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Black & Decker Coffee makers - Other - J A's Review
Posted: January 7, 2006, 12:57pm
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J A 10.00
Simone LeGris 10.00
Bonnie Raymond 8.50
Steven Head 8.00
Fred Langer 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: TCM805
Manufacturer: Black and Decker Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $30.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Target Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Bunn, Mr. Coffee, Krups
Bottom Line: Proper brewing time and temp, can't go wrong for $30.
Positive Product Points

Proper brewing temperature and time.  Doesn't look horrible sitting on the counter.  Thermal Carafe for non-burning coffee goodness.  Super cheap.

Negative Product Points

Carafe drips when pouring. Water distribution over coffee grounds is non-existant.  Feels cheap.

Detailed Commentary

I spent the last 2 weeks trying to find a decent coffee maker for a decent price.  I looked at the Capresso MT500 and the Technivorm stuff, but $200 was more than I want to spend right now.  My fiancee was complaining and I gave up and told her to buy one that was cheap and didn't look horrible, and I would just stick to my french press.

She brings home this thing from Target, it was $30.  

Here's the great part about the machine, brew time takes about 4 to 4.5 minutes, about the perfect time.   I measured the temperature in the basket with a thermocouple attached to a Fluke multimeter. The temperature starts out at 199.4 degrees, maintains 201.2-203 for most of the brewing cycle, and then spikes at about 206 for the last 20-30 seconds.

One note here, for those of you using a meat/kitchen thermometer to measure your water temps, they are inaccurate.  My kitchen thermometer read 165 during the whole brewing process.  It wasn't until I got suspicious and grabbed the thermocouple/fluke setup that I actually got real temps.  

Two things I am going to change about the machine:

  1. Replace the included plastic mesh filter with a swiss gold filter.  The one it comes with seems to work fine, but the water drains from it more quickly than I would like.

  2. The place where the water drips into the basket is a single hole.  Coffee grounds get pushed up to the sides of the basket and it makes a big hole right in the middle.  There is plenty of space around that water outlet, and it's more or less a compartment in there.  One could easily drill some holes to give more of a showerhead type effect, although you'd have to plug the center hole and then drill it out again to make it smaller.

I'm thinking this may be the best $30 coffee maker on the market.

Buying Experience

Argued with fiancee on the merits of buying a Technivorm.  I got tired of trying to convince her and told her to just go buy whatever one she wanted.  My buying experience was worse than yours will be, and I didn't even buy it.

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