#1 Posted by EpicSteve (6909 posts) -

Buying the girlfriend a coffee maker for Christmas, but I don't know what makes a good coffee maker. Suggestions, please!

#2 Posted by jscro (42 posts) -

It's probably not the fashionable answer but I use a Cuisinart CHW-12 and never have any complaints. It has a coffee brewer and hot water station and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But I'm the kind of guy who just grinds his beans and makes a pot. If she's a serious coffee drinker, Bonavita and Breville both make really good, high quality machines.

#3 Edited by TheBrainninja (280 posts) -

My roommate and I used a coffee maker with an integrated grinder, which was a feature I didn't much care for; I found it a bit tedious to clean out the grinder part every time (as the coffee maker's internal moisture caused the grounds to get caked-on and gross), so I much prefer using a standalone grinder.

I know that's not a brand recommendation (I can't remember my brand off-hand), but hopefully it's useful advice if you end up considering one that has a grinder built in.

[Edit:] I found a couple of threads over on Tested's coffee forum you might find useful (as I was trying to find my own model)



#4 Edited by Chtasm (469 posts) -

Dis: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005MF9C

Reusable filter and makes however much coffee you want (as long as you don't overfill the water reservoir). The one in our house has been going strong for 15+ years and my mom still uses it for her daily coffee. The only poor thing I can say about it is that the little plastic handle you use to get the filter out broke off like a year ago.

#5 Posted by MB (14429 posts) -

@epicsteve: I got my girlfriend a Keurig single serving coffee maker and she adores it. It actually makes really good coffee and is quick and easy with no cleanup. Depends on what you think she would like, but even I find myself drinking more coffee when I'm over at her place since it's so convenient.

The downside is that the KCups aren't cheap, but I also got her a couple of reusable filter cups that she can pack with her own fresh ground coffee, and even those work really well. If your girlfriend isn't a coffee snob this may be the way to go.

#6 Posted by RonGalaxy (3689 posts) -

Get her an aeropress.

#7 Posted by Humanity (11860 posts) -

I'm currently being paid by Philips so at the moment Saeco are the greatest coffee machines.

#8 Posted by OneLoneClone (125 posts) -

Bonavita w/ Thermal carafe... even drip system (most coffee makers over extract cause they only drip from one spot). Thermal carafe ensures you coffee doesn't get 'cooked' by the hotplate.

#9 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5038 posts) -

@mb: Keurig's are fantastic devices but you're right the kcups can get expensive. At costco I think a box for 40-50 cups will run you up around 40 bucks.

#10 Edited by kcin (284 posts) -

Does she like the taste of black coffee, or does she just need coffee as a pick-me-up? If she loves coffee, consider a french press and a grinder. A cheap start to get into the world of coffee as something to savor. Buy her a bag of whole beans, too, to set the precedent of not buying pre-ground coffee.

If she just needs a cup of coffee before leaving the house, take the advice of someone with a coffee machine they enjoy.

#11 Posted by smackifilia (88 posts) -

+1 on the Aeropress

#12 Edited by ILikePopCans (836 posts) -
#13 Edited by ArtisanBreads (4868 posts) -

I love the Keurig machines I've had the last few years but yes K-Cups can be pricy. Have to shop around.

But I also recently got one of the reusable K-Cups and that works well.

#14 Posted by Devil240Z (3978 posts) -

I drink instant coffee. no maker required.

#15 Posted by MannyMAR (596 posts) -

I'm old school as hell and use a percolator since that's what my family uses. I'll tell you one thing though, they still make some amazing glass ones.

#16 Posted by AlexW00d (6803 posts) -


#17 Posted by _Zombie_ (1473 posts) -

Keurig's a fucking godsend if you can afford the k-cups.

#18 Posted by penfold01 (27 posts) -

I would also suggest an Aeropress if that fits what she's looking for.

#19 Edited by Hunkulese (2968 posts) -

@epicsteve: Not enough information. It's like asking recommend me a game to buy. What kind of coffee does she drink? Does she care enough to actually have to work to make a great single cup of coffee, does she want to press a button and boom coffee, does she want a pot of coffee, does she want an espresso maker, how much are you willing to spend?

Aeropress is great but it doesn't really have to wow appeal to make a great gift. French press is classier but I prefer the cup of coffee an aeropress makes. I also think Tasimio is better than Keurig.

#20 Edited by Sinusoidal (2352 posts) -

Go whole hog. Rancilio Silvia is widely considered the best personal espresso machine on the market. Or for a bit cheaper, you could get a Gaggia Classic which is also up there. My wife has the latter and a decent Gaggia grinder as well, but she's a coffee fiend.

#21 Posted by PufferFiz (1470 posts) -

In my opinion it is not the machine it is the bean and the ground. I have a shitty drip machine, but I get coffee from a local roaster and I grind it with my burr grinder when I am ready to make a pot( keep un ground beans in a air tight container ).

#22 Posted by SuperTess (152 posts) -

Another vote for Keurig if you don't mind the price of the k cups (they do go on sale from time to time and Bed Bath and Beyond lets you use their coupons on them, so if you're a savvy shopper you can find the deals).

We also have a regular Cuisinart coffee maker like this one which I like a lot.

#23 Edited by DonPixel (2757 posts) -

I prefer french press much

#24 Posted by Zlimness (604 posts) -

If you don't mind spending hundreds of dollars on coffee, I would suggest an automatic espresso machine. I bought a Philips Saeco Intellia a year ago and it's just a wonderful thing. You can make espresso, coffee, cappucino and everything in between. It's easy to clean, since it rinses itself and separate the coffee from the water after each brew. You can use beans or pre-ground coffee. The machine won't make the best espresso in town, but it's good enough.

If you just want a regular coffee brewer, Moccamaster make some of the best.

If you don't want to spend a whole lot, a french press, Don Pedro or aeropress are quite nice.

#25 Edited by ViciousAnchovy (829 posts) -

I think that Keurig should partner with Killer Instinct and make a C-C-C-Coffee Maker! It would be bundled with KI cups.

#26 Posted by AlexW00d (6803 posts) -

Lol is a cafetiere called French Press in the US? I did wonder and was always too lazy to Google when I heard it.

#27 Edited by Fattony12000 (7969 posts) -
#28 Posted by laserguy (482 posts) -

I make coffee on the stove. A tea pot, pan, filter, sifter, pour the water over the grounds, keep warm on stove.

#29 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1912 posts) -

I'm pretty okay at making coffee, but my roommate works at Starbucks so I think that's your better option if you want variety.

#30 Edited by kcin (284 posts) -

@alexw00d said:

Lol is a cafetiere called French Press in the US? I did wonder and was always too lazy to Google when I heard it.


#31 Posted by endoworks (332 posts) -
#32 Posted by gaminghooligan (1710 posts) -

another vote for a French Press. Simple and incredible.