From time to time we write about products we use in our home. Usually we have pretty good experience with the products we use. Not this time.
For years we had a cheap, plastic, old coffee maker. It was simple to use. It made good coffee. It’s primary colour was white which matched ascetically with our white kitchen appliances. To pour yourself a cup of coffee you simply take the carafe out of the coffee maker, pour the coffee, and put the carafe back into the coffee maker. No muss, no fuss.
The one issue we had was that it was so incredibly loud when the coffee was being made. So a few weeks ago, Cath purchased a new coffee maker from President’s Choice. It cost under $100.
I have to admit it looks pretty cool with its faux brush nickel exterior, its modern oval shape giving it sleek lines.
When it is making the coffee it is somewhat less noisy than our old model. And, it boils the water at a sufficiently high temperature to make good coffee. The top has three holds where the steam escapes when coffee is being made.
However, I don’t like it and I cannot recommend it. In no particular order, here are my complaints with the model.
First, it only makes 10 cups. Our old one made 12 cups. We can drink a lot of coffee.
Second, if you pour 10 or slightly more than 10 cups of water into the water holding area there is a small hold in the unit on the opposite side where the water will leak out and make a mess on the counter, even though the water holding area can actually hold 12 cups of water.
Third, you have to make sure that you position the carafe in a specific location within the unit. Failure to do so will cause some of the water to remain in with the coffee grinds. As you can see in the pictures the unit is made such that the opening in the back of the unit is the same as the front. You cannot just push the carafe into the unit until it cannot go any further (like our old unit). So you are never really sure if you have properly positioned the carafe to receive the coffee from up in the unit (unlike our old coffee maker).
You know what will happen when you remove the carafe once you see that no more coffee is pouring into it, right? Yes, once the carafe is removed that excess coffee will start to pour out onto the warming plate and then onto the counter top.
Next, the carafe needs to be redesigned. When you pour coffee from a full batch it starts to spill, even when you pour it incredibly slowly. Cath finds it better when you flip up the lid before pouring; we never had to with our old coffee maker.
And, finally, in the pictures of the coffee maker can you make out the dials and the purpose of each? Neither can I. The buttons are incredibly small and the labeling is even smaller.
All in all I have to give our new President’s Choice coffee maker a failing grade. The only reason why we don’t return it is because we lost the receipt.
I just have to get used to pouring coffee into the cup sufficiently slowly with the lip flipped up to not spill ….. I can and have started doing that ….. it takes me a full minute to do but at least there’s no spillage.
I wonder how long my patience will last!
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