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How do know when your coffee maker is kaput?

I have a programmable drip coffee maker. Later it has been evaporating the water rather than brewing coffee. After it is all evaporated then it switches in to self-clean mode - which it seems to have already accomplished. I'm not programming it for self-clean. Has this happened to anyone else? I suspect it's time for a new one but this wasn't a bottom of the line coffee pot. I feel like replacing them every 5 years is wasteful.

asked by Summer of Eggplant 2 months ago
19 answers 503 views
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added 2 months ago

Wasteful is what the US economy is all about. But maybe you could join the campaign to bring back dumb appliances- inanimate objects asked to make decisions almost invariably go mad sooner or later. Once the logic in one of these things fails, there's not much an ordinary consumer can try but unplugging it and plugging it back in. Unless it's sturdy enough to kick.

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added 2 months ago

No, unplugging it did not help.

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added 2 months ago

Have you tried stern looks and bad language?

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Trena Heinrich

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added 2 months ago

Years ago I became frustrated with the regularity with which I replaced small appliances like my programmable drip coffee maker. Since then I've switched to a very low tech coffee press. If you go this route, I find that using an electric tea kettle helps speed up the coffee making process.

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BerryBaby

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added 2 months ago

We replace ours about every 4-5 years as well. We use ours everyday and they just don't hold up like they use to. As a backup, I have a French press.

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added 2 months ago

I have a press as well, mainly for power outages, which is what we have been using in the interim but the programmable part is key. The coffee maker is like the alarm clock. Glad I'm not the only one, maybe I should start buying cheaper coffee makers.

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Susan W

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added 2 months ago

It bothered me that my programmable, somewhat expensive coffee pots were pooping out every 4-5 years. I hate filling up the landfill unnecessarily and it's hard to find places to recycle them. I switched back to the single serve melita filter holders and a reusable gold filter. I make just one cup at a time and I'm the only one in the house who drinks coffee (apparently I live with crazy people), so I realize this wouldn't work for everyone.

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pierino

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added 2 months ago

I can wait for to boil and use a French press. It makes better coffee anyway which is what I really care about.

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pierino

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added 2 months ago

I can't explain the chemistry behind it but for me the press is more elegant and intuitive. Drip machines operate on the percolator principle but automated. Heated water percolates up and then drips back down through the grounds. With the press the coffee brews in full immersion at a temperature you have some control over. Press it down and voila. The only advantage to a drip machine I can see is the timer function. You wake up and smell coffee.

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BerryBaby

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added 2 months ago

After reading this, I was inspired to use my French press and it truly does make better coffee. Why is that? Same coffee beans, do you know why, pierino?

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added 2 months ago

i am really serious about replacing appliances when malfunctioning and looking at recall lists. don't risk starting a fire with an appliance that no long acts like it should. and cut the cord before putting in trash as you don't want anyone else to have problems. do not donate to a charity or non profit. if you can't use it, don't let anyone else try.

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added 2 months ago

Better safe than sorry, I suppose, but barring rather obvious sorts of physical damage-such as missing insulation-there's practically no danger from electrical malfunctions in this sort of appliance. It's usually not difficult to replace an electrical cord, wherever you cut it.

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added 2 months ago

This is a great idea, one we used. Cut it off right at the appliance so it could not be rewired.

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added 2 months ago

I have a Zojirushi 10-cup that I won in a contest about 15 years ago that was going strong until the LED clock went this Spring. (It had top ratings on Amazon back then). Hubby bought parts to repair and it was going strong until this past weekend. I'm now getting by on my 30 yo Krups 4-cup. The glass carafe is chipped but it still works...only if anyone else wants coffee, we have to pull out my college kid's one-mug Capresso. As desperation builds, I guess I'll pull out the French press. Or the Espresso maker. Or even the Krups plastic pour-over.
I'm starting to think I have a bit of a problem...

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creamtea

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added 2 months ago

I have one thats about 25 years old. I never use it.
I use single serve melitta cones with paper filters. Even when I'm making coffee for 2 or 3 of us. Or a hario cone over an insulated thermos. I also like French Press but I just broke the carafe.

I just don't think electric coffee makers make good coffee. It always tastes stale.

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MMH
added 2 months ago

There is nothing worse than your coffee maker dying at 6am. We are happy with a French press now. This summer we cold brewed over night and really enjoyed that. We have an old electric in the pantry that we kept when we combined households - just for dinner parties if we wanted to make more than 2 cups. We've never used it.

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added 2 months ago

Bought another drip coffee maker and it's awful, makes mediocre cold coffee (and I like it HOT) going back to the store this weekend. Which brings me to programmable tea kettles? That might make the press more viable.

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Trena Heinrich

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added 2 months ago

Programmable tea kettles are the way to go in my opinion. This is the one I have, recommended by Cook's Illustrated, and I love it. Heats water to a boil in about 2 minutes. Then I use a Bodum insulated coffee press. My husband, like you, likes his coffee HOT. He's happy and so am I. The links for the products I own are below if you're interested.

Here's a link to the electric tea kettle:

https://www.amazon.com...

Stainless steel insulated french press:
https://www.amazon.com...

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added about 2 months ago

If you don't use the program setting, and just start it on your own, may be an option. Also, check the heat setting on the burner plate. There are so many options for dependable coffee makers, you could move to a Nespresso System, or an automatic coffee center, such as Jura or Delonghi, all three are long lasting, and worth the investment. Another option would be a pour over, such as a Chemex, and the old school French Press, both are rewarding tasting coffee, but with a little more effort. The amazing thing about coffee, is that there are so many ways to brew it, and each has it's own nuance. Good luck!