Coffee Makers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Coffee makers are difficult things too buy. Unless you've been given a specific recommendation or are replacing a machine that you loved with the same model, you're in danger of paying too much for something that just doesn't work that well. When buying a coffee maker, it pays to do a lot of research--in particular by reading reviews in magazines or on the Internet.

Coffee Makers: a World of Choices

Call me eurocentric, but I'm a firm believer in buying coffee makers that come from the continent where they do it best. I won't name any specific country names (like France, or Italy for example), so as to avoid the risk of offending anyone. But I can tell you from experience that a good European coffee machine will become a trusty, welcome addition to your kitchen.

If you prefer traditional American-style coffee (and there's certainly nothing wrong with that), your choices are varied but still plentiful. In my experience, you can get a great brewing machine for less than the cost of a pair of shoes. Features like an automated clock and a built-in grinder are particular useful.

If you like prefer European-style coffee and espresso, your choices are more complex. A fantastic (and cheap) solution is the traditional stove-top aluminum Italian coffee makers. But for the truly Italian taste, nothing will do but a top-of-the-line, heavy-duty espresso maker. These machines can get quite expensive, but the taste and creaminess of the coffee they produce is simply unbeatable.

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