A 10-cup coffee maker is the perfect size for most homes, letting you brew enough for your family or friends without taking up too much space in your kitchen.
While most 10-cup coffee makers are focused on drip brewing, you can find versatile brewers that also make tea, iced coffee, and specialty café drinks.
Let’s take a look at the best 10-cup coffee machines so you can find the right one for your home.
The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker is one of the most versatile 10-cup brewers you’ll find. It can brew hot or iced coffee in a range of sizes, from a single cup to a full carafe. The specialty setting gives you a concentrated shot to use incappuccinos or lattes, with a built-in milk frother that folds away when you’re not using it.
The Technivorm Moccamaster is our top 10-cup brewer if flavor is your main concern. Its 9-hole outlet arm uses a pulsed water flow, similar to a manual pour-over technique, for a smoother, more even flavor extraction.
Its advanced temperature control brews the coffee at an ideal 196°-205°F and holds it at 175°-185°F, with an adjustable hotplate temperature and automatic shut-off that prevent the brew from burning.
This Cuisinart Classic isn’t just a great value, it’s also one of the most user-friendly 10-cup coffee makers. It has intuitive controls and a clear display screen, along with delayed brew programmability. It’s low-maintenance, too, with built-in water filtration that prevents scale build-up and a self-cleaning function when it is time to descale.
The built-in grinder on the Capresso GS Coffeemaker cuts down on the mess and hassle of brewing fresh-ground coffee. It also saves space on your counter compared to a stand-along grinder, especially since this coffee maker is compact for its capacity. The programmable delayed brew and included permanent filter make it a convenient choice for modern kitchens.
The Gevi 10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker is the best option for truly hands-free brewing. The built-in burr grinder has 8 fineness settings and there are 3 brew strength options, giving you lots of control over the coffee’s flavor.
You can also choose the brew size, from 2 to 10 cups, and program the machine to start brewing to your settings up to a day in advance. All you need to do is add the water and the Gevi Coffee Maker does the rest, producing a consistently great cup of coffee with every brew.
The sleek look of the SHARDOR Coffee Maker is the first thing you’ll notice. It uses a smart touchscreen display with options to customize the brew strength and pre-program the brew.
It’s just as easy to clean as it is to use thanks to its anti-drip spout, wipe-clean stainless steel housing, and removable touch screen and filter basket.
The Braun MultiServe makes hot or iced coffee optimized to your exact tastes. Its TempSensor system uses three active sensors to ensure proper brewing temperature throughout the process.
You can customize the strength, temperature, and water flow rate or let the Exact Brew system calculate it to industry standards. The dedicated hot water dispenser is great for tea lovers, letting you quickly steep a cup without any added coffee flavor from the brewer.
The design of the BOSCARE Programmable Coffee Maker is very similar to that of the SHARDOR above, and it has similar advantages. This modern stainless steel brewer has a touchscreen interface that’s easy to program and operate.
The drip-free spout and warming plate mean you can enjoy delicious, hot coffee right when it’s brewing or a couple of hours later.
The Bosenkitchen Programmable Coffee Maker is an excellent choice for full-carafe brewing in smaller spaces. Its curved design is relatively compact and easy to fit onto any counter.
We also appreciate the backlit display and 4-button controls, which combine to make this coffee maker easy to both program and use.
Both the coffee maker and the included carafe are stainless steel with a high build quality and an attractive look for modern kitchens.
The unique shape and color of this Smeg Retro-Style Drip Coffee Machine look straight out of the ‘50s, but this exterior belies the modern brewing technology inside.
It’s one of the only brewers to offer a water hardness adjustment, along with an aroma strength selector and a 4-cup function for smaller brews. This makes it one of the best options if you want an old-school aesthetic and modern conveniences.
This BOSCARE Coffee Maker is the most streamlined 10-cup brewer on the list. Its on/off switch operation makes it super easy to use and means you can use it with smart switches. It still has features like pause-and-pour and a warming plate with automatic shutoff, so you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for simplicity.
KRUPS is one of the leading names in coffee brewers, known for their durable and high-quality coffee equipment. This stainless steel KRUPS brewer is built to last, making it an excellent choice for high-use homes. It’s simple to use and brews quickly, too, with housing that wipes clean easily so you can keep it looking great.
The Golden Ratio established by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is 1:17, which works out to 60 grams of coffee for every 1 liter (34 ounces) of water. That would equate to 88 grams of coffee for a 10-cup (50-ounce) brew.
Weight is the most accurate way to measure ground coffee, so if you have a kitchen scale this is a good time to take advantage of it. If you don’t, though, you can approximate this ratio with volume measurements.
If you’re measuring by volume, use 1.5 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water, or roughly 12-13 tablespoons for a 10-cup batch. A coffee scoop measures 2 tablespoons, so 6 of those should be a good amount for 10 cups.
#1: Clean your machine regularly.
Coffee oils and stray grinds can get trapped in the brewer when you brew. Coffee brewers are also an ideal environment for mold and bacteria to grow, and can be affected by scale deposits left behind by hard water. All of these compounds can affect the taste of your coffee. Clean your machine at least once a month for the best flavor.
#2: Buy fresh, whole bean coffee.
A lot of coffee’s volatile aromatics are lost within 15 minutes of grinding. Starting from fresh whole beans starts you with a higher flavor potential than using pre-ground.
#3: Store your coffee correctly.
Coffee is highly porous and absorbs moisture easily, along with any aromas or flavors it’s carrying. Sunlight and heat also cause coffee to go stale more quickly. Store your beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
#4: Measure your beans by weight, not volume.
The density of a coffee bean varies depending on its growing conditions and how it was processed and roasted. A tablespoon of dark roast typically contains less actual coffee than a tablespoon of light roast, and those differences are compounded in larger batches. For the most accurate ratio, a scale is the best way to measure.
#5: Brew at the right temperature.
Water cooler than 195°F won’t extract all the flavor compounds from the beans, while water hotter than 205°F can scorch them. Brewing within that optimal range will give you the best taste in your cup.
#6: Filter your water.
Tap water contains minerals and other contaminants that can affect the taste and pH balance of the brew. These minerals also build up in the lines over time, changing the water pressure and flow rate. Filtering the water removes these compounds and prevents both issues.
#7: Use a thermal carafe instead of a warming plate.
Warming plates keep coffee hot but they also cause chemical changes in the brew that make it taste burnt or bitter. If you’re not drinking the coffee right away, a thermal carafe will keep it hot without ruining its flavor.
#8: Switch to a metal mesh filter.
Paper filters strain out more of the essential oils from the bean. A reusable gold-tone filter lets all of those fats and flavors through, giving you both stronger flavor and a fuller body.
#9: Stir the carafe before serving.
The flavor compounds in coffee beans extract at different rates, meaning the first cup of coffee to brew through will taste slightly different than the last. Wait until the entire batch is done then stir the coffee before serving to get a more balanced flavor profile.
#10: Use a burr grinder.
Blade grinders aren’t very precise. They chop the coffee beans up pretty well but you’ll end up with a lot of size variation, with some large chunks and some pieces pulverized to dust. A burr grinder crushes the beans instead of chopping them, ensuring a consistent grind size and more even flavor extraction.
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