We are just going to cut straight to the chase here. WE RECOMMEND ONE THERMAL CARAFE BECAUSE IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ABSOLUTELY THE BEST THERMAL CARAFE ON ON THE MARKET–the Zojirushi Thermal Carafe.
We spend about a year researching thermal carafes and hemming and hawing over what to choose. We knew we needed one because we wanted to make one pot of coffee in the morning and we didn’t want the bitterness of our coffee sitting in the coffee grounds.
I don’t know why it was so hard. But it was. Buying a thermal carafe was just a hand-wringing decision for us for some reason. Who knows why. We bought four actually. And the first three we sent back. Either we didn’t like the way the top fit or we didn’t like how it poured. Or it just didn’t keep the coffee hot. One, two, and three. All went back.
Three was not the charm. FOUR WAS!
We finally found the Zojirushi 1-Liter Thermal Carafe and we LOVE it!
Zojirushi is a Japanese company that we first learned about when a friend turned us on to their automatic rice cookers. The quality of Zojirushi products is almost legendary. It’s just a great company with incredible quality control.
But what we really love about this thermal carafe is how long it keeps coffee hot. It is utterly amazing. I can make a pot of coffee at 5 AM, and at 10 PM, it is within a degree of the same temperature it was when I made it.
We’ve actually had drinkably hot coffee 24 hours later. And I mean to the point that when we washed the pot, it steamed. No other thermal pot we have ever had keeps coffee that kind of temperature for that long.
The interior is glass so it does not alter taste of what you put in the carafe in the least.
They make this carafe in four different sizes and several external finishes. You can get it in a 0.6-liter, a 1-liter, a 1.3-liter, or a 1.6-liter carafe.
Ours happens to be the 1-liter Polished Stainless Steel version and we are shocked how easy the exterior is to keep clean. All you have to do is wipe it with a soft towel.
The interior is the same vacuum seal glass with a screw lid that easily turns to a pouring position without taking the lid off on all of their models.
These carafes are even designed to accommodate a coffee filter cone for brewing directly into the carafe if that is your preferred method of coffee making.
The only slight drawback is that it is not dishwasher safe. But that has never posed a problem. All we have ever had to do is just rinse it out. A few times we’ve used a bottle brush just because we thought we should. But we have never found any kind of taste variation in the slightest with it. The only times we have even used detergent were when we switched from coffee to tea or from tea to coffee — just to be sure we didn’t transfer taste.
Believe me. This Zojirushi Thermal Carafe will utterly change your coffee experience!
The same pot comes in three slightly different sizes and six exterior styles. We have the 1-liter version in what Zojirushi calls Polished Stainless Steel. But the 1-liter version also comes in White and Lotus Black.
They make a smaller version that is 0.6-liters that comes in Brushed Stainless Steel and Herbed Cacao. And it also comes in a 1.3-liter in what they call White Ballerina.
Depending on the size and color, you usually can buy it on Amazon for under $30.
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