Apparently I don’t know my own strength, because the other day I broke our coffee maker’s carafe just by putting the damn thing down too hard on the counter. I was going to buy a replacement, until I realized that it cost just a few dollars less than the whole thing, which wasn’t that great to begin with. Maybe it’s time to upgrade a notch, maybe get one that we can program the night before and then be woken with lovely caffeinated aromas in the a.m. Browsing around they all sort of look the same to me. There are three I’m considering including this Cuisinart DCC-1200 12 Cup Brew that’s been marked down from $150 to $78.50. Still a little steep, but it’s stainless steel (plus!) and has gold-tone filter. See two more after the jump. Any suggestions on which one I should go with? Maybe I’m missing one? — Angela M.
I don’t know if this Braun is any better than the last, but I love the way it looks and you can program it 24-hours in advance. It’s the Braun KF590E 10 cup, $59.
Another cute model is this Krupps 467-71 crystal arome time 10-cup coffeemaker, $50. In addition to being programmable, it also has three flavor settings: full flavored, medium and strong. Is that a good thing? I’d rather just buy better coffee than flip a switch, wouldn’t you?