Your Coffee Maker Buying Guide by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Your Coffee Maker Buying Guide
Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven. All rights reserved.

Imagine the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.  No waiting in line.  No big daily expense.  That is why a coffee machine is the right decision.  Selecting a coffee maker, especially with all the brand and model options, can be an arduous task.  

Here is where expert knowledge in the kitchen, with food and drink, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Follow the steps below to purchase the right coffee machine for you to end up with that delicious cup of coffee each day.

Consider the following items when examining coffee makers.  

How much coffee do you typically consume each day?

Do you like an extreme, bold brew, or at least the option for an extreme brew?

How important is it for you, and anyone else that may be using the machine, to control the strength of the brew?

Will you want to program the time each day for the machine to make the coffee?

Does the machine have an automatic off?

Does the coffee maker have a clean function?

Is the machine made with BPA (Bisphenol-A, an estrogen-imitating chemical) free parts?

What kind of filter is included with the coffee machine?

Can the beeping sound be muted? 

Next, consider your standards for flavor, temperature, space, and specialty functions (some coffee makers have options to make more than coffee).  

For example, the Cuisinart 14 Cup Glass Carafe with Stainless Steel Handle Programmable Coffeemaker creates coffee that has excellent flavor, because the machine is designed to make the water flow nicely and to keep the water temperature at a good level.  The Cuisinart 14 Cup machine brews hotter coffee than some other coffee makers, making for a better brew, and the Cuisinart also has various temperature settings.  The ability to have a coffee brewed at a hotter, medium, or lower temperature is a great feature, depending on the weather or personal preference.  The gold tone, commercial style permanent filter and charcoal water filter also ensure an excellent brew.


Another feature to consider is what material is the carafe, or container, made of and what is the style of the lid and pour spout.  The BPA free material of the Cuisinart is key to health and flavor.  The glass carafe of the Cuisinart 14 Cup machine is also a perfect design, providing a clear view of the coffee dripping into the pot and the amount of joe in the container.  The large 14 cup carafe and spout that is wide enough for easy pouring is excellent for coffee consumers looking to drink more than one cup of coffee a day or wanting to serve guests at a party or event.

Cleaning is essential to the health of the coffee drinker, the flavor of the coffee, and longevity of the machine.  The Cuisinart 14 Cup machine has a self-cleaning feature.  An indicator light signals when it is time for the machine to decalcify.  Also, make sure to clean the carafe of any machine you purchase on a regular basis.


After considering the purchasing guide above, the Cuisinart 14 Cup machine is an excellent choice from a dependable company.  In 1971, “[e]namored by a demonstration of a restaurant food preparation machine in France, Carl Sontheimer and his wife, Shirley, are convinced they can adapt this technology to a useful home appliance for Americans.  Sontheimer, a retired MIT-trained physicist and accomplished cook, makes a daring decision to jump into the highly competitive housewares business with his own company called Cuisinart.”  In the late 1970s the business soared with more machines, appliances, and the famous Cuisinart food processor.  After much success the Cuisinart company was sold to the family-owned Conair Corporation in the late 1980s. 

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Credits: cuisinart. com, amazon. com/Cuisinart-DCC-3200-Programmable-Coffeemaker-Stainless/dp/B00MVWGQX0, youtube. com/watch?v=eH5J9Z3ZPio

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