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Coffeemaker suggestions? 
18th-Jun-2013 08:48 am
Originally posted by yendi at Coffeemaker suggestions?
So our beloved coffeemaker of four+ years appears to be mostly dead*. It's a Cuisinart 12-cup Thermal coffeemaker, and although we've got enough Amazon credit to just get a new one (it's actually gone up a whopping $1 since we bought it), I figured I'd poll the LJ hive mind for coffeemaker suggestions. We've liked the coffeemaker over the years, but did experience (about once every two months) the problems other folks cite in the reviews

We definitely want a "traditional" coffeemaker (not a french press, etc), and we want to go thermal (no constant heating element burning the coffee once it's brewed). We can probably go down to a ten-cup maker, but it's nice to have the flexibility of 12. We grind beans right before brewing, but I'm NOT a fan of the combo grind-and-brew units, as cleanup on these is awful.

Price-wise, I'd like to keep it around the $100 mark (and as I said, we're paying with Amazon credit and not cash, so things I can't buy at Amazon aren't really stuff I'd consider). We've got a little flexibility, though.

Brand-wise, I've had two Cuisinarts, and loved them, but am not fanatically loyal.

So, anyone got any personal experience with a good thermal carafe cofeemaker? Yes, I can read the reviews on Amazon, so I'm looking for anecdata here.

*This weekend, it finally brewed coffee after six tries. Today, it hasn't yet, but it might.
18th-Jun-2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
If you want the coffee to stay fresher longer, remove it from the heat asap once it's brewed. Even the thermos carafe will cause the "early grays*" sooner than if you simply re-heat the cooled coffee in the nuke.


Plus, paper disposable filters (I like Melitta-style cones) give a clearer, cleaner brew than those "permanent" filters that aren't and don't.

I'm still using a $3 Gevalia-branded Krupps from Goodwill. I have two more (and as many of the glass carafes) in storage.
* Old, overheated or too-long-at-heat degraded oils give the coffee a grayish cast if milk is added.

Edited at 2013-06-18 01:25 pm (UTC)
18th-Jun-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
... but the only heat involved in a thermal carafe is the element to boil water. There's no heat under it.
18th-Jun-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Granted, but the coffee is exposed to heat anyway, whether direct or residual. Take it from me, reheated quick-cooled coffee is MUCH better than long-held coffee. Try it. Nukes are your friend. At least for reheating coffee.
18th-Jun-2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm under doctor's orders to avoid caffeine. Even decaf gives me migraines.
18th-Jun-2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
*waves from Friends-of-Friends*

We have this one, which we got because it was the highest-rated thermal carafe coffee maker at the time. We like it very much.

Only two caveats: It makes 10 cups, where you are looking for 12, but it's quick, if you want to make more.

As someone mentioned in the comments, sometimes the screw cap is difficult to remove. It's also difficult to read the "brew" and "pour" symbols, and if you've gotten them wrong when you turn it on to brew, you will have coffee all over the floor.

But we like it very much, now that we are aware of its quirks!

Edited to add: it keeps coffee warm for a good long time. When we were expecting the hurricane to come through last October, we made a pot in the morning, and it was still drinkably warm into the evening. Hope this helps!

Edited at 2013-06-18 02:19 pm (UTC)
18th-Jun-2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
It's also difficult to read the "brew" and "pour" symbols

Can you fix that by pasting over them with your own symbols (or words) that you'll understand?
18th-Jun-2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
We surely could. It just takes organization (which we are, alas, sorely lacking.)
18th-Jun-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
My Pop-Pop has a Gevalia coffeemaker that has a thermos. Definitely look into that brand, it makes wonderful coffee and is easy to use.
18th-Jun-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Gevalias are almost always Krupps. The maker comes "free" with a subscription to their mediocre coffee club.
18th-Jun-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
So, we presently have our extra coffee maker since I am paranoid that our new one will break and we'll need a back up. That said, mine is NOWHERE near as nice as yours! Link! But it does work, and I've never had any problems with it. I've had it for about 8 years, but I usually only made one cup a day, and I descaled it a couple times.

So, if you want to borrow mine in the meantime, I'd be happy to drop it off today. I sincerely doubt it will meet your needs long term.
18th-Jun-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
This is the closest i can find to ours: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-Thermal-Programmable-Coffeemaker/dp/B0051T8QNI/ref=sr_1_4?s=kitchen&srs=2529040011&ie=UTF8&qid=1371588523&sr=1-4&keywords=black+and+decker+coffee+maker
We have a Black and Decker 12 cup thermal. I like that you have the option to use whatever kind of filter you like, but we use a reusable one. It makes good coffee, is programmable (for some reason, we rarely use this function but it works just fine). I've made coffee in the evening, and had it still warm the next day at noon.
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