Nothing beats the convenience of an automatic coffee maker. Especially in the morning when all you want is COFFEE and MORE COFFEE.
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of coffee makers on the market. But not all coffee makers are created equal. Some make truly terrible coffee. We want to help you avoid those ones. Thankfully there are high quality coffee makers out there that make a remarkable cup of joe.
So, if you love a good cup of coffee and you are in the market for a new coffee maker, you are in the right place. We take a look at the list of certified SCAA coffee makers and review our favorites.
SCAA Certification Explained
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a membership trade organisation who’s primary goal is to define and improve coffee standards.
One way they do this is through coffee maker certification. To help consumers (you and me) filter through hundreds of options they have defined specific criteria that will produce a great coffee.
Through the certification process coffee makers are tested and re-tested against these criteria to ensure they meet the defined standard.
One point to make is that SCAA drip coffee makers tend to more expensive than your average automatic coffee maker. The need to heat water quickly, retain a constant temperature and keep the coffee warm results in higher product cost.
But you can be assured that in purchasing an SCAA approved coffee maker you are buying a high quality machine that will deliver a delicious cup of coffee every time.
SCAA Certified Coffee Makers Compared
All current SCAA approved coffee makers are listed in the comparison chart below. Click here for a full side by side feature comparison.
We review the best options from this list in detail in the section below.
|Model||Image||Carafe Size||Brewing Time||Editor Rating||Price|
|Behmor Connected||8 Cup||12 minutes||4.3||Check|
|Behmor Brazen Plus||8 Cup||12 minutes||4.3||Check|
|Bonavita BV1900TS||8 Cup||6 minutes||4.5||Check|
|Bonavita BV1900TD Digital||8 Cup||6 minutes||4.5||Check|
|Bonavita Connoisseur BV1901TS||8 Cup||6 minutes||4.5||Check|
|Cuisinart CPO-850 (Thermal)||8 Cup||7 minutes||4.5||Check|
|Cuisinart CPO-800 (Glass)||8 Cup||7 minutes||4.5||Check|
|Kitchenaid KCM0801OB||8 Cup||8 minutes||4.2||Check|
|Kitchenaid KCM0802OB||8 Cup||8 minutes||4.2||Check|
|OXO On Barista Brain||9 Cup||8 minutes||4.7||Check|
|BUNN HB Programmable||10 Cup||10 minutes||4.2||Check|
|Technivorm Moccamaster||10 Cup||6 minutes||4.8||Check|
|Breville Precision (Thermal)||12 Cup||8 minutes||4.6||Check|
|Breville Precision (Glass)||12 Cup||8 minutes||4.6||Check|
SCAA Coffee Maker Requirements
So what criteria do SCAA approved coffee makers need to meet? You can read the requirements document in full here, but we have summarised them below.
1. Coffee Volume
The brew basket must be able to accommodate the golden cup ratio weight of coffee per maximum capacity without overflowing the basket. What’s the ratio? 55g of coffee per litre or 2 tablespoons for every 6 oz of water.
2. Brewing Time
Water must not be in contact with the coffee grounds for less than 4 or more than 8 minutes.
3. Brewing Temperature
Water must reach 197 degrees Fahrenheit within a minute of hitting the grinds, maintain that minimum temperature through the cycle, and not exceed 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Beverage Preparation
This requirement is about the quality of the extraction and producing a balanced brew.
Technically it is described as “for a beverage strength (solubles concentration) of between 1.15% and 1.45% resulting from an extraction (solubles yield) of between 18.0% and 22.0% from the weight of coffee in the brew basket”.
5. Uniformity of Performance
The results need to be replicated across a number of machines a number of times.
6. Uniformity of Extraction
All the coffee in the brew basket must be wetted during the first minute of brewing.
7. Beverage clarity
No excessive sediment must settle in the carafe.
8. Carafe temperature
The carafe needs to hold the maximum reservoir volume plus hold the temperature at 176 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes after brewing.
Other Considerations When Choosing a Coffee Maker
All of the coffee makers on the SCAA certified list meet the technical requirements.
But don’t forget there are a number of personal requirements you need to weigh up when choosing which SCAA coffee maker is best for you.
Here are the main differences to consider as you read our SCAA coffee maker reviews:
Best SCAA Coffee Makers - Reviews
The Behmor Connected is the most technologically advanced SCAA coffee maker controlled with a unique mobile app.
We love the fact the water is pre-heated in the stainless steel reservoir to maximise temperature consistency and has a large oversized showerhead for optimum grounds saturation.
The Behmor produces an excellent, well extracted and flavorful coffee, but it comes at a hefty price.
Brewing 8 cups in 12 minutes, it is slower than other SCAA certified coffee makers. This is mostly due to the fact the water is pre-heated in the reservoir. But, it is this feature that enhances the brew extraction quality due to its consistent temperature.
With programmable start and brew delay functions, this slower brewing time may not be an issue for you.
The unique thing about this SCAA certified brewer is the mobile app. To be honest you will either love it or hate it. I can’t say I love it, but others do!
The app controls brewing temperature, pre-soak time and brew delay functions. The coffee maker can connect to Amazon’s Dash Replenishment system to automatically re-order coffee beans when you are running low. You can even ask Alexa to brew your morning coffee for you!
If you prefer a simpler machine without the need for wi-fi connectivity, Behmor also have the Brazen Plus. The Behmor Brazen Plus is SCAA certified with the same brewing functionality as the Behmor Connected and is a great coffee maker without the app. Click here to read more reviews on the Brazen Plus.
Both machines are tall at 15″ high. The reservoir is topped up from above so high cabinet clearance is required or you will need to pull it out from under the cabinets to refill.
The Behmor Connected Coffee Maker features:
Our concerns with the Behmor Connected Coffee Maker
- It can only brew 6 or 8 cups, no less. Which is great if you have a large family or drink a lot of coffee. Not so great for 1 or 2 people drinking a single coffee.
- There is no manual control panel to adjust your settings. While it is possible to brew coffee by simply pressing the start button on the machine, all customizations are controlled via the app.
- There are too many reports of issues connecting to certain wi-fi systems, not accepting certain wifi passwords and the like to ignore. TBH it just sounds like a hassle you don’t need when brewing coffee.
Dimensions: 9″ w x 9″ d x 15.25″ h
Warranty: 2 years
Overall Rating: 4.3/5
Is the Behmor for you?
If you are technically minded, love new gadgets and good coffee then the Behmor may be the machine for you. With full control over water temperature and pre-infusion time plus programmable start and brew delay, it offers all the bells and whistles plus a mobile app to control your machine from anywhere!
The Bonavita BV1900TS is a simple yet high quality coffee maker. We love its compact size, consistent brewing ability and large shower head for enhanced infusion and flavor.
It features a 1500w heater and can brew 8 cups in 6 minutes. The optional pre-infusion feature (which you activate by pressing and holding the on button until it beeps) wets the grounds before brewing to further enhance the flavor in your cup.
The Bonavita BV1900TS does not have a programmable timer. If you need to be out the door at speed and an extra 6 minutes of sleep is a priority, then check out the Bonavita BV1900TD. It is the digital programmable version of this model.
The Bonavita BS1900TD is also SCAA certified, has all the same features, just with the addition of an auto start function. Click here to read more reviews on the BV1900TD.
For both models the carafe lid, filter basket and showerhead are dishwasher safe which makes clean up a breeze. The carafe has a wide top and is very easy to clean compared to other models in this list.
The Bonavita BV1900TS features:
Our main issue with the Bonavita BV1900TS:
The lid and filter basket design.
Basically the lid and filter basket cannot be on the carafe at the same time. Which means removing the lid to brew, then removing the filter basket and replacing with the lid to pour. It is a quirky and slightly annoying feature on an otherwise well designed drip coffee maker.
Dimensions: 12.4″ w x 6.8″ d x 12.2″ h
Warranty: 2 years
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Editors Note: This model has been superceded by the Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS. The new BV1901TS has also been SCAA certified.
While it has an improved hanging filter basket and carafe insulation, it still isn’t possible to the lid on the carafe whilst under the filter basket. Click to read the reviews for the new model here.
Is the Bonavita for you?
The Bonavita BV1900TS is a great choice if you have limited counter space and want a simple machine without the bells and whistles. It is a well priced, compact coffee maker that produces consistently good coffee.
The Cuisinart CPO-850 allows you to create quality pour over coffee without the wait. We love its programmable flavor strength and manual temperature control plus its sleek brushed stainless steel design.
Brewing 8 cups in 7 minutes, the pre-infusion function and large showerhead ensure maximum extraction and enhanced coffee flavor in your cup. With 24 hour programmable auto start capability, this machine will produce flavorful coffee every time, on time.
The electronic display is easy to read and simple to use. The machine feels sturdy and well made and a stainless steel cone filter basket is included. It is also compatible with #4 cone paper filters.
If you prefer a glass carafe, Cuisinart offer the CPO-800 model. The Cuisinart CPO-800 is SCAA certified, with the same functionality, just with a glass carafe and cup warmer instead of a thermal carafe. Click here to read more reviews on the CPO-800.
Both models have a self clean function and all components including the carafe, carafe lid and brew basket are dishwasher safe. The carafe has a narrow opening which can be tricky to hand wash. We suggest using a brush for this task.
The Cuisinart CPO-850 features:
Our main issue with the Cuisinart CPO-850:
The thermal carafe insulation. With many complaints the coffee does not stay hot for long, you may be better off with the glass carafe and warming plate if you drink the coffee over a number of hours.
Dimensions: 12.3″ w x 9″ d x 13.5″ h
Warranty: 3 years
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Is the Cuisinart for you?
The Cuisinart CPO-850 is a great choice if you like to have a programmable coffee maker with customized options, but don’t want to spend more for the Breville or the Behmor. It is the best optioned SCAA coffee maker at this price point.
The OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is a popular SCAA coffee maker amongst coffee drinkers. With an attractive design, thermal carafe and simple control panel it offers consistent brewing quality without the bells and whistles.
Brewing 9 cups in around 8 minutes, this coffee maker gives you flexibility to brew 2-4 cups or 5- cups. The machine contains a microprocessor that controls water temperature and adjusts the brew process to account for the number of cups set to be brewed.
The water is pre-heated before the showerhead releases the water and pre-infuses the grounds in the cone filter. It replicates the pour over method without a complex menu of settings.
The carafe is easy to pour and the lid stays on for both brewing and pouring.
In terms of cleaning, the carafe lid and filter basket are dishwasher safe, but the carafe should be hand washed.
Note there is no glass carafe option in this range. Also note the OXO 12-cup coffee maker, on the SCAA certified list, is no longer sold by OXO so we have not reviewed it here.
This machine is the tallest of the machines reviewed here at 17.2″ high.
The OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker features:
So what are the negatives of the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker?
The cone filter, while great for small quantities of coffee is not so great when brewing 9 cups. We would prefer the option to use a flat bottom filter basket (like the Breville).
We also think a few more options would be great at this price point. Whilst it is convenient to simply press a button, for anyone wanting to experiment with single origin medium and dark roast beans, the lack of temperature and infusion control is a little frustrating.
Dimensions: 15 ” w x 8.3″ d x 17.2″ h
Warranty: 2 years
Overall Rating: 4.7/5
Is the OXO for you?
If you love pour over coffee but lack time in the morning to prepare it, the OXO is a good choice. With a simple control interface and programmable timer, you can enjoy pour over quality coffee every day with out the wait. If you are looking for more control at the same price point, we think the Cuisinart is a better choice.
The Technivorm Moccamaster is the darling amongst SCAA approved coffee brewers. A classic (slightly retro) and simple design with no bells and whistles, it is renowned for producing a high quality brew for years to come. The Technivorm is also consistently rated the best Automatic Coffee Maker by America’s Test Kitchen.
There is a HUGE range of Technivorm models, with both glass and thermal carafes and even a range of colors. There is even a dedicated one cup model. All models are SCAA approved.
This model brews 10 cups in around 8 minutes. With a simple on/off switch, it is quiet and quick to brew your morning cuppa in part due to the unique copper water heating element.
There is no programmable timer or control over water temperature or bloom time. This model does however have an auto drip stop(brew pause) function and auto shut off after 2 hours.
The Technivorm is manufactured in The Netherlands to exacting standards and they remain one of the most loved coffee makers. What it lacks in programmable features it makes up for in high quality coffee and longevity. But it does come with a rather large price tag.
The Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker features:
So what are the negatives of the Technivorm Moccamaster?
It has stood the test of time, but the lack of an auto start feature at this price point is a little annoying. The price tag is also a challenge. But we think when balanced with the longevity and reliability of the machine, it is still a great buy.
Dimensions: 12.75″ w x 6.50″ d x 14″ h
Warranty: 5 years
Overall Rating: 4.8/5
Is the Technivorm for you?
This machine will produce great coffee for years to come. If you are happy to pay for a european hand made coffee maker, you won’t be disappointed. Simple to operate and quick to brew it is an excellent coffee maker for the committed Technivorm lover.
The Breville Precision Thermal Brewer is the new kid on the SCAA certified coffee maker block.
Just like their high quality espresso machines, this coffee maker is packed full of features. We love the cold brew setting, the PID temperature control and the flexibility to use it with your favorite pour over device. This isn’t your average drip coffee maker!
The Breville Precision is also the largest cup brewer in the SCAA recommended coffee maker list. Brewing 12 cups in around 8 minutes (depending on your coffee grind), this machine has 6 preset modes including Gold (SCAA mode), Fast, Strong, Over Ice, Cold Brew and My Brew (personal settings).
It can detect when a single cup is being brewed without the carafe and will automatically adjust the flow settings.
If you prefer glass, Breville offer the same featured coffee maker with a glass carafe and warming plate. Click here to read more reviews on the Breville Precision Glass Carafe Brewer.
Both machines are tall at nearly 16″ high. The reservoir needs to be filled from the top and is not removable. This machine needs a good chunk of counter space.
The Breville Precision Brewer features:
What we don’t like about the Breville Precision Coffee Maker
- While the thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for longer than the Cuisinart, it still can’t compete with the Technivorm for longevity in the pot.
- The large number of options and settings may be overwhelming and overkill for some coffee drinkers.
- Finally, the Breville Precision uses a water pump, similar to an espresso machine, which means it runs louder than your standard drip coffee maker.
Dimensions: 12.4″ w x 6.7″ d x 15.7″ h
Warranty: 2 years
Overall Rating: 4.6/5
Is the Breville for you?
For the craft coffee lover, the Breville Precision is an excellent choice. With options for regular drip, cold brew and pour over it is more than a drip coffee maker.
With a huge range of functions and settings, this machine is ideal if you want to learn the nuances of coffee making and you are prepared to tinker with the settings to dial in the perfect coffee. Prepare a cold brew with a bag of Kona coffee for the ultimate craft coffee experience.
How to make the perfect cup of coffee
Once you have your new SCAA-certified coffee maker, it will take a little practice to brew the perfect cup of coffee. Here are our tips for achieving it:
- It helps to start with best coffee beans. If you have a sensitive stomach check out our short list of the best low acidity coffee beans here.
- For fresh tasting coffee, grind your beans at home with a coffee grinderlike this one.
- Read the manual! Especially if you purchase a coffee maker with options, experiment to find your preferred settings.
- Use a scaleto measure your coffee beans to achieve the golden cup standard every time.
- Keep your coffee maker clean. Check the manual and descalethe coffee maker regularly.
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