We won’t have quite the crowd we’re used to this year, but this carafe will still be a countertop mainstay.
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Insulated Carafe
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When my family converges for Christmas it feels like the coffee pot is in constant brew mode with never enough to make a second lap around. My 12-cup pot just can't keep up with the demand. Rather than employ a second brewer to get the job done, I picked up an insulated carafe from Amazon and my holiday revelers have never been happier—or more caffeinated. BUY: Cresimo Stainless Steel Thermal Coffee Carafe, $31.45; amazon.com

The Cresimo Stainless Steel Thermal Coffee Carafe has a 68-ounce (8.5-cup) capacity that will keep liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours (eggnog, anyone?) thanks to a double-walled vacuum insulation. If you're juggling a few things (like a big stack of Christmas gifts or a plate of our famous Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole) rest assured, you can still manage to fill up your cup with your free hand. The carafe is designed with an easy-to-press button just above the handle to eliminate spills when not in use, while making pouring on the fly a one-handed situation.

Instead of letting the pot get to empty before brewing another 12 cups, I divvy out the first few cups then pour the remainder in the carafe and begin a second brew right away. This keeps the coffee flowing and all but eliminates the chance of an empty glass pot clicking back into place as I hurriedly grab the granules and a fresh filter.

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Beyond the holidays, my insulated coffee carafe has turned out to be quite the work-from-home helper also. My husband and I are both currently working remotely and have found ourselves going back for cup number two a couple hours after our workday begins once the early morning rush is over. What we've oftentimes been met with is bitter-tasting joe thanks to a pot that's rested on the burner for a bit too long. The quick fix? Immediately pouring our excess coffee into the carafe before we hit our respective offices. Perfectly fresh and piping hot coffee can do wonders for morale.