If you're what many would consider a coffee "snob," you might prefer to brew your elixir using the manual pour-over method for ultimate control. This Norwegian machine provides the convenience of automation with the quality of a pour-over in one pretty striking package.
There are only a few consumer coffee machines that can adequately duplicate a manual pour-over. It involves precise water temperature and exact ratios of water to coffee. The Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker is one such machine. It has been around for a couple of years but is just now becoming available in the US via Williams-Sonoma.
The Wilfa is not cheap, at $250 for the polymer version (the aluminum version is $330). In fact, most would scoff at the idea of spending so much on a coffee maker that doesn't involve pods or automatic milk frothing. But if you are a stickler about fresh, precisely-brewed black coffee, the investment can be worth it.
I use a Chemex or a Hario V60 at home and although those methods are great for a single cup, the last thing I want to do when I have company is stand over my brewer for extended periods of time. A machine like the Wilfa frees you up from all the work, and leaves you with a damn great pot of coffee to serve. [Dear Coffee I Love You]