This is one of those 'so simple I can't believe I didn't think of it
Wife picked up a Mr. Coffee at a thrift shop- tried to run a pot of
coffee through it and it just spit and sputtered for 1/2 hour and the
12 cups we put in dropped 2 cups into the pot. The rest was steam.
It was a nice looking pot, so I tried cleaning it-- then dismantled
it. I didn't see anything obvious- so I Googled and found this
I already had the bottom off, so in less than 5 minutes, I popped off
the rubber hose with the check valve in it- blew the wad of paper out
of the check valve- and reassembled.
Works perfect now.
I wonder how many pots I've tossed that could have been fixed so
Jim, you remind me of a funny story a few days ago. I also had a
cheap coffee maker not dripping right even tho I ran vinegar thru it.
I was ready to toss it but my wife said let me clean it. Guess what,
now it works fine as before. I also think it had to do with the
check valve for the water going into the pot. I was humbled.
I guess we both did good <g>
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Does any one know of a reasonably priced coffee maker that can be
plumbed into the house water system?
I'm not looking for a single serving Keurig type nor am I looking to
spend high 3 to low 4 digits for an auto-fill coffee maker. Something
under $150 would be nice but I just can't seem to find one in that
Of course, it has to have the rest of the desirable features:
Programmable, auto-off, correct brewing temp, decent holding temp,
I tossed my B&D Saver Saver coffee maker last week. It never kept the
coffee hot enough, it was impossible to fill without spilling water on
the counter and it dripped even more water on the counter while
brewing. It's called a "space saver" because it hung from the bottom
of the upper cabinets. The ironic part was that you couldn't put
anything under it - except a towel - because it dripped constantly.
The final straw was when they recalled the carafe (send the old one
in, wait 10 days for a "safer" one) and the new one added a new
leakage point between the glass and the plastic top. Now it drips when
you fill the coffee maker, it drips while it's brewing, and it drips
when you are pouring yourself a cup of joe. Well, actually, it doesn't
leak anymore unless someone at the landfill is using it.
Currently, we're using our spare coffee maker, which I like (an older
Gevalia thermal carafe type) but I'd like to put that back on the
shelf as a spare and get a new, larger capacity one that I can plumb
so I don't have to fill it each time. Any ideas?
"Used supply? I'd like to check out your
old Bunns, and maybe see them up close?
Yeah, I want to get hooked up, and I want
it hot and fresh."
Christopher A. Young
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On 11/07/2012 01:35 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
Yeah, go to a place that sells used restaurant equipment and get an old
On Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:35:32 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
Not for a plumbed coffee maker. Too extreme for me.
You might look for a maker with a removable tank.
Takes away the water pouring part.
I had an under cabinet B&D with a tank. Very good, never leaked.
Easy to fill at the sink.
The thermal carafe was crap though, and that's why I finally tossed
after about 5 years. They don't make that model any more.
You're on you own I think. And it seems half the brands I've had have
had a poorly formed spout on the carafe, and drip.
The rummage store Mr Coffee we use now might be the best we've had.
Big opening to pour water and a good spout on the carafe.
The B&D I just tossed has a removable tank. Unfortunately is was a bad
design - long and flat. When you filled it for 10 - 12 cups, the water
sloshed out of the large fill hole when you inserted the tank into the
machine. The water then dripped out the sides of the tank holder onto
> The thermal carafe was crap though, and that's why I finally tossed
> after about 5 years. They don't make that model any more.
> You're on you own I think. And it seems half the brands I've had have
> had a poorly formed spout on the carafe, and drip.
The original carafe was fine. No drips. Then we got a recall notice
about the danger of the handle falling off and traded it in. The new
carafe leaked from the seam between the plastic rim and the glass. You
could actually lift the plastic rim up a bit. Don't know if it's
supposed the glued on or just tightly form fitted, but the new (safer)
carafe was not water tight between the glass and the plastic rim.
The other PITA thing with that coffee maker was that the buttons for
setting the clock and programming the unit were backwards. Minutes on
the left, hours on the right. What were they thinking?
Oh yeah, it never kept the coffee hot enough for us either.
Yeah, you can tell by looking it's not a good tank design for
transport/insertion. Mine was tall,deep, and narrow. Easy to hold,
no sloshing, easy insert, and never leaked.
Of course it didn't really "save space" with everything hanging down
far enough that a toaster or something would slide under it.
More like a fixed object getting in the way.
Wife wanted it.
My previous "space maker" was probably just like yours with a square
tank. I forget why I replaced it, but it was old and something went
bad on it that I couldn't fix. The replacement was the style I
recently tossed and at first I thought the resulting extra space under
the tank would be nice. Unfortunately, with all the dripping, the only
thing we kept underneath it was a cloth placemat to absorb the water.
I like the Gevalia with the thermal carafe that we're using now (we
got it free many years ago with a order of coffee) but it only does 8
cups. It makes good coffee and the thermal carafe keeps it fresh, but
it doesn't have a timer. I also want to keep it as a spare and as a
"travel pot" when we go cabin camping, etc.
On Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:35:32 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
Look for a Bunn commercial model. A-10 is about $325 or so.
Not plumbed in, but my wife would not part with our Technivorm
Moccamaster for good coffee. She never has spills with a good pouring
container. It has a wide receptacle for the water.
Speed is not an advantage when making coffee. If the water is not in
contact with the grounds long enough, you won't get as much flavor. Water
temp, filter shape, grounds size, brew time, etc. all have an impact on the
quality of my favorite beverage.
That's why I make my coffee manually, by adding grounds to a pot of
water taken off of the stove just after it comes to a boil.
They (the grounds) sit in that water while I dither for a few minutes,
then it all gets filtered *quickly* through a gold filter.
It does take a bit more work than a coffee make, I will admit, but the
result is something you cannot achieve with a machine.
Actually, Jon's method is closer to the French Press method than
percolated (not perc-u-lated) coffee.
Percolated coffee still uses a basket and strainer, sort of like a
drip coffee maker, but the difference is that a drip maker drips plain
water through the grounds while a percolator drips (recycles?) coffee
through the grounds as it boils up through the stem.
A French Press forces water through the grounds with no filter used.
Both Jon's method and the French Press method is known as "steeped"
coffee. Jon filters his grounds out, while a French Press simply
pushes them to the bottom of the pot.
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