Which coffee maker really delivers best-tasting brew?


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    If you love your coffee and want a really good cup at home, Consumer Reports says skip the single serve or pod machines and get yourself a good drip coffee maker.

    "To get the most out of your coffee beans, you want a drip coffee maker that can heat the water between 195 and 205 degrees and hold it there for five minutes or more,” said Consumer Reports’ Sara Morrow-Harcourt. If a coffee maker can't do that, chances are good you're not going to get the best tasting cup of coffee."

    Consumer Reports says the $100 Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200 coffee maker consistently tops its ratings.

    Testers say you can get comparable brew performance from the $25 Hamilton Beach 12-cup programmable.

    If getting that coffee fix as quickly as possible is your goal, a single serve or pod coffee maker might be a better option. Just remember, you'll probably sacrifice taste.

    “Of the nearly 40 single serve coffee makers CR tested, none earns better than a GOOD rating for taste which is only mediocre,” Morrow-Harcourt said.

    If money is no object and you want all the bells and whistles, consider the $380 Delonghi Nespresso. It makes espressos and has a built-in milk frother. I's great for a crowd because it's fast.

    More Info: Consumer Reports Coffee Maker Buying Guide

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