Mr. Coffee FTTX85 10 Cups Coffee Maker - Black
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Hands down the best coffee maker!
Sep 5, 2009 (Updated Sep 6, 2009)
Review by Michelle Gaynor
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy to use, tons of features and makes great coffee
The Bottom Line: The Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker is the best maker I have used. The coffee comes out my way every single time.
How and why I got the Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker:
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This coffee maker is very nice, and it is designed with a Double Wall stainless steel thermal carafe that keeps coffee as hot as you can get it. It has brushed chrome accents that look great in any kitchen! It has a brew strength selector knob that allows you to make your coffee suit your own taste and expectancy of a cup of perfectly brewed coffee made your way. This is why my mother chose to buy this for me for my birthday. My birthday is still a week away, but she gave it to me a couple of months early because my old coffee pot broke on me.
Honestly I forget where she said that she had gotten the Mr. Coffee thermal carrafe coffee maker for me. However, I know it cost her $80.00 because she told me she had just enough on her to buy it and was not planning on picking it up. However, she knew that it would be some thing that I would enjoy because coffee is pretty much what I drink day and night. It was a well appreciated gift, and my mother is certainly very thoughtful.
Features, facts and details:
This coffee pot has a programmable thermal carafe, a removable filter basket made of plastic and mesh type material that lifts out of the brewing basket for quick and easy cleaning. It even has brewing pause that allows you to pour a cup of coffee while the coffee maker is still brewing. Delay Brew allows you to set your coffee maker up to 24 hours in advance to begin brewing at a specific time.
The Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker has a 2 hour auto shut Off that keeps the coffee warm for at least 2 hours and then automatically shuts it off so you don't have to worry about forgetting to do it yourself. The Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker has dual water windows that can show you the amount of water in the reservoir for a more accurate filling.
The dial for the strength goes low for mild, then medium and final strong. The strong will take slightly longer, it does slow the drip allowing the initial water to sit in the grinds making a stronger brew as it is getting the most from the grinds not just flowing through quickly.
This coffee pot has it's own easy to do cleaning cycle button as well. This is done by adding clear water, water and vinegar or even coffee maker cleaners that certain companies put out. It has an adjustable temperature warmer plate that allows you to decide how hot you want to keep your coffee. In my case it is set to the hottest. It's brew strength selector gives you the option to choose to make your coffee stronger if you would like to. It has it's own water filtration system that removes up to 97% of chlorine for better tasting and healthier coffee.
The Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker has audible ready signals that will alert you when the coffee maker has finished the brewing or cleaning cycle. There is even a cord storage at the back bottom base that safely stores excess cord to keep your countertop neat, and refrains from allowing the cord to fall in to an area where it doesn't belong, such as your kitchen sink if you have it close by like I do.
The opening to pour the water in to is on the front top of the coffee maker. It is wide. It opens from the front. You will need to pour the water in here. This should not be a problem unless you have low cabinets in which case you may need to pull the coffee maker out slightly before you can open the top.
The look of the Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker is great. The base is black. The carafe is black on the bottom and on the rim but chrome through out every where else. The coffee maker is black and has a chrome plate on the higher front. This is where many button and functions that I listed above can be found. The buttons are black. This is also where you will find the clock display. I really like the look. Most of my kitchen is black and chrome so it fits it very well.
Well like I mentioned above under the features section of this review. It has it's own cleaning cycle. You can use water, coffee maker cleaners sold near coffee pots in stores or even vinegar and water which is what I do. For the filter basket you can wash it with regular dish soap quite easily. The whole thing is very easy to clean and maintain. It is black and collect dust fast so a wipe down daily with a damp cloth would be fine for that.
My experience, thoughts and recommendations:
The Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker was the best gift that my mother could have given me. It was some thing that I really needed since my own brand broke. I loved the style because she picked it out to match my kitchen! Coffee made in the Mr. Coffee thermal carrafe coffee maker comes out great every time. The first pot was weak but I had not gotten the hang of choosing my strength yet. I soon figured out the strength I liked it at was the maximum strength. I like extremely strong coffee and aside from letting it sit in the pot for a while I had never been able to achieve my exact liking in a coffee until I began using the Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker.
This coffee maker comes with very easy to follow instructions in several languages. They are bold and easy to read and follow. I had no problems figuring out what went where and how to use it. It was a very easy and simple set up. I made coffee several times the first day and by the third use I had my desired strength and taste figured out. The best part was that I didn't have to buy the more expensive dark roast coffees any more because I could choose my strength with this maker.
I have been using the Mr. Coffee thermal carrafe coffee maker for a few months now and I am always very pleased with it. I often used to leave the house forgetting to turn the coffee maker off. It does not matter if I do that with this one because it has a two hour shut off timer. It does the work for me and saves me the headache and worry of forgetting. I like everything about this maker and have gotten many compliments on the coffee when I have visitors over. I highly recommend the Mr. Coffee thermal carafe coffee maker.
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