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Coffee Makers: Melitta's cheap drip makes bitter brews

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Coffee Makers: Melitta's cheap drip makes bitter brews

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Think twice about choosing the Melitta 10-Cup Coffeemaker to save cash.

Hi guys this is Brian Bennett for CNET and right now we're taking a look at the Melitta 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker. This machine basically tries to pack in lot of the same features and performance as some of the big names in coffee brewing but it falls a little short. So what's really nice about this machine is it costs $69, which is pretty inexpensive, compared to the 160, 200 or even $300 drip machines you'll see on the market. So what's also really nice is, you get this very handsome thermal carafe, as part of the package. It is stainless steel, pretty solid, has a. Handy little tab here for decanting your coffee without making a huge mess, which is something that a lot of other coffee makers don't have. There are a lot of areas where the Melitta definitely falls short. First off, it takes a long time to brew 10 cups of coffee, anywhere from eight and a half, nine, maybe even 12 minutes long, and that's just unacceptable. Furthermore, the coffee flavor is on the bitter side. It's actually very unpleasant to drink. And i think that has a lot to do with how long it takes to brew the coffee, itself. Now, [UNKNOWN] talks up this ability for you to select the brew strength. You can select regular by standard, or you can go to bold, or even select, robust. The only problem is, I can't tell the difference between any of those. I also don't like this cheap-feeling, glossy, plastic surface on the top and the back. It definitely is not a premium feel or gives you a sense of quality. And Melitta doesn't even throw in a measuring scoop. You have to provide that one yourself. The Melitta ten cup thermal maker really tries to outdo basic Mr. Coffee machines and hang with the big boys of drip brewing for less. Unfortunately, it can't match the likes of Bunn, Bonavita and Technivorm in terms of making a good cup of joe. I'm Brian Bennett for c/net and we've just taken a look at the Melitta ten cup thermal coffee machine. [MUSIC]

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