Would you cook a Filet Mignon in the microwave? Of course not!
So why would you brew premium coffee beans in a cheap brewing machine that can't bring out the optimal flavor?
OBJECTIVE: Find the one coffeemaker that consistently produces the BEST FLAVOR.
Our analysis does not factor in other common evaluation metrics such as convenience features, carafe handling, or price value, because at the Green Coffee Beanery™ we are committed to helping coffee enthusiasts who (like us) are committed to investing the time, effort, and money to create the best possible cup of coffee.
Key Coffee Maker Requirements
To understand the most important features to look for in a coffee maker, one must first understand the 7 key elements of brewing:
- Bean Quality
- Roast Quality
- Water Quality / Purity
- Water to Coffee Ratio
- Brewing time
- Water Temperature
- Grind Size and Consistency
While all of these are important, only two of the primary brewing elements are controlled by your coffee maker: Brewing Time, and Water Temperature
Based on extensive testing by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), to provide the optimal coffee bloom during the brewing process a multi-cup coffee maker must provide the following:
- Contact Time of the water and coffee between 4-6 minutes (Brewing Time)
- Consistent Water Temperature between 195°-205°F during Brewing
Measured against these standards, only SIX coffee makers have been certified by the SCAA to provide the optimal brewing environment:
- Technivorm Moccamaster
- Bunn Phase Brew 8 Cup Coffee Brewer
- Bonavita 8 Cup Exceptional Brew Coffee Maker with glass or thermal carafe (BV1800)
- Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew System
- KitchenAid Coffee Maker KCM0802
- Bonavita Coffee Maker (model BV1900TS)
While any of these would be VASTLY superior to a typical Mr. Coffee machine (which is the current #1 Bestselling Drip Machine), only one can be the best overall.
Our Top Recommendation: Technivorm Moccamaster KBT
After eliminating models with glass carafes and lower electric heating elements (that can ruin the flavor mere minutes after brewing is complete), our clear favorite was the Moccamaster KBT by Technivorm. This 10-Cup model consistently provided us with the smoothest, richest, and fullest-flavors whether brewing a half or full carafe. While the machine carries a premium price tag, the lowest price we've seen is at Amazon.com
Additionally, recent testing by America's Test Kitchen (THE leading authority on all things relating to superior culinary experiences) demonstrated similar results during a detailed evaluation:
Thanks for reading! We hope this detail and machine combine to help you make the best possible cup of coffee at home! If you have any additional questions, please use our Contact page. We are always happy to help true coffee lovers!
Feature photo by Jacob Montrasio