Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe
All the talk of the science behind the brewing process peaked my interest enough to look into an upgrade of my everyday coffee maker. No- its not $3000... It isn't even $300, but it does purport to make a simple cup of coffee according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) standards.
The question is... Realistically, how much of a difference will I notice over my $50 Black and Decker? Without spending $$$$$ on fancy beans and a grinder, will I notice enough of a difference to be glad I laid down the $200CN? Will it taste better than the Canadian McDonalds coffee I enjoy more than my homebrew?
On a sidenote, I don't think the Canadian and US McD's coffee is the same... I find I largely prefer the Canadian.
The best upgrades, imo, are low-cost solutions, something like a French press or Aeropress. They're always highly ranked on those "different coffee hardware showdowns" and cost like $20 to $50, less than replacing your auto-drip.
Downside is a little extra time and work. Personally, I use an auto-drip for weekdays, French press when I have more time on holidays and weekends.
Yes, much better than McDonalds, Starbucks or even most coffee shops. I use decent beans from local roasters and a cheap burr grinder, and French press has a much fuller, richer taste than auto drip. Auto drip with decent coffee is good enough for the average morning, though.
Not convinced that throwing a whole bunch of money at an inferior design (auto drip) is worth it. You're paying them to make something bad better, instead of paying less for something that's better by design. And how long does an auto-drip last anyway - I'm lucky to get 2 to 3 years out of mine, do the expensive ones come with a long warranty?
I I were to get one of those SCCA Gold Cup standard jobs, it'd be something like the Technivorm or Wifa (pictured), a little more expensive, but you can call it kitchen decor as well as a coffeemaker.