The Daily Grind: 6 Best Drip Coffee Makers

Aug 4, 2015

Category: Tech

The drip coffee maker. It is as common as dirt and you can find one for free if you don’t mind looting the gift table at a wedding; but if you want one that can truly help turn your freshly ground beans into a mystical, magical brew that will open your eyes and titillate your senses, then you could spend your whole life and thousands of dollars searching for it. To help aid you on this noble quest we humbly offer our choices for the best drip coffee makers.

Keep in mind that even with the best coffee machine in the world, you still need the knowledge, the experience, and the proper beans to brew up something tremendous. If you are going to be dumping Taster’s Choice into any of these pots, then the device is not to blame.

Mr Coffee SJX33GT

Mr. Coffee SJX33GT

Yield: 12 Cups
Cost: $35

No, you are not suffering from delusions. This is not a drug induced hallucination and you do not need to call the hospital. There actually is a spectacular drip machine that is made by Mr. Coffee. This isn’t just a great brewer for the money, SJX33GT makes an excellent cup of coffee that can be served to Barons and Princesses. This scrappy model keeps its temperature at the ideal 195 to 205 for five minutes to get the delectable oil out of the beans. It will give you a full, rich flavor time and again with the mere press of a button. Do not be blinded by snobbery, you’ll be shocked at how good your Turkish blend will be once Mr. Coffee has had his wicked way with it. [Purchase]

Cuisinart DCC-1200

Cuisinart DCC-1200

Yield: 12 Cups
Cost: $80

The look of the DCC-1200 will take you back to the swingin’ 60’s daddy-o, but the technology on the inside is 100% modern Seattle. The coffee it produces is so good you can almost hear the poetry slam in the background. It comes equipped with a charcoal water filter so that even if you are dumping sewer water into it – something we do not recommend – it will still make a decent cup. The easy programming options give you total control over heating time, heating temperature, and it allows you to make as many cups as you need. The two issues to consider are that it is very tall and you might have trouble reaching the water reservoir. Otherwise it is a powerhouse with a thermal carafe. [Purchase]

Bonavita BV1800

Bonavita BV1800

Yield: 8 Cups
Cost: $125 – $170 depending on carafe

If you don’t like the taste of the coffee that comes out of the BV1800, then your tongue is lying to you and should be tried for treason. This isn’t even our opinion. If the BV1800 doesn’t do it for you, you will have to complain to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and that is a fight you do not want. Those people never sleep and fight like starved wolverines stuffed into a duffel bag. They gave the BV1800 top marks for drip coffe makers.

The BV1800 received their stamp of approval because it employs a 1,400 watt heating element that will never let your coffee’s temperature fluctuate away from the 195-205 range unless the power goes out. You can get it with a hot plate or a thermal carafe, depending on your needs. It works fast and efficiently needing only about 5 minutes to do the job. It uses a saturation flow system that ensures every ground is lovingly soaked properly to pull out the maximum flavor. The one downside is that it creates a lot of steam which can damage cabinets. [Purchase]

Brew Express BEC-110BS

Brew Express BEC-110BS

Yield: 10 Cups
Cost: $251

In the dark ages of drip coffee makers, you were forced to open up the machine like a cheating husband undressing his mistress. Then you had to pour water into it by hand like a savage. Well, grandpa, thanks to the BEC-110BS those days are gone. It uses a direct line water connection to automatically refill itself and a constant brewing mechanism so that you can make cup after glorious cup or just hook it directly to your veins for a caffeine IV drip, assuming your doctor recommends that. You can even use it to make tea or cocoa if you so desire. There is no wait time and no need to set a timer. Not only is it fast, but it makes outstanding coffee at the perfect temperature over and over again. Add in a cup size selector and one of the smallest footprints of any coffee machine on this list and you’re ready to go. [Purchase]

Technivorm Moccamaster

Technivorm Moccamaster

Yield: 8 Cups
Cost: $299

Does your barista quake at the sight of you because he knows that your discerning palette will only accept the best and he will never be able to satisfy you? If you were air dropped into the jungle with nothing but a blindfold and your wits, would you find your way to the nearest boutique coffee shop? Then you need a Moccamaster. It has a copper heating element with lightning fast conductivity which keeps your brew at optimal temperatures while also being able to heat quickly. Keeps the temperature between 198 – 204˚ and holds it constant through the entire brew cycle and uses a 9-hole saturation system to make sure each ground is caressed by the hot water. Only takes 6 minutes to brew and comes with manual flow control. Hand built in the Netherlands, and nothing bad has ever come out of the Netherlands. [Purchase]

Ratio Coffee Machine

Ratio Coffee Machine

Yield: 8 Cups
Cost: $480

It looks like a piece of modern art and brews like a Brazilian grandmother. These beauties are hand-made in Portland, Oregon (of course) and feature true one-button brewing. The machine is pre-set to exact specifications and does all the work for you. It has a bloom cycle where the beans are saturated and pre-infused, and will automatically detect how many cups to make based on the amount of water put into it. It stays at 198 to 202 degrees for 6 minutes – bloom cycle included – and then churns out a batch of coffee as elegant as the machine. [Purchase]

Yama Glass

Honorable Mention: Yama Glass

Yield: 8 Cups
Cost: $225

Not everyone wants a steaming hot cup of coffee. Some like it cold. For these interesting folks there is the Yama Glass. It is stunningly beautiful with its wood frame, yet technologically sound with its mad scientist glass tubing. It is very easy to use and comes with a permanent ceramic filter. If you want a cold, mellow brew, then this is the perfect choice for you. It will take out all the harmful oils out to ensure that your beans are never bitter. The only downside is you can expect to wait for three hours to get your java, but you didn’t really need to go to work in the morning, did you? [Purchase]

Bonaverde

Coming Soon: Bonaverde

Yield: 8 Cups
Cost: $300

There are evil coffee roasters that are making money off of your beans just because they have all the equipment to do so. If you are sick paying for Big Roasting to work their magic on your coffee, then you need to pre-order a Bonaverde. This German coffee maker does all the roasting, the grinding, and the brewing so that you can use completely green beans straight from the farm. No precise release date is known, but if you want total control of your coffee from the moment it is harvested, you must pre-order a Bonaverde. [Purchase]

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