What Kind of Coffee Maker Do You Have (and Would You Buy It Again?)

What Kind of Coffee Maker Do You Have (and Would You Buy It Again?)

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Lisa Freedman
Mar 28, 2017

I am not a wasteful person. I eat leftovers. I recycle. And I've been known to reuse pieces of parchment paper when baking. And yet, I'm about to replace my third coffee maker in just a few years. (Don't worry, I give the old ones to friends or donate to a worthy cause!)

The reason? I can't seem to find a coffee maker that doesn't drive me mad. And this is pretty crazy considering, for my job, I see almost every new coffee maker that comes onto the market.

The first one had a glass carafe, which didn't keep the coffee hot enough while I sipped my way through the pot. The second one didn't brew hot coffee to begin with — it would seriously drip down lukewarm!

My current one had a ton of potential: I liked its look, I trusted the brand, and it was well-reviewed online. Once I started using it, I realized it makes great coffee but the process is all sorts of problematic. Whenever I remove the pot to pour myself a cup, coffee continues to leak from the top and splatters all over the counter (and the wall!). Coffee grounds also get all over the inside of the machine and it's impossible to clean out.

I'm going to buy a new one any day now, but I'm scared that this is a never-ending process. With my luck, the next one will catch fire during its inaugural brew.

So I turn to you, dear friends. What do you use to make your morning java? A drip machine? Or do you use a pod machine to make a single serving at a time? Or maybe you stick to a simple French press or a pour-over option?

Tell us what you use — be specific! — in the comments. Don't forget to add what you love (or don't love) about it.

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