I’m one of those people that love the smell of coffee, but don’t always care for the taste. There are some coffee drinks I do like though; like heavily flavored and sweetened frozen coffee drinks.
But most people do like coffee. Chances are it is part of your daily routine.
It’s just a coffee maker…right?
Generally, the coffee makers you see at your local department stores are inexpensive (under $30) small appliances, but that isn’t the case with the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB whose price tag is well over that.
And yeah, I’ve heard of the Keurig single-cup brewing system, it has all the bells and whistles, i.e. uses coffee pods, you can program your perfect cup size.
But the Zojirushi isn’t one of those kinds of coffee makers. It just makes coffee…right?
Well, at first, that would seem to be the answer, but a closer look sheds light on other cues. To get a better understanding of why this Zojirushi coffee maker is priced higher than most coffee makers in its class, I took a look at the cheaper alternatives.
Fresh coffee with cookies.
The Problem with Cheap Coffee Makers…
The cheaper standard coffee makers that I researched had, in general, a lot of limitations according to customer gripes. A complaint that popped up over and over again was a poor carafe, lid, and spout design. This results in a couple of problems: coffee gets cold quickly, and coffee spills out when you pour.
These cheap coffee makers also make a bad “cup of Joe”. Some customers even complained that they tasted plastic when using these cheaper machines.
Then there’s the durability problems. There were tons of durability complaints about the cheap coffee makers that I researched. Some of these problems included; cracks in the carafe, cracks in plastic parts, warping of plastic parts, and generally not lasting very long.
On top of that, these cheap coffee makers have very few features.
Why you should pay more…
On the other hand, the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB coffee maker is well-built, thoughtfully designed, and has several convenient features. Some of those features include; thumb activated carafe, removable tank for easy filling, auto-shutoff, large 10-cup capacity, auto-clean, clock with back-up battery.
Unlike those cheap, inefficient coffee makers, the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB has a thermal carafe, this keeps the coffee warm for hours without that nasty, burnt taste. It also saves on energy because there is no hot-plate used to keep the coffee warm.
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There’s a good chance that the black and stainless steel exterior of the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB will match your kitchen. Like all Zojirushi products (at least the ones I’ve seen), its design is really minimalistic. But, even though it lacks the bells and whistles that manufactures like Breville indulge in, it’ll still look good in your kitchen.
I don’t like the boxy look though, I prefer curves.
While the Zojirushi coffee maker won’t be winning any awards for its looks, it’ll get the job done well. The water is guaranteed to be over 200 degrees, the best way to get a great coffee extraction. Some customers were particularly impressed by the thermal carafe; they are surprised by how the coffee stayed fresh and tasted great all day.
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