Coffee & Espresso Machines

My Mom Travels with the Vitamix of Coffeemakers — Travel Bites

There are a few things you should know about my mom. First, she is not a traveler. This is largely because she is (second) a creature of habit and travel challenges her everyday routine (which is probably why I love travel so much, but that is another story). The last thing you should know about my mom is that she takes her coffee just as seriously as she does her cleaning — which is to say very, very seriously.

All of these things together help explain why she now travels with what I call the Vitamix of coffeemakers.

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7 Things to Do Before Buying a Coffee Maker — Small Appliances, Sweet Love

The coffee maker is the sun around which your kitchen orbits: The day waxes as the first cups brew in the morning, and wanes as the last pot of decaf is prepared.

That's why buying a new machine can be a really big decision and feel like the whole house's happiness rests in the balance. Here are some things to know before you do it.

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What Kind of Coffee Maker Do You Have (and Would You Buy It Again?) — Small Appliances, Sweet Love

I am not a wasteful person. I eat leftovers. I recycle. And I've been known to reuse pieces of parchment paper when baking. And yet, I'm about to replace my third coffee maker in just a few years. (Don't worry, I give the old ones to friends or donate to a worthy cause!)

The reason? I can't seem to find a coffee maker that doesn't drive me mad. And this is pretty crazy considering, for my job, I see almost every new coffee maker that comes onto the market.

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What Kind of Coffee Maker Do You Have (and Would You Buy It Again?) — Small Appliances, Sweet Love

I am not a wasteful person. I eat leftovers. I recycle. And I've been known to reuse pieces of parchment paper when baking. And yet, I'm about to replace my third coffee maker in just a few years. (Don't worry, I give the old ones to friends or donate to a worthy cause!)

The reason? I can't seem to find a coffee maker that doesn't drive me mad. And this is pretty crazy considering, for my job, I see almost every new coffee maker that comes onto the market.

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I Have a Strong Opinion About Coffee Carafes — Brunch All-Stars

There are few things in life as important as a good coffee carafe. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but if coffee is as critical to your daily routine as it is to mine, I think you'll get my point.

My husband and I have come to prefer drip coffee over trendier pour over or French press options. (I realize this will probably upset a lot of you; there's just something I find so satisfying about making a big ol' pot and listening to the machine do its thing.) We clearly aren't coffee snobs, but there's one thing we've come to learn and are very adamant about.

We insist on having a stainless steel carafe.

I don't even really care how good the machine is or how easy it is to clean, as long as it has a stainless steel carafe. A glass one — with a heated plate — just doesn't keep the coffee hot or fresh-tasting enough.

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What’s the Best Drip Coffee Maker Under $200? — Good Questions

Q: What's the best drip coffee maker out there? We've been using a crappy Mr. Coffee that we've had to replace pretty much once a year. We grind our own coffee each morning. I love coffee; I can't function in the mornings without it, and this is a serious problem for me.

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