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9 Best SCAA Coffee Makers [2022 Reviews and Buying Guide]

Not all coffee makers are created equal and if you want to drink the best tasting coffee, you should consider one of the best SCAA coffee makers.

Nothing beats the convenience of an automatic coffee maker. Especially in the morning when all you want is a cup of coffee, fast. But with hundreds, possibly thousands, of coffee makers on the market, it can be hard to decide which coffee maker to purchase.

Which is why investing in one of the best SCAA certified coffee makers is such a good option. It pretty much guarantees you will enjoy smooth, full bodied coffee every day.

If you are looking for SCA approved coffee makers, you have come to the right place. First we explain what the SCAA certification means and then we review 9 of the best SCA certified coffee makers on the market today, fully updated for changes made to the SCA brewers list in late 2021. 

Regardless of whether you are searching for the cheapest SCA coffee maker, the fastest brewing SCA coffee maker, the best single cup SCAA certified coffee maker or the very best SCAA certified coffee maker for your home, we are confident you will find the perfect option in our SCAA coffee maker reviews.

Man pouring coffee from coffee pot into mugs.

Best SCAA Coffee Makers 2022 Compared

In the SCA drip coffee makers comparison chart below we list all current SCAA approved coffee makers for quick and easy comparison. For a full side by side feature comparison click here.

Click on the product name to check the price or keep reading as we compare and review 9 of the best SCAA coffee brewers from this list in detail in the sections below.

ImageModelCarafe SizeBrew TimeProgrammableEditor RatingPrice
Bonavita Connoisseur One touch coffee makerBonavita Connoisseur BV1901TS Coffee Maker8 Cup6 minutesNo4.6CHECK
OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee MakerOXO Coffee Maker8 Cup6 minutesNo4.8CHECK
Black Ratio Six coffee makerRatio Six Coffee Maker8 Cup8 minutesNo4.6CHECK
Brim coffee makerBrim Pour Over Coffee Maker8 Cup8 minutesNo4.2CHECK
Cuisinart Coffee BrewerCuisinart CPO-850 Coffee Brewer8 Cup6 minutesYes4.4CHECK
OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee MakerOXO On Barista Brain Coffee Maker9 Cup8 minutesYes4.4CHECK
Technivorm Moccamaster 10 cupTechnivorm Moccamaster10 Cup6 minutesNo5.0CHECK
GE Cafe Specialty Drip Coffee MakerGE Cafe Specialty Coffee Maker10 Cup6 minutesYes4.4CHECK
Braun Multiserve coffee machineBraun KF9070SI Multiserve Coffee Machine10 Cup8 minutesYes4.2CHECK
Ninja Hot and cold brewed coffee systemNinja Auto-IQ CP307 Coffee Maker10 Cup8 minutesYes4.8CHECK
Breville Precision Brewer Thermal Coffee MakerBreville Precision Brewer12 Cup8 minutesYes4.8CHECK

Our Top Pick From The Best SCAA Certified Coffee Makers 2022

Don’t have time to read my full SCAA coffee maker review and want to know my recommendation for the best SCAA coffee maker?

The Technivorm Moccamaster is our top pick from the list of approved Specialty Coffee Association coffee makers as the best drip coffee maker 2022.

Technivorm Moccamaster

Simple to use and built to last, the Technivorm produces an excellent cup of coffee, every time and for years to come.

Choose from a range of carafe sizes and styles, plus the huge range of colors to suit you and your kitchen.

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SCAA Coffee Makers 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 filter through hundreds of options they define specific criteria that produce a great coffee.

Through the certification process coffee maker brands pay to have their recommended coffee makers tested and re-tested against these criteria to ensure they meet the defined standard.

Note: Not all manufacturers of coffee makers will choose to have their products tested and we review other top rated non-certified automatic pour over coffee makers here.

One point to make is that the best coffee makers approved by the SCAA tend to more expensive than your average drip coffee maker.

The requirement to heat water quickly, retain a constant temperature and keep the coffee warm results in higher product cost.

But you can be assured when purchasing an SCAA approved coffee maker you are buying a high quality machine that will deliver a delicious cup of coffee every time.

Best SCA Coffee Maker Requirements

So what criteria do SCAA recommended coffee makers need to meet? This document lists the SCAA coffee standards document in full, but we have summarised them for you here.

1. Coffee Volume

The brew basket must be able to accommodate the SCAA golden cup ratio weight of coffee per maximum capacity without overflowing the basket. 

SCAA coffee to water ratio: 55g of coffee per litre or 2 tablespoons for every 6 oz of water.

2. Brewing Time

In SCAA approved drip coffee makers, 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 ensuring 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

SCAA certified drip coffee makers must be able to replicate the results across a number of machines a number of times to ensure consistency and reliability.

6. Uniformity Of Extraction

All the coffee in the brew basket must be saturated during the first minute of brewing. This criteria for SCAA brewers maximises coffee flavor quality.

7. Beverage Clarity

No excessive sediment must settle in the carafe of SCAA drip coffee makers.

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 to keep coffee warm.

Drip coffee maker carafe pouring coffee into cup in kitchen

Features To Consider On SCA Approved Brewers

All of the drip 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 SCA coffee maker is best for you.

So to help you choose, here are the main differences to consider as you compare coffee makers certified by SCAA.

Programmable

How important is it for you to be able to set a timer?

Some SCAA rated coffee makers simply have an on/off switch, others allow you to program the machine to start at a later time.

Manual Controls

Would you like more control over the settings for water temperature or infusion time?

Not all auto drip coffee machines are alike so check what settings are available to find one that suits you.

Size

How much space do you have on your countertop? Some of these gold standard coffee makers are WIDE and TALL. Make sure it will fit where you want it to go.

Price

How much do you have to spend? There is a large range of price points.

Sometimes the easiest way to choose is to set your price point and choose from the makers in that range.

Glass or Thermal

There are pros and cons to both glass and thermal carafes. It comes down to personal preference. Decide which you like to add to your short list.

Brew Time

If time is of the essence, shortlist your machines based on brew time.

The SCA coffee makers brew time ranges between 4-12 minutes (which includes time to pre-heat the water in the reservoir).

Summary Of The Best SCA Certified Coffee Makers 2022

Below is a quick summary of the products and models listed in our SCAA coffee maker reviews. Read on for the full reviews!

  • Bonavita BV1901TS thermal carafe coffee maker (8 cup)
  • Breville BDC400BSS Precision Brewer coffee maker (12 cup)
  • Technivorm Moccamaster glass coffee maker (10 cup)
  • OXO Brew thermal coffee maker (8 cup)
  • Ratio Six coffee brewer (8 cup)
  • Ninja Specialty coffee maker CP307 (10 cup)
  • GE Café Specialty drip coffee maker (10 cup)
  • OXO On Barista Brain thermal coffee maker (9 cup)
  • Cuisinart CPO-850 coffee maker (8 cup)

Best SCAA Coffee Maker 2022 Reviews

Below are our SCA coffee maker reviews.  These are the best options currently on the market for golden cup standard coffee at home.

1. Bonavita Connoisseur BV1901TS Coffee Maker Review

Best budget SCA coffee maker

Bonavita Connoisseur One-Touch Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Brew Time: 6 minutes
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 6.8 x 12.4 inches

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This Bonavita drip coffee maker is a simple yet high quality coffee maker. It is a compact coffee maker with an easy one touch design, consistent brewing ability and a large shower head for enhanced infusion and flavor.

It features a 1500w heater and can brew 8 cups in just 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.

Note this Bonavita coffee maker does not have a programmable timer but it does have an auto shut off function.

If you need to be out the door fast in the morning and an extra 6 minutes of sleep is a priority, then check out the Bonavita BV1900TD 8 cup digital coffee brewer.  

When comparing the Bonavita 1901TS vs Bonavita 1900TD they are both SCAA certified and have all the same features, just with the addition of an auto start function on the Bonavita BV1900TD 8-cup.

For both models the carafe lid, flat bottom 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. It is reasonably compact at 12.4″ w x 6.8″ d x 12.2″ h with top access needed to top up the water reservoir.

Pros

Great value coffee maker

Consistently good coffee

Dishwasher safe components

Cons

Non programmable

No brew pause function

Lid and basket design could be simpler

Note this Bonavita model supercedes the Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1900TS. The new Bonavita one touch BV1901TS is also SCAA certified.

What is the difference between the Bonavita 1901 vs 1900 range? Whilst the new 1901 model has an improved hanging filter basket and carafe insulation, it still isn’t possible to have the lid on the carafe whilst under the filter basket. 

The Bonavita BV1901TS is one of the top gold cup standard coffee maker choices, and is great if you have limited counter space and want a simple machine without the bells and whistles.

It comes with a two year warranty and is one of the best drip coffee makers at this price point.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

2. Breville BDC400BSS Precision Brewer Coffee Maker Review

Best programmable SCA coffee brewers

Breville Precision Brewer Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 12 cups
  • Brew Time: 8 minutes
  • Carafe: Glass or thermal
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches

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The Breville Precision Brewer is one of the most popular gold cup brewer options on the SCAA certified home brewer list. 

Just like their high quality espresso machines, this Breville coffee maker is packed full of features.

We love the cold brew setting, the PID temperature control and the flexibility to use it in manual mode with your favorite pour over device. This Breville drip coffee maker certainly  isn’t your average drip coffee machine!

The Breville BDC400 is also the largest cup brewer in the SCAA recommended coffee maker list. This 1 – 12 cup programmable coffeemaker brews in around 8 minutes (depending on your coffee grind), has programmable temperature and pre-infusion controls.

There are 6 preset modes including:

  • Gold (SCAA mode)
  • Fast
  • Strong
  • Over Ice
  • Cold Brew
  • My Brew (personal settings). 

The Breville Precision Brewer comes with both flat bottom and cone filter baskets and it can detect when a single cup is being brewed without the carafe and will automatically adjust the flow settings.  The glass model comes with a warming plate.

If you prefer a thermal carafe, Breville offer the same featured coffee maker with a thermal carafe.  See it here.

Note that both machines are tall at nearly 16″ high x 12.4″ w x 6.7″ d. The reservoir needs to be filled from the top and is not removable – it needs a good amount of counter space.

Pros

Automatically detects small cup and adjusts water flow

Adjustable temperature, bloom time and flow rate

Cold brew function

Cons

Expensive option

Tall and large coffee maker

Water pump louder than others

It is worth noting that 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.  

Also, as the machine uses a water pump and thermocoil heating system similar to an espresso machine, it runs louder than your standard drip coffee maker.

For the craft coffee lover, the Breville Precision is an excellent choice. With options for regular drip, cold brew and pour over it offers a lot more functionality than a regular drip coffee maker and comes with a 2 year warranty.  

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

3. Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker Review

Best SCA certified coffee maker overall

Technivorm moccamaster brewer

Specifications

  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Brew Time: 8 minutes
  • Carafe: Glass or thermal
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 12.75 x 6.5 x 14 inches

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The Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker is the darling amongst SCAA approved coffee brewers and one of the best rated coffee makers on the market. 

With a classic (slightly retro) and simple design and few 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 a large range of colors.  All models are SCAA approved.

This model of SCA home brewer makes up to 10 cups in around 8 minutes (and as little as 2 cups if preferred). 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:

  • A pre-infusion function
  • Flat bottom filter basket
  • Auto drip stop (brew pause) function
  • Auto shut off after 2 hours.

The lack of an auto start feature at this price point is an inconvenience noted in some Technivorm coffee maker reviews. However when weighed up against the longevity and reliability of the machine, it is still a great buy. 

The Technivorm coffee maker is manufactured in The Netherlands to exacting standards with a 5 year warranty and they remain one of the most loved automatic coffee makers. What it lacks in programmable features it makes up for in high quality coffee. 

The Moccamaster is a top coffee maker that has stood the test of time and is one of the more upscale coffee makers available. The dimensions are 12.75″ w x 6.50″ d x 14″ h.

Pros

Simple control panel

Built to last

Long 5 year warranty

Huge range of colors and styles

Cons

More expensive than most

No auto start function

Limited brew options

These SCA coffee machines 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 they are one of the best premium coffee makers. 

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

4. OXO Brew Coffee Maker Review

Best single cup SCAA certified coffee maker

OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Brew Time: 6 minutes
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 13.5 inches

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The OXO 8 cup coffee maker is the newest coffee maker released by OXO and it is a serious contender to others on the SCA coffee brewer list.

Unlike the OXO On 9-Cup coffee maker, the Oxo 8 cup thermal coffee makers are much more compact and have a nice contemporary design.

They are also one of the few approved drip brewers with single-serve capability thanks to the extra 1 cup brew basket accessory that comes included with the coffee maker.

The OXO Brewer has a rainmaker showerhead to evenly distribute water over the grounds and the brewing process is controlled with OXO’s BetterBrew precision controls. The flat bottom filter basket requires paper filters (which come with the machine)

The controls are simple with just two options: 5-8 cups and 2-4 cups. Unfortunately it isn’t programmable, but with a fast 6 minute brew time this isn’t such a big issue, and you can always sneak a cup thanks to the brew pause function.

The 40 oz water tank is filled from the top and the double walled and vacuum insulated thermal carafe can keep coffee hot for over 3 hours.

Clean up is easy, with all removable components dishwasher safe. The OXO Brew coffee brewer has a built in cleaning function too to help keep your machine clean.

The sleek design of this new model is a welcome change from the larger OXO Barista Brain and it will fit comfortably under most cabinets at 13.5″ high x 10.5″ w x 7″ d and it comes with a generous two year warranty. 

Unlike other gold cup certified coffee makers, the OXO brewer doesn’t have pre-infusion options, but thanks to the BetterBrew precision controls, the brew is smooth, rich and lacking in any bitterness.

Pros

Rich, full bodied coffee

Compact size

Single serve brew capability

Cons

Not programmable

Small carafe capacity

The Oxo brew 8-cup coffee maker with single-serve capability is one of a few brewers to offer the ability to brew an SCA certified gold standard pot or single cup.

With a simple control interface and high quality brewing function we think this is one of the best 8 cup coffee maker (SCAA certified) options on the market.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

5. Ratio Six Coffee Maker Review

Ratio six coffee maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Brew Time: 8 minutes
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 6.75 x 14.25 inches

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The Ratio Six coffee maker with thermal carafe is a simple drip coffee maker designed to brew your coffee to gold cup standards all on its own.

With its minimalist design and high quality materials, the Ratio Six looks as good as the coffee it brews.

The die cast stainless steel base comes in matte black, stainless steel or white, and the carafe is double walled stainless steel.

The machine has a powerful 1400 w element and the large stainless steel showerhead simulates the pour over process, measuring the water flow through each phase and maintaining the ideal brewing temperature throughout the bloom and brew phases.

The adaptive brewing function ensures the right ratio of water to coffee every time and the borosilicate water tubes enable maximum heat retention. Plus the optional heat shield surrounds the showerhead, maximising the coffee temperature while brewing.

The flat bottom filter, bloom function and simple one button operation mean you can have a delicious, smooth tasting cup of coffee with very little effort and the three LCD display lets you see at a glance what stage the machine is at.

You can brew anything from 2 to 8 cups at a time. The machine comes with a generous 5 year warranty and has dimensions of 13.5″ deep x 6.75″ wide x 14.25″ tall.

Pros

High quality build

5 year warranty

Quiet and simple to use

Cons

Premium price point

No programmable options

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best, and the Ratio Six is certainly that. The quiet pump free design and one button operation make coffee brewing as simple as can be.

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6. Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker CP307 Review

Best single cup SCAA certified coffee maker

Ninja CP407 Specialty Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Brew Time: 8 minutes
  • Carafe: Thermal or glass
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 15 inches

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The Ninja Auto-IQ Coffee Maker with fold away milk frother and thermal carafe is a new addition to the SCA gold cup coffee maker list.

With an attractive design, thermal carafe and the only golden cup coffee maker with a built in milk frother, it is a great choice for coffee lovers who enjoy milk based coffee drinks.

Brewing up to 10 cups in around 8 minutes, the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System has 6 brew sizes from single cup to full carafe and has 5 brew styles from classic brew to iced coffee and single serve specialty milk based brews.

It has a brew pause function to sneak a quick coffee before the brewing is finished.

The Ninja coffee maker has a removable water reservoir, permanent cone filter and the stainless steel thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for up to two hours.

The frother can be used with hot or cold milk (note it won’t heat your milk) and folds away neatly on the side when not in use.

A built in clean function will keep your machine in tip top condition with the press of a button.

If you prefer a glass carafe there is the Ninja CP301 which is also one of the SCA certified brewers. It has a built in warmer to keep coffee warm for up to 4 hours.

These Ninja coffee machines are quite tall, but similar to the others in the list at 15″ high x 12″ w x 10″ d. 

Unlike other gold cup certified coffee makers, the Ninja brewer doesn’t have temperature control or pre-infusion options. It does however offer a wider range of coffee drinks than most others on our list and comes with a one year warranty.

Pros

Built in milk frother

Altitude calibration function

1 cup brew capability

Cons

Large coffee brewer

Limited brew strength controls

If you love milk based coffee drinks or want the flexibility to brew a single cup of coffee, this small batch coffee maker by Ninja is a great choice.

With a simple control interface, auto start function and programmable timer, you can enjoy a range of coffee drinks all year round without the need for multiple coffee makers with the Ninja CP407. 

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

7. GE Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker Review

GE Cafe Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Brew Time: 6 minutes
  • Carafe: Glass or thermal
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 7.3 x 14 inches

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The GE Café Specialty coffee maker is the most technically advanced drip coffee maker with plenty of programmable options to customize your coffee.

With wi-fi enabled voice to brew technology, this smart coffee maker can be connected with Alexa, the SmartHQ app or Google Home.

The Cafe Specialty SCA gold cup brewers have a sleek design and are available in both glass and thermal carafe options in matte black, white and silver.

Brewing 10 cups in 5 – 6 minutes, it is one of the fastest brewers on our list.

You have full control over the temperature and brew strength with four modes, and the auto timer allows you to program it the night before.

The permanent filter means no need for paper filters and the warming plate will keep coffee warm for up to 2 hours. Plus a built in water filter is a nice touch.

They are an average size at 12.5″ x 7.3″ x 14″. Note that the reservoir is topped up from above so you will need enough cupboard clearance to refill. It comes with a 1 year warranty.

Pros

Strength and temperature control

Wi-fi enabled

Fast brew time

Cons

Premium price point

Connectivity can be difficult to set up

With full voice to brew controls through wi-fi connectivity and strength and water temperature options, the GE drip coffee maker is one of the leading technology coffee makers with a sophisticated contemporary design.

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8. OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker Review

OXO On Barista Brain

Specifications

  • Capacity: 9 cups
  • Brew Time: 8 minutes
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 15 x 8.3 x 17.2 inches

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The OXO 9 Cup Coffee Maker is a popular SCA coffee brewer 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, the OXO coffee maker gives you flexibility to brew as little as 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 auto start function and freshness timer make brewing a breeze.

The carafe is easy to pour and the lid stays on for both brewing and pouring.

In terms of cleaning, the carafe lid and cone shaped filter basket are dishwasher safe, but the carafe should be hand washed.

The OXO Pour Over coffee brewer is the tallest of the machines reviewed here at 17.2″ high x 15″ wide x 8.3″ deep. 

One thing to note regarding the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker is there are not many options to control temperature and infusion rate.

If you would like to experiment with single origin medium and dark roast beans, the Breville Precision Brewer may be a better choice from the list of SCA rated coffee makers.

Pros

Pause and brew function

24 hour programmable timer

Consistent tasting brew

Cons

Large and tall coffee maker

Single dial for all controls

If you love pour over coffee but lack time in the morning to prepare it, this OXO coffee maker is a great choice.

With a simple control interface, 2 year warranty and 24 hour programmable timer, you can enjoy pour over quality coffee every day with out the wait.

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9. Cuisinart CPO-850 Coffee Brewer Review

Cuisinart CPO-850 Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Brew Time: 8 minutes
  • Carafe: Thermal or glass
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 x 13.5 inches

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The Cuisinart CPO-850 coffee maker with thermal carafe is an advanced drip coffee maker with plenty of features to customize your brew to SCA standards.

The Cuisinart automatic pour over brewer produces an excellent, well extracted and flavorful coffee.

Brewing 8 cups in 6 – 8 minutes, the exact time will vary depending on the flavor and temperature settings as flavor strength and water temperature are customizable.

With the Cuisinart coffee brewer you can use the stainless steel filter, cone or flat bottom filter basket for even saturation. It also features auto start and brew delay functions plus a charcoal water filter for better tasting coffee.

They are a sturdy build and average in size at 13.5″ x 7.5″ x 12″. 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.

Pros

Flavor and temperature control

Stainless steel permanent filter

Sturdy construction

Cons

Premium price point

Display tends to dim over time

With full control over water temperature and flavor strength plus pre-infusion and programmable start and brew delay, the Cuisinart offers all the bells and whistles you would expect on SCA certified home brewers and comes with a three year warranty. 

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

SCAA Coffee Makers

How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Once you have your new SCAA-certified coffee maker, you are ready 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 grinder.
  • Read the manual! Especially if you purchase a coffee maker with options, experiment to find your preferred settings.
  • Use a scale to measure your coffee beans to achieve the golden cup standard every time.
  • Keep your coffee maker clean.  Check the manual and descale the coffee maker regularly.

SCAA Approved Coffee Makers FAQs

What Does SCA Certified Mean?

A coffee brewer with SCA certification has passed a number of rigorous tests designed to ensure the coffee maker can consistently brew a quality cup of coffee according to the SCA coffee standards including their Golden Cup recommendations.

Is Ninja Coffeemaker SCAA Certified?

Yes, there are several Ninja Coffeemakers that are SCAA certified, including models CP307 and CM407. The Ninja coffee makers are a versatile brewer and the only SCA certified brewers with a fold away milk frother and the option to brew tea too.

Are Bunn Coffee Makers SCAA certified?

Currently there are no SCAA certified Bunn coffee makers. SCAA certification has a term of three years, at which point the coffee maker must be re-tested in order to retain its certification. Several Bunn coffeemakers used to be certified in previous years, but as of early 2022 they are no longer on the SCA approved brewer list.

Conclusion

I hope you have found the perfect coffee maker from our reviews of specialty coffee brewers.

If you are still unsure, let us help you choose!

Our top recommendation is the Technivorm Moccamaster. With a high quality build, simple control panel and long 5 year warranty, it really is worth it.

For a cheaper option, our budget pick is the Bonavita. It produces consistently good coffee at a fraction of the price of others on our list.

But if you are someone who loves to tinker and adjust your settings, go with the Breville Precision Brewer – there are just so many options!

For a more detailed look at the brewer features, take a look at our detailed feature comparison of all the best drip coffee makers certified by SCAA here.

And if you are not sure whether you want to invest in one of the SCA coffee brewers you can find all our best coffee maker reviews here.

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Founder of Creators of Coffee, Rachel is a passionate coffee lover, SCA member and former barista, who also loves to research and share practical tips on everything to do with coffee. Favorite way to make coffee: With an Espresso Machine