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If you love coffee as much as we do, the machine that produces your fresh cup of joe every morning is probably pretty important to you. If you don’t own a coffee maker, get this: home brewing can save you as much as $1,000 a year! (Those caramel macchiatos from Starbucks add up after a while.)
Bottom line, if you’re a coffee drinker, owning your own machine is a great investment. Here’s a guide to buying a coffee maker that’s right for you, your home and your wallet:
A general note on prices. Unless you go on coffee-tasting expeditions to Costa Rica for fun, you shouldn’t pay more than $100 for a coffee maker (models with built-in grinders will be a bit more). Some options will inevitably be pricier – single-cup brewing machines can cost upwards of $200 – but the higher price doesn’t produce better coffee.
If you don’t need a venti-size serving of fancy features, you should expect to pay $25-$50 for your coffee machine. If you go cheaper than $25, quality and durability usually take a pretty serious nose-dive.
Before you shop. Take a minute to think about your daily routine. This will help you decide what features you need, and which ones you can do without. Ask yourself:
While you’re browsing. These days, coffee makers come with a wide range of features. Some could make your life easier, others may not. Each extra feature can add $20-50 to a machine’s price tag, so it’s best to be informed. Here are a few features to consider:
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