Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB Fresh Brew Plus Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker Review

Zojirushi ec-ysc100-xb coffee makerThe Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB is a high-end coffee maker by a much respected brand.  This premium coffee maker has a higher price tag than most.  And although the Keurig K-cup type of coffee machines get praise for their effortless usability, they are a bit limited (in that you must use k-cups or similar) and for many customers, a bit costly. Coffee machines like the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB are more flexible, and actually cheaper to operate.

With a machine like this, you can use standard coffee grounds like Folgers or Maxwell, or coffee beans from your local beanery and grind them yourself (which is best, as coffee is most flavorful when used within minutes after it is ground). With the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB, you don’t have to depend on the brands that have a partnership with Keurig, and other pod-styled single-serve brewers. Below, check out the review, it’ll help you understand why this coffee maker is worth the added cost.

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A Simple Coffee Maker with Convenient Features...

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.

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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  • 8 x 10.6 x 14.9 inches
  • Weighs 9-pounds
  • Thumb activated 10-cup thermal carafe
  • Removable water tank
  • Automatic clean cycle
  • Clock with back-up battery
  • 1-year limited warranty

Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB : What Do The Customers Think?

So there are a number of customers of the Zojirushi ec-ysc100-xb that are very pleased with their purchase. Some customers brag about the convenient features and because of this it’s price tag isn’t a put off. It gets major points for its convenient features. The performance seems to be pretty good. It also gets praise for its large and obvious buttons and the auto-clean is a must have for some.

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I think that the Zojirushi EC-YSC100-XB is a good buy.  It is a convenient, well-designed coffee maker with large capacity.  Its simple design, stainless steel/black, make it compatible to nearly any room décor. Some shoppers might experience sticker shock, but given its upgrades over those cheap coffee makers, it could be worth it for you. On top of that, it is manufactured by a company that has successfully made good coffee makers.

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