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This hand-built Dutch machine will brew the best-tasting coffee you’ve ever made at home. No matter how many gallons we brewed using its intuitive design, it produced smooth and full-flavored coffee every time. Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the updated version of our old favorite meets time and temperature guidelines with utter consistency. As a result, it produces a “smooth,” “velvety” brew. It’s also intuitive to use.
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How did we put automatic drip coffee makers to the test?
We used the same batch of freshly roasted, freshly ground beans; brewed the beans with spring water; and followed manufacturer directions for a full pot. We held a blind taste test, assessing flavor, acidity, body, and overall appeal.
BREW TIME AND TEMPERATURE
We brewed full pots, measuring brew cycle time, water temperature, and the percentage of the brew time that the water temperature was in the ideal range. Models that brewed coffee in no more than 8 minutes and kept water between 195 and 205 degrees for nearly 90 percent of the cycle—industry standards for optimal flavor—rated best.
We assessed the coffee maker’s and the carafe’s construction and user-friendliness, including how difficult it was to fill the water reservoir and load the coffee and filter; to set up and start the machine and monitor its progress; and to open, close, and pour from the carafe, as well as to remove the used grounds and clean up.
All carafes kept the coffee at or above 165 degrees for 1 hour and 150 degrees for 2 hours. Carafes that kept the most heat got more stars, but the score didn’t affect a machine’s ranking.
We listed the water capacity of each machine in ounces because the definition of a “cup” is not standardized throughout the coffee industry. Coffee-maker “cups” range from 4 to 6 ounces.
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