Hamilton Beach 47665 BrewStation Plus 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffeemaker
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- 12-cup coffeemaker with enclosed brewing system and no need for a carafe
- 1-handed dispensing; brew-pause function; thermal-lined insulation
- Programmable for "wake-up" coffee; simple push-button controls
- 2-hour auto shut-off; digital clock/timer; removable water tank; drip tray
- Measures 6 by 8 by 17 inches; 1-year warranty
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Original Review "Still Going Strong After 7 Years" :
We bought our BrewStation 12 Cup at a brick and mortar store about 7 years ago and we have used it almost every day since. It's a good coffeemaker, not a great one. But for the price, it's a heck of a value. It has some idiosyncracies, but they're easily accommodated. I did not experience any of the leakage issues described by other reviewers.
Pros: Coffee stays hot for two hours without reducing into battery acid. Coffee tastes best fresh-brewed of course, but in this unit's tub, the flavor doesn't deteriorate nearly as fast as in a glass carafe. If we want to keep it longer, we can turn the unit on again, or transfer the coffee to a thermos. (We didn't like thermal carafe coffeemaker choices because the carafes were all too small.)
It brews consistently. I quickly got the hang of how to grind the coffee and how much to measure for a pot, and how to measure and pour the water (yes, how to pour - see Cons:). I get consistently good coffee every day.
Daily cleaning of the unit is a snap. Just rinse the tub and basket in cold water. Really! Every week or so I'll use hot water and a brush and scrub the basket and tub. I quickly learned that if I clean the tub and basket with detergent, the next pot of coffee tastes terrible. Don't use soap and let the coffee oils stay on the plastic. Just rinse. About twice a year I'll descale the unit using a citric acid solution. (Citric Acid works better than vinegar and won't leave a foul taste. Get some here and read my review for other uses: Spicy World Citric Acid, 10-Pound )
I lost the little screen that covered the serving drain after about two years. This didn't turn out to be a problem, probably because I use a paper filter for every pot. (Using a gold mesh filter lets fine grounds thru into the tub, and this can cause sealing problems with the serving valve.) The seal on the valve has never been a chronic problem, however if it does leak, well, see below...
Cons: The windows in the tub and tank quickly got too dirty to be useful as level indicators, and the level marks on the inside of the tub can be hard to read. This is a minor issue once you get the hang of it. However, new users and visitors to your house can easily be frustrated. And if you forget how much water you put in, you have no way of telling.
The buttons on the front are easy to press inadvertently, and setting the time does not require entering a "time set mode", therefore pressing a button will advance the hour or minute on the clock. And since the hot plate only stays on for two hours after brewing, you can easily wake up to cold coffee.
The cold water spout on the tub seems designed to dribble. This problem seems universal with coffeemakers - even glass carafe coffeemakers will dribble all over your counter when you try to pour cold water into their tanks. The only solution is to start pouring *very* slowly, and then once about half the cold water is poured out, you can dump the rest of the tub into the tank.
Another design issue is the catch basin under the serving valve. It is not large enough to contain anything except a momentary splash during serving. If the seal in the serving valve fails, or if the valve somehow doesn't seat, well, then it *will* put the entire pot of coffee on your counter, down the front of your cabinets, into the drawers... not pleasant. However, this has happened only two or three times over the 7 years life of the unit. (If it was a frequent problem we would have replaced the coffeemaker long ago!)
Last week, a stray ground got stuck in the valve and caused a slow dripping leak. We woke up to a dribble of coffee down the front of our cabinets, so we placed an empty cup under the serving valve to catch the leak while we consumed the rest of the pot. That evening, I gave the valve a good rinse from the outside -- and washed the rubber seal down into the disposal! I didn't notice this right away, and when I tried to set the coffeemaker up for the next morning, the tub wouldn't fill. I found the seal in the disposal (thankfully I hadn't run it yet) but on visual inspection, it appeared that more parts were missing. Another search of the disposal turned up no other parts, so I gave up and started shopping for a replacement.
But today my wife called me at the office to say she replaced the seal and the tub holds water! Yay!
(EDIT 5/8/13: The repair wasn't successful. Ordered another today and will review it after I brew a pot or two.)
Moral of the story: Simple parts make for easier repair better reliability.
I feel bad for the reviewers who had bad experiences with this model. We didn't. When we have to replace this coffeemaker, we'll very likely buy this very model again.
I bought a Krups model with thermal carafe and it was fabulous. Had it 5 years and never broke the armor plated carafe.
BUT......even with the thermal carafe the coffee got a bit cold for my palate after a while. I typically brew 12 cups, all for myself in the morning. I work at home.
So I tried the HB puppy. I must say that it made as good a pot of coffee (Starbucks, I grind my own beans) as the Krups...AND....it keeps the coffee hot and enjoyable for far longer than the Krups.
BUT, my fellow coffee enjoyers, there is no Santa Claus....you still have to clean the filter AND the holding tank (which is removable and takes the place of the carafe), so the same kinda cleaning.
Bottom line, if you want to brew a pot of coffee, and take it as you go, with no loss in flavor, or burnt offerings, for up to 1.5 hours, then buy this puppy.
We had another Brew Station by Hamilton Beach that this model replaced, but it went bad after 2 years of use. Rather than get the same model we wanted to try some different but didn't want to pay $100. or more. We did like the other model better because of the side water tank and 4 hour warming timer. So when we need to replace this new one we will more than likely go backk to the other model.
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i have had mine 4 years.
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