Michael Graves coffee maker from Target and Eight O' Clock Columbian coffee rated best by Consumer Reports

Pod machines -- like the one here at CL HQ -- were lauded as convenient, but pricey, since you have to buy individual servings at a premium. Consumer Reports also figured that regular coffee drinkers could save a good $350 a year by making their own, even after the cost of a machine and fixin's. Or, you could just throw that money into more coffee.

If you're going to grind your own --and you should -- CR recomends the Cuisinart Supreme Grind at $50, or the Mr. Coffee IDS77 for a best buy at $20.

Everyone in the Bay area needs to pay attention to this if we're going to win Most Caffeinated again this year:

Need to curb your $5 daily coffee habit, or need a desk-top alternative to crappy office Joe? After testing 34 different coffee makers, Consumer Reports has picked the unlikely, curvy, blue-adorned coffee maker from Target (inevitably designed by Michael Graves) as the best of the bunch. And it clocks in at a mere $40.

See below for CR's take on coffee grinders, too:

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