The Latest Trend In Bella Dots Coffee Maker – Bella Dots Coffee Maker
November 23, 2012|By William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers
The atomic big-ticket of our models at $34.95. (HANDOUT)
Single-serve coffee makers, with their beautiful little artificial pods and amaranthine array of brews, accept become all the rage. Euromonitor International, a London-based bazaar analysis and business intelligence firm, expects these machines to become the adopted architecture for coffee lovers by 2014.
Still, the cheaper and commonly added accepted multicup dribble models are far from dead. True, they absorb added assignment than the throw-in-the-pod-and-hit-a-button models. But they accept benefits, and consumers are still in the bazaar for them.
We took three of the bigger multicup models — the Bella Dots 12-Cup Coffeemaker, the Krups KT600 and the DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T — for a analysis spin. We looked at affluence of use, actualization and what the resultant coffee tasted like. (We acclimated the aboriginal pre-ground array from a civic coffee-and-doughnut chain.) All had the accepted safeguards — a abbreviate bond to anticipate alarming entanglements, a polarized plug, etc. All fabricated abundant acceptable coffee to accumulate the appointment caffeinated for the day.
Here’s a briefing of what we found:
Bella Dots 12-Cup
The atomic big-ticket of our models ($34.95), the Bella Dots 12-cup apparatus fabricated coffee that was about too hot to alcohol — or not actual hot at all. Coffee drinkers’ opinions do tend to vary. Most, though, admired the taste; one mentioned the “smooth texture” as well.
The assemblage has a abiding clarify (a cobweb bassinet that cleans easily) so no cardboard filters are needed. It’s a top-loader, with baptize caked in abaft or alongside the bassinet — it helps to accept a abiding cascade — and abstinent by a stepped baptize akin indicator in the reservoir. Once loaded, hit the beverage button and wait. Hit the button a additional time to about-face the assemblage off.
The blush — brownish adhesive blooming — agitated some testers, but the Bella Dots band comes in eight added bright colors, including the one at left, as able-bodied (there are additionally a analogous slow-cooker and two-slice toaster). The awakening attending was mostly accepted (“Euro-cool,” “love it”), admitting one being anticipation it was overdesigned and had too abundant color.
Part of Krups’ Silver Art Collection (espresso machine, toaster, citrus columnist and electric kettle), the new KT600 ($149.99) has a 10-cup thermal canteen that works splendidly. Four hours afterwards brewing, our coffee was still abundantly hot.
It’s a attractive assemblage — stainless steel, chrome and copse — that was “slick,” “sleek” and/or “eye-catching,” according to our testers. It endless from the top, with abstracted compartments for baptize and coffee (it does booty a cardboard filter). There are baptize indicators on anniversary ancillary of the machine, and the on-off switch, on the side, abreast the back, is illuminated. It additionally shuts off afterwards brewing. And because the canteen keeps the coffee hot, there’s no charge for a abating bowl beneath the pot.
The KT600 brewed a actual acceptable cup of coffee. “Great, well-balance,” “best acidity — balanced,” and “most counterbalanced flavor” were some of the comments. Several bodies additionally acclaimed the locking lid on the canteen — some admired it, some didn’t — and the weight of the canteen itself. It feels solid.
DeLonghi Esclusivo DC514T
This 14-cup assemblage ($99.95) endless from the front; cull the handle and the drawer swings open. It has a abiding easy-to-clean cobweb clarify and a baptize compartment, with a baptize akin indicator on the side.
The DC514T stands alpine (“bulky, athletic … my ex-football amateur dad would adulation this,” wrote one tester; “very Arnold Schwarzenegger,” wrote another). Others alleged it “clunky” and “not compact.”
One absorbing affection is a affectation that tells you how continued ago the coffee in the canteen was brewed. There’s additionally an automated shut-off afterwards two hours.
Comments on the coffee ranged from “good” and “full-bodied” to “acidic.”
Bella Dots Coffee Maker