KitchenAid 12-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, Countour Silver
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- Easy-to-fill & clean removable water tank
- Refined brew process for optimal coffee flavor
- 24-hour programmability
- Digital display with variable brew strength selector
- Thermal carafe with drip-less spout
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Whether you enjoy freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning, as a refresher in the afternoon, or with a dessert after a meal, the KitchenAid collection of coffee makers are designed to brew rich, flavorful coffee.
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2. Thermal Carafe
3. 12 cups
I was fully aware that there were 49 occurrences of the word "leak" in the reviews but decided to risk it because there was nothing else that fit the criteria. I purchased in September of 2014.
The first 3 days, it worked flawlessly. Then it leaked all over the counter every single day for a week straight as I scrambled to find a solution. Of course I considered returning the unit. It tried every single solution mentioned here: aligning the cover property, being sure not to over fill, check carefully to be sure every thing was fitted properly and others. Noting seemed to help but in the end the leaking started to become intermittent about the 3rd week so I decided to see if I could figure out what the problem was.
I called KitchenAid. I figured that since there were 49 instances of the word "leak" in the reviews that they would certainly know about it. The costumer service rep was very nice but to my surprise, she said she really did not have many calls at all about this unit leaking. After she looked into it, she mentioned that they did have some problems with the covers on a few units a while back and that she would send me the new one. Of course I was eager to see if the cover had been designed in some way.
IT HAS BEEN! As you can see in the photo, the cover in the foreground (the new cover) has a ridge around the drain hole and a change in shape of the hole. It works! There is no way to make this unit leak now. Overfill (within reason), throw the cover on without regard to alignment, throw the carafe in crooked, etc, etc, NO LEAKS! NONE! I CAN'T MAKE IT LEAK! I don't believe that any of the suggestions in the reviews will do anything if you have a unit with the old cover. My guess is that there is some kind of wicking motion that occurs between the drain hole and the carafe and thus, the reason for the addition of the ridge which prevents the wicking motion. Of course that's just a guess, I am not a design engineer.
All in all, I can now give this coffee maker 5 starts and I strongly urge anyone with the cover in the background (the old one) to call KitchenAid and get it replaced.
There is only one tiny annoyance and that is that you must reset the brew timer every time you use it. Since 99% of the human population who uses the brew timer uses it at the exact same time every morning, I believe that you should not need to reset it. Like I said, annoying but minor. Happy brewing!
July 23, 2015: Over 6 months and not a single leak since replacing the cover. Love it!
This coffee maker has been wonderful. As another reviewer mentioned, it has one of the best pouring spouts around. The carafe keeps the coffee hot for at least 2.5 hours, and reasonably warm enough after 3 hours. A side note: make sure you see the small arrow indicator on the lid of the carafe, and that this arrow points toward the spout of the carafe when installed. We had placed the lid on the carafe with the arrow facing the toward the handle because it appeared to be a "selector arrow" matching the selctable positions with words on the carafe for "lock" "pour" and "open", but the arrow is actually supposed to point toward the spout "outlet" while pouring coffee. It'd be helpful if Kitchenaid could modify the lid with a white (or molded) dot to indicate in which of the position it is set. That's a negligible issue.
Coffee is brewed at a pleasingly hot temperature. Other coffee makers I've used have not heated the water enough.
The removable water tank is a superb feature that the Krups had which we were not wanting to give up. This coffee maker has a much better implementation of the tank that allows it to fit snugly into the coffee maker with practically no fussing or adjusting; it just settles into its slot perfectly. The Krups unit required lots of adjusting to have the tank drop into place.
The blue lighted display is very nice and matches a lot of the current appliance displays. It's not a glaringly bright display, which is nice because the Krups unit was unfortunately like a night light. The numbers not huge, and are somewhat fine, not bold or blocky.
This unit has a feature which should be user-selectable to be switched off: the unit beeps once when the BREW button is pushed, and emits 3 short, semi-loud beeps when brewing is finished. It's nice to have a audible confirmation that the Brew button has been pressed, or when brewing has finished, but if someone is sleeping nearby and you're trying to make coffee quietly, the beeping can be a bit annoying.
The only other very minor issue is that the coffee grinds basket is shallow (but hasn't overflowed any coffee grounds) and uses the "Bunn" type flat bottom filters which have been difficult to identify as to the type. Fortunately, this coffee maker comes with its own gold tone reusable filter basket, so filters aren't really necessary. It also comes with 3 or 4 "trial" paper filters. The gold tone basket is great, but because we use a coffee grinder we sometimes have very fine coffee "powder" that can flow through the gold filter basket. Nowhere in the documentation does it mention what type of paper filters should be used; the "trial filters" provided came in a clear plastic bag with no identifying labels. Since this is a 12-cup coffee maker we're going to try the Bunn flat-bottom 12-cup filters, but they appear to be too large, so perhaps the Bunn 10-cup flat-bottom filters would work better.
Overall, I would highly recommend this unit as one of the best 12-cup coffee makers currently available. The carafe and removeable water tank (reservoir) also help make this unit one of the best.