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Coffee Makers

1) Zojirushi 10-cup Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe CoffeeMaker
(The big family that wants its brew ready and waiting in the a.m.)
$90, target.com
UPSIDE Shuts off automatically after brewing; thermal carafe keeps coffee hot; clock with timer delay.
DOWNSIDE Pause-and-serve function is only 30 seconds long.

2) Black & Decker 12-cup SmartBrew Plus
(The college student with lots of roommates)
$30, amazon.com
UPSIDE Inexpensive; minute-long pause-and-serve function; shuts off automatically after 2 hours; dishwasher-safe brew basket and carafe.
DOWNSIDE Coffee scorches as it sits on the hot plate.

3) Cuisinart 12-cup Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Thermal Coffeemaker
(Coffee drinkers who prefer freshly ground beans)
$200, cuisinart.com
UPSIDE Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot; built-in grinder, coffee bean storage and option for brewing smaller batches; audible alert; includes a permanent gold-tone coffee filter
DOWNSIDE Expensive; pause-and-serve function is only 20 seconds long.

4) Technivorm Moccamaster CD-Thermo
(Coffee aficionados and purists)
$265, roastmasters.com
UPSIDE Brewing technology prevents bitter flavors; thermal carafe keeps coffee hot; brewing won?t begin until carafe is set into position; manually controlled pause-and-serve button.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; no programmable features.

5) Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
(The single-cup couple)
$25, mrcoffeestore.com
UPSIDE Inexpensive and compact; 1-hour automatic shutoff; clock with timer delay.
DOWNSIDE Flimsy plastic construction; coffee scorches as it sits on the hot plate.



*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in December 2008.