There are different reasons that make it a good idea to buy an automatic pour over machine. Maybe you want to make more than just one cup at a time. Maybe you want to be able to program a machine to have coffee ready in the morning, or maybe you’re just tired of your normal drip machine.
Whatever your reasoning is, we sorted through the reviews so you don’t have to, and reviewed seven great machines. Our guide looks at factors such as brewing cycle, water temperature, style of carafe, and warranty information. Hopefully, all of this will help you choose the right pour-over machine for your needs.
|OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker|
|Cuisinart CPO-850 Pour Over Coffee Brewer||9 lbs||4.5/5|
|Redline MK1 8 Cup Coffee Brewer|
|Motif Elements Pour-Over Style Coffee Brewer||7 lbs||4.2/5|
|Brim 8-Cup Pour Over Coffee Maker||9 lbs||4.1/5|
The On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker by OXO stands out as an elegant and simple pour-over machine. Its stainless steel styling looks great, but what’s really exciting is the machine’s features. The Barista Brain includes a small LCD clock display on the front, and it is programmable. You can set everything up in the morning and then wake up to an automatically prepared pot of coffee.
The brewing process is relatively straightforward. The boiler heats water, which is then dripped over grounds, but OXO has paid special attention to the temperature. This machine heats to between 197.6 and 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, the Barista Brain follows a special pattern, designed for pour-over. It heats and pours a small amount of water first – allowing the coffee to “bloom,” – and then continues pouring. This is important because this “blooming” step ensures proper coverage.
All these features boost this OXO machine and make it our top pick among electric pour over coffee makers. It also has a two-year warranty.
The CPO-850 by Cuisinart is very similar to the OXO, but the Cuisinart’s slightly lower price makes it an attractive choice. Like the OXO, it approximates a drip coffee machine while preserving some of what makes the pour over process unique.
This machine also includes a “bloom” function as a part of the brewing cycle. This means even extraction. Additionally, this machine is programmable, although the minimalist display and few buttons do make it difficult to adjust. You’ll be able to toggle the brew settings between “mild,” “medium,” and “bold.” The thermal carafe means that coffee will stay warm even while sitting on the table, although the Cuisinart can also be bought with a glass carafe. Some customers report that the double-walled thermal carafe drips when pouring, but the glass option avoids this problem.
This is a great choice for someone who wants to get as close as possible to the experience of a typical drip brewer while still retaining what makes pour over special. However, because this machine lacks some of the OXO’s precision, this is our pick as “runner-up.”
This Redline model may just be the last coffee maker you ever buy, because it’s so simple and well-constructed. This is a very exciting product, but what keeps it from being one of our top picks is that it’s so limited when it comes to extra features. The MK1 is really only designed to make pour over coffee in the simplest way possible. It does include a “bloom” function, which is crucial for creating a good cup.
Redline says this machine will brew at the correct temperature – between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit – and the brewing cycle should take around six minutes. This is relatively fast for a machine of this type. You won’t need to wait too long in the morning, and that’s especially important since this machine is not programmable.
Shortcomings, like the lack of a programmability feature, highlight the fact that this is a machine made entirely with one focus: making a super-simple pot of pour over. The simplicity makes it stand out, but also keeps it from being highlighted as a top choice. However, at such a modest price point, the Redline MK1 delivers quite an impressive cup of coffee. As a result, it’s our pick as “best for the money.”
Like the Redline, this maker from Motif is pretty bare-bones. This is great because it means that the Elements is focused entirely on doing pour over right. In return for being more costly than the Redline, it includes some nice features – notably, a thermally insulated carafe, programmability, and an especially elegant reservoir.
The Elements uses a double-walled container to keep the brewed coffee hot. This works pretty well and is great for customers who may not want to rely on the Redline’s hot plate. Additionally, the pouring spout works wonderfully.
It can be programmed to brew in advance, and it can do this with a “bloom” function or without. The flexibility of this model is a nice touch. The reservoir can be easily removed for cleaning or to refill straight from the sink. The brew basket can unclip in a satisfying way if you want to get the filter set up without having to bend over a machine. All these small features make the Elements a great choice for someone who wants just a little more than what the Redline offers.
Like the Redline, the Brim 8-Cup Pour Over Coffee Maker focuses on the simplicity of the pour over method and features precise temperature control. Brim guarantees that this machine will brew at between 197.6 and 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit. It brews super speedily as well. Expect your eight cups to be ready in about five minutes (including a blooming cycle).
There are, however, some less-than-ideal aspects about this machine. The carafe is actually a Chemex-inspired glass container. This means it can be difficult to pour without burning yourself (because there is no handle) and be difficult to clean (because the opening is so small). Additionally, some customers have reported a slightly plastic taste to their coffee. Brim does not have exceptional customer service. In fact, there is no warranty.
This is a very simple product, and if you’re just looking for a cup of satisfying coffee in the morning, this will be a solid pick.
Bonavita’s Connoisseur stands out thanks to its stainless steel exterior. It looks great – and it also brews wonderful coffee. Like some other machines, it features only one button and it is all about simplicity. It includes a “bloom” cycle (just hold the power button for five seconds in order to toggle this on or off).
Its filter holder is pretty standard, and it uses disposable basket filters. This is a departure from the cone filter that’s more typical in a pour over machine, but it means you’ll be able to easily use filters for both this machine and a standard drip one.
The Connoisseur comes with a thermal carafe, so it lacks a hot plate. It also features a powerful boiler – preset to between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit – and a well-designed showerhead. These features are great, but the Connoisseur only comes with a one-year warranty. This keeps it out of our top five.
The KCM0802CU by KitchenAid is as close to a typical coffee maker as possible, while still retaining what makes pour over special. It’s much more stylized and complex than the minimalist models (such as the Redline and Bonavita), but the basic components are similar.
It will first heat water to 200 degrees Fahrenheit before blooming the coffee. This temperature falls solidly within the range set by professional baristas, and the blooming function is an important aspect of this machine.
It’s programmable, and it boasts some other features similar to a more involved home coffee maker. The carafe is a simple glass unit, which should be easy to replace thanks to KitchenAid’s range of other coffee products. The filters used are the basket type, and a hot plate keeps the brewed coffee hot. All this mimics the experience of any other drip machine, but the KCM0802CU provides the depth of flavor that’s unique to pour over.
Unfortunately, it only has a one-year warranty, and some customers have reported issues with leaking and some small construction problems. For these reasons, this KitchenAid machine isn’t one of our top picks. Its functionality makes it worthwhile to consider, but its quality may not be as high as some other models.
Pour over coffee has long been a fixture of third wave coffee bars and the occasional home aficionado. Thanks to machines like these, this particular brewing method is becoming more common at home, but the process does still encourage the type of attention to detail which has grown out of the specialty coffee community. Whatever your reason is for getting an automatic pour over machine, it’s important to consider the basics. These simple elements are what separate good pour overs from bad.
Water temperature is one of the most important components of these systems. The proper temperature range for maximal extraction is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a specification set by the Specialty Coffee Association. The SCA – as the group is more commonly known – certifies whether home models are able to consistently meet this standard. It may seem overly finicky at first to care about temperature, but a huge part of what makes the entire pour over process unique is this precision.
It’s also important to consider the brewing process of any automatic pour over machine. Most of them feature a “blooming” step to the brew process. “Blooming” is the practice of letting a little water cover the grounds first. This allows them to off-gas a little bit, and it sets the beans up to extract more effectively as the water passes through for real. This short little step of the brewing process is fun to play around with while making pour-over by hand.
We recommend tinkering around with traditional hand-made pour over before picking a machine. Going through the process by hand will help you consider what you care about most in automatic pour over machines. Do you care about ensuring that the coffee blooms and extracts correctly? Is the water temperature towards the top of your list of priorities? Maybe you’re tired of pouring multiple cups and you want a machine that can make a big pot quickly. Considering these factors will help you make your decision.
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Even after thinking carefully about what you’re looking for in an automatic pour over machine, it can still be tedious to sort through reviews. We’ve researched these products and considered all the important factors.
The Barista Brain by OXO is our overall top choice. It’s an incredible electric pour over coffee maker, and its chic styling will look great on your counter. The Redline MK1 is our choice as “best for the money.” This machine stands out as one of the simplest models on the market, and it’s a reliable product that will serve you well.
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