Our Favorite Drip Coffeemakers

Drip coffee at its simplest and least expensive. Just insert a filter (we recommend a neutral-tasting, hemp-based paper version) into the cone, set the cone on a mug, and pour hot water over the grounds. We prefer the ceramic material to the standard plastic because it retains heat better, is easier to clean, and won't impart a stale odor to your cup over time.Merae Corp.
In 1941 the chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm invented the hourglass-shaped Chemex, whose design is so admired that the device is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. It's not just pretty to look at, either. The Chemex's cone shape and extra-thick paper filters make it impossible for even the smallest amount of coffee grounds to slip into your cup. Though it's necessary to pour the water over the grounds in a slow, circular stream, the reward for the added effort is an especially clean-tasting cup.Chemex
In the Japanese Nel drip, a flannel filter hangs from a wire ring over a thermal or glass pot. Blue Bottle's Freeman says the Nel yields coffee with a "brooding, autumnal flavor." Some experts warn that it can be challenging to maintain the freshness of the Nel filter, but devotees keep the flannel clean by scrubbing it regularly with a brush before letting it rest in boiling water. Another tip: store the filter in a cup of water in the fridge overnight.Merae Corp.
A butane burner powers this complex system of stacked glass orbs, which looks as if it belonged in a high-school chemistry lab rather than a high-end cafe. Heat-generated suction draws the water from the lower globe into the upper one, where it combines with coffee grounds before dripping back down through a cloth mesh filter. Although David Latourell, an adviser for the Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee, admits that the Siphon, which takes three minutes to brew a pot, is a "tricky bugger," he appreciates the subtle weightiness of the coffee it produces.Avery House Creative
Hitting the ideal near-boiling point with manual systems can be tricky if you're relying on a standard teapot and burner; home baristas will appreciate the convenient temperature setting of this attractive stainless kettle, which can be used with any of the coffeemakers listed above.Breville USA
The only automatic drip coffeemaker certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America the formidably named Dutch system the Technivorm, gets votes for its ability to reach the proper brewing heat consistently, unlike other machines, which brew for longer times at lower temperatures, causing overextraction and an unpleasant, burnt flavor.Technivorm
This attractive, modern machine, which will be released in December of this year, has all the features that coffee geeks would expect from a high-end device, including a programmable timer, a permanent gold filter, and a drip stop that allows you to pour coffee midbrew. Its stainless-steel body prevents odor absorption, and it boasts a built-in water filter, which ensures that every cup is free of flavor-killing chlorine.Capresso
When first released, the Clover, which makes each cup individually, was quickly deemed the Ferrari of coffeemakers because of its unique ability to allow baristas to set the ideal temperature and extraction time based on the type of bean being used. (For example, a darker roast benefits from a slightly lower temperature and a shorter extraction time, while a bean that's been roasted lightly shines after extended contact with extra-hot water.) Even if the Clover's ridiculously steep price (and limited availability) means that few people will ever count it among their kitchen appliances, coffee diehards can sample pristine, Clover-brewed joe at such cafes as Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago and LA, New York's Caf¿ Grumpy and Gainesville, Florida's Volta Coffee. Starbucks, which bought the technology in 2008, also features the machines in some locations.Starbucks