10 of the best... coffee makers
by Graham Powell
Ah coffee... just the aroma alone is almost enough to switch us back on. Making coffee is a ritual that helps to get us going, and more importantly keep us going. At home a good coffee maker is pretty much an essential item in any kitchen, and whether it's to be used for a breakfast time kick start, a coffee morning social, an afternoon pick-me-up or the end to a perfect a dinner party, buying a decent coffee maker is one of those investments you're unlikely to regret making.
We selected these 10 as we think they offer both function and style in equal measures. A good coffee maker should also be a pleasure to use, reaffirming the importance of the caffeine ritual in our modern lives. Being stove, cafetiere or filter based, they are all designed to accommodate ground coffee - whether you prefer to grind it yourself, or purchase it from your favorite supplier. Of course the type, flavour and strength of the coffee is totally up to you!
1. Domus Large Cafetiere
A super-smooth and highly polished stainless steel coffee maker inspired by those classic old 1930's metal bicycle pumps. Nick Munro designed the Domus cafetiere to have both a fun and functional style, which coupled with a wicker-wrapped handle gives it a distinctly friendly post-modern feel too.
2. A J Anniversary French Press
A classic that needs little introduction, the French press cafetiere from the iconic architect and designer Arne Jacobsen is ideal for all those coffee lovers out there who also appreciate Scandinavian modern design. Being double walled to retain the heat, it's perfect for social situations - especially as it has a large 8 cup capacity. This anniversary edition, celebrating 50 years, is available in Powder Pink or Dusty Teal enamel colourways.
3. Bialetti Moka Express Hob Espresso Maker
A revolutionary and classic Italian design from the 1930's that has certainly stood the test of time. With over 200 million coffee makers sold, these days the Bialetti has a 'modern-retro' appeal for those who appreciate a well proven and highly functional design. Simple to use, the 2 x cast aluminium facetted halves screw together to form a solid and stable stove-top unit. Bialetti also comes in a range of sizes - from 1 to 12 cup capacities.
4. Theo "Slow Brew'' Coffee Maker
Designed by Francis Cayouette in a Nordic style, Theo is designed speciffically for a slow and controlled brew in order to produce the tastiest of coffee. The matt black ceramic pourer has a silicone collar for insulated handling and a bamboo lid to keep the heat in - which along with the matching filter funnel, oozes a minimal and moody aesthetic that is just perfect for 1 to 2 people.
5. David Mellor Cafetière 3 Cup (with grey metallic handle)
With a sense of style that references the company's iconic stainless steel designs of the 1950's and 1960's, Corin Mellor has developed a modern classic cafetière which would sit perfectly in any contemporary home. With a remit to design "special things that will endure time', David Mellor have produced yet another great coffee maker to add to their collection of well conceived tableware products.
6. Muuto Push Coffee Maker - Stone Grey
The Push coffee maker has a sense of easy natural style that is sure to give the warmest of welcomes to any visitor to your home (literally!). With an earth toned glaze covering its stoneware ceramic body, and a turned beech wood knob sitting on the top of the lid, Push offers a friendly-feel alternative to the traditional metallic coffee makers.
7. John Lewis Double Wall Stainless Steel Cafetiere (8 Cup)
This solid looking cafetiere with an insuating double walled design will keep your coffee warmer for longer, meaning you can take your time to enjoy your freshly made coffee. Manufactured from easy-clean stainless steel, and capable of holding up to 8 cups (1 litre), it's a piece of pure functionalist design that's great value for money too.
8. Tom Dixon Brew Cafetiere - Copper
This copper finished stainless steel cafetiere by British product designer Tom Dixon offers a highly polished touch of glamour to any table top. With its geometric references and solidity of form, the Brew has an art deco like aesthetic that references a golden age of style and optimism.
9. Richard Sapper Espresso Coffee Maker
Designed by Richard Sapper in the late 1970's this is a design classic that has stood the test of time, as well as continuing to maintain its style credentials. Constructed from mirror polished stainless steel, with a 6 cup capacity and a heat diffusing base, this sleak coffee maker is manufactured by Alessi - a brand synonymous with innovation, quality and style, throughout its range of iconic tableware.
10. Collar Black Espresso Maker
Designed by Italian duo Daniel Debiasi and Frederico Sandri, the Collar espresso maker is a contemporary twist on the classic 'Moka Pot'. With it's Teflon coated stainless steel body and rubberwood cantilevered handle, this Scandinavian inspired design takes an alternative approach to lifting and pouring (twisting rather than tilting). Collar is a stylish and functional stove based coffee maker that makes pouring a cup of coffee an enjoyable experience in itself.
Main image - Push coffee maker courtesy of Muuto
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