Hamilton Beach BrewStation Model 47114, Good Coffee Maker, I LOVE It!
Mar 13, 2007 (Updated Jan 14, 2009)
Review by Birdfeather
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Automatic shut off, brews 12 cups at a time, no pots to break!
Cons:Power cord only 3 ft. and no place to store it when not in use.
The Bottom Line: Simple unit without any fancy bells and whistles.
The time finally came to where I threw out an old fashioned drip coffee pot that my husband bought a couple of years ago to replace one that I had been given when we got married. My old drip pot is perfect for brewing 4-6 cups of coffee and I use it mostly on weekends. He thought he would buy a new drip coffee pot for our travel trailer but it doesn't match in quality and I can't stand it! I purchased a Hamilton Beach BrewStation, Model 47114 Coffee Maker after Christmas for only $20.00. It looked awesome, and I couldn't wait to try it out (and throw out the drip pot I couldn't stand!)
Recommend this product?
Hamilton Beach BrewStation Coffee Maker, Model 47114
This is a very attractive unit and will match any kitchen being an all black color. It will brew up to 12 cups of coffee at a time. It is simple to brew coffee with and dispenses one cup of coffee at a time. There is no "pot" and no warming tray. You simply get a cup of coffee when you want it.
To set up the machine you must first clean it. You will need to remove the filter basket and the coffee tank and wash with soap and water, dry and put back together. These pieces are made of a pvc material and lock right into place. The lid to the coffee maker sits on top of the filter basket and is opened by simply lifting it up and back down to close it.
The Hamilton Beach BrewStation Coffee Maker, Model 47114 comes with the above mentioned filter basket, coffee tank, a coffee scoop, a package of cleaner and of course the main unit. The main unit is large, has rubberized circular thingies on the bottom which prevent slipping while on your counter top and is a very nice feature to have when using this in a travel trailer. It has only a 3-ft. power cord which could be a little longer and a storage area on the back of the machine would also be nice for when the coffee maker is not in use.
To brew coffee, you fill up the coffee tank and pour into the reservoir. You can brew up to 12 cups of coffee which can be measured by the markings in your tank. After the coffee has brewed you can tell how many cups is left by the visible clear window. To get a cup of coffee, you hold your cup against the dispenser button gently and your coffee will begin to fill your cup. When you have the desired amount, remove the cup. There is a small drip tray at the bottom of the unit but it doesn't appear to be able to hold very much liquid at all. It uses typical coffee filters, no special size or brand needed.
Automatic shut off after two hours.
My Experience With The BrewStation
So far I have been impressed with the Hamilton Beach BrewStation Coffee Maker, Model 47114. It brews a good cup of coffee and it is super easy to use. We have used it on several camping trips so far and it has not failed to deliver a great cup of coffee yet.
I like the way the coffee stays a nice temperature even after it has been brewed for an hour. It also doesn't take on a stale taste if you turn the BrewStation back on after the two hour cut off. It just continues to keep the coffee at a nice and even "just right" temperature.
I love the fact that there is no glass pot or caraffe that goes with the unit. I always end up breaking them and then having to find a replacement.
Washing this unit is very easy. The filter can be placed in the dishwasher but the manufacturer recommends a hand washing only for the coffee tank. A packet of descaler cleanser is included to give the machine a good cleaning from the inside. You use this by adding the descaler and turning the unit on for 20 seconds and then back off. You let the unit sit for 20 minutes to allow the descaler to do its job. Then you will add a tank of water only and let it run through the machine and repeat with a second tank to make sure you get everything out of the unit.
The only things I would change about this unit is the length of the power cord to be at least 4 feet instead of the 3 ft. length. The other thing that didn't impress me is the drip tray. It is only like 2 inches by 1.5 inches in diameter. I don't see how it will hold very much liquid if you have a nice spill.
On our last trip out my husband decided that we would leave this unit on the counter top instead of putting it up. The padding on the bottom does an excellent job of gripping and the unit rode well on the counter without moving an inch during travel. That was impressive!
So far we haven't experienced any leaks or malfunctions. I will update review if any mishaps occur.
This is a good basic coffee maker without bells and whistles. It doesn't have a timer but I do like the automatic shut off after 2 hours. This comes in handy when you are leaving and can't remember if you turned the coffee pot off. I give the Hamilton Beach BrewStation Coffee Maker, Model 47114 5 Stars!
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