How To: Make the Perfect Pot of Coffee

Coffee is a way many people in the Lowcountry start their day. It helps locals overcome the grogginess of waking up with the Barmuda Triangle blues in the morning and keeps them focused and productive throughout the workday when it’s beautiful outside. From the devoted coffee lovers to those who simply turn to it for the occasional pick-me-up, few people need to be convinced of the benefits of owning their own coffee maker.

Here are some of the cream of the crop.

TECHNIVORM MOCCAMASTER These coffee brewers in red, white and blue feature a glass carafe and an automatic drip-stop brew-basket that stops the flow of coffee if the pot is pulled away. They brew a full 40-ounce pot of world-class coffee in 6 minutes. Coffee is then held on a custom hot plate, which is engineered with a independent element that rolls heat into the coffee to ensure an even taste from the first cup to the last drop. The hot plate has two settings, giving you the choice to hold your coffee between 175 and 185 degrees, while never burning your coffee. Available at LeCookery of Hilton Head. $329

FRIELING POUR OVER BREWER The ritual of the pour over is like a meditation: There’s no machine in your way, no flashing green lights, no electric power cords. . . just you and a few simple tools. The final cup is reminiscent of one from a drip coffeemaker, but noticeably more delicate and complex. Observe the bloom, experience the first trace of coffee-drunk steam, notice how the spiral of the pour alters the final cup. This simple experience gets you in tune with your coffee. This brewer features a stainless steel, double mesh filter and makes up to six cups with a Borosilicate glass carafe. Available at LeCookery of Hilton Head. $59.95

BONAVITA 1900TS This eight-cup automatic brewer features a state-of-the-art spray head that is coupled with a custom basket-style filter, promoting maximum saturation and extraction. The 1,500-watt heater ensures that the steady shower of water over the grounds is consistently around 200 degrees and remains that hot for the entire brewing process. A pre-infusion feature allows you to pre-wet your coffee prior to brewing, which helps fresh coffee de-gas and prevents spillover. $150

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