Okay so how much are you willing to spend on a coffee maker?  And is a $200 coffee maker going to make a better cup of coffee than your basic Melita cone on a cup?  America’s Test Kitchen-PBS Cooking show-recently did some testing on The ‘New’ Coffee Makers (free registration required).  So they tested some of the cool new machines, including vacuum method ones that don’t look like a bad piece of lab equipment ready to shatter if you put anything other than the best coffee in them.  Their verdict?  These new vacuum ones produce coffee, strong and rich, in the optimum 4-6 minute range, but cost a lot.  They also say that if you like “weak American style coffee” the cone filters are still tops.  There is still hope for the perfect cup, though…they’re still looking for coffee Valhalla.
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