Automatic drip brewers are already a convenient way to brew. A programmable coffee maker takes this a step further with the option of hands-free brewing.
We’ve picked out our top choices below, with a rundown of their features so you can choose the right one for your kitchen.
With the Cuisinart Perfectemp, you control everything from the strength and batch size to the temperature and shutoff time of the warming plate. The advanced heating element maintains the optimal brew temperature for consistent, flavorful extraction from every batch.
Mr. Coffee machines are designed for convenience and value. With this 12-cup programmable coffee maker, it’s easy to both brew and clean, with handy features like a ready signal and a dishwasher-safe carafe you won’t find on other brewers.
Instead of a warming tray, the Capresso MT600 Coffee Maker has an insulated stainless steel carafe that keeps coffee hot without affecting its flavor. It also has steel-lined water tubes and a built-in water filter that reduce the amount of descaling and maintenance it needs.
For single folks and couples, an 8-cup coffee maker will brew plenty for your needs and doesn’t take up as much space as 12-cup models. This Mixpresso model is both sleek and durable, with a wide reservoir viewing window so you won’t overfill it and make a mess.
Cuisinart brewers are known for their reliability and quality. The Cuisinart Brew Central has a brushed metal housing that’s both attractive and easy to clean, with robust programming and adjustment features for the brew and warming plate.
Programmable coffee makers are drip coffee brewers with a built-in digital display and timer. This allows you to put in the water and coffee then delay the start of brewing until a designated time.
Many programmable coffee machines also have other customization options. This includes a variable strength control, settings for different brew sizes, or temperature adjustment controls for the warming plate.
While most programmable coffee machines just brew the coffee, some models have a built-in grinder. Since it waits to grind until just before brewing, this can give you a more flavorful and aromatic cup.
The water lines and brewing area of your coffee maker are dark, warm, and wet. That can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria if you’re not careful about cleaning.
Keeping your coffee maker clean makes sure you’re always getting a delicious cup, too. The oils in coffee can leave a lingering residue in the machine. This can burn over repeated brews or even turn rancid if allowed to build up long enough. Either way, that’s not something you want in your cup.
Coffee isn’t the only thing that leaves behind residues. Deposits in the water can build up in the lines over time, a process known as calcification. Regular cleaning prevents clogs that can lead to leaks or break the machine.
Cleaning your coffee machine doesn’t take much work. The first step is to empty and rinse the brew basket and carafe after every use.
For a deeper clean, all you need is plain distilled white vinegar. Here’s the step-by-step:
Do this about once a month if you’re a regular coffee drinker, or every 3 months if the machine is only used occasionally.
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