Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Review

The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker is a fully programmable coffee brewer for domestic use that delivers "coffee on demand". At least, that's what the main sales point is.

And it does this without using a carafe. Plus, it uses coffee grinds, not K-cups or other capsules, so it's much cheaper to operate.

It also boasts separate, removable water and coffee reservoirs that are easy to clean. And you can load the coffee reservoir with up to twelve 5-oz cups worth of grinds.

There's no deterioration of taste or temperature if you want just one to four cups. Just use the 1-4 cups setting on the control panel. Talking of taste, there's a charcoal filter that fits neatly into the water tank to filter out impurities.

So far so good. But does this popular coffee maker have any little secrets that you ought to know about?

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Table of Contents
What It Does How It Works
Cleaning the DCC-3000 Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Does

It delivers piping hot coffee with no loss of flavor long after it's finished brewing. One cup at a time for up to twelve cups of 5-oz. You can use larger mugs, over six inches tall, by simply removing the drip tray and plate.

Twelve 5-oz cups is quite a lot of coffee grinds, right? So you'll want to keep an eye on how much you have left before you have to brew up again. A quirky looking gauge right above the coffee spout does that for you. At least, it's supposed to, and maybe it mostly does, but see below for more on that.

Of course, you don't always want your coffee straight away. It's nice to have it ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. No problem. You can program this brewer to swing into action up to 24 hours in advance. And no worries about forgetting to switch it off either. You can set it to do just that at any time from immediately after the last brew, to four hours later. Your coffee stays hot for a while after that, so no excuses for cold coffee.

The DCC-3000 Coffee Maker even tells you when it's in need of a clean (how nice of it).

It extracts all the flavor by having a showerhead that distributes the water evenly over the coffee. Your program settings are preserved for up to a minute if there's a temporary loss of power for any reason. And here's a nice touch - when you're pouring your coffee a light comes on so you can see what you're doing.

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How The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Works

Put simply, the DCC-3000 Coffee Maker brews coffee into a coffee reservoir for you to dispense whenever you want. The coffee reservoir is heated to 190 degrees (the optimum temperature for flavor extraction), so your coffee stays hot.

How long it stays hot for is up to you via the programming on the control panel. But it does this in such a way that there's no loss of flavor, for up to four hours. That should be enough for one, or even two, people for a whole afternoon. All right, for a couple of hours then, but no less.

It's easy to program it for a smaller quantity. Just press the "1-4" button on the control panel and place the lesser amount of grinds in the coffee reservoir.

The DCC-3000 uses a Gold-Tone Cuisinart Commercial-Style Filter. You can use a paper filter if you prefer (you'll need a #4 cone filter).

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Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker

What About The Cleaning?

Keeping any coffee maker clean is so important that I've written a separate guide on it. Click here for "How To Clean A Coffee Maker".

The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker needs particular care in keeping it clean. Apart from rinsing the permanent filter each day, rinse the basket it sits in. This may not seem dirty but it is susceptible to condensation. The coffee reservoir also needs an occasional rinse and regular emptying so it doesn't overflow on the next brew.

Several users have reported a problem with the coffee reservoir. There have been occasions when it has leaked, or overflowed, for no apparent reason. It seems that sometimes coffee grime gets under the gasket in the coffee reservoir valve, so the valve can't close fully.

You should be able to avoid any instance of this by carrying out a weekly cleaning routine. You can use coffee pot cleaner, though personally, I prefer a mixture of white vinegar and hot water. Swirl this around the coffee reservoir thoroughly while at the same time pressing the valve with your finger. Then rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Other than that, a wipe of the exterior with a damp cloth is all that's required.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 14.6 x 11.3 inches
Removable coffee reservoir (in inches): width 9.5, height 10.5, depth 3.0.
Item Weight: 9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
ASIN: B005IR4W7W
Item model number: DCC-3000

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Dispenses one cup at a time with no capsules
  • Removable water and coffee reservoirs
  • Fully programmable up to 24 hours ahead
  • Charcoal water filter eliminates impurities from water supply
  • 1-4 cup setting for lower volume

Cons:

  • Coffee Gauge can be unreliable
  • Valve under coffee reservoir can get stuck if not cleaned regularly

This video is from Cuisinart themselves, so hardly objective, but it does take you through what it can do -

Consumer Ratings

What users of the Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker like most is how it provides instant hot coffee time after time. They like the freshness of their brew even when it's just spent a couple of hours in the coffee reservoir.

As of now, the DCC-3000 has over 2,300 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of well over 4 stars.

Some users have mentioned that the gauge doesn't work properly, and it seems this is an issue on some models. But even for people who experience this problem, it's not a deal breaker. They just have to keep a rough tally of how much coffee they have left in the coffee reservoir.

The power cord can be rather difficult to pull out fully when you first unpack this brewer. However, it does extend to nearly 3 feet, which is long enough for any work top.

I've mentioned the coffee reservoir valve, which can get stuck if not cleaned regularly. However, a little white vinegar and water, and a few minutes a week are all you need to avoid this problem.

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Summary

The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker is heavy duty and well made. The materials that it is constructed from and that come into contact with liquids are BPA free.

It produces hot, delicious coffee that can be kept hot for up to four hours or more without losing flavor. There's no carafe or capsules to bother with, and you can easily program it up to 24 hours ahead.

It's ideal for family use, and with the "1-4 cups" setting, it's also suitable for one or two people only. Cleaning is easy, with both reservoirs being easily removed.

Cuisinart is an established manufacturer of high-quality coffee makers. We at ChooseACoffeeMaker.com can recommend their DCC-3000 coffee maker.

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OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review

The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers a completely different way to make coffee. It's made by a company that specializes in producing quality household utensils. And not just quality, but different. From dustpans and brushes to can openers to salad spinners to food compost bins (yes, me neither).

They say cold brewed coffee is for when you want a cold drink to cool down on a hot day. As coffee lovers know, there's no cold drink on earth that can beat a smooth, delicate coffee, served cold. Especially with ice.

They say it gives you extra smooth coffee without any bitterness, and that it can be served hot or cold.

And some say it gives you a complete change from your usual coffee experience. And without the mess often associated with brewing cold coffee.

So are "they" right? Does it deliver? Or are there drawbacks that outweigh the pleasures of cold brew? And is the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew coffee maker all it's cracked up to be?

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Table of Contents
About Cold Brew Build Quality
Cleaning It Ease of Use
Does It Taste Good? Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What You Need To Know About Cold Brew

Many people over-complicate it, but, really, making cold brew is very simple. Especially in OXO's Good Grips cold brewer. You don't need hot water (or a power source). Only time. You heap your coarsely ground coffee beans into the top Brewing Container and put the perforated Rainmaker in place. You pour the water in a circular motion through the Rainmaker onto the grounds. Then stir it once or twice, but gently. You don't want the finer grains slipping through the filter to spoil the taste when you drink it.

After 12-24 hours you flip the Brew-Release switch, which allows the coffee to pour through the filter into the carafe. That takes between 20 minutes to an hour or more if you're making 12-14 cups, the maximum capacity.

You then mix it to taste, cup by cup, with cold or hot water, and milk if desired. You don't have to refrigerate it during the brew phase, but you can if you find it tastes better.

What you then have is coffee that is smoother than that which you get from a regular coffee maker. And, as cold water doesn't release the acidity that hot water often does, you have less bitterness as well.

There are health benefits too. If you have high cholesterol then you'll want to minimize the number of terpenes released from the coffee beans. They are released through contact with hot water, but less so with cold. Using a paper filter as well as the mesh helps ensure any that are released are excluded from your brew.

Cold brew is less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee - an especially important factor if you suffer from acid reflux. You also have around twice as much caffeine, thanks to the extended brew period. Hence the need to dilute it before drinking.

Ratio Of Grounds To Water

Without a cold brew coffee maker, things can get decidedly messy. Hence the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew. Of course, even this coffee maker can't guarantee that you'll be making perfect coffee every time. The quality of the water and the coffee grounds, and the ratio of grounds to water are important as well.

If you're new to cold brew it's best to follow the OXO recommendation, which is 10-oz of coffee grounds to 40-oz of water. You can change it later on if it suits you. When you mix the concentrate use an equal amount of hot or cold water and add milk to taste. You'll probably change this ratio too, once you know your preferences. If you're also adding ice then remember that when it melts it will add to the total amount of water. Some people add ice only, and then wait for it to melt.

All this may be more of a hassle than most other ways of making coffee, but the result is sheer coffee heaven.

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Build Quality Of The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Most components of the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker are of a solid, strong plastic. It has a stainless steel mesh filter that is removable for rinsing under the tap. The carafe is made of borosilicate glass and is the only weak point of the whole coffee maker.

Some users have found this breaks too easily, though, in fairness, some have put unreasonable pressure on it. One actually lifted it up, full, by the plastic lid, which would probably have been too much for any carafe. OXO do, however, provide an unlimited Guarantee for this machine, and, seemingly, stand by it, so kudos to OXO.

A few paper filters are provided for those who are happier having an extra layer of filtration. Some users find they need one to catch any fine grounds that would otherwise get through.

This product works very efficiently, but you do have to observe a few rules. Do make sure that all the parts have slotted together properly before pouring your water into the top Brewing Container. Otherwise, you may get a leak of the type some reviewers have complained about.

In addition, the Brew-Release switch must be firmly in one position or another - either up or down. You can't just flick it with your finger, as some reviewers speak of doing. Slide it down firmly to start the brew, and firmly back up when it's finished.

The design of the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is good. It's not too tall to slide under your wall cabinets on the kitchen counter. You may have to slide it out, though, to fill the top Brewing Container. The whole product can be neatly dismantled, stacked and stored away while not in use.

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Cleaning The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew

Cleaning the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is very important - more so than for most coffee makers. In particular, the stainless steel mesh filter needs regular attention. It's a very fine mesh, and it has to let the liquid coffee through while blocking all the grounds. Even coarse grounds have fine particles in them.

So help it do its job. Most users who say they have trouble with grinds blocking up the filter simply haven't been cleaning it after use. Every coffee lover has to know how to clean a coffee maker. Wash it in hot water and liquid detergent, and give it a good rinse. That will take care of any coffee oils that would otherwise remain on the surface, as well as leftover grinds.

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How Easy Is It To Use?

This Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes what would otherwise be a messy job extremely easy and clean. As I've mentioned, you do need to exercise some care with the Brewing Container and Brew-Release switch.

You can use one of the paper filters supplied if any fine grinds are getting through the mesh filter. Most users, however, find them unnecessary and praise the ease of use of this cold brew coffee maker.

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Does It Taste Good?

Ah - the most important question. Don't forget - you have 10-14 days to drink your coffee, and that's if it's been kept sealed in a refrigerator. That's after you've waited 12-24 hours for it to brew, and then another hour or so for it to filter.

So after all that it had better taste good, right? Well, if you've ever tasted cold brew coffee you'll know that it can taste better than anything else on earth. Even, arguably, if you've used pre-ground. You can vary the brewing time and the ratios of grounds and concentrate to water. You can dilute the concentrate with hot or cold water, and add milk and/or other infusions. For sweetening it's best to use syrup or some other sweetener as sugar doesn't dissolve easily in cold coffee.

Some people just put ice in it and let it melt, so they can enjoy a deliciously super-cold drink.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 14.7 inches
Item Weight: 4 pounds
Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
Manufacturer: OXO
ASIN: B00JVSVM36
Origin: China
Item model number: 1272880

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OXO Good Grips Cold Brew - iced coffee treat

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Produces delicious cold brew of any required strength free of acidity and with around twice the caffeine
  • Sturdy construction
  • Stacks for storage very compactly
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • Filter clogs easily if not cleaned regularly
  • You may need to experiment to find the best ratios of water to beans and water to concentrate
  • Brew-Release Lever needs to be controlled properly

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, which summarizes how it works -

Consumer Ratings

The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew coffee maker enjoys an average score of well over 4 stars from over 570 Amazon reviewers, at the time of writing. Around two-thirds have given it the full five stars.

Most users love how easy it is to use, removing, as it does, all the mess from the brewing process. Its versatility is also praised. As well as making coffee of all strengths, it can make tea.

Some reviewers have had problems with the filter becoming clogged up, but I have dealt with that earlier. As well as regular cleaning (which is very easy to do) you need to "stir gently" and treat with care.

And the taste of the coffee produced is almost universally loved.

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Summary

The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is for people who really appreciate the taste of coffee. And it's right for you if you like your coffee to be different, even if only once in a while.

And as long as you have the time and the patience, and can handle with care when necessary. We at ChooseACoffeeMaker.com highly recommend the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew to every fellow coffee lover.

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Coleman Camping Coffeemaker Review

This Coleman Camping Coffeemaker Review will tell you everything you need to know about this off-grid coffee maker.

For example, if it's really possible to pack up a reliable coffee maker with the rest of your camping gear. One that can produce a decent supply of coffee for yourself and your family. That won't give out after three or four brews or produce a mess.

And, most important, one that can give a little home comfort when you're camped out in all weathers in the bush, the mountains or the forest, a hundred miles or more from the nearest power outlet.

Read the rest of the review below to find out what the low-down is on this coffee maker that doesn't have an electric cord hanging out the back:
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Coleman Camping Coffeemaker Review

Table of Contents
How Does It Work? Build Quality
What's So Special? Is The Coffee Any Good?
Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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How Exactly Does This AC-Free Coffee Maker Work?

The Coleman Camping Coffeemaker is designed to be heated on a Coleman two- or three-burner camping stove. In fact, most camp stove burners are suitable, provided the heat produced isn't excessive. (That's where some campers have slipped up, and we talk about that below.)

If you forget about the power supply for a moment, you can consider this product as a normal drip coffee maker. It has a solid steel base, where the flame heats the water container, a filter basket that swings out, and a decanter that doesn't drip. It uses a standard basket type paper filter, though it can take a permanent filter if you prefer.

You can fill the water reservoir with enough water to make ten 6-oz cups. A full tank takes little more than 10 minutes to brew depending on ambient temperature. When the water boils it moves through the filter and into the glass decanter.

If you just have to pour your cup before the entire pot has brewed then you can utilize the Pause ‘N Serve facility. This lets you interrupt the brewing process while you pour off your cup - with no mess.

So you have all the home comforts of your regular drip coffee maker. You know - the one that you have at home plugged into an electrical socket. And it's right there with you in the middle of nowhere.

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How Is The Coleman Camping Coffeemaker For Build Quality

As any camper knows, it can be pretty scary when you're facing nature with little more than what you've got in the back of your SUV. So the things you rely on have to be, well, reliable. And they can't be allowed to break easily.

So it may be a little disconcerting, setting up camp, to read the label on the Coleman Camping Coffeemaker box. It says, "Made in China".

But hold on. The Chinese may have been a little lax on quality control in the past, but times are a-changing. Certainly, companies such as Coleman that have a reputation for high quality don't compromise it when they manufacture in China. They've actually been instrumental in raising standards in Chinese factories. And the decanter, as a matter of interest, is made in Germany.

Handling this coffee maker gives a feel of rugged dependability. It's true there are some plastic parts to it. But all the parts that are liable to feel the burner flame are of steel.

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What's So Special About The Coleman?

The Coleman Camping Coffeemaker looks different from your archetypal coffee maker. And it's not just because it doesn't have a power cord hanging out of the back. It's probably because Coleman isn't usually associated with coffee makers. The company makes all kinds of camping and other equipment designed to make the outdoor life easier.

That really is what's so special about the Coleman. It's easy to use, even outdoors without all the facilities that we take for granted at home. Its ability to remove all the grounds from your coffee ensures superiority over a percolator, once the favorite of campers.

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Is The Coffee Any Good?

You might think that a coffee maker made for camping would be primitive and incapable of producing delicious coffee. Not so. The method used ensures that the brew is done well, with no grounds escaping the filter. And you don't have to be an expert on how to make good coffee.

The coffee from the Coleman Camping Coffeemaker is widely regarded by most of its reviewers on Amazon as excellent. There are one or two things you have to be careful of, though, as outlined below.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 12.1 x 15.7 inches ; 6.6 pounds
Filter: Standard 10-12 cup basket filter
Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping
ASIN: B001K7IDVU
Item model number: 2000015167

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easily stows away as part of your camping equipment
  • Brews 10 6-oz cups in 10-15 minutes (depending on conditions)
  • No grounds in cup

Cons:

  • Care has to be exercised to avoid overflow
  • Coffee can cool quickly after brewing in outdoor conditions

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Coleman Camper Coffeemaker being put through its paces. There's some sudden loud music after about 2 mins 30 secs for some reason, so be ready to turn the sound down a bit -

Consumer Ratings

At the present time over two-thirds of all reviewers of this product on Amazon award the full five stars. With over 550 reviews of it, that's a considerable achievement. Most users quite obviously love it.

Many reviewers have mentioned a specific problem they've had with the Coleman, that of overflowing. There are one or two rules you have to comply with to prevent this.

First, you should make sure your Coleman Camping Coffeemaker is level. In camping conditions on rough terrain, this may not be easy, but it's important.

Secondly, you have to insert your coffee grinds into the basket and swing it closed before you put the coffee pot in place. The pot should be pushed fully into place, with the handle precisely centered. It has to activate the lever that regulates the drip and the Pause 'N' Serve functions.

Make sure the lever is up to the max (which it can't be if the swing basket is still open). Also, you have to remove the little plastic stopper in the bottom of the grounds holder. All this becomes second nature after a couple of brews and ensures a trouble-free brew every time.

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Summary

The Coleman Camping Coffeemaker is a hit with nearly all its users. It does have a few idiosyncrasies but once you've mastered the art of using it you're good to go.

It's ideal if you can use this with the Coleman two- or three-burner camping stove, but that's quite optional.

If you love camping and coffee without the grinds in the cup then the Coleman Camping Coffeemaker is for you.

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Hamilton Beach 46205 Coffee Maker Review

The Hamilton Beach 46205 coffee maker is a relative newcomer to the marketplace. The company is evidently anxious to prove that it can still produce desirable, quality products at an economy price.

This coffee maker, under $50 at the time of writing, certainly looks stunning. It has a stainless steel and dark plastic finish, a digital readout, push button controls and a generously sized carafe.

So is it worth considering for your next coffee maker? Or does it have some downsides that you ought to know about?

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Table of Contents
Ease of Use Does The Coffee Taste Good?
Oh Yes, The Cleaning Who Is It Made For?
Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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Is The Hamilton Beach 46205 Easy To Use?

The short answer is yes. Hamilton Beach has gone well out of its way here. Let's start with the water reservoir. You can fill this using the carafe or other container, or you can remove it to fill from the tap. And the top lid opens wide, so there's no danger of missing the target. The whole coffee maker swivels around on little casters to make re-positioning effortless. You have to marvel at the brilliance of the design.

Next is putting your grinds in place. I really like this feature. There's a button on the side that you press to make the upper part of the front swing out. Behind it is revealed the little basket holder and filter to put your grinds into. Very neat. If you keep your coffee maker under a wall cabinet with little space above, this feature will be very useful.

The Control Panel has just six buttons, but you use them in combination to program the coffee maker. You can control the heat level of the warming plate, and the strength of the brew. You can set the time displayed and pre-program for specific on and off times.

The warming plate is non-stick and the spout of the carafe is non-drip. As the full name implies, the water reservoir holds enough water to make 12-cups. But if you want less, just choose the "1-4 Cup" selection. The other two options are Bold and Regular, giving you fingertip control over the strength of your brew.

And there's a really useful "Auto Pause and Serve" feature. This lets you pause the brew in order to pour a cup for yourself, with no spillage. So no mess to clean up. The brew then continues as if nothing had happened, a feature more often found in more expensive machines.

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Does This Mean The Coffee Tastes Good?

Having a coffee maker that's easy to use is all very well, but it's not so good if the coffee tastes like dishwater. Fortunately, that's not the case with the Hamilton Beach 46205.

A little trial and error is usually necessary before you get things right. But you'll soon discover the right settings for you. If you only want a small amount of coffee you'll select the "1-4 Cup". After that, it's just a question of Bold or Regular, and that depends on the coffee grinds you use and your palate.

The warming plate will keep the coffee in the carafe warm for up to two hours. Exactly how warm can be set by you on the Control Panel.

This machine makes coffee as strong as you like, or just regular if that's what you prefer. And it makes it hot, which is what we all like, I'm sure.

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Oh Yes, The Cleaning

It's a fact of life that everyone who owns one needs to know how to clean a coffee maker. And they need to do it too. So how does the Hamilton Beach 46205 measure up for ease of cleaning?

Overall, it measures up very well. We've covered how easy it is to remove the water reservoir (just lift it an inch and a half and then slide it to the rear). That can be rinsed under the tap.

If you have a permanent filter then that can be rinsed as well, as can the carafe. The lid of the water reservoir can just be given a wipe with a clean rag.

Once a month or so, according to how much use it gets, you should clean more thoroughly, using white vinegar.

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Inserting the grinds

Who Is The Hamilton Beach 46205 Made For?

This is a 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker in steel and black. It would suit a family of four or six or an office of ten or twelve people. Just two people living together would find the "1-4 cups" setting useful.

It would probably not be suitable for larger numbers of people or a busy environment, such as a reception area. In such a case you'd have to spend a little more than $40 - $50.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 13.8 inches
Item Weight: 5.3 pounds
Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
ASIN: B01N7VIDWY
Origin: China
Item model number: 46205

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Swivel brew basket enables you to fill your grinds from the front
  • Easily maneuverable with little casters on the bottom
  • Fill water reservoir from carafe or tap
  • Fast and quiet

Cons:

  • Taller than most coffee makers, so space under wall cabinets may be a problem
  • Difficult to empty carafe completely owing to lip around the top
  • Some units have a smokey colored reservoir, making it difficult to see the water level

At the present time, I've been unable to find a suitable video guide to the Hamilton Beach 46205. As soon as I've found one I'll post a link to it here.

Consumer Ratings

The Hamilton Beach 46205 is hugely loved by many owners. On Amazon at the time of writing around three-quarters of reviewers have awarded the full five stars. The most popular feature is probably the removable water reservoir, followed by the swiveling brew basket. The way you can move the coffee maker around on a kitchen counter using the little castors is also appreciated.

One or two people have found that the temperature settings on the warmer plate were rather high. Others don't like the smokey glass of the water reservoir as they can't see the water level. But these are comparatively minor issues and other users haven't found any problems with these things.

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Summary

The Hamilton Beach 46205 must be one of the most value-for-money coffee makers available. Most reviewers love it, and for all kinds of different reasons, from the hot and flavorsome coffee it produces to the quietness and speed, and general ease of use.

It has a small footprint, though a trifle taller than most, and it just looks great on any kitchen counter. It's reliable, from an established manufacturer of coffee makers, and it produces great tasting coffee. What's not to like? Check out the latest price on Amazon now.

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Frieling USA French Press Coffee Maker Review

The Frieling USA French Press coffee maker comes in five sizes and four finishes. You have sizes of 8-oz, 17-oz, 23-oz, 36-oz and 44-oz, and finishes of standard brushed, standard polished, frustration-free brushed and frustration-free polished.

They are all basically the same machine and for that reason this review doesn't contain much further reference to the differing sizes and finishes available.

Taken together, they won the 2017 Housewares Design Award. French presses overall have an excellent reputation. Sounds good so far. Let's take a close look at these particular French Presses and see what we find.

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Frieling USA French Press

Table of Contents
Design and Build Quality Good Coffee?
Taking The Plunge Cleaning
Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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Design and Build Quality

The Frieling USA French Press is simple in design and has a sturdy build quality. When you handle it for the first time it just feels unbreakable. Nothing can even scratch it - not even a fall from the kitchen counter top. It's hard to believe it's made in China.

Everything is solid, if a little heavy. The lid and plunger - items that are often flimsy on cheaper presses - feel tough and durable. They won't be breaking in a hurry. And the handle is large enough for any hand, and stable, yet elegant as well.

What about when it's in work mode? The plunger is quite unique, and I cover that separately below. The other main function of any French Press is to keep the coffee at the optimum brewing temperature. That's 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. And to keep it there until at least the end of the steeping process.

The Frieling USA French Press, made entirely of stainless steel, does that with the aid of a double wall. The coffee stays hot for much longer than if it were in a glass press. Four times as long, according to Frieling. But, as I explain below, it's best in practice to pour out the entire contents after no more than 3-5 minutes.

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Good Coffee?

The Frieling USA French Press produces fresh, delicious coffee as long as you observe a few guidelines. But you don't have to be an expert on how to use a coffee maker to use this French Press successfully. As with any coffee brewer, you get the best results if you can grind your beans immediately before brewing.

There's a danger that second and later servings will be too strong, as the grounds are left in the coffee. To avoid this, decant all the coffee into cups or a pre-heated carafe after 3-5 minutes, according to your preference.

All French Presses produce less sediment in the bottom of your cup if you use a coarse grind. Frieling claim that their "dual filtration system" catches all the grounds, but this may be a trifle optimistic. Some invariably get through from a fine grind, but the superior taste of the coffee makes you forget all that.

Cold brews in hot weather are delicious, and the Frieling USA French Press handles them very easily. Just pour in cold water, rather than hot, keep it refrigerated for 24 hours, and then press the plunger. Talking of the plunger...

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Frieling French Press - inserting the grinds
Frieling USA French Press - inserting the grinds
Frieling USA French Press
Adding the hot water

Taking The Plunge

The plunger - the key working component of a French Press - has a unique "dual filtration system". It consists of a pre-filter and a second screen to ensure that no sediment gets into your cup. They are kept in place with a spring loaded ring.

It's a very simple design, but very effective. Some users have experienced a scratching sound when pressing down. That's not a fault - just a result of the tight fitting of the filter assembly, and completely harmless.

The plunger on the Frieling USA French Press is probably the most robust and efficient of any.

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Cleaning The Frieling USA French Press

The Frieling is probably the easiest coffee maker of any type to clean. There aren't any complex mechanisms into which coffee grinds can find their way. Being made of stainless steel, most parts can simply be rinsed under the tap, or placed in the dish washer.

Everything is easily disassembled and reassembled. The plunger parts rinse easily and the whole lot can be dried off with a paper towel. And that's about it, as far as the cleaning is concerned.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.2 x 10 inches (for 36-oz size - other sizes vary)
Item Weight: 2.8 pounds (36-oz size)
Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (36-oz size)
Manufacturer: Frieling
ASIN: B004XGBMB8
Origin: China
Item model number: 0144 (36-oz size)

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Frieling USA French Press
Stirring

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Solid, sturdy build, virtually unbreakable
  • Sleek design
  • Wide choice of sizes and finishes to suit needs and taste
  • "Dual filtration system" filters out all coffee grounds

Cons:

  • No markings on inside of carafe to help judge volume of water
  • Can make a slight scratching sound when plunger is lowered

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Consumer Ratings

At the time of writing the Frieling USA French Press has been reviewed nearly 1,690 times on Amazon. It has an average score of over 4.5 - amazing, considering the number of reviewers. Over four in five reviewers have left a score of the full five stars.

Reviews are full of references to its solid build quality, stylish good looks, and value for money. Many reviewers have owned and used their Frieling daily for years. Also appreciated are its ease of use and cleaning.

It's difficult to find anything much that's negative. One or two reviewers have noted that the coffee acquires a bitter taste after a while in the French Press. But bear in mind, as mentioned above, that the machine is not meant to be used as a thermos flask.

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Frieling USA French Press
Inserting Plunger
Frieling USA French Press
Pressing the plunge

Summary

The Frieling USA French Press is one of the most solidly built and reliable coffee makers available. It can handle fine grinds, though as a French Press it is happier with coarse.

Its unique filtering system gives you delicious coffee, according to the quality and grind of the beans. The double insulation of the carafe ensures the temperature stays at the optimum of around 200 degrees for long enough.

And with a range of sizes to choose from and polished or brushed finish, there's one for you. We highly recommend this award winning French Press.

Frieling USA French Press
Pouring

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Hario Technica 5-Cup Coffee Syphon Review

The Hario Technica 5-Cup Coffee Syphon is "beautifully crafted for an expert cup of coffee". So say Hario themselves, who describe themselves as "the brand recognized by Coffee Geeks worldwide".

Two bold claims, backed up by images of a coffee maker unlike any you've seen before (unless you're a "coffee geek"). But can these claims stand up to scrutiny?

Read the rest of the review below to find out:

Hario Technica

Table of Contents
It's So Different What Does It Actually Consist Of?
Customizing Your Hario Technica Customising Your Coffee
Plastic Components Is Cleaning A Problem?
Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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The Hario Technica Is So Different

It would be impossible for a company like Hario to produce a run-of-the-mill product. They just don't do it. One look at the Hario Technica 5-Cup Coffee Syphon proves that.

It looks rather like a piece of laboratory equipment, which isn't surprising. Hario have been producing laboratory glass since 1921, and specialize in heatproof glass.

The Technica is a vacuum coffee brewer that gives you total control of the brewing process from beginning to end. It's not for those who just want to press a few buttons and sit back while their coffee is prepared. And it's not for when you're in a hurry, grabbing a quick cup of coffee before rushing out to work.

It's for when you have some me-time. For when you have some friends round that you want to impress (it's a ready-made topic of conversation). For when you just want to take it easy, read a book, and spend some time adjusting your brew. Because the Technica takes its time. So is the brew it can produce worth waiting for? We'll take a look at the reviews presently to find out what people think about that.

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What Does It Actually Consist Of?

Two glass bowls that clip together, a mechanism to hold them in place, a glass syphon and an alcohol heater. The two bowls are made of heat resistant borosilicate glass. There's a top lid, of plastic, that doubles as a stand on which to place the coffee container. And there's a cloth filter attached to the strainer. You also have a plastic measuring/stirring spoon.

And it just looks so good, standing there on the kitchen work top. It may not have any touch-screens or digital readouts, but it has class. The quality of build oozes out. It's sturdy, and can take any punishment you may care to dish out.

The bottom bowl that contains the freshly brewed coffee holds 600 ml - enough for three US cups. The height of it above the horseshoe stand where the burner goes is about 10 cm. It's by no means a large appliance, but it has unbounded potential.

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The Upper Glass Bowl

Customizing Your Hario Technica

One of the things I love about this coffee maker is how customizable it is. The first way in which many users change it is to replace the alcohol burner for a butane burner.

The alcohol burner that comes with this machine is rather slow. The alcohol burns cooler, and the mechanism supplied cannot be finely adjusted. You could, of course, simply pre-heat your water and bring it to the boil with the alcohol burner. But with a butane burner it's even quicker, and you can have your pre-heated water boiling in less than a minute. Plus the strength of the flame can be easily fine-tuned to your needs.

At the present time a butane burner for syphon coffee makers is available on Amazon for less than $50.

Many users also change the cloth filter. You can purchase packs of cloth filters fairly cheaply, and you can also wash them for repeat usage. Even so, you may prefer to use a metal filter for ease of cleaning, and which works just as well. Alternatively, you could use paper filters, though you'll need a different filter holder.

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Customizing Your Coffee

If you really want to experience the full range of what this coffee brewer can produce then you need your own bean grinder. And a good one at that. No other way round it, I'm afraid. By experimentation you can discover what your preferences are.

You can produce a weak or strong brew, or anything in between. For those new to coffee brewing, hot water filters through a coarse grind quickly and results in a weak brew. With a fine grind it takes longer, and extracts more flavor, resulting in a stronger brew.

The type of filter you use also has an effect on the taste of your coffee. And the roast of your beans makes yet another difference. Then there's the amount of water you start off with. And the ratio of water to coffee grinds. You can spend hours, and dozens of coffee drinking sessions, using different permutations to discover what you like best. A tough job, but, hey, it's just got to be done, right?

Oh, and did I mention? - you can also make tea with it. Shhhhh!

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hario technica
The Stand

What About The Plastic Components?

I've mentioned that there are a few plastic components in the Hario Technica. In particular the top lid and the mechanism that joins the two glass bowls are plastic.

However, neither the water nor the coffee grinds come into contact with either of these items at any stage. When the water boils in the lower bowl it transfers to the grinds in the upper bowl via a glass tube. At that stage you should be lifting the lid at the top so you can stir the brew. But even if you didn't, the water wouldn't reach the lid unless you had seriously over-filled the lower bowl.

There is a plastic spoon supplied as part of the kit, but you can always use a metal spoon instead.

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Is Cleaning A Problem?

Cleaning the Hario Technica is very easy, as long as you're not in too much of a hurry. Even when the coffee appears to have filtered fully through there may still be a vacuum holding the bowls together. Just wait another minute or so and then they will be easy to separate and clean.

If you then remove the filter carefully you can dispose of the grounds easily. Then, if you use the original cloth or a metal filter, it's just a question of rinsing it.

The glass components are dish-washer safe, though personally I would always hand wash them.

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Lower Bowl

Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.9 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight: 3 pounds
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
Manufacturer: Hario
ASIN: B000IKLQZK
Origin: Japan
Item model number: TCA-5

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Accessories for the Hario Technica

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Makes delicious coffee that you can customize to your taste
  • 600 ml/3-large cup capacity
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Sturdy, robust build

Cons:

  • Alcohol burner non-adjustable and weak
  • Cloth filter needs washing after each use (best to use paper or metal)

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Consumer Ratings for the Hario Technica

Coffee maker reviews can contain some very damning criticism, much of it unjustified. Fortunately, this coffee brewer has escaped any such misfortune so far. At the time of writing, the Hario Technica has only been available long enough to have just over 100 reviews on Amazon. It has an average score of about as close to 5 as you could hope for from that number of reviewers.

One reviewer after another praises the smoothness and sheer good taste of the coffee this machine produces. The quality and strength of the Technica are also rated very highly.

Many users have discarded the alcohol burner supplied and gone for a butane burner, which speeds the brewing process considerably. Others have taken to using a metal or paper filters. Nevertheless, nearly all these reviewers have still left a five star score. This says much for the overall quality of the Hario Technica, as well as how it endears itself to its owners.

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hario technica
The Alcohol Burner

Summary

The Hario Technica 5-Cup Coffee Syphon is tremendously popular among its owners. As well as being the centerpiece of conversation at any social gathering, it produces coffeehouse quality coffee.

For no more than you could easily pay for a dull, inferior coffee maker, you can purchase the Technica, a butane burner and a metal filter, and have endless fun experimenting until you have your perfect brew. And have your friends talking about it for a long time after.

And it's so different. We think you'll love this eccentric coffee maker, and have no hesitation in giving it our highest recommendation.

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The BUNN BXBD Velocity Brew High Altitude Home Brewer

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BUNN BXBD

We're not posting a full review of the BUNN BXBD High Altitude Home Brewer on ChooseACoffeeMaker.com simply because it is essentially the same model as the BUNN GRB and the BUNN BXB/BXW. Click here for our review of the GRB. The final letter of these models - B or W - indicates whether the color of the body is black or white.

Where the BUNN BXBD High Altitude differs is that it has been designed specifically for use in high altitudes (above 4,000 feet). There are users who live in low altitudes who say it performs with no problems, so it seems that you don't have to live in the mountains to get a good brew from this product.

All three of these BUNN products earn a high average rating from users on Amazon. Sites like this aren't allowed under Amazon's terms and conditions to quote the exact figures, but you can easily check them for yourself at the links we give you.

BUNN prides itself on its brewers brewing 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 ounces) in about 3 minutes, and that's what all three models do.

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BUNN BXB and BXW Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer

BUNN BXB

We're not posting a full review of the BUNN BXB (pictured left) on ChooseACoffeeMaker.com simply because it is essentially the same model as the BUNN GRB (and the BUNN BXBD High Altitude Brewer, though this does have one or two more variations). Click here for our review of the GRB. The final letter of these models - B or W - indicates whether the color of the body is black or white.

Just about the only way in which the BUNN BXB / BXW differs is that it can only be shipped within the US.

All three of these BUNN products earn a high average rating from users on Amazon. Sites like this aren't allowed under Amazon's terms and conditions to quote the exact figures, but you can easily check them for yourself at the links we give you.

BUNN prides itself on its brewers brewing 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 ounces) in about 3 minutes, and that's what all three models do.

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Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder Review

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

If you like to grind your own coffee beans and yearn for a way to produce at home the flavor and taste normally only experienced in high class coffee houses, then you must consider the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder.

You get a 2 year warranty and you can choose between five colors - black, chrome, copper, red, and white. The size is compact enough to fit under your kitchen cabinets and it looks great. But does it produce the coffee grinds that will have you and your house guests swooning with delight?

Table of Contents
The Exact Grinds You Want Towards a Fuller Flavor
Solidly Built Is It Easy To Handle?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Bodum Bistro - Getting The Exact Grinds That You Want

Whether you prefer your grinds fine for espressos or coarse for French presses, the Bodum Bistro has you covered. Once you know the amount of time needed to produce the grind you want then you can set the timer and leave the machine to do the rest.

There are over fourteen grind settings, which are continually adjustable, so you can experiment until you find the exact setting that's right for you. And the Bistro has one other feature that sets it apart from other coffee grinders, and that relates to the glass receiver pot into which the ground beans fall.

Bodum claims it solves the problem of static electricity in the pot. Static can cause the grounds to "jump" and attach themselves to any object before being placed in the coffee pot. This can reduce the amount of grinds used and affect the taste and strength of your brew.

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Towards a Fuller Flavor

The solution? A borosilicate glass catcher for the grinds to fall into. This greatly reduces the amount of static liable to affect them. The net result is better-tasting coffee. Some kinds of oily bean may still produce more static than even the Bistro can handle, and this can result in some of the grinds still clinging to the inside of the glass catcher, but this is quite rare and the amount is negligible, though a quick rinse afterward is in order.

The Bodum Bistro uses a burr grinder, which generates less heat than a blade grinder - heat that can cause a bitter taste to the coffee in other machines. By crushing, rather than slicing, the beans, a burr grinder preserves more of the flavor. All the grind parts are metal, not plastic, and this too means better-tasting coffee as well as a longer lasting grinder.

You'll find that you're using fewer beans for your pot of coffee and that the grind is much more even, giving a fuller flavor to your favorite drink.

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Solidly Built and Good Looking

The borosilicate glass catcher and metal grind parts aren't the only signs of build quality here. The hopper is of thick, clear plastic, the outside of the grinder is rubberized in a variety of fun colors, and the two main buttons look smart in a strong contrasting color.

Because the Bistro is a small machine it can only handle a limited quantity of beans at one time. Nevertheless, you can comfortably grind enough for one or two mugs at a time, and then some more a few minutes later if needed.

Easy To Handle (And That Includes Cleaning)

The control buttons are large and highly visible, and to set how finely the beans are ground you simply twist the upper bean container. It's easy to grip the machine firmly when you're using or cleaning it.

You can easily remove the hopper and the grind container for rinsing under running water. You can also remove the upper burr and brush it clean. Turn the whole machine upside down and shake to remove any excess grinds from the lower burr. You should only need to do this about once a week.

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In this short video a couple of coffeemaker experts look at the Bodum Bistro:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.1 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (can be shipped within the US only)
  • Item model number: 10903-01US
  • Borosilicate glass catcher reduces static
  • Timed settings available for grinder
  • Available in five colors
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Produces high-quality coffee grinds in convenient amounts
  • Borosilicate glass catcher nearly eliminates static
  • Fits easily under most kitchen cabinets
  • All metal grind parts

Cons:

  • Grind container needs frequent rinsing out
  • Can only take small/medium amounts at any one time
  • 5 minute wait (for cooling) required between grinds

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Consumer Ratings

The Bodum Bistro scores an average of just under 4 stars on Amazon at the time of writing, from over 1,970 reviewers. Nearly three quarters give 4 or 5 stars. Overall satisfaction with it is high, with the main plus points being value for money, efficiency, and ease of use.

Some users don't like the 5-minute wait that's recommended between 20-second grinds, but that's down to the laws of physics with a compact grinder like this, so there's not much that can be done there. And sometimes the use of oily beans causes some mess in the glass jar, which necessitates rinsing it out before the next grind.

But if you're happy with those limitations then you'll probably agree with most reviewers that this machine is an extremely efficient, easy to use, and economical burr grinder.

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Summary

The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder may have a small footprint but it has a big heart. Its solid construction, especially of the burr grinder parts, means that it can take whatever punishment you may care to throw at it. If you're after great tasting coffee from superbly ground coffee beans (and who isn't?) then you'll love this coffee grinder.

 

 

 

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Cuisinox Roma COF-10R Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker Review

The Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker is your kind of coffee maker if you want a machine that doesn't make you pay for what you already have, yet still produces great tasting espressos and looks fabulous sitting on your kitchen worktop.

It comes in three sizes - 10-Cup, 6-Cup, and 2-Cup. But one of the most noticeable features about it is that Cuisinox give it a full 25-year warranty. They obviously have full confidence in their product, so let's see if that confidence is justified.

Cuisinox COF-10R Roma 10-Cup Espresso Coffeemaker
Cuisinox COF-10R Roma 10-Cup Espresso Coffeemaker

Table of Contents
Is The Coffee Good? Build Quality
Pleasing On The Eye Espresso Easy
Features & Specs Cleaning It Up
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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With the Cuisinox Roma The Coffee Had Better Be Good . . .

When you're paying almost $100 or more for an espresso maker that doesn't have its own heating device, the coffee had better taste great. Well, if you want crema on your espresso and you're prepared to grind the beans very finely then you're in for a treat.

If you use a simple blade grinder and make the grinds powdery, but don't compact them too much, then you'll find that this espresso maker is set up to produce the perfect espresso for you.

If you leave the lid open and watch while it brews then you will see the crema form and cover the espresso. That's the time to take it off the heat because your espresso is done. If you leave it on too long it may taste a little burnt, though, of course, some people prefer it like that anyway. A little trial and error, and you'll know exactly how to use this machine.

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About The Build Quality

Cuisinox have given a great deal of thought to the build quality of the Roma. It's not just that they have included an extra gasket and a reducer, so you can easily measure half-measures if you don't want a full pot. Nor that they've hand-crafted the entire unit to the highest industry standards.

It's not even the induction base, enabling you to use any heat source - electricity or gas - to heat the water, that attracts so much praise. Where Cuisinox have scored is that they've made the whole product from stainless steel, and not aluminum. Aluminum has attracted a lot of publicity lately on account of its adverse health effects (it releases harmful oxides when coming into contact with hot liquids).

Cuisinox have used heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel, polished to a mirror finish. Even though it's made in China, Cuisinox are a Canadian company and are evidently capable of enforcing very high-quality control standards in their factories.

For example, unlike some other stovetop models, the Roma isn't prone to having its handle break off. Just feel it in your hands. It's solid and quite heavy. The two parts of the pot screw together tightly so as not to allow any steam to escape. It doesn't feel like anything ever could break. Perhaps Cuisinox knew what they were doing when they decided on that 25-year warranty.

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Pleasing On The Eye - And On Your Kitchen Worktop

Cuisinox have a distinct style. They aim for beauty as well as practicality. The Roma, all stainless steel, is sleek and elegant, yet is still down to earth enough to include a screen filter that you place in the filter itself if you want to halve the amount of coffee you're brewing.

Espresso Easy

The Cuisinox Roma Stovetop is easy to use, once you've got used to it and know one or two things about it. As long as you have the right amounts of water and coffee grinds in place, and you don't over or undercook, then you'll get it right.

You can use it with electricity or gas. Make sure the handle isn't placed directly over the heat source, and keep the setting on medium to low for best results. Don't overfill the water reservoir either - the brass safety pressure-relief valve should be above the water line. If you obey these simple guidelines then you should have excellent results with the Roma.

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Item model number: COF-10R
  • Construction: Stainless steel
  • Induction base
  • Included: screen filter, one extra gasket, and reducer
  • Warranty: 25 years

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Cleaning It Up

When it comes to cleaning, you should hand wash the Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop, rather than just put in the dishwasher. But it is very easy to clean. It doesn't make very much mess to start with.

Cleaning is easier if you unscrew the two sections of the pot after pouring your coffee, and let them cool, rather than place them straight into cold water. This prolongs the life of the gasket apart from anything else.

Wipe any excess coffee grounds from around the grounds basket lip (where it makes contact with the gasket) so the seal doesn't leak. And every so often, make a "brew" with a tablespoon of baking soda. That will clean up the internal parts and keep it producing great tasting espressos.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Stainless steel construction - no aluminum
  • Can be used with gas or electricity
  • Good looks
  • Easy to clean
  • Makes great tasting coffee

Cons:

  • No marking on water container for one serving, as against two
  • Requires coffee correctly ground to extreme fineness for best results
Cuisinox Roma

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Consumer Ratings

Over 290 customers give this product an average rating of well over 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon at the time of writing. The superior tasting espressos that it produces, and the fact that it's not made of aluminum figure prominently in the reviews. Its good looks and sturdy durability also go down well.

Some have commented that the inside of the top chamber is hard to clean and wipe dry. Others have not noticed this. In any event, if you clean with the baking soda method you can just leave the parts to drain overnight.

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Summary

The Cuisinox Roma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker is a hit with the vast majority of its users, who love the polished mirror-finish of its stainless steel exterior as well as the delicious coffee that they get from it. With the choice of a 10-Cup or 6-Cup model, this is an espresso maker that can bring great satisfaction to all coffee lovers.

 

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