Product Reviews
Take Action
Back
SIGN THE PETITION

Tell Congress: Protect Our Healthcare

We need healthcare that ensures comprehensive, affordable coverage for all consumers. Tell Congress to vote no on repealing our healthcare protections without providing a real replacement plan.
Take Action
Why Do We Have Campaigns?
We're fighting to ensure you and your family can get a fair deal in the marketplace, especially on the choices that matter most: health care, privacy, automobiles, food, finances and more. Join our campaigns and together, we'll hold corporations and lawmakers accountable.

Holiday Gifts for the Coffee Connoisseur



We’ve selected the best-rated beans, grinders, kettles, frothers, and brewers for the discriminating caffeine cravers on your list

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the December 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

1
Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker

Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop...

After testing this iconic stovetop espresso maker, our testers understand why it’s a fixture in almost 90 percent of Italian kitchens. The octagonal design evenly distributes heat and also makes it easy to grip to connect the two halves tightly. It comes in five sizes and in unadorned aluminum, as well as several colors.

2
Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

Of all the methods devised to extract flavor from coffee beans, this device—invented by a German hausfrau more than a century ago—remains a favorite for pour-over coffee brewers and our testers alike. Line the cone with a filter, pour hot water over the grinds, and the rest is left to gravity. It doesn’t take a hausfrau to appreciate that it’s as easy to clean as it is to use.

3
iCoffee RCB100-BC12

iCoffee RCB100-BC12

The iCoffee’s SteamBrew process spritzes and swirls the grounds as the carafe fills, combining the ease of a drip machine with the rich-tasting results of a French press—an uncommon combo that made the iCoffee RCB100-BC12 the highest-scoring specialty coffee maker in our tests. It’s also one of the few coffee makers that’s fun to watch.

    4
    Frieling Insulated Brushed Stainless Steel French Press 0131

    Frieling Insulated Brushed...

    This forward-thinking French-press coffee maker is twice as nice as traditional models: Its double-walled stainless carafe keeps coffee hot long after it’s made, and its surface stays cool. The double layer of mesh on the plunger helps prevent grounds from polluting the brew. With a 44-ounce capacity, it’s an ideal size to brew loose tea, too.

    5
    Bruer Cold Bruer

    Bruer Cold Bruer

    "If you want to earn some cred with a budding barista, you can't go wrong with the simple and stylish Bruer Cold Bruer. A mixture of ice and water placed in the upper chamber drains onto the grounds at a rate of a drop per second. In 12 to 24 hours, it produces up to 20 ounces of smooth brew without the familar bitterness of coffees made with hot water. Also available in gray and red." – BERNIE DEITRICK, senior product tester

    6
    Capresso Froth Plus 204.04

    Capresso Froth Plus 204.04

    This squat electric frother makes whipping up a batch of hot, frothed milk simple—and free of the mess we made with some of the manual models we tested. The unit has three temperature settings, an auto-shutoff function, and a two-piece design (the pitcher separates from the heating element) that makes it easy to pour and clean. Tip: Use skim milk; it foams better. Also sold in black.

    7
    Hamilton Beach 40998

    Hamilton Beach 40998

    An electric kettle can set you back as much as $180, which makes this $20 Hamilton Beach a steal. It’s almost as fast as the more expensive Capresso, holds 4 cups of water, and is made of stainless steel, which will please anyone on your list who’s not a fan of plastic.

    8
    Capresso H20 Plus

    Capresso H20 Plus

    All six of the electric kettles we tested for this report brought a liter of water to a rolling boil faster than a microwave (around 4½ minutes for most) and shut off automatically. The 6-cup Capresso makes the wish list because it’s slightly faster than the rest; the glass carafe and silver handle add a dash of style to the counter.

    9
    Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder

    Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder

    With a sticker-shock-inducing price and a fancy name, this burr coffee grinder promises a lot. It also delivers. Quiet and powerful, the Virtuoso grinds beans to a consistent size every time—even on the finest setting—making it an equally exquisite tool for drip coffee, espresso, and everything in between.

    10
    Blue Bottle Three Africans

    Blue Bottle Three Africans

    Blue Bottle Three Africans medium-bodied brew is made with a blend of one Congolese and two Ethiopian coffees. The tangy flavor is complex, with mostly citrus, floral, and berry notes.

      11
      Cafe Altura Organic Colombian whole bean

      Cafe Altura Organic Colombian...

      Cafe Altura Organic Colombian is a medium-bodied coffee with big flavor and notes of fruit and chocolate.

        12
        Heart Coffee Roasters Stereo blend

        Heart Coffee Roasters Stereo blend

        Heart Coffee Roasters Stereo Blend is our top-rated boutique blend that makes for a bright cup with a pleasantly strong aroma. Note: The mix of beans changes seasonally.

          13
          Counter Culture La Golondrina Colombia Certified Organic whole bean

          Counter Culture La Golondrina...

          A complex, intensely flavored organic Colombian coffee, Counter Culture La Golondrina Colombia Certified Organic is fruity and floral with a hint of chocolate.

            Shopping links are provided by eBay Commerce Network and Amazon, which makes it easy to find the right product from a variety of online retailers. Clicking any of the links will take you to the retailer's website to shop for this product. Please note that Consumer Reports collects fees from both eBay Commerce Network and Amazon for referring users. We use 100% of these fees to fund our testing programs.

            For 80 years, Consumer Reports has been testing products and working to create a fairer, safer, and healthier marketplace. Click here to learn more about Consumer Reports' mission as a nonprofit organization. To help support our work, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. You can also show support by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@ConsumerReports).