The Top 10 Coffee Makers: Unplugged


We have been in a list making mode recently at CoffeeKrave. To continue the trend, we present out Top Ten Coffee Makers. From the Espro Press to the Cona Vacuum Brewer . . . here are our takes on the top gear to grace your countertops.

Authors Note: When Daniel, Editor and Chief here at CoffeeKrave, assigned me this article, I broke out in a cold sweat. Any “top ten” list is going to be subjective by nature, but a top ten coffee maker list? That’s one difficult combinatorial optimization problem right there. I decided the optimal way to constrain this search was to cut the cord. As in the power cord.

In other words, this is the Top Ten Coffee Makers – Unplugged Edition.

(No doubt we will be presenting a Part II – “Plugged In” follow-up sometime in the near future. Stay tuned.)

The very best of manual . . . in no particular order:


1. Hario V60 Dripper: Hario translates to “King of Glass” and the V60 is the king of the cone pour overs.




2. Kalita Wave Dripper: If the V60 is the king of the cones, the Wave is the king of the flatlands. Also available in stainless, for those who tend to drop things before their first cup.




3. Espro Press: I have used mine almost daily since writing my review last August, and my feelings have only grown stronger. This is a love match for life. Be sure to check out our Espro Press giveaway.




4. Mypressi TWIST V2: Our only manual entry for espresso, the TWIST has some serious field creds.


5. Cona Vacuum Brewer: To continue on the royalty theme, Sweet Maria’s calls the Cona the “the king of vacuum coffee brewers.” Vacuum brewers are top ten gear for anyone who secretly wants to brew while wearing a lab coat.




6. Hario Woodneck: Classic design for the eco-friendly filter crowd.




7. AeroPress: I like mine best with the Able filter. Photo Credit: Niklas via cc




8. Chemex Drip Carafe: Speaking of classic . . . They had me at the tagline: “The Chemists Way: Extract the Best and Skip the Rest.” Photo Credit: confusedbee via cc



9. Ibrik: Timeless, and for good reason. This particular version features hand hammered copper and an extra-long wooden handle. Photo Credit: nate steiner via cc


10. Yama Cold Brewer: When I applied to write for CoffeeKrave, I put under credentials that I have iced coffee running through my veins. I don’t own one of these (yet), but I have had the privilege of seeing one in action. A thing of beauty and function.


Do you like brewing sans electricity? Leave your manual comments for us below!


Robyn is a freelance writer, editor and a serious foodie. A native of Seattle, she has found a new home in Northern California where she splits her time about equally between hiking in the redwoods and typing in local coffee shops. In addition to writing for CoffeeKrave, Robyn is currently working on a project to produce a short animated documentary—"Clipped and Tucked"—about her adventures in cooking recipes from antique cookbooks.

2 comments: On The Top 10 Coffee Makers: Unplugged

  • Very Cool!

    Hope to someday grow up and open my own coffee joint.


  • Coffee is a brewed beverage with a distinct aroma and flavor, prepared from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant. The seeds are found in coffee “berries”, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, India and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world.’

    See you real soon

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