How To Choose The Best Vacuum Coffee Maker: Our Five Top Picks

How To Choose The Best Vacuum Coffee Maker: Our Five Top Picks

Many of us have become accustomed to choosing our coffee technology based on convenience and ease of use and maintenance. For everyday coffee-making, convenience usually wins. There are times, however, when it’s worth taking a little extra time to enjoy the sheer joy of the coffee-making process. This is where vacuum coffee makers, also sometimes known as siphon coffee makers or syphon coffee makers, come into their own.

The vacuum, or siphon method, of making coffee has more than a touch of the theatrical about it. It’s a gloriously ritual approach, with hints of science labs and experiments. Most of the devices available are visually extremely pleasing with small physical footprints, allowing users to enjoy the experience of making coffee. It takes a little longer than using, say, a single-serve coffee maker, but the final result is worth it.

The Best Siphon Coffee Makers of 2019

Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker, Vacuum Coffee Maker, Siphon Coffee Brewer,Slow Brew, Bold Flavor, Made in Europe, Black, 8 cup, 1 liter, 34 Ounces
Best Value
Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
Top Design
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle (Egyptian Black & Gold)
Budget Option
[Factory Store] QUEEN SENSE Patented Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker Electric Vacuum Coffee Pot CM0601 (Siphon Coffee Maker)
YAMA Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon Gravity Coffee Maker with Alcohol Burner
Customer Rating
Dimensions
12.5 x 10.3 x 7.8 in
16.3 x 4.9 x 6.5 in
17.1 x 13.9 x 5.9 in
13.8 x 11.9 x 7.5 in
4 x 4 x 14 in
Weight
1.55 lbs
1.55 lbs
6 lbs
4.85 lbs
2.2 lbs
Price
$58.49
$74.50
$128.00
$69.99
$71.00
Prime Benefits
Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker, Vacuum Coffee Maker, Siphon Coffee Brewer,Slow Brew, Bold Flavor, Made in Europe, Black, 8 cup, 1 liter, 34 Ounces
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
12.5 x 10.3 x 7.8 in
Weight
1.55 lbs
Price
$58.49
Prime Benefits
Best Value
Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
16.3 x 4.9 x 6.5 in
Weight
1.55 lbs
Price
$74.50
Prime Benefits
Top Design
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle (Egyptian Black & Gold)
Customer Rating
Dimensions
17.1 x 13.9 x 5.9 in
Weight
6 lbs
Price
$128.00
Prime Benefits
Budget Option
[Factory Store] QUEEN SENSE Patented Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker Electric Vacuum Coffee Pot CM0601 (Siphon Coffee Maker)
Customer Rating
Dimensions
13.8 x 11.9 x 7.5 in
Weight
4.85 lbs
Price
$69.99
Prime Benefits
YAMA Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon Gravity Coffee Maker with Alcohol Burner
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
4 x 4 x 14 in
Weight
2.2 lbs
Price
$71.00
Prime Benefits

 

Our Pick Of The Best Five Vacuum Coffee Makers

Our Winner: Hario Technica (5/5)

You probably know we just love looking into coffee makers and all the other lovely gadgets available out there to help us, and you, make the best possible coffee. Using a vacuum coffee maker apparatus is such a joy, in so many ways, that we had a hard time choosing our favorite of these five: but we did come to a decision.

For those of you who need to read and run, or who just want to get to the nitty-gritty that much sooner, our overall favorite of the five we looked at was the Hario Technica. We were particularly impressed in terms of overall value. It looks lovely, the borosilicate glass is extremely heat-resistant, and it has a capacity of 5 small but perfectly formed cups of coffee. It’s very affordable and has a small physical footprint.

 

Hario Technica 

Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
130 Reviews
Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
  • Upper bowl, lower bowl and burner are made of the best heat resistant borosilicate glass from Hario
  • Stand, burner cover, and filter are made of stainless steel
  • Imported from Japan
  • Item dimmensions are: 14"H x 6.2"W x 4.3"L; 5 Cup Capacity
  • Fasteners are made of brass; windbreak is made of aluminum

 

Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

We always like to try out several gadgets of the same type before we decide on our overall favorite, and they all have their good points. The Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker is no exception. One of the joys of making coffee using this method is watching the coffee appear in the upper chamber, seemingly against the force of gravity, before suction pulls it back to reappear in the bottom chamber. It usually takes around ten minutes for your coffee to brew.

The machine consists of two glass chambers and a connecting tube, which combine to form a vacuum. This vacuum coffee maker has a capacity of 8 cups or around 34 fluid ounces. The brewing temperature and time are both calibrated precisely so you can be certain every cup of coffee will be just perfect.

 

Bodum PEBO 

Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker, Vacuum Coffee Maker, Siphon Coffee Brewer,Slow Brew, Bold Flavor, Made in Europe, Black, 8 cup, 1 liter, 34 Ounces
318 Reviews
Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker, Vacuum Coffee Maker, Siphon Coffee Brewer,Slow Brew, Bold Flavor, Made in Europe, Black, 8 cup, 1 liter, 34 Ounces
  • Its exceptionally effective vacuum brewing method extracts all precious oils of your favorite coffee.
  • In addition, the brewing time and temperature are perfectly calibrated, ensuring a perfect cup of coffee with each brew.
  • Depending on the amount of water used, the PEBO can brew delicious coffee within 5 to 11 minutes, serving anywhere from 4 to 8 cups (0.5l/10oz,max. 1.0l/34oz).
  • The vacuum brewing process is entirely sealed off so no aroma can escape.

This vacuum coffee maker ships with a scoop to allow you to measure the coffee accurately. Once the water and coffee have been added to the device and the unit sealed, the whole mechanism needs to be placed over a heat source, with a trivet or diffuser in between. One of the great features of this machine is the stay-cool handle on the carafe, so you can pour your coffee as soon as it’s ready.

Once assembled, this machine is just over 11.5 inches high. Total dimensions are 12.5 by 10.3 by 7.8 inches. It’s super light, weighing just 1.55 pounds (2.73 with shipping), and you do need to take care when handling the glass.

 

Pros And Cons Of The Bodum PEBO

What we really like

Super-effective vacuum brewing method

The aroma and the oils stay sealed in until you’re ready to drink

Brewing temperature and time are both calibrated to perfection

You can brew up to 8 cups of coffee at once

The filter is reusable many times

Spare parts are readily available

What we don't like

✗ The cup sizes are on the small side

✗ You need a lot of trial and error to get the brewing temperature right

✗ You can’t add spices like cinnamon to your coffee – the machine will clog

 

Hario Technica Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (5/5)

This model is our overall value favorite. Since all of the vacuum coffee makers we tried out were largely made of glass, you do need to be slightly more gentle with the components than you would be with, say, plastic, but we love the borosilicate glass that makes up this coffee maker. It’s extremely heat resistant and can brew 5 small cups at a time, around 17 to 20 ounces in total. The 3 cup mark is around 12 fluid ounces.

Not all of the Hario Technica machine is made out of glass. The upper bowl stand, alcohol lamp holder and spoon are polypropylene, and the stand is silicone rubber, a zinc alloy, iron, and stainless steel. It stands a little over 15 inches, with the total footprint 15 by 4.25 depth by 6.5 inches wide.

 

Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker 

Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
130 Reviews
Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
  • Upper bowl, lower bowl and burner are made of the best heat resistant borosilicate glass from Hario
  • Stand, burner cover, and filter are made of stainless steel
  • Imported from Japan
  • Item dimmensions are: 14"H x 6.2"W x 4.3"L; 5 Cup Capacity
  • Fasteners are made of brass; windbreak is made of aluminum

The item weighs 1.54 pounds, or 3 when shipping materials are taken into account. The package includes a cloth filter, measuring spoon and an alcohol burner. Learning to use an alcohol burner can take time and some coffee vacuum maker enthusiasts prefer to purchase a separate butane burner. It can take practice to get the water temperature right – around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cloth filter only allows the tiniest coffee particles through, for maximum aroma and taste and minimum bitterness. Rinse the filter regularly with water and a dash of very mild dish soap. Occasionally add it to one of the gentle laundry cycles in your washing machine. The components are dishwasher-safe although our personal preference involves hand-washing, using a slender bottle brush and the softest dish detergent.

 

Pros And Cons Of The Hario Technica

What we really like

The way it looks, like a really fun chemistry set

The mix of materials: borosilicate heat-resistant glass, stainless steel and other metals

No plastic touches the coffee or the water

The handle is made of rubber

Reusable filter cloth

What we don't like

✗ The packaging is on the flimsy side for a product with so much glass

✗ The amount of coffee you can brew at one time is quite low

 

Diguo Industrial Coffee Maker Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.5/5)

Whether you refer to this gorgeous-looking coffee maker as Belgium or Belgian, siphon or syphon (or indeed vacuum), you’ll be bowled over by its sheer opulent beauty. It wouldn’t look out of place in a palace from the One Thousand and One Nights. We’ve already said that the Hario Technica is our best value choice, but we have to confess that we thought this one was the top performer. Even when it’s not brewing coffee, it’s just lovely to look at and a great conversation starter.

The Diguo Luxury Royal Family coffee maker comes in stunning Egyptian black and gold, it’s very easy to use, wash and keep clean, and the cloth filter can be reused for dozens, even hundreds of cups. The machine has a capacity of 17 fluid ounces or around 3 to 5 espresso cups.

 

Diguo Vintage Coffee Maker 

Diguo Belgian/Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle (Egyptian Black & Gold)
12 Reviews
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle (Egyptian Black & Gold)
  • FLAVORFUL and CLEAN - The coffee brewed with Balancing Siphon Coffee Maker is described as clean, great purity of flavor, aromatic and with no bitterness from many coffee connoisseurs
  • BOLD AND GREEN - The cloth filter will only let in the tiniest coffee ground particles and all the flavors into the final product. The result is a bold tasting cup a Joe. Easy to use and wash, a...
  • ELEGANT - Plated in black and gold Egyptian style, ridged fulcrum with Tee handle and matching black wooden board base. A real conversation starter and center of attraction for it exquisite design,...
  • MATERIALS AND CAPACITY - 304 stainless steel Vacuum Flask, Siphon Pipette and Filter Head. BPA-free borosilicate glass Brewing Flask. Medical grade silicon rubber seals. Capacity 500ml or 17oz, for...
  • PACKAGE - Balance Siphon Coffee Maker set with cloth filter, coffee scoop and water measuring cup

This coffee maker consists of a siphon pipette and filter head, and the components are BPA-free. The brewing flask itself is made of borosilicate glass, and the rubber seals are made of medical-grade silicone.

This model ships with 2 cloth filters, coffee scoop and water measuring cup. You also get a cloth bag and tie string for the siphon. We’d suggest using medium-fine coffee grounds for the best-tasting results, and if you’re wondering about quantities, then around 1.4 ounces of coffee will give you a smooth, non-bitter beverage. The item weighs 5.88 pounds and measures 17.1 by 13.9 by 5.9 inches.

If you enjoy making a ritual out of making coffee with a touch of the theatrical, or if you’re looking for something that’s just a little bit “steampunk”, this gloriously vintage coffee maker will be a perfect addition to your home. The burner is alcohol, and we would suggest making sure you use smokeless alcohol. This was the most pricey of the devices we put to the test, but still affordable.

 

Pros And Cons Of The Diguo Luxury Royal Family

What we really like

It’s a truly beautiful device

The cloth filter allows only the tiniest coffee particles through

The quality of the materials used

It ships with both a measuring spoon and a measuring cup for water

The box contains 2 filters

What we don't like

✗ You need to handle the glass with delicacy and care

✗ It’s not suitable if you’re in a hurry to get your coffee

 

Factory Store Queen Sense Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4/5)

While the Hario was our overall top pick, and the Diguo our top performer, the Queen Sense is our best budget option. If you’re not quite sure whether coffee made via the vacuum or siphon/syphon method is for you, this is a great economical option to let you give it a try. The machine measures 13.8 by 11.9 by 7.5 inches and weighs just under 5 pounds, or 4.85 to be precise.

This machine has a capacity of around 18 fluid ounces, so you’re likely to get five to six small cups of coffee out of one brewing. This machine has a very convenient cordless design. It has a one-touch electronic temperature control as well as a “keep warm” mode.

 

Factory Store Queen Sense 

[Factory Store] QUEEN SENSE Patented Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker Electric Vacuum Coffee Pot CM0601 (Siphon Coffee Maker)
28 Reviews
[Factory Store] QUEEN SENSE Patented Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker Electric Vacuum Coffee Pot CM0601 (Siphon Coffee Maker)
  • Capacity: 530 ml. Please note that 1 coffee cup is different from regular cup capacity. 1 coffee cup means 3.5oz-5oz(100ml-150ml) water added to every 1 tablespoon(7-8gram) depending on your coffee...
  • Complete immersion: Unique brewing method yields incredibly intense flavor
  • Simple operation: One touch interface with electronic temperature control
  • Cordless design: Brew & pour for easy serving, also features keep warm mode
  • Stunning appearance: Crystal clear glass pot looks great on countertop. We offer FREE REPAIR or REPLACEMENT service during 1-YEAR WARRANTY.

It comes with a one year warranty and the package contains the heating element, bottom and top containers and cloth filter. You also get a lid that doubles as a stand and a long-handled spoon. This vacuum coffee maker has beautiful clean lines, with a minimalistic look to it. You still get the fun factor, and the coffee produced is smooth and delicious, even without cream and sugar.

One of the quirks of this machine is that we found it took quite a lot of practice to remove the top from the bottom as the vacuum seal really is tight. You do need to handle the glass with kid gloves, as it were. It’s also a good idea to have an oven glove or pot-holder to hand as the main pot has a glass handle.

 

Pros And Cons Of The Factory Store Queen Sense

What we really like

It’s very affordable

The guarantee is great

The coffee flavor is smooth, mellow and intense

It has a very small physical footprint

It’s so much fun to watch the coffee appearing

What we don't like

✗ The shipping is not very sturdy

✗ The accessories that ship with the item are a little harsh for the device

✗ The handle is made of glass

 

Yama Glass Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

The Yama company is particularly well-known for the quality of its glass, taking pride in its team of traditionally skilled glassblowers: components are made by hand. The borosilicate glass is non-porous and doesn’t absorb any odors or chemicals. As a result, the coffee is exceptionally smooth, rich and clean tasting.

The lovely Yama Glass 5 siphon coffee maker has a 5 cup capacity, measures 14 by 4 by 4 inches, and weighs 2.18 pounds, which increases to 3.5 with shipping. It ships with an alcohol burner. The frame is made of plastic and the mounting arm is made of metal. The stand could be a little sturdier, but you’ve probably already got the idea that being gentle with siphon technology pays dividends.

 

Yama Glass 

YAMA Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon Gravity Coffee Maker with Alcohol Burner
93 Reviews
YAMA Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon Gravity Coffee Maker with Alcohol Burner
  • Siphon brewed Coffee produces cleaner, richer, and smoother cup of Coffee by maximizing the essential oils from the brew
  • Vacuum technology seals in the aroma and flavors delivering the True profile of your Coffee
  • Premium hand crafted, hand blown borosilicate glass is non-porous and does not absorb odors or chemicals
  • Flexible and precise results: achieve precise brew consistency and personalization by establishing your own temperature and Coffee to water ratios
  • Includes reusable, washable cloth filters. Lid doubles as a siphon stand for post brew

If you’re wondering exactly how the vacuum coffee system works, it’s all to do with physics. It’s the process of heating and cooling the lower container that changes the vapor pressure of the water. This results in the water being pushed up initially into the upper flask before falling back into the lower of the two vessels.

This coffee maker is compact enough to be used as a tabletop item. Like all of the machines we looked at this time, it uses a vacuum to produce coffee, as if by magic. There is something of the alchemist about the vacuum coffee maker method.

 

Pros And Cons Of The Yama Glass 5

What we really like

The borosilicate glass is hand blown

It’s a sleek and minimalistic design

The lid has a double life, as a siphon once your brew is ready

The shipping is sturdy

The components are dishwasher-safe

What we don't like

✗ You can’t leave it unattended while it’s brewing

✗ Depending on the type of burner you use it can be hard to remove the soot

✗ You will need to hand-wash with a bottle brush to get the flasks really clean

 

What Are the Advantages Of A Vacuum Coffee Maker?

Also known as siphon coffee makers, vacuum coffee makers are not for the faint-hearted or those in a hurry. That’s not to say it takes forever to produce a glorious cup of Joe with this method, but you need at least seven to ten minutes to prepare a cup of coffee. The payoff, however, is undoubtedly worth it. This offers a non-electric coffee maker approach. You just need a source of heat: butane or smokeless alcohol are the two most common fuels.

One of the major advantages is that it helps you start your day, or your holiday, or your festive occasion, with a mindful approach. This method harks back to a more elegant age. It’s possibly as close as coffee-making comes to theater, and it’s a great conversation piece. Most of all, the major advantage of making coffee via this method is that you get the aroma and flavor, but not that bitter scorched taste that can sometimes spoil brewed coffee.

 

Things To Look For In A Non-electric Coffee Maker

So just how do you choose the best vacuum coffee maker for your needs? Look for the very best heat-resistant borosilicate glass when you’re trying out these products, and look for machines where no plastic comes into direct contact with the coffee or water. Check the quality of the seal, and how straightforward it is to extract the carafe when you’re ready to pour.

You might also want to check out “keep warm” functions and how easy it is to monitor the brewing temperature. And depending on your approach to home décor, you might want to take into account what type of device will fit best: a flamboyant genie’s lamp or a minimalist structure that wouldn’t look out of place in a Japanese-style apartment.

 

What’s The Best Way To Use A Siphon Coffee Maker?

As with all devices, every manufacturer makes slightly different machines, and every coffee maker has its quirks. Making coffee with a vacuum coffee maker is a little like having a miniature and very specialized chemistry laboratory in your own home. Some aspects of using vacuum coffee makers, however, remain consistent no matter what model you’re using.

To begin with, use coffee beans that are as fresh and fragrant as possible, and as recently ground as you can get them. If you own a grinder, you can get the fineness of the beans just right. We found that medium to finely ground coffee worked best. The fresher the water you use, the better the result will be.

Add coffee grounds to the brewing flask and cold water to the vacuum flask. Before you connect the upper and lower vessels, make sure the filter is securely attached to the tube. Connect the upper and lower vessels via the tube, ensuring a tight seal between the two. Depending on the mechanism, push down the balance lever (check your instruction manual if you’re not sure). The vacuum flask should rise up.

Light the burner or make sure your heat source is turned on, then wait and watch the magic happen. Once the coffee has brewed and is in the flask, release the vacuum, serve your drink, and simply enjoy. Those who habitually add cream, sugar and other additives might like to give a neat black coffee a try for a change – they’re likely to be pleasantly surprised.

 

Precautions To Take

By their nature, most if not all vacuum coffee makers include a lot of glass. In our world of plastic and silicone, it’s easy to forget that glass needs a little more tender loving care than many other substances. Many vacuum coffee makers have components that are dishwasher safe, but when it comes to cleaning these machines, we like to stick with the hands-on approach, and a sink of warm water and soft detergent.

All of the models we looked at ship with an alcohol burner of some description, but there is something of a learning curve involved in getting your water to just the right brewing temperature for coffee with this method. There are alternatives, however – remember those Bunsen burners from High School Chemistry class?

If you decide you’re going to continue using vacuum or siphon coffee makers for your coffee, we’d recommend thinking about purchasing a butane gas burner. For safety, you do also need a trivet or diffuser between your vacuum coffee maker and the heat source.

 

What Is The Best Vacuum Coffee Maker?

Our Winner: Hario Technica (5/5)

If you have enough time to make coffee using this method, then a vacuum coffee maker will make a great addition to your coffee preparation corner. They’re attractive, make great talking points, and produce gloriously smooth and mellow coffee. Due to the relatively fragile nature of the glass components, we wouldn’t suggest taking these coffee makers on vacation: they’re happiest staying in one place to be admired and used.

Vacuum coffee makers allow you to use your favorite coffee blends and the freshest of water. They provide a central point of interest and when they’re not in use they make unique and attractive ornaments. They’re relatively low maintenance and don’t require any special chemicals to keep them clean. Above all, they make coffee even more fun and have even been known to encourage the lost art of conversation  – what more could anyone want?

Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker, Vacuum Coffee Maker, Siphon Coffee Brewer,Slow Brew, Bold Flavor, Made in Europe, Black, 8 cup, 1 liter, 34 Ounces
Best Value
Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
Top Design
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle (Egyptian Black & Gold)
Budget Option
[Factory Store] QUEEN SENSE Patented Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker Electric Vacuum Coffee Pot CM0601 (Siphon Coffee Maker)
YAMA Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon Gravity Coffee Maker with Alcohol Burner
Customer Rating
Dimensions
12.5 x 10.3 x 7.8 in
16.3 x 4.9 x 6.5 in
17.1 x 13.9 x 5.9 in
13.8 x 11.9 x 7.5 in
4 x 4 x 14 in
Weight
1.55 lbs
1.55 lbs
6 lbs
4.85 lbs
2.2 lbs
Price
$58.49
$74.50
$128.00
$69.99
$71.00
Prime Benefits
Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker, Vacuum Coffee Maker, Siphon Coffee Brewer,Slow Brew, Bold Flavor, Made in Europe, Black, 8 cup, 1 liter, 34 Ounces
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
12.5 x 10.3 x 7.8 in
Weight
1.55 lbs
Price
$58.49
Prime Benefits
Best Value
Hario Technica 5-Cup Glass Syphon Coffee Maker
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
16.3 x 4.9 x 6.5 in
Weight
1.55 lbs
Price
$74.50
Prime Benefits
Top Design
Diguo Belgian/Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker. Elegant Double Ridged Fulcrum with Tee handle (Egyptian Black & Gold)
Customer Rating
Dimensions
17.1 x 13.9 x 5.9 in
Weight
6 lbs
Price
$128.00
Prime Benefits
Budget Option
[Factory Store] QUEEN SENSE Patented Siphon/Syphon Coffee Maker Electric Vacuum Coffee Pot CM0601 (Siphon Coffee Maker)
Customer Rating
Dimensions
13.8 x 11.9 x 7.5 in
Weight
4.85 lbs
Price
$69.99
Prime Benefits
YAMA Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon Gravity Coffee Maker with Alcohol Burner
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
4 x 4 x 14 in
Weight
2.2 lbs
Price
$71.00
Prime Benefits
The Top 20 Keurig Coffee K-Cups Compared: Dark, Medium or Light?

The Top 20 Keurig Coffee K-Cups Compared: Dark, Medium or Light?

Anyone who’s ever savored a beverage made with a Keurig coffee maker knows that the range of drinks available is pretty staggering. There are hundreds of drinks to choose from, produced by dozens of the world’s market leaders in coffee, tea, cocoa, and other beverages.

So no matter what your taste in coffee, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one that will suit you. The single-serve format means you can try out different flavors and strengths whenever you like, chopping and changing as it suits you.

How do you decide where to start, though, with such a wide range? Well, in the interests of science (ahem!) we’ve forced ourselves to try some of the best flavors available. Here, for you, is our rundown, from dark to light, from Death Wish to Cream Mountain Caramel Vanilla and beyond.

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Keurig Coffee Pods

Whatever you choose, you know that using a Keurig means your coffee is always fresh-tasting. For those of you who don’t have the time right now to read our complete guide, check out our top picks just below.

 

Which Keurig K-Cups Are The Best In 2019?

Our Winner: Coffee Lovers’ Collection (5/5)

The Coffee Lovers’ Collection was our favorite of all the different varieties we sampled, and we’d give it a hearty five stars. It scored well on both range of blends and strengths of coffee and was excellent value for money. The pack contains a delectable selection. You get 3 K-Cup pods from 20 very popular choices, including Tully’s Coffee Italian Roast, Newman’s Own Organic Special Blend, Krispy Kreme, of course, Green Mountain.

The Green Mountain choices in the pack are Breakfast Blend (light roast), Columbia Select Fair and Nantucket Blend (both medium roast) and Dark Magic (yep, you guessed it – dark roast). There are also a couple of Laughing Man varieties, including the medium roast Dukale’s Blend and the darker Colombia Huila.

 

Coffee Lovers' Collection 

Keurig Coffee Lovers' Collection, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Variety, 60
3,640 Reviews
Keurig Coffee Lovers' Collection, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Variety, 60
  • INCLUDES: 3 K Cup pods from 20 popular varieties, including Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, The Original Donut Shop Regular, Newman's Own Organic Special Blend, Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend,...
  • VARIETY: Sample different coffees and discover your favorites from a wide variety of roasts, flavors, and brands
  • COMPATIBILITY: Contains authentic Keurig K Cup pods, engineered for guaranteed quality and compatibility with all Keurig K Cup coffee makers
  • PACKAGING: K Cup Pods are not in original packaging and may appear different than in the image
  • ROASTS: Includes light, medium, and dark roast coffee as well as Fair Trade and organic varieties

If you’re a Donut Shop fan then the two blends included are Regular and Dark, and the Newman’s Own Organics choices are the medium strength Special Blend and the stronger French Roast. If you’d like to give Caribou a try, you can select the “big-bodied” Caribou Blend or the lighter Daybreak. Tully’s Italian coffee will please those who like their coffee at the stronger end of the scale, while the Hawaiian blend is in the middle.

Heading now towards the unapologetically decadence-in-a-coffee-cup side of th\\e house, if you like your coffee with extra undertones of flavor, then you have a choice of Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll, Kahlua Original or Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee or Hazelnut. And if you’d just like a great-tasting cup of plain and simple coffee, then Krispy Kreme smooth light roast coffee is included in the pack as is Revv’s much darker No Surrender.

This would make a great additional purchase if you’ve just bought your first Keurig as well as a great sample pack as a gift (for yourself or a friend or family member). There is a good range of coffee strengths from light to dark roasts, some with fruitier overtones and some with a more nutty flavor. And speaking of coffee strengths, read on for our analysis of the best of the rest, from strongest to mildest.

 

Death Wish Coffee [Dark Roast]

Death Wish is one of the strongest coffees out there, and we’re ecstatic that it’s now available as a Keurig K-Cup. If you like your coffee roast to be the darkest of the dark, give this one a go. These are compatible with Keurig 1.0 and most Keurig 2.0 machines.

There’s a hint of cherry and a touch of chocolate in this blend, which is made from a combination of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. The blend has low acidity, meaning you don’t get that bitter after-taste sometimes associated with very dark roasts.

 

Death Wish Coffee 

Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 10 Count,0.44 oz
9,322 Reviews
Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 10 Count,0.44 oz
  • Death Cups are packed with our signature dark-roasted Death Wish Coffee to wake you up, keep you focused, and ready to go
  • Compatible with Keurig 1.0, Keurig 2.0, Breville, Cuisinart, and Mr. Coffee machines
  • Subtle flavor notes of chocolate and cherry that result in a smooth, bold, never-bitter taste that's low in acidity
  • Our coffee is made with only the highest quality USDA certified organic and Fair Trade beans to give you the best-tasting coffee from the best sources
  • Rigid capsule design gives you a bolder, smoother cup - and they're recyclable. Recycle instructions included.

 

Peet’s Coffee Dark [Dark Roast]

For those who like a darker roast that isn’t quite as terrifyingly strong as Death Wish, Peet’s Coffee Dark K-Cup pod is an excellent choice. It’s a very rich, full-bodied blend, and the story goes that the idea was brought to Mr. Peet by a retired army officer in 1969. Not only did Peet take the idea on board, but he also promoted the officer to Major.

Peet’s was founded in Berkeley, California, and takes great pride in the skill of its roasters, who tend to stay with the company for many years. We’re pretty sure once you’ve given this roast a try, you’ll stay with Peet’s for a while too.

 

Peet’s Coffee Dark – Major Dickason’s Blend 

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Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend, Dark Roast, 75 Count Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Pods for Keurig Coffee Maker
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Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend, Dark Roast, 75 Count Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Pods for Keurig Coffee Maker
  • WORLD BLEND: Conceived by Mr. Peet and his most discerning customer, Major Dickason's Blend has become the coffee that epitomizes the rich, flavorful taste of Peet's. Flavor notes: Incomparable world...
  • BLENDS FOR ALL TASTES: Single serve doesn't mean single taste. Whether you enjoy starting each morning with Peet's dark roast House Blend, our light roast Café Domingo, or you prefer a variety, you...
  • SAME CARE, SAME COFFEE: The coffee in Peet's K-Cups for your Keurig Brewing System is the same quality coffee, roasted with the same care, as our bagged coffee. Enjoy the convenience of a single cup...
  • LIGHT, MEDIUM & DARK ROAST: Peet's K-Cup single serve coffee pods brew a mug of coffee in some of our most popular blends. Light roast coffees are mild & smooth, medium roast coffees are smooth &...
  • COMPARE WITH: Eight O'clock, Vitascope, illy, Folgers, Organic Coffee Co., Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Koffee Kult, Copper Moon, Community Coffee, Kauai Coffee, Kicking Horse Coffee, Ethical Bean...

 

Café Bustelo [Dark Roast]

You might also see Café Bustelo Dark described as Café Bustelo Espresso, which gives you an idea of how strong and luxurious-tasting this Keurig K-Cup coffee pods are (or Keruig, as some prefer to say). It’s a robust dark blend with an enticing aroma. Even if you add copious amounts of cream and sugar, the taste filters through.

It also makes a great base for cortados, Americanos, and other espresso-based drinks. This Cuban coffee will definitely get you going! We’d certainly recommend this one for those of you who like your coffee smokin’ strong.

 

Café Bustelo Espresso Style 

Café Bustelo Espresso Style K Cup Pods for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast Coffee, 12Count (Pack of 6)
638 Reviews
Café Bustelo Espresso Style K Cup Pods for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast Coffee, 12Count (Pack of 6)
  • Espresso-style dark roast coffee delivers a robust flavor and captivating aroma
  • Crafted from 100% pure coffee beans and roasted to perfection
  • Rich, full-bodied flavor stands up to milk and sugar
  • Each K-Cup brews a single authentic cafecito in under a minute
  • Compatible with all Keurig K-Cup brewers

 

Solimo French Roast [Dark Roast]

Staying with the dark roasts, this robust French Roast offering from the Solimo stable has a deep, rich flavor. Made from 100% Arabica beans, there’s also a slightly smoked undertone to this blend.

This pleasant, distinctive tasting blend is similar to some stronger coffee shop offerings. If you like strong coffee but aren’t quite in the mood for an espresso or a cortado, then this is a great option.

 

Solimo Dark Roast 

Amazon Brand - 100 Ct. Solimo Dark Roast Coffee Pods, French Roast, Compatible with Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
6,157 Reviews
Amazon Brand - 100 Ct. Solimo Dark Roast Coffee Pods, French Roast, Compatible with Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
  • 100 French Roast coffee pods
  • 100% Arabica coffee
  • A hot, refreshing, intense cup of coffee, made with a very bold dark roast coffee profile that has some bold, smoky notes
  • Compatible with 1.0 and 2.0 k-cup brewers
  • Satisfaction Guarantee: We're proud of our products. If you aren't satisfied, we'll refund you for any reason within a year of purchase. 1-877-485-0385

 

Green Mountain Sumatra [Dark Roast]

This rich, intense brew, Green Mountain Sumatra Dark, from Keurig Green Mountain uses 100% Arabica beans from Indonesia. There are no artificial flavorings or preservatives. As with most of the Keurig K Cups, it will take you less than a minute to make a brew.

This blend isn’t one for the faint-hearted: it’s a strong coffee with a bold flavor. It’s Certified Orthodox Union Kosher and is also USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified.

 

Green Mountain Sumatra Reserve 

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Sumatran Reserve Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Dark Roast Coffee, 72 Count (6 Boxes of 12 Pods)
3,150 Reviews
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Sumatran Reserve Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Dark Roast Coffee, 72 Count (6 Boxes of 12 Pods)
  • Sultry, syrupy, and rich - this superb coffee was born in the lush mountains of Indonesia
  • Dark roast, caffeinated coffee
  • Each K-Cup pod is made with 100% Arabica ground coffee and no artificial ingredients
  • USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified blend that supports environmental and sustainable farming efforts
  • Certified Orthodox Union Kosher (U)

 

Donut Shop Regular [Medium Roast]

You can’t go far wrong with a nice medium roast, and this option from high street favorite the Donut Shop is a robust yet smooth beverage. As it’s “Extra Bold”, it contains a little more coffee than the usual K-Cup pod. This pack of 72 K-Cup pods means you will always have your favorite flavor to hand, guaranteeing you a fresh cup of coffee every time.

This flavor may take a little longer than usual for your Keurig to brew your favorite beverage, but you still get a great-tasting cup of coffee in around a minute. We also love the fact that they come boxed in packs of 12, so if your workplace has a Keurig coffee machine, it’s super-easy to take them with you.

 

The Original Donut Shop 

The Original Donut Shop Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Regular Medium Roast Coffee, 72 Count
5,403 Reviews
The Original Donut Shop Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Regular Medium Roast Coffee, 72 Count
  • NOTE: This is a medium roast Extra Bold coffee, Extra Bold (contains more coffee than regular K Cup pods). Extra Bold does not pertain to the roast profile of the coffee. while using please pre...
  • Not too harsh, not too bitter just right
  • Extra bold (contains more coffee than regular K Cup pods)
  • Medium roast, caffeinated coffee
  • Ensure high quality coffee every time with pods specially designed to work in Keurig brewers with exact grind and extraction

 

Caribou Coffee Blend [Medium Roast]

This is Caribou’s signature rich medium roast blend, with a mild, smooth taste. The Caribou blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified and Kosher. The Arabica beans in this brew come from Indonesia and Central and South America. The taste combines a slightly bitter, slightly sweet chocolate flavor with a fruitier overtone.

This coffee is low in acidity and it would be a great choice to serve to guests or as an accompaniment to breakfast. And since it’s associated very strongly with the state of Minnesota, we thought we’d throw in a “fun fact” about the state – you might know it as the North Star State but did you know it is also sometimes called the Gopher State, the Bread and Butter State, and The Land of 10,000 Lakes?

 

Caribou Coffee Blend 

Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Medium Roast, 12 count, Pack of 6
1,376 Reviews
Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Medium Roast, 12 count, Pack of 6
  • Tasting Notes: Smooth and classic
  • Product Details: This is a Medium Roast Coffee that is 100 percentage Rainforest Alliance Certified and Kosher(U)
  • Count Size: Contains six cartons, each with 12 K Cup packs, totaling 72 K Cup packs
  • Keurig Quality: If it doesn't have the Keurig logo, it's not Keurig quality. In order for your Keurig brewer to give you the best beverage possible, be sure to use only Keurig K Cup packs
  • The Keurig Difference: Whether your morning joe gives you grounds for celebration or mocha makes you over the moon, your Keurig brewer is able to brew over 250 varieties of coffee, tea and hot cocoa,...

 

Eight O’Clock Coffee [Medium Roast]

There’s a clue in the name as to the perfect time of day to enjoy this medium roast from Eight O’Clock. It’s surprisingly smooth, made from 100% Arabica beans and makes a perfect breakfast (Though we have to admit we’re pretty keen on it at lunchtime and tea-time too.)

The manufacturer has been producing great coffee since 1859. This mellow variety is also Orthodox Union Kosher. It’s a good all-round coffee if you get our drift.

 

Eight O’Clock Coffee 

Eight O'Clock Coffee The Original, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Medium Roast, 12 count, Pack of 6
1,752 Reviews
Eight O'Clock Coffee The Original, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Medium Roast, 12 count, Pack of 6
  • Outstandingly smooth, yet full bodied with a complex finish
  • Medium roast, caffeinated coffee
  • Orthodox Union Kosher
  • Made with 100 percentage Arabica coffee

 

AmazonFresh Colombia [Medium Roast]

This Amazon brand Fresh Columbia Medium coffee combines a full-bodied blend with a mild, balanced, well-rounded finish. Only Arabica coffee beans are used, so you know you’re pretty much guaranteed a pleasant-tasting, smooth drink.

This brand is similar in taste to several of the high street coffee shop brands available. For a subtle start to your day, or a pleasant mid-morning lift, pop an Amazon Fresh Colombia Medium K Cups in your Keurig. Even without milk and sugar, it’s a very palatable option.

 

AmazonFresh Colombia 

AmazonFresh 80 Ct. K-Cups, Colombia Medium Roast, Keurig K-Cup Brewer Compatible
2,413 Reviews
AmazonFresh 80 Ct. K-Cups, Colombia Medium Roast, Keurig K-Cup Brewer Compatible
  • Balanced, full bodied medium roast coffee with a smooth finish
  • 80 single serving pods compatible with Keurig brewing machines
  • Made from 100 percentage Arabica coffee
  • Roasted and packed in the U.S.A
  • If you like The Original Doughnut Shop medium roast coffee pods, we invite you to try Amazon Fresh medium roast coffee pods

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts [Medium Roast]

Okay, what’s better than doughnuts? Coffee and doughnuts, that’s what – and this Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Classic blend is a perfect companion for those sweet treats we all love. This is an ultra-smooth medium roast, sweet and clean and with a fresh, fruity taste.

So if what you’re looking for is a great breakfast coffee, or a pick-me-up mid-morning or mid-afternoon, this blend will suit you down to the grounds, as it were. Fire up the Keurig, make sure the water is fresh, pop in the Krispy Kreme K-Cup pod, and simply brew away, for that coffee-shop experience in the comfort of your own kitchen.

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Classic 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Classic, Single Serve Coffee K Cup Pods for Keurig Brewers, Medium Roast, 32Count
282 Reviews
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Classic, Single Serve Coffee K Cup Pods for Keurig Brewers, Medium Roast, 32Count
  • Bright fruit notes and a clean sweet finish
  • Balanced, easy to love blend
  • Medium Roast, Caffeinated Coffee
  • Orthodox Union Kosher
  • Compatible with Keurig K Cup pod single serve coffee makers

 

Dunkin’ Donuts [Medium Roast]

Well, we’ve already checked out a rival doughnut chain’s coffee, so it’s only fair that we give Dunkin’ Donuts Medium a try too. It’s a mild, smooth coffee with a relatively full-bodied taste, made from medium roast Arabica beans.

This blend really does taste like the coffee shop version, and as with pretty much all the Keurig K-Cup pods, you can get yourself (or your family, or your colleagues, or your clients) a fresh cup of coffee in under a minute. If it’s “drinkability” you’re after, then you can’t go far wrong with this pleasant and authentic Dunkin’ Donuts blend.

 

Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend 

Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend Coffee K-Cup Pods, Medium Roast, For Keurig Brewers, 64 Count
242 Reviews
Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend Coffee K-Cup Pods, Medium Roast, For Keurig Brewers, 64 Count
  • Contains 4 Boxes of 16 K-Cup Pods (64 Count Total)
  • For use in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers
  • 100% Premium Arabica Coffee
  • Original Blend is the coffee that made Dunkin' Donuts famous, featuring a rich, smooth taste unmatched by others.
  • America runs on Dunkin!

 

Tim Horton’s Original Blend [Medium Roast]

Sticking with the coffee shop theme, we also enjoyed the Keurig K-Cup for Tim Hortons. Those of you who know your beans will probably already be aware that this chain started in Hamilton, Ontario. If you know any Canadians, you know they really love their coffee, so you probably have a fair idea of how this coffee will taste.

This light-tasting and refreshing blend is made from 100% Arabica beans (yes, they’re the milder ones, generally). It’s a great coffee to start the day or to finish a meal, or just to enjoy, on its own or with a cheeky slice of cake.

 

Tim Horton's Original Blend 

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Tim Horton's Single Serve Coffee Cups, Original Blend, 80 Count
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Tim Horton's Single Serve Coffee Cups, Original Blend, 80 Count
  • Due to a recent packaging change, the graphical design of the k-cup lids may vary slightly from image. The product ingredients, roast, and amount of grinds have not changed and are exactly the same as...
  • 80 Single Serve Coffee Cups; 100% Arabica Medium Roast Original Blend
  • Compatible for use in Keurig K-Cup machines. Not compatible with Keurig 2.0 or Keurig VUE machines
  • Easy to recycle capsule where #6 plastics are accepted. Let capsule cool, peel lid off, dispose of grounds and place empty cup with your other recyclables.
  • Each K-Cup brews perfect individual servings (packaging may vary)

 

Panera Bread [Light Roast]

If there’s a flavor of the decade, salted caramel must be one of the contenders, so it’s not really surprising that there are coffees available that incorporate this delicious flavor. The Panera Bread Coffee Salted Caramel is a light roast, with the caramel delivering the sweet aspect and the salt (obviously) delivering the salty, or slightly umami, flavor.

Brewed from Arabica beans, this coffee is 100% “clean”: there are no artificial sweeteners, flavorings, colors or preservatives used in this blend. It’s a subtle-tasting coffee with a buttery undertone.

 

Panera Bread Coffee Salted Caramel 

Panera Bread Coffee Salted Caramel, Single Serve Coffee K Cup Pods for Keurig Brewers, Flavored Light Roast, 72Count
185 Reviews
Panera Bread Coffee Salted Caramel, Single Serve Coffee K Cup Pods for Keurig Brewers, Flavored Light Roast, 72Count
  • LIGHT ROAST COFFEE: Salty sweetness. Rich roast balanced with buttery, dark caramel notes
  • 100% CLEAN: No artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors or colors from artificial sources
  • K-CUP PODS: Designed for use with the Keurig Single Cup Brewing System
  • PANERA AT HOME: Enjoy your favorite Panera coffee varieties from the comfort of home
  • CONTAINS: Six 12 count boxes for a total of 72 individual Panera Salted Caramel K Cup pods

 

Cinnabon Classic [Light Roast]

There’s just something so enticing about the scent of cinnamon, and when you combine it with coffee, it’s pretty much irresistible. This light-roast Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll coffee also has a hint of brown sugar and frosting, and if you’re wondering about the origin of that sweet, light spice, it’s Makara Cinnamon. Not sure where exactly that is on the coffee map of the world? Head for Indonesia, and locate Sumatra.

This coffee is made only with Arabica coffee beans, and you probably already know they’re used in the mildest tasting blends. While there’s a hint of sugar in this coffee, you’ll be delighted to hear it’s sugar-free, so go on, indulge yourself!

 

Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll 

Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Flavored Coffee, 12 Count, Pack of 6
260 Reviews
Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Flavored Coffee, 12 Count, Pack of 6
  • Light-roast coffee swirled with the taste of Cinnamon cinnamon, brown sugar, and frosting
  • Light Roast Coffee Natural and Artificially Flavored, Kosher (U)
  • KEURIG QUALITY: If it doesn't have the Keurig logo, it's not Keurig quality  In order for your Keurig brewer to give you the best beverage possible, be sure to use only Keurig K-Cup packs
  • THE KEURIG DIFFERENCE: Whether your morning joe gives you grounds for celebration or mocha makes you over the moon, your Keurig brewer is able to brew over 250 varieties of coffee, tea and hot cocoa,...

 

Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla [Light Roast]

Caramel and vanilla? Seriously? Oh my, this one has to be a contender for coffee heaven if you like your coffees mild, smooth, and with those additional flavors to add a touch of real luxury. The clue’s in the name too – Keurig Green Mountain produces coffee that is literally made for your Keurig.

The Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Flavored option combines the lovely, smooth, buttery taste of caramel, an edge of slightly scorched brown sugar (no, we don’t mean burned, just slightly caramelized), and the luscious lightness of vanilla. And best of all, it’s really low in calories: around 2 per cup, so if you’re watching your weight, it’s an indulgent treat that won’t break the calorie bank.

 

Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Flavored 

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Caramel Vanilla Cream, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Flavored Coffee, 12 count (Pack of 6), 72 Count
1,882 Reviews
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Caramel Vanilla Cream, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Flavored Coffee, 12 count (Pack of 6), 72 Count
  • NEW look, same great taste
  • A decadent blend of buttery caramel, toasty brown sugar, and creamy vanilla flavors
  • Light roast, caffeinated coffee
  • Certified Orthodox Union Kosher (U)
  • Ensure high quality coffee every time with pods specially designed to work in Keurig coffee makers

 

Green Mountain Cinnamon [Light Roast]

This limited-edition offering is another gorgeous drink from Keurig Green Mountain, and as you’d expect from the name, it’s scented and flavored with cinnamon. We’re sure we’re not the only ones thinking of autumn, Hallowe’en and Christmas as soon as we scent this fragrant Cinnamon Light fall offering from Green Mountain.

This is a light roast, gentle tasting and Certified Orthodox Union Kosher. You wouldn’t think something that smelled and tasted this good could be so low in calories, but like many of the other flavored coffees in the range, it only has around 2 calories per cup.

 

Green Mount Coffee Cinnamon 

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Green Mount Coffee Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Light Roast Coffee, 24 Count
256 Reviews
Green Mount Coffee Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Light Roast Coffee, 24 Count
  • Limited Edition
  • A sweet, comforting holiday treat with the flavor of warm cinnamon sugar cookies.
  • Light roast, caffeinated coffee
  • Certified Orthodox Union Kosher (U)

 

Solimo Breakfast [Light Roast]

This wonderfully energizing coffee is a blend of African and Latin American Arabica beans, with a lovely, nutty scent. The Solimo Breakfast Light K-Cup is a medium-bodied drink, with medium to low acidity.

This is a mild and gentle blend, a great way to bring yourself round in the morning. It’s similar to some of the coffee shop blends, and you can drink a couple of cups very easily, almost without realizing. (Of course, we’d never do that. Ahem.)

 

Solimo Breakfast Blend 

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Amazon Brand - 100 Ct. Solimo Light Roast Coffee Pods, Breakfast Blend, Compatible with Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
680 Reviews
Amazon Brand - 100 Ct. Solimo Light Roast Coffee Pods, Breakfast Blend, Compatible with Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
  • 100 Breakfast Blend coffee pods
  • Blend of select coffees from Latin America and Africa
  • Nutty aroma harmonizes perfectly with medium body and acidity
  • 100% Arabica coffee
  • Compatible with 1.0 and 2.0 k-cup brewers

 

Solimo Milk Chocolate [Light Roast]

Okay, so we all know Keurig is pretty much another name for coffee of the single-serve variety, but what if you don’t fancy a coffee? What if you need to wind down? Well, fear not – Solimo Chocolate Flavored K-Cup pods, also sometimes called Solimo Hot Cocoa Pods, Milk Chocolate Flavored are just the thing. We thought we’d round off our review with a sneaky hot chocolate.

If you’re keen to compare the Chocolate Flavored pods with coffee from a calorie perspective, then there are 60 calories per cup and around 6 grams of sugar. They’re compatible with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 machines. They work well with the 8 ounce option on the Keurig, or for a stronger tasting cup, use the 6-ounce setting. This product contains milk, cocoa and corn syrup solids.

 

Solimo Hot Cocoa 

Amazon Brand - 24 Ct. Solimo Hot Cocoa Pods, Milk Chocolate Flavored, Compatible with 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
370 Reviews
Amazon Brand - 24 Ct. Solimo Hot Cocoa Pods, Milk Chocolate Flavored, Compatible with 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
  • 24 Milk Chocolate flavored single serve hot cocoa cups
  • For best results, shake cup before brewing
  • Compatible with 1.0 and 2.0 k-cup brewers
  • Contains milk
  • If you like Starbucks hot cocoa, we invite you to try Solimo hot cocoa pods

 

Our Bonus Choice: Starbucks Variety Pack

We’re going to round off the coffee part of our review with another variety pack, this time from high-street favorite Starbucks. You get four different blends in this Starbucks Black Coffee Variety pack.

The strongest blend is the rich, robust and rounded French Roast, with a touch of smoke. Those who like a milder coffee will enjoy the Pike Place Roast and the Veranda Blend, while the Breakfast Blend is also mell

ow and energizing.

 

Starbucks Variety Pack 

Starbucks Black Coffee K-Cup Variety Pack for Keurig Brewers, 4 boxes of 24 (96 Count K-Cup pods)
1,745 Reviews
Starbucks Black Coffee K-Cup Variety Pack for Keurig Brewers, 4 boxes of 24 (96 Count K-Cup pods)
  • The Starbucks Black Coffee Variety Pack includes French Roast, Pike Place Roast, Breakfast Blend and Veranda Blend
  • Explore four of our most popular coffee flavors in dark, medium and Starbucks Blonde Roasts
  • Stock up on a variety of Starbucks roasts in your office or at home
  • Starbucks Black Coffee Variety Pack includes 4 boxes of 24 (96 total K-Cup pods)
  • Starbucks K-Cup pods are designed for use with the Keurig and Keurig 2.0 Single Cup Brewing Systems

 

Packing It In: The Best K-Cup Coffee

All of the Keurig pods are great value for money, and if you find a blend that is just right for you it’s one of the most economical ways to enjoy your favorite beverage whenever you feel like it. The typically long shelf-life means you can often buy in bulk, and while many of the varieties come in packs of up to 72, the convenient internal packaging means you can also happily take a pack of pods to work or on vacation.

The variety packs are a great way to discover new blends, to ensure your store cupboard is well stocked, or to introduce friends and family to the joy of Keurig. All of the packs would be especially convenient if you’re a family that loves coffee, or if you’re a business owner offering your clients that little touch of luxury in the reception area, say.

 

From Darkness Into Light

We sampled a range of blends, from super-strong to extremely light, and everything in between, and we’d recommend them all. Many of the drinks we tried were from well-known high-street coffee chains and were pretty authentic-tasting. It’s hard to beat a Keurig coffee maker for speed and convenience, and new flavors and producers are being added to the range all the time.

We also love the limited edition drinks and those with the added spices and flavorings for different times of year. While the high-street names are delicious, don’t discount some of the own-brands like Solimo and Amazon: they offer a very palatable alternative.

 

Which Keurig K-Cup Are Worth The Hype?

It’s a very personal matter, choosing the best K-Cup. Some people prefer coffee strong enough to make their hair stand on end, while others prefer the gently spiced and fragranced modern blends. Others like a nice, medium, palatable coffee, while there are some who (whisper it) may even prefer chocolate. And of course it often depends on the time of day: a strong roast might be great after lunch or dinner, but not so appropriate if you like a gentle start to the day.

To some extent, it might also depend on which Keurig (or Kuerig, Keruig or Kerig, Kurig, Kureg, as some prefer to say) coffee maker you have, although all of the Kcups we used should work in either a 1.0 or a 2.0 coffee machine. Depending on the choice of brew sizes on your machine, and whether you can select the strength of your drink, results may also vary slightly.

 

Conclusion: What Are the Best Keurig Coffee Pods?

Our Winner: Coffee Lovers’ Collection (5/5)

Are we allowed to say, all of them? Seriously, all of these K-Cup packs are just great. If, however, we absolutely have to choose one, then our vote is for the aptly named Coffee Lovers’ Collection.

Keurig K-Cups are a great way to treat yourself, say thank you, or give as a present at Christmas, for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, graduation, anniversaries, or, well, any event. Alternatively, buy them as a gift to let someone know you’re thinking of them, any time of year.

 

Keurig Coffee Lovers' Collection 

Keurig Coffee Lovers' Collection, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Variety, 60
3,640 Reviews
Keurig Coffee Lovers' Collection, Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Pod, Variety, 60
  • INCLUDES: 3 K Cup pods from 20 popular varieties, including Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, The Original Donut Shop Regular, Newman's Own Organic Special Blend, Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend,...
  • VARIETY: Sample different coffees and discover your favorites from a wide variety of roasts, flavors, and brands
  • COMPATIBILITY: Contains authentic Keurig K Cup pods, engineered for guaranteed quality and compatibility with all Keurig K Cup coffee makers
  • PACKAGING: K Cup Pods are not in original packaging and may appear different than in the image
  • ROASTS: Includes light, medium, and dark roast coffee as well as Fair Trade and organic varieties
The Only Coffee Machines Made With Swiss Precision – Jura Coffee Machines

The Only Coffee Machines Made With Swiss Precision – Jura Coffee Machines

Jura has come along way since they first started making home appliances in 1931. Today they are best known for their Espresso machines that became a staple of the brand during the 1980s, and Espresso machines make up most of the companies sales today.

There a tonne of Jura Coffee Machines on the market today and they range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars, so there’s a lot to take into consideration when you’re deciding which machine you want to go for.

The Best Jura Coffee Machines Of 2019

Let’s take a look at some of the different Jura Coffee Machines to consider if you’re looking at purchasing one. We always give you our honest opinion on which machine is the best to go for. The good news is that all of the machines we tested are of high quality; the one thing that really stands out with all the Jura machines is how easy they are to use.

Having a coffee machine that produces high-quality coffee from the comfort of your own home, which is also easy to use should be the aim for all coffee machines and Jura really does make that a reality.

Jura IMPRESSA C9 Automatic Coffee Machine, Black
Best Value
Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
Top Performer
Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
Budget Option
Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch Automatic Espresso Machine (Renewed)
Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
Customer Rating
Dimensions
16 x 11 x 13.5 in
17.5 x 9 x 12.7 in
17 x 11.2 x 13.3 in
21.8 x 19 x 19.1 in
16.1 x 11 x 13.6 in
Weight
21 lbs
21 lbs
32 lbs
29 lbs
22 lbs
Price
from $3,500.00
from $1,398.00
$2,059.99
$1,199.95
from $1,569.00
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Jura IMPRESSA C9 Automatic Coffee Machine, Black
Customer Rating
Dimensions
16 x 11 x 13.5 in
Weight
21 lbs
Price
from $3,500.00
Prime Benefits
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Best Value
Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
Customer Rating
Dimensions
17.5 x 9 x 12.7 in
Weight
21 lbs
Price
from $1,398.00
Prime Benefits
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Top Performer
Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
Product
Customer Rating
Dimensions
17 x 11.2 x 13.3 in
Weight
32 lbs
Price
$2,059.99
Prime Benefits
Budget Option
Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch Automatic Espresso Machine (Renewed)
Customer Rating
Dimensions
21.8 x 19 x 19.1 in
Weight
29 lbs
Price
$1,199.95
Prime Benefits
Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
Customer Rating
Dimensions
16.1 x 11 x 13.6 in
Weight
22 lbs
Price
from $1,569.00
Prime Benefits
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What Is The Best Choice?

Our Winner: Jura J80 (5/5)

Our pick for the best Jura machine is the Jura J80; it allows you to create great-tasting coffee at the touch of a button. It’s easy to use, allows you to create a wide range of beverages, everything from espresso’s, milk-based drinks but also tea and hot cocoa as well.

 

Jura J80 

Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
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Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
  • Factory Refurbished. The new best in the class of the IMPRESSA J line is easy to get to grips with right from the word go. Its ingenious operating concept couldnaTMt be easier or more...

The machine holds a large amount of coffee, which means you won’t have to worry about refilling the hipper every time you want to brew a fresh cup of joe. The Jura J80 is compact, easy to use, and makes great coffee and you can’t ask for much more in a machine than that.

With five different strength settings, you can dial down on precisely the type of coffee you want to enjoy. The machine will even tell you when it needs to be cleaned! As far as coffee machines go, you can’t ask for a higher quality machine than the Jura J80.

 

Jura Impressa C9 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

The Jura Impressa C9 is an impressive looking machine. It’s a compact design that’ll fit well in any kitchen space; the design is eye-catching as well with a stainless steel front with black paneling on the side.

This machine will allow you to create cafe-quality coffee without ever having to move the cup. Included with the machine is a 14-ounce thermal stainless steel milk container, which sits right next to the coffee machine. This container will keep milk cold for up to 8 hours, if you want to froth the milk or heat it, then all you have to is press a button, place an Espresso mug under the shoot and let the machine work its magic.

 

Jura IMPRESSA C9 

Jura IMPRESSA C9 Automatic Coffee Machine, Black
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Jura IMPRESSA C9 Automatic Coffee Machine, Black
  • 1450-watt automatic coffee-and-espresso center with 14-ounce thermal milk container
  • Preprogrammed beverage buttons for coffee, espresso, cappuccino, milk, or hot water
  • 6-setting conical burr grinder; pre-ground coffee funnel; 64-ounce removable water tank
  • 18-bar power pump; ThermoBlock heating system; water filter, scoop, DVD, and more included
  • Measures 16 by 11 by 13-1/2 inches; 2-year limited warranty

On the front of the machine, you’ll see a series of buttons that will allow you to program the temperature of the milk you want, the amount of milk you want to froth and also how much coffee you want to brew. You can select between one or two Espresso shots and even the type of coffee you want to brew.

The Jura Impressa C9 comes with a 64-ounce removable water tank; this means you won’t have to be refilling the water tank every time you make a fresh cup of coffee, which is excellent especially if you’re making coffee for a group of people.

The machine is also very adaptable to the needs of the coffee drinker; if you prefer to use beans then the machine is equipped with six fineness settings, so you can choose exactly how fine or coarse you want your grind to be. The machine also contains a separate funnel for pre-ground coffee, and this makes it hassle-free to create decaf or other flavored coffee drinks.

The LED Display screen clearly lays out any action that needs to be taken on the machine and will indicate if the machine needs cleaning or the water tank refilling. The Jura Impressa C9 is easy to use and really allows the user to be versatile in their coffee making.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The machine allows you to create a wide variety of drinks

LED Display screen guides you through the process of making coffee, and also lets you know if any maintenance needs carrying out on the machine

With 6 grind settings, you can choose exactly how fine you want your coffee to be ground

What we don't like

✗ When we brewed an Espresso it had a slightly weak taste to it

✗ The drawer where you’ll find the coffee dregs is a little small

 

Jura ENA Micro 9 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.5/5)

The Jura ENA Micro 9 is the best value machine out of the five we tested. Jura proudly presents the machine as the smallest one-touch automatic Espresso machine in the world. The machine itself is made of stainless steel and will undoubtedly add to the look of any modern kitchen space.

The machine comes with a hose that attaches directly to the side of the machine, this will allow you to froth your milk that you’ll want to use if you decide to make a Cappuccino or a Latte. There are buttons on the top of the machine that will allow you to choose the type of coffee you want to brew and also if you want one or two shots of Espresso.

 

Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch 

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Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
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Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
  • Thermoblock 2010 pump heats and steams faster
  • Height-adjustable dual spout; Fine foam technology
  • Programmable coffee strength and temperature
  • Easier, faster water filter programming during initial start-up
  • Note: All Jura Automated Coffee Centers go through testing prior to shipment - therefore there are traces of coffee dust.

There are two separate spouts for the coffee, and the milk, so perfect hygiene is ensured with the Jura ENA Micro 9. You’ll want to make sure you clean the milk spout regularly and not allow any stale to milk to sit there for too long; this will help to keep your machine hygienic.

The dial on the top of the machine will also allow you to choose how strong you want your brew to be. You can choose between strong and normal. The dial also allows you to select the temperature of your brew, so you can make sure your coffee is piping hot first thing in the morning, just when you need it most!

The machine is also programmable so you can make sure it turns off after a specific time. This is handy as it allows you to have full control over when the machine turns off, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off the machine after you’ve used it. The machine also has a height-adjustable scale on it; this will allow you to fit most mug sizes under the spout.

The machine will also allow you to use ground coffee, so it’s suitable for those who prefer readily ground beans over fresh coffee. The machine also comes with a multi-level conical grinder so you can choose how fine or coarse you want your beans to be.

The bean holder is equipped with a special silicone seal that’ll keep the beans fresh as the bean container will remain airtight. This will also help intensify the aroma that you’ll enjoy inside the cup.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The machine is of a very high standard, it allows you to create a wide range of beverages

Full control over how strong you want your coffee and what type of coffee you want to brew

Bean hopper will keep the beans fresh

What we don't like

✗ Some users noted that the machine could get clogged if very dry beans weren’t used

✗ The water tank is a little small

 

Jura J80 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (5/5)

The Jura J80 is another fine looking machine from Jura. It’s completely black in color, so it’ll look good in any kitchen or workplace. It’s the top-performing machine of the Jura’s we tested and enables you to create great coffee at the touch of a button.

The machine comes with five adjustable strength settings and the different types of coffee are clearly listed on the display screen on the front of the machine. As a one-touch machine, it’s easy to use and will create great tasting coffee at the touch of a button.

 

Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center 

Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
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Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
  • Factory Refurbished. The new best in the class of the IMPRESSA J line is easy to get to grips with right from the word go. Its ingenious operating concept couldnaTMt be easier or more...

You can use the J80 to create any of your favorite espresso and milk-based drinks such as an: espresso, ristretto, long coffee, latte macchiato, or a cappuccino. Even if you’re not a coffee fan, the machine can be used to make hot cocoa or tea. Each drink can be fully customized to your personal preferences, across five strengths and two brew temperature settings.

If you’re particular about the amount of milk you want in your brew, then you’ll like the Fine Foamer that Jura has made a feature of the J80, this control will allow you to choose the exact milk density with a quick twist of a dial.

The machine also displays alerts when maintenance is required; the machine has an automated cleaning cycle and will rinse after each use. Also, included is a water filter which helps to reduce descaling in the water tank.

The bean hopper is sealed with an aroma-preserving lid which will let you store up to 8.8 ounces of whole bean coffee. As with other Jura machines, you can also use pre-ground coffee; this is perfect for those who prefer decaff to caffeinated coffee.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The top-performing machine, allows you to create a wide variety of espresso and milk-based drinks

Bean holder ensures the beans are kept fresh

Regular maintenance alerts tell you when the machine needs to be cleaned

Automated cleaning cycle

What we don't like

✗ The machine can be quite high-maintenance at times

 

Jura Impressa A9 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

The Jura Impressa A9 is a small machine with a lot of functionality. It’s the best budget machine out of those we tested. It comes with a 37-ounce water tank. If the water tank isn’t in place properly or you remove it, then the machine will let you know that it’s not in place.

The bean hopper will hold 4.4 ounces of beans, which isn’t a huge capacity, but the hopper does ensure that the beans remain fresh. On the side of the machine, you’ll find the different grind settings so you can choose how fine or coarse you want your beans to be. Like with the other Jura machines, the Impressa A9 will also allow you to use pre-ground beans which is great for those coffee drinkers who prefer decaf coffee.

 

Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P 

Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch Automatic Espresso Machine (Renewed)
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Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch Automatic Espresso Machine (Renewed)
  • Self-explanatory touchscreen display
  • Constructed from solid aluminum
  • 12 Coffee Specialities - Including Latte Macchiato Doppio & Cappuccino Doppio
  • Height-adjustable dual spout w/ fine foam technology
  • High-performance 15-bar pump

The display screen allows you to choose what type of beverage you want to create. There’s a tonne of different options ranging from espresso, ristretto, cappuccinos, and more. The spout on the front of the machine moves up and down and will allow you to use most mug sizes when you’re making your brew.

There are separate tubes for the milk and the coffee, so hygiene is ensured. The machine also will dispense hot water so even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you can use the machine to make tea or hot cocoa. The drip tray comes in four parts, all of which are easy to remove, this will allow you to keep the tray clean and clear of any coffer or milk spillages. You can use a cleaning tablet, which will insert into the machine to clean the machine internally.

When you’re making a brew the machine will release the milk first, and then the coffee and any milk-based drinks look really good once they’ve been created, and is piping hot once it’s been brewed.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The machine creates a really hot drink

The drip tray is very easy to clean

Choose the exact grind setting you want

Create a wide range of milk-based drinks

What we don't like

✗ The position of the screen could be improved as it can be hard to view

✗ Bean hopper capacity could be larger

 

Jura Impressa C65 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4/5)

The Jura Impressa C65 is a fully automatic espresso machine that makes it easy to enjoy nicely brewed coffee from the comfort of your own home. The spout on the front of the machine is fully adjustable, allowing any cup or mug to be used when you’re brewing your coffee. The machine is elegantly designed, with a piano black finish and the machine will definitely get noticed in any work or kitchen space.

The machine is easy to use and is suitable for those who are new to the world of espresso machines as well as more experienced baristas.  You only need to think about pressing one button as all the options are clearly listed on the display screen, this makes the machine very easy to use, the fine foam frother allows you to froth the milk just the way you like it, and this will enable you to create a wide range of milk-based drinks. 

 

Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 

Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
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Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
  • Simple operation - thanks to the one-switch operating concept of the smart rotary switch
  • Height-adjustable Coffee spout - the Height of the Coffee spout can be adjusted between 2.6 - 4.4 inches to allow any size of cup to be used
  • Fine foam frothier - the revolutionary fine foam technology ensures unique milk foam quality with a fine, feather-light consistency
  • Combination of striking clean lines, compact Dimensions, high-quality materials and uncompromising workmanship
  • Turn, press, enjoy - that's how easy it is to enter the world of impressa

The grinder has six different settings which will allow you to choose precisely how fine or coarse you want your beans to be. The machine also has a separate funnel for pre-ground coffee which is good for those who enjoy decaff or pre-ground coffee. The bean hopper will hold 7 ounces of beans, and this will give you a substantial amount of coffee to work with, and you won’t have to refill it very often.

On the display screen, you can choose how strong you want your brew to be by determining how much coffee you want to grind and you’ll easily be able to choose which type of coffee you want your machine to make.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

An easy to use machine

Six different grind settings to choose from

The display screen is easy to follow

What we don't like

✗ The machine can get clogged easily

✗ Coffee can sometimes come out a little weak

 

How To Choose The Best Jura Coffee Machine

Choosing the best Jura Espresso machine is a difficult task; this is because all the machines we tested are of high quality. You’ll want to determine how much you want to spend on a machine as prices of Jura machines can vary quite considerably.

What’s great about all of the Jura machines is that they cater to a wide variety of coffee drinkers, no matter if you prefer an espresso, a milk-based drink or even decaf coffee then Jura has a machine for you.

One thing that is common across all of the Jura machines we tested is that they can all require a bit of maintenance. Whatever machine you go for you’ll want to make sure you keep it regularly maintained to make sure the machine remains in a working condition for a reasonable length of time.

 

Who Is A Jura Machine Suitable For?

Jura Coffee makers are suitable for any coffee drinker who is looking into creating high-quality coffee at home. The beauty of these machines is that they are easy to use, and most only require the use of one button.

Each machine can froth milk well so you can experiment with a few different milk-based drinks and decide upon which is your favorite. Each machine is suitable for a lone coffee drinker or a group, so no matter what your circumstances then a Jura machine will be suitable for you.

It’s clear from looking at the machines, Jura put a lot of thought into each design. Most of the machines are either black or silver in color, which really fits in with many modern kitchen designs. Before deciding on which Jura to go for, the most important factor will be your budget, once you have that in place, then you can go forth and pick the Jura of your dreams.

 

What Is The Best Jura Coffee Machine?

Our Winner: Jura J80 (5/5)

The winner of our round-up of Jura Machines is the Jura J80. While all of the machines were high-quality, the J80 was the machine with the most functionality in terms of making different milk-based drinks. It’s slick, and compact design means it fits well anywhere, so it can really enhance the feel and look of any kitchen space.

The great thing about these Jura machines is that they allow the user to create high-quality beverages with the touch of a single button. It’s so useful having a machine that’s easy to use, particularly if you’re new to the coffee world and your not looking for anything too complex to get you started.

Jura IMPRESSA C9 Automatic Coffee Machine, Black
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Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
Top Performer
Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
Budget Option
Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch Automatic Espresso Machine (Renewed)
Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
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16 x 11 x 13.5 in
17.5 x 9 x 12.7 in
17 x 11.2 x 13.3 in
21.8 x 19 x 19.1 in
16.1 x 11 x 13.6 in
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21 lbs
21 lbs
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29 lbs
22 lbs
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Jura IMPRESSA C9 Automatic Coffee Machine, Black
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Dimensions
16 x 11 x 13.5 in
Weight
21 lbs
Price
from $3,500.00
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Best Value
Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
Customer Rating
Dimensions
17.5 x 9 x 12.7 in
Weight
21 lbs
Price
from $1,398.00
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Top Performer
Jura J80 Automatic Coffee Center
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Customer Rating
Dimensions
17 x 11.2 x 13.3 in
Weight
32 lbs
Price
$2,059.99
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Budget Option
Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch Automatic Espresso Machine (Renewed)
Customer Rating
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21.8 x 19 x 19.1 in
Weight
29 lbs
Price
$1,199.95
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Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
Customer Rating
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16.1 x 11 x 13.6 in
Weight
22 lbs
Price
from $1,569.00
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Hopefully this round up has given you a good idea of what to expect from the different Jura machines available on the market. Always take into consideration how much you’re looking to spend on a machine and how much you’ll be using one. Once you have those two things decided then you should be in a good place to determine what Jura machine you want to go for.

What Is The Best Coffee Maker With Grinder Money Can Buy This Year?

What Is The Best Coffee Maker With Grinder Money Can Buy This Year?

The benefits of having a coffee maker with a grinder in it are nearly endless. No longer shall you have to worry about grinding the coffee yourself as the machine will take care of this for you. If this is something you’ve considered, then it’s a good idea to get yourself familiar with the different types of coffee machines on the market today, so you can make an informed decision about what machine to go for.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best grind and brew machines on the market today so you can be equipped to pick up the best coffee machine so you can start brewing high-quality coffee from the comfort of your own home.

The Best Coffee Makers With Grinder Of 2019

One of the best parts about owning a high-quality machine is that it over time it basically pays for itself, no longer will you have to make frequent trips to overpriced coffee shops to get your caffeine fix.

This ties into one of the main advantages of having a coffee maker with a grinder, ease of use, you don’t have to worry about buying a separate grinder for the beans, and you retain the full-bodied flavor of using whole coffee beans over pre-ground beans.

Since a coffee machine with an in-built grinder grinds the beans before you brew the coffee then you can experiment with different types of beans and try out some different types of coffee. These types of machines give you a great sense of freedom to try out different styles and types of coffee, all from the comfort of your own home.

Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
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Barsetto Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker with Digital Programmalbe Drip Coffee Machine,10-Cups,Black
Top Performer
Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
Budget Option
Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo • Coffee Maker • Built-in Activated Carbon Filter • Five-stage Grinder • Drip Protection • Three Aroma Levels: Light, Medium, Strong • 24-hour Timer • 10 Cups • Silver
Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
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Dimensions
12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 in
14.4 x 20.5 x 12.2 in
13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 in
20.5 x 14.2 x 11.7 in
9.8 x 9.5 x 15.5 in
Weight
16 lbs
14 lbs
23 lbs
15 lbs
9 lbs
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Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
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12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 in
Weight
16 lbs
Price
$239.95
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Best Value
Barsetto Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker with Digital Programmalbe Drip Coffee Machine,10-Cups,Black
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
14.4 x 20.5 x 12.2 in
Weight
14 lbs
Price
from $49.99
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Top Performer
Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
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Amazon Rating
Dimensions
13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 in
Weight
23 lbs
Price
$500.00
Prime Benefits
Budget Option
Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo • Coffee Maker • Built-in Activated Carbon Filter • Five-stage Grinder • Drip Protection • Three Aroma Levels: Light, Medium, Strong • 24-hour Timer • 10 Cups • Silver
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
20.5 x 14.2 x 11.7 in
Weight
15 lbs
Price
from $114.99
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Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
9.8 x 9.5 x 15.5 in
Weight
9 lbs
Price
from $157.89
Prime Benefits

 

What Is The Best Choice?

Our Winner: Breville BES870BSXL (5/5)

Our pick for the best coffee maker with grinder is the Breville BES870BSXL, and it’s a classy, well-built machine, perfect for the new and experienced coffee drinker. The machine is easy to use and comes with a variety of different accessories which will set you on your way to making great coffee.

It’s important to consider how many people will be using the machine, and the Breville BES870BSXL is perfect for the individual user or if there will be a group of coffee drinkers using the machine.

 

Breville BES870BSXL 

Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
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Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
  • 15 Bar Italian Pump
  • Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 pounds sealed bean hopper
  • 1600 Watt Thermo coil heating system
  • 67 fluid Ounce (2 Liter) removable water tank with handle

 

Breville BDC650BSS Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3/5)

The Breville BDC650BSS is a complete stainless steel coffee machine. The machine measures up at 12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 inches and weighs 16 pounds. The Breville comes with eight strength settings, so you can choose exactly how strong you want your coffee to be.

The machine allows you to brew straight into a carafe but also allows you to brew just a single cup of coffee as well. You can select between 8-20 oz of water, allowing you to choose between the carafe or a single serving.

 

Breville BDC650BSS 

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Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
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Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • 8 Strength Settings: Choose from 8 strength settings or choose Pre Ground coffee option to brew coffee just the way you like it and bean hopper capacity is 1/2 pound of Coffee bean capacity with...
  • Brewing Capacity: Single cup with variable size options or up to a 12 cup carafe; Dimensions:9 inch (W) X 14 inch (D) X 16 & ¼ inch (H); 1/2 pounds of Coffee bean capacity with locking system for...
  • Removable drip tray for 7.5 inch height clearance to fit tall cups and travel mugs; if Carafe overflows:Always ensure the carafe is completely empty before brewing
  • LCD Screen: Provides real time feedback on water level, grind size, strength selection, grinding time, brewing time, and selected settings
  • Programmable Auto Start: Automatically starts grinding and then brewing coffee at your selected time; Pre brew Temperature Control: Delivers water at the ideal temperature from cold start

You can also program the machine to turn on automatically in the morning to make sure your coffee is ready for you when you wake up in the morning. This is an excellent feature of the machine as your coffee will be ready for you every morning. The drip tray features a removable piece that will allow you 7.5 inches of space so you can place a larger travel mug underneath.

The LCD screen is very clear in showing you exactly what’s going on with your machine. You can select from 6 different grind settings, so you have full control over how fine or coarse you want the grind of your coffee to be, whichever setting you select will also show on the display screen of your machine. The machine will also let you know if there’s not enough water in the machine to fulfill the amount of coffee you’re trying to brew.

The bean hopper has a capacity of half a pound, so it’ll store enough beans for a good few servings of your favorite coffee. You’ll also find the water tank at the top of the machine where you can fill as needed.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

An intuitive machine that allows you complete control over the coffee-making process

8 strength settings and 6 grind settings to choose the exact type of coffee you want to enjoy

You can program the machine to brew your coffee automatically

What we don't like

✗ The machine is a bit bulky, but should still fit into most kitchen spaces

✗ Make sure to clean the machine regularly as fingerprint marks may show up as the machine is made of stainless steel

 

Barsetto Grind And Brew Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.5/5)

The Barsetto Grind And Brew is the best value machine of which we tested. The machine comes with five different grind settings from coarse to fine, which gives you an excellent level of control over how you want the machine to grind your coffee.

The machine will allow you to brew up to 10 cups of coffee, and the coffee will be held in a glass carafe. On the front of the machine you’ll find a series of buttons where you’ll be able to select the strength of your brew, how coarse or fine you want your beans to be, the time you want your machine to turn on and the machines on and off button.

 

Barsetto Grind and Brew 

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Barsetto Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker with Digital Programmalbe Drip Coffee Machine,10-Cups,Black
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Barsetto Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker with Digital Programmalbe Drip Coffee Machine,10-Cups,Black
  • 【5-Setting Conical Burr Grinder】:A conical burr grinder lets you choose from 5 settings, from coarse to fine, for the best results by bean type and desired drink
  • 【Large Capacity】: For added control, a 2 to 10 cup grinding selector lets you customize quantity for the perfect amount of freshly-brewed coffee.
  • 【Highly Intuitive Controls】:A crystal-clear LCD screen comes together with highly-intuitive controls for a coffee-making experience that couldn't be easier. This Coffee Maker built-in programmable...
  • 【Keep-Warm Feature】:A 2-hour keep-warm feature lets you enjoy coffee at just the right temperature right when you need it, for up to two hours.
  • 【Removable Gold-Tone Filter】 :A removable gold-tone filter provides easy coffee making and a hassle-free cleaning experience.【NOTE: When making coffee, the amount of coffee powder and water...

You’ll also see an hours and minutes button that you can use to set the time on the machine. Once you’ve brewed your coffee, it will stay warm in the carafe for around 2 hours. If you leave the machine on after you’ve finished brewing it will shut off automatically after 2 hours of inactivity, this is a useful feature as it means your machine won’t waste power when it’s not in use.

The brewing basket is removable, which makes it easy to clean, and you’ll want to do this regularly to make sure the basket and coffee remain fresh. The Barsetto is easy to use and is a great option if you’re looking for an affordable grind and brew machine.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Great value machine

Switches off after 2 hours of inactivity

Carafe size allows you to brew up to 10 cups of coffee

What we don't like

✗ The grinder can jam sometimes

✗ The opening of the water tank is very small

 

Breville BES870BSXL Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (5/5)

The Breville BES870BSXL is the top performer of the machines we tested. It’s a slick bright machine that’ll look great on any kitchen worktop. The bean holder will hold between 19-22g of coffee, which is much more than some other machines.

The product measures up at 13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 inches and weighs 23 pounds. The machine comes with everything you need to get started so you can begin enjoying top-quality coffee from the comfort of your own home.

 

Breville BES870BSXL 

Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
214 Reviews
Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
  • 15 Bar Italian Pump
  • Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 pounds sealed bean hopper
  • 1600 Watt Thermo coil heating system
  • 67 fluid Ounce (2 Liter) removable water tank with handle

The machine comes with an in-built Burr grinder which allows you to choose precisely how fine or coarse you want your grind to be. Select from 16 different grind settings, and dial in exactly how you want your coffee to be.

What’s great about this machine is the amount of accessories Breville has included. It comes with a portafilter that is ready to use and also a stainless steel milk jug that you use to froth your milk. You can also choose between setting your machine up so that your brewing either a single or double shot of coffee so you can select the exact strength you want your brew to be.

The water tank is also a really great size. Sixty-seven liters allows you to make plenty of coffee before the tank needs a refill. The machine is suitable for a group of coffee drinkers or a single coffee drinker, so it’s perfect for a host of different scenarios.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Easy to use, you have complete control over how strong you want your coffee to be and how coarse or fine you want your beans to be ground

Looks very slick and will compliment any kitchen space

Breville has included a tonne of accessories that can get you started on your coffee journey right away

What we don't like

✗ Can get very hot while in use

✗ It can be loud when the beans are grinding

 

Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4/5)

The Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo is the best option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly machine. The machine has a smart look thanks to its thoughtful design of matte black and stainless steel, so it’ll fit well into any modern kitchen. The machine is equipped with a 5-stage grinder, and the machine can effectively brew up to 10 cups of coffee.

The LCD display makes it easy to choose how strong you want your brew to be, and you can select from mild, medium, and strong brewing options. The heating element will also keep your coffee warm after it’s brewed. The machine is also fitted with a permanent filter, so you don’t need to worry about continually buying new paper filters for your machine.

 

Klarstein Aromatica 

Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo • Coffee Maker • Built-in Activated Carbon Filter • Five-stage Grinder • Drip Protection • Three Aroma Levels: Light, Medium, Strong • 24-hour Timer • 10 Cups • Silver
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Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo • Coffee Maker • Built-in Activated Carbon Filter • Five-stage Grinder • Drip Protection • Three Aroma Levels: Light, Medium, Strong • 24-hour Timer • 10 Cups • Silver
  • Design: Thanks to a thoughtful design of matte black and polished stainless steel this coffee machine fits perfectly into both modern and traditionally furnished kitchen environments.
  • Quality: Equipped with a 5-stage grinder, this machine can efficiently brew up to ten cups of aromatic coffee to start your morning off right.
  • Simple: Thanks to a high quality permanent filter, no disposable filters are necessary - good for the wallet and the environment.
  • Thoughtful: The heating element keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature, the water tank features a window with cup indicator for easy filling, and built-in drip protection means the brewed coffee...
  • Custom: 24 hour timer lets you program your brewing for that perfect wake up time.

The 24-hour timer on the machine will allow you to program your machine to turn on in the morning whenever you want it to. The machine is easy to clean, and you’ll want to make sure you clean the filter regularly to avoid any coffee clogging in the machine.

The drip tray is well-positioned to catch any spills that may occur when your brewing your coffee. Klarstein also include a warranty with the machine, this provides peace of mind as you’ll know the machine is covered if any problems occur.

One of the downsides to the machine is the volume when you grind the beans, it can be quite loud, so bear this in mind if you’re just waking up in the morning!

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

✔ Best machine for those looking to stay within a certain budget

✔ The machine looks good, Klarstein has done well at giving the machine a nice aesthetic

✔ The machine is easy to clean

What we don't like

✗ Only three strength settings to choose from, some machines have more than this

✗ More sophisticated machines available on the market

✗ The machine is loud when grinding the beans

 

Capresso 465 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

The Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS will allow you to brew up to 10 cups of coffee before you need to think about refilling the water tank. The machine measures up at 9.75 x 9.5 x 15.5 in and weighs 9 lbs.

The machine comes with a stainless steel carafe that will keep your coffee hot for hours after it’s been brewed. On the machine, you’ll find five different grind settings to choose from so you can choose exactly how fine or coarse you want your beans to be ground. The bean holder on the Capresso will hold up to 6 ounces of beans, which will leave you with a good amount of coffee.

 

Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 

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Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
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Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
  • FRESH COFFEE: Grinds fresh, whole beans right before brewing for freshest flavor
  • CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Integrated conical burr grinder with direct-feed technology - compact space saving design
  • CAPACITY: 10-cup thermal carafe, 6 ounce bean container
  • GOLDTONE FILTER: Eliminates the need for messy paper filters and is dishwasher safe
  • PROGRAMMABLE: Set the machine to automatically grind the coffee then brew at your programmed time

The machine is fully programmable, so you can set it to automatically turn on in the morning ready for that first cup of the day. You’ll find the strength settings on the front of your machine which will allow you to select how strong you want your brew to be.

The Capresso is compact in size so it’ll work well in a lot of different spaces. If you’re looking for a machine for just a couple of people, then the Capresso is a good machine to consider due to its size and ease of movement.

The Capresso would also work well in any office space, so it’s a good machine to consider if you’re looking for an easy to use fully-programmable machine for your workspace and if there will be more than one coffee drinker using the machine.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The carafe is a good size and allows 10 cups of coffee to be brewed

Plenty of options on how fine or coarse you want the grind to be

‘Auto On’ feature so your machine is ready to use when you get up in the morning

What we don't like

✗ The machine is loud when the beans are grinding

✗ The grinder can be a little difficult to clean

 

How To Choose The Best Coffee Machine With A Grinder?

There are a few important factors to consider when you’re looking for a grind and brew machine. The first is of course price, the machines in this article range in price and you’ll want to make sure you have a price point in mind before deciding on the machine you wish to go for.

It’s also worth keeping in mind how many coffee drinkers will be using the machine as this will play a key role in which machine you’ll want to go for. Each machine we tested would work well for a group of coffee drinkers, with the best being the Breville BES870BSXL, if you’ll be the only one using a machine then the Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS is a little smaller and maybe more suitable to your needs.

You also want to think about how new you are to the coffee world, if you’re buying a coffee machine for the first time then going for a slightly cheaper machine is the better way to go. It’s easier to buy a cheaper machine and upgrade it at a later date rather than buying a machine that’s too expensive, to begin with.

 

Ease Of Use

Whatever machine you decide to go for you’ll want to make sure the machine is easy to use. The advantage of purchasing a grind and brew machine is that you don’t need to worry about purchasing a separate grinder for your coffee, and there’s really no substitute for high-quality, freshly ground coffee.

Every machine we tested is easy to use and suitable for the new coffee drinker or if you’ve been enjoying coffee for years. Make sure you know how many people will be using the machine before you make a purchase as knowing this is important in making a decision on which machine to go for.

Most high-performance machines allow you to make a variety of different beverages, so whether you prefer milk-based coffee drinks such as Cappuccinos, Latte’s, Macchiatos or Flat Whites then most machines will be able to satisfy your needs. Alternatively, you could just program a machine turn on at your desired time so your coffee is ready for you every morning.

 

What Is The Best Coffee Maker With Grinder?

Our Winner: Breville BES870BSXL (5/5)

The best machine we tested is the Breville BES870BSXL. It’s the most sophisticated of the five machines we looked at. It comes with all the accessories you’ll need to start making high-quality coffee right away, enjoy a range of drinks, and choose from 16 different grind settings, to create coffee exactly how you like it.

It’s a cut above the other machines in terms of the level of choice you have over the coffee you want to make, this is perfect if a group of people who prefer different types of coffee will be using the machine. If you keep the machine well maintained by cleaning it regularly and making sure all the parts are properly maintained then there is no reason for the machine not to last a long period of time should you buy it.

The machine is suitable for use at home or at work and works particularly well if you have more than one coffee drinker who’ll be using it. Before you dive into buying a machine then it’s important to consider what type of machine is best for you. If you go for an Espresso machine with grinder then you’re almost guaranteeing ease of use due to the machine having a grinder built into it.

Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
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Barsetto Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker with Digital Programmalbe Drip Coffee Machine,10-Cups,Black
Top Performer
Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
Budget Option
Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo • Coffee Maker • Built-in Activated Carbon Filter • Five-stage Grinder • Drip Protection • Three Aroma Levels: Light, Medium, Strong • 24-hour Timer • 10 Cups • Silver
Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
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Dimensions
12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 in
14.4 x 20.5 x 12.2 in
13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 in
20.5 x 14.2 x 11.7 in
9.8 x 9.5 x 15.5 in
Weight
16 lbs
14 lbs
23 lbs
15 lbs
9 lbs
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$239.95
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$500.00
from $114.99
from $157.89
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Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
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Dimensions
12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 in
Weight
16 lbs
Price
$239.95
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Best Value
Barsetto Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker with Digital Programmalbe Drip Coffee Machine,10-Cups,Black
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
14.4 x 20.5 x 12.2 in
Weight
14 lbs
Price
from $49.99
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Top Performer
Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Black Sesame
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Dimensions
13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 in
Weight
23 lbs
Price
$500.00
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Budget Option
Klarstein Aromatica Nuovo Termo • Coffee Maker • Built-in Activated Carbon Filter • Five-stage Grinder • Drip Protection • Three Aroma Levels: Light, Medium, Strong • 24-hour Timer • 10 Cups • Silver
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Dimensions
20.5 x 14.2 x 11.7 in
Weight
15 lbs
Price
from $114.99
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Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
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Dimensions
9.8 x 9.5 x 15.5 in
Weight
9 lbs
Price
from $157.89
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This guide should have given you a good grounding in what to look for in a grind and brew machine. They have many advantages over other types of Coffee and Espresso machine, but it’s important you know the differences between certain types of coffee machines before you buy.

Once you know the differences and have taken your time to consider your options, you’ll be well on your way to picking up your perfect coffee machine.

The Best Espresso Machines Under $500 Reviewed & Compared: Our Ultimate Guide

The Best Espresso Machines Under $500 Reviewed & Compared: Our Ultimate Guide

It’s time again to take a look at some of the best Espresso Machines available on the market today. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best Espresso Machines available for under $500 and what machines you should consider going for if you’re on the lookout for a new Espresso machine.

This guide should save you time on your quest for a new machine and leave you in an excellent position to know what machine to go for.

The Best Espresso Machines Under $500 of 2019

Before we jump into looking at the different machines available to you, it’s important to take a look at a few of the factors you should consider before deciding on a machine. Generally, the most critical factor which dictates what machine you’ll go for is your budget.

There are lots of different price points available to the buyer today, and it’s important to think about what your purpose of buying a machine will be. It’s easier to start with a cheaper machine and upgrade it rather than starting with a costly machine and discovering that it’s too advanced for what you need it for.

If you’re more experienced with making coffee or you’re a professional barista, then you may want to look at a more expensive option. It all comes down to your own needs and what you’ll be using the machine for.

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
Best Value
Breville Nespresso Creatista Single Serve Espresso Machine with Milk Auto Steam Wand, Black
Top Performer
Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
Budget Option
Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 KBG Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Brushed Brass
Saeco HD8645/47 Vapore Automatic Espresso Machine, X-Small, Black
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
10 x 15.5 x 11.5 in
12.5 x 7 x 12 in
13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 in
6.5 x 12.8 x 14 in
15.2 x 16.7 x 15.3 in
Weight
18 lbs
11 lbs
23 lbs
6.2 lbs
15.5 lbs
Price
$459.00
from $314.95
from $529.99
$349.00
$419.00
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Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
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10 x 15.5 x 11.5 in
Weight
18 lbs
Price
$459.00
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Best Value
Breville Nespresso Creatista Single Serve Espresso Machine with Milk Auto Steam Wand, Black
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
12.5 x 7 x 12 in
Weight
11 lbs
Price
from $314.95
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Top Performer
Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
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Amazon Rating
Dimensions
13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 in
Weight
23 lbs
Price
from $529.99
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Budget Option
Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 KBG Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Brushed Brass
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
6.5 x 12.8 x 14 in
Weight
6.2 lbs
Price
$349.00
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Saeco HD8645/47 Vapore Automatic Espresso Machine, X-Small, Black
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Amazon Rating
Dimensions
15.2 x 16.7 x 15.3 in
Weight
15.5 lbs
Price
$419.00
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What Is The Best Choice?

Our Winner: Breville BES870XL (5/5)

Our pick for the best machine to go for is the Breville BES870XL it’s the most sophisticated of the five machines we tested. The machine holds a large amount, so you don’t need to worry about refilling the tank regularly. As the machine has an in-built Burr grinder, you can choose exactly how fine or coarse you want your beans to be and create a wide range of drinks.

As the machine is easy to use and allows you to brew a large amount of coffee, it’s suitable for the individual coffee drinker or those looking for a machine suitable for more than one coffee drinker. Breville has also included a wide range of accessories that come with the machine, so once the machine arrives and you buy some great tasting coffee you are well on your way at creating the coffee you want!

 

Breville The Barista 

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Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
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Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
  • Dose control grinding: integrated conical burr grinder grinds on demand to deliver the right amount of freshly ground Coffee directly into the portafilter for your preferred taste with any roast of...
  • Precise espresso extraction: digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal Espresso extraction
  • Micro foam milk texturing: the steam wand performance allows you to hand texture micro foam milk that enhances flavor and enables creation of latte art
  • Grind size dial: simple and intuitive, giving you control over the grind size no matter what type of bean you're grinding
  • Hands free operation: innovative grinding cradle allows any at home Barista to grind directly into the espresso port filter

 

Gaggia Brera Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4/5)

The first machine we’ll take a look at is the Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine. The machine has a nice look to it, with a stainless steel front and a black plastic panel finish on the sides, so the machine will look good in any kitchen or office space. The machine comes with a one-year warranty as standard, so you know your machine is taken care of should any problems occur with it.

On the front of the machine, you’ll find the Panarello steam wand which you use for frothing your milk; the wand will also double up as a hot water dispenser for americanos and tea. The machine is also very quick at heating up, which allows the machine to be ready to steam milk within 9 seconds, which is very fast.

 

Gaggia Brera 

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
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Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
  • FROTHING FOR MILK BEVERAGES: Pannarello wand frothing for cappuccinos & lattes. Wand doubles as a hot water dispenser for americanos & tea.
  • EASY ACCESS: The dregs drawer, drip tray, and water tank are all within reach and accessible from the front of the machine for quick and easy cleaning and maintenance. Warm the cups with hot water if...
  • USER-FRIENDLY DISPLAY: Push-button controls and an LED display with illuminated icons make for an easy and intuitive experience.
  • RAPID STEAM TECHNOLOGY: Quick heat up times and robust brewing and steaming operations. Supported coffee types : Ground coffee, Whole coffee beans
  • 1 YEAR WARRANTY: Hassle free 1 year warranty handled by Gaggia directly. Brita Filter compatible: Yes.Power:1400 W

On the top of the machine, you’ll see the ceramic burr grinder, where your beans will be ground. It has five different grind settings, so you have a good level of control over how fine or coarse you want your beans to be. It’s well known that ceramic burr grinders do a great job at creating less heat when they grind beans, which leads to more flavor in your cup.

The water reservoir is located on the front of the machine and has a 40 Oz capacity, which makes sure you don’t have to refill the machine after every cup. With this capacity, the Gaggia Brera is a suitable machine if you have more than one coffee drinker in your home or at work.

The LCD Display on the front of the machine will allow you to pick how strong you want your brew, as well as choose the drink you want to brew and this is done before making your drink. Once you’ve made a selection over the strength of your brew, this is stored when you make drinks in the future which will save you time in the future when you’re using the machine.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The machine is easy to use as it’s a super-automatic machine

Stainless steel gives the machine a sophisticated look and its easy to clean

The user has great control over the type of drink they want to brew

One-year warranty included as standard

What we don't like

✗ On/Off switch is located at the back of the machine (this could be more conveniently placed)

✗ The stainless steel front can get grubby with finger marks (be sure to clean the machine regularly)

 

Breville Nespresso Creatista Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.5/5)

The Breville Nespresso Creatista is the best value option of the five machines we used. Like the Gaggia, it has a stainless steel front and black plastic panels on the side of the machine. The machine allows you to create high-quality coffee from the comfort of your own home.

On the display screen, you’ll see that the machine has eight different drink choices, you can make the perfect cup of Black Coffee with options ranging from Ristretto, Espresso, and Luongo. If you prefer a milk-based beverage, then you can choose from Cappuccinos, Lattes, Macchiatos or a Flat White, so the machine has plenty of options to satisfy your coffee needs.

 

Breville Nespresso Creatista 

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Breville Nespresso Creatista Single Serve Espresso Machine with Milk Auto Steam Wand, Black
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Breville Nespresso Creatista Single Serve Espresso Machine with Milk Auto Steam Wand, Black
  • SINGLE SERVE COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MACHINE: The Nespresso Creatista Plus offers freshly brewed coffee as well as delicious authentic espresso. The Creatista plus can turn into your personal latte maker...
  • BARISTA GRADE: Brew different single serve coffee and espresso beverage options at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs Ristretto (0.5 oz.), Rspresso (1.35 ounce), Lungo (5 ounce). The...
  • SMART COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER: Brew a perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup time after time with an easy TFT LCD display that assists you on all preparation, setting and maintenance aspects...
  • INTEGRATED MILK FROTHER: Automatic built-in milk frother with 8 texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings (11 settings, 55-76 degree Celsius/ 133-169 degree Fahrenheit) helps you...
  • FEATURES AND WARRANTY: Nespresso Creatista Plus includes a 1.5 Litres removable water tank, an auto-purge steam wand, 19 bars of pressure, a fast automatic cleaning process, a stainless milk jug and a...

On the front of the machine, you’ll see a wand that you can use to froth your milk. You can choose from five different temperature settings and four different texture settings, so your milk will be precisely how you like it. You’ll have to use Nespresso Pods with the machine so if you’re unsure which flavor is your favorite you can mix and match to see which flavor you prefer.

The interface on the front of the machine gives you complete control to prepare the perfect cup of coffee. The machine heats up quickly, and the ideal temperature is reached in under ten seconds. The coffee that is used for the machine comes from ethical sources, with Nespresso having a Rainforest Alliance certification.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Best value option machine

Wide range of beverage choices

Full control over how you want your milk

What we don't like

✗ Coffee pods are not always environmentally friendly as many of them are not recyclable

✗ Coffee can sometimes taste slightly watered down

 

Breville BES870XL Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (5/5)

The Breville BES870XL is the top-performing machine out of the five which we tried and tested. The first thing you’ll notice about the machine is the smart, slick look that the machine has. It’s made entirely from Stainless steel, which means it will look great in any kitchen or office space. The bean holder holds between 19-22g of coffee, which is a good amount of coffee.

The machine comes with everything you need to get started, it comes with an in-built conical Burr grinder which has sixteen different settings, so you have full control over how fine or coarse you want your beans to be ground, the lower the number, the finer the beans will be, while the higher the number, the more coarse the grind will be.

 

Breville the Barista BES870XL 

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Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
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Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
  • Dose control grinding: integrated conical burr grinder grinds on demand to deliver the right amount of freshly ground Coffee directly into the portafilter for your preferred taste with any roast of...
  • Precise espresso extraction: digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal Espresso extraction
  • Micro foam milk texturing: the steam wand performance allows you to hand texture micro foam milk that enhances flavor and enables creation of latte art
  • Grind size dial: simple and intuitive, giving you control over the grind size no matter what type of bean you're grinding
  • Hands free operation: innovative grinding cradle allows any at home Barista to grind directly into the espresso port filter

You can also choose between single or double shots, and the machine will grind enough coffee to suit whichever option you select, this amount can be easily adjusted using the grind amount knob on the front of the machine. Once you’ve done this and you want to brew your coffee, lock the portafilter in place and select a single or double shot and let the machine work its magic.

Breville has also included a tamper with the machine so you can make sure there’s exactly enough coffee in your portafilter, the machine also comes with a stainless steel jug which is perfect for frothing your milk in. The steam wand will take about thirty seconds to come up to the desired temperature so you can steam your milk correctly, and the wand itself can turn a full 360 degrees so you can steam the milk from different positions.

The water tank is large and can hold around 2 liters or 67 ounces of water; this will allow you to make plenty of coffee before you need to worry about refilling the tank. The drip tray at the bottom of the machine is fully removable and will catch any spills or excess coffee that your grind or brew. With all these different features, Breville has done a great job at creating a high-quality easy to use Espresso machine.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Tonnes of features make the Breville BES870XL very intuitive and easy to use

Breville includes everything you need to get started making great tasting coffee

Bean holder and water tank hold a large amount of coffee and water respectively

What we don't like

✗ The machine can sometimes splutter coffee when in use

✗ The machine can get very hot when in use

✗ It can be loud when in use

 

Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 KBG Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.5/5)

The Technivorm Moccamaster is a slightly different option to the other machines we’ve looked at so far. The machine features a glass carafe and an automatic drip-stop brew-basket that stops the flow of coffee if you remove the carafe.

The machine will brew a full 40 Oz pot of coffee in just 6 minutes. The Technivorm comes with a 40 Oz Water Tank, which will allow you to brew about 10 cups of coffee before the tank needs refilling.

 

Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 KBG 

Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 KBG Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Brushed Brass
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Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 KBG Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Brushed Brass
  • The top coffee maker choice of coffee brewing experts
  • Easy use, one button Operation and 4-6 minute brew time for 40 oz of Coffee
  • Perfectly brewed Coffee Delivered by our copper element and no Pumps
  • Coffee maker features an auto shut off after 100 minutes
  • Backed by a 5-year Manufacturers

The glass carafe works well at maintaining the temperature of the brewed coffee. It will hold the coffee between 175-185 degrees for around 100 minutes after the coffee has been brewed. The coffee maker will also turn itself off after these 100 minutes have elapsed. The machine is also pretty quiet when you brew the coffee.

The machine is the best value option out of the machines we tested. The sheer amount of coffee can produce makes it the perfect machine to use in an office environment or if you have more than one coffee drinker in your home. A five-year manufacturer guarantee comes as standard with the machine and they are handmade in the Netherlands.

If you’re looking for a well-priced machine for more than one coffee drinker, then the Technivorm is an excellent machine to consider. One of the only downsides of the machine is how bulky it is. You’ll want to consider how it will look in your kitchen or office space before you buy it.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Well priced machine

A hot plate on the machine makes sure that the glass carafe maintains the temperature of the coffee after it’s been brewed

Great machine to use if you have one or more coffee drinker in your home

What we don't like

✗ The machine is fairly bulky

✗ Not the most pleasing machine on the eye

 

Saeco HD8645/47 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

The Saeco HD8645/47 is the final machine that we tested. The machine is compact in nature, weighing in at just 15.67 pounds. The machine comes in a smart black color which is pleasing on the eye. You’ll be able to choose how fine or coarse you want your beans to be; the machine gives you five different grind settings you can choose from.

The bean holder has a capacity of 6.5 ounces, so it’s not the largest capacity bean holder, but still, enough so you can enjoy a few cups of coffee before it will need refilling. Saeco has included a full instruction manual to guide you through how to use the machine properly.

 

Saeco HD8645/47 

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Saeco HD8645/47 Vapore Automatic Espresso Machine, X-Small, Black
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Saeco HD8645/47 Vapore Automatic Espresso Machine, X-Small, Black
  • The espresso machine's ceramic grinders deliver premium espresso coffee from fresh beans
  • Classic milk frother for creamy foam
  • Customize the grind to your taste with 5 grinder settings
  • One click removable brewing group. Cord length is less than 3.3 feet
  • Auto-cleaning cycle removes any hassle.Material of main body: ABS Plastic

The knob on the front of the machine allows you to pick from two different size settings when you’re selecting the size of your drink. You can move the knob so that the machine will produce steam, or if you turn the knob to the right, it can dispense hot water, which is perfect if you want to use the machine for tea as well as different types of coffee.

On the front of the machine, you’ll see a series of warning lights that will inform you if the water tank is running low or if the machine needs descaling or if the machine has a general problem. You can also open the machine up to have a look at the brewing unit, but this may only be applicable if you know there’s a problem with the machine or you are confident in how it works.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Smart looking machine, which will look good in most kitchens or office spaces

Good machine to use for a single coffee drinker or if there’s more than one coffee drinker in your home

The machine can dispense steam and hot water so you can make a good variety of drinks

What we don't like

✗ Some users have complained the machine can leak

✗ Water tank and bean holder are quite small, so will require regular refilling

 

How To Choose The Best Espresso Machine Under $500

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are a few defining factors you need to consider before buying a machine. Hopefully, through the reviews, you can see what’s important when you’re looking at what machines to buy. Taking a few important steps will make sure that you acquire the best machine possible.

 

Price

All these machines in this article are under $500; it’s important to have an idea of how much you want to spend when you’re looking at different machines. It’s important to consider how much you want to spend or how sophisticated you want your machine to be.

 

Who Will Be Using The Machine?

All these machines in this article are under $500; it’s important to have an idea of how much you want to spend when you’re looking at different machines. It’s important to consider how much you want to spend or how sophisticated you want your machine to be.

 

Ease Of Use

Whichever machine you end up going with you want to make sure it’s easy to use, especially if you’re new to using Espresso machines. Machines that have easy to follow instructions, or that guide you through which drinks you can make on the display screen are excellent in how easy they are to use. Don’t make life more complicated; be sure to find a machine that’s simple to use and will give you great tasting coffee.

 

What Is The Best Espresso Machines Under $500?

Our Winner: Breville BES870XL (5/5)

As noted above the best Espresso Machine that you can buy for under $500 is the Breville BES870XL. It’s the most sophisticated machine for the given budget and delivers on all of the important factors that a machine should. It gives you a high degree of control over what type of drink you want and how you want it.

The machine gives you great tasting coffee at an affordable price, and those two things are precisely what you should be looking for in an Espresso machine.

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
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How To Choose The Best Coffee Grinder For The French Press: Five Of Our Favorites

How To Choose The Best Coffee Grinder For The French Press: Five Of Our Favorites

Making the perfect cup of coffee can be just as much about the ritual of preparing the coffee as it is about drinking it, especially if you’re a fan of the French press method. We’ve looked at five of the best coffee bean grinders for the French press method to help you choose the right one for you.

The Best Coffee Grinders For The French Press Of 2019

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Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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6 x 4 x 8.5 in
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1.7 lbs
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$139.00
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OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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7.4 x 5.2 x 11.8 in
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KRUPS GX420851, Coffee Grinder with Scale, 39 grind settings, large 14 oz capacity, intuitive interface, Black
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18.3 x 10.2 x 6.8 in
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6.2 lbs
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Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
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10.8 x 7.1 x 6 in
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$36.99
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Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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4.7 x 6.3 x 13.8 in
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$139.00
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What Is The Best Choice?

Our Winner: OXO Brew (5/5)

If you’re really in a hurry, and you just want to know which machine we think is the best of the ones we tried for the French press method, then we’ll come right out and say it: it’s the OXO Brew. If you have a little more time, then hang around for our overview of all five.

 

OXO BREW Coffee Grinder 

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OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Durable 40 millimeter stainless steel conical burrs create uniform grounds for optimal flavor extraction
  • 15 settings (plus Micro settings) let you adjust your grind to suit your taste
  • One touch start timer keeps your last setting, just push to grind
  • Hopper holds up to 0. 75 pounds of Coffee beans
  • Grounds container accommodates up to 110 grams (enough for 12 cups). never use water or other liquids to clean the inside of the grinder/burrs

When it comes to consistency, the OXO was the clear winner for us. It learned what we liked very quickly. It also offers one of the simplest “on/off” choices, you can tell it how long you’d like it to spend time grinding your beans, and you don’t have to worry about resetting it each time.

We have to confess we also liked it because it was super-easy to clean, and we didn’t get very much in the way of coffee powder residue from the blending process. We did, however, opt to buy a separate dedicated soft brush to keep our OXO Brew clean and our coffee tasting great (more on that later in this article).

 

Hand Ground Precision Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

Even the name of the Hand Ground Precision Manual Coffee Grinder tells you exactly what this machine is all about. It’s a manual machine; you don’t need any electricity to run it, and despite the fact it’s manual, you don’t need to have super-developed muscles to use it either.

It grinds fairly consistently; you have a choice of 15 different settings for different coffee brewing methods, from 1 for espresso, to 8 for French press. The other options are Aeropress Chemex, cold brew, drip, espresso, and pour over. It also comes with a very useful magnetic chart.

 

Hand Ground Precision Manual Coffee Grinder 

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Handground Precision Manual Coffee Grinder: Conical Ceramic Burr Mill - Brushed Nickel
  • HIGH-QUALITY HAND COFFEE GRINDER designed by thousands of coffee enthusiasts around the world to achieve a consistent grind using the hand crank mill for any bean.
  • ADJUSTABLE GRIND SELECTOR with 15 settings giving precision to the coarseness of grind for your Pour Over, Drip, Chemex, Cold Brew, French Press, AeroPress, Espresso, or your specific brewing method.
  • HASSLE-FREE GRINDING With A 40mm conical ceramic burr mill and triple mounted axle that eliminates burr wobble. These last 5x longer than stainless steel blades. Each axle is milled on a 5 axis CNC...
  • DURABLE, PORTABLE, AND QUIET with a convenient removable hand crank mechanism consistently eliminates over 90% of the noise that electric grinders produce. Great for camping, traveling, and stores...
  • FULL COVERAGE WARRANTY! *NEW* All grinders shipping have upgraded Tritan Hoppers and Burr Mounting Systems and everything is covered for 1 Full Year.

The machine incorporates a 40mm conical ceramic burr mill, and for the engineers amongst you, each axle is milled on a 5 axis CNC with a tolerance of 0004. For those without an engineering background, that’s razor-thin. This is one of the best manual coffee grinders we’ve come across.

It’s portable, durable, quiet and consistent, so a great option for camping, traveling, or just general sustainability in your kitchen. The coffee gets stored at the bottom in the glass jar.  The hopper will take up to 4oz of coffee.

It measures 6” by 4” by 8.5”, and weighs 1.74lb (2.1lb with shipping). You’re likely to get the best results from this grinder if you use a medium to dark coffee: Columbian, Ethiopian, Java or Sumatra. You can use the heavier Costa Rican beans, but they do take a little more effort to grind. Only the ceramic burrs touch the beans while grinding is going on. All in all, it is actually one of the best manual coffee grinders on the market.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

It’s completely manual; you don’t need any power supply

It has 40mm conical ceramic burrs so the grind is always consistent

The coffee grounds storage section is made of glass

It’s an attractive machine, in neutral colors that would go with any décor

It’s easy to measure your coffee due to the marks on the side and the nifty magnetic chart

What we don't like

✗ The handle only turns in one direction

✗ It has a relatively low number of grinding options

✗ It’s very small and slight

 

OXO Brew Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (5/5)

Okay, we have to confess, of the five grinders we tried, the OXO Brew was our favorite; and here are some of our reasons why.

It’s an electric conical burr coffee grinder which is petite enough to fit into pretty much any kitchen. The double conical burrs mean the grinds are perfectly uniform, meaning the coffee tastes consistently good.

 

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder 

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OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Durable 40 millimeter stainless steel conical burrs create uniform grounds for optimal flavor extraction
  • 15 settings (plus Micro settings) let you adjust your grind to suit your taste
  • One touch start timer keeps your last setting, just push to grind
  • Hopper holds up to 0. 75 pounds of Coffee beans
  • Grounds container accommodates up to 110 grams (enough for 12 cups). never use water or other liquids to clean the inside of the grinder/burrs

You get a choice of grind sizes, from fine to espresso to coarse for French press. It has a one-touch start, and the timer remembers your last setting so when you’re half asleep in the morning you don’t need to worry about resetting anything.

The durable 40mm conical burrs are made from stainless steel, and the hopper holds around 12oz of coffee beans. You can choose how finely, or coarsely, you want to grind your coffee beans; you can also decide how long you want the grinding to last.

This machine weighs 4.5lb (7.55lb with shipping) and measures 7.4” x 5.2” x 11.8”. It’s silver in color and is made from stainless steel.

It’s super easy to clean, although don’t ever use water or other liquids to clean the inside of the grinder or burrs – stick to dry methods, preferably with a dedicated soft brush intended to clean coffee machines.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

It has a nice solid build quality and is physically attractive, with a nice neutral look

You can choose both duration and how finely, or coarsely, you’d like your beans ground

It’s small enough to fit in with pretty much any kitchen setup

It’s very reasonably priced

It doesn’t produce too much mess – you won’t have too much coffee powder residue on your counter

It remembers your last setting

What we don't like

✗ Some models develop a low buzzing noise

✗ The grounds container doesn’t lock into place so it sometimes works its way out while grinding of beans is underway

✗ You will need to buy a separate brush to keep the working parts clean and in good order

 

The KRUPS GX420851 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.5/5)

The Krups GX420851 Coffee Grinder is a handsome-looking machine that definitely means business. The inside bowl is made of stainless steel. This burr grinder is on the larger side, at 18.3” x 10.2” x 6.8”, and weighing 6.2 pounds, although it copes just fine with grinding only enough coffee for one or two cups.

The hopper takes up to 14 oz of coffee at a time; enough for around 12 cups. There is, however, no easy way to empty the hopper, you will either need to grind the beans until it’s empty, or scoop any residue out by hand if you decide you’d like to change blend.

 

KRUPS GX420851 

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KRUPS GX420851, Coffee Grinder with Scale, 39 grind settings, large 14 oz capacity, intuitive interface, Black
  • THE PERFECT GRIND - The perfect amount of coffee, grounded on demand, at the touch of a button
  • EASY TO USE INTERFACE - Just choose the number of cups and the Auto-Dose Grinder will automatically deliver the grinds to achieve the Golden Ratio for a balanced cup of coffee, every time
  • LARGE GRINDING RANGE - Bean hopper designed for easy coffee filling with a large 14oz/400g capacity for an entire bag of coffee
  • REMOVABLE HOPPER - It is designed to be easily removable to transfer coffee beans or cleaning
  • HOPPER AUTO-SHUT DOORS - The bean hopper is engineered with auto-shut trap doors to hold the whole bean coffee when the hopper is removed from the grinder body. This allows the transfer of coffee...

For coffee made using the French press method, you might find it grinds the beans a little too finely if you don’t keep a close and careful eye on the amount of time you decide to grind your coffee.

Some users report having used this machine quite happily for cinnamon, flax, and other substances, but if you were going to use it in that way, we’d suggest buying one just for that purpose.

One of the nicest features is the built-in lid seal – if the lid is not sealed properly, the grinder won’t grind.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

This is a powerful enough grinder for some drier spices and seeds and other substances as well as coffee

The hopper has a large capacity – enough for 12 cups

You can also choose to grind just a small amount of coffee

The lid safety feature means it only grinds if the lid is sealed

It’s an attractive looking device

What we don't like

✗ If you don’t remember to wipe away the coffee powder on the lid after grinding it has a habit of sticking

✗ The cord is on the short side, at 4 feet, and doesn’t retract or store under the machine

✗ It’s not the smallest machine in the world

 

Cuisinart DBM-8 Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (3.5/5)

The Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill was the lowest-priced of the five machines we test drove. It’s a very compact device, measuring just 6” x 7.13” x 10.75” high. The grinding chamber holds enough coffee to make a very substantial 32 cups, and the bean hopper can hold 8 oz of coffee. This item ships with a measuring scoop and a cleaning brush. You can grind coffee for as few as 4 cups or as many as 18 cups at a time.

 

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill 

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
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Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
  • Removable grind chamber holds enough ground coffee for 32 cups. Dimensions : 6.00 L x 7.13 W x 10.75 H inches
  • Removable 8 oz. bean hopper. Includes scoop and cleaning brush
  • Electric timer automatically shuts off when grind cycle is complete
  • 18-position grind selector; 4- to 18-cup slide dial
  • Removable grind chamber holds enough ground coffee for 32 cups; Separate one-touch power bar, heavy-duty motor and scoop/cleaning Brush.BPA Free

This electric machine has an auto shut-off feature which kicks in when the grind cycle is complete, and a grind selector with 18 different positions, from extra-coarse to ultra-fine. As with most machines, the coarser grind is recommended if you’re using the French press method to make coffee, with the finer blends for espresso.

If you opt for this machine you need to be aware that it is a disk burr grinder, not a conical burr grinder, which accounts for the difference in price. The grinding disks are made of flat metal, not conical. You do need to make sure that the hopper is safely screwed in place before starting to grind.

The noise level on this burr mill is also relatively high, so bear that in mind if you’re using it first thing in the morning.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

There is a dedicated storage area for the cord via a spool

The machine will automatically shut off when the grind cycle is complete

The design is very attractive physically

It’s easy to keep clean

You get a lot of machine for the money

What we don't like

✗ The minimum amount of coffee you can grind is enough for 4 cups

✗ This type of grinder is generally not quite as long-lived as the conical burr varieties, depending on how heavily they’re used

✗ Even on the fine setting, the grounds from this grinder are relatively coarse

✗ It’s a relatively noisy device

 

Baratza Encore Review

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4/5)

The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder was the most expensive of the five machines we tried although it’s one of the cheaper models produced by this company, a favorite manufacturer amongst many baristas.

It has 40 grind settings and includes 40mm hardened alloy steel burrs. The hopper can hold 8 oz of beans, and the controls are super-easy to operate. You have a choice of on/off or pulse. The grounds bin is clear, and the fill line tells you when you need to empty it. It copes well with small and large amounts of coffee beans.

 

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder 

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING GRINDERS - Baratza grinders are preferred by coffee professionals and backed by Baratza's world class support.
  • GO-TO ENTRY LEVEL GRINDER - Baratza's best-selling grinder, with its small footprint is THE choice for brewing coffee at home.
  • USER FRIENDLY - A convenient, front-mounted pulse button, plus a simple ON/OFF switch makes it easy to grind fresh coffee.
  • 40 GRIND SETTINGS - With commercial-grade conical burrs to help you explore the extensive range of brew methods (espresso, Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex, French Press, and automatic brewers.).
  • WARRANTY/QUALITY PARTS - Engineered with 40mm hardened alloy steel burrs manufactured in Liechtenstein, Europe, plus a powerful DC motor. This combination creates a consistent grind and durability to...

The dimensions of this machine are 4.7” x 6.3” x 13.8”, and weight-wise it’s 6.83lb without shipping materials (8.1lb with). This grinder does not come with a measuring device and this machine does not have a timer, so you will need to find some other method of measuring how long your grind is taking.

You are likely to need to experiment with this machine to get the exact grind coarseness you want, and it may be necessary to recalibrate. It has a pretty robust motor, so it’s not the quietest machine out there. It’s also not the easiest machine to take apart when it comes time to clean it, although you do get a rather nice conical brush included with the grinder.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

The company is known for providing personalized customer service

This machine offers an entry-level option into a range traditionally used by professional baristas

This machine has a very small physical footprint

There are 40 grind settings

This machine copes well with both small and large amounts of coffee beans

What we don't like

✗ It’s really quite noisy, even for a coffee grinder

✗ It’s not the most intuitive machine to take apart for cleaning

✗ This machine is not supplied with a measuring device or timer

 

How To Choose A Coffee Grinder For French Press

The French press method of brewing coffee is one of the most popular. It’s straightforward and versatile, it’s sustainable and economical, and you get a truly authentic tasting brew if you get the grind right. And there’s the rub – when you’re choosing a coffee grinder, how finely you can grind those coffee beans is one of the most important factors to think about.

It’s not the only factor; there are many others, like how much coffee you can grind at once, the size of the machine, whether it’s an electric coffee grinder or manual, and how straightforward the device is to operate.

 

Looking For The Best Coffee Grinder

When using a French press or cafetière method to make coffee, you get the very best results if your beans are coarsely ground, so that’s what we’ve been concentrating on. Every one of these five machines is excellent in its way; all of them offer you a great range of options from super fine to extra coarse in terms of how they will grind your coffee.

Every machine we tried has at least fifteen choices to grind your coffee, from so fine it’s almost dust to coarse and earthy. One of the machines in our selection, the Baratza, offers forty levels, although for everyday use we just mind find that a little too much choice.

 

Things To Look For When Choosing Coffee Grinders

You need to take into account quite a few features when you’re making your final decision on which coffee grinder to buy. Firstly, is it a conical burr grinder or a flat disk grinder? You will get different results, and in general, conical burr grinders are built for heavier use than flat disk machines.

Speaking of the burrs and disks, what are they made of? Typical choices are ceramic, stainless steel, or hardened alloy. All of the machines we looked at were burr grinders, although only the Cuisinart is a flat disk grinder: the other four all use conical burrs.

Size is also a factor, as is style. You also need to think about how finely and coarsely the machine can grind your coffee beans and how much, or little, coffee you can grind at once. Another consideration is how simple the machine is to operate, and whether you need power or not.

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Four of the machines we tried are electric; the only one that is completely manual is the Hand Ground model. All of the others require power. All of the machines are compact. If height clearance is limited, then the smallest model is the Hand Ground; if width and depth are more of an issue, then the Hand Ground and the Baratza are the smallest.

 

Can You Only Use A Coffee Grinder For French Press Coffee?

Although this time around we were testing suitability for French press coffee, you could use all of these machines to grind up blends for pretty much every other coffee brewing method, including Aeropress, Chemex, espresso,  Moka Express, Pour Over, Stovetop, and even cold brew.

For all of these machines, you will need to experiment a little until you get the blend and consistency just right, but once you do, we suspect you’ll never look back. Quite apart from the taste of freshly ground coffee, there’s that truly delicious aroma. (We’ve even heard real estate agents suggest brewing a fresh pot of coffee if you’re selling your home, to make potential buyers feel extra welcome.)

 

How Well Will The Coffee Grinder Fit Into Your Kitchen?

We know it’s a relatively small matter to consider, but you do need to think whether the coffee grinder is the right size for the space you have available, and if it will fit with your existing kitchen decor.  In terms of color, the machines are relatively similar, with a silver or stainless steel casing and a transparent hopper, some of which are made of plastic. From a “blending in with the décor” perspective, all the machines looked modern and attractive.

Budget is also something to bear in mind, and to a large extent, this may depend on how often you’re planning to use the coffee grinder, and for how long. If you’re only going to use it occasionally, does it merit buying a more expensive model? While the more commercial style machine might appeal to your inner barista, would you be better off with a mid-range machine instead?

And while we’re on the subject of duration, does the machine come with a timer or are you going to have to stand over it while it grinds? Is there an auto-off function? How straightforward is it to take apart? How easy is it to obtain replacement parts? And will you need to buy any additional accessories, like cleaning brushes?

 

Tips For Getting The Best Out Of A Coffee Grinder

We have found you do need to choose the right kind of beans to get optimum results from burr grinders: drier blends will usually produce a better consistency, so try to make sure you don’t choose varieties that are too oily.

We have also heard of people using them to grind up spices, seeds, and other substances, but in our experience using your burr machine for that purpose as well as coffee isn’t a brilliant idea, and we’d suggest a dedicated machine if that’s your bag.

 

What Is The Best Coffee Grinder For The French Press?

Our Winner: OXO Brew (5/5)

The OXO is not the cheapest of the machines we looked at, but it is very sensibly priced and represents good value, with the best range of features compared to the other machines we tried.

For its size, the OXO Brew is a sturdy machine, standing up to frequent use. We also liked the fact that it coped extremely well with just a small amount of coffee, and a decent amount of beans: some of the other machines felt a little too large, capacity wise, for a small household or one where only a couple of people are fresh-ground coffee fiends.

And we loved its no-nonsense design as well as the sensible number of grinding options, and the fact that we could tell it not only how fine we wanted our coffee grounds, but also how long we’d like the grinding process to last.

So, for all of those reasons, we’d recommend the OXO Brew.

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OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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