Tags: kitchenaid

10/24/11

  07:19:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 450 words  
Categories: Appliances

Finally set up what will likely be the last coffee maker I ever have....

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LAREDS

Near the end of August, I started an experiment to kick caffeine....but not chocolate. :lalala:

To replace coffee, it was either decaf coffee or second+ tea leaves (quick steep and throw first cup out)... For first thing in the morning it was dependent on how many times I had made tea from my current set (or how long they had got left out)....or relying on my coffee maker to automatically brew a pot in the morning.

I was also running low on my good tea from Boca Java...and I'm still getting automatic shipments from Boca Java. And, I had switched my Boca Java shipments to send decaf.

So during the work week, it was mainly decaf in the morning...tea in the evening...and on weekends...tea all day.

But, then it happened...another coffee maker bit the dust...on Monday, September 26th.... After some mourning, I decided to buy a new coffeemaker using Amazon Prime (and one-day shipping) and some Amex points. It arrived September 30th.

I went with a Black & Decker DLX1050B as my last coffee maker.

I still had coffee left when my next auto delivery from Boca Java arrived....this time holiday (halloween) flavors in decaf....and I still hadn't gotten to setting it up.

But, having a moment while making supper, today...I decided it was time to set it up.

As I was setting it up...I decided that this would be the last. Because I now see that Boca Java has tea available, and while there are some good decafs for the occasional consumption, I'm not liking it for regular consumption.... Though for now its easier to have decaf waiting for me when I wake up in the morning, than tea. But, perhaps someday it won't matter which is easier...or something.

Probably a lot of pressure for a Black & Decker coffeemaker....though not surprising, since my original coffee maker...of nearly 16+ years was a Black & Decker SpaceMaker. It could go under cabinet, but I never got around to getting the necessary spacers to make it go under the cabinets of my home in Medicine Hat. And, its simple shape made it work sitting on my counter, with various supplies sitting on top of it. But, the new spacemaker models aren't shaped that way....so when it finally came time to replace it...I had gone with the Mr. Coffee machine for its form, and when that died.... form became less important, so I got the KitchenAid one...and now that its gone, form ceased to be a matter...so I'm back to having a Black & Decker coffeemaker.... for now.... :cool:

Hopefully, Boca Java will come back with my favorite...Green Tea Passion. Though they seem to be doing bagged teas, rather than loose teas.... hmm....

12/14/10

  06:17:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 612 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

KitchenAid 12-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TT0WYS/ref=oss_product

As I had blogged on Friday, my Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker had failed. So, that day I did the 'normal' thing...I went to Amazon.com and looked to see what coffee maker I could get via Amazon Prime. More specifically, shipped next day (Monday, they don't seem to do Saturday's anymore).

There were many fine choices in a wide range of prices that glass carafe, used regular basket filters (I had tried cone once), and wasn't Mr. Coffee. (fail me once, shame on you....same reason I won't consider GE appliances)

At first I wanted cheap and fast, though I extended the pricing a little bit because I didn't like the reviews of some of the units and form is still important to me. But, I was constraining price to do the purchase using remaining American Express Membership Rewards (after having used some to buy that heater I blogged of earlier.)

When I got home from work, and finding the box sitting on my doorstep. I'm promptly set out to get it set up and run the first pot of water to flush it out, and get it ready for tomorrow morning. It was interest to find that it has a removable water tank. Not sure how useful it is to me, given where I've put it and how difficult it was get repositioned behind the coffee maker to set down again. Though the water lid lifting the reverse way does also make it challenging to fill from water pitcher.

Other quirk I found is it is really easy to get into the time change mode, single press of the mode button. Also disturbing is the 1-4 cup mode is the same button, but only after going through the 3 time settings (hour, minute, am/pm).

And, finally the next oddity is the overloading of the brew button. Press once to instantly make coffee, press and hold to make coffee at scheduled time. And, its indication is that the lighted ring around the button flashes, no beep. Kind of a problem with my thumbs....covering up the button and the light ring completely. Though I did later see that the display says 'Auto'.

Now that I've used it one day....the resulting cup of coffee this morning was satisfactory, and should be great with some adjustment. Do find it annoying that the 1-4 cup mode doesn't stick, while the 'bold' mode does.

The nice thing this morning, is no more dribble carafe. Though it has an attached flip lid still...which makes washing inconvenient to me. Also it doesn't empty completely with a quick flip over the sink like I'm used to. But, definitely nice that all the coffee goes into my cup, rather than half of it splashing onto the counter and floor....no matter how carefully or slowly I try to go.

Looking forward to a long future of coffee, and not think about what my next coffee maker is going to be (though thoughts of getting a single serve machine still come up now and then, as does getting an espresso machine again....)

Though tomorrow morning will be the last of my Boca Java coffee, though my next shipment should be in transit.

Kind of bothersome that apparently UPS tracking numbers are not unique....Boca Java says it shipped my order on December 12th, but the UPS site says it was delivered and left at the front door....on closer inspection see that its been left in Portsmouth, VA...and finally that it happened on June 22nd, 2009. But, shipped/billed on December 14th, 2010. Not the first time I've had this scare with UPS tracking....

BTW, does anybody know of a good android app that's equivalent to the Delivery Status app on the iPhone?

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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