One of our roasters has a great way of joking about how much thought, love, technology and innovation goes into the simple act of brewing coffee: "it's just coffee and water, so what could go wrong?"
On the commercial front, I'm a huge fan of robotic pour over machines. The Poursteady
is a great example of this method, and basically simulates an eight-armed pour over barista. The consumer version of this, which I use at home, is the Chemex Ottomatic
, which uses a shower-head like faucet to simulate adding water in a circular fashion.
The SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America
) has a certification program
, which lists about a dozen brewers they recommend. Among them, the Bonavita BV1900TS
is a fantastic example of a simple machine that produces consistently delicious coffee.
All of that said, the very best coffee maker is what the Italians call the fourth "M" of the coffee experience, the Mano
, or skilled hand of the barista. Of all the brewers I've personally tried, few of them quite match the delicate output of a well-done manual pour over. But when time's at a premium, as it so often is, these days it's possible to get an amazing cup without investing in kitchen robotics!