Zojirushi EC-BD15 Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker
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- Stylish automatic coffee brewer with 1.5-liter thermal carafe
- Stainless-steel carafe keeps coffee hot for hours
- 1025 watts; electronic clock/timer with preset function; auto shut-off for safety
- Clever brew-and-serve lid design; easy-to-read water gauge
- Measures 15 by 12 by 9 inches; 1-year warranty
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To brew, lift the lid and swing the water outlet spout to one side while the filter is being loaded; the spout will return to its proper position when the lid is closed. A small red ball in the water gauge makes it extra simple to read. And an electronic clock module also serves as a timer that will start the brewer at a specified time. The carafe's lid is designed to be on during brewing, with a small cap to help keep the heat in after it's ready. The Fresh Brew also has a pause-and-serve function that stops the flow for 30 seconds while a cup of coffee is served.
To clean the brewer unit, use a solution of white vinegar and water, following the instructions in the accompanying booklet. The unit is not immersible. The exterior can be wiped with a damp soft rag; do not use abrasives or scouring pads. The filter reservoir is removable; clean with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. The coffee brewer measures 15 by 12 by 9 inches (includes carafe handle when unit is completely assembled), and it uses #4 cone-shaped disposable paper filters. The Fresh Brew comes with a detailed instruction booklet. Zojirushi guarantees its products with a one-year limited warranty. --Garland Withers
Top Customer Reviews
Zoji has been making vacuum pots and the like for nearly 100 years, and they've been making an assortment of rice-cookers, tea brewers and hot water dispensers for decades. While this is, I believe, their first home coffee brewer, they've got more than a little experience in kitchen electrics. They've put that experience to good use.
If you've ever brewed up a thermos full of coffee using a big Melitta filter cone then this setup will look pretty familiar. For all intents and purposes, the Fresh Brew simply adds an automated hot water delivery system to the mix... with a few improvements.
Improvement number one: not only does this system brew into an all-stainless thermal carafe [no hot plate here, thankyouverymuch] but it also insulates the brew basket. What good is it, after all, to heat up all that water if it's just going to get cold while you're brewing? This is huge! This is important! This is... well, I'm excited about it, okay?
Improvement number two: the Fresh Brew features an accurate gauge of water volume. When it reads that you've got 8 cups of water in the brewer's reservoir, it means it. Mind you, we're talking 6 oz. cups of water -- that's the way the coffee world measures a cup [unless you're Bodum and then it's 4 oz.].Read more ›
The unit heats the water to a near perfect brewing temperature of 185 to 190 degress. The brew time is also just about ideal; it brews a 50 ounce carafe in 9 1/2 minutes (Zojirushi calls it a 10 cup carafe, I call it 2 1/2 cups, but I use a 20oz mug). The coffee comes out nice and hot, and neither too weak from too short a brewing time, nor scalded from too long a brewing time.
The Fresh Brew uses either #4 paper filters or a #4 gold filter. The original design used a #3 filter, and the filter holder is a little small for a #4. If you moisten the filter (as you really ought to anyway) before putting it in the holder, it fits perfectly. I've tried brewing coffee in this machine with both a gold filter and an unbleached paper filter; personally I prefer the coffee brewed with the paper filter (the gold filter allows more particulates to get into the coffee).
To get the best cup of coffee possible, you will want to grind your coffee finer than you probably have been. I have found that one step up from Espresso gind gives me the best flavour. Also, the single biggest reason people get a bad cup of coffee out of any coffee maker is that they don't use enough coffee.Read more ›
with this Zoji.
It has a stylish, brushed stainless carafe that stays cool to the touch and has no breakable glass liner like some carafes have. The base has an easy to read water-level display, with markings up to 10 cups, but it has a larger capacity than my old 10 cup Braun. It also has a cute little elephant on it!
The 1.5 liters works out to approx. 51 ounces, or just over 6 (8-ounce) cups. My old "10 cup" coffee maker held about 5 8-ounce cups. I never have quite figured out what counts as a "cup" in coffee terms, but it seems to vary between 4 and 6 ounces.
This is a pretty tall (15 inches) coffee maker, and you have to lift the lid to add the coffee and the water. Since steam comes out of the top, I pull it out from under the cabinet when it's running. If you have shallow counters, this could be a little tricky.
The only down side, in my opinion, is that it uses the hard-to-find #3 filters. I've gotten around it by cutting about 1 inch off the top of my #4s. I also had a little trouble getting the lid off the carafe when I screwed it on too tight - I had to put a towel over it to get a good grip. Those minor details aren't enough to cost it a star, though.
I'm not sure how long coffee stays hot in this carafe, because we drink so much coffee around here it doesn't stay in there very long. I did sleep in one morning, though, and the coffee that was automatically made at 6:15 was still hot at 7:30.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this coffee maker. I have hot coffee ready for me whenever I get up in the morning, and I never have to wonder whether I forgot to shut it off when I leave the house.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the coffee pot.....until it crapped itself exactly one year after we purchased it.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Makes great coffee, stays warm for hours with out turning bitter, a little on the odd looking side, and poring it without spilling takes some getting used to. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've had this coffee maker for about a year, and I definitely noticed an issue when brewing coffee in the winter. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Andrew M.
This thing really does not hold up to daily use. Had it less than 6 months, just stopped working on day for no known reason. Went back to my old unit and threw it in the trash. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Name means "elephant" in Japanese. Once you hear it operating, you'll understand why. Works like a charm and let you know when. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Matthew Sheehan
This coffee machine makes great coffee and keeps it warm as advertised. I like all aspects of the unit except it's time in service. Read morePublished 20 days ago by John N. Riley III
Worst coffee pot I've ever owned (I'm 70), has overflowed all over counter top and on floor four (4) times.Published 22 days ago by T. L.
Had mine several years now. Still works great! No complaints, no problems - just great coffee.Published 22 days ago by Bob C
I'm in between a 3 and 4 on this. It makes good coffee and keeps it hot, as advertised. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but that's why I bought it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
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