Pros: Keeps coffee or water hot. Novel dispenser.
Cons: Lacks adjustment for brew strength.
A few Saturdays ago I noticed the on/off button of the coffee maker was off, completely off and without hope of being reattached. It was a victim of the barbarian horde of carpet installers running roughshod through the learning center, moving shelves and books and anything not anchored willy-nilly. They even dared to move my golden Mr. Potato Head. Luckily he wasnt damaged by those roughians and escaped unscathed. The coffee pot wasnt our only casualty, but was sorely missed and at the top of the list of things needing replacing. After a week of using the microwave to heat water we were treated to our new Proctor Silex Brew Station.
Facts and Figures
The BrewStation model 44301, Type A41 stands approximately 12.5 inches high, is 9 inches deep and 7 inches across. Its in the series B405001.
It uses 850 watts.
Parts and Features
Water level guide
Coffee dispenser bar
Removable drip tray
Keep warm plate
This model does not have a clock or automatic brew feature. For our purposes that is a good thing. Models with the timed automatic brew feature will automatically shut off after two hours. We like keeping the water hot for periods exceeding two hours.
The instruction manual is printed in English, French, and Spanish. I havent read the Spanish or French directions, but I did notice that the pictures in all three sections are the same. A packet of Cleancaf and some filters are included with the unit as well as a helpful quick start guide. A permanent coffee filter, Cleancaf, and replacement water filters may be ordered via the included order form.
How to Make Coffee
Fill coffee tank with cold water up to the desired level but not exceeding the 10 cup mark.
Pour water into reservoir.
Assemble BrewStation. Fill the filter basket with coffee and close lid.
Press the on/off button.
Dispense coffee by pressing cup against the coffee dispenser bar.
Our Experience and Consensus
The unique feature of this appliance is the lack of a carafe. The hot water or coffee stays in the removable coffee tank. To fill ones cup, simply press the cup against the dispenser bar and the liquid streams into the cup. Its the same gadgetry you may have seen on self-service dispensers for soda or coffee in some stores or restaurants.
So far we all like this new appliance. The coffee or water stays satisfyingly hot at all times. Everyone seems to like the novel dispensing method and find it preferable to a carafe.
Some may prefer a clock which is available in other models. Some BrewStation models have the larger 12-cup capacity.
Our coffee pot here in Spudland has a knob to adjust coffee brew strength. There is no such feature on the BrewStation.
Cleaning is no easier or more difficult than other coffee makers I have used.
This coffee maker has been so well received at the workplace that I am thinking about buying one for my personal use. Our appliance at the learning center is white; at home we would prefer the black model. The BrewStation is certainly a coffee maker worthy of your consideration.