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Best Coffee Maker Reviews

What difference does it make what type or what brand of coffee maker you use? I used to think that way, and I’m starting to change my thinking.   I’ve used various coffee makers, and it’s the amount of water, coffee measure, and the coffee maker that makes a great tasting cup of coffee.

My best coffee maker reviews are based on my experience.  I receive emails everyday that keep me updated on what’s happening in the coffee makers’ industry.

What I Like About You (Coffee)

I love my cup of coffee in the morning! I’m hooked on Hazelnut flavored cream and I do not add sugar (cream is sweet enough).  I’m not opposed to other flavors, but Hazelnut stands out from all the rest.

What makes coffee so appealing to so many? For me, coffee is a comfort drink. It’s to share conversation whether business or pleasure, sitting at a table. It helps some people to stay awake when necessary, and for some it actually doesn’t bother their sleep pattern.

Unfortunately for some, it’s addicting and that’s not good. One cup does it for me, unless I’m out to dinner with friends. It’s a fun drink when consumed in moderation.

A Good Coffee Maker

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  • Black and Decker DCM18S Brew’n Go Coffee Maker With Travel Mug – Black Stainless Steel
  • Permanent Grounds Filter
  • Auto-Shut aoff
  • By Black and Decker
  • $18.99 on Amazon.com
  • 6,210 Review (highest average rating is 4 starts)

This Black and Decker single server coffee maker works very well for me.  I purchased it several years ago in black through Amazon.

As long as I have the right amount of water and coffee, the taste is perfect.  It brews ground coffee and I couldn’t knock the price.  I’m the only one who drinks coffee in my household, soooo.

Bunn Coffee Maker

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As senior ladies, we are quite familiar with the coffee makers that use the carafe. I worked in corporate America for years and became a coffee drinker shortly after joining the rat race.  In almost all the cubicles, there was the coffee maker that used the carafe jar (didn’t use instant) along with cream and sugar.

I remember reading some time ago in Consumer Report Magazine that the Bunn Maker Coffee w/Carafe was very highly rated. It mentioned how the coffee machine you used, made a difference in the taste of the coffee.

BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer

  • Fastest 10-Cup Home Coffeemaker brews a full pot of coffee in about 3 minutes
  • Exclusive drip-free carafe with a proprietary lid and spout design that arcs the pour of the coffee into the cup and wicks the coffee dribbles back into the carafe preventing a mess on cup or counter
  • Multi-stream spray head showers hot water evenly over the coffee grounds
  • Large flat bottom filter and funnel allows greater interaction between hot water and coffee grounds for superior flavor extraction
  • Brews 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 oz). 3-year warranty

The Bunn Coffee Maker has been around for a long time.  It is still very highly rated.  Bunn comes in different models.  I lean towards the 10-cup home brewer.  Amazon has the different models on their sight.  (Of course Amazon would)  Amazon will list all the features of this Bunn Maker.  One of the best features, in my opinion, is that it brews fast!

Pod Coffee Makers

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A while back, I visited the office of my son.   It was a new start up company, with a few employees and a chef who cooked breakfast and lunch for the workers.  There were no cubicles, just one main area where everyone who drank coffee could help themselves.

Every one there appeared to be under 40.  No instant coffee, and no carafe coffee maker for these kids.  They used the Keurig with a variety of flavored pods.  I’m not saying that the carafe coffee maker is obsolete, because it isn’t…… people just like to try the latest thing, and the Keurig was the latest.

Keurig Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Strength Control

  • STRENGTH CONTROL SETTING: Featuring a strength control setting for a bolder brew, this coffee maker allows you to customize your coffee just as you like it
  • TOUCH-SCREEN DISPLAY: The easy-to-use touch screen 
  • WATER RESERVOIR: Thanks to the 40oz removable water reservoir, you can brew more than four cups of coffee without having to refill. 
  • DESIGN: The slim and stylish look of this coffee maker is sure to complement the decor of you

Anyone who owns a coffee maker that uses the pod, most likely has a Keurig. Just like the carafe coffee makers, Keurig has different price points. I know using pods are more expensive than using the traditional way of brewing, but you can’t beat the convenience of the pods.

As a general rule, as long as you can afford it, people will pay a little extra for convenience. I bought a Keurig for under $100 dollars….the newer ones are over $100 dollars. I like my Keurig, I like the ease of dropping in the pod (different flavors), I like the choice of colors and I like having the latest thing.

More Expensive Does Not Necessarily Mean Better

My husband was even more of a coffee lover than me.  He took his coffee black with sugar.  He was never impressed with the Starbucks, the Coffee Beans, and you didn’t give him flavored, no latte, and no frappe.

For my husband, more expensive was not necessarily better.  His idea of buying coffee, was to go to Winchell’s Donut Shop, or similar.

For some, that may be the sentiment when it comes to coffee makers.  Because of my budget, I’m always looking for the lower priced alternative on the products I buy.   Quality and Prices usually determine my purchase decision. There are times when I have to say “cheap it is” and set quality aside. I figure if I’m careful in my use of a product, it will last longer, even when it’s cheap.

Purchase According to Budget

Even though I have a Keurig, my first love is the much cheaper single serve coffee maker that has a basket to put the grounds into. Every morning I fill the cup that came with the machine with water, pour the water into the water reservoir, add two tablespoons (I use measuring spoon) of coffee into the basket, close the lid, and plug it in and let it brew.

Aah! good coffee, so simple, so fast!

Conclusion

The products we purchase, no matter how well-made, will eventually stop working. My Keurig is more than a year old, and thank goodness, it’s still working. My much cheaper single serve is a little more than 3 years old and still working just fine.

For me, giving up certain foods that didn’t seem harmful in my younger years, meant I was aiming to live a longer healthier life. I am just grateful that coffee is not on the “give it up” list.

It’s my desire to be a blessing and assist other senior ladies (and others if the subject fits).  May your coffee always be perfectly brewed!

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Be Blessed Everyone and Be a Blessing

PattiB

the Good Steward

2 Comments

  • Savion

    Although I belive the coffee maker and quality of product actualy infact do a difference in the final quality of the coffee, it seems that your article left us wondering which coffee machine is better between the one’s you mentioned (Black and Decker DCM18S Brew’n , Bunn Maker Coffee & Keurig) and why? can you please focus on cost vs quality?

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