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Continental Electric CE23589 4 Cup Coffee Maker-black
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- Continental 4 Cup Coffeemaker
- Pause and serve
- Permanent filter
- Swing out filter basket
- Water window
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CE23659 Features: -Non-drip carafe. -Water window. -On/off switch. -Pause-n-serve capability. Product Type: -Automatic machines. Color: -Black. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -11.8 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -7.9 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -9.8 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -2.3 Pounds.
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I love this little coffee maker. It's compact and user friendly - the smoked water tank is easy to see through, the lid lifts open easily and there's room to pour the water unobstructed, the coffee receptacle swings out of the way and each of these operations can be done with one hand. It has a valve to allow serving while brewing but the mechanism is a little delicate which makes swinging the coffee receptacle open one handed a little fiddly but nothing like say the Mr Coffee. My old one was a cast-off and that valve mechanism was broken when I got it but I loved the compact size and excellent coffee it made so while I kept shopping for replacements I never found one I liked better. I live on a sailboat so space is a premium and this little unit fits in perfectly.
The power switch and water tank graduations are on the right side, the water tank lid is accessible from either side but the coffee receptacle swings open to the left. If it swung to the right the unit could be placed sideways - this and the fiddly valve lever are the only negatives and overall they're extremely trivial.
Uses about 600 watts when brewing and less than half that when warming.
It comes with a plastic grounds basket which lifts out one-handed but for cleanup on a boat I prefer to use Melitta #2 paper filters.
The compactness that caught my eye was achieved by tweaking the shape of the filter basket, collapsing one side slightly. Although someone reviewed saying they use a paper filter, I didn't see how I could make a paper filter work inside this misshapen cone . . . something I realized I needed when I noticed the oiliness of the brewed coffee in the pot.
Another unexpected "defect" is all the ridges at the bottom of the pot - what's that about? I can understand a pot with one ring shaped to sit inside the base, but the metal band to attach the handle made 2 more rings, and the 3 rings made it much harder to clean properly.
Finally, as someone else mentioned, the filter basket could not be swung free and then replaced while the pot was on the base. The same clever little valve that allowed mid-brew pouring caught on the side of the lid while trying to replace the filter cone. Not a deal-breaker, but definitely inconvenient.
Overall, I've decided to try the GE 5-cup coffeemaker instead. Hope its features are more friendly.
It arrived on time (Prime overnight $3.99 s/h) the day after my 3rd Black and Decker monster truck coffee maker in 3 years bit the dust. I decided to go with a different brand that was smaller, well-rated and was not expensive. Coming out of the box, I was a bit taken back. SO TEENY TINY looking! We immediately nicknamed it the EZBake Coffee Maker. I was dubious but open-minded and prepped it by running 2 tanks of water through it as instructed.
What I noticed right away was how much more counter space we had with this new model. I also liked the clear water tank with the well-marked water levels. The permanent cone filter is easy to dump used grounds out of and wash/rinse out. The 4-cup carafe is sturdy and well-fitting. The coffee is hot and tastes great (we use Brita filter water right out of the fridge).
I also appreciate that the carafe pours the coffee into my cup without leaking or dripping. Our Black n Deckers were notorious for the sloppy pouring. You do have to be careful when pouring, but if you are, you get a perfect pour and no mess. LOVE THAT. (I read some reviews here that complain about dripping, and I have to think, you are not doing it right. Sorry, but it does work well for me.)
And because this is a 4-cupper, I am wasting less coffee in the pot. Reheating coffee in the microwave is nasty, but I'd been doing it to not waste it with my bigger capacity machines. Thank you for freeing me from that!
All in all, I can say right now that if this lasts only as long as my Black n Deckers did (about a year each), it was money well spent. So, we are having fun calling this our EZBake, but it's fun to play, so why not? These days, whatever makes me smile, I'm on it!
ADDED January 14, 2013: I'm still using this little gem every day, and it works just like the first day I had it. Just wanted to add that I've lately begun making only a 2-cup pot using 3 tbsp of coffee. This amount fills one of my tall mugs, so I am really making myself one serving of coffee at a time. I am also using a coffee filter because I eventually got tired of cleaning out the permanent filter each time. (I retrofit a Mr. Coffee filter by cutting an inch off it around the edge.) I am becoming more discerning in my coffee tastes, and making more than what is immediately consumed makes the remaining coffee taste bitter. At first I thought I'd have to buy another coffee maker to accomodate my changed procedures, but this one adapts great. And, I also discovered that when the carafe holds only two cups, the pouring is perfect -- no dripping, I don't even have to be careful and pour slowly anymore.
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