Thursday, February 16, 2006

Hausfrau Product Review

Recently, we purchased our fourth coffee maker in twelve months. I.am.not.kidding. As a matter of fact, I am guessing that we are on at least our 25th coffee maker since we got married in 1994. Part of the challenge is that we are power coffee drinkers. We drink ALOT of coffee--especially on the weekends. And if we have friends over on the weekends? Fugetabout it. It runs all day for three days. Another challenge is that we are klutzy. We have broken so many coffeepots, and wouldn't you know--it's always the one with no replacement carafe available. Thirdly, they are all crap with a capital C. We are always amazed when we stay with friends who we've not seen in a year and they still have the same coffee maker. I just don't understand.

We've purchased them all (except a Bunn and those coffee makers with coffee pods). Proctor Silex, KitchenAid, Krups, Mr. Coffee, Delonghi, Braun, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart. We've purchased Melitta coffee presses (love them but they don't make them large enough for a power drinker.) We've spent $20 and we've spent considerably more. We've had the most basic of models and the models with all of the bells and whistles (except for the grind and brew--our friends HATED it.) We've studied consumer reports and we have flipped a coin to choose one. It doesn't matter. They always let us down.

We currently have these two little gems in the basement collecting dust:

I ordered the white one from JC Penney days before we moved into our new house so it would be waiting for us when we got there. Our previous coffee maker bit the dust after a particularly rough but memorable "Goodbye New Jersey Party Weekend." We were minutes from a Starbucks, so it wasn't a hardship to get coffee until moving day. I thought that two carafes and the $100 price tag would mean lots o'coffee, despite the fact that nowhere on the website did it list the cup capacity. I was wrong. Those two sizeable carafes make a whopping 4 cups each. It took up too much space on the counter to be useful. Why didn't I return it, you ask? The freaking movers took the box it came in and JC Penney wouldn't take it. Bastards. The other one is a Hamilton Beach Stay & Go. Love it. Too bad I shattered the glass liner inside the stainless steel carafe when I dropped it a few weeks ago. Guess what? They don't sell replacement carafes. I've been trolling Ebay too, to no avail. I usually have a spare Gevalia in the basement to use, but I was fresh out. Don't act like you've never ordered a Gevalia. We've ordered so many that we have even used
our dogs' names for creating new accounts to get the coffee makers. They are just as good as the rest. We are no longer conveniently close to a coffee shop, so I went to Target.

I was getting ready to purchase an old fashioned stovetop percolater when I happened upon this:
Sweet! No more carafe to break. It makes 12 cups. It stays warm for two hours. And it was on sale for under $40. Who cares if it looks like the pop machine in the McDonalds drivethru?! We've had it for almost three weeks and it's still working. Just to be safe, I will check out Gevalia's latest offering and order it under my husband's middle name.

9 comments:

stefanierj said...

Dude, my parents have the same coffee maker! We finally got one of the thermal carafe ones (it's slightly larger in capacity) because the coffee would get all burned after several hours (which is how long it takes to drink a pot of coffee if you have to keep moving it out of a toddler's reach), but it took us several weeks to figure out that you have to *close* the carafe to keep the coffee warm. *sigh* Does parenting make one stupid, or did I just not notice how dumb I was before?

Candace said...

Sweet! No carafes! We don't drink much coffee ourselves, but when we have guests we always break out the machine and make gallons of coffee. This would be great for us!

wordgirl said...

Okay...I'm putting this on my very short list of "Ways We Save Money In Our House". We don't have to buy coffeemakers, because we don't drink coffee. I hate the taste and Mr. Half stopped drinking it last summer. My family of origin is one that worships coffee in all its various forms. Iced, hot, mochachino, coffee pie, coffee ice cream...whatever. Worse than crack addicts, really.

kimmyk said...

I've been looking all over for a coffee/latte maker. I thought about eBay...I'll give a looksey. You guys must really love your coffee...

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

I don't care what kind of coffee maker you use, I'm just relieved that I'll still be able to be jacked up on joe in the mornings at your house. Especially after the booze the night before.

Susan said...

Dude! I totally need that coffee pot! I'm using a Gevalia (yes! yes I am!) that I got in 1990. Can you believe that? It makes great coffee, but only four cups at a time, and I can't find the damn filters anywhere.

BUT! That carafe-less machine! I think I'm in love!

Thank you for this public service.

Stefanie said...

Oh my God, I had to take a moment from my baby angst to say I am in the same coffee boat as you. My husband and I have a joke about how long each coffee maker will last. Some part always breaks or it just stops making coffee altogether. We have had three different Cuisinarts and several others. By the way, we also have this problem, if not worse, with toaster ovens. I don't understand. We've gone through six of them in about the same amount of months!

By the way, thank you for all your kind comments on my blog. I plan to get back to the humor shortly!

el-e-e said...

I concur -- in five years of marriage I think I've broken a carafe each year. I'm doing well so far with the current model but I like the carafe-less. It'll be next on my list.

Andie D. said...

My MIL broke a coffee pot of ours about 2 years ago, and that started a serious downward spiral. We've been through at least 4 since then, and recently decided to buy a cheap Mr. Coffee at Target. It works well, but you still have to worry about the damn coffee pot.

I WANT YOUR COFFEE MAKER! Thanks for letting us know about it!