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I Need a Good coffeepot...any Recommendations?


This seems so silly but I need a good coffee pot. My husband and I have been married for over 16 years and have yet to find one that we really like. I've tried really expensive coffee pots and even $4 jobs that seem to work better than the expensive ones. At this point I don't care, just want a good one. The coffee is either not hot enough or it messes up and I end up with coffee all over the place because of some problem. Please help with this almost silly problem. If you knew how much I love coffee and especially love coffee time with my husband....help! : )

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Hi M.!

I LOVE coffee as well and I consider myself a bit of a coffee snob!

The first Christmas gift that my husband gave me when we were dating was a Capresso. I don't even know if they still make them. There are similar styles at Starbucks stores (the kind that grind the beans and make the coffee all in one unit.

Good luck!


Have you tried the Senso coffee pot that uses pods. You can also brew 2 cups at once. My parents have had theres for a couple of years and love it.

What I've found to make the best coffee is a French Press. They are inexpensive-about $30-and easy to use. You'll need a carafe to put the coffee in to keep it warm, as it will get cold quickly if you don't, but I think you'll enjoy the taste.

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The best "coffee pot" in the world is actually a French Press. It is the best way to get the full flavor of the coffee. With a traditional pot no matter how expensive (even a Bunn) traps the oils in the filter. The flavor of the coffee is actually in the oil. The way a French Press works is by having the coursely ground coffee in direct contact with near boiling hot water for 3-5 minutes (depending on how strong you like your coffee). Trust me, I don't much care for coffee from a traditional coffee pot, but when it is made in a French Press you can actually taste the berry-like qualities of the Ethiopian coffees, or the critus qualities of Guatamalan coffee. I also recommend you get a coffee grinder if you don't already have one. Coffee begins to loose its flavor nearly as soon as it is ground (due to the oils drying out). I worked in a gourmet coffee shop for the last 2 years. You could call me a "coffee snob." Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions.


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O' and good morning to you...You have just met the Queen of the Coffee Bean (Great sign-on name too!) Now lets begin at the kitchen table-won't you join me for a fresh cup! I strongly recommend a French Press Coffee Pot! Having my coffee this way is most enjoyable...it is always hot, allowing the delicate flavors of the coffee to filter through. Before I continue please know that I have melted many in-home brand type pots and would need a commercial brand and still I would not have the intense enjoyable flavor of a french press. This is how a French Press Works-
The FP Pot is cylinder shaped with a filtered plunger; you place your coffee at the bottom of the FP then- add boiling water (heat from the stove top), Stir, place plunger in the sitting position wait only 4 minutes or so - press plunger down-take a seat and start your day! I too, truly enjoy great coffee, and nothing makes it taste better than sharing it with my husband and or friends. Recently a friend treated us to Gevalia-that was heaven on earth, it is the only hazelnut I will drink and prefer-all brands are excellent. We have the Bodum brand coffee pot, any type will do. Try shopping shopping at World Market in Dallas or online. Have a wonderful day and let me know what happens. Take good care, "theQueenoftheCoffeeBean" lol

Hi M.!

I LOVE coffee as well and I consider myself a bit of a coffee snob!

The first Christmas gift that my husband gave me when we were dating was a Capresso. I don't even know if they still make them. There are similar styles at Starbucks stores (the kind that grind the beans and make the coffee all in one unit.

Good luck!


We have a Cuisinart that grinds the beans for you, or you can use grounds. (We do both) We have had it 2 years and it still works great! I think they are around 100.00.

Hi!!! I have an idea: go to Gevalia.com, and you'll get a "free" 12 Cup coffee pot and 3 (or 4?) packages of coffee. The only thing is: you have to buy coffee from them every so often until you cancel your membership. What my husband and I did was get the free pot (you do have to pay $20 shipping costs) and after we got it, we cancelled our membership. So, for $20, we got a nice coffeepot and 3 packages of coffee. That's a deal you can't beat...

I am with you on that need for a good coffee pot! I found one that I am quite pleased with. Mr. Coffee model FTX23GTF
Costco carries it for about 30.oo.
If purchased from Costco, note that they have an excellent return policy that will allow you to return it for ANY reason that you are not satisfied 100%, and the time limit is the lifetime of the product...you set the terms of the word lifetime. I love Costco!!!

Hello M.,
Like you, I love a good aromatic HOT cup of coffee, especially in the morning. I've tried different brands of expensive and also cheap coffee makers, but it seems, they all tend to either leak or don't produce hot enough coffee after a while. I bought my second Krups coffee machine about 18 months ago and so far it's still going strong, no leaks and coffee is still hot. The model I have is: FMF 5 and has a double-walled stainless steel thermal carafe. It has an auto shut off and a programmable clock. It has two settings for 1-3 cups, but can brew up to 10 cups. Also, I only brew coffee as much as needed. Freshly brewed coffee just tastes better. My grandmother used to brew her coffee the old fashion way, using a non-electric porcelain coffee pot and a porcelain or ceramic filter with a non-bleached filter. She ground her coffee as needed, pre-heated the coffee pot with hot boiling water and then poured hot (not boiling) water over the ground coffee. Sounds very time consuming, but her coffee was always great. Oh, and try the Walmart Arabic coffee (the big red can) and add an extra spoon full. Also, warm up the cold milk if you use it. That will cool the coffee down considerable.

Hey Girl! I, too, LOVE coffee. Try a Cuisinart. I have one that I think was about $30 at Kohls, of all places, but we really like it. We've had it about a year now, and it still works well. There is a switch for the burner depending on the pot size (either 1-4 cups or 5-10), and also a dial within the water resevoir that you can turn for the brew size, and that regulates the amount of steam it compresses over the coffee at the end of the brewing cycle. Anyway, we really enjoy it, and the coffee was a noticable improvment over our last maker when we bought it. Hope that helps!

My husband got me a Brew Station for Christmas last year and I really like it. After he got the model we have they even came out with one that you can program to brew on a timer. Hope this helps. I think it was around $30.


I see that many people are recommending the French Press. I saw recently on the Today show that Dr. Nancy Snyderman said unfiltered coffee can raise your cholesterol numbers? She was talking about herself as a matter of fact. I can't remember all the details, but you may want to research it before going this route... I know it sounds weird, but it is worth investigating :)

We're not coffee drinkers, but we have the Gevalia programmable coffee maker and our fathers love it! We had a Mr. Coffee that they both hated because the filters would fold up on them and get coffee everywhere. We haven't had a single problem with the Gevalia and the company is super easy to work with. We got our introductory coffees and then cancelled our account. They were still super nice when I cancelled the account and really made me happy to have done business with them!

We bit the bullet several years ago and purchased a Bunn coffee maker. It's amazing -- the coffee is ready in about 3 minutes. It's so fast because the water tank stays hot (unless you turn it off). Therefore, when you pour water into the coffee maker, it immediately begins to dispense coffee into the pot. We liked it so much we purchase an additional unit for our office. They are expensive; but, I'd buy one again in a heart beat. But, that won't happen for a while as they last forever!

We have had the same problem as you. It helps to put a trivet under your coffee pot so that the bottom has air under the pot. We have found that the bottom gets so hot that there is a plastic tube that comes off and the coffee goes straight thru. We like Mr Coffee's pot that looks like the front is oval. Hope this helps.

Have you tried the Senso coffee pot that uses pods. You can also brew 2 cups at once. My parents have had theres for a couple of years and love it.

I don't know if this will work for you, but I love my Senseo. I use it because it makes single cups and my husband doesn't drink coffee. But it works fast and you can easily make two cups back to back in a matter of seconds. I have read reviews that some people say the coffee is weak. I don't find it to be so. I only use the single pods even to make a double cup (mug). They have a variety of flavors too, which is great when you are as fickle as I am :)

M., I too love coffee and wanted something that I could brew into and if I wanted a cup of coffee later in the day it will still be somewhat fresh. For Christmas a few years ago my in laws got me a Hamilton Beach brew station. I love it. It brews into the thermal insulated tank and there is very little clean up. I'm pretty sure target sells them. At least the did a couple years ago.

M., Gevalia Coffee offers a really nice programmable coffee pot to try out their coffee. The coffee is great and I believe the coffee pot is only about 14.95 if you try out their coffee. It excellent gourmet coffee. Go to Gevalia.com. You won't be disappointed.

What I've found to make the best coffee is a French Press. They are inexpensive-about $30-and easy to use. You'll need a carafe to put the coffee in to keep it warm, as it will get cold quickly if you don't, but I think you'll enjoy the taste.

Have you tried the Hamilton Beach Brew Station. We love it!We gave it to my in-laws for Christmas this year. You can get 10 cup or 12 cup, the coffee stays hot the pot automatically cuts off after 2 hours, and it has the dispenser in the front so no pouring. Good Luck!

My husband and I went thru a dozen coffee machines and finally found the Keurig. We LOVE love love it!

He likes strong bold tastes while I prefer flavored coffees and teas. Keurig takes care of each of us since each cup is brewed depending on the K-cup you put in to brew.

Please visit their website to see it... http://www.keurig.com/

We purchase our coffee for the Keurig from Amazon.com if you decide to go this route.

Good luck with your search!

I do! The Cuisinart coffee pot that is also a carafe (spelling?)...it keeps the coffee hot forever but doesn't continue to just cook it! We love it!
Check out www.cuisinart.com (It is #DTC-975BKN) - The 12 cup Programable Thermal Coffeemaker.

We are huge coffee drinkers. We have had a Bunn coffeemake for years and love it. It's fast and stays hot. I know Wal-Mart carries one for about $100.00. We have tried drip coffeemakers, french presses, etc. Still love our Bunn!
C. G

We did a lot of research when our last one died. I ended up getting the Cuisinart Grind and Brew with the thermal carafe. It's pretty cool because it grinds the coffee for you. The machine automatically turns off once it's done so there's no remembering whether you left it on or off. All the parts go in the dishwasher so clean up is not a big deal. You can get them at Linens and Things or Bed, Bath and Beyond and use one of their coupons too.

My mom had a Bunn and it drove me nuts. I did not like it at all and it was a fire hazard too apparently. She got a Black and Decker thermal carafe coffee maker at Target. While it doesn't grind the coffee, it does turn off and also makes a good pot too. It was considerably less expensive than the Cuisinart. She doesn't mind grinding her own coffee though.

I also have the Hamilton Beach and really like it.

Keep it simple for an awesome cup of coffee: use a "French Press" coffee pot. No filters, no electricity needed, no washing out the pot as well as the basket, and you won't have yet ANOTHER gadget cluttering up your countertop. Oh, and they make AWESOME coffee, too! They're available in many places: if you go to Starbucks, they'll sell you one and show you how easy it is to use. It should be around $20. Or, go to Ikea and pick one up for $12.99. Happy brewing! -L.

We don't drink coffee, but everytime I make coffee for our friends and relatives, they rave over the coffee that I make with our French press. In fact, our pickiest coffee-loving relative went and got one for himself after having the coffee that I made for him.

Send me a message if you need more specifics on the French press.

OK it's not silly to want to good coffee pot! I have the Mr. Coffee pot. I love it! It has a delay so you cam get it ready the night before an dit will come on automatically for whatever time you set it. It does not spill or overflow when it brews (have had those pots too, and it stinks!) I have had this one for over a year and had the previous model before that for 5 years. Great product, great coffee. Here is their website, http://www.mrcoffee.com/ and here is the pot I use, http://www.mrcoffee.com/Product.aspx?pid=4822 oh and they have FANTASTIC customer service if anything ever goes wrong with your pot! Good luck!


How about a BUNN...coffee is ready in less than 3 minutes...and is good to the last drop.....especially in these days of rushing off to work and kids goings on..

C. in Buffalo, Tx

Solis Master 5000 -- if you want to splurge. Just got it last year....ridiculously expensive for a coffeepot, but ridiculously inexpensive for a fully automatic espresso machine. It makes me so happy...hot, fast, low-maintenance, great-tasting coffee.

Nothing fancy here, but we went through several brands before we found one we really liked. Just a drip coffee maker from Black and Decker, lifts from the top (so you actually have room to pour the water in) with a permanent filter and set controls for morning brew. I think I spent less than $30 and it's been my favorite so far! Good luck!

Well i with you, i love my cofiee to. My housband is the picky one. His has to be so, so. Well we have a hamilton beach brew station. We have had ours for 3yrs. We had the same problem as you. The one we started off with just stoped keeping it hot. Well it took a long wile for us to find this one and no problems. (knock on wood) hehe. Anyways we spent about 30.00 bucks on it at the walmart. Good luck and happy cofiee drinking. =)


We had the same trouble and on a whim I sent in one of those response cards to have that Gevalia coffee sent to my home and they send you a free coffee maker. We received two packs of coffee and it cost us 11$ We cancelled the service immediately and the coffee maker they sent us was the best we have ever had!


Worth a try!

Braun - it has constant hot water and makes great coffee. Ours lasted for 10 years.

Ok, my parents bought this coffee maker for less than the link shows at Sams a while back, but I'm not sure if they still have it there, but this is an awesome coffee maker! I bought a cheaper black and decker similar to this and it doesn't even compare! This one will keep coffee hot forever, without any burned taste because it's a great thermos. so if you make it in the morning, it will be warm all day. In the evening you may have to pop a cup in the microwave for a few seconds, but this coffee pot has reduced tons of wasted coffee that burned in the pot after a few hrs. I totally recommend this one. My mom also bought it for my sister and she loves it too!


Also, my parents are devoted Gevalia fans, but they recently switched to an online company called "The Ugly Mug" which has really good coffee and it's free trade too! Their ethiopian blend is very nice.

I really love coffee time with my husband too! We have been hooked on using a French Press. We have an "8" cup one, but get about 1 1/2 of our cups each out of it. We use Sumatra course ground coffee (four scoups) and than add boiling water from the kettle, let it brew for 4 minutes, then press the grouds down, then enjoy a flavorful cup of coffee together. I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but we went through a lot of coffee pots as well and came across this method and it has become a morning ritual. The other nice thing about it is that it doesn't take up counter space unless you leave it out for decoration since they are a bit decorative.

Raising my cup to ya,

We have the Hamilton Beach coffee maker with the push dispenser (no pot to pick up). It is so easy. My parents have a different brand with the push dispenser and it sorta leaks out if you don't have the cup turned just right or if you use skinny coffee cups. I reccommend the Hamilton Beach one (12 cup). We love ours. Good Luck!

Hi M.,

My husband swears by the Gevalia Tassimo coffee maker and we have had it for about a year. It is the pod system so you can make a cup at a time and it is always fresh, no mess or fuss. Plus, they have a wide selection of coffees to choose from if you order it directly from them. Just take a look at their website, www.tassimo.com. He personally likes the Seattle's Best, I preferred the signature blend decaf and the swiss hazelnut. Unfortunately for him he found out recently he is allergic to coffee and has given it up. If you end up going with this unit, I can send you about a 4 months supply of coffee for free. We are not going to be needing it now. We both switched to tea. For that matter, if you don't mind a gently used machine I could sell you mine for a steal. I think the new ones go for $170.

Good Luck!

Cuisinart "coffee on demand" 12 cup programmable coffee maker is great. It's about $100 at Dillards.

I am an avid coffee fan. I like percolated coffee for all of the reasons you stated above. Farberware electric percolators are my absolute favorite. perks a cup a minute...super fast!.. ; ) expensive if bought new! used to be about $80. for the 8-10-12 cup size..they also have a 4-6 cup size for less?.. but i have found some excellent deals on ebay. I use both sizes for different times of the day and/or number of coffee drinkers at the moment.

also found a 10-12 cup Melitta brand electric percolator at target last year for $40. for my mother in law and it is very similar in features...might have to take pliers and pinch in a nib or 2 on the lid (very hard to get off)...but never push em all in or the lid falls off!..

I use 2 coffee dippers of coffee to the smaller pot and 4 or 5 dippers to the large pot(depends on how strong you like it?)May take some playing around to find your exact recipe..

Have you tried the coffee presses out? Starbucks carries one and so does IKEA. The coffee comes out more strong and tasting more authentic. You should try it. You can make one cup on up to many.

Hi M.,
I love the Cuisinart brand and I recommend the following:

DCC-2000 Coffee on Demand (We've had this one for 2 years now and love it)

DTC-975BKN Thermal Coffeemaker (This is great if you prefer the thermal carafe)

DGB-600BC Grind & Brew Thermal Coffeemaker

The first two you can get for under $100 (the first is about $75 at Sam's Club). The third is just over $100 and is great if you want to grind your own beans.

Good luck!! And this is not just me owning this brand of coffeemaker...my friends also own them!!

After many years of buying Mr. Coffee, Black & Decker and many others, I found my beloved DeLonghi after searching online what was best. It was between Delonghi and Melitta. It was heaven to finally have a carafe that wouldn't drip coffee everywhere when you poured it! I bought the model with the timer on it for I want my coffee waiting when we awake. It has a year warranty. It has a brew cycle if you want it stronger.
You can now buy these at Target for $40 which is less than I paid for my first one at Linen's and Things. I own two for when we have guests, I can brew how they like theirs in their own pot and take one with us when we travel.

I LOVE my Keurig - it is one that makes one cup at a time! You buy the pods. At Target you can get an empty pod that you can use to put your own coffee in if you prefer!

M. we have a 12 cup Grind and brew Cuisinart coffee pot and we love it! We purchased ours at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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