A potential buyer asks: Do I need a high altitude coffee maker? Drinking coffee or brewing at high altitude is different from coffee making at a lower elevation. How so? At elevations of, say 10,000 ft., water boils at a temperature lower than what we’re used to because of a lower atmospheric pressure.
What does this mean? Water and other liquids tend to evaporate faster with reduced pressure. Also, it takes longer to brew coffee at a higher elevation.
That said, when you’re brewing at high altitude, it’s important to compensate for the lower boiling point of water. In other words, it’s important to choose a coffee machine that’s capable of maintaining a lower-than-usual temperature setting. For instance, if your ordinary coffee maker brews at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, a high-altitude coffee brewing machine is adjusted to maintain 180 degrees.
What is the best coffee maker for high altitude brewing? Here’s our top picks.
Best Coffee Maker for High Altitude Pick #1: Bunn BX-D Velocity Brew 10-Cup Coffee Brewer
If you’re a fan of Bunn, always look for a coffee maker with a “D” designation, which means it’s designed for high altitude brewing. According to the manufacturers, “nearly all Bunn coffee makers have a ‘D’ counterpart.” These machines have lower temperature setting than the usual models.
One of these D coffee machines is the BX-D Velocity Brew, a 10-cup coffee brewer that brews at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Just like its non-D version, this Bunn coffee machine has basic features but it brews coffee fast.
Best Coffee Maker for High Altitude Pick #2: Behmor Brazen Plus
In contrast to the Bunn BX-D Velocity Brew, the Behmor Brazen Plus has some bells and whistles that you’d be excited about.
For instance, it’s programmable, has a sleep mode, has a permanent filter, and your settings are saved even if it gets unplugged. Most importantly, it has an Elevation Calibration feature, which you can use to adjust your brew temperature based on your elevation. This coffee maker can be set at the 190 to 210 degree Fahrenheit temperature range.
Other features include the following: 1.2 liter thermal carafe, SCAA certification, pre-soak setting, and stainless steel water reseroir.