The Good Both advanced electric kettle and premium coffee maker, the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup Brewing System makes huge pots of scrumptious coffee plus tea or hot water on the side.
The Bad While it makes great coffee, the Barista Brain 12-cup must heat its water first before brewing, which translates to a longer total brew cycle than other coffee machines. Coffee in the Barista Brain's thermal carafe also cools after 2 hours.
The Bottom Line Those who desire the most flexible and feature-rich coffee maker that brews java well and functions as an adjustable water heater for tea will find the Oxo Barista Brain 12-cup Brewing system very hard to resist.
Oxo's Barista Brain might be the world's most versatile drip coffee maker
Many multifunction kitchen gadgets skew toward gimmickry. This versatile new coffee maker from Oxo not only makes excellent coffee, but it also offers an impressive variety of brewing and water heating options you may actually have a use for.
The $300 Oxo Barista Brain Brewing System has the chops to consistently brew a masterfully delicious pot of coffee. Equipped with an internal scale the coffee maker also lets you make coffee, using traditional grounds, in portions. You can tell it to serve small portions, as few as four cups, or to go ahead and make a whole 12-ounce pot. Since it also functions as an electric kettle complete with precise temperature control, the Barista Brain will serve tea drinkers as well.
Yes, it's more expensive than most higher-end drip machines, but you get plenty of hot beverage-related utility for that added cost. The fact that it makes a truly excellent coffee and it's easy to use make it that much easier to recommend. The only major drawback is a longer-than-average time to make a full pot.
Coffee pods are evil and must die
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