Pros: Cheap, easy to use
Cons: No automatic turn off
Johnny wants his coffee first thing upon arising. Along with his paper this gets his day started well. Shortly after we arrived on the left coast to assist him in his later years (currently 91) we replaced his old worn out coffee maker with a 4 cup Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker. It had some bells and whistles but we really didn't use them. A little while back honey broke the carafe - it happens. We couldn't quickly find a replacement carafe locally and the ones online would cause him to miss his coffee for several days. Besides they were expensive enough with tax and shipping to make it feasible to replace the whole apparatus. A quick trip to Fred Meyer averted the crisis.
Black & Decker DCM600W 5-Cup Coffee Maker
Our choice was black or white. We chose white. The price of around $16.00 reflects the simplicity of this machine In the box, which seemed surprisingly light, was the drip coffee maker with cord, the 5-cup carafe, and a brief instruction manual. The packaging was good. Setup of this machine is very simple. The instructions recommend running a full load of water through the machine and into the carafe before first actual use. We did. Most of the machine is plastic. The carafe is glass with a plastic lid. We didn't need bells and whistles and this coffeemaker has none. The only control is a red pushbutton on the right side below the water level viewing window. The window is marked in cups as is the carafe. The top of the coffee maker opens as one-piece and the filter basket is removable for easier cleanup. The Duraglass carafe sits under the drip port on a non-stick warming plate. There is no automatic turnoff so the coffee will stay warm until it becomes undrinkable or the off/on pushbutton is pressed again. If you are one of those who often leaves the house, forgetting to turn things off first, this may not be the coffee maker for you.
Most often we make four cups using the old reliable Folgers regular drip blend. We use whatever small paper basket filters are available where we are shopping at the time of need. The one piece lid is opened and the carafe is used to get the amount of water needed. It is easy to pour into the reservoir. The filter and coffee are next and the lid is closed. With the lidded carafe under the drip spout and on the non-stick heating plate we push the red button. About three or four minutes later we have a pot of coffee for Johnny.
This coffee maker seems like an ideal way to handle coffee for an individual at work. It cleans up easily and doesn't take up much space. With its integral cord storage there is no reason to worry about snagging the cord and jerking the machine. We haven't had this coffee maker long enough to know its useful lifetime, but the limited two year warranty from a reputable manufacturer gives us some confidence.