Which automatic drip coffee maker produces the best brew? We tested 7 machines—and what we discovered was eye-opening. (To be fair, there was plenty of caffe...
Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
List price: $185.00
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Coffee Without the Carafe!
Cuisinart lets you have your coffee on demand! The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee on Demand dispenses one cup at a time with an easy to use actuator. Hold up to 12 cups of coffee in the double-wall coffee reservoir. The easy to read coffee gauge lets you know how many cups of coffee are left, and the included charcoal water filter keeps your coffee tasting great. The DCC-3000 makes coffee easy-- its fully programmable with 24-hour advance brew start, programmable auto shutoff, self-clean, and a 1-4 cup setting to brew smaller amounts that still taste delicious. Remove both the coffee and water reservoirs for easy clean up.
Note:Coffee grounds/particles are accumulating coffee container where the brewed coffee exits the container, which prevents the gasket from sealing correctly when the dispense lever is released. When/if this happens, the valve needs to be rinsed with tap water while holding the valve (located on the bottom of the container) open to flush any grounds/particles out.
Features and BenefitsRemovable Water Reservoir
Detaches from unit for easy filling. Drip Tray Plate
Removable plate which holds the drip tray in place. Drip Tray
Removable tray with grate to catch any excess coffee that does not dispense into mug and residual condensation from the brewing process. Coffee Reservoir
Removable double-wall reservoir keeps up to 12 cups of coffee hot for hours. Charcoal Water Filter
Charcoal water filter eliminates chlorine, bad tastes and odors from tap water. Coffee Scoop Coffee Gauge
Displays amount of brewed coffee remaining in reservoir. Hour and Minute Buttons
Used to set time of day and set time for automatic functions. Function Knob
Used to initiate programming of automatic functions – Auto On, Auto Off, Program, Clock, and Brew. Clean Setting
Tells you when it's time to clean your coffeemaker. Remove built-up calcification from the water reservoir to help extend the life of your coffeemaker. 1–4 Cup Setting
Improves extraction, flavor and temperature when brewing fewer than 5 cups. Dispenser Lever
For dispensing coffee into mug or travel cup. Showerhead
Distributes water evenly over coffee, reducing temperature loss as water passes through grounds. Dispenser Light
Light comes on when dispensing lever is pressed and coffee pours into cup. Power Loss Back-up System
One-minute protection against losing your programmed settings in case power fails, breaker trips or unit is unplugged. Ready Tone
Signals the end of the brew cycle with five beeps.
Gold-Tone Cuisinart Commercial-Style Filter Filter Basket
Holds our commercial-style permanent filter or a paper filter. Removable for easy cleaning. BPA Free
All materials that come in contact with liquid are BPA free.
Easy to Use Control PanelCoffee Gauge
Displays amount of brewed coffee remaining in unit. Clock Display
Displays time of day and Auto On and Off times. Hour and Minute Buttons
For use in setting hour and minute for time of day, Auto On time, and Auto Off time. Function Knob
An audible tone sounds 5 times when the coffee has completed brewing. Auto On Indicator Light Clean Setting
Indicates time to clean coffeemaker to remove calcium buildup. 1–4 Cup Setting
Improves extraction, flavor and temperature when brewing fewer than 5 cups. On/Off Button
Used to turn your coffeemaker on and off. Unit must be on to program functions.
Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
List price: $69.99
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Hamilton Beach The Scoop Single-Serve Coffeemaker - 49981
The Scoop Single-Serve Coffeemaker goes where no coffeemaker has gone before, brewing hotter, faster and better-tasting coffee than most gourmet machines out there. And, its benefits don't stop there. The Scoop Coffeemaker utilizes the simplicity of ground coffee and brews a customizable cup quickly: an 8 oz. cup in less than 90 seconds or a 14 oz. travel mug in under two-and-a-half minutes.
Aside from its versatility in using inexpensive coffee grounds to brew a great-tasting cup, The Scoop Coffeemaker is designed for ultra-simple preparation in three straightforward steps: 1) Scoop 2) Place 3) Brew. It features a steel mesh scoop for filtering freshly ground coffee and comes with a built-in, adjustable stand that flips to accommodate a standard-size cup or a taller travel mug.
All in all, The Scoop Single-Serve Coffeemaker offers affordability and no fuss with lots of options. There's no need for extra equipment, high-tech buttons or extra equipment, either.
Product Uses & Unique Features
Allowing for Various Coffee Grind Types
The Scoop Coffeemaker doesn't need pre-packaged K-Cup packs or coffee pods, which can get expensive, and not to mention stale, over time. Instead, it comes with a mesh scoop filter that gives users the choice of any flavor (caramel, hazelnut, vanilla, etc), any brand (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) and any strength (Regular or Bold) pleasing to their taste.
Differing Boldness Levels
With The Scoop Coffeemaker, versatility is key. Whether you decide to go with a mainstream brand coffee or stronger premium-brand coffee, you need a machine that understands and quickly adapts. Use the REGULAR setting for a quick basic, automatic drip coffee, or get an upgrade and choose BOLD for more fine grinds, decaf or stronger flavors premium-brand coffee like Starbucks or Melitta. Just remember that the finer the grind, the longer it takes to brew. For bolder coffee, the water passes through at a slower rate, but allows more contact time and better flavor extraction for a better-tasting cup when done brewing.
Measuring Proportions Appropriately
Not sure how much coffee to add when brewing? No worries -- each scoop filter is labeled with two measuring lines for exact serving amounts. And more isn't necessarily better, in this case. Overfilling the scoop doesn't allow room for brewing and water can overflow and spill over, ultimately meaning weaker coffee.
Adjusting the Cup Size
Before brewing, adjust the L-shaped cup rest to make sure your cup is as close to the dispensing nozzle as possible. For travel mugs, fit the cup rest against the coffeemaker and place your mug on top of the drip tray.
The Scoop Coffeemaker was awarded the "2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award" by Good Housekeeping Research Institute. In addition, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) gave it high rankings for its ability to use coffee grinds, instead of packs or pods, and simultaneously give users the freedom to choose their own flavor, strength and cup size for their coffee.
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Tips & Care
Run one or two cycles through the machine before first use. When one cycle is complete, the coffeemaker automatically shuts off. When grinding your own coffee beans, remember to purchase beans that were recently roasted (within a week is best), and grind them every time you brew a fresh cup. When brewing, keep ground coffee below the MAX fill line and do not use more than 14 ounces (410 ml) of water. To stop brewing mid-cycle, press either REGULAR or BOLD, and the unit will shut off. If there is no water in the water reservoir and a brew button is pushed, the unit will not brew.
none of the single-serve systems brewed top-quality coffee. Another option for a good, strong cup of coffee is to use a traditional drip coffee-maker. Consumer Reports said you can find a top one for well under $100, such as the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT
Consumer Reports has tested more than two dozen single-serve coffeemakers from brands such as Keurig, Mr. Coffee, and Starbucks. They cost anywhere Another option for a good, strong cup of coffee is to use a traditional drip coffeemaker. Consumer