Before you get any further into this article let me just say that if you don’t look at the last coffee machine on this list, which is truly the epitome of a smart (Internet-connected) coffee machine, then you’re truly missing out. Also, make time to view our list of the 8 best coffee subscription services. Alright, with that out of the way if you’re looking for a smart, good-looking, luxury, affordable, high-tech or low-tech coffee maker, you’re absolutely in the right place. Ever since someone gave me some cold brew coffee bags to try a few weeks back I’ve been in a major coffee mood and it was inevitable that I would wind up making a coffee tech roundup.
Now there are a LOT of coffee makers out there. Amazon alone lists more than 5,000! And I’m sure you’re wondering exactly how different coffee machines can be, right? Well the answer is: VERY different. And I guarantee that there are plenty of amazing coffee makers here in this article that will blow your mind; stuff you’ve never seen before (or maybe could never even have dreamt up). That’s because, as always here on DailyTekk, we do our best to try to bring you only the newest, freshest, hottest gadgets in a curated format that will help you make the most informed buying decisions possible in the least amount of time.
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Right now, just thinking about the Smarter Coffee machine, I’m practically drooling. Maybe it’s the fact that this coffee machine is “smart” and connects to the Internet and is controlled by an app. Maybe it’s the fact that Smart Coffee can start brewing a cup of coffee for me the moment I walk through the door. Maybe it’s the fact that I can adjust the strength of the coffee using my phone. I can’t decide but I’m in love with the idea of this machine. Finally, coffee and tech are together at last.
Clive Ratio Eight Coffee Machine
The Ratio Eight coffee machine is a thoroughbred luxury coffee maker. While we’ll get to some more affordable options below, drink in these awesome features: consistently delivers water at the ideal temperature of 200°, uses a unique showerhead design to uniformly saturate the coffee grounds, no programming, automatically detects amount of water in tank (whether enough for a single cup or carafe), powerful 1600 watt/110 volt heating element, base made of die cast aluminum with nickel-plated finish, laboratory grade borosilicate glass water tank, supply lines, and carafe and, importantly, made in the USA (Portland, OR).
Duo Coffee Steeper by Fellow
Okay, so if you’re a coffee enthusiast there’s a good chance that you know how messy making a great cup of coffee can be with a French Press. Well there’s no need to throw every French Press out with the bath water (wow, that was a weird sentence): the Duo Coffee Steeper (which was funded on Kickstarter) is a cleaner and more convenient French Press and in my mind (though I’m yet to try it) that makes it the best French Press coffee maker. In three steps (brew, twist, pour) you’ll wind up with up to 4 cups of coffee brewed to whatever strength you like.
Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker
Coffe machine maker Mr. Coffee has teamed up with WeMo (from Belkin) to produce it’s own smart coffee maker aptly called the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker. Like the Smarter Coffee, it’s app-controlled meaning you can brew some coffee from literally anywhere. You can also set a schedule, remotely monitor the status and get mobile notifications.
As you can see from this list of amazing coffee machines, there are a lot of ways you can get a great cup of joe. But sometimes what matters just as much — if not more, in some cases — as the taste and convenience is the aesthetic appeal of the machine itself. Because, let’s be honest, if you’re going to buy an expensive coffee maker, you’re probably going to want it to look not just good but GREAT sitting in your kitchen. And in that regard it becomes a design piece; something that’s part of your home’s decor. And at that point you should check into a machine like the Chemex Ottomatic which may not have a zillion whiz-bang features like some of the other machines listed here, but it makes a mean cup of coffee and looks good doing it.
I don’t know about you, but when I think “coffee maker” I think: breakable, flimsy, kitchen, permanent. Well, until I feasted my eyes upon the OXX COFFEEBOX that is. The OXX is a “beyond rugged” portable coffee machine that’s built to take a beating. It’s industrial grade which means it’s perfectly suited for construction sites or any other place where a glass carafe just won’t cut it. Take it camping, bring it with you when you’re enjoying some extreme sports or just buy it because it’s super tough and has earned your respect.
Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker
The Wilfia Precision Coffee Maker (from Williams-Sonoma), like the Chemex Ottomatic and Clive Ratio Eight above, will brew you the perfect cup of coffee while looking really good. This is one of those coffee makers that strives to be part art; in fact it’s hard to tell if it’s more of a sculpture or a coffee maker. It just looks that good. With it you’ll get just the right amount of water at just the right time and the heating system produces the optimum brewing temperature (around 200º).
Bruer Slow Drip Cold Brew Coffee Maker
As mentioned in the introduction to this article, I’m on a cold brew kick as of late and the Bruer Slow Drip Cold Brew coffee maker looks like a winner to me. For a cold brew coffee maker, the Bruer Slow Drip is relatively fast as it’s able to brew 10 oz in as little as 4 hours (while some other cold brew methods have to sit over night or brew for at least 13 hours). It’s got a simple setup and the slow drip and cold brewing ensure a less bitter coffee flavor.
Toddy Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Okay, so just to make sure the cold brew coffee makers are properly represented here we’re going to include the Toddy Cold Brew coffee maker. In form and function it is very similar to the Bruer Slow Drip mentioned just above. If you’re looking for coffee with up to 67% less acid than hot-brew methods, you’ve got to give this maker a long, hard look.
Blossom One Brewer
And now we’ve made it to the beast: the Blossom One Brewer. It’s not meant to live in your home (although I suppose you could consider it the ultimate luxury coffee maker); rather, it’s an Internet-connected coffee maker perfect for coffee shops looking to gain an edge over the competition. It allows baristas to make the perfect batch of coffee depending on the exact beans used by employing recipes which can be shared (and tweaked). Cost: over $5,000!