One of the reasons why people opt for a high-end coffee maker is either to automate the process of making great tasting coffee or to ensure that it is easier. High-end coffee machines are different from their commercial counterparts in the sense that they may not always be meant for a commercial establishment. However, some of them are used in coffee houses and in offices.
In this article, we’ll go over the top 5 high-end coffee makers of 2019. These machines have been extensively tested to ensure that they tick all the right boxes in terms of ease of use, automation, and great tasting brews. So, without further ado, lets jump right into it starting with our no.1 favorite machine.
- Technivorm Moccamaster 59162
- Breville Precision Brewer BDC455BSS
- Technivorm Moccamaster 59616
- Jura 15068 Impressa C65
- Technivorm Moccamaster 79112
The Top 5 High-End Coffee Makers Of 2019
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Now if you are in the market for the fastest and best auto drip coffee maker then the Technivorm Moccamaster Moccamaster 59162 KBG Coffee Brewer should be on the top of your list.
The microprocessor controlled machine is simple to use with just two switches to turn it off/on, and red lights, which indicate if the machine is on. However, as it turns out, we found out that there was more to this Technivorm machine than that.
Speed Demon Coffee Maker: The Moccamaster KBG 59162 enables you to make rich and hot coffee in just under 6 minutes. Now that may not sound too fast, but considering the fact that it can make 10 cups in under 6 minutes is impressive. That’s why this is the fastest machine in our line up and one of the reasons it is our top choice. But there is more.
Built to Last: Let’s face it coffee machines whether we like it or not take a beating. That’s why like us many people prefer machines with a durable stainless steel housing. That’s yet another box that the KBG 59162 ticks for us. The machine is designed with an auto-drip stop brew basket that also has a glass carafe. Having a glass carafe ensures that the taste and texture of the coffee is maintained. So, thick, glass, in this case, is a lot better than metal.
Super Quiet and Easy to Operate: The biggest benefit perhaps for novice users is that the machine is very easy to operate. It can brew coffee in a couple of minutes with the touch of a button. Plus, unlike many other machines we tested, it was the quietest. Another advantage of this is that you no longer need, timers, clocks, or anything else to use it, and no special skills for that matter. Just activate, and within a few minutes, you and possibly ten other people will be enjoying great tasting coffee.
Heating Features: The KBG 59162 sports an unusually large heating element which allows it to boil water within seconds. Since coffee should be stored at ideally +175 º, the hotplate combined with the heating element easily maintains that temperature or can be customized to do so at between 170 º to 180 º. So, you always have a hot cup of coffee ready to consume. The hotplate also switches off automatically in 100 minutes to ensure that the coffee does not taste burnt.
Factors like flow rate, length of time the beans are soaked, and the water temperature can all be controlled. It also creates excellent quality cold brew automatically minus the mess. However, as we discovered, there are other reasons to choose this drip coffee maker over many others.
Brews 12 Cups at Once: The filter basket is capable of brewing 1.8 liters of coffee at once. However, you get to choose how much coffee the machine makes. The handy labels on the reservoir help to measure how much coffee you should make. The water level markings on the tank indicate 8-cup, full carafes, and single cups.
Advanced PID System: The Precision has one of our most favorite PID or Proportional Integral Derivative controller systems. It is generally a system you only find on high-tech espresso machines. However, its presence here means that the temperature is monitored and maintained in real time. It also controls a motorized water pump; in other words, it controls every aspect of the brewing cycle, which includes the flow of water.
Six Automated Brewing Modes: The advanced hardware ensures that the Precision Brewer sports six automatic modes. You have a ‘Fast’ cycle which quickly pushes hot water, then you have ‘Gold,’ which sets the machine to brew using the strict gold cup standard. A standard that is defined by the Specialty Coffee Association. Then there is the ‘Strong’ mode which stretches the brew time and effectively increases the temperature, so the resulting grounds are extracted thoroughly. There is also a ‘MyBrew’ mode, which allows the user to tweak various aspects like bloom time, water temperature, and flow rate. Then we have the ‘Pour-Over’ mode, but using it requires a pour over adapter. Finally, there is ‘Cold Brew,’ which as the term suggests brews cold coffee!
Solid Temperature Maintenance: The Breville Precision Brewer during our testing showed excellent temperature control. It was arguably the most accurate when it came to stabilizing heat levels. Something we measured using a thermocouple placed in the center of the coffee grounds. So, with this type of thermal performance, there is no wonder how the coffee ends up tasting so great.
Available in 17 colors, the Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KGB Coffee Brewer is aimed at people of every taste. It is also designed to prepare a large quantity of coffee in a couple of minutes. It boasts of an involuntary drip stop basket along with a glass carafe which stops the stream of coffee when it is taken away. However, this machine has a couple of other tricks up its sleeves as we soon found out during the course of reviewing it.
Six Minute Brew: The Moccamaster 59616 is capable of brewing 10 cups of coffee or 40oz in just six minutes. After which the coffee is stored on a hot plate, with a separate heating element that keeps the coffee at a constant temperature. All of which means that the coffee continues to taste as it did when it was freshy brewed in the machine.
Excellent Temperature Consistency: Temperature is a huge factor when brewing coffee. The ideal temperature is between 195F to 205 F. Any further, and it can burn your coffee. That’s why to us the strongest feature of the Mocccamaster is the constant temperatures which is thanks in particular to its strong copper heating element. So, during our testing, the temperature never dropped below 195F.
Good Build Quality: While plastics have been used, the overall quality of the build is good. That’s why we think it is capable of withstanding a lot of the wear and tear associated with its use in the average kitchen or even an office for that matter.
The beauty of automatic coffee machines, in general, is that they can make your life easier, which is why they are more expensive compared to their manual counterparts. The Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum is no different.
The machine has been designed for coffee lovers who love coffee but hate having to deal with a separate bean grinder and then heating the milk. The super automatic machine does everything for you, but there is more to it than meets the eye on its otherwise impressive spec sheet.
One Switch for Everything: Now instead of many buttons, you get just one with this one, which controls everything. That switch gives you access to settings in 11 languages and temperature control amongst others. The onboard display helps you navigate through its menus and makes the job a whole lot easier.
ThermoBlock Heating: The thermoblock heating system of the C65 now allows you to get hot coffee you want ASAP. The water is kept inside the machine at the best temperature, which produces the hottest coffee ever.
Hot Water on the Tap: When you want something that isn’t just coffee, that’s when this feature is helpful. The hot water can be used for everything from tea bags to making instant coffee or hot chocolate.
Strong Pump: The pump is rated at 15-bar, and does an amazing job of both mixing coffee beans with hot water in the brewing chamber and extracting every drop of flavor from the beans.
Choose Your Strength: Users can choose the strength of their coffee with the flip of a button. So, if you want coffee that’s strong enough to keep you up through the night, the machine is capable of doing that. The lower setting ensures that you get just enough caffeine and flavor to get you through the second half of the day. So, there is something for everyone at all times.
The Coffee Spout: The machine comes with some adjustable sprouts mounted on the front. They can fill a traditional espresso cup or can rise to make room for a larger latte cup. Having these minimizes spills and splashes.
Aroma+ Technology: The technology impressed us by grinding the beans efficiently, unlike most other grinders. It uses an angle cutting system that pushes the beans down as they are ground. So, less time is spent grinding, and fewer coffee beans are wasted. Not to mention, the most important part is that the resulting coffee smells terrific.
A Fine Foam Frother: The C65 also has a frother onboard which too has been created by Jura. It helps to add a layer of fine milk foam. The wand can be adjusted to easily fit across your cup.
Automated Cleaning: Just dial in the cleaning mode, and the machine will do the rest. Throw in a Jura cleaning tablet, add some water, and the machine will run through its cleaning cycle in a few minutes. In our experience, the cleaning is thorough and saves a great deal of time.
The Ground Coffee Bypass: Want to make decaf? This machine allows you to do just that. You can do it just as easily as you would make cappuccino. Just pour in ground coffee and let the machine do the rest.
Technivorm is, without a doubt, one of the leading manufacturers of coffee makers and brewers. So, it is no wonder that out of the top five spots, they occupy three of them. The Moccamaster 79112 KBT is yet another coffee maker by the brand, which does an incredible job of preparing great, fuss-free coffee.
The minimalist look can be deceiving, especially considering what the machine is capable of doing. It is devoid of many buttons, levers, knobs, lights, and constant beeping like some of the competing coffee machines. But then how does it prepare coffee that makes you the talk of the town? Well, that’s what we’ll attempt to answer below.
1400-Watt Dual Coil Heater: Right off the bat this is our favorite feature because it keeps the water at a constant, and very high temperature. Generally, the temperature range should be between 195-205 degrees, which is best for brewing coffee, and this dual coil does a great job at it.
Thermal Carafe: The thermal carafe with a travel lid has to be another feature that we like. It enables aspiring coffee connoisseur like us to have piping hot coffee hours after the machine has been turned off.
Fast and Quiet: Like other Technivorm coffee machines, this one too is fast yet quiet at the same time. Plus, users can adjust how much coffee they brew and also how fast or slow they want it to enter the carafe.
Good Plastic that Does Not Affect the Taste: We like many people who review coffee machines try to avoid using ones that have plastic parts. Our experience with it is bad, to say the least since the coffee comes out tasting as if someone threw a plastic bag into it. However, that’s not the case with the Moccamaster 79112, because everything from the base of the carafe to the housing is made from stainless steel metal. The housing is made from aluminum, which ensures durability and the signature lightweight often associated with the brand’s coffee machines. The plastic parts used are of high quality, and so their taste does not seep into the resulting brew.
Available in Three Colors: While you’ll mostly see the chrome or polished silver version of the Moccamaster 79112, it is also available in stone grey and black. So, there is a color for every type of kitchen style and design.
Choosing a high-end coffee maker can be confusing especially since there are so many out there. We’ve had to test dozens of machines to distill down the list to what we think are the top 5. So, you can’t go wrong by choosing any one of these coffee machines. However, if you don’t have time for research and just want to get a coffee machine that delivers the best bang for your buck then hands down the Technivorm Moccamaster Moccamaster 59162 KBG Coffee Brewer is the best choice.If you’ve used a drip coffee maker that you think deserves being listed here, please let us know, and we’ll make it a point to review it. That is if we haven’t already!
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