Choosing a Coffee Maker
Coffee occupies a significant place in our daily routines. Given the variety of options available, choosing the best fit for your needs can be daunting. Consider a 12- or 14-cup coffee maker or a percolator for households with multiple coffee drinkers, or for those who frequently host guests. If coffee-for-one is more your style, look for a one-cup machine that will brew just enough to fill one mug. A French press produces stronger-tasting brews in smaller quantities. Automated drip styles will grind beans, heat water and brew coffee with the touch of a single button, and programmable features ensure your drink is ready for you up to 24 hours in advance. If you prefer enjoying a cup before the brewing cycle is finished, choose a machine with a brew-pause function. Thermal carafes maintain the temperature of brewed coffee longer than glass, while calibration marks on glass allow you to pour consistent serving sizes. For environmental sustainability, look for gold-tone filters that eliminate the need for paper. Be sure to measure the height of the appliance to ensure it will fit within the space.