The Home Absinth Coffee Maker
Selecting the perfect home Absinth Coffee Maker for everyday use can be a challenging task. With so many out on the market sporting different claims to fame, its hard to pick the quality products from the duds. In this review we take a look at this years most promising products poised to offer superior quality. We start off with the popular Cuisinart, making our way down to the De’Longhi.
1. Cuisinart DGB-650BC Thermal Automatic Coffeemaker
Cuisinart’s coffeemakers have always been quite popular. This particular model combines several key features for ultimate convenience. It grinds whole coffee beans and brews them whenever you want. This programmable machine can do all of these automatically at your preferred time. You can set it up at night and wake up the next day with freshly made coffee. This is certainly a more pleasant jolt in the morning compared to any alarm clock.
The DGB-650BC is capable of making up to 10 cups with each being 5 ounces. That should be more than enough for the whole family or even a small office. You can prepare a full pot just in time for that afternoon break. It is also possible to brew smaller amounts of coffee without compromising quality using the 1-4 Cup button. If you prefer using pre-ground coffee, then just use the Grind Off setting.
This is a nice-looking coffeemaker that you will love to display on your counter. The gray-and-black combination paired with gentle curves provide this with a clean and minimalist appearance. It is also highly functional with a large carafe that features a double wall for thermal insulation. Coffee stays hot for longer while the handle stays cool for safety. The spout is drip-free to prevent mess.
- Fully programmable machine with grinder
- 10-cup coffeemaker to serve the whole family
- Double wall stainless steel carafe to keep coffee hot
- Charcoal filter removes unwanted tastes and odors from water
- Cuisinart provides a 3-year limited warranty.
- Sleek minimalist design looks good in a modern kitchen.
- Price is reasonable for a grind and brew machine.
- Water reservoir pump and lid have durability issues.
- Owners shoulder the shipping cost for replacement.
- Requires frequent cleaning in and around the grinder.
2. KRUPS KM550D50 Personal Café
Going to a coffee shop is not always possible when you are busy or far from the city center. KRUPS solves this problem by giving you a machine that serves as a Personal Café. Go ahead and pour some beans. It can grind them down and give you a good brew. It provides an option for a bolder flavor if the regular brew is too weak for you.
Note that this model is not programmable. You will have to get up in the morning to get it started, although it’s just a one-button action. It will also keep your coffee hot for half an hour after brewing — not a lot but it should be enough time to finish the small pot. It can only hold 20 ounces anyway, which is good enough to up to 4 cups.
This is an ultra-compact coffeemaker for tiny counters. The presence of a grinder is a big bonus here, although it does have its limitations. The machine tends to be loud and some people complain that the brew tastes weak. You are forced to use the permanent filter as there is no holder for a paper filter. The pot tends to leak at the sides when pouring coffee. Be careful or you might have to clean up a mess.
- 4-cup pot with glass wall for personal use
- One-touch automatic grinding and brewing
- Brew Only mode for pre-ground coffee
- Stainless steel permanent filter
- Adjustable grind size
- Bold Brew function for deeper flavor
- 30-minute Keep Warm function
- Easy to clean, dishwasher safe parts
- Transparent pot with level indicators
- Compact for small kitchens
- Very chic design, good for gifts
- Short keep warm period, other KRUPS manage 4hrs
- Non-programmable device means less efficiency and convenience
- No option to use paper filter
- Weak brews even at bold setting
- Liquid leaks from the pot when pouring
3. Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker
Since every type of coffee bean produces a different flavor, it doesn’t make sense to treat them all the same when grinding and brewing. Breville created this model to address this specific issue once and for all. It allows users to adjust the strength of their coffee with 8 levels available. This fine degree of control makes it possible to produce perfect-tasting cups no matter the input.
It is also large enough to make 12 cups in one push so the whole family can get coffee in the morning before heading out to the school or the office. The machine also has a Single Cup mode that can produce exactly the right amount of coffee for your preferred container. This is a great feature for those who like to drink on the way to work.
The carafe has an effective thermal barrier that keeps the liquid hot for about 3hrs. The downside is that you can’t see through the interior so it’s hard to gauge the amount remaining. It’s a good machine when it’s working smoothly so make sure to do regular maintenance to keep things that way.
- 8 strength settings to suit your taste
- Maximum water capacity good for 12 cups
- Maximum coffee bean capacity of 1/2 pounds
- LCD screen with vital indicators
- Removable drip tray for tall cups
- Programmable auto start
- Highly adjustable quiet grinder to handle every type of bean
- Intuitive display makes brewing and monitoring a breeze
- Single cup mode with incremental size options
- Thermal carafe keeps contents hot for around 3 hours
- Slow single cup mode compared to normal carafe mode
- Inefficient hopper design leads to feed issues in the grinder
- Dark roasts lead to frequent clogs that need cleaning
- Can break down easily if not maintained regularly
4. De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic
This De’Longhi coffee maker is one of the more expensive machines of its kind at over $500. Is it worth it? This will depend on how much you value your daily caffeine habit. The ESEM3300 Magnifica is a super automatic. It can grind beans and brew coffee with ease. You can even add a creamy froth if you want to thanks to the manual steam wand. It is definitely a more advance model that commands a premium price.
The container can accommodate up to 8.8 ounces of beans while the water tank can hold 60 ounces of water. You can makes espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, Americano, and more with this machine. Program your preferences including strength, size, and other metrics for consistent results every time. It can pour directly to two separate cups simultaneously.
If you are looking for an LCD, there is sadly none in this model. It is a bit of a letdown given the price tag but the knobs and buttons are easy enough to control. It is a reliable and durable machine, though you can certainly help it achieve a longer lifespan through periodic cleaning. Overall, it is a well-built coffeemaker that you can configure to match your needs.
- Cappuccino frother that combines milk and steam for a creamy topping
- Twin brewing cycle for serving two cups at a time
- Programmable preferences for perfect espressos
- Simple control panel design
- Professional burr grinder can be adjusted to 13 settings
- There is ample capacity for water and beans.
- It has a classy and intelligent design.
- The extractable brew unit is easy to clean.
- Beans may get stuck in the grinder and require manual intervention.
- NO LCD screen for monitoring vital levels.
- Some reliability issues in later releases.