Our ~ 5 year old drip coffee maker < Krups brand >
suddenly started behaving as if it was partly clogged.
Steaming & gurgling & slow.
I ran kettle cleaner through it - no change.
I ran vinegar through it - no change.
I took it apart and the tubes look very clean - no buildup.
Other people have said that theirs did exactly the same thing
< different brands eg Hamilton Beach >
I'm convinced it's a planned obsolescence scenario ..
We bought a Braun this time but it's workings look very
similar to the rest.
On 7/12/2019 7:40 AM, email@example.com wrote:
My $15 Farberware 5 cup from Walmart is chuggin' along just fine ,
going on 10 years or so . Been long enough that I really don't remember
. I just change the charcoal filter occasionally and run some cleaner
thru it when it gets a little slow .
That's my experience with previous coffee makers - failure after
many more years of use & abuse. This premature failure -
combined with a few stories of identical failures - really has me
When my Mr. Coffee started acting up, I found that something gummy had
gotten into its internal "ball valve". The purpose of this valve is to
only let water flow one way out of its reservoir into the heater.
By taking this valve apart and cleaning it, the coffee maker is as good
as new. Perhaps your clog is not affected by either kettle cleaner or
Thanks Fred. What I see as a ball valve is a tiny white plastic
piece that seems to be moulded right into the bottom section of the
reservoir - it's free to wobble about - doesn't look fouled in
any way - and looks impossible to get at or get out for closer
examination ... perhaps I'll try a long skinny brush to scour it ..
The other makes I looked into at the stores seemed the same.
It would seem to explain the symptoms though - water flowing too
slowly into the heat-element causing the steaming & gurgling ..
I'm open to any other ideas or advice. I really hate throwing
an otherwise good coffee maker in the trash ..
On Sat, 13 Jul 2019 22:58:22 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I took the coffee maker apart, a second time ; looked closer
and scoured around the tiny ball valve with a small brush
and removed some debris - likely coffee grounds from an
accidental overflow .. I think I have it repaired.
A couple photos :
On Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:40:22 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
They do have excellent coffee that's very consistent wherever you buy it
around the world. You don't have to go there to get it. Costco carries
the French roast beans at good prices. They also carry Pete's which
is excellent, in the same class. Either of those is 10x better than the
common brands at the supermarket.
I axed our local small-tyme coffee roaster dude -
- about home drip coffee ... using the same beans & roast -
- he said it was usually water temperature and/or
water minerals < mainly iron in our area >
.. but but I tried bottled water ! .. and my home brew
is still inferior ... dunno.
I'm convinced they put a little-something-extrra in theirs ..
As for the big American franchise - we pronounce it Char-Buck$.
Many many years ago - Tim Hortons was consistantly delicious -
- now it's hit & miss ... mostly miss.
When I was in the army, I learned that adding a little salt to the
grounds improved the flavor.
That was with a 35 cup percolator. I don't know if it would help a
modern drip coffee maker.
Also, now we worry about salt clogging our arteries!
On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 12:12:42 AM UTC-4, rbowman wrote:
Yes, hide little snowflake, hide! And since when did coffee become such
a nasty, divisive issue? For the record, for those that consider Starbucks
coffee "burnt", I say you just like warm water with sugar because you're
grown accustomed to drinking weak, mostly flavorless coffee.
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