A cone filter coffee maker is a coffeemaker that uses a conical filter to hold the coffee grounds.
The con filters are inserted in the conical filter holder, that is the filter holder that is also shaped like a cone.
The advantage of cone-filter coffeemakers is that the coffee is more concentrated and it is said to extract better the flavors of the coffee and brew a more tasteful cup of coffee.
Like with flat-based filter coffee makers, the cone filter coffee makers take both paper filters or reusable permanent coffee filters. The difference is that with the cone coffee makers you'll need cone-shaped filters, whether paper or permanent (plastic or metal, like the gold tone cone filters).
As with regular flat filter coffee makers, the cone filter coffee machines include simple switch coffeemaker and programmable coffeemakers.
The switch coffee makers are very plain coffeemakers with no fancy programmable features. All they do is brew a cup of coffee without the need (some would say the pain) of learning and handling extra things (and associated headache when things go awry).
Programmable coffe makers, on the other hand, add functionality and automates the process of brewing coffee.
I hope to add more cone filter coffee maker reviews here as time goes on. Meanwhile, I have just a brief review below of the Hamilton Beach black 12 cup cone filter coffeemaker.
If you own or have had experience with a cone filter coffee maker, please share your own comments and reviews below.
The Hamilton Beach 12 cup cone filter coffee maker model# 49316 is a basic switch coffee maker. It has no programmable features to learn and set. It just plain makes good and hot coffee.
It does have a heating element but no auto shut-off feature. I find this a shortcoming. I personally prefer a coffeemaker that shuts off automatically just in case I forget to do that manually. The warming plate is a plus, as long as you don't let your coffee heat there too long. Heated coffee, in my opinion, is not really good.
The coffee maker also has an On light indicator, and a manual on-off switch. It includes a Pause-and-Brew feature to snatch a cup out while still brewing in case you find it difficult to wait for the brew to complete.
There is not much to add except that it uses a cone filter (#4) that allegedly ensures better coffee-flavor extraction in comparison to basket filter coffee makers (although my Mr. Coffee 12 cup basket-style coffee maker has a "shower-head" that sprays the water all over the grounds for even and better extraction).
It's price, currently advertised at about $20, is not bad at all for a cone filter coffee maker.
All in all, the Hamilton Beach 12 cup coffee maker appears to be a nice, simple, affordable coffee maker for people on a tight budget or those who really prefer plain, simple design over programmable ones.
One caution: there are some reports around about difficulties with fitting in well permanent cone filters, like the metal gold-tone cone filters, in the filter holder. So, if you plan to use a reusable cone filter with this machine, make sure in advance that the filter is suited for this machine.
SUMMARY OF FEATURES:
On/Off switch: yes
Pause & Brew: Yes
Price: About $20 (at time of this writing)
*At the time of this writing
The Hamilton Beach cone filter coffee-maker beats my Proctor Silex basket coffeemaker with it's conical filter holder, while the Proctor Silex is about half the price.
The Mr. Coffee programmable 12 cup basket-style coffeemaker has more functionality as a programmable coffeemaker (it makes really hot coffee too!), but it's priced twice as high as the HB and 3x the price of PS.
If cost isn't the issue for you, though, my pick is the Mr. Coffee that, in my experience, works great, is programmable and yet priced quite reasonably.
Basket-style 12 cup coffee makers - switch and programmable