My experience with a cheap coffee pot : Coffee


Like a lot of people on this subreddit, coffee is my hobby and over the last five years, I’ve brewed my coffee using a V60, AeroPress and occasionally a french press, using only fresh roasted/ground beans. I dial in my grind settings, water to coffee ratios…etc. I’m a true coffee nerd. I like impressing people when they come over with my coffee. Most of the time people don’t really appreciate the coffee, but once in a while someone will say “Oh, that’s good coffee”.

Last Christmas we had about 12 people over for breakfast, and I attempted to make coffee for everyone using my V60. It was annoying and time consuming to say the least. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking about buying a coffee pot for when I need to make coffee for more than 3 or 4 people. I considered going all out and buying something like a Technivorm, but when it comes down to it, I just don’t really have to make coffee in large quantities that often, so I couldn’t see myself spending upwards of 300 on a coffee pot to use it 2 or 3x year.

I was at Target yesterday and noticed they had a Mr. Coffee on sale for 20 dollars, and figured I’d buy it to see how bad it is, and if it was possible to make a good cup of coffee from it.

Link to coffee pot:

https://www.target.com/p/mr-coffee-12-cup-programmable-coffee-maker-black/-/A-79767634#lnk=sametab

I got it home, washed it and ran some water through it once to clean it out, I guess. I decided to brew a couple pots of coffee to see how it did. I forgot to buy filters when I was at the store, so I was stuck using the filter basket it came with.

r/Coffee - My experience with a cheap coffee pot

The design of this filter basket is terrible. The bottom is a solid piece of plastic and water just pools there, and never completely filters down into the brewed coffee.

I took the temperature of the water as it was hitting the grounds and it was anywhere between 160-185f. As far as I can tell, there is no way to adjust the temp. This was a problem, for reasons I probably don’t need to explain, but especially for me, since all I had on hand was a very light roast coffee. With light roasts, I generally like to brew those a little hotter around 205-208 with my v60 for the best results. The resulting coffee was this murky brown looking liquid that was very poorly extracted, and had a very off taste. I couldn’t get any flavor profile from the coffee other than this watery bitter flavor. The basket actually did a pretty good job of completing saturating the beans, but cause of the design couldn’t completely filter all the water down into the brewed coffee.

I brewed two pots using the light roast I had on hand. The second time I ground the beans a bit finer, but it didn’t help much with the flavor profile, and only helped the bitter flavor come through. I think using a paper filter would cut out most of the bitter flavor, but I don’t want to sacrifice anymore of my good coffee to this thing. I just don’t think these cheap coffee pots are really well suited for light roasts.

I felt this machine was very slow, with a full 12 cups taking about 15 minutes to brew. I haven’t used one since I lived with my parents, but I don’t remember it taking that long. Is that normal for these types of machines?

Anyway, I thought this was interesting and wanted to share it. I don’t make posts like this very often, so I apologize if you made it this far and were completely bored XD. My next step will be to pick up some medium roast coffee and some paper filters to see if it is possible to brew anything resembling good coffee from this thing. Maybe I’ll post an update if anyone is interested.



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