Drip coffee makers have been a central appliance for decades. In the last part of the 20th century, a number of inventors went about automating traditional methods of making drip coffee, patenting various features of the coffee makers we know today. These adjustments included adding hot plates, timers and clocks for automatic start, and other things that made brewing coffee at home an easier, more convenient process.
Electric drip coffee makers are ideal for those who want to make multiple cups at a time. They come with a number of functions and settings to fit any lifestyle need. Now more than ever, there is a greater variety in brewers. Many companies design brewers that are aesthetically pleasing and act as a point of design in the kitchen rather than just another appliance. The functionality of brewers has never been greater, either.
What to Look for in a Drip Brewer?
Like any appliance, size matters. Even if you don’t have much counter space, companies that design electric drip brewers have come up with some beautiful, practical machines that won’t break the bank or hog that last little corner in your kitchen. And if you don’t need a brewer that will brew a lot, there are models that come in one cup options that will make the perfect addition to your appliance collection.
Before you buy a new brewer, make sure you know the filter you’re going to need. Most brewers require a flat-bottomed filter. Most coffee you buy pre-ground at the store is made for flat filters. However, there are brewers that need a cone filter. Cone filters cost a little more and aren’t as common in the store, so you’ll have to know where to look. The grind of the coffee beans may not be equipped for cone filters, either, thus giving you coffee that is overly extracted and very bitter.
In regards to price, electric drip brewers come in a range of options. You don’t need to break the bank when buying one, and most come at a fairly reasonable price while still giving you the features you want in a coffee maker. Just check out reviews before you buy.
Features of Drip Coffee Makers
There are so many features with electric coffee makers that there’s bound to be one that’s fit for you. Some models have programs for automatically brewing (great for mornings and after work or just any time you’re in a rush). You can have brewers that have bean grinders attached, so you’re guaranteed the freshest cup of coffee every use.
A hot plate and insulated carafe are good for keeping coffee hot and ready to drink as long as you need it. Speaking of carafes, make sure that when you buy your machine, the carafe is easy to pour and not awkward to hold in your hands. You may have had experience with trying to pour a cup and making a mess instead. Newer models keep this notion in mind by creating designs that won’t give you this problem.
Some models have programs that remind you to clean your coffee maker. The buildup in the machine is bad not just for the coffee itself but also harms the longevity of your brewer. Having a reminder is just one less thing you have to worry about.
Aside from the internal features of brewers, you may want a machine that is covered with a warranty or has a nearby center for repairs. Nothing is worse than spending money on something and not having a way to fix it. If a coffee maker doesn’t come with a warranty, ask yourself, what is the company trying to hide?
So, you’ve looked at all the different models of brewers that Amazon has to offer. You’ve thought about your price range, the size of carafe you think you’ll use, and various aspects of the actual machine (built-in programs included) that stick out to you. You think you’ve got it narrowed down to the one you want.
But, can it brew coffee that tastes as delicious as it promises?
No matter what the bells and whistles are on a particular model, or how expensive it is, if the coffee maker makes liquid sludge instead of liquid gold, it isn’t worth buying. This is really when the research comes in. Don’t just stick with the company’s website when checking things out, dig a little deeper. Google various reviews and see what you find. You may be shocked to find that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage on a coffee maker that makes a cup as delicious as you deserve.