Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker 

Review

An Ode to Simplicity 

Why the Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker Belongs in Your Kitchen

By: Alicia Walters     Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 5, 2024


Greetings fellow coffee aficionados! Today I shall enlighten you on the wonders of the Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker - the paragon of programmable pot brewers. Strap in for a detailed yet delightfully whimsical journey into the inner workings of this marvel of modern coffee engineering.

The illustrious Mr. Coffee brand was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1970s. The company's first invention? The Mr. Coffee percolator - a classic yet groan-inducing design that is best left forgotten. The company has since redeemed itself many times over with easier-to-use drip coffee makers.

Our hero of the hour, the 12 Cup model, was first released in 2007. Despite its advanced age, this machine offers features far beyond its years. For a reasonable price, Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker provides brewing prowess and programmability that would make the original Mr. Coffee jealous!

The Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker uses a classic thermal carafe and chrome-plated warming plate. The removable filter basket can accommodate both permanent gold tone and paper filters. The machine has two brew strength settings - regular and bold - selected by a single easy-to-use dial. A backlit LCD display and simple button controls provide intuitive operation.

Most impressively, this machine has an auto-pause feature that halts the brew cycle when the carafe is removed and then resumes when replaced. No need to worry about overbrewing your sacred morning elixir! The machine also boasts an integrated programmable 24-hour timer to start brewing at your designated wake-up hour. It allows you to wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Just set the time the night before and your coffee will be ready when you are.

Use and Maintenance Tips

To operate this fine machine, simply add fresh grounds to the permanent or paper filter in the removable basket. Fill the 46-ounce water reservoir, select your brew strength, and place the carafe on the warming plate. Press the on/off button to start brewing - as simple as that!

For optimal results, I recommend preheating the carafe by filling it with hot water and discarding before brewing. This ensures your first cup is piping hot. After each use, hand wash and thoroughly dry the parts - especially the carafe, filter basket and rubber gaskets. Once a month, give the machine a thorough descaling to remove mineral buildup that can affect taste and performance.

My friends, with proper care this humble workhorse will brew you pots of ambrosia for many years to come. Just be sure to replace the permanent filter every 6 to 12 months and use chemically softened or filtered water to prolong the life of the machine.

And so, I hope I have shed some helpful light on the marvel that is the Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker. While basic in design, this appliance performs its sole function - brewing delicious coffee - with skill and aplomb. The programmable timer and auto-pause features certainly elevate it above cheaper models.

So, if you're seeking an affordable, no-frills coffee maker, look no further than trusty old Mr. Coffee himself. Press the on button, wait patiently, and you shall be rewarded with a fresh carafe of heaven in a glass. The journey of a thousand cups starts with a single brew - go forth and make it a superb one, friends!

Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker

Pros:

• Large capacity - Can brew up to 12 cups of coffee at once, great for entertaining or filling a coffee urn for the office.

• Auto pause feature - The machine will automatically pause brewing if the carafe is removed, and then resume when it is replaced. This prevents overbrewing and burning the coffee.

• Programmable clock - You can set the machine to start brewing coffee at a set time so fresh coffee is ready when you wake up.

• Removable filter basket - Makes cleaning the machine easy.

• Permanent gold tone filter - No need to buy paper filters, the gold tone mesh filter is reusable and dishwasher safe.

Cons:

• Basic features - This is an affordably priced machine but lacks more advanced features like a heating plate to keep coffee warm after brewing.

• Plastic parts - Most of the parts are plastic rather than metal, which some may see as less durable.

• Temperature control limited - You cannot adjust the water temperature, there are just regular and bold settings.

• Spills possible - leaks from parts like the carafe lid are possible.