Smelling freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning is the best!  I really don’t think there is a more pleasant smell in the world than that of a freshly brewed cup of java.  Almost everyone loves a good cup of joe, but everyone has a different definition of “good” coffee.

If you are in the market for a new automatic coffee maker, and it’s been awhile since you have bought one, you are going to be surprised at the choices that are available!

You should first decide what kind of automatic coffee maker you want.  Would you be happier with an automatic drip coffee maker or a percolator?  And if you are wondering what the difference between the two is, an automatic drip does exactly what its name implies.  It drips water through coffee grounds, while a percolator forces heated water up a spout and over the coffee grounds.  Drip coffee and perked coffee have two entirely different tastes.

After you decide what kind of coffee machine you want, you need to determine what size of machine will be best for you.  If you are the only one drinking coffee in your household, then a very small coffee maker will suit you.  By very small, I mean one that makes up to four cups.  If there are several people in your household that are coffee drinkers, or if you entertain regularly and serve coffee, you will probably want a larger coffee machine.

After you have made those two decisions, it’s time to ask yourself what kind of features you would like on your coffee maker.  There are coffee machines with all kinds of controls so you will need to determine what features will be best for you.  If cost is important, then it’s good to know that each added feature adds to the cost of the machine.

It is important to buy a coffee maker that is large enough, but don’t buy one that is larger than you need.  Once you start looking you will find that coffee machines range in price from $20 and up, and when I say and up, you can get a coffee machine for $200 or more.  It just depends on what you want and how much you want to spend!  Happy Shopping!

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