Good coffee makers, according to Consumer Research, should have a versatile capacity and a pause and brew feature. Other features recommended by About.com include digital controls and the ability to use pods as well as filters when brewing coffee.
A versatile capacity lets a coffee consumer set the right amount of coffee she needs, especially if she needs to brew less than a full pot. The ability to pause the machine midbrewing allows her to remove the coffee pot without spilling or dripping hot coffee. Digital controls, along with an automatic off button, ensure ease of use when brewing coffee and offer extra protection should she forget to turn off the unit. Finally, a good warranty ensures the coffee consumer gets the most out of her coffee machine.