.

On the higher end of the pricing scale, it brews coffee at the ideal temperature of 197 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is also equipped with an ‘Intelligent Microprocessor’ and internal scale that is able to monitor your coffee throughout the entire brewing process for temperature and consistency; giving you the taste and quality of perfectly hand-crafted coffee at home!

The aesthetic of this machine matches that of its high-end features, but just like with anything that has a lot of high-end, fancy features, sometimes the more there is to go wrong…the more that goes wrong!

This has been one criticism among buyers; issues with the microprocessor.

Although this machine is beloved for its scientific approach to perfection when it comes to brewing coffee, its seeming lack of consistency when compared to other machines of its price range have left some customers wanting more.

If you are scientifically minded, technologically savvy and love great, tried-and-true coffee, then – it’s a no brainer – the Barista Brain 12 Cup coffee-maker is the right choice for you!

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Bunn BT Velocity 10 Cup

Ideal for buyer who wants high quality coffee made in a flash…



The Bunn Velocity Brew is all about speed and performance.

And like most other Bunn coffee makers, it has a stainless steel water reservoir. 

The reservoir has a 1.4 liter (50 oz.) capacity. 

So much so, that you will notice its incredibly simple and efficient one-button design.

This modern looking black and steel machine literally has one button – an on / off switch – to brew your coffee.

Coffee is brewed in a stainless-steel water tank and drips down into a very cool looking black carafe.

The stainless-steel water tank is not only free of harmful carcinogens that can be found in plastic containers, but can bring water up to temperature quickly so you can enjoy your coffee in no-time.

Without being slowed down by any additional features that could possibly take away from its efficiency, the Bunn Velocity Brew can brew a 10-cup pot of coffee in just 3-minutes!

This machine, priced in the mid-range area, comes with a 3-year warranty and is perfect for someone that is after one thing and one thing only. Speed!

The lack of control or options for – well – anything except brewing coffee fast definitely makes this a specialist’s machine.

But if you want your coffee brewed fresh and fast, you can’t expect it to have a bunch of extra features that will slow it down.

That would be like the pot calling the kettle – or carafe – black!

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Behmor Connected

Ideal for a coffee drinker who lives in a smart home

The Behmor Connected is another machine that is all about technology and this is immediately apparent when looking at it.

It comes with a stainless steel water reservoir that has a capacity of 1.2 liters or 40 oz. 

At first glance, this moderately high-priced machine offers a simple yet futuristic looking one-button design, surrounded by LED lighting.

But on further investigation, there is really nothing simple about this machine.

With features such as temperature control (via a smartphone-based app), integrability with your at-home Alexa device and Amazon Dash this “Certified Smart Brewer” truly is the future!

As named such, by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), this machine offers state-of-the-art technology and superior capabilities to that of almost any coffee-maker in its class.

You can use such features as Alexa to brew coffee from anywhere in the house and select from a list of saved ‘brew profiles’ from your smartphones library.

Its integrability with Amazon Dash will make sure you never run out of coffee again by automatically ordering coffee beans for you when you run out!

Besides these ‘techy’ features, the Behmor Connected brews coffee correctly at the optimal temperature of 190 – 210 degrees Fahrenheit, uses a pulse-flow brew method to make sure all of your coffee is saturated with water and uses a stainless-steel water reservoir for clean and pure water.

Plus, it’s backed with a 1-year warranty!

This is perfect for the tech-loving and tech-savvy but may not be the best option for someone who likes to keep things simple.

If state-of-the-art, space-aged or anything ‘smart’ excites you, then the Behmor Connected is a great option for you!

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Redline Mk 1

Ideal for the coffee lover who wants a coffee maker that looks the part



The Redline MK1 screams minimalism in every way possible.

This coffee maker has a BPA free plastic water reservoir where you pour the cold water into. It is then fed into the stainless steel chamber below where it is heated.

Its elegant, uncomplicated design offers a single brew-start switch, spill-free pouring and a wide-mouthed water reservoir.

The manufactures of this machine wanted to keep the design simple and focus on spreading the great joy of coffee around the world.

To go along with this vision, they passed on such additions as LED screens or large numbers of buttons / brew options.

Instead they focused on designing a vintage-like machine modelled after vintage cars.

In terms of features it only has what is absolutely necessary in order to brew great coffee.

These features include a ‘pre-infusion’ mode; allowing your coffee to bloom better by allowing coffee to de-gas, and a ‘parking brake’ in which you can pause your brew.

Coffee is also brewed at the optimal temperature of 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Redline believes in world class coffee for everyone and that is why this machine is so reasonably priced and backed with a 2-year warranty.

If you are a minimalist, love a few key features and believe that the focus should always be on amazing coffee, then the Redline MK1 may just get your engine revving!

Best Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker

Gone are the days of a conventional warming-plate to keep your pot of coffee hot for hours.

Today we turn to modern technology and design to not only preserve our coffee’s heat but its flavour and texture as well.

To achieve this, we turn to the Thermal Carafe coffee-maker…

If you care about your coffee and find a machine that brews it just right, you’ll want to share it with your friends, family, workmates or enjoy multiple cups over the course of a morning / afternoon.

In a coffee-maker, you want something that can not only facilitate perfectly extracted and flavourful coffee but maintain its perfect temperature as well.

We’ve compiled a list of the ‘Top 10 Most Important Features’ your next pot-style Thermal Carafe coffee-maker must have. Enjoy:

1). Double Walled Vacuum Sealed Carafe:

If your main objective is to be able to brew a pot of coffee, leave it for hours and return later to be able to enjoy a still fresh and steaming hot cup of coffee, this is a must have.

Having a carafe that is ‘Double-Walled’ refers to the extra layer of insulation it is made with. ‘Vacuum Sealed’, means there is an air-tight layer of insulation in between the layers.

The combination of these two features does a great job of stopping heat from transferring through the walls of the carafe, thus keeping heat inside and your coffee hot!

2). Brew Temperature:

What good is maintaining perfectly hot coffee if you don’t start with coffee that is perfectly hot.

The ideal temperature for coffee to be brewed at for perfect extraction is between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Surprisingly enough, not all coffee-makers are made to facilitate these temperatures.

If perfectly extracted, fresh and hot coffee is important to you, the ‘Brew Temperature’ is something you definitely want to look at.

3). Showerhead Water Dispenser:

One major difference between the taste of coffee from a good machine and a great machine is the extraction process.

Many coffee-makers CAN mimic an expert pour-over technique, but NOT ALL DO.

This comes down even extraction.

If a machine uses a ‘Showerhead Water Dispenser,’ this means that hot water is showered over the coffee grinds evenly in order to extract the best flavour and consistency.

4).  24-hour Programmability:

One of the main reasons why you invest in a great coffee-maker for your home or workplace is to be able to enjoy great coffee whenever you want.

Having a machine that is programable facilitates this.

Most commonly used for those wanting to have coffee already brewed right when they wake up, a programable brew-setting can be used to accommodate your life in any way you see fit.

Don’t wait, and caffeinate on your own watch!

5). Brew Strength:

Another reason why you may enjoy coffee at home as opposed to going out for a cup is for adjustability.

Having a machine that is capable of catering to this need is handy for everyone and essential for some.

Being able to adjust the strength of your brew means you can enjoy your coffee exactly the way you like it!

6). Brew Pause:

Say you’re brewing the morning pot of coffee for your family or co-workers and you get called away, or just really want that coffee now! (which is understandable).

With the ‘Brew Pause’ feature you are able to pause your brew in order to grab a cup without having to wait for the whole pot to brew.

Never again will you be left shaking your fist at your co-workers after brewing a pot for everyone, stepping away and coming back to an empty carafe!

7). Fresh-Brew Timer:

This is again, handy for anyone who makes coffee for multiple people or to last for hours at a time… or you are that one person that never makes the coffee, but always seems to find a fresh pot sitting there waiting for them… lucky you!

The Fresh-Brew timer is handy for being able to tell exactly when the coffee was brewed and how fresh it really is.

Some machines offer a time-of-day indicator, others will tell you exactly how long it has been since that carafe was brewed. Either way, it is handy and a must have for shared coffee use.

8). Cleaning Cycle:

This is an essential and often overlooked part of owning any coffee-maker.

On average, you should be cleaning your coffee-maker once a month but let’s be honest… you probably don’t.

And that’s ok! That is, it’s ok if you have a machine with an automatic ‘Cleaning Cycle’.

We are creatures of habit and it’s easy to tell yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow”, every day.

Automatic Cleaning Cycles save you from procrastination and keep your coffee tasting great.

If you can, get one with an indicator light to let you know exactly when your machine needs to be cleaned.

9). Fast Brew Speed:

When making a whole pot of coffee, you don’t want to wait around any longer than you have to; especially if you’re brewing it as a courtesy for others.

And to be honest, coffee only needs 4 – 6 minutes to steep, so why wait much longer?

The trick is to find a machine that heats water up quickly so you are not sacrificing coffee quality for convenience.

10). Small Batch Brew:

Pot-style coffee-makers are great for brewing large quantities of coffee.

And thermal carafes are an amazing way to keep your coffee hot.

But what about the times that you don’t need an entire 10 or 12 cup pot of coffee?

Merely adding less coffee grinds will result in weaker coffee, and using less water than normal is a waste of coffee. This is when a ‘Small Batch Brew’ option is really nice.

You can choose between 1 – 4 cups; depending on the machine, and brew a smaller, more economical pot. Don’t waste coffee!

BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Platinum Thermal Coffee Maker



Striking our top-spot is the BUNN Speed Brew Platinum thermal coffee maker.

It has a nice, minimalistic design that offers a – slightly smaller than normal – 10-cup double wall, vacuum-sealed, insulated carafe.

It will keep your coffee hot for 2+ hours and brews a full pot in just 4 minutes!

If speed is especially important to you then look no further! Some of its key features include:

  • Quick Brew – brews a full 50-oz pot in 4 minutes. That’s half the time of most coffee-makers in its class!
  • Showerhead Water Dispenser – ensures full extraction and flavour from your coffee.
  • Designed & Assembled in the USA – being designed AND assembled in the USA means quality!
  • 3-Year Warranty – always a good sign when the manufacturer backs what they are selling for a long-period of time as such.

We really love this machine for its overall design, appearance and usability.

Everything about this machine has deep thought put into it and the manufacturers haven’t added any features that may take away from its main purpose.

Flashy features are great, but what we all want most in our coffee-maker, is reliability and greatly extracted coffee that will stay fresh and hot for long periods of time!

BUNN delivers all of this, and thus has taken our top spot. We bring to you, our most highly recommended thermal-insulated coffee-maker!

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Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Thermal Coffeemaker, 12 Cup



Taking Second-place is the Cuisinart DCC-3400 thermal-insulated, stainless steel 12-cup coffee-maker.

You can’t argue with consistency, and this machine consistently provides great coffee at a great price without breaking down over time.

It has all the essential features you would want in a coffee maker like: brew pause, programmability, self-clean and the perfect brewing temperature.

There is nothing overly flashy about this machine, but it is well-built and will provide perfectly extracted coffee for years to come! Some its key features are:

  • Programmable Brew & Self-Clean – lets you set your coffee to brew any time of the day as well as clean itself automatically.
  • Brew Pause Feature – a must-have for any pot-style machine.
  • Small Brew Option – allows you to brew only 1-4 cups if you so choose to.
  • Brew Strength Control – lets you adjust your coffees brew strength.

Although this may come as a seemingly surprising choice for our runner-up, we have found that this machine holds up possibly the best over time.

Its minimal-feature design and reasonable price point has made it a go-to for coffee lovers who want a machine they can rely on.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95



Coming in at number three is a very well-rounded machine from Mr.Coffee.

Its 10-cup stainless steel carafe keeps your coffee warm and it comes with a removable water reservoir.

Although this machine is relatively new to the market, it offers a well-rounded arsenal of essential features that are perfect for anyone looking for a great thermal carafe coffee maker.

This machine could well have been ranked even higher on our list if it had a little more time to gain positive feedback.

Still a respectable score and a very respectable machine. Some of the well-rounded features it offers are:

  • Water Filter – removes 97% of chlorine for better tasting coffee.
  • Automatic Clean Cycle – maintains taste and longevity of the machine over time.
  • Brew Pause – also known as the “Grab-a-Cup Auto Pause” feature, pauses the cycle if you would like to grab a cup of coffee before the whole pot is done.
  • Optimal Temperature – brews coffee at an ‘optimal’ 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Freshness Timer – indicates when the current brew was made.

We commend you ‘Mr. Coffee’, for making a great coffeemaker designed with customers’ needs at heart.

If early feedback is any indicator of your success to come, we will definitely be featuring your coffeemaker again in the future.

Kudos to you, on making it third on our list.

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Hamilton Beach (48465) Coffee Maker with 12 Cup Capacity



The very unique Hamilton Beach is a 12-cup coffee maker with Internal Storage and makes it to number Four of our Top-Five list.

What is unique about it, is the fact that coffee is brewed, stored and heated internally. This means there is no carafe needed.

Merely push down on the ‘Press-Bar’ to pour coffee directly into your cup or travel mug.

This coffee-maker is perfect to use at work or at home and keeps coffee hot and fresh for up to 4 hours.

Some other notable features include:

  • Internal Storage / Heater – keeps coffee fresh for up to 4 hours.
  • Cup Control – use the Press-Bar to dispense coffee one cup at a time.
  • Brew Strength – control your coffees brew strength.

The internal storage in combination with its great design and simple, usable features make it a must have for any multi-tasker or if you just love efficiency.

Think of an automatic, filtered-water system – only filled with piping hot, delicious coffee. Yes, please!

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Cuisinart CHW-14 Coffee Plus (10-Cup)



Making it into the last spot on our Top-Five list is the Cuisinart Coffee Plus.

We love this machine because of its versatility and convenience in particular.

A very popular choice, this 10-cup machine comes with all the essential features you would want in a coffeemaker; with one in particular.

It has a separate hot water system that operates on its own; independently of the coffee maker.

This means you can access the 56-ounces hot water reservoir for tea, hot-cocoa, soup or oatmeal anytime you want – whether your currently brewing coffee or not!

This, combined with an assortment of already great features makes it a great machine for multitaskers, busy households or for use at the office and thus completing our top-5 list.

Some of its other great features include:

  • Small Brew Option – lets you brew 1-4 cups instead of the full pot.
  • Brew Pause – is essential and lets you pause your brew to grab a cup before the pot is done.
  • Removeable Drip Tray – is perfect for using a tall or travel-sized mug.

All these essential features are combined with a design that passes the test of time.

Buyers of this machine rave about its long-term sustainability and great, intuitive design it offers.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Technivorm Moccamaster 79114 KBT Coffee Brewer



This is an honourable mention, with an asterix.

It didn’t not make the Top-Five List, not because it is not a great machine, because frankly it is a great machine!

Our intent is not to discredit the Technivorm Moccamaster by any means.

To be honest, the design, features and execution of this machine are nearly flawless. This machine sadly did not make our top-Five List for one reason… the price! This machine is a top-of-the-line, professional grade coffee-maker, coming in at much higher price-point than that of a normal machine. But, if you love coffee, and don’t mind paying a little extra for quality, then this just may be your best option!

Okay, so let’s get right into it…

For starters you can manually adjust your Drip-Strength. This allows for safe use when dispensing coffee into a cup or travel mug. Because of the tall design of the 10-cup thermally insulated carafe, coffee comes out fast – but luckily, this can be adjusted. This saves you from cleaning up after hot coffee spills.

Secondly, professional-style ‘Copper Boil-Tube’. If you’ve ever seen a classic coffee shop – or any episodes of the television show, FRIENDS – you may associate copper with great coffee. This is because copper is a great conductor and is known for its ability to diffuse and conduct heat evenly. This means that when brewing coffee, your water won’t spike up past the correct temperature (196 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit), burn the first bit of coffee grounds, and then cool down and not properly extract the rest. The result of this steady and perfectly conducted heat, is consistent taste and perfectly extracted coffee.

Lastly, one more reason why this machine is awesome is the ‘Bloom Drip’ feature. A cone shaped brew basket, allows more air into the coffee grounds; allowing them to ‘bloom’. This enhances flavor within the coffee.

Other notable features include:

  • Auto Switch-Off – switches the machine off when the water reservoir is empty.
  • Quick Brew Speed – brews a full 10-cup pot in just 6-minutes!
  • Thermal Insulated Carafe – keeps coffee hot for up to an hour.
  • 5-year Warranty – this is leading in industry standards, and it shows that Technivorm, stands behind the quality of their product.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Zojirushi EC-YSC100 Fresh Brew Plus Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker



The Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus thermal carafe coffee maker is a 10-cup coffee-maker with a steel / black finish. Another great machine which we recommend. The reasons why you would want to purchase this machine is for its solid features and usability. The reasons why you may not, is that there are no glaring or especially exciting features. It offers you exactly what you want in a great thermal carafe coffee-maker, and nothing more.

Some features to note are the removable water tank, near perfect brewing temperature (200 degrees Fahrenheit) and automated clean-cycle. This makes the machine easy to clean / fill with water and produces great tasting and well-extracted coffee with minimal upkeep.

Other notable features are:

  • Non-Drip Pouring – a thumb activated pouring mechanism keeps heat inside the carafe and stops coffee from dribbling out after you finish your pour.
  • Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel – means great insulation and long-lasting fresh coffee.
  • Programable Brew – lets you automate your coffee brew and enjoy your coffee right when you wake up, or any other time during the day.
  • BPA-Free – all areas that come into contact with coffee or coffee grounds are made without the use of harmful chemical such as BPA’s.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black/Silver, CM2035B



Another honourable mention, this time solely because of its sustainability.

Made with great features, this Black+Decker thermal coffee-maker seems to lose quality over time.

For the price, this is understandable – you could literally buy one of these, every year, for the same price as some of the other coffeemakers on this list.

And that is not meant to take away, in any way, from the features of this still great, simple and versatile machine.

Some things we really like about this machine is the ‘Evenstream Shower’ dispenser, which showers coffee grinds with water evenly to extract the most flavour possible.

Besides that, the 12-cup double wall vacuum sealed carafe keeps your coffee hot for hours and hours.

The ‘Brew Strength Customizer’ allows you to – do just that – customize your brew strength. Other notable features include:

  • Small Batch Brew – allows you to brew 1-4 cups at a time if you so choose to.
  • Wide-Mouth Carafe – makes it very easy to clean.
  • Brew Timestamp – allows you to know exactly how long it has been since your coffee has been brewed.
  • No-Drip Perfect Pour Spout – is a thumb pouring mechanism that keeps coffee fresh and ensures you don’t spill any while pouring.

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Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker 



The Bonavita One-Touch coffee-maker is an honourable mention because of its seemingly lack of consistency over time…once again.

If it were just for the machine’s features, it would surely be at the top of our list, but many owners feel, that the machine lacks an intuitive design.

This makes it clunky and seemingly causes it to not last as long as those owners would hope.

Still a great coffee-maker, it features a removable hanging filter along with an insulated thermal carafe.

The hanging filter is not only easy to clean, but gives the coffee grinds the correct nesting area for full extraction.

Its sleek design offers an 8-cup carafe and it can brew a full pot of coffee in 6 minutes – at the perfect temperature.

If speed and perfectly extracted coffee are what you are looking for this is a great option.

Some other notable features include:

  • Perfect Temperature – the powerful 1500-watt heater brews coffee at 195 – 204 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Pre-Infusion Mode – mimics a human-like pour-over method; pausing intermittently during the process.
  • Showerhead Water Dispenser – Infuses coffee evenly with water for perfect flavour and consistency.
  • BPA-Free & Dishwasher Safe – makes it easy to clean and is made without the use of harmful chemical such as BPA’s.

Interested? Buy from Amazon

Best Coffee Percolator

The coffee machine has become one of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment today, whether it be in the home or at the workplace, we all love a quick, easy and great tasting cup of Joe.

But what if you are a person who loves the great outdoors and also still wants to enjoy a nice cup of coffee?

You can’t exactly drag your coffee machine around with you, can you?

That is where the old trusty and reliable coffee percolator comes in.

The coffee percolator takes us back to a time when brewing coffee used to be seen as much more of an art.

Some see coffee percolators as being an old fashioned way of making coffee but, while this technique has been around for centuries, it still works with great success and is much the same as using a moka pot.

It seems like another lifetime ago that coffee percolators were all the rage, but they were mainstays in millions of American kitchens from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s.

Unfortunately the rise of better tasting instant coffee and the rise of faster,  more efficient drip coffee makers spelt the beginning of the end for the beloved percolator. 

However, there are still plenty of people around who still enjoy the old coffee percolator.

There is no denying that using a coffee percolator gives off that stunningly beautiful coffee smell, which just leaves us craving coffee more than ever.

Yet there is the slight issue of the coffee becoming over-extracted, which a lot of people are not a fan of.

When it comes to using your ground coffee in the coffee percolator, you do manage to get all the goodness of the coffee, with the good coffee compounds and the delicious flavours disolving into the water.

At the same time though, we also get some of the bad ones too, which is not ideal for the biggest coffee lovers around.

In order to combat this issue, you just have to have the time and patience to keep a watchful eye on your coffee as it is brewing.

Too often, people will walk away and leave it on the stove, only to return when they hear it is boiling.

If you really want your coffee to be perfect, then you really do need to keep an eye on it.

The best way that you can possibly try and stop the over extraction of your coffee, when using a coffee percolator, is to lower the heat of the stove when it is getting too hot, in order to prevent it from boiling.

Alternatively, just make sure that you take it off the before it begins to boil.

Three Potential Buyers of a Coffee Percolator?

Of course, anyone and everyone can buy a coffee percolator if they so wish, but there are three main groups of people who tend to be the biggest fans of the humble percolator.  

Coffee Percolator Devotees

The first group of fans, are a group of people that I have labelled as devotees.

As I mentioned earlier, coffee percolators were incredibly popular for most of the twentieth century.

Tens of millions of Americans were born and raised in households that in part were “powered” by coffee made in percolators. 

And many of these people still love nothing more than a cup of coffee made in a percolator. 

After spending so many of their years growing up with a coffee percolator in their home, it is no surprise that they want to stick with what they know and keep their routine to what has always worked for them.

If it is not broke, then don’t fix it, and so these people see no real reason to change their ways, and why should they.

If they don’t subscribe to the latest trends in the coffee brewing world, such as the K Cups, Nespresso Capsules, or the single serve machines, they why would they choose them over what they know and love?C


The second group of people who are likely to want to choose a coffee percolator over a coffee machine, are those who love the great outdoors and want to enjoy a good quality cup of coffee while sitting around the campfire or during a long day of hiking. 

Coffee Purists

Finally we have the coffee purists, who like to try any and every technique possible in coffee brewing, in their everlasting quest to find that elusive perfect cup of Joe.

A coffee purist will have a number of different machines and contraptions, making different types of coffee with different techniques, and you can guarantee that they will have a coffee percolator in their life.

Advantages of a Coffee Percolator

Coffee percolators have many advantages and in this section I will discuss the six most important. 

Brews at a High Temperature 

The first advantage of coffee percolators is that they brew coffee with water which is almost boiling hot and that is the ideal temperature for coffee to be brewed at. 

This is in complete contrast to many other popular methods of brewing coffee in which the water used to brew the coffee is cooler than this.

These methods include many single serve coffee makers and the pour over method. 

Brews Stronger Coffee

The time that it takes a percolator to brew a coffee, compared to other brewing methods, is quite long.

The increased time that the hot water and the coffee grounds spend together leads to a stronger cup of coffee because the grounds have transferred more of their goodness to the water. 

More Flavor

See point above!

Brewing Control

Coffee percolators are simple machines and this gives a user an incredible amount of control.

The first way in which you can experiment is with the ratio of coffee grinds and water.

Next, with stovetop models you can experiment with the temperature of the hob, which will affect the time it takes the coffee to percolate. 

And finally, you can experiment with the time that you decide to stop the percolation. 

 Many inexperienced users of coffee percolators, wander off after they have turned the stove on and only return to it when they have heard it bubbling away for 15 seconds or so.

This approach 


Because percolators are such simple machines which do not rely on electricity and because many models are built from durable stainless steel or enamel, they are ideal for coffee nuts who love camping, hiking or the outdoors in general. 

Disadvantages of Coffee Percolators

  • Over-Extraction
  • Temperature Control
  • Slow Brewing Time
  • Difficult to Master
  • Easily Messy
  • Difficult to Clean

Buying Guide for Coffee Percolators

What to Look for in a Coffee Percolator

If you are someone who is not too familiar with a coffee percolator but you are interested in purchasing one, then there are a few things that you will need to look out for and be aware of.

Below is a list of some of the best features which you should bare in mind when buying a coffee percolator.


Percolators come in two main styles- stove top or electric.

Stove top percolators are designed to be placed on a stove and heated via a gas flame or an electric ring.

Electric percolators come with an electrical lead and a wall plug and are powered by mains electric.


Most leading coffee percolators are made from either stainless steel or borosilicate glass.

A much smaller number are made from a coated enamel.

If you are going to use your percolator in the kitchen, then the choice is between stainless steel and borosilicate glass. 

The biggest difference between these two materials is how they look. Will a stainless steel or glass percolator suit your kitchen more?

It might be stating the obvious but stainless steel is a more robust material than glass.

And so, if you have a tendency to be a bit clumsy (I know that I do), stainless steel has got to be your first choice.

Coated enamel percolators were originally designed for outdoor use- just think about some of those Westerns that you have watched with the cowboys sitting around the camp fire. 

It is a tougher exterior than stainless steel, protecting the percolator from all the knocks and scrapes that come with being carried and used “here, there and everywhere!”


The last thing that you want to happen just as your coffee is ready to pour is to pick up the percolator only to squeal in shock at how hot your hand feels.

Your percolator needs a stay cool or heat resistant handle.

Most models in my comparison have plastic handles which are an almost perfect material because of how heat resistant they are.

The one issue with plastic is that it melts when hot.

If you are ordering a stove top percolator, make sure that the handle is not over a naked flame!

Tight Fitting Lid

A coffee percolator can only work at its best if it has a tight fitting lid which locks the heat in.

And a tight fitting lid is also a necessary safety feature because as you are pouring your coffee, the lid won’t fall off and potentially burn you. 

Clear Knob

This feature might surprise you and it did bewilder me at first.

If you are buying a stainless steel percolator, look for one with a transparent knob on top of the lid.

This is for all you eagle eyed percolator fans out there who like to watch the percolation, step by step. 

Metal Filter

Most top selling models of coffee percolators have highly effective metal filters as standard. 

This is fantastic because it saves you having to buy single use paper filters and if you are taking your percolator on a camping trip, it is one less item that you need to remember to take.  

  • Cleaning: Dishwasher Proof
  • Pouring: An Easy Pour Spout

Key Features of an Electric Percolator

  • Coffee Ready Light
  • Keep Warm Temperature
  • Detachable Cord
  • Stay Cool Plastic Base

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator



While the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator is a mouthful to say, it also gives you a great mouthful of coffee.

It might not be the most beautiful to look at but it is definitely practical, with the stainless steel casing being accompanied by a stay cool handle.

This coffee maker is easy to use, delivers great flavours and as it is available for a reasonable price, it really is money well spent.

While it is easy to see how this is perfect for those of you who love to go camping, it is also versatile enough that you could also use it at home.


  • Easy-Grip Stay-Cool Handle
  • Design Compliments Any Home Kitchen Set
  • Brews an Impressive 8-Cups
  • Easy to Clean and Dishwasher Safe
  • Durable and Versatile
  • Fixed Filter Basket
  • High Quality Stainless Steel
  • Perfect for Camping
  • Lifetime Warranty

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Euro Cuisine Electric Percolator 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Pot Maker



Rise and shine and start your day the right way, with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee from the Euro Cuisine 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Pot Maker.

The colour and design make it perfect for any home and from the recent reviews it seems like it is also perfect for newbies to coffee percolators.

At $80 it is a bit on the higher end of the market but if you are someone who values the rich and fresh aroma of a morning cup of coffee, then this is still definitely worth the money.

If you want that delicious flavour ready for you in the morning, then you can set it up at night, put on the timer and wake up to a freshly brewed cup of Joe.


  • Rich, Steaming Hot Coffee
  • Keeps the Coffee Warm
  • Glass Peek Knob Top
  • Easy to Pour
  • Easy to Clean
  • Looks Good in the Kitchen
  • Easy to Use
  • Brews 12-Cups of Coffee
  • Drip Free Spout
  • Stay-Cool Handle

Intrigued? Buy one here

Hamilton Beach 40616 Stainless-Steel 12-Cup Electric Percolator



At 12 cups of coffee a time, the Hamilton Beach 40616 Stainless Steel Electric Percolator delivers a nice big batch of fresh tasting coffee.

The price is a bit of a tricky one, since it seems to range from $30 to $50 depending on where you are buying it.

If you can get it for $30 then you have a bargain on your hands.

With the mirror chrome finish, this does not look out of place in any kitchen and, with the the detachable cord, it is easy to put away in the cupboard if you do not want it left out on the side.

Speaking of the cord though, the lead is quite short, which has caused issues for some people, while others have complained about it look “cheap”.

But, at $30 this is definitely value for money.


  • Delicious Hot Coffee
  • Easy to Pour, Drip Free Spout
  • Auto Keep Warm
  • Chrome Mirror Finish
  • Ready to Serve Light
  • Detachable Cord
  • Permanent Filter Basket
  • Easy to Clean
  • Easy to Use

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Coleman Stainless Steel Percolator, 12 Cup



The best thing about the Coleman 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator has to be the fact that it is not only perfect for those of you who love the outdoors but it is also perfect for home use too.

Also, while it is promoted as a 12-Cup Coffee Maker, you can actually get 14 cups out of it.

The downside to this Coffee Percolator has to be the fact that it is actually quite fragile and, if you do not read the instructions properly, it is likely that you will experience some sort of crack or break.

As well as that, the grounds filter also leaves a lot to be desired. With that said though, at a price ranging between $30 and $50, you could do a lot worse that this.


  • Brews 14 Cups (More than the 12 advertised)
  • Free Replacement for Broken Parts
  • Made from Stainless Steel
  • Brews a Consistent Cup of Coffee
  • Quick to Brew
  • Easy to Clean
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to Use
  • Perfect for Camping
  • Ideal for the Kitchen

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Medelco 1-PK008-BL 8-Cup Glass Stovetop Percolator



If you are someone who is looking for a good coffee percolator for your home, at a good price, then this glass percolator could well be the one for you.

However, if you are someone who is looking for camping coffee, then you are going to want to find something which is stainless steel, so not this.

Some people have complained that the quality of the Medelco 8-Cup Percolator is lacking and that the cap is susceptible to breaking, as well as not being pleased that it is plastic on the inside. But the fact that you can pick one of these up for less than $20 makes it worth the gamble.


  • Lab Quality Borosilicate Glass
  • Heat-Tolerant Stay-Cool Handle
  • High Quality Coffee
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Brews 8 Cups
  • Thermal Shock Resistance
  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Durable Pot

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Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker



There have been a few people who have had a few issues with the Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker, with some moaning about the aluminium nut inside, while others have complained about it being too loud.

While these are definitely things to consider, there are also plenty of positives for it.

This coffee maker has a design which is a throwback to the percolators of old, so if you are into the retro things, and you love a fresh tasting cup of coffee, then you should definitely consider this.

The coffee tastes great, it is easy to use, and at around $40 you could do a heck of a lot worse than this. It’s not the best out there but it does a solid job.


  • Makes 12 Cups with Ease
  • Keeps the Coffee Fresh and Hot
  • Durable and Compact
  • Detachable Cord
  • Made of Stainless Steel
  • Low Wattage
  • Auto Brew Ready Light
  • Looks Great
  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Tastes Great

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Coletti “Bozeman” Percolator Coffee Pot – 9 CUP Stainless Steel

The biggest concern you need to know about the Coletti “Bozeman” Percolator Coffe Pot would definitely have to be the amount of people who have complained about it being dangerous. According to the reviews, this vibrates heavily on the stove and is susceptible to breaking quite easily. As well as that, you are only really going to get 4 or 5 cups out of it and, for the price you are paying it is quite expensive.

While this is definitely not a coffee percolator that you should even really consider for use in your home, it is something that you could look at if you are the outdoorsy type. Bear in mind though, that you will need to use it with caution and that at around $50 there are better options out there.


  • Brews 9 Cups of Coffee (if you are lucky)
  • 20 Filters are Included
  • Easy to Clean
  • Good for Camping
  • Permawood Handle
  • Glass Cover Knob
  • Dishwasher Proof
  • No Plastic
  • No Power Cords

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Cook N Home 8-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Coffee Percolator



Anyone who has ever used the Cook N Home 8-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Coffee Percolator cannot deny that it makes a beautiful tasting cup of Joe, full of rich flavours.

Unfortunately though, in order to get that beautiful tasting coffee, you have to endure the issues that come with it.

This pot lacks any form of real durability, the design is terrible, especially the lid and the filters, and it just seems to break so easily.

If you don’t mind putting up with a poor quality pot in order to get a good quality coffee, then this is could be worth your consideration but it is not in the same league as other brands in this price range.


  • Mirror Polished Stainless Steel
  • Retains Heat Well
  • Brews 8 Cups
  • Removable Filter Basket
  • Easy to Clean
  • Tight Seal Lid
  • Drip Free Spout
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Great Tasting Coffee

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Coleman Enamelware Percolator 14-Cup



The first issue you are likely to notice with the Coleman Enamelware Percolator 14-Cup is the fact that there is a major design issue with the lid, which is almost impossible to get on.

After that, you will notice that the basket does not sit right and leans to one side. Then there is the flimsy aluminium material which a toddler could destroy.

It is hard to find anything positive to really say about other than it is not very heavy, so it is easy to use on your camping trips.

The pouring is quite good and the taste is not terrible. At a price in the region of $40 you are better off not wasting your money, as there are many better quality coffee pots than this.


  • Lightweight
  • Brews 14 Cups
  • Quick to Brew
  • Wide Base
  • Good for Camping
  • Double Coated Enamel
  • Easy to Clean
  • Stainless Steel Rims
  • Long-Lasting

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Farberware 12-Cup Percolator Stainless Steel FCP412



First things first, this is a dangerous Coffee Percolator, which begins to burn after just a few uses and, if you are not careful, could actually catch fire and do some serious damage. If you want to take the risk of ending up homeless due to a faulty heating element, then that is on you, but this should be avoided at all costs.

There are some positives about the Farberware 12-Cup Percolator but I don’t want to run the risk of talking you into actually purchasing one. For that reason also, I am not even going to give you a feature list. Just avoid at all costs!

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Best Keurig for Office

What to Look For in an Office Coffee Machine

When it comes to working in an office, no matter how big or small, one of the most important things that you can do in order to improve the productivity of your workers, is to give them a good quality coffee machine in the break room.

There are so many different coffee machines available to choose from today and here I am going to give you a few of the most important things you are going to want to look for when it comes to choosing the right office coffee machine.


When buying a coffee machine, you want to make sure it stands out and makes a good impression, which can impress not only your workers, but also current and potential clients you have in for meetings.


A lot of the cheaper and less quality coffee machines have a tendency to break down from time to time, which means having to go without a coffee machine while it gets fixed.

So make sure that the coffee machine you get for your office is reliable.

Office Size

If you only have a small break room in your office, then you are going to want to go for a smaller coffee machine and there are some great ones out there.

However, if you have a big break room, then you might even want to consider getting more than one.

Water Supply

There are two main different water supply options you can get with coffee machines these days, by either having the machine plumbed in or by having a machine with a water reservoir.

So make sure you know which coffee machine is going to be the most practical one for your office break room.


We already mentioned that you are going to want to get a coffee machine that is very reliable but everything has a chance of breaking down at some point, so make sure that you get the best warranty possible for the machine you go with.


Cleanliness in the workplace is of huge importance to any business of any size and the break room is no exception.

With that in mind, you really need to go for a coffee machine that is going to be easy to clean.

Low Maintenance

With a busy office and work environment, comes a busy break room and you do not want people having to queue up to use the coffee machine.

It is therefore a good idea to find one which will continue to work with minimal fuss.

Hard Working

As well as having to be low maintenance and needing to work with minimal fuss, your office coffee machine is also going to need to be hard working, as it is highly likely that it is going to have to make dozens of cups of coffee every day.


If you want to keep your employees happy and motivated and working to a high standard, then you will be amazed what a difference a quality coffee machine can do. With quality coffee available, you will see productivity increasing dramatically.

Not Only Coffee

While it is fair to say that the majority of office workers do prefer to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, you do also need to make sure that you cater to everyone’s needs.

Not everyone is a coffee drinker, so make sure that you get a machine that can also do tea and hot chocolate.

Easy to Use

Those of us who love a quality cup of coffee most likely have a coffee machine at home and have used many over time, so we know how they work.

However, if you have employees who are not used to coffee machines, then try to find one which is very easy to use.


A coffee machine needs to be so much more than just a coffee machine, so make sure that you go for one which is really going to stand out and look good.

After all, nobody wants a cup of Joe from a drab looking machine.

So there you have it. If you are an office manager or a business owner; If you are looking to reward your staff and keep them highly motivated, or you just want to impress your current and potential clients, then make sure that you get the best possible coffee machine you can, taking on board the points I have made here. After all, nobody wants to see an old fashioned coffee machine that has a carafe full of coffee sitting on a hot plate, or an urn dispensing huge amounts of drab coffee. So make sure you think carefully when buying that new office coffee machine, as it could really make a huge difference to your business.

The Joy of Coffee

When it comes to the everyday morning routine, there are hundreds of millions of people all over the world who have to have their morning cup of coffee in order to get them out of that zombie feeling and ready for whatever the day has to bring. While that first cup of coffee before you leave for work is the best cup of the day, there is no denying that we all start to crave more coffee as the day goes by, but some workplaces and offices actually do not have a coffee machine in their break room. This seems absolutely crazy to me and I am going to give you a few little reasons as to why every workplace should have a coffee machine for their coffee lovers.

Variety of Coffee

When you have an office or a workplace which has even just a handful of employees there, you can pretty much guarantee that each and every one of them is going to have their own individual tastes and want something different. Heck, there are even times when I like to mix it up a bit myself and go crazy by having a cappuccino instead of latte. By having a coffee machine, you can offer your employees, and even your current and potential clients, a nice variety of coffee, so that there is a little something for everyone, keeping that workplace morale high and boosting the performance of your staff, even after their break.

Productivity Improvements

We have all been there at some point and a lot of people find that they experience it every day, due to not getting more coffee inside them as the day goes on, and that is mental fatigue and a lack in productivity as the hours pass by. Why do your employees always arrive at work with a spring in their step but then begin to fade in the afternoon? Well, it all comes down to the mental stimulation that we get from a simple cup of coffee. Just by having that coffee machine in your break room, you will see a drastic improvement in productivity from your workers, and also from yourself too.

Improved Networking

There was once a time in the working world, where people would go and have a chat by the water cooler, and while these meetings do still occur in some offices and workplaces, it is now fair to say that people much more prefer to do it with a cup of coffee. There are some bosses who feel that staff chatting over a cup of coffee is simply timewasting and needless gossip but it is actually a great way of networking and team building. Having your team members talking to one another not only encourages and improves their relationships as work colleagues but it also enables them to discuss things about ongoing projects, keeping everyone in the loop. And what better way to do that than over a cup of coffee.

Why a Coffee Machine?

By now I am assuming that you are asking yourself why you would need a coffee machine, when you have a kettle in the breakroom already, and people can help themselves to instant coffee. Well it is quite simple really. The better the cup of coffee, the happier the employee. With a good quality coffee machine and a nice selection of different coffees, you are going to see a much happier and proactive workplace. So go and get that new coffee machine that has just hit the market, you know it makes sense.

The Best Keurig for an Office

In the following section I have reviewed six different Keurig coffee makers, all of which are ideal in office environments. 

The first three machines I have reviewed are the K150, K150P and the K155.

And I was surprised by how much confusion there is about these machines.

The trouble is that they are nearly identical, which is troublesome because many reviewers just dismiss them as being the same machine in terms of looks and functions. 

But there are subtle differences between them which you need to know about because it will help you choose exactly the right machine for your office.

Firstly, let’s have a look at the K150.

Keurig K150

  • K- Cup compatible
  • Touchscreen interface
  • Extra Large 90oz. Water Reservoir
  • Five Different Brew Sizes (4 oz. | 6 oz. | 8 oz. | 10 oz. | 12 oz.) 
  • Adjustable brew temperatures
  • Removable Drip Tray
  • NSF Certified
  • Auto On/Off
  • Multi Language
  • Quick Speed Brew

And now the K150P. 

Keurig K150P

I won’t display a list of features because the K150 and K150P are almost identical.

In fact, look-wise they are identical as they have the same coloring and they are identical in terms of their dimensions. 

The one difference between them is related to water.

Both models have a huge 90 oz. water reservoir but the K150P comes with a pre- assembled plumbing kit that can connect it directly to a water supply.

This means that the K150P never needs to have its reservoir filled again, as the water will be “on tap.”

And so, if you are stuck between the K150 and the K150P then perhaps the deciding question is, how much coffee will be consumed in your office?

The water reservoir in the K150 holds enough for about 18 servings.

If the amount of coffee that is drunk far exceeds that amount, you might want to buy the K150P.

And then, phone a plumber to install it for you!

The K150 can also be connected to a water supply but in order to do this you will need to buy the plumbing kit separately.

One last thing to add to the confusion is that the Keurig K150 is identical to the B150!

And now, let’s find out about the K155. 

Keurig K155 Office Pro



There is no need to write a bullet point list of features for the K155 because it is almost identical to the K150 and the K150P.

But there are three differences. 

  1. An obvious physical difference is that the K155 has a silver colored “brewhead” whereas the K150 and the K150P have a black brewhead. 

All three models have exactly the same dimensions- 13.9″ (H) x 14.0″ (D) x 10.4″ (W).

2. The K155 has a 90 oz. water reservoir and it cannot be connected directly to a water pipe. 

As we found out earlier, the K150P and the K150 can be.

3. The K155 can brew 4 different sizes of cup (4oz. | 6 oz. | 8 oz. | 10 oz.) whereas the K150 and K150P can brew five sizes of cup (4oz. | 6 oz. | 8 oz. | 10 oz. | 12 oz.) 

Keurig K140

If you are running a small office of around 15 people or less, then the Keurig K140 would be ideal for you.

The machine gives you the option of thee different cup sizes ( 6oz., 8oz., and 10oz.) while it also comes with a faily impressive 48oz. water reservoir, which means less need to refill so often.

I found that the Ekobrew reusable filter works perfectly for this model too, giving it an even better tasting cup of Joe.

And the fact that it brews in less than a minute means no waiting around.

Oh, and I have to give a big shout out to the easy draining tank, which drains at just the touch of a button. How cool is that?


  • Three Different Cup Sizes
  • 48oz. Reservoir Tank
  • Reusable Filter Compatible
  • Removable Drip Tray
  • Quick Brew
  • Auto On and Off Mode
  • Easy Drainage

Keurig K575

If you are after a rich, smooth and delicious cup of coffee which delivers every single time, then I would have to recommend the Keurig K575.

As well as offering the user a choice of multiple different cup sizes, for K-Cup, K-Mug, and K-Carafe, you are also in control of the temperature.

Meanwhile the machine also offers a strength control option, allowing you to go for that strong cup of Joe.

The large touchscreen makes for use and the 80oz. water reservoir means less time wasted refilling.

You can also use a variety of top brand coffee pods, while it also caters for tea, hot chocolate and much more.

As you can tell, I absolutely love the K575 and would recommend it to absolutely anyone.


  • K- Cup Sizes: 4oz., 6oz., 8oz., 10oz., 12oz.
  • K- Mug Sizes: 12oz., 14oz., 16oz., 18oz.
  • Carafe Sizes: 22oz., 24oz., 30oz.
  • Large Touchscreen Display
  • Easy Customizing
  • Easy Programming
  • Favourite Setting Save Function
  • 80oz. Water Reservoir
  • Temperature Adjustment
  • Strength Adjustment
  • Hot Water on Demand

Keurig K 3000 SE

And lastly, we have the K3000 SE.

This is the King of Office Coffee Machines and it is designed to be used in large offices.

This is a large and powerful machine and its dimensions are;

17.4″ (H) x 18.0″ (D) x 12.0″ (W)

It is designed to make coffee on a continual basis and to help with this, it has;

  • Direct water line plumbing
  • Automatic K- Cup pod ejection with built- in disposal bin
  • Back to back brewing in less than 1 minute.

Other key features include;

  • 4 brewing sizes ( 4 oz | 6 oz | 8 oz | 10 oz)
  • LCD interface
  • Adjustable temperature
  • Separate hot water spigot

Hottest Temperature Single Serve Coffee Maker

There’s almost nothing worse than anticipating a hot, aromatic, full-bodied cup of your favourite coffee and instead being confronted with a lukewarm, watery, cup of bean juice.

Sound familiar?

If so then you need to listen up, because I am about to reveal the single most important aspect of coffee brewing that your current coffeemaker is most likely missing…

The perfect temperature… Is there such a thing?

When it comes to coffee, temperature is more important than you might think.

For one, you obviously don’t want to burn your tongue – there’s nothing worse – but the real reason why temperature is so important is for the extraction of your coffee grounds.

Too hot and you will burn your coffee; the result being quite literally a burnt, bitter taste.

Too cool and the coffee will not extract properly from the grounds and it will taste watery and weak.

The sweet spot for brewing properly extracted, full bodied and rich tasting coffee is in between 195 – 205 °F

Water boils at 212 °F. 

This means if you are someone that waits for your water to boil, and then pours it directly onto your coffee grounds, you are most likely burning your coffee on a daily basis.

It might be subtle, you might not notice the taste, but it also might be the reason why you are assaulting your daily coffee with a plethora of milk and sugar. (food for thought).

**I always cringe when I see people doing this, so please for the love of coffee! – let your water cool before starting your brewing process.

So, what’s hot in coffee makers right now?

If you’ve been paying attention to the coffee industry in recent years, then you’ve noticed an influx of single serve coffeemakers.

Promising to deliver a fresh single cup of coffee every time- it has ousted the old fashion coffee maker with a carafe of drip brew (being kept warm on a hot plate for hours) as the nation’s favorite.

Most single brewers use pods (small and sealed plastic containers of “freshly” ground coffee) to make a cup of coffee, although others just use scoops of ground coffee.

Their greatest strength is convenience as they are so easy and quick to use.

But there are some disadvantages to these coffee makers.

As far as we are concerned the biggest drawback is that many single serve coffee makers do not brew coffee at the correct temperature.

As we said at the start of this post, the best brewing temperature for coffee is between 195 – 205 °F.

Unfortunately, many models are brewing coffee at around 192 °F.

Common Mistakes To Avoid

If you’ve ever tasted coffee that’s been sitting on a hot-plate or has been reheated you will agree that keeping your coffee hot is a much better option that re-heating it.

Re-heating, is definitely never your best option but definitely make sure avoid these two common re-heating mistakes:

  1. Don’t use a hot plate: Built into the conventional large-pot coffee makers, hot plates over extract your coffee by heating it from the bottom. This makes your coffee taste bitter and leave you with a dry mouth.
  2. Do not microwave your coffee: Besides the fact that you will most likely burn your hand sooner or later microwaves radiation-style heating is also uneven. It will overheat the top of your coffee and leave the bottom cold – again the bitter taste, with a hint of burnt coffee as well. Not appealing.

7 Ways to Keep Your Coffee Hot

Because a heating element is not something you get with a single cup coffeemaker, instead get creative when maintaining your coffees temperature and use one of these seven useful techniques that you probably haven’t heard of…

  1. A cup sleeve: Also known as a ‘mug cozy’– is a cute little piece of fabric that covers your cup, acting as an insulator. This is a great and inexpensive way to not only keep your coffee hot, but keeps your hand from getting burnt as well – especially if you are reading this and like your coffee as hot as possible.  There are a variety of these to choose from all over the web with fun and personalized styles. **A makeshift mug cozy can be made by wrapping a sweater, scarf or a thick piece of fabric around your cup.
  2. Immersion heater: Although your coffee will take on the appearance of a science project, an immersion heater is a tool in which you immerse in your coffee and it heats it from the inside. This works different to a hot plate because the heat is evenly distributed within the coffee.
  3. Travel mug: Or Thermos or tumbler – all have the same concept; insulation. This is the most common tool for heat maintenance and can be made from stainless steel, plastic or silicone. **Even though it is the simplest method, using a good, insulated travel mug can keep your coffee piping hot for up to 6 hours depending on the manufacturer, making it the best option for those with indelible hot coffee needs.
  4. Electric travel mug: Much like the-famed heated blanket, the electric travel mug specializes in redundancy. Why only keep your coffee warm when you can keep it warm and heat it at the same time? Who knows exactly why, but it’s obvious that this method works quite well can be purchased with car adaptable or USB plugins making them somewhat portable and fully excessive. But hey, if you’re reading this you like your coffee hot as can be, right?
  5. Take-out Cup Car warmer: This is more a useful and innovative alternative to the electric travel mug. Great for if you are picking up a paper cup of coffee from the drive-thru or local coffee shop. It plugs into your car charger or USB port and electronically insulated your cup so you can enjoy your stop-and-go commute to work with some hot coffee. The perfect pairing!
  6. Preheated cup: Although microwaves are not to be used for heating / re-heating coffee, they can still be handy in keeping your coffee warmer for longer. Microwave your coffee mug for 30 seconds – 1 minute. This saves some of the heat coffee loses naturally when you pour in into a cold mug.  Be careful though – hot!
  7. Magic Metal Beans: I remember seeing a version of these on the popular television show ‘Dragon’s Den’ called ‘Coffee Joulies’. What they are, are pieces of metal (around the size of a teaspoon) that absorb and reintroduce heat into your coffee, sustaining the temperature for longer. You put them in your coffee, they absorb the heat from the coffee and feed in back into the drink over time. This maintains a steady temperature for up to 5 hours.

Piping hot coffee is great. It’s the way it was meant to be consumed. And with the cold weather closing in, it’s essential to have a plan in place to be able to enjoy that steaming hot, aromatic brew wherever you are.

It warms my heart to say that you are now armed with all the information necessary to complete your mission of finding and confidently purchasing the hottest single cup coffeemaker!

And now, let’s have a look at the top choices. 

Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus 



This machine is great because it has so many useful features.

It’s so versatile!

Not only can you just use hot-water -which is helpful because now and again you may want to take a coffee break and drink tea instead.

But it has two separate water systems. One large, that brews up to 12 cups and one smaller, single-cup area.

You can literally brew two different drinks at the same time. It’s a feature I never thought of but is actually so handy.

The large-pot area also has heating settings (low-med-high) so you can keep your coffee at a reasonable temperature and not ruin the taste.

Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker, Silver



This is a true single serve machine.

Small, brews quickly (less than a minute) and uses pods. It has a few cool features like hot-water, brew temperature and a rinse feature; which is much easier than running a whole cup of water to rinse out the machine.

It uses the same size cups at the Keurig so any k-cup will fit in it.

It’s a very handy little machine, but I’ve been reading a lot of reviews saying that the machine can cause coffee splatter, which is something I have experienced myself.

The trick is to use a taller mug, glass or personally I like to use a travel mug; which is also great for keeping your coffee hot!

Gourmia GCM5100 One Touch Multi Capsule Coffee & Espresso Machine 



As far as a multi-faceted single-serve machine, this one has some very neat features.

Of course, the brew temperature setting is essential for brewing a perfectly hot cup of coffee, but it is not catered only towards coffee.

It uses a pod brewing system and is compatible with both k-cups and Nespresso (for lattes and other espresso drinks). Along the theme of espresso drinks, The ‘Gourmia’ comes with its very own milk-frother, which is a perfect addition to your specialty coffee drinks.

If you’re someone that wants an array of options for their morning coffee, this little machine is perfect for you!

Keurig K155 Office Pro Single Cup Commercial K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker



This single-cup machine from Keurig – taking only Keurig branded k-cups – is catered towards offices or shared spaces.

Its sleek, modern design makes it look very professional and offers an extra-large water reservoir; 18 cups of coffee before you need to refill it.

Its LCD touchscreen offers a timer, language and four, cup size options.

But maybe the most important feature is the adjustable brew temperature.

Not everyone needs piping hot coffee, so the temperature control makes it useful for those who are steeping a cup of tea, making hot cocoa or cooking their morning oats.

You get what you pay for with this machine and it comes from a trusted and reputable company with long-standing experience in the single-cup field.  

Espressione EM-1020 Stainless Steel Espresso Machine



For espresso lovers, this machine is the real deal!

A true at home, professional-grade espresso maker with high powered steam pumps; made in Italy.

A thermos style heating system, ensures consistent temperature and the high-powered steam valve makes sure milk is perfectly frothy and delicious.

Because this is an at home machine, it has the option of using ground coffee or espresso pods.

And keeping in true Italian fashion, the manufacturers have thought of every aspect of the coffee experience with a heating grid on top of the machine that keeps your cups warm.

This allows your espresso to not lose any heat when entering your cup and ensures a delicious, perfectly hot espresso every time!

BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker



This small and compact little machine does exactly what it should; brew a nice, hot cup of coffee.

It’s the perfect machine for active, on-the-go type of people.

Great for dorm rooms, keeping at work or for travel, the ‘Brew and Go’ comes with its very own travel mug that fits in most cars cup holders. P

erfect for keeping your coffee hot during your commute to work and the shut-off feature makes sure the machine is off once your coffee is brewed, so you never have to go back home, forgetting if you’ve turned off your coffee maker or not.

There’s no waste involved because it does not utilize pods or k-cups.

Just fill up the metal coffee filter with your coffee grounds, brew and take off for the day!

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker



This pod style single serve coffeemaker is screaming with options.

The removable water reservoir, multiple brew size options, brew timer, temperature control, nightlight, wallpapers and a large touch screen monitor will leave you with a lot to play with.

At the top of the list is the strength control.

Usually with pod style brewers, your strength options are fixed, but in addition to being able to adjust brew strength you have five temperature options as well.  

This diversity of options comes in very handy when you have guests over and pairs nicely with the machine’s capabilities for single serve size options.

You can actually brew 12oz cups, 18oz travel mugs or 30oz carafes with either the appropriate pod or ground coffee! If options are what you like, The Keurig K575 has you covered!

Touch Plus Single Serve Coffee Brewer



The days of having to sacrifice coffee shop quality for a quick, at home cup of coffee are over.

‘The Touch Plus’ offers full-bodied, perfectly extracted coffee that starts brewing in just 20 seconds!

Choose from eight cups sizes and enjoy your coffee, just the way you like it. Perfect extraction is all about temperature and that is defiantly something this machine offers.

Brewing coffee at an optimum temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, give you a rich, full-bodied and perfectly extracted cup of coffee every time!

AICOK Single Cup Coffee Maker, Single Serve Coffee Brewer 



This single cup coffeemaker is a great machine for the price point.

Offering you all the features you need to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee that brews at a steady 176 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not a piping hot brew temperature, but also not too hot as to burn your tongue!

You can make up to 10oz at a time and enjoy your coffee in 3 minutes.

It supports most sized k-cups and k-cup filters as well.

A great, single cup machine for small space and does the job!

Technivorm Moccamaster 69212 Cup One Single Serve Coffee Brewer



Engineering is the word that comes to mind when I think of this single-cup machine.

Quality over quantity when it comes to features; as is characterized by the one button brew style.

Built in the Netherlands, this is truly an at home barista, that utilizes such technology as copper wiring to bring water up to a perfect temperature much quicker than most conventional single serve machines.

And without any pods or convenience gimmicks, this machine brews a great tasting, full-bodied coffee every time.

Perfectly heated and extracted pour-over coffee is delivered using a shower head water system to fully cover all of the grounds extracting the most flavour possible.

When you purchase this machine it also comes with an insulated thermal mug to keep your perfectly heated and brewed coffee, hot for longer and the entire system comes with a 5-year warranty.

No pods, no hot-plate, no gimmicks… Just great coffee!