Top positive review
great coffeemaker, great price, LOTS of clean up
on October 16, 2008
I love this coffeemaker! It makes a GREAT pot of coffee. I find the reservoir for the beans is just the right size for 10 cups, and probably too small for the 12 cups the machine is supposed to produce. I like a strong, dark cup of coffee. Ten cups equals four good sized mugs.
I can imagine this would be a frustrating machine for someone wanting more than four mugs of coffee daily, since it is very important to wash the components (there are seven) and let them dry COMPLETELY before setting the machine up to brew again. (I find if I want more coffee that day that using my $10 4-cup Mr Coffee is a lot less hassle, even though I have to grind the beans separately.)
The timer function would probably work if I spent more time trying to figure it out, but you have to unplug the machine when you clean it, so setting and resetting the time is just too much trouble for me. I set it up to brew the night before, then plug it in and turn it on in the morning. (We all need to get in the habit of unplugging our appliances when not in use anyway, right?)
I bought this coffee maker "factory reconditioned" and I never hesitate doing this anymore. Not only do I save a lot of money, but more and more frequently I find that "untested" (new in the box) equipment manufactured abroad is almost always defective in some way, and must be sent back.
One last thing: I bought a thermal carafe on eBay that supposedly would fit this coffeemaker (it was the right model number) but even though the carafe fit perfectly in place, the coffeemaker did not like my plans and spilled coffee everywhere except in the carafe. What a mess! I guess to use a thermal carafe you have to buy a thermal coffeemaker.