My experience with drip coffee makers is that you do not have to break the bank to make a decent cup of coffee. All coffee makers give different tastes and very few produce that smooth, great tasting and rich flavor you hope for when you buy a coffee maker. Some coffee makers do meet the research-based standards for making awesome coffee.
A coffee maker comes with a water reservoir, a filter basket, a hot plate underneath to keep the coffee warm and a receptacle for the brewed coffee. In identifying the best coffee maker under $100 you will need to shift focus to the following grading queues.
A good drip coffee maker heats up water to between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit, maintains that temperature for at least 90% of the time, and should run the water through the coffee in less than 8 minutes. This part is crucial so as to extract the right amount of flavor from the coffee. Your coffee machine can bring out the best in your coffee beans or it can completely spoil them. A coffee maker that does not get water through in less than 8 minutes can produce that bitter unwanted taste.
Coffee to water ratio
Industry experts like the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) came up with the Gold Cup Ratio that is 9-11 grams of coffee (2 teaspoons) for 6 ounces of water. These machines come with a user manual that will guide you through making great coffee. Some will not give you this gold cup ratio so it is important to look out for that little bit of detail when choosing the best coffee maker under $100. Some machines specify too little coffee, or too much, same goes for the amount of water to use so be on the lookout. Remember, some coffee makers are not big enough to hold the right amount of coffee.
The exterior parts of great quality but economical coffee machines are simple to use and clean, made of plastic and are built to last not be replaced. The best coffee makers come with insulated holders and the switch buttons away from wet areas to avoid electrocution and the troubles brought about by spillage. It is important also to decide how much coffee you make in order to get the right coffee maker capacity. Some coffee makers under 100$ come with coffee strength adjustment features. Some also have advanced features like a built-in grinder, 24-timer and pause options.
The most popular dripper coffee makers under $100 are Mr. Coffee and Cuisinart Coffee maker. Mr. Coffee goes for around $40 and Cuisinart goes for around $60. These two have most features mentioned above and the ACAA recognize them for being pocket friendly. Mr. Coffee even out-brewed some of the most expensive drip coffee makers available. Some coffee makers serve one coffee cup at a time others up to 12 cups. Others come with travel mugs like the Black & Decker DCM18S.
At the end of the day, the availability of good drip coffee makers under $100 is proof that you can enjoy a decent cup of coffee without breaking the bank.