If you go to Amazon and look for “coffee machines” you will discover that there are a bewildering number of choices. Personally, I’m a huge fan of everything Cuisinart and if I were going to buy a new coffee maker, this one, the Cuisinart DCC-3400 12-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker, is the one I would buy. And probably will when my current old-reliable dies.
You’ve decided to buy a coffee machine, but when you start your search online, you find that there’s a never-ending supply of machines. Who ever knew there were so many ways to control the strength or the temperature? Don’t worry; we have you covered with the important features you should look for in your new coffee machine.
Digital Controls: With digital controls, you can operate everything from the exterior of your coffee machine. To make the controls easier to operate, look for those that have an LCD display screen for large, well-lit readings.
Timer: If you don’t want to have to get up every morning and actually make your coffee, a timer will come in handy. Preset the timer and it will start brewing your coffee at that time each day. Even modestly-priced coffee machines have this great feature.
Variable Temperature: No two people like their coffee the same way. Whether you like your coffee scorching hot or a touch warm, having variable temperature controls will help you find the perfect temperature.
Water Filter: There are a few things to watch for with water filters. Some coffee machines have built-in filters that remove chlorine and iron. While this a great feature, you will have to replace the filters over time, which will cost money. You can also use the standard paper filters that are easy to clean and inexpensive, but make sure you choose a quality filter that won’t let coffee grounds spill into your coffee. Gold filters will need to be cleaned each time you brew coffee, but offer a robust taste.
Pause ‘n Serve: If you want to grab a cup of coffee mid-cycle, the pause ‘n serve feature will come in handy. With this, you can flawlessly pour yourself a cup of coffee without dribbling all over. Put the coffee pot back and it will continue brewing.
Capacity: If you’re the only that will be drinking coffee, a four-cup machine will be adequate. If you’re brewing coffee for you and someone else or enjoy having company over, look for a machine that has a large capacity of 10 to 12 cups.
Tight-Fitting Lid: To avoid a watered down taste in your coffee, look for a tight-fitting lid that prevents evaporation from seeping in. A tight lid also prevents water from dripping out, which is both annoying and messy.
Aesthetic: Coffee machines can be made to look bold and brilliant, in various sizes, colors and designs. Choose one that you’ll enjoy using and one that will fit nicely on your countertop.