We set up this coffee maker to brew two cups of coffee by setting the Grind Control to 2, the Strength setting to Medium, using a paper filter, and using Sumatra coffee beans from Sprouts. We added 16 ounces of water, even though the coffee maker considers a cup to be 5 ounces (so we should have added 10 ounces of water).
The result was fabulous. The coffee was excellent. We look forward to many great cups of coffee.
+ Set it up and it's automatic, grinding the beans just before it makes the coffee.
+ Use beans (which it will grind) or ground coffee (just set the grinder off).
+ During brewing, the coffee maker turns on a hot plate under the carafe.
- The carafe design requires turning the carafe almost completely upside down in order to pour out the last coffee. If you make just two cups, you must turn the carafe unusually far over to pour the coffee.
* When brewing is finished, the machine turns itself off completely, including the hot plate. The carafe is insulated, so the coffee is expected to stay hot for hours.
* The instructions recommend quite a bit of cleaning to keep the maker in its best working order.
* Regardless of how many cups you set the dial for (which controls the amount of beans ground), the maker will run all the water you put into the reservoir through the brew cycle. So the amount of water should match the number of cups you want to make.
Except for the coffee pouring contortion, we are delighted with this product. The three-year warranty is an encouragement, too.
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