I wanted to recommend at least one auto drip coffee maker under $75, which was proving very difficult to do - but we found one: the 2013 Jura Capresso CM200. At CoffeeGeek, we've had much success with this machine's older brothers - the MT500 and MT600, both thermal units. The MT600 used to cost as much as $200, making this model even more of a bargain.
Inside the machine is very nearly identical to the older MT600 and MT500. You're trading off the quality thermal carafe for a glass one (and a dreaded heating plate) but that's what you get for $70 or less these days. We've temperature tested the MT500 and MT600 and determined they brew at SCAA approved temperatures of 200F for most of the brew. In addition, they do a fairly decent job of saturating the bed of coffee in the filter for good extraction.
The machine also comes equipped with a built in water filtration system and a permanent filter which is based on the Melitta #4 size cone filter. Of course, you can spend a few bucks to get a gold plated permanent filter for even better coffee.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.