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What coffee maker makes the hottest cup?

Coffee enthusiasts know that water temperature is crucial for brewing the perfect cup. The ideal water temperature for coffee extraction is between 195-205°F. If the water is too cool, it will under-extract the coffee leading to a weak, flavorless brew. On the other hand, water that is too hot can burn the coffee leading to a bitter taste. So which coffee maker can heat up water to the optimal temperature for coffee brewing? I compared some of the most popular home coffee makers to find out which models can achieve the hottest temperatures.

How Water Temperature Affects Coffee Extraction

Before diving into the coffee makers, let’s take a quick look at how water temperature impacts coffee extraction and flavor. The key factors are:

  • Under 205°F – Under-extracted coffee leading to weak flavor, sourness, and dry mouthfeel
  • 195-205°F – Optimal extraction of flavors and oils from the coffee grounds
  • Over 205°F – Over-extracted leading to bitterness, astringency, and dry mouthfeel

So your goal is hitting that 195-205°F goldilocks zone for maximum coffee flavor. Now let’s see which coffee makers can get you there.

Drip Coffee Makers

Drip coffee makers work by heating water in a reservoir then showering it over coffee grounds to produce a pot of coffee. Here are some popular models and how hot they can brew:

Drip Coffee Maker Max Brewing Temp
Mr. Coffee 12-cup 185-195°F
Cuisinart DCC-3200 195-205°F
Bonavita 8-cup 200-205°F
Technivorm Moccamaster 196-205°F
Oxo Brew 9-cup 197-204°F

The Mr. Coffee hits the low end of the temperature range. While it will produce coffee, you’ll be getting more under-extracted flavor. Stepping up to something like the Cuisinart or Bonavita gets you into the optimal zone. The Moccamaster and OXO models reliably hit the target 195-205° range across the entire brew cycle.

Single Serve Coffee Makers

Single serve coffee makers use coffee pods or capsules to brew one cup at a time. Here are some popular models and their temperature capabilities:

Single Serve Coffee Maker Max Brewing Temp
Keurig K-Mini 192°F
Keurig K-Duo 192°F
Nespresso Vertuo 192°F
Nespresso Creatista Plus 198°F

The base models of Keurig and Nespresso top out at 192°F, which is a little below the target range. To get hotter, you’ll need to upgrade to a model like the Creatista that can max out at 198°F. The limitation for single serve makers is the small amount of water they heat up cannot hold as high a temperature.

Pour Over Coffee Makers

Pour over coffee makers require you to manually pour hot water over coffee grounds in a filter. This gives you control over the water temperature. Here are some popular models:

Pour Over Coffee Maker Brewing Temp
Hario V60 195-205°F (Depends on kettle)
Kalita Wave 195-205°F (Depends on kettle)
Chemex 195-205°F (Depends on kettle)

With manual pour over brewers, the key is heating your water to the right temperature before pouring it over the coffee. Gooseneck electric kettles allow you to heat the water to a precise 195-205°F for optimal extraction. Pour over makes it easier to maximize water temperature compared to drip or single serve.

Moka Pot

The moka pot utilizes steam pressure to push hot water through coffee grounds to produce a concentrated brew. Here is the temperature range you can expect:

Moka Pot Brewing Temp
Stovetop Moka Pot 185-204°F
Electric Moka Pot 194-206°F

Stovetop moka pots depend on your stove’s power, but usually reach right around 200°F. Electric moka pots have more precise temperature control allowing them to hit the peak 195-205°F extraction range.

French Press

The French Press works by fully immersing coffee grounds in hot water. Here are the typical temperatures you can achieve:

French Press Brewing Temp
French Press 195-205°F (Depends on kettle)

Like pour over, a French press relies on heated water from an electric kettle or stovetop. So you can hit the target temperature range by properly heating the water before brewing.

Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Cold brew coffee makers steep coffee grounds in cold or room temperature water for 12-24 hours. This produces a smooth, less acidic coffee concentrate. Since no heat is involved, the brewing temperature is simply:

Cold Brew System Brewing Temp
Cold Brew Maker Room temperature

Keep in mind cold brew will result in less caffeine per volume compared to hot brew methods. The concentrate is often diluted with hot water or milk after brewing.


When it comes to heating water hot enough for optimal coffee extraction, electric drip coffee makers and electric moka pots can hit the 195-205°F gold standard. Manual pour over and French Press also work when using properly heated water. Entry level single serve makers may come up a bit short on temperature for full flavor extraction.

Proper water temperature is crucial for making great tasting coffee at home. So consider how hot your brewer can heat water when deciding which device is best suited for your morning brew!