||Automatic Coffee Makers
|Automatic coffee makers work like regular
manual drip models. Coffee grounds go into
a paper filter, you pour water in, hot water
runs through the grounds and into the collecting
pot. However, what distinguishes electric
coffee makers is that they do all the work
for you after you put in the water.
What distinguishes automatic
from each other?
- Electric models can sit on the counter top
if you have plenty of room or mount underneath
kitchen cabinets if space is tight in your
- Since they use a paper filter for each batch
of coffee, compare the cost and availability
of the filters if you dirink a lot of coffee.
- The size of the pot varies between models.
Look for models that can vary the number
of cups they brew.
- Many models are programmable with a digital
display like an alarm clock
so that a fresh
pot is waiting for you when
you climb out
of bed in the morning.
- Most models require you to add water in the
amount you want to prepare before the brewing
cycle, but some connect directly to a water
source to be ready at a moment's notice.
- Consider a model with an automatic shut off
so that the machine shuts off after a few
hours of operation.
- For those who prefer their coffee steaming
hot or closer to the tepid
side, an adjustable
hot plate temperature allows
you to set the
coffee to the temperature you
- Look for a selectable brew strength to adjust
for individual tastes.
- A built-in water filter that purifies the
water is a must if you use chlorinated tap
Finally, you might want an indicator
it's time to clean since nothing
can be worse
than the coffee from a machine