As a food writer, I’ve tested dozens of coffee makers. From espresso machines to Mr. Coffees, the spectrum has no end. But few have lasted. Even while I tested machines that could make espresso in seconds, or ones that offered fanciful new technology, I still always fell back on good old fashioned pour-over.
While I love a cappuccino, when I’m at home, all I really want is a black cup of coffee that tastes like the bag says it should. I thought the only way to achieve this was via a Chemex classic coffeemaker, a labor-intensive ritual I performed for way too long, despite the influx of coffee makers for testing.
But then, I heard about the Ratio Eight Coffee Maker. Not only did it promise Chemex-quality coffee, but also to automate the process. And, in stark contrast to hulking boxes of stainless steel with LED displays, this machine looked sleek, and completely different.
The founder was kind enough to send me a sample of the product over four years ago, and despite new machines I’ve tested, the Ratio Eight has been on my kitchen countertop through it all. There is nothing that could replace this machine, unless the brand were to come out with a new model.
"...despite new machines I’ve tested, the Ratio Eight has been on my kitchen countertop through it all. There is nothing that could replace this machine."
"I’ve used the Ratio Eight every day for over four years, and I’ve never found a machine that could top it. From the moment I got it, it became an instant part of my daily routine because of how simple it is to use."
What I Love About the Ratio Eight
It’s simple: The Ratio Eight is a perfect coffee machine. Not only does it brew excellent quality coffee in just minutes, it looks great on the countertop. While making pour-over can be rewarding, the Ratio Eight automates the process and extracts flavors from coffee beans like no other machine I’ve tried. Beyond pure performance, where this machine excels, it is also stylistically beautiful. Everything from the glass water tank to the wooden beams makes it a worthy centerpiece for your kitchen counter.
"It’s simple: The Ratio Eight is a perfect coffee machine. "
All in all, the Ratio Eight is an excellent machine, designed to simulate barista-quality pour-over with just the touch of a button. With a beautiful design and high-performance brewing mechanisms, there is no topping this coffee maker.