Is There an Automatic Drip Coffee Maker with no plastic parts?

by John N
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)


QUESTION:


Other then the commercial coffee makers, are there any completely automatic drip home coffee makers out there that have no plastic parts? I mean any piece that water or coffee grounds touch. I’m not looking for the all glass Chemex where you heat the water separately. I guess I'm just a little lazy.


ANSWER:

I believe the answer to your question is no.

A lot of people are feeling concerned right now about plastics in coffee makers and, as you know, one of the answers is to use a manual drip brewer, like the all-glass Chemex.

But as far as I know, there are no automatic drip brewers that are free of plastic parts.

Anyway, I’m posting your question here in the hope that someone may know of a brewer that is plastic-free and tell us about it.

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Jun 23, 2014
Finally a possibility
by: Anonymous

i've been searching forever for an electric drip maker with no plastic parts touching the hot water.

is the Bunn Phase HG the answer??? Unfortunately the cold water reservoir is still plastic

http://www.amazon.com/BUNN-HG-Phase-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B003O976HY/

Feb 16, 2014
Bodum Bistro Brew Coffee Maker?
by: Anonymous

What about this? Copper with glass tube. Haven't seen many like this. http://ow.ly/tPavw

Feb 14, 2014
A coffee system with less plastic?
by: cw

I have looked into the bunn comercial coffee makers. They are bigger than your at home average unit. I do believe that most if not all, of the parts that come into contact with the water are stainless steel. The smaller units come with a plastic coffee basket, but with further investigation, I found that you can buy a stainless one.for an extra 60$ (or more?). I have not contacted the company personally to verify this statement,but I was able to take a look at a breakdown of all the parts of the coffee maker, and it appeared that most of the guts were stainless. If anyone thinks to call Bunn they could verify. OH by the way, Bunn makes a home unit but I think the guts (parts that tounch the water) were not all stainless.

Feb 06, 2014
stainless steel coffee pot
by: Anonymous

We also are concerned about plastic coffee makers. Our solution so far is to use an old fashion percolator. A percolator takes about the same time to make as a drip maker, plus they are easily available

Dec 21, 2013
Hario V60 Glass Dripper Filter Cone
by: TexasHomeGrown

Has anyone tried this glass cone filter?

http://ow.ly/rZg3c

Dec 21, 2013
Looking for ALL GLASS, not porcelain
by: TexasHomeGrown

I'm still looking for something besides a Chemex. I'd prefer to stay away from metals, too.

I'd consider a porcelain or ceramic drip cone if I believed China wouldn't cut corners and use something harmful in the glaze.

Does anyone know if someone makes a glass drip cone?

Ideally, I'd like all glass to come in contact with water and coffee. I have no problem with a paper filter, but do not want a washable cloth filter as used in vacuum coffee makers.

I can't believe a glass coffee maker is so hard to find.

Dec 02, 2013
I found one! (but it's not on the market yet)
by: Kristen

I found a really cool upcycled drip coffee maker designed by Gaspard Tine Beres. It's made with cork, chemistry beaker glass, and electrical components. I just don't think it's on the market yet, which is a shame. It's being shown at design exhibitions in Europe by Re-Do Studio. Here's a link to see a picture. If you click through the slideshow, there's a video.

http://ow.ly/rGCLf


Oct 22, 2013
thanks for a great thread
by: by definition

This is a most excellent thread and of great interest to me. I have never owned a coffee maker in my life but clearly see the advantages of avoiding plastic parts in contact with the hot water. THANKS A LOT.

Sep 20, 2013
Brew coffee as in Turkey/Greece
by: Decent Coffee

Glass water pot, bring to boil, pour over grounds! Just be forewarned NEVER: drink to bottom!

Aug 27, 2013
Yes there is
by: Anthony

Buy a Faberware percolating coffee pot. It is electric and makes great coffee. Kind of old school, but all stainless.

Jul 03, 2013
I can't find one, either
by: David

It seems that planned obsolescence has been thoroughly taken to heart by corporations, and that's likely part of the reason. I can't even find kitchen sheers that don't have plastic handles - they're designed to break.

Jun 01, 2013
Found an electric tea kettle, at least
by: Sandy

By way of update, I ended up getting the Precise electric teakettle and a Chemex coffeemaker. The link to the teakettle is below. It is literally the only one I found without plastic in the interior or in the lid. I like it quite a bit.

I have written to several upscale manufacturers and retailers to let them know that there would be a market for an electric coffeemaker without interior plastic parts, and I recommend everyone else who has this concern do the same. I wrote to Breville and William Sonoma, for example.

Good luck!

May 28, 2013
coleman and bodum
by: Anonymous

In vain I searched and decided to get a coleman all stainless steel camp percolater at Gander Mountain. I heat the water and pour into my Bodum French Press . That is the best I could come up with. Although the lid on my press is plastic. Maybe a press with no plastic lid.

Feb 17, 2013
no plastic coffee makers
by: Mary

I'm also searching for a no plastic coffee maker and have yet to come across one for my home. Currently I use a french press- but really miss an easy drip coffee maker. I'm very concerned with the plastic now used in every residential coffee makers especially because of the side effects of heat/water and drinking the coffee from every coffee maker out there. I only need a ten cup maker so purchasing a commercial for home use would be a waste and too big. Please if anyone out there has any leads, please post. Ms. Mary

Jan 24, 2013
Chemical free coffee
by: Sandy

I am considering getting an electric tea kettle and a chemex, because there is so much plastic in all the coffeemakers out there. There are a couple of kettles that have very little plastic touching the water, which would be an improvement, but I haven't found one completely plastic free. I would love to know if anyone finds either a coffeemaker OR an electric kettle that is plastic free. Thanks!

Dec 25, 2012
auto drip
by: Debbie

Many of your comments are great and some good product suggestions, but I am looking for an auto (electic) drip coffee maker with no plastic parts.
Keep looking!

Dec 22, 2012
ALL STAINLESS STEEL - ITALIAN DRIP STYLE
by: Anonymous

This one is manual Italian drip-style coffee. Ilsa - Neapolitan Coffee Maker 6 Cup Size - Stainless Steel - Made in Italy

ALL STAINLESS STEEL !

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HDQ1AK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2

Nov 29, 2012
this one looks legit
by: Sasho

from the picture and description KRUPS KT600 looks like the way to go for "plastic-free coffee". Shows up on Amazon.com:
KRUPS KT600 Silver Art Collection 10 European Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel/Chrome

Nov 12, 2012
All stainless drip coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I too have been looking. Even considering going to a commercial maker to get away from the plastic. The Bunn VP17 is good but is extra to upgrade to an all stainless basket. This AVANTCO came up in my search. Looks good and I may give it a try.
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/avantco-c10-12-cup-pourover-coffee-brewer-with-1-upper-and-1-lower-warmer-2-burner-120v/177C10.html

May 18, 2012
Breville
by: Anonymous

Just found one by Breville that is BPA free. It is pricey and I'm not sure about the heating element (I don't want aluminum). I am using a Farberware Percolator which gives poor to barely fair taste and is annoying with five parts to wash every time.
Hopefully more companies will start coming out with safer designs now that most people know about the hazrds of plastic. Email companies!

Mar 14, 2012
Nevermind the MG600
by: Wally

Jura-Capresso Specialty Coffee Makers MG 600 turned out to be a flop. It is mostly plastic afterall and was poorly engineered. I sent it back. Still looking though!

Mar 06, 2012
Porcelain Cone Holders
by: Anonymous

For those who would prefer to spend $10, I'm still very happy with my porcelain cone that holds paper filters. I bought one for my son, and he bought one for his aunt (although he bought hers from Starbucks and it has only one hole instead of three). It's simple and does the trick.

I'm pretty sure this is the one I ordered on Amazon based on the reviews. I've been using it for years now and I'm very pleased.

http://www.amazon.com/HIC-Porcelain-Coffee-Filter-Cone/dp/B001W6Q53C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331010628&sr=8-2

Mar 04, 2012
My solution
by: Anonymous

I gave up and bought a big Chemex. Then got an "Able Kone" stainless steel filter that fits perfectly in the Chemex - you still have to use paper filters inside of that, but the two together work GREAT and you can use the cheapest paper filters because the stainless cone holds the shape. After coffee is made, I transfer to an all stainless insulated "Emsa" carafe (stainless inside and out). It was initially expensive, but after over a year of making amazing (great) coffee this way, I am hooked and won't go back to putting boiling water on plastic.

Feb 26, 2012
Steel Brew
by: Wally

Jura-Capresso Specialty Coffee Makers MG 600, Stainless Steel/Black Accents looks like it does the trick and won't break the bank. Decent reviews on Amazon. It's likely there are points where water touches plastic, but at least the entire brew process doesn't involve plastic contact. Check it out.

Oct 07, 2011
Still searching for no plastics coffee maker
by: Concerned

Lawyer Mom, maybe you didn't notice, but the Bunn
coffee maker's filter fits into a "plastic part"
that allows the coffee to flow thru it....there
goes the "no plastic" scenario...
I had one of those...

STILL SEARCHING

Jun 22, 2011
Presto 12-cup percolator
by: Perk-It-Good

Presto makes a 12-cup electric percolator. All internal working parts are stainless steel. Except for the electric carafe, all internal parts are dishwasher safe. The pilot light comes on when the perking/brewing is completed. The unit will automatically switch over to lower heat for keeping the coffee warm (not perking).

For stovetop, GSI Outdoors makes an all stainless steel, including the handle, stovetop percolator. All parts and carafe are dishwasher safe. The largest available size is 36-cup.

I own both of these and love how smooth the coffee is when using a percolator. The GSI is a backup unit to use when power outage (no more instant coffee:o). I can use it over a camping stove.

Jun 21, 2011
Ceramic dripper cone
by: Anonymous

We just got a ceramic one cup dripper cone at Wiliams Sonoma.

Apr 20, 2011
no need for shaped filters
by: Anonymous

just buy the basket type paper filters and push them down into the shape of the cone the basket kind are cheaper. if you need a filter but you dont have any in the house use a tough tearless paper towel but run it under the faucet first dont do this to much.
but you dont need to push them down just the weight of the coffee and the water alone will lower it further down into the cone.

id get one of those 23k filters just rinse it out "each time"you make coffee with hot water.

Jan 30, 2011
Farberware percolators
by: Anonymous

I too wanted to stay away from the plastic parts of modern day coffee makers and also liked the idea of making coffee the way my parents did. We purchased a Farberware percolator. It lasted about six months. Just wanted you to take this into consideration before making a decision on what to buy.

Dec 27, 2010
Very easy, very old solution
by: Anonymous

Several posts way down on this page reminded me of a very easy and very old solution that has now been updated to be even better - percolators!

The old ones were all hi-temp glass (Corningware) or enameled steel (still available - by Coleman and others) and typically had aluminum stems and baskets, which, while probably not as bad as plastic, are certainly not great. You can now find glass or stainless percolators and many have stainless steel baskets, and if you don't like having to use coarse grounds and still getting some in your coffee, they also make paper filters for the baskets!

There are electric ones by sevaral manufacturers if you don't want the stovetop variety (the latter allows you to perc-to-taste, however) and Faberware makes a fast one that supposedly brews in just a few minutes. Newer Faberware ones are getting some bad reviews for longevity, though. Look around at different brands. Just type "percolator coffee maker" in Amazon. Here's a $19 stove-top stainless one!

http://www.amazon.com/Farberware-50124-Yosemite-Stainless-Percolator/dp/B00005NCWQ/ref=acc_glance_hg_ai_purchase_similarities_t_2

Dec 04, 2010
bunn
by: Anonymous

In answer to comment on Dec 3rd, Still looks like hot water passes through plastic to me, so still not the answer.

Dec 03, 2010
Found it!
by: Lawyer Mom

This has a stainless steel reservoir. With the paper coffee filter, you pretty much avoid all plastic. I just ordered it.

BUNN BTX-B ThermoFresh Home Coffee Brewer

Nov 10, 2010
chemex
by: slo-mo

I too was looking for a stainless non plastic coffee maker, but i had no luck. then i found the chemex, i know its not automatic, but i actually enjoy making it this way. and yes it does make the best coffee that i have ever made at home.

Sep 22, 2010
drip coffee maker with Stainless steel reservoir please!
by: Dr Coffee

We would be very satisfied with a drip coffee maker with Stainless steel water reservoir. Does anyone know of a coffee maker that can at least offer that?

Sep 03, 2010
all metal coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I agree, there is definitely a market for an all metal coffee maker. Drinking coffee with water in contact with the plastic is probably not going to hurt you, but, there is plastic residue getting into every cup, guaranteed.

Try the bialetti stove top perculator. All metal, and makes a good cup of coffee. I wish the filter were a little finer, but otherwise, its a good choice.

Aug 24, 2010
Percolator=low quality taste SOME INVENT ALL SS PLS!
by: Mi

While it's true you can get all-stainless-steel with percolators, they're known as being the worst quality in taste...though I know that those who grew up on these would probably disagree. I agree, BUNN, MR COFFEE, HAMILTON BEACH, SOMEBODY, invent an automatic coffee maker where the water never touches plastic!!!! Clearly there's a market for it!!!!

Aug 14, 2010
Thrift stores!
by: Anonymous

Scour thrift stores! I inherited an all glass pyrex percolator, an all stainless steel farberware percolator, and an all stainless steel revereware percolator. These gave NO plastic parts. The problem is that they are 2-8 cups.

Apr 12, 2010
French Press vs. Porcelain Cone
by: Anonymous

You're right, the glass French press makes a good cup of coffee too.

I bought my mother a glass one because she was using a plastic press.

For some reason though, I prefer my porcelain cone. The French press is actually simpler to use, but I prefer drip coffee, maybe because the grounds don't go into the cup.

Apr 11, 2010
Stainless coffee maker
by: George

You can buy a Wilbur Curtis Alpha 1ds and add a ss coffee basket for around $200 or even less if you don't mind re-furbished. They come and go on e-bay or you can find commercial liquidators. These are solid units that are made for a very long service life.

Feb 13, 2010
Coffee
by: Beth

What about the all glass and metal, French Coffee Press?

Feb 05, 2010
Porcelain Cone on Amazon.com for $10
by: Marilyn

I got tired of worrying about the plastic filter cone I was using and bought the porcelain cone from Amazon.

What a relief. And it's really not that big a deal. I just put water on the stove to boil, set the cone on top of my husband's travel mug, or on a regular mug for myself, put in a filter, measure out the coffee grounds, and when the water is ready, pour it on top.

It doesn't brew the hottest cup on earth, but probably the safest.

My husband told me that the plastic that leaches into water from leaving water bottles to heat up in the car has been linked to breast cancer, so why would pouring boiling water through a plastic cone be any different?

I'd rather have a tiny bit extra work than get breast cancer.

Editor's note: You'll find more info on your husband's concerns at BadPlastics.com.

Feb 04, 2010
Brunn
by: Dennis Fin

My Brunn drip coffee maker has a very square plastic front upper edge and when taking the pot out the plastic lip of the inlet cone scrapes the cone edge coming and going. The scrapings must fall into the coffee. My question to Bronn was Is there anything in the plastic harmful to my health? NO ANSWER.

Jan 22, 2010
Million Dollar Idea
by: Anonymous

Okay, so when are we all going to get together and create one and put it on the market. Sounds like a million dollar idea to me! I've been looking for over 5 years with no luck.

Jan 07, 2010
Stainless steel percolator
by: Katie

I just ordered a Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 12 cup electric percolator. I'm really looking forward to using it. It's basically what some of our parents used years ago. They didn't have to worry about all of this years ago. I think we're all getting spoiled by all the conveniences but that's all it is because all of these cheaply made plastic coffee pots got all the whistles but basically may cause health problems down the road. Is it worth it?
I had a Keurig coffe maker/w the k cups and just stopped using it. It makes good, fast coffee but all that plastic (BPA )(#7) really got be scared. I've been reading many books and researching and I'm shocked at the things we have on the market with no concern about anyones health. I'll let ya know how the hamilton beach is. Good luck finding a stainless steel drip. Let us know if you find one.

Dec 16, 2009
Hamilton Beach
by: Anonymous

I just went on Amazon and read the reviews for this HB all metal coffee pot. Don't get excited - one reviewer said that the reservoir and basket are plastic. I have found that every coffee pot I have bought with a plastic reservoir leaves the coffee with a plastic taste - totally gross if you ask me. I too am to lazy in the morning to fuss with the chemex. I would love to find a programable coffee maker with a stainless steel reservoir, but there's no such thing.

Dec 16, 2009
Hamilton Beach "All-Metal"--Anyone seen this one?
by: Anonymous

I'm assuming "All Metal" refers to the outside, not the plumbing and coffee basket. Has anyone seen one of these to confirm?
I love the Chemex, but we are lazy in the ayem!

Dec 03, 2009
vac pots
by: Anonymous

There are several vac pots Vacuum Brewers)on the market, notably by Hario and Yama that are all glass, and use a cloth filter. These require heating on the stove, and so are not automatic. However, if you keep looking on ebay, you will find an old Sunbeam C30A stainless steel electric vac pot. These were made in the 50's and 60's, and were so well built that many are still in use today.

Oct 23, 2009
stainless steel coffee percolator
by: Anonymous

I got the Faberware superfast coffee percolator.
All stainless steel pot. Coffee comes out really hot so if you add cream it stays nice and hot.

Oct 18, 2009
Why not get the Chemex then?
by: Anonymous

If you're going to heat and pour your own water, why not get the Chemex rather than the Melita porcelain?

I think what people are saying is that they'd like to see something like the Melita porcelain but in an automatic coffee maker machine.

Now they'd just have to make a non plastic reservoir for heating the water.

Oct 18, 2009
search for non plastic parts coffee maker
by: Debbie

So far, I have not been able to find one, that is an automatic drip style make without plastic parts that would come in contact with hot water. I have found manual types, electric perk types, expresso machines,etc., but no non plastic auto drip styles. I did find a manufacturer of replacement parts and spoke with them. It is all about the cost, very expensive to design and produce a new product. Anyone want to go into business? So I still search, I believe that the place to find if available is in the italian market. Will update you when I find it.

Oct 18, 2009
Best Coffee Maker Option
by: Kirk Kimmering

Yes, there is a plastic free automatic drip coffee maker. It is made by Bunn (VP-17 series) It is perfect except for two reasons. You must order separately the stainless steel carafe and coffee funnel (for the grounds). It does not automatically come together. Also, the maker is actually for commercial use, so you must heat up three pitchers of water in order to make one pot of coffee. So, there is a concern about continually heating a large amount of water for a normal pot of coffee.

Oct 10, 2009
Plastic or Metal? - Neither!
by: Anonymous

Melitta Porcelain Drip- Grind Coffepot with Porcelain Cone. Manual, you have to boil the water before pouring it through the paper filter held in place by the plastic cone. SO much work! (being sarcastic). I'll take my health, please. No more worrying about what bad things are in the plastic pots - all made in China, and we know how they worry all night about making things that are dangerous to our health.www.melitta.com, order online

Oct 06, 2009
NO PLASTIC COFFEE MAKER
by: Anonymous

Go to www.bialetti.com for a whole bunch of non plastic coffee makers. There are som electric ones

Aug 26, 2009
I've been on the search too!
by: Anonymous

Even if the basket were not plastic, most companies would probably make the reservoir in which the water is heated out of glass.

I wonder if a country like Germany would have something?

Has anyone on here used the Chemex? Do you have to buy their filters? Does it really make superior tasting coffee?

Aug 22, 2009
Gave In
by: Anonymous

25 yrs. ago, I had the same concerns about combining hot liquids with plastics. It's taken a long time for the general population to become concerned!

It seems that if someone moved quickly, they could stand to make a lot of $$$$$ by designing and marketing a moderately priced automatic drip coffee maker along with travel mugs that have non-plastic lids.

Aug 03, 2009
No plastic parts?
by: Anonymous

Has anyone used the "Melitta MEP10T 10 Cup Fast Brew Stainless Percolator Coffee Maker"? I don't have one but was researching all stainless coffee makers and the search found this one. It is a plug-in percolator, but all interior parts are stainless and not plastic. No automatic timer, but I can live with that - you can set it up the night before and just plug it in when you get up. Does anyone have one to comment on or review? Thanks.

Jul 02, 2009
Still searching for an all-stainless
by: Anonymous

I have been looking for this for YEARS! I even went to our local Bunn store thiniking I might just buy a commercial model. I don't get why (at least seemingly) this does not exist on the market. I thought I found it with the Kitchen Aid Pro Line. The outside basket looks like a larger version of an espresso maker (it is stainless). Then you open it up and there is plastic in there where you put the filter. HUH??? I guess I will keep using my 1995 Krups espresso maker until it dies or using my French presses while I will hope someone makes a no-plastic drip model by then...

May 17, 2009
no plastic parts coffee maker
by: Anonymous

I have searched and cannot find one either. I am sure somewhere there is one? I have changed to using a french press to be able to get away from heating through plastic. although I like the coffee from the french press, I still enjoy the drip a little better. I will continue to search and report if I do find one.

Apr 27, 2009
me too, fruitless search for all stainless or metal, no plastic
by: Anonymous

there are likely hundreds of brands of drip coffee makers yet i cannot find one where at least the water reservoir and the basket is made entirely of metal of any kind. the best i have seen is all glass. yes, the chemex is great but you have to heat the water first then pour through. i guess i am going to go with the glass, but even that has plastic in the basket. seems like such a simple request. i am going to write a couple of companies to make a request.

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