The Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Coffee Maker is the perfect addition for the coffee lover on the go. Brew into one or two stainless steel wrapped travel coffee mugs when you are on the go. For weekends or parties, brew into the 8 cup thermal carafe when its time to stay at home.
With its programmable clock, this versatile coffeemaker not only has hot java waiting in the morning but can brew the coffee directly into either the 10-cup, glass-lined carafe, or one or both of the Thermos-brand travel mugs. Hamilton Beach makes the brewing process easy: a guide inside the water reservoir features mug symbols for the precise amount of water to add, and scalloped ridges on the coffeemaker base indicate exactly where to position the mugs. Care should be taken to ensure the coffeemaker is resting on a level surface, since a slight tilt could result in uneven distribution when both mugs are used simultaneously. A mug is placed under the brew basket with its lid screwed on tightly--a 360-degree ring of holes around the mug lid allows the coffee to enter during brewing. In addition, the holes enable the user to drink from any side, whether the handle is grasped by the left or right hand, a convenience that many car cup holders overlook.
Each mug features a stainless-steel exterior, plastic interior, and handle generous enough for a gloved hand, ideal for cold winter commutes. When preheated with hot water, the carafe keeps coffee piping hot and looks elegant enough for serving at a fancy event. Other features of the Stay Or Go machine include simple-to-use on/off, programming, and hour and minute buttons, a cone-shaped filter basket with handle (requires No. 4 paper filters, not included), and a water filter to remove chlorine taste. For best results, the carafe, mugs, and filter basket should be washed by hand, although the stainless-steel mugs are dishwasher-safe on the top rack. The coffeemaker measures 14-1/2 by 10 by 8-1/2 inches, and is covered by a two-year warranty against defects. --Ann Bieri