The appliance you use to prepare your coffee can drastically affect the taste/flavor of the drink. Depending on your preference, budget and time, you can opt for one of the many different types of coffee makers available on the market today.
The most popular coffee makers you can find
There are several types of coffee makers out there, based on the technology used to prepare the coffee:
- Electric drip coffee makers – they can also be referred to as dripolators and they are among the most affordable and commonly used coffee makers. The first electric drip brewer was invented in 1954 in Germany. Drip coffee makers usually consist in a coffee pot, a reservoir and a filter. The filter can be paper-based and disposable or permanent (reusable), made of metal or plastic, with very little holes in it
- Percolators. They consist in a pot in which you brew the coffee. They were very popular in the US until the 70s, when automatic drip coffee makers became the new trend
- French presses. They are also referred to as cafetieres and they were invented by Italians around 1930. They can also be used to prepare tea
- Espresso machines. They are among the most sophisticated, complex and feature-rich coffee makers, but also the most expensive. They come in a variety of types, models and budgets
Braun KF7170SI BrewSense review
The BrewSense from Braun is a 12-cup electrical drip coffee maker. It is reasonably priced and comes with a rich set of features.
It has an elegant look that will classy up any décor. It has a stainless steel finish, an LCD display and a glass carafe. It comes with the Braun gold-tone filter, which helps in getting a rich-flavored coffee, unlike with ordinary paper filters. The machine has a cleaning feature and you can customize the water hardness level.
The German quality can easily be noticed by simply analyzing the design of the Braun BrewSense. The carafe lid is designed in such a way to minimize air exposure and make sure your coffee maintains its rich flavor. Then there’s also the anti-drip system that ensures you pour your coffee with precision, without accidents and spills, even during the brewing cycle.
- Color: stainless steel
- Dimensions: 7.9 X 7.9 X 14.2 inches
- Weight: 7.4 lbs.
- Power: 1000W
- Capacity: 12 cups
- LCD display
- Programmable 24-hour timer
- Auto shut-off function
The Braun BrewSense is quite complex for a simple drip coffee maker, and especially given its attractive price.
It features an LCD display with a digital clock and has 10 buttons, including the power one.
There are a lot of features included with the Braun BrewSense. You can set to your liking the brew strength, by choosing ‘regular’ or ‘bold’, you can program to coffee maker to prepare your coffee at a certain time (up to a 24-hour interval). The LCD display shows you the clock and there’s an auto shut-off feature as well.
In terms of capacity, the Braun BrewSense can prepare up to 12-cups of coffee in a single cycle. However, that doesn’t mean you necessarily need to make 12-cups at once. You’ve got a clear water level indicator and you can use the ‘1-4’ button and set the coffee maker to only prepare from 1 to 4 cups.
Overall, the Braun BrewSense is a modern electric drip-coffee maker that offers more than you pay for. It is designed and engineered in Germany, it has a modern design and a plethora of useful features you wouldn’t normally expect to get in this price range.
The Braun BrewSense is solid, it is complex in features yet very user-friendly and its parts are dishwasher safe. It you’re looking for a simple but reliable and versatile drip coffee maker without breaking the bank, you can’t go wrong with the Braun KF7170SI BrewSense.