Depending on what history book you read, the origin of coffee can date back a few hundred years or nearly a thousand. Legend has it the phrase “coffee pot” dates back to the early 1700s. Meanwhile, we mere mortals occupying the 21st century can look all the way back to 1998 to celebrate the birth of K-cups. Whether you’re trying to make history of your own – or just trying to pry those eyelids open a little further today – here are four modern-day coffee makers we highly recommend.
Krups Grind and Brew
Why buy a coffee bean grinder and brewer separately when Krups delivers both with one machine? The five-setting burr grinder lets you fine tune your beans from coarse to fine, and a brew strength selector lets you choose your coffee’s flavor from mild to strong. An LCD display and programmable auto-start helps you to schedule your brew cycle while a two-hour warming feature keeps your coffee just hot enough.
Breville Barista Express
Put your neighborhood barista on notice that you might not be stopping by so often once you get your Breville set up. It features a built-in burr grinder that helps you customize your coffee. Digital temperature control feature keeps the water temperature at the perfect state for coffee extraction, and the steam wand delivers flavorful foam each serving.
Keurig K-Duo Essentials
Whether you need a single cup or a carafe of coffee, this K-Duo delivers. It handles both K-cup pods and regular ground coffee. The 12-cup carafe setting also has a “stop and pour” feature that lets you pause the brewing so you can start drinking your morning cup of joe right away.
Presto Coffee Maker
Wow, we haven’t seen a coffee maker like this since the finale of TV’s Mad Men. Still, there’s an allure to the classics and sometimes it’s best not to mess with perfection. This stainless steel coffee maker from Presto has a filter basket, perk tube and signal light to indicate when your morning brew – or after dinner – coffee is ready. And though you might think its technology to be dated, it can still brew a cup a minute. It’s an elegant way to serve a timeless beverage.