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There is the 4 cup coffee maker, 6 cup, 8 cup and who knows how many other cups there are. However, one sure thing is, if you are buying a 4 cup coffee machine, then your consumption of coffee is not big, not a big "drinker" of coffee.
If you not that big into coffee, then cost is something which you should be watching. Cost control is important, and here we would recommend a model that is good to your wallet yet brews good coffee.
When it comes to recommending coffee makers, I am biased towards 2 things, the exterior of the coffee maker, and its ability to serve fresh coffee, which is usually thermal carafe, but for this 4 cup coffee maker that I am writing about, I am making an exception on the thermal carafe part.
This is because there are enough feedbacks to support the Cuisinart 4-cup coffee maker, that even without a thermal carafe, it still can keep the coffee hot without burning it.
Of course, one look at this cuisinart coffee maker and you would noticed that this appliance passed my first evaluation criteria, in fact it passed with flying colors. With its stainless steel carafe and single color toned exterior, it has a sleek and modern look that would not problem blending in to any kitchen decor.
Another plus point about this cuisinart 4-cup coffee maker is the size. At less than 4 lbs of total weight, it is so small that many owners reported taking it overseas so that they do not have to worry about their "own brew".
With people bringing the coffee maker overseas to enjoy their own brew, you would know that this 4 cup coffee maker does not give low quality brew. There are many reasons for this(of course many owners say that it is due to their experience!), but I believe it has to do with the conical filter that holds the coffee and also the sprayhead shower water.
The conical filter and shower water would saturated the coffee more, and extract more flavor from the coffee ground. While it might not be the most critical factor to affect your decision in getting a coffee maker, this is also one of the most silent coffee maker around. So, you would not get any sputtering and guttering sound, a pleasant way to start your morning, don't you think so?
Next, is the ability to keep the coffee warm and fresh. Unlike most carafes on burners, cusinart 4-cup coffee maker does not have this issue. Some says is due to the stainless steel quality of the carafe, that dissipate the heat evenly. The coffee stays hot and fresh, although one should keep it to an hour, anything longer than that would still leave you with a bitter after taste.
I leave the best for the last, at less than $30 and still able to give you a great brew, if this is not value for money, I do not know what is!