13 Coffee Makers Made In USA And Not In China 2020
I got a lot of comments and questions both in emails and the comments section below. So I decided to update this post! For your convenience, I added a table with American Made Coffee Makers. I also spoke to Bunn about Made In Vs. Manufactured In USA.
- USA Made Coffee Makers
- Made In USA Vs. Manufactured In USA
- Are There Any Drip Coffee Makers Made In USA?
- Manual Coffee Makers Made In USA
- Cold Brew Coffee Makers Made In USA
- Coffee Makers made in places OTHER than China
USA Made Coffee Makers
|Bunn Speed Brew||Drip Coffee Maker||Creston, Iowa*||See On Amazon|
|Bunn GR||Drip Coffee Maker||Creston, Iowa*||See On Amazon|
|Bunn BX, BT||Drip Coffee Maker||Creston, Iowa*||See On Amazon|
|Bunn Trifecta||Drip Coffee Maker||Springfield, Illinois||See On Amazon|
|Aerobie Aeropress||Coffee Press||Palo Alto, California||See On Amazon|
|Chemex||Pour Over||Chicopee, Massachusetts||See On Amazon|
|Able Kone Brewing||Pour Over||Martinez, California||See On Amazon|
|Filtron Cold Brew||Cold Brew Coffee||Westminster, California||See On Amazon|
|Toddy Cold Brew||Cold Brew Coffee||Loveland, Colorado||See On Amazon|
* Manufactured In
At first, I want to get something off my chest.
I found a lot of other posts about American Made Coffee Makers! To my dismay some of them have Hamilton Beach, Breville, Mr. Coffee and other brands in their lists as Made In USA.
I wish they would be right, I really do!
I wish the Mr. Coffee’s and Cuisinart’s would produce at least some of their coffee machines in the United States.
But they don’t!
I checked so many brands. I turned at least a hundred boxes upside down or opened them in the store – when nobody looked – and checked the manual. But none of them had somewhere the “Made In USA” label.
There is no Hamilton Beach, no Cuisinart, no Mr. Coffee made in USA. And no, Keurig machines are not made in USA either!
I also did some research online. You know what I noticed?
When there is a coffee making product NOT made in China, believe me, they want you to know. Either in the title, the feature list or description.
It’s not a guarantee, but if you don’t find any statement about the country of origin, you can assume it’s China.
But it’s not that all china made coffee makers are bad. And I have nothing against the Chinese people! Chinese people are hard workers! But I assume you want to see a few – just a few made In USA labels back on coffee makers again, right?
Made In USA Vs. Manufactured In USA
“Made In USA”
When was the last time you have found this statement on a product’s carton?
I hope you believe me, that I tried hard to find a handful of coffee makers made in USA.
But in today’s competitive marketplace, every company tries to reduce costs at the possible expense of quality.
Known brands like De’Longhi, Mr. Coffee, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart are all made in China. Please let me know if you are aware of any American made coffee makers.
Fortunately, there are a few manufacturers left that can still claim, that their coffee makers are made in USA.
According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), a product is Made In USA, when it is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. If more parts for a product are made overseas, it does not qualify for “made in” anymore but has to use other phrases like “built-in” or “assembled in” or “manufactured in”.
“All or virtually all” means that most of the work and parts of the final product must be of U.S. origin.
If you want to read the whole guide, please follow this link to the FTC’s website(1).
Are There Any Drip Coffee Makers Made In USA?
Short Answer: NO, unfortunately not!
I want to emphasize that in this chapter the NO counts for Drip Coffee Makers! Further below is a list of other coffee making devices like percolators or French Presses which are made in USA, or Drip Coffee Makers Not Made In China.
Hey, prove me I’m wrong!
If you know a drip coffee maker made in USA, please let me know and I will immediately correct my post and add it to the list.
This doesn’t mean that good coffee makers don’t exist – they do! but they are mostly made offshore nowadays. If they were not, they would cost a LOT more.
Are Bunn Coffee Makers Made In USA?
Yes and No.
Are Bunn Coffee Makers MADE in USA? No!
Are Bunn Coffee Makers MANUFACTURED in USA? Yes!
Let me get straight to the point with all other Bunn Coffee Makers.
I love their coffee machines and proudly own the Bunn MCU Single Brewer.
Yet, reading the statement about Assembled in the USA (2), Bunn consequently avoids using the words ‘Made in USA’!
Rather they describe their coffee makers as being Assembled or Built-In USA.
Still, I have decided that Bunn qualifies for my list of Coffee Makers made in USA. Compared to the other companies mentioned above, they at least do some of their work in the United States.
The last months I got so many questions (check comments at the end) about Bunn and “Made In Vs. Manufactured In”.
So I reached out to Bunn myself and wanted some clarification about their coffee makers.
Here is Bunn’s statement:
We source materials from North America and other regions of the world. It is important that a manufacturer like BUNN have a controlled variety of sources to buy the materials and components we use to make coffee brewers and other beverage equipment.BUNN, USA
BUNN has strict control of all suppliers and a rigid supplier quality process to confirm that materials come from BUNN-approved sources only and are compliant with all agency requirements. Safety and quality are the #1 priority at BUNN.
If you are looking for machines that are built in the USA, choose the GR, BX, BT, or Speed Brew models. Some parts can come from overseas, but these machines are assembled in Iowa.
The Home Trifecta MB is also built in the USA. Some parts can come from overseas, but this machine is assembled in Springfield, Illinois. We know of no other coffee maker that is built in the U.S.
The NHS, STX, HG, HT, MC, MCU, and HB (Heat and Brew) are all made in China – all meet BUNN quality species and agency standards and go through a rigorous Quality Assurance check. We are confident in the sources of supply for all our components and finished products.
What does “made in the USA’ mean?
To claim your product is “Made in the USA”, according to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) your products must be “all or virtually all” manufactured in the USA (based on cost, not a percentage of parts).
So what does this all mean:
As explained in the first chapter a manufacturer can only claim their products MADE IN, when the product is all or virtually all made in the United States. What I didn’t know is that it’s based on costs and not materials.
Bunn produces products overseas, but builts and assembles them in the United States. Thus, manufactured in USA but not Made in USA.
Now the question is, could Bunn still be competitive if they made their coffee makers 100% in USA?
Money is tight and many of us have trouble to make ends meet.
So imagine a $50 coffee maker has thousands of 5-star reviews and a Bunn costs $150 but claims to be MADE IN USA, which one would most people pick?
Which one would YOU pick?
Would enough people pick the American Made Coffee Maker so Bunn could survive?
Obviously not, otherwise there would be fewer coffee makers made in China on the market.
Let’s have a closer look at Bunn’s coffee makers.
1. Bunn Speed Brew Drip Coffee Maker
Assembled in Creston, Iowa
This Bunn Drip Coffee Maker is called Speed Brew because it can finish a full brew cycle in 4 minutes.
It’s easy! The Bunn Speed Brew has an internal water tank that keeps water constantly at brewing temperature. And when you are ready for a new batch of coffee there is no pre-heating of the water necessary anymore.
The spray head of this coffee maker is Bunn-engineered and extends the contact time between water and coffee.
Additionally, it’s a lime-tolerant spray head which means that minerals, especially when you have very hard water, won’t clog it so often.
For you, this simply means less cleaning time!
2. Bunn 10 Cup Velocity Brew
Assembled In Creston, Iowa
These coffee makers come in two versions, the GRB, GRW and BXB, BXW.
The B and W at the end simply state the colors of the coffee maker: black or white.
Both the GR and BX machines come with the same features:
- Patented BUNN showerhead for complete saturation of all coffee grounds
- Pour-O-Matic glass carafe for drip-free pouring
- Internal stainless steel water reservoir keeps water at the optimal temperature of 200° F
- Brewing time is about 3 minutes for 10 cups
- Porcelain-coated warming plate
- On/Off LED Switch
- Available in Black or White
Unfortunately, these models do not come with built-in grinders. If that’s a deal breaker for you, take a look at these products instead.
So What Is The Difference Between The Bunn Velocity Brew GR And BX?
Short answer: the design.
The GR model is the typical design of Bunn: square and angular, black with a silver front. The BXB has a more modern look and a round silver water reservoir.
3. 10 Cup Velocity Brew BT
The Bunn Velocity Brew BT comes with the same features as the GR and BX except for the glass carafe and the warming plate.
The Bunn BT is equipped with a double wall, vacuum insulated thermal carafe and thus, does not need a warming plate.
As you can see in the image, the design is also slightly different.
Manual Coffee Makers Made In USA
The chance to find an American made manual coffee maker is slightly higher than a drip coffee maker.
My guess is, that it’s easier and not so expensive to produce a ceramic or glass drip cone with local American materials only.
4. Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Press
Made In Palo Alto, California
The Aeropress is an impressive and very popular tool to make a great cup of coffee.
Mostly it is used at home or at the World AeroPress Championship (3). Yes, you heard right! It is so popular that there is even a world championship!
Since it does not need any electricity, it is also an ideal device for camping or any other kind of traveling.
And most importantly for this post: this coffee maker is made in USA!
5. Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker
Made In Chicopee, Massachusetts
A simple but elegant coffee maker popular by all kind of coffee lovers and baristas.
The Chemex is made in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It’s completely BPA-free, for all the health-conscious readers.
What makes the Chemex so popular is the unique hourglass-shaped design. But they didn’t stop there.
Chemex also developed their own filter, a thick specialty fiber filter. According to Chemex, this thick filter keeps bitter elements, oils and coffee sediments in the filter and out of your cup.
So in case you have decided to get the Chemex coffee maker, don’t’ forget to add the Chemex coffee filters to your order. Read more about our favourite pour over coffee makers here.
6. Able Kone Brewing System
Made In Martinez, California
Able Brewing developed, designed and built this beautiful pour over brewer in California, USA!
Can you see yourself preparing breakfast, putting rolls, jam, and butter on the table? Then grinding fresh coffee, pouring it into the Kone Filter and placing it on the server.
Now either you have breakfast by yourself or with your family, all you need to do now is wait for the rest to join. Pour hot water, and within a few minutes, coffee is ready.
Remove the top, add the lid and up to 32 ounces of coffee is ready to serve.
The Kone Filter is made of stainless steel, only the supportive ring on top is plastic. But no worries, it’s food save, according to Able’s website. And the brewer itself is 100% ceramic, no plastic at all.
Enjoy your homemade coffee!
Cold Brew Coffee Makers Made In USA
If you are not familiar with the difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee, keep reading.
When you go to Starbucks and order an iced coffee, you get regular brewed coffee, cooled down in the refrigerator and then poured in a cup with ice cubes. Cold Brew is different! You don’t brew it hot! Ground coffee is steeped overnight in cold water.
Taste is subjective, but cold brew coffee is supposed to be less bitter, less acid, balanced so to speak! Instead, cold brew emphasizes the amazing flavors coffee has to offer.
I actually agree! I do prefer cold brew coffee over iced coffee! But not all coffee lovers do! So decide for yourself!
7. Filtron Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Made In Westminster, California
One of the two American made cold brew coffee brewing systems is the Filtron Brewing Kit – since 1949!
With this system, you can make 1 1/2 liter (~50 oz.) of cold brewed coffee. It’s pretty simple to use. Plug in the included rubber in the bottom hole, insert the reusable filter pad and pour up to 1 pound of coffee in the bowl.
Then you insert the ground guard on top of the ground coffee, place the water bowl on top and fill it up with water.
That’s it. The water drips down and after about 16 to 24 hours, you have homemade cold brew coffee with an American made cold brew system! Cheers!
8. Toddy Cold Brew System
Made In Loveland, Colorado
Toddy is the second cold brew coffee system made in the USA that made it into my list.
It works like the Filtron system.
The biggest difference is, that the Toddy System does not have an extra water bowl and the ground coffee guard. You pour coffee and water in the same pot.
And the missing guard you make up with a spoon by pushing down the grounds.
Toddy also offers their huge paper filter which extends the life of the felt filter. Clean up is much easier. Just dump the filter in the trash!
If approximately 60 ounces of cold brew coffee is still not enough for you, you are probably looking for a commercial style cold brew system.
Lucky you, Toddy also offers a commercial cold brew system. Of course, I only mention it because it’s also made in America. In Loveland, Colorado to be more specific! Except for the acrylic storage decanter, which is made in China!
We’ve also listed some of our favorite cold brewers in this review roundup.
Coffee Makers made in places OTHER than China
There are other countries, especially in Europe, that stand for high quality! For example, Bialetti’s stovetop coffee makers and percolators are made from Italy!
So I have selected a few companies that are known for their coffee makers made in other countries than China.
So if you are open for “Made In Europe” and not only focus on USA made coffee makers, keep reading!
9. Technivorm Moccamaster Drip Coffee Makers
Made In Holland
They are not cheap but well known for their high quality.
For this reason, the Technivorm Moccamaster coffee makers are definitely recommended, especially the thermal carafe coffee makers.
I have not had the time yet to look more closely at the Moccamaster’s but it’s definitely on my list.
10. Jura Espresso Machines
Made In Switzerland
Most of Jura’s automatic espresso machines are Made In Switzerland.
But I have also heard that some of them, probably the cheaper ones, are made in Portugal.
So please before you buy a Jura espresso machine make sure to find out where exactly it is produced.
Even so, I’m confident that both Switzerland and Portugal made Jura machines are of high quality.
11. Krups Espresso Machines
Made In France
At first, if you were hoping to find Krups drip coffee makers made in France, I have to disappoint you. All Krups coffee machines I checked are made in China!
However, the following four Krups Super Automatic Espresso Machines are not made in China.
Krups EA9010, EA8808, EA8298 and EA8250. The picture shows the EA9010 Barista One Touch Super Automatic Machine. Awesome machine!!!
Fully automatic and as the name says, you can brew drinks with the touch of one button. 17 drinks to be more specific! Fully customizable and programmable.
12. Nespresso Pixie Single-Cup Espresso Machines
Made In Switzerland
If you prefer espresso over coffee, but the Jura machines are too expensive, then you may fall in love with the Nespresso Pixie single-brewer. See more single cup coffee makers here.
I did some research since I was skeptical about the statement that Nespresso is being made in Switzerland. And indeed only the Pixie is made in Switzerland.
Nespresso has a few other espresso machines in their portfolio like the Inissia which is made in Hungary.
13. Denby French Press Coffee Maker
Made In England
- Complying with the Made in USA Standard | Federal Trade Commission Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-made-usa-standard
- Our Company – Bunn Retrieved from https://www.bunn.com/company
- W.A.C. – The official home of the World AeroPress Championship Retrieved from https://www.worldaeropresschampionship.com/
- Certified Home Brewers – Specialty Coffee Association Retrieved from https://sca.coffee/certified-home-brewer?page=cert2
Coffee lover and Dad, on a budget. Since the wishes of my beautiful wife and two charming kids are of course of much higher priority than my own ones, I always keep an eye out for coffee products which give me the biggest bang for the buck!