The Wolf Gourmet Programmable Coffee Maker makes deliciously flavorful coffee, but it's an imposing machine that may be overpriced for the features on offer.
Brews flavorful coffee
Built-in coffee scale
Adjustable brew strength
Tricky to pour
If you make coffee every morning, a high-quality coffee maker is a worthwhile investment for your home. The best drip coffee makers deliver rich, flavorful brews that rival the drinks from your favorite local café, and the Wolf Gourmet Programmable Coffee Maker promises to make it quick and easy to brew a delicious cup of joe each day.
Wolf is a popular brand that’s known for its high-end kitchen appliances, and the Wolf Gourmet line includes a variety of countertop appliances and kitchen tools. The products all have the sleek stainless steel design that the brand is known for, and most of the appliances are on the higher end of the price scale, with costs starting around $500.
We wanted to see how the Wolf Gourmet Programmable Coffee Maker stacks up against other popular coffee makers, so we put it to the test over the course of several weeks. Using it on a daily basis, we assessed both its strengths and potential drawbacks, determining whether it’s worth the splurge. Here’s what we found.
- Water tank capacity: 50oz / 1.5 liter
- Carafe size: 10 cups
- Dimensions: W11.5 x H14.5" x L10.5"
- Weight: 13.56 lb.
- Filter type: #4 cone
- Settings: Accubrew, Manual and Clean
- Warranty: 5 years
- Includes: Coffee maker, thermal carafe with lid, 6 cone filters, 3 water filters
Camryn Rabideau is a freelance writer and product reviewer who has been testing coffee makers for years. She’s tested everything from toasters to oil infusion machines, and she drinks a cup (or two) of coffee every morning to help power through her days, so she can easily tell the difference between a good and mediocre brew.
Camryn does her product testing from her small homestead in beautiful Rhode Island. When she’s not tinkering around with the latest home gadgets, she spends her time tending to her animals, working in her garden, or crafting.
Unboxing and setup
The Wolf Gourmet Coffee Maker arrived in a fairly large package, and there was very little assembly required. I had to remove a whole lot of plastic packaging from all the different components, as well as the small pieces of tape that held everything in place during shipping. However, once that was done, it was just a matter of putting the carafe in place and plugging in the unit.
I was quite surprised at the large size of this coffee maker—once assembled, it measures around 11.5 x 10.5 x 14.5 inches. The appliance is cube-like in shape, and it’s more than twice as big as the 5-cup Mr. Coffee pot (opens in new tab) that we own. The design is quite sleek and modern with a stainless steel exterior and bold red knobs, but it definitely takes up a lot of room on the counter and probably isn’t ideal for smaller kitchens.
Before using the coffee maker for the first time, I washed out all the pieces, including the water reservoir and stainless steel carafe. You also have to install the water filter before use. The machine comes with three filters, which look like small fabric pods. The instructions say to soak the pod in water for 15 minutes, then install it into the filter housing in the reservoir. It was quick and easy to do, and I appreciated that the appliance comes with replacement filters.
Manual Brewing in the Wolf Gourmet Programmable Coffee Maker
The first time I used the Wolf Coffee Maker, I used manual mode, and the process was very straightforward. I removed the water reservoir, which is located on the left side of the machine, and filled it up to the 4-cup mark, which is clearly labeled on the clear plastic. From there, I pulled out the coffee drawer, which is above the carafe, and loaded in one of the included #4 cone filters. I measured four scoops of Folgers ground coffee into the filter and closed the drawer.
Once that was done, I used the machine’s knobs to set the machine to brew four cups at a moderate strength. The top knob adjusts the brew strength, and the lower knob changes the number of cups. The changes you make are detailed on the LCD control panel, and once you’ve adjusted the settings, all that’s left to do is press the “Start” button.
The Wolf Coffee Maker started brewing right away, and it only took a few minutes to make the four cups.
Once the machine finishes making coffee, it starts a timer on the screen that lets you know how much time has passed since brewing. When I poured coffee out of the thermal stainless steel carafe, I was extremely impressed at how hot it was! However, we did find that the four cups wasn’t quite enough coffee for two large servings—we typically use sizable 16-ounce mugs, and they often can hold two or three “cups” worth of coffee.