How to Choose the Best Drip Coffee Maker


For many people, coffee is life. They enjoy the multitude of varieties of coffee that the world offers, and they want to enjoy them not only at work but at home, too. Having a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning is a ritual for many people, and there are many ways to brew that perfect cup of coffee for the start of a great day. But if you are looking for a drip coffee maker, there are a lot of options available, so how do you choose the best drip coffee maker for you?

Level of Automation and Speed

There are a variety of drip coffee makers available, ranging from the standard automatic coffee maker to manual coffee drippers. The way to choose the best for you is all about how much you want to work for that cup of coffee in the morning, and how fast you need it. The classic dripper is a slow brew method, where you will pour hot water into the coffee grounds in a filter, 2 oz at a time to bloom the coffee grounds until all the water has gone through it resulting in a lot of control with your coffee. A fully automated drip coffee maker is going to be the fastest option for coffee, but it leaves you little control, and often not as much flavor.

Size and Capacity

If you live alone, or if you are the only person in your home that brews coffee, you probably don’t need a large pot for your drip coffee maker. As well, the space available in your kitchen or office will dictate how large of a coffee maker you can fit in, so be sure to take measurements to ensure it can fit into the space you need it to. Larger coffee makers may have water reservoirs that are harder to maneuver in tight spaces. With so many options available, it should be easy to find the right size that fits your lifestyle, whether its solo, dynamic duo, or full family.

Filter Types

Most drip coffee makers can fit a variety of types of disposable filters; however, some have higher quality filters, like gold filters. Gold filters are easiest to clean and often the best and healthiest choice, if you have a maker that can support one. Nylon filters last for a while and can be cleaned, but over time, they need to be replaced or else they will affect the flavor. For paper filters, always look for the best quality so they are not leaching chemicals into your coffee and changing the flavor. Kajava Mama recommends a high quality #2 paper filter for the best results.


Cleaning your drip coffee maker regularly is recommended to ensure the cleanest and best-tasting coffee. You may want to consider how easy it will be to clean that drip coffee maker you get. If it’s too complicated, you will likely do it less often and end up with a lower quality coffee as a result.

Pot Types

With a variety of drip coffee makers also comes the variety of types of pots that come with them. More basic coffee makers will have a glass pot on a warming plate, but if you don’t drink your coffee right away, it sometimes ends up “cooking” the coffee over time, making it less palatable. Thermal pots will allow your coffee to stay warm longer, without needing extra heat or to decant into another pot.

Pour Over Drip Coffee

If you are looking for unparalleled coffee, then you should take a look at the ceramic classic drip coffee makers that are available from Kajava Mama.