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Coffeemakers 7/8/13

For a lot of people, a coffeehouse is a great place to start the day. Café Manager "You want that cup to be perfect." But if you want a quick cup of coffee at home, a single-serve coffeemaker is an easy option. Just pop in a pod … and you can brew a cup to go. Consumer Reports has tested more than two dozen single-serve coffeemakers from names like Keurig, Mr. Coffee, and Starbucks. They cost anywhere from 25 to 300 dollars. No one wants a cold cup of coffee. Testers measure the temperature to make sure it's always hot. Speed is also important. "Testers record how long it takes for the first cup to brew, and each cup after that. Some machines keep you waiting a lot longer than others." One of the slowest to deliver that first cup - the 300-dollar Bunn MyCafé M-C-P. And the 35-dollar Gevalia G-90 had a tough time getting started. It produced a lot of steam and noise before it began making coffee. When all the tests were done, the Dolce Gusto Genio from DeLonghi came out on top. At 130 dollars, it delivers a fast, hot cup of coffee every time. Dan DeClerico, "The only thing is it uses Nescafé-brand capsules so you only have 16 varieties to choose from." Consumer Reports also sized up taste quality. Unfortunately, trained experts found none of the single-serve systems brewed top-quality coffee. For that … … you might just have to stand in line. ."

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