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Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe Option, Chrome
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- Water filtration helps remove up to 97% of chlorine for better tasting coffee
- Delay Brew feature lets you brew ahead of time, so you can wake up to fresh-brewed coffee
- Freshness Timer keeps track of coffee freshness from the time it's brewed
- Brew Strength Selector pumps up a stronger flavor if you like a bolder taste
- 2-Hour Shut Off automatically powers coffee maker down so you don't have to
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Designed for the coffee lover that wants style and functionality
Experience the Taste.
Since 1970 the Mr. Coffee brand has been doing one thing and one thing only...brewing coffee. No one has served cup after delicious cup to more Americans than us. For us, bringing a rich coffee experience into your home is our top priority. Along with coffee makers, we are here to share everything coffee with you.
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe Option
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT-AM 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker features a modern design and is thermal carafe compatible to extend fresh coffee flavor and help retain a hot temperature longer (Mr. Coffee Thermal Stainless Steel Decanter DRD95 sold separately).
Additional features coffee lovers can appreciate are a delay brew feature, brew strength selector, fresh brew timer and grab-a-cup auto pause to pour a cup before the brewing process if finished.
Includes Water Filtration
Get the best flavor out of your favorite coffee. The Water Filtration system helps remove up to 97 Percent of the chlorine from the water and improves the taste of your coffee as a result of the Mr. Coffee water filter and brewing process.
Brewing Pause ‘n Serve
Can't wait for the coffee to finish brewing? The Brewing Pause 'n Serve feature allows you to pour a cup of coffee while the coffeemaker is still brewing.
Thermal Carafe Compatible
Versatile brewing with included glass carafe or thermal carafe as an option (sold separately) if you’d like to keep coffee hot and fresh-tasting for hours. This is especially helpful when entertaining so guests can enjoy a cup at their leisure or come back for a refill later. Compatible with Mr. Coffee Thermal Stainless Steel Decanter DRD95.
Programmable Features You'll Appreciate
The freshness timer keeps tabs on coffee freshness from the time it's brewed. Plus The 2-Hour auto shut-off will keep your coffee hot for 2-hours and then automatically shuts it off. And, the brew strength selector lets you customize your brew from from regular or strong.
The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Automatic Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe brings style, taste, and functionality together to create a rich blend that you'll savor for years to come. It features plenty of programmable options, like Delay Brew for coffee when you want it, or Brew Strength Selector to produce a bolder, richer taste. As coffee brews and that heavenly aroma fills the air, you can grab a cup before the cycle finishes with Grab-A-Cup Auto Pause. And since coffee is all about taste, you'll be glad to know that the Water Filtration system removes chlorine and impurities from the water during the brew cycle.
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"Because the new models of the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT no longer measure up, it is dropping in our Ratings from a recommended model to lower in the pack."
Update 1/24/15 - after 2 years of daily use:
LCD clock display has not failed due to condensation on its face. Impressive!
Filter clogging with colossal spillage over rim of basket - never happened.
No hint of plastic smell/taste after the first few brews: There was some when first used, but no more after that.
Never had a mildew smell.
Only big change is that the warming plate at base is corroding / turning brown. But I have a Cuisinart that does that, too.
Conclusion: unit is working the same as when new. Totally satisfied. If it dies tomorrow, I'd buy another without delay - unless of course I saw better reviews for a different unit. Thanks all for your helpful comments!
Original review December 2012:
After using this Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT coffeemaker for a week, I thought I would attempt to address some of the complaints that other reviewers had on this coffeemaker. Some of the complaints are valid, others, well, it seems like they're describing a different unit altogether, or at the very least a defective one or a different production run than mine. Here we go:
1. Coffee overflowing out of the basket and into the reservoir and out to the countertop: I did not experience this. This could theoretically happen if one were to accidentally use 2 paper filters, which could reduce the rate of coffee going through the basket, which would then create an overflow situation. This scenario would not be limited to this coffeemaker, then. Overflow could also happen if one were to accidentally allow grounds to go into or remain in the plastic basket, which could clog it. Again, not particular to this coffeemaker. Could also happen if the carafe were incorrectly placed in the coffeemaker: not likely at all (see below).
2. Length of brew time too long: No reviewers stated how many minutes per batch, or how many cups and minutes per batch. This unit seemed to take a reasonable amount of time - the same amount of time that my Cuisinart maker takes.
3. Brewed coffee not hot enough: Using a good candy thermometer, I measured the temperature of a brewed pot of coffee (while in its glass carafe) immediately after brewing: 175 degrees. Scalding hot. Temperature dropped to 155 degrees within 5 minutes. Suggestion: to keep your coffee hot, move coffee to a hot-charged, insulated carafe immediately after brewing.
4. Plastic smell while brewing, plastic taste of brewed coffee: I definitely got the strong plastic smell with the first couple of water-only "prep" no-coffee brew cycles, and a bit less with the first few coffee cycles. This smell is no longer present after 6 days of use. Plastic taste: I did notice a slight plastic aftertaste with the first few coffee batches, but no longer. I suppose I may have gotten used to it, or it is no longer happening, or a combination of both. I think that it is the latter case.
5. Coffee leaks from basket onto the warming plate while using "pause and serve" feature (sneaking a cup of coffee during brewing cycle): I saw two or three drops of coffee go onto the warming plate: not too bad. Quick swipe with a damp paper towel keeps the plate clean. Not a defect.
6. Warming plate not hot enough, no temperature setting for plate: I do not use the warming plate - my coffee goes directly from the pot to an insulated carafe right after brewing. Applied post-brewed heat is the enemy of brewed coffee. The longer you keep your brewed coffee on *any* warming plate - regardless of temperature - the worse it will taste.
7. Correct carafe placement onto warming plate is difficult and likely to cause basket overflow: Despite my best, repeated efforts, I could not *incorrectly* place the pot onto the plate. The pot placed itself into its home 100 percent of the time. The only way I could get it to *not* place itself correctly was to barely balance it on the front edge of the maker, which was difficult in itself.
8. LCD Clock display not illuminated: True. A definite shortcoming of this unit, especially considering this is a programmable unit. A missed necessity.
9. Condensation on clock and buttons on front operating panel: True. Could have long-term reliability consequences.
10. Water spout not positioned properly over grounds: Impossible! The closure of the unit's lid forces (rotates) the spout into the correct position - that is of course unless one does not close the lid.
11. Filter paper collapse and fold-over onto grounds in basket, causing clog and overspill: It could happen, since I have experienced this with other drip makers. Not particular to this unit, then.
12. 2 hours post-brew auto-shutoff - too soon?: Nope. Coffee cooking for 2 hours on a warming plate would taste horrible. Want hot coffee two hours later? Move it from the pot to an insulated carafe directly after completion of brewing cycle. I would actually prefer that there were no warming unit on this machine.
13. Power cord length too short: It measures exactly 24 inches from the back middle of the unit to the male power plug. Dealbreaker? Not for many, I'm guessing.
14. Water filter placement onto top of brewing basket is difficult: Agreed. Must be done carefully. I chose to not use the filter at all, since I use purified water already. Plus, by not using the water filter, it's one more step I don't need to perform. Hot water seems to distribute nicely onto grounds without it - all of the grounds in the basket are soaking wet after the brewing cycle is complete.
15. Amount of coffee brewed is much less than amount of water used: After multiple 8-cup water brews, I consistently yielded 7.75 cups per batch. That's about 3 percent water loss to evaporation. Insignificant. Any more loss than that, then there must be some other cause at play. I could not cajole my unit to lose any more water than was lost to evaporation.
16. Condensation of water in reservoir after brewing creates musty or mildew smell: It could happen in theory. I leave the lid open after brewing for a while to avoid this possibility. Again, this scenario would not be limited to this unit.
17. Reliability after several months: Unknown. Only had it a week.
18. Amount of coffee needed to produce a given coffee strength: My unit yields similar strength as on my Cuisinart maker given the same amount of grounds/water/grind fine-ness.
Summary: It seems that some of the complaints are totally unrealistic (IMHO), but others are totally valid. I hope this helps!
I do agree that it is messy when opening lid as it drops condensation which gets around past the stopper and onto the burner or falls outside the sides, but I keep a towel handy to wipe up when refilling.
I like that it allows for a hotter brew and rely on the 2 hour time-out and gentle reminder if I need to restart.
The problem lies with build quality.
I had my unit for 6 months and it stopped brewing. I read the reviews and see this quite common. As an engineer and ex-electrician I decided to look into the problem as I did not have time to do without while shipping it for warranty repairs. First thing I noticed was that as I opened the bottom that there was a rattle coming from a loose internal screw. Looked around and could not verify where it was from so I chalk it up to a bonus they provided, kind of like when you find a bug in your food and consider it free extra protein.
I was concerned that the electronics may be bad but that was not the case as I heard the relay click when trying to start it. A little probing with the power off and using a multi-meter showed that one of the thermal cutout fuses was open. Seeing no potential damage, as well as the fact that the second fuse was still intact, meaning that it was more likely a bad fuse than an actual over temperature condition, I did some research and found replacement fuses (at Amazon), although I did have to buy five and only needed one. After a 2-day prime shipment, and cutting out the old and crimping in the new with trimmed down stak-on lugs and the pot is fully operational again. Also note that there are many you-tube videos to help if you have basic repair capabilities and weigh the risk that this is a safety item.
So 2 stars is what it gets for good features but bad manufacturing. There is no way a consumer item should have such a short MTBF.
The flat water filter it uses is a joke. Water can't hardly pass through it, so it usually just spill over the sides of the disc and into the grounds. I replaced it once and the new one did the same thing, so I just tossed it altogether (I have well water, so I don't really have a need for it anyway).
Also, the clock is slightly fast on it. If you want it to match the other clocks on your kitchen appliances (and be accurate) then you'll have to adjust it every couple of months.
I'm going with a similarly-priced coffee maker with similar capabilities for the same price; I don't want to buy another Mr. Coffee product that might not last more than two years.