Best Coffee Maker of the Year
The good people at Keurig know when you really need a cup of joe, you don't have time to grind, measure, pour, etc. You want it now! The K450 2.0 Brewer features 8 brew sizes, from 4 oz. to 32 oz., and it includes a water filter kit to ensure the flavor of your K-cup experience. Those who have discovered K-cup brewing love it, mainly because you get a perfect cup of coffee every time.
Just drop in the K-cup, make sure there's water in the 70-oz. water reservoir, and voila. Your perfect cup of coffee is served just the way you need it (notice we said, “need” and not, “like”). You can also use the Kuerig K-cups to make tea, chai, or cocoa, and control how strong you want your hot beverage. No expertise necessary here for perfect coffee in a hurry every time.
I know, I know. We're supposed to be talking about coffeemakers, and I assure you we still are. The Capresso includes an 80-oz. pitcher, and is a two-in-one machine perfect for making ice tea or coffee. This brewer can quickly make a full pot of coffee or iced tea, and the flavor-enhancer slider allows you to choose the strength of the brew. The unit comes with a removable water tank and permanent filter — both of which are dishwasher safe — that can be used with loose coffee, tea, or tea bags. Whereas the Keurig is great for a quick cup, this coffee/tea brewer is perfect for a small brunch or lunch group.
Best Space Saver
It's been said that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and I agree ... except in the case of coffee. Good news, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Drip Cup Coffee Maker is a dual-purpose unit for both the selfish coffee drinker and the hero of the office.
Measuring at 16L x 16W x 12H inches, this little workhorse-of-a-coffee-brewer is perfect for small kitchens or office break rooms, and it offers you the choice of brewing one cup or enough coffee for everyone. Brew up to 14 ounces on the single serving side or up to 12 cups on the carafe side. The dishwasher-safe, removable brewers work great with soft coffee pods or grounds. Choose between regular and bold brewing strength, and a two-hour timer will keep your coffee pot fresh. Everyone's favorite function, the pause-and-serve feature allows you to fill your mug before brewing has finished. Just because you're making coffee for all doesn't mean you can't have a splash of your morning joe now.
This little coffee machine measures out at the same size as the Flex Brew, but doesn't have the same rectangular shape. However, it does come with an insulated 14-oz. travel mug. Again, you can use grounds or soft coffee pods, and all the removable parts are dishwasher safe. Two separate water reservoirs allow you to grab a cup of coffee when you need one, or brew up to 12 cups with a 24-hour timer that can start brewing before you wake up. The warming plate features an automatic two-hour shut off, so you don't have to worry about whether you turned off the coffee maker during your morning commute.
Call us coffee purists all you want, but serious coffee drinkers know there just isn't anything like freshly ground beans when it comes to the perfect cup of joe. The good people at Cuisinart have heard your call and the DGB-550BK does it all from the grind to the brew. With a 24-hour automatic timer, you just pour in the beans, fill the water reservoir, and in the morning your freshly ground-and-brewed coffee is waiting for you. Brew one-to-four cups or up to as many as twelve in the included carafe with a dripless spout for easy pouring. An included water filter and dishwasher-safe, permanent coffee filter ensure quality coffee with every brew. But more importantly, and my favorite, it has a brew-pause function if you can't wait.
If you're looking to make freshly-ground coffee for the whole office, you can't go wrong here. Like the winner, this automatic grinder and coffee maker features a charcoal water filter, brushed metal finish, large control panel, and a 24-hour timer. This brewer comes in a close second only because it doesn't have the ability to brew one to four cups. But not to worry, it has the brew pause function too.
Best Espresso Machine under $150
You don't have to travel to Italy and spend thousands of dollars to find a reliable espresso/cappuccino maker. It just so happens that the Capresso EC100 is the perfect machine for any home espresso.
With a stainless-steel-lined ThermoBlock heating system and removable 46-oz. water reservoir, this little espresso machine not only makes the perfect little espresso pick-me-up, but it also features a dual-frother for steamed or frothed milk for every cappuccino and latte lover. It also includes two sieves for single or double espresso.
Best Espresso Combo Machine
Jura Capresso has introduced the ultimate in coffee machines for coffee and espresso fans. You can make a cappuccino or latte at the touch of a button without ever having to move the cup. This coffee machine features an easy-to-read LED display and has an energy-saving mode.
No espresso machine is complete without a frother, and frothing has never been easier. This is the coffee maker for the serious coffee aficionado (that includes us coffee purists too).
Best Commercial Coffee Maker
Sometimes 10 to 12 cups of coffee just isn't enough. When you need to make coffee for the masses, you need the BUNN® VPS 12-Cup Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer with 3 Warmers. This commercial coffee brewer makes 3.8 gallons of coffee per hour. It features 3 individually controlled warmers so you can keep each pot of coffee at a different temperatures to accommodate different preferences.
Coming in a close second, the West Bend 58002 42 Cup Urn can make up to 42 cups-per-minute, comes with a smart sensor for automatic pouring, a permanent internal filter, and a "ready" light to let you know when it's done brewing. Perhaps most importantly, the internal dual-heating system keeps coffee at the perfect temperature without overcooking. The stainless-steel urn with black accents and stay-cool handles looks great on any buffet or meeting table, and it takes the work out of making coffee for a small army. Now you can easily raise the morale of any gathering with a perfect cup of coffee.