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Do high-end coffee makers really make better coffee?

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The quality of coffee high-end coffee makers brew depends on the machine, but according to CNET, some of the machines do make a better cup. However, Consumer Reports indicates that it is possible to get consistently good coffee with machines priced as low as $40 as of 2015.

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The Bunn Velocity machine makes a consistent product of good quality, according to CNET. This machine has a hot water chamber, so it is able to brew a full pot of coffee in 3 1/2 minutes. Many restaurants use the same fast brewing system. However, it does not have the additional buttons or features found on many of the other high-end machines and is less stylish. As of 2015, the Bunn Velocity is available for under $200.

The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 is the most expensive machine in the CNET review. While the machine offers eye appeal, the Bonavita BV1900TS costs 1/3 less, and its brewing performance matches the more expensive machine.

The DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T is a good choice for consumers wanting a less expensive coffee maker. Good Housekeeping rates it as best brewer. Its brewing capability is fast and consistent.

The key to brewing coffee with the best flavor is heating the water to between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit and completing the brew cycle within 5 minutes, according to Consumer Reports. While less expensive machines sometimes offer basic functions, if they are able to achieve these industry standards for optimal brewing, the coffee is good, regardless of the price.

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