Here are four machines that will make you an awesome cup and look good doing it. First up, the pretty one above.
Folks in Portland are serious about their coffee, and I appreciate that. Favoring the "pour over" method, which brings out the most in fresh ground coffee beans, this new machine is a Mercedes for your morning cup. The Ratio delivers water consistently at an ideal temperature of ~200° and carefully saturates the grounds with a unique shower-head design so that the "bloom" cycle is optimized for a more amazing cup of coffee. Four more below...
Top Drip Coffee Machines
OXO Barista Brain Coffe Brewing System - $299.99
"Barista Brain regulates the variables - time, temperature, volume - that make or break a pot of coffee." This is our office coffee machine, so it gets a lot of use and a lot of love. It makes up to twelve cups of darn good coffee and can be used to boil water for tea.
KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer - Starts $161.99
While just saying the name KitchenAid may set some appliance-loving hearts racing, this sleek coffee maker has something to offer everyone. It's designed to mimic the pour over process and allows you to chose a setting for medium or dark roast, making it an excellent option for those who want premium features at a midpoint price range.
- Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker - From $140.41
Rated TOP by the same folks in Portland who make The Ratio, the Bonavita delivers a great cup of coffee because it maintains a steady temperature @ 200 degrees and has a shower-head that properly soaks the grounds.
I've always had a soft spot for Krups and this classic machine does not disappoint. You get efficient and intuitive design, with the added bonus of being able to set the auto-timer to two different times at once, so your coffee is ready for both your weekday rush out the door and your more leisurely weekends in bed.
With over three thousand reviews on Amazon, top honors in 2011, and an under $40 price tag, this Mr. Coffee machine takes the pole position in my recommended list. Mr. Coffee consistently delivers popular machines with minimal bells and whistles.
Re-edited from a post originally published 3.19.15