Hamilton Beach BrewStation Select Drip 4 Cups Coffee Maker Reviews
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Hamilton Beach BrewStation Select Drip 4 Cups Coffee Maker

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Nov 17, 2007
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Pros:Quantum leap in coffee-making technology, BIG display, Adjustable warm time, Slimmer profile, AWESOME coffee

Cons:Short cord, detaching cover, fewer freebies than the old one, Kinda pricey (but worth it!)

The Bottom Line: If you drink coffee and don't already have a BrewStation, BUY THIS THING NOW!!!


OK, my trusty Hamilton Beach BrewStation (see my review at http://www.epinions.com/Hamilton_Beach_BrewStation_47224_
Coffee_Maker/display_~reviews) finally started leaking after three years of daily use. The seal or possibly the spring in the basket valve failed and it developed a case of the drips. I have a feeling I can fix it with a thorough cleaning, a little WD-40 and some more cleaning so I'm not chucking it yet. But I gotta have some coffee if I'm going to tackle a cleaning and rebuilding job like that, so I bought a new BrewStation Pro today. For those of you unfamiliar with the legendary BrewStation line, it represents a whole new approach to drip coffee-making. The water goes into a reservoir and the coffee into a filter basket, much like ordinary drip systems, but the brewed coffee accumulates in a second on-board reservoir; NOT a glass or metal carafe. A lever beneath the coffee reservoir dispenses coffee when a cup is pressed against it. Why is this a big deal? Because carafes break, they can be replaced off-center, allowing major spillage, the glass ones lose heat rapidly, and the warmer plate will scorch your coffee every time. In short, carafes suck. Bigtime. When the patent expires on these BrewStations, carafe style coffeemakers will go the way of Grandma's percolater.

The BrewStation Pro is a slim, tall unit with a cool robotic look to it enhanced by the brushed stainless steel plate surrounding the display and controls. Programming is accomplished with three buttons on the front, positioned beneath a HUGE display with blue LEDs, emitting a comforting and somewhat ghostly glow. This is a big improvement over the tiny non-backlit LCD display and buttons placed inconveniently low and on the side of the first generation model. The clock and auto start functions are easy to set as is the keep-warm feature (1 to 4 hours). The Brew Plus feature produces a stronger cup of coffee (and why would anyone shut this off rather than just using less coffee?) strangely takes multiple presses of the brew features button to activate, so be patient and keep mashing that button. It will appear.

The "Pro" part of the name probably refers to the BrewStation's ability to accommodate tall travel mugs under the spout. With the original, we had to fill a short cup several times and dump it into a travel cup. This was no big deal, and certainly not enough to justify the 100% price jump from the original BrewStation to the first generation Pro model. But it's nice to have.

To create the slim profile, Hamilton Beach located the cold water reservoir under the coffee bucket and eliminated the hinged cover. This design has two drawbacks: I can no longer fill the coffee basket, drop it in place, then fill the reservoir. Now I must fill the reservoir first THEN put the coffee basket in place, thus introducing one more element of sequential rigidity into my free-form, libertarian life. To be fair to Hamilton Beach, an updated version of the Original is still available with the good ol' hinged cover, but I was seduced by the tall-cup capability and space saving profile of this one.

A few more cons, and admittedly minor ones: They shortened the cord. This one won't reach the power strip on the floor and I had to use an extension cord. NO FREE COFFEE!!! My old unit came with a free pack of Stonehouse or Grindstone (something earthy and Olde World like that) coffee and a few filters. This one comes with no coffee, no filters, Just a packet of de-scaler for the monthly cleaning and a plastic scoop that I will lose in three to five days. The non-pro model, strangely enough, still comes with coffee. I guess Hamilton Beach figures us Coffee Pros all have plenty of our favorite French roasted aged Jamaican Blue Mountain beans at home and would probably be offended by a packet of ground.

I miss the hinged cover. The original was easy to fill at night, when extremely drunk, or in the morning, while extremely groggy. Now I have another piece of plastic to fit into place or lose completely. Fortunately, I gave up drinking but mornings are still a major struggle until I've had a cup of coffee.

Pricing: The original was a gift, but it went for 40 bucks way back in 2005. This one cost $60 (with a Temporary $10 Price Drop) at Target. Considering the original tall-cup Pro model went for $80.00, it's a heck of a deal. But the New Generation non-Pro is also selling for $60, and this is a hefty price jump for a three-year period even in these times of a collapsing dollar and rampant inflation.

In conclusion, if you have an older model BrewStation that still works, you have no good reason to scrap it and buy one of these. But if you are still suffering with a carafe-bearing dinosaur, RUN, do not walk to your nearest Big Box retailer and scarf one of these babies up.


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