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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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|Color||Black||Stainless Steel/Black||Black with Thermal Carafe||Black||Silver||Stainless Black|
|Item Dimensions||12 x 16.6 x 10.4 in||10.62 x 8 x 14.88 in||8 x 9.5 x 13 in||11 x 14.12 x 9 in||9 x 6 x 11 in||11.12 x 8 x 14.88 in|
|Item Weight||5.85 lbs||9 lbs||4 lbs||5.1 lbs||—||10 lbs|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||18-8 Steel||Plastic||stainless-steel||Plastic||Stainless Steel|
Zojirushi's EC-BD15BA 1.5 Liter Fresh Brew Coffee Maker with Vacuum Stainless Steel Carafe is gorgeous and functional and will look spectacular on your countertop. It has many wonderful features.
Lots of folks dislike the burnt flavor that coffee gets when it sits in a glass pot over a heating element. To avoid this, coffee shops often brew right into large thermal pots to keep the coffee warm without it becoming overcooked. The Zojirushi Fresh Brew does that, too, but in home-sized batches. It looks great, too, with a glossy black body and stainless steel carafe and brew basket.
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
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First of all, since it was first put up on Amazon, this item has gone through some apparent minor redesigns. Many earlier reviews state that the carafe is not stainless inside and out - this is false. The carafe with the most recent version is undoubtedly metal inside and out. This is excellent! Coffee I brewed nearly 5 hours ago is as piping hot as it was when I brewed it, and you wouldn't be able to tell by touching it. I bring the carafe with me around the house, it's cool to the touch and completely safe to put on any surface. I might even bring it to work one day. Just make sure you use the provided cap and actually close the lid after pouring. It makes all the difference!
Second, many a reviewer claimed to have problems with this machine spilling coffee everywhere. There's a reason this happens, actually! This machine has a brew-through carafe. There is a small hole on the top of the carafe, and on the under side of the brewer basket. Coffee is meant to travel downward without ever being exposed to room temperature air. If you don't have the holes perfectly aligned, it will indeed vomit coffee all over your counter top. It's not entirely clear when they're aligned, and there's no easy way to just snap it in place, you simply need to take an extra close look at it. This is my only issue with this machine, and I don't trust leaving it unattended for this reason, but I very rarely brew coffee when I'm not in close proximity anyway.
Third, this machine uses #4 paper filters. You can find these at just about any store that sells coffee or coffee products. These are cone filters, your average flat-bottomed Mr. Coffee filters will not fit or work properly in this brewer basket. The advantage to the cone shape is that water can more evenly and thoroughly travel through all of your beans. It makes all the difference! You could also use a gold filter if you don't mind (or actually enjoy) the sludge. To each their own.
How hot does it get? Using unchilled tap water it handily reaches 195-200 degrees fahrenheit in the brew basket. For those not in the know, proper coffee is brewed anywhere above 195 and below 205 degrees.
Another thing? This machine is FAST. I filled it to the 10 cup limit, and it simply DEVOURS water. It takes less than 5 minutes to make an entire pot.
As a side note, this is a beautiful machine, but it is on the tall side. For those with cabinets overhanging counter space, you may need to shift it around to make coffee. The lid is quite large as well, which will not help things in that regard either.
All told, for the money, this is the best thermal carafe drip machine you're going to find. To get anything even superficially better you'd have to spend nearly twice as much.
I want to be clear on some things about this machine that people are commonly having issues with. First of all, everything from lining the carafe up correctly to making sure the two circles on the lid are aligned properly to pour, it's all stuff that anyone graduating from a $30 Mr. Coffee won't be used to. There is ample room for operator error with this machine. If you fail to line up the carafe properly, it WILL spill. If you can't align two circles properly, it WILL pour slowly or awkwardly. Your standard, generic, flat bottom filters WILL cause this machine to clog and overflow. You must buy #4 filters - it doesn't come with any but I am fairly certain your local grocery store sells them right next to the normal ones.
Additionally, there was a drastic redesign of this machine at some point in its lifetime. The most current version gets coffee hot and stores it in a completely stainless steel double wall carafe. There are older versions still floating around that have a plastic lined carafe and apparently do not get the coffee up to temperature. If you somehow receive the old machine, I would do all that you could to send it back for the newer one.
If you have the modern machine and are having issues with temperature, make sure that you aren't unintentionally chilling the carafe or the water in the reservoir. If you fill the carafe with ice cold tap water it will very noticeably cool the inside of it, and when you brew hot coffee into a cold pot, it's almost like putting ice cubes in it. Additionally, if you make the machine struggle against chilled water from the fridge or even cold tap water in places up north, it will produce less than ideal temperatures. Ideally you should use room-temperature (NOT WARM) water, or something close.
This machine is fantastic, and it makes me sad to see people having very simple problems with it. Once you get used to it, it's a very low-fuss, straightforward machine.
Has it ever overflowed and made mess of the counter? Yes, it has. But, it was always an improper rinse that was the culprit (again, operator error).
This coffee maker has lasted these daily drinkers 8 years! Never in my life has a coffee maker lasted more than a couple years!
Now, it is taller than the standard..but in the 3 homes we've bought since this journey began...we've always found a location that worked. It does need to be rinsed after use, but they all do! This is not complicated to do though as some have described.
I would absolutely purchase again, and should my well-loved coffee maker ever go out, it would be replaced with nothing but another. We are 8 years and rolling...
I purchased the first one in 2009.
I had just started to write that year, and as a result, had added a lot of authors to my Facebook friends.
And my coffee pot died.
Now, if you want recommendations on coffee pots or laptops, the writer community is the place to go. I had a couple of recommendations for the Zoji, so I bit the bullet and purchased it. (I think it was $169.00 or $189.00 back then.)
I solemnly swear, this coffee pot made at least one, if not two, pots of coffee every single day for the last six years.
At some point, I grew frustrated by running out of cone filters every time I turned around, and added the gold screen filter, which works very well.
Recently, the coffee began to come out lukewarm. just right for me, but not so good for my daughter's boyfriend, so I searched for a new Zoji.
How cool was it to find the identical coffee maker, six years later? Way cool. Now, I get to keep my old carafe, in case ...I dunno, I wanna run away and take coffee along.
I read the reviews on this page. Hey, I'm a reader first, then a writer.
And I have to say, some folks just look for a thing to complain about.
I LOVE this coffee maker! It has lasted three or four times longer than any other coffee maker I ahve ever owned, and at 56, that's a lot of dead coffee makers in my rear view.
Don't listen to the haters. Buy this one.