We recently tested 10 of the newest coffee machines on the market. These four really stood out for their quality and capabilities, so if you have a coffee fanatic on your gift list, one of these just might be the perfect present.
For the In-a-Hurry ConnoisseurBonavita's new 8 Cup Coffee Brewer with Stainless Steel Lined Thermal Carafe streamlines perfect coffee down to one button. It's got a showerhead watering system that uniformly extracts flavor from grounds, a pre-infusion mode that degasses, a stainless steel thermal carafe that keeps the brew at the ideal temperature for hours, and automatic shutoff. But that's all complicated jargon for describing an exceptionally simple machine that delivers fantastic coffee in a snap. ($190, bonavitaworld.com)
For the Fresh-Bean AddictThe beauty of grinding your own beans is that you get to savor the coffee's freshest flavors. But bean hounds with a busy morning schedule know that grinding your own rarely happens. Black & Decker is making that easier now. Their new Mill & Brew coffeemaker grinds beans right in the machine. (You can use coffee grounds, too. Just turn off the grind option.) Set the machine to brew between 4 and 12 cups. Adjust the strength of the coffee to personal tastes. It's a fully programmable way to get your bean-to-brew fix in a flash. Available in white and black. ($100, blackanddeckerappliances.com)
For the DIY BaristaPod-based coffee systems are getting smarter and tastier. Prime example: the Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Plus Espresso Maker. In our tests, we loved this machine for the variety of drinks it could make without fussy settings changes. It creates effortless espressos, cappuccinos, or lattes, and the built-in milk machine whips and froths to perfection. A true do-it-all machine, it's a dream gift for the person who eats, sleeps, and breathes their love for coffee. One downside: You have to order pods directly from Nespresso or another distributor. You can't buy them in stores. ($400, williams-sonoma.com)
For the Fashion-Forward Coffee FiendBella's Dots Collection 2.0 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker is beautiful, sure, but most importantly, it's a smart coffee maker that makes a pretty mean cup. The screen's display will tell you how long the coffee has been sitting so you can avoid bitter, hours-old brew. Automatic shut-off can be custom set for 30 minutes to 4 hours. Best yet: The pause feature allows the user to stop the brew process, pour a cup, and then finish where they left off. Available in red, copper, and black. ($70, bellahousewares.com)