Keurig K Compact Coffee Maker Review

The Keurig K Compact coffee maker has been on the market for a comparatively short time. But that hasn't stopped it from acquiring an enviable reputation for speed and quality of brew. It's unpretentious, with simple controls. It's probably the cheapest Keurig on the market, and certainly the smallest. And it's available only in black. So how much of a chance would you be taking on purchasing this?

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Keurig K Compact Review

Table of Contents
Ease of UseImportance of K-Cup Pods
Who is the Keurig K Compact Made For?Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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Does Compact Mean Easy to Use?

We know the Keurig K Compact is, well, compact. Does that mean you need small hands to use it? Actually, no.

Keurig have made this coffee maker extremely easy to operate, even for those of us with normal sized hands. The auto-off facility enables you to have the machine on all the time. You know that it will switch itself off if unused for 2 hours, to save energy. In the meantime you can simply insert a pod at any time and start the brew process. You just press one of the three cup size buttons - 6, 8 or 10 ounces. Viola! Your brew will be ready in less than a minute.

Naturally the compact size of the unit limits the size of the water reservoir. But you can still get three regular sized cups of coffee from one refill. That's also enough to fill any travel mug. You just remove the drip tray to fit any mug up to 7-inches tall.

The reservoir easily removes for refilling, and slots back into place. It fits neatly at the rear of the brewer, for compactness. And if you did forget to put your mug in position the drip tray can hold a full brew. That can be invaluable in avoiding a messy problem when you should be enjoying your coffee.

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The Importance of K-Cup Pods

There's one rather important thing to bear in mind when considering the Keurig K Compact. And that is that it only takes regular K-Cup pods. Not K-Cups, not K-Mugs and not K-Carafe pods. Some users who haven't appreciated the difference, and have used non-compatible pods, have had unfortunate results. And some of them have posted unfavorable reviews, unaware of their error.

K-Cup pods do, of course, give you a wide variety of coffees and flavors to choose from. They also produce less waste and are therefore more environmentally friendly. But if you feel restricted in choice, or that their prices are too high, then all is not lost. You can use a reusable K-Cup pod with your own choice of coffee grounds in it.

One thing the Keurig K Compact does not have is a K-Cup reader. If you know what this is you'll agree you're better off without it. Keurig K2.0 coffee makers have this little devil, which, although it can be by-passed, is there to force you to use only Keurig's K-Cup pods. No such limitations here, fortunately.

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View from top showing water reservoir at rear

Who is the Keurig K Compact Coffee Maker Made For?

At a price that's usually below $75 on Amazon.com, and as a small device, the Keurig K Compact does have its limitations. These restrict the type of person for whom it is best suited. If you live alone or with just one other person then it's ideal. And if your kitchen work top space is limited then you'll like it.

If you want all the taste and speed of a Keurig coffee maker and don't mind fewer bells and whistles. Or if you just want a quick cup of coffee when you want it, without being a connoisseur. As long as you don't mind being restricted to K-Cup pods (including a reusable pod). If any or all these things apply to you then the K-Compact deserves serious consideration.

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Features and Specifications:

Package Dimensions: 14.5 x 14.2 x 10.9 inches
Size: 12.5"h x 13.2"d x 8.2"w (16.25" high with bale open)
Item Weight: 6.9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
Water reservoir size: 36-oz (rear-based, removable)
Brew time: less than one minute
Brew sizes: 6-oz, 8-oz and 10-oz.
Auto-off: 2-hours

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Pros and Cons of the Keurig K Compact Coffee Maker

Pros:

  • Three cup sizes - 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz.
  • Auto shut-off after 2-hours
  • Removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs up to 7" high
  • Fast brew time - less than a minute
  • Compatible with My K-Cup® Reusable Coffee Filter

Cons:

  • Little control over strength of brew
  • Unpleasant odor sometimes given off with first few brews if not cleaned thoroughly first
  • Restricted to K-Cup pods only

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K Compact being unpacked and used for the first time (note: the water reservoir is 36-oz, not 32-oz, as mentioned in the video, and you can set the speed to at least 1.5 without missing anything) -

Consumer Ratings for the Keurig K Compact

At the time of writing (May 2019) the Keurig K Compact coffee maker has over 230 reviews on the Keurig.com site. These give an average of around 4.0 out of 5 stars. On Amazon.com there are nearly 50 reviews as it has been sold there for less than two years. The average score is nearly 4.5.

The most popular features are that it doesn't take up very much space and that it's very fast in delivering delicious coffee. Having Keurig stylish good looks is also widely appreciated.

Some reviewers have complained about a smell and taste of plastic in their coffee. It may be that there are some items that come out of the factory with this problem. These are evidently few and far between. But if you were to find that your item produces objectionable smells or tastes then you have a simple remedy. Simply return it to the seller for replacement.

It's likely, however, that most people experiencing this problem aren't aware of how to clean a coffee maker properly. Before you use any coffee maker it's wise to rinse it through a few times. Use a mixture of white vinegar and water.

Others have been using the wrong pods. The pods, being made of plastic, are sensitive to excessive heat. If they are placed in the wrong machine then they may overheat, producing the unpleasant smell or odor.

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Summary

This Keurig K Compact coffee maker review has covered all the factors that you should know when deciding whether to buy. The main thing to bear in mind is that it is a small and rather basic coffee maker. It has no water filter or auto timer (other than the auto-off). You're restricted to K-Cup pods (though you can use a reusable pod) and to three set cup sizes. And you can't control the water temperature, as you can with more expensive coffee makers.

But remember that you're getting a stylish Keurig coffee maker at a very reasonable price. It brews in less than a minute and has a simple control panel that anyone can master in minutes. The 36-oz water reservoir and the drip tray are easily removed, and you can use a 7" tall travel mug. You can dispense hot water only, when you need to, and the whole item is easily cleaned.

If you're looking for a coffee maker to serve one or two coffee drinkers then it's hard to fault the Keurig K Compact.

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Secura French Press Review

What if you could find a coffee maker that can produce rich, smooth coffee exactly as you like it? And be built solidly of stainless steel with nothing to break, rot or perish? And be easy to use and clean. And, of course, be priced so as to be within easy reach of anyone's budget?

A tough call? Then let me tell you about the 1500ML Secura French press coffee maker.

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Table of Contents
Total ControlBuild Quality
Easy to Use?Easy to Clean?
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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Total Control with Simplicity

The great thing about a French press is that you have total control over the strength and richness of the coffee you drink. If you like strong coffee then you can increase the ratio of coffee grinds to water. For a richer taste you can vary the time you steep for. Experiment until you have the balance right.

As long as your coffee grinds are of good quality then you'll easily produce richer coffee than with, for example, a drip type coffee maker costing three or four times as much.

As for simplicity, there's no control panel and no buttons to press. Just your own judgement to use.

So much for French presses in general. But what about the 1500ML Secura French press? Let's see what you can expect from it.

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What's The Build Quality of the Secura French Press?

The main material it's made from is 18/10 stainless steel. That's top quality steel. Virtually unbreakable. There isn't any plastic or rubber to wear out or perish. And in case you're concerned about it, there's no BPA (even though it is made in China). It has a stainless steel double-wall body which gives it a superior thermal ability compared to glass or ceramics. So your coffee will stay hot for longer.

The Secura French Press has a layered filter system that is also made of stainless steel. The layering has three filters and is cleverly designed to make it easy to produce coffee with a smooth, full-bodied flavor. It will catch even the smallest coffee grinds and prevent them from ending up in your cup. The filters won't wear out or become discolored (as long as you clean them periodically). The only reason you'd want to order replacements is if you lose or accidentally damage the originals.

The handle, too, is of 18/10 stainless steel. Although it's attached to the outer layer only of the body, it's secure and can easily handle the weight of 50 ounces of liquid. It's also cool to the touch (as is the knob right at the top), even when the contents of the coffee maker are at their hottest. So no scalded fingers.

One weak point of French presses generally is that heat can escape from where the lid joins the body on account of the seal being less than perfect. The seal on this French press is very snug and will play its part in keeping your coffee hot for at least an hour. Probably an hour and a half, depending on the ambient temperature. And you can rotate the lid to stop heat escaping via the spout so as to keep your coffee hot for even longer.

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Is the 1500ML Secura French Press Easy to Use?

Generally speaking, French presses are easy to use. All you do is place the coffee grinds in the receptacle, pour the hot water in and (perhaps after a short delay, depending on your own particular method) press the plunger down.

Sometimes the plunger can stick or cause the coffee to spill over onto your work surface. In my research I found no evidence that either of these difficulties were a problem for users of this Secura French press.

The pour spout is about 1.5 inches wide at its opening, which is ideal for easy pouring. And you can brew exactly the amount of coffee that you want. With this French press, you can brew from one cup right up to four or five cups. It just depends on whether you take milk or not. It's really difficult to think of anything about this press that is anything other than user friendly. Some users take it camping with them, and that speaks for itself.

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Is It Easy To Clean?

This is where so many coffee makers, not just French presses, that are great products in all other respects, fall down. Not with this press. The instructions are very simple. Everything can be taken apart for cleaning very easily. There are no electrical connections and everything is stainless steel. The whole item is dishwasher safe.

All the same, here is a link to a post explaining how to clean a coffee maker easily and effectively.

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Features and Specifications:

Package Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.3 x 6.8 inches
Item Weight: 3.9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
Department: unisex-adult
Manufacturer: Secura
Item model number: SFP-50DSC

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Stainless steel construction - nothing to wear out or perish
  • 3-layer filter system means smooth, rich coffee
  • Plunger works smoothly - no mess
  • Double walled insulation so your coffee stays hot for up to one and a half hours
  • Easy to use and clean

Cons:

  • The filters can sometimes trap grounds between layers, so watch out for that when cleaning
  • The nut on the threaded stem of the filter can become loose if not tightened periodically

Consumer Ratings for the 1500ML Secura French Press

If you read the reviews on Amazon.com you'll find one five-star rating after another. Users of this French press overwhelmingly love it and have nothing but kind words for it.

Probably the most popular feature is the stainless steel construction. That, together with the double-wall insulation, means your coffee is kept hot for longer than with any comparable press. Having the ability to produce rich, full flavored coffee exactly to individual taste. That's another thing that users love about the 1500ML Secura French press.

You'll find one or two minor issues mentioned if you look long enough. Such as the filters sometimes trapping grinds between layers, making it more difficult than it should be to clean them. But such instances don't stop this French press from boasting an average score of well over 4.5 from over 700 reviews. Nearly 90 per cent of reviewers have awarded the full five stars.

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The 1500ML Secura French Press Filter System

Summary

Don't let the low price deceive you. Probably some potential purchasers of this Secura French press overlook it on account of just that. Which is a pity, because it produces delicious coffee exactly to individual taste. It will outlast similar presses on account of its solid, stainless steel build. And it's easy to use and clean.

The simple but effective filter system, though sometimes requiring a little more care than usual, produces exceptionally smooth coffee. Coffee of a smoothness and richness that you'll only find in other coffee makers costing several times more.

The 1500ML Secura French press is a modestly priced French press that packs one powerful punch. It's extremely difficult to find anything bad to say about it. We have no hesitation in giving this coffee maker our full recommendation.

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BUNN-O-MATIC Coffee Maker CSB1 Review

This BUNN-O-MATIC Coffee Maker (CSB1 Speed Brew) review relates to the replacement model for the very successful BUNN GRB Velocity Brew. Our review of that product can be found by clicking here.

BUNN boast that their BUNN-O-MATIC brews superb tasting coffee in less than half the time of other top-selling home coffee makers. Not only that, but that their drip-free carafe delivers the cleanest pour on the market.

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BUNN-O-MATIC

Table of Contents
Speed and TasteNot For Occasional Use
Not "Plug & Play"Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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Speed and Taste

Everything that the BUNN GRB Velocity Brew had, the BUNN-O-MATIC has, and that includes speed and taste. How often do you find that a good coffee maker that brews quickly lacks something in the taste department? Or that a coffee maker that produces superb tasting coffee takes rather a long time to brew?

Combining speed and taste is the Holy Grail of coffee makers, and this coffee maker does just that. It brews anything from 20-oz for a travel mug to 50-oz for a full carafe in only four minutes. BUNN call 50-oz a 10-cup size, which may be stretching things a little if you like anything more than a 5-oz mug, but their taste and speed claims are hard to rebut.

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The BUNN-O-MATIC Is Not For Occasional Use

There's one very important point about the BUNN-O-MATIC that anyone considering it for their next coffee maker should ponder. This product is heavy duty. It's made to produce several pots of coffee each day. It needs to be left on for long periods at a time. This is so the water in the stainless steel tank can be kept hot and ready for use at a moment's notice, and the coffee in the carafe can be kept warm on the warming plate.

If you use it for making the occasional cup then, like many high-tech instruments that are under-used, this BUNN coffee maker is not very happy. You'd be better off with a single-cup coffee maker such as the BUNN MCU Single Cup coffee brewer. In addition, if it's switched on and off throughout the day then its performance will suffer.

Check out these useful tips on how to use a coffee maker.

The BUNN-O-MATIC is ideal for small to medium sized family groups that love coffee, or for small offices where the demand for coffee is maintained throughout the day.

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BUNN's unique non-drip spout

Not a "Plug and Play"

You do need to take some trouble when you first set up the BUNN-O-MATIC in your kitchen. Reading the user manual and carrying out the preliminaries really will save time and trouble in the years ahead.

For example, you need to fill the water tank before you plug in to the mains. If you read the reviews on Amazon you'll be even better prepared. You can read how some users use only filtered water so as to keep the interior of their BUNN-O-MATIC clean as well as to make their coffee taste even better.

Others acknowledge its ability to produce superb tasting coffee, but don't like how it has to be allowed to heat up before it can brew their coffee. This time lapse is because of the job it does in heating large amounts of water and is down to the laws of physics, rather than a defect with the product.

Those who obey the rule book and take a little extra trouble in learning how to use it will have both great tasting coffee and a machine that will give years of good service.

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Features and Specifications of the BUNN-O-MATIC:

Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 7.8 x 14 inches
Item Weight: 8.5 pounds
Shipping Weight: 11.05 pounds
Carafe Capacity: up to 50-oz
Brewing Time: 4 minutes
Hot Water Tank: Commercial grade stainless steel
Warranty: 3 years
Manufacturer: BUNN
Model number: CSB1 SPEED BREW SELECT

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The BUNN-O-MATIC is not plug-and-play

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Pros and Cons of the BUNN-O-MATIC

Pros:

  • Brews 50-oz carafe in 4 minutes
  • Hot coffee on demand
  • Drip-free carafe pouring spout, so no mess
  • Maximum flavor extraction via unique spray head
  • Sturdy build and pleasing design to suit any kitchen

Cons:

  • No auto shutoff, so be careful to switch off when leaving for an extended time
  • The warming plate indicator light is hard to see in bright light
  • The glass container can be difficult to clean
  • You need Bunn's special coffee filters and to use filtered water for best results

At the present time (May 2019) there is no decent YouTube Video of the BUNN-O-MATIC being tested. As soon as I find such a video I will post a link here.

Consumer Ratings

In the reviews there is some criticism of the warming plate indicator light. This shows as a faint blue that some find difficult to see in daylight or when artificial lighting is on. That aside, there is a high level of satisfaction with this coffee maker. The main reasons are the superb tasting coffee it produces, its slim design, and the speed at which it brews.

The BUNN-O-MATIC scores well over 4 out of 5 stars from around 100 customer reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing (May 2019). Over three quarters of reviewers award either four or five stars.

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Summary

As long as your rate of coffee consumption is high, whether as a family or as an office group, then the BUNN-O-MATIC is an ideal coffee maker for you. If you're prepared to take a little trouble to follow the instructions and use filtered water then you should find it to be a most satisfactory purchase. We can highly recommend the BUNN-O-MATIC as a great coffee maker.

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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 DoesHow It Works
Cleaning the DCC-3000Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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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
Item model number: DCC 3000

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Pros and Cons of the Cuisinart DCC 3000 Coffee Maker

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 May 2019, the DCC 3000 has over 2,900 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 Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review

The OXO 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 too 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 Cold Brew coffee maker all it's cracked up to be?

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OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review

Table of Contents
About Cold BrewBuild Quality
Cleaning ItEase of Use
Does It Taste Good?Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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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 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 shift 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 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 Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Most components of the OXO 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 Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Cleaning the OXO 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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The Top Brewing Container

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 of the OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker:

Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 14.7 inches
Item Weight: 4 pounds
Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
Manufacturer: OXO
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 of the OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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

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Consumer Ratings

The OXO Cold Brew coffee maker enjoys an average score of just under 4 stars from nearly 800 Amazon reviewers, as at May 2019. Nearly three-quarters have given it four or 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 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 Cold Brew to every fellow coffee lover.

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Coleman Camping Coffee Maker Review

This Coleman Camping Coffee Maker 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:

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker Review

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

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How Exactly Does This AC-Free Coffee Maker Work?

The Coleman Camping Coffee Maker 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 Coffee Maker 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 Coffee Maker 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 Coffee Maker 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 Coffee Maker 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 of the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker:

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
Item model number: 2000015167

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Pros and Cons of the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker

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

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Consumer Ratings

At the present time (May 2019) nearly two-thirds of all reviewers of this product on Amazon award the full five stars. With over 700 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 Coffee Maker 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 Coffee Maker 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 Coffee Maker 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 (May 2019), 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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Hamilton Beach 46205 Coffee Maker

Table of Contents
Ease of UseDoes The Coffee Taste Good?
Oh Yes, The CleaningWho Is It Made For?
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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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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Removing the decanter

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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Filling the water reservoir

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
Origin: China
Item model number: 46205

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The swivel

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Pros and Cons of the Hamilton Beach 46205

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 (May 2019) over two-thirds of reviewers have awarded this product four or 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 French Press Coffee Maker Review

The Frieling French Press coffee maker comes in five sizes and two finishes. You have sizes of 8-oz, 17-oz, 23-oz, 36-oz and 44-oz, and finishes of brushed or polished.

They are all basically the same machine and for that reason this review doesn't contain much further reference to the 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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Table of Contents
Design and Build QualityGood Coffee?
Taking The PlungeCleaning
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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Design and Build Quality

The Frieling 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 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 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 French Press - inserting the grinds

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 French Press is probably the most robust and efficient of any.

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Cleaning The Frieling 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
Origin: China
Item model number: 0144 (36-oz size)

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Stirring

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Pros and Cons of the Frieling French Press

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 for the Frieling USA French Press

At the time of writing the Frieling French Press has been reviewed over 1,650 times on Amazon. It has an average score of around 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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Inserting Plunger

Frieling French Press
Pressing the plunge

Summary

The Frieling 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.

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Pouring

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Hario Technica Glass Syphon Coffee Maker Review

The Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker 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?

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Hario Technica

Table of Contents
It's So DifferentWhat Does It Actually Consist Of?
Customizing Your Hario TechnicaCustomising Your Coffee
Plastic ComponentsIs Cleaning A Problem?
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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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 Glass Syphon Coffee Maker 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 Yama Mini Butane Burner for Tabletop Siphons is available on Amazon for less than $50.

Many users also change the cloth filter. You can purchase Hario Siphon Cloth Coffee 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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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
Origin: Japan
Item model number: TCA-5

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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 120 reviews on Amazon. It has an average score of about as close to 5 as you could hope for from that number of reviewers. Nearly 80 per-cent of reviewers have given this product the full five stars.

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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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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Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker Review

The Keurig K-Classic Single Serve Programmable Coffee Maker (formerly known as the Keurig K55) is the replacement model for the Keurig K40, K45 and K65 (all of which are still available but we don't know for how long), and is now an "Amazon's Choice in Single Serve Brewers. It's available in black, or rhubarb red, for just under $90. Or you can choose white for just under $100. (All prices correct at the time of writing - May 2019).

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What the designers were striving for was simple. A coffeemaker suitable for use in small households and offices or reception areas where use is not excessive. It also had to be versatile, yet convenient and easy to use. And at a price that was affordable for nearly everyone.

That's quite a ticket, so let's see if Keurig have managed to score on all of these points.

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Table of Contents
VersatilityConvenience & Ease
Cleaning the K55Running Costs
Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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The Keurig K-Classic - Versatility in Quantity and Quality

The Keurig K-Classic may be a single-brew coffeemaker for those on a budget. But that doesn't mean it has to be a "one size fits all" kind of product - and it isn't.

You can choose from three brew sizes - 6-, 8- and 10-oz - according to the strength of brew you require. All you do is press the appropriate button on the control panel at the top of the machine. And you can select which brew you want from the whole range of K-Cup pods - coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more. It's compatible with all of them, and also with the Keurig Classic Series My K-Cup reusable coffee filter (sold separately). So you can, if you prefer, brew from your own fresh coffee beans.

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Keurig K-Classic Control Panel - on an incline for ease of viewing

What About Convenience and Ease of Use?

It takes only a few minutes to unpack and set up your Keurig K-Classic, and you'll find a Use and Care Guide with easy instructions included, though you probably won't need these.

There are just five buttons and five bright and distinctive LED lights on the control panel. One light warns you when you need to add water to the reservoir, and another when the machine needs descaling. Then you have the obligatory Power On light and the Auto Off light, and a light to tell you when it's heating the water.

Three of the buttons relate to the size of brew you want. A further button is the Power On button and the remaining one is the Auto-off. This sets the machine to switch itself off if it hasn't been used for two hours.

The control panel itself is set at an angle, sloping downwards so you can view it comfortably without having to lean over the machine.

The reservoir is large, at 48-oz. That's enough water to make around six cups of coffee (or three generous sized mugs) on average. But don't be surprised if the refill light may come on once the level is down to about an inch. It's easy to remove, too, though some users just remove the cover and pour in the water from a bottle.

The drip tray is not only easy to remove for cleaning (see below) but also large enough to contain all but the largest spills. So if you accidentally select a 10-oz drink after placing a 6-oz cup in the tray then you're covered. Well, Keurig are known for their attention to detail!

So high marks for convenience and ease of use.

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Flavor Cross-Over? No Problem!

If you're worried about brewing different drinks in succession because of possible flavor cross-over then don't. This coffeemaker has been tested in many situations where incompatible drinks, such as coffee and apple cider, are brewed in quick succession. There's never been any cross-contamination of the second drink with the first.

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The Keurig K-Classic certainly is hot

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Cleaning the Keurig K-Classic

Cleaning the K-Classic is very easy. The drip tray is easily removed for cleaning (or when you want to insert a really large mug) and is the obvious item that needs a regular clean. Depending on usage, you'll only need to give it a quick wash in mildly soapy water once a week. For the outside, just use a damp paper towel to give the machine a quick wipe.

The head of the unit should be kept clean to avoid problems in pouring drinks. There is a de-scaling facility, again very important, and Keurig have a video available containing excellent instructions on how to use this.

Keurig evidently take great pride in this K-Classic coffeemaker, and their legendary customer support is there if you have problems using it.

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Running Costs

The Keurig K-Classic is an economy coffeemaker but that doesn't mean you can get the results that it's capable of delivering without spending a little cash each month.

Though it can be used with a My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, enabling you to use your own (cheaper) grounds, this machine works best with K-Cup pods. However, these needn't be too expensive, and once you find the flavors that you like best then buying them in bulk at a discount shouldn't be difficult. Check on Amazon for the best prices.

You get two charcoal filters included with your purchase, but bear in mind these have a lifespan of around 2 months or 60 full tanks of water.

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Features and Specifications of the Keurig K-Classic:

  • Product Dimensions 9.8 x 13.3 x 13 inches
  • Item Weight 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight 14.3 pounds
  • Manufacturer Keurig
  • ASIN B018UQ5AMS
  • Origin USA

Accessories

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easy to set up, use and clean
  • Quick brews (30 sec - 1 minute)
  • Select from 6-, 8- and 10-oz
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Auto shut-off facility
  • De-scaling facility to remove calcium deposits

Cons:

  • Can be noisy when taking water from the reservoir
  • Doesn't always work well with reusable filters
  • Not for heavy use

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Consumer Ratings

At the time of writing the Keurig K-Classic has a staggering 9,380 plus reviews on Amazon and a score that averages almost 4 stars. Over seven in every ten of all reviewers have left a 4- or 5-star score. Overall satisfaction is extremely high.

Most reviewers love how fast it brews (30-60 seconds a brew) and how easy it is to assemble, use and clean. The large water reservoir is popular (but remember that when you're down to the last inch then it's time to re-fill). And if your coffeemaker is intended for really heavy use then a model with an even larger reservoir, such as the Keurig K75 with its 72-oz reservoir, or the Keurig K575 with its even larger 80-oz reservoir, would be better.

Some users have experienced a problem with the water not pouring as it should. This has usually been down to the head of the unit not being cleaned properly. When someone from Keurig has walked them through the process then this problem has disappeared.

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Reviewers like the Keurig K-Classic

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Summary

Many users have bought this model on account of the low price, and its ability to brew from fresh ground beans rather than the expensive K-Cup pods, thanks to the reusable filter. Generally speaking, the K-Classic undoubtedly works better when using the K-Cup pods, and this may be the root cause of a few negative reviews.

The Keurig K-Classic is ideal if you're looking for a single-brew coffeemaker that allows you to switch between K-Cup pods and your own freshly ground coffee, and in an environment where different people want different brews without the taste of one migrating into another.

We can confidently recommend this coffeemaker.

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