When you’re not the only person in the room who needs coffee, and needs it now you need a large capacity coffee machine to keep it all fresh, hot, and on demand. A 12 cup coffee machine should do the trick but the choices are many, so which one is right for you? Fortunately, your choice is made a lot easier as there are only a handful of standout models worthy of your consideration. We’ve examined the top contenders and have compiled a few ideas on what you should look for in your next 12 cup coffee machine.
A programmable timer such as that found on the Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus will ensure you will have fresh coffee ready and waiting no matter what time you have to drag your coffee craving carcass out of bed. Whether it’s the crack of dawn, or you have scored the graveyard shift, you will always have a clean fresh brew read and waiting for you when you need it the most.
Another feature we liked on this model is the ability to pause the brewing cycle. This feature allows you to quickly get a brew ready for the road without having to wait until the end of the brewing cycle. Fortunately, this is a popular feature on quite a few of the higher end models so you should have no trouble finding one.
Adjustable Temperature Control
Some of us like to sip our coffee while it’s scalding hot while others enjoy a larger mouthful at cooler temperatures. Opting for a 12 cup machine with this feature will mean you can always have a fresh cup at the perfect temperature.
Easy Filter Replacement
It’s no fun messing about with used filters so easy replacement and cleaning is a must.
Brew Strength Adjustment
We all like our coffee at different strengths and sometimes we just need a larger jolt then usual so being able to set the strength of your brew is a handy feature you might enjoy having.
Smaller Brew Settings
Sometimes you don’t need to have the full twelve cups brewing all the time so a neat feature to look for is the ability to set the machine for a smaller amount of coffee. While you can always make less coffee most cheaper brewers won’t have time to get the heater up to full speed and so the brew may be colder than you like. Having a specialty setting there means your coffee won’t be ready until it’s nice and hot.
We think the above are a few of the most important features when you’re on the lookout for a large capacity coffee machine, but attractiveness may also be important to you as well, so make sure whichever model you settle on is going to look good on the bench.