Coffee Makers With Temperature Control

In a previous post I wrote about the importance of water temperature when brewing coffee and how the perfect temperature ranges between 195 ℉ and 205 ℉.

Knowing this is a great help because you can use this information when you are looking for your next coffee maker or for when you are boiling water for your next pot of french press coffee.

In this post I want to look at the best coffee makers that have temperature control.

Off the bat, let me say that these are not coffee makers that have thermal carafes or coffee makers that have warming plates that can be set to operate at different temperatures.

Those machines only allow you to control the temperature that any coffee is stored at..

Coffee makers that have temperature control are machines that allow you to control the temperature that your coffee is brewed at.

They are super-human by comparison.

Which is the kind of control that any home barista worth their salt really desires.

If you want to refresh your memory about the importance of temperature on the coffee brewing process, then read this.

As you can imagine, there is a massive body of research related to coffee brewing and temperature how different temperatures affects flavor.  

So let me just provide an overview of that.

The hotter the brewing temperature, the more full bodied and sweet your coffee will taste. Other ways of describing this flavor is chocolate-like and earthy.

If this sounds like heaven then remember that hotter brews carry a greater risk of over extraction- which is when the sweetness turns bitter.

Cooler brewing temperatures emphasise more of an acidic or fruity taste in a coffee.

The danger with temperatures that are too cool is that coffee will be under extracted and the coffee with just taste sour…

Now before we look at individual products, I want to look at some of the killer features that you will find in these machines.

The features that I highlight below are stand out and special features.

They aren’t available on every coffee maker in my comparison and the section isn’t another dull explanation of coffee pods and ground coffee.

#1. Temperature control

I am guessing that this is a feature that you are most interested in.

Before you press start the brewing process, you can select the precise temperature between 187 ℉ and 210 ℉.

The exact range varies depending on each coffee maker.

Some machines in my comparison allow you to set the temperature to the nearest degree(link) others have a few presets (link) to choose from,

And an indicator of how important the correct brewing temperature is, it is part of the SCAA certification.

#2. Flow Rate

The speed with which water is added to coffee grounds is can be important in terms of creating the right flavor for your cup of coffee.

And this model allows you to choose between one of three different rates.

#3. Blooming

Blooming is the process that describes the initial release of C0² from the coffee grounds when water is poured onto them.

Blooming is considered by some baristas to be an important part of getting the best flavor out of your grinds.

This machine (link) has a pre soaking feature that allows you to do just that.

#4. Lightning Fast.

Every now and again, we all just run of time.

What we wanted to get done just doesn’t happen.

If you are feeling rushed then this machine has a solution.

At the press of a button it will make your coffee 25% faster than other similar machines.

#5. Not in the mood

Even the biggest coffee lover, doesn’t feel like drinking it all the time.

For those moments when you just fancy something else, use the hot water function on this machine (link) to make a cup of tea or hot chocolate.

Keurig K-Elite

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Features

This little bad-boy is a busy, control freaks dream!

It brews single-serve pod-style coffee hot, efficiently and allows you to adjust the brew temperature with the touch – or 3 touches – of a button.

Just click the Settings button 3-times and then select your temperature between 187 – 192 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also, it can brew a cup of coffee from a standard k-cup pod in under a minute!

Its sleek and stylish design at an affordable price make it perfect for the office, at home or for your business.

The versatility of temperature control on this quick-brewing pod-style coffee machine is rare and nice to see.

In addition, you can choose between hot or iced-coffee and it comes with a hot-water system that purely dispenses hot water.

This machine has been well received by consumers, with the only downside being its less than ‘piping hot’ brew temperature.

Although the machine brews coffee very fast and the temperature is controllable, some would rather wait a little longer for coffee that brews hotter.

The counter to this criticism… this is not what the K-Elite is all about!

What it is about is elite speed and control within a simple design.

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Breville BDC450

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Features

Precision by name, precise by nature.

The Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer is all about brewing perfect coffee the right way.

This means, drip coffee brewed and bloomed at the perfect temperature. Even though it will automatically adjust to the perfect temperature of 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit while brewing coffee, and is recognized by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), its capabilities go even further.

Using a digital temperature control, you can select exactly what temperature you want your coffee to be brewed at and choose between 3 different flow rates as well.

Even the time in which coffee is in contact with hot water can be personalized to your liking.

‘Precision Brewer’ is an entirely accurate way of describing this machine, and it is made for real coffee enthusiasts.

Vary your drip coffees brew-strength depending on the type of roast you use and keep it warm for hours in the stainless-steel thermal carafe it comes with.

This all stainless-steel machine, with matching stainless-steel body, carafe and filter doesn’t come cheap but is not over-priced in the slightest.

It is definitely worth the money and is in the mid-high price range; very reasonable for such a precise and customizable machine.

Some find the specific controls overwhelming, especially if you don’t vary your coffee options much, and don’t like to having to wait as long as you do for properly extracted coffee.

All in all, feedback has been majorly positive. For those who appreciate a job well done, and the time it takes to produce great coffee, the Breville Precision Brewer offers just that, perfectly brewed, perfectly hot and completely customizable coffee!

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Keurig K575

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Features

The name of the game for the Keurig K575 single-serve, pod-style coffee-maker is its selection of options.

Options for brew-strength, temperature, brew size and even a hot-water-on-demand option as well.

This compact machine with a stylish, modern aesthetic and large digital colour touch-screen is perfect for large households, businesses or offices.

Being able to select from 5 different temperature options means anyone, with any style of k-cup coffee pod, on any given day can have exactly the type of coffee they want.

This form of customization is really nice to see in a pod-style machine.

It goes to show that Keurig not only cares about convenience, but offers customization to their customers as well.

That being said, we need to be realistic and understand that coffee stored in, and brewed from, a plastic pod is not the same as freshly ground drip or pour-over coffee.

And even though after thousands of reviews, the general feedback is positive on this machine, there are always those critics that expect it to produce coffee tasting as such.

The Keurig K575 is a respectable machine at a respectable price.

It is perfect for any grab-and-go coffee drinker who wants more customization out of their single-serve k-cup machine.

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Behmor 5393 Brazen Coffee Maker

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Features

If fully extracted flavour and consistency from your coffee beans is why you are interested in temperature control, then you will be very happy with this machine.

Using a precise digital scale, you are able to select any brewing temperature between 195 – 210 degrees Fahrenheit.

This means that you can not only brew piping hot coffee, but this SCAA approved machine allows you to adjust the brewing process to fit your specific coffee needs.

If, for example, you like a light or ‘blonde’ roast, crank up the heat. If a darker coffee is your preference, then maybe scale it back a few degrees. “Any way you like it (your coffee that is), that’s the way you got it!”

Everything, including the pre-soak feature, is customizable.

You can choose to let your coffee grounds bloom from 15 seconds all the way up to 4 minutes!… but the features for perfect coffee don’t end there.

A stainless-steel water reservoir, thermal-carafe and exterior accents help this machine to not only look clean, but by ensuring coffee-taste purity as well.

It does this by brewing your coffee without any direct contact to plastic during the entire process; from storage, to the brew to post-brew storage and all the way to your mug!

This is truly a knowledgeable coffee connoisseur’s dream machine.

If you know precisely what you’re looking for, in terms of great coffee, this is a great choice… just be careful when brewing your piping hot coffee as steam has been known to build up in the water reservoir and can burn you!

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Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite 12-Cup

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Features

What you get besides a conventional drip-style coffee machine with the Cuisinart DCC-3650 is adjustable brewing.

Your 3 options are: Regular, Hot and X-Hot.

It has a few other features as well, such as brew strength and 24-hour programmability.

It’s ‘Extreme Brew’ feature, brews coffee up to 25% faster than machines like it, in its class.

Customizable, with cool color options such as: Metallic Red, Copper, Black Stainless-steel and others, the main feature people like about this machine is its price.

It is very affordable and comes with temperature control. Simple.

Using a glass 12-cup carafe, this machine is for someone that wants a coffee-maker with control over their brew temperature without needing much else.

It rates well overall with consumers (mainly for its affordable price) but is not something an avid coffee drinker, lover or connoisseur would go for.

If what you need is a machine to brew coffee, at a great price, with a few features such as temperature control, the Cuisinart Elite 12-Cup drip coffee-maker will definitely get the job done!

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