Where I grew up, stovetop-percolated Folgers was considered pretty good coffee. These days my taste has improved, but I was frustrated at how burnt my coffee was after sitting for a brief time on the hot plate of my automatic drip machine. So I purchased a Cuisinart 10-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker. In addition to a timer and a water filter, it features a thermal carafe that keeps the coffee fresh for hours without burning it into undrinkable sludge. Now I can have a second cup instead of tossing the rest of the pot down the drain.

Cuisinart 10-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker, $79.95

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