Hamilton Beach Brew Station Deluxe
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  • The main disadvantages of the Brew Station are they tend to be a bit more expensive than other standard drip coffee makers and they have a shorter life span than most other major brands
  • The most common problem among the six I've had are they just quit feeding water, so they, obviously, won't brew coffee any longer

    • by Mare
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      If you are a coffee addict, the Hamilton Beach Brew Station is a must. Even though they are relatively short-lived (I’ve found this is true for all Brew Station models, not just the Deluxe), I wouldn’t use anything else for drip brewed coffee.

      The advantages of the Brew Station are:

      1. The brew selections are actually functional and allow you to adjust the strength of your brew to your liking and/or the type of coffee you are brewing.

      2. The warmer keeps your coffee at a hot drinkable temperature, but never scorches the coffee, no matter how long you keep it on.

      3. The auto shutoff allows you to select between 1 and 4 hours.

      4. The auto brew function is great for having coffee ready for you when you wake up in the morning.

      5. The tall, one handed, dispenser is great for filling your travel mug, or any other tall mug.

      6. There is no glass carafe to worry about breaking or replacing.

      The main disadvantages of


      the Brew Station are they tend to be a bit more expensive than other standard drip coffee makers and they have a shorter life span than most other major brands. I’ve had six Brew Stations over the last 10 years and they have lasted anywhere from about six months to about two years. The most common problem among the six I’ve had are they just quit feeding water, so they, obviously, won’t brew coffee any longer. One of them continued to feed water, but the heating element went out.

      Two of my Brew Stations were free replacements from Hamilton Beach, sent after calling their toll free customer service number and explaining the problem I was having with the previous one. My first deluxe model was one of these free replacements. The customer service representative upgraded the replacement from the model I had that quit working.

      I’ve seen complaints that they tend to drip, but that is usually an easy ...


      • fix. If you have a model that doesn’t have a filter over the spout, or aren’t using the filter, coffee grounds can get under the seal. To stop the drip, empty any coffee into another container and simply take the tank to the sink, push and hold the stopper up with your finger, and flush the tank with water.

        Over the years I’ve found a few things that do help extend the life of Brew Stations. The simplest but most important thing to do is to clean your Brew Station regularly, especially if you have hard water. I clean mine the first of every month, using half water and half white vinegar. If you have the charcoal filter, remove it and pour the water and vinegar in the reservoir, turn on the Brew Station, then turn it off when the tank is half full. Allow it to sit for about an hour, then turn it back on

        and allow it to brew the rest of the cleaning solution. Dump the water and vinegar and refill the reservoir with plain water. Let the plain water go through the brew cycle, dump it, and you’re ready to go.

        Even very small foreign objects can clog the water intake tube. The most common offenders are coffee grounds and the small charcoal bits from the filter. Make sure the coffee you use is not ground too finely and that you don’t fill the basket too full. The hot water must easily go through the grounds. If the coffee is ground too finely or the basket is too full, the grounds can float over the top of the basket into the reservoir, where they will be sucked into the intake tube. The paper around the charcoal filter will degrade over time and allow the bits of charcoal to escape the filter, causing the same problem, so change the filter regularly.




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