With all the debate over whether the best coffee comes from a Chemex or a French press or an AeroPress, sometimes you just want to turn on a machine and let it do all the work. We asked 14 coffee experts – baristas, roasters, food specialists and simple coffee snobs – which coffee machines offer you a good, simple home brew without much fuss. Below are their eight favorite machines for people who believe that the best part of waking up is that a device makes their cup.
Best coffee machine overall
Bonavita Connoisseur 8-cup one-touch coffee machine
According to our research, the Bonavita expert is recognized across the industry. Four experts recommend the model by name and two others name Bonavita as the generally best brand for coffee machines. A key feature of the connoisseur, cited by everyone who recommended it, is the ability of the machine to brew at the correct water temperature. According to Ken Nye, owner and founder of Ninth Street Espresso, temperature is one of the “parameters that most machines don't. Very few consistently bring water in the range of 198 to 202 degrees, which he describes as the "generally agreed standard". As Nye puts it, the connoisseur is made to heat the water to the right temperature and "maintain that temperature throughout the brewing process". Nye adds that it is brewed directly into an insulated thermal carafe, so you can keep your coffee warm without heating it up from below (where you risk burning the coffee).
Another important factor mentioned by several sources is that the water is evenly distributed over the coffee grounds when brewing. This is done with the help of a shower-head-like spout over the filter basket, which "showers the entire coffee evenly so that everything brews at the same time," says Joanna Larue, General Manager at Blue Bottle Park Slope. The machine also has a flat-bottom brew basket, which Nye and George Howell, the owner and founder of George Howell Coffee, describe as essential for even brewing. "The flat floor distributes the floor evenly on the bed," Howell explains, making it easier to distribute the water and ensure "even extraction". This model may not be as comprehensive as some of the other options on this list – or on the market in general – but experts recommend it to everyone else because it's cheaper, more user-friendly, and largely user-friendly. Overall, its reliability. "It's consistent from start to finish," Howell says.
Best high-end coffee machine
Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer, 40 oz
The Technivorm Moccamaster, cited by three experts, was the second most recommended coffee machine. It's expensive, but the experts who use it said it's worth the premium if you want to invest in the best equipment out there. Like the Bonavita connoisseur, the Moccamaster also received good grades for its temperature control and even for brewing. One of the areas where it really stands out from the crowd is its high quality construction. "They want something that is well done and has good temperature control," said Jim Munson, founder and president of the Brooklyn Roasting Company, who emphasizes the fact that the Moccamaster is handmade in the Netherlands. Suyog Mody, the founder of Driftaway Coffee, is another fan. He says that the "brewing mechanism" is similar to that in cheaper filter coffee machines, but the Moccamaster "is made of better parts and solid construction. I have been using it daily for over three years without any problems. It's just not a fuss. "He adds," And frankly, it looks good on the kitchen counter. "While the design is certainly appealing and the build quality means it should last, the experts wouldn't recommend this coffee machine if it didn't … great coffee "I try coffee from all types of breweries and it gives a consistently better cup," says Munson.
Best scam for a Moccamaster coffee machine
Motif essential pour-over coffee machine with thermal carafe
Yasmina Palumbo, co-owner of Mud Coffee, says this Motif coffee machine is a nice alternative to the "better known and much more expensive" Moccamaster. "It heats up the water very quickly and its dispersion system soaks the regrind evenly, creating a brew with full taste," she says.
Best programmable coffee machine
Programmable Bonavita coffee machine with thermal carafe
Many home brewers like a programmable coffee machine that can be set to turn on automatically at a specific time. If you're looking for one of these models, two experts recommend this model, which has the same brewing mechanism as the Top-Pick, but has a digital clock and a timer that can be used to schedule automatic brewing. "It's a great option for coffee lovers who want to brew at the push of a button without sacrificing quality," said Connie Blumhardt of Roast Magazine. Michael Bonavita (no relationship with the company), owner and founder of Goodlife Coffee Company, says that this is the machine he uses at home because he loves how easy programming is.
Best coffee machine with built-in grinder
Capresso CoffeeTeam TS with conical ridge grinder and thermo carafe
If you want to use the comfort factor beyond the programmable timing, you can purchase a coffee machine with an integrated grinder so that you really have everything you need in one machine. "In the mornings, if I don't pour water (beans, water, all the fun stuff), the Capresso drip machine delivers the cleanest-tasting cup," says Kat Odell, author of Day Drinking. The built-in burr grinder "saves you having to buy a separate device," she adds. (Burr mills are also the style that every expert prefers, which we consulted for our summary of the best coffee grinders.)
Best coffee machine for a quick brewing time
BUNN Velocity Brew 10-cup home brew
Anyone who can't start their day without a sip of coffee knows that another important feature is the brewing time. This is what makes this coffee machine stand out, according to Bonavita, who describes it as "very fast, consistent and user-friendly". He adds that Bunn has a good commercial reputation and that this model is a "great home version" of the higher volume machines the company is known for.
Best simple coffee machine
Mr. Coffee 12-cup coffee machine
Jamie McCormick, co-owner of the East Village Coffee Shop Abraço, told us that he prefers to keep things simple about coffee machines. "People make a big" do "over a lot of nothing" when it comes to brewing equipment, he says. Although he admits that he doesn't know exactly why, he thinks a simple old Mr. Coffee is a good choice for any "amateur coffee roaster who wants to flatter his floor". Since there is no high-tech mechanism to evenly distribute the water like some other models on this list, it offers an important tip: open the machine while it is brewing and “stir the floor. Make sure that all floors are moisturized. "
Best cold brewed coffee machine
OXO Good Grips Cold Brew coffee machine
If you're looking for a cold-brewed coffee maker, Dennis Ngo, the chef and co-owner of the Di an Di restaurant in Greenpoint, recommends it. "I was amazed at the smoothness and low acidity of cold brewed coffee," says Ngo, who would buy it at Café Gimme before making his own cold brew! near his apartment. “This allows me to tinker with different beans and concentrations and produce enough cold brew to last two weeks at a time. It can also be stacked compactly for storage, which is an absolute requirement for my tiny New York apartment. "
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