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Brew huge, medium and small coffee batches with the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup (pictures)

$300 is a lot of money to spend on a drip coffee machine, but the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup Brewing System brings a lot to the table that you're going to like. This includes the flexibility for brewing between small 4-cup carafes and big 12-cup pots of hot joe. The coffee maker also functions as an electric kettle and features adjustable temperature settings to handle specific types of tea leaves properly.

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Brian Bennett
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A big brewer that strives to be svelte

There's no getting around the fact that the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup is a massive coffee maker. Oxo disguises its size well, however, through a very efficient use of space.

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This filter basket is almost bottomless

The filter basket is also huge and accepts flat-bottomed basket paper filters.

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The boiler puts on a show

If you're into watching bubbles, the Barista Brain won't disappoint. The large glass kettle's contents swirl vigorously as temperatures reach the boiling point.

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Select your brewing temperature

During the calibration process you can set the coffee brewing temperature. Likewise you can heat water between 174 and 212 degrees F when in electric kettle mode.

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Make lots or a little coffee

A scale in the kettle base senses how much water you have to work with. You can then brew anywhere between 4 and a full 12 cups of hot java.

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Water through a hot shower head

The Barista Brain 12-cup uses a circular shower head to evenly drip hot water over coffee grounds in the filter basket.

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Expect excellent brewing performance

One of the few coffee makers to earn the Specialty Coffee Association of America's certification for brewing coffee correctly, I can confirm that the Barista Brain makes very delicious drip.

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