Best Coffeemakers

Consumer Reports gives us the scoop on really good coffeemakers.

Consumer Reports devised new tests to measure brewing temperature.

To get a good cup of coffee, brewing temperature should be between 195 and 205 degrees.

Lead tester Bob Karpel found that not all coffeemakers get hot enough to extract the best from the beans and avoid a weak or bitter brew.

"We found, during our new brewing tests, that many coffee makers-even some costing more than 100 dollars-didn't perform nearly as well in these brew tests as others costing half that price," said Karpel.

In all, Consumer Reports tested 34 coffeemakers, and found one of the most convenient models that reaches an excellent brew temperature is the Michael Graves 12-cup coffeemaker, available at Target.

For $40, it's rated a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

It's also programmable.

Single-serving pod machines let you simply drop in a sealed packet of coffee with no grinding, no scooping, no mess. But Consumer Reports found the coffee pricey-25 to 50 cents per pod-four times as much per cup as drip-coffee using supermarket brands.

Instead, take a look at the Melitta Take2, which cost just $25 and brewed a superb cup of coffee quickly.

Whichever coffeemaker you choose, Consumer Reports says consider trading the usual paper filter for a permanent metal one, which typically costs between five and ten dollars and can pay for itself in as little as a year.


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