September 27, 2006

Review: Hamilton Beach BrewStation Deluxe Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker may make 12 cups total like a typical drip coffee maker, but it dispenses them one cup at a time. Does this really make the Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffee maker a single serve coffee maker?

Well alas no. But it does make it a single serve coffee dispenser. The Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffee maker has all the bells and whistles you'd expect for a drip coffee maker with the convenience of single serve coffee, however the clean up and brewing of the coffee takes longer than what you'd get using a single serve coffee maker like the Senseo or Keurig systems.

Detailed Features

  • One-hand dispensing--no carafe, no pouring, no spills
  • Coffee stays fresh longer
  • Four brew modes: Normal, Decaf, Flavor +™ and 1-4 cups
  • Gentle warming heater
  • No hot plate to scorch coffee flavor
  • Programmable clock/timer with adjustable auto shutoff
  • Never break another glass carafe
  • Gold-tone and water filters included

Making a pot of coffee with the Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffee maker is quite easy. The top of the unite houses a coffee pot that contains a gold filter brew basket, along with a lid on the top to keep the coffee warm. The water is poured underneath the coffee pot at the top and you can even use the coffee pot for serving coffee traditionally and not using the dispenser on the bottom.

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There's a ton of features on the front of the Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffee maker. You can put in some ground coffee, set a time to brew and walk away. Granted your ground up coffee is now not so fresh, but you can do this for an overnight wake and brew coffee fiesta to get your morning started.

There is also a range of brew modes from Normal to flavored to making a smaller amount of 1-4 cups. The bright clock face and controls are also very easy to distinguish from each other, and programming the clock, the brew time, and simply dialing up the brew mode was easy.

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Tasting the Coffee

We did a week of varied testing using Green Mountain's French Roast coffee and the new Timothy's Colombian Dorado, and found the coffee produced to be very good. We liked having up to 12 cups on hand at any time of the two roasts, but we didn't like the coffee having to sit on top of a warmer and loose it's flavor over the course of the morning.

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We did some experimenting with the different brew modes, but found for these two coffees, the coffee produced was about the same. The smaller brew mode of 1-4 cups did produce a stronger better cup of coffee, but we found ourselves wanting to make more coffee because it was just easier to make a larger pot and if we had to clean it up afterwards, more coffee was desired.


We can easily say the Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker produced good coffee, but what lies in wait after making the coffee is anything but fun. Cleaning up the coffee requires removing the filter basket, dumping out a ton of used coffee, washing out the filter basket, and then putting all the elements including the top, water carafe, and filter into the dish rack to dry.

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We do however realize, we are dedicated single serve coffee drinkers, and if we were to get back into using drip coffee, the Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker would be the only way to go. It does a good job of making single serve dispensed coffee, and the overall set of features makes it very desirable for a range of coffee uses from making 1-4 cups to the larger 12 cup brew mode.

We recommend trying out the Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker and seeing for yourself or if you can't get a regular coffee drinker into a single serve coffee maker, then this may be a good way to get them to see the convenience of one cup at a time.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 27, 2006 7:12 AM
Recent Comments

HORRIBLE! I have now purchased two different models of the brewstation and they have both leaked. My Mom has one also and it leaks. We have now thrown all three in the trash. Customer service is horrible also. They basically tell you they have never heard of this being an issue and tell you too bad.

Posted by: Missy at September 14, 2012 9:00 AM

I also have the 12 cup unit. It makes great coffee and the no carafe to break is a bonus. The unit needs to be cleaned like anything else, on a regular basis. Our troubles with it is the cln message flashes and wont go away after cleaning. How do you reset it or clear it. No information on that included in the operating instructions.Also pouring the water into the reservoir is a pain, as it leaks all over the counter if you go to fast. We use comet cleaner on the stainless steel screen in filter bucket agitated with a old tooth brush.

Posted by: wuberman at February 21, 2010 12:17 PM

Have owned this coffee maker for 5 yrs and have had continuous problems with the what the company calls the "tank" or coffee pot leaking. First time was in warranty with spring loaded dispenser breaking. I was told NOT to put pot into the dishwasher. My second (and now third) pot has leakage from the bottom seams. Cost to replace the second time was worth the original investment, but not any more. I am looking for a new Coffe maker and I would not recommend this type of unit based upon cost to maintain.

Posted by: jana at January 29, 2010 1:29 PM

Why does our brew-station keep telling me to clean the filter? The only filter I see is one right before the dispensing port and it is clean? Can the message be erased?

Posted by: jim at January 26, 2010 7:40 PM

I was browsing at one of a chain of Discount stores, in Toronto on Oct. 26, 2009...called "XS Cargo", which stocks lots of 'refurbished' appliances and just plain cheap or oddball products. The Hamilton-Beach got my attention since I had some interest in a 1-2 cup coffeemaker. They had a large stock of these in this one store, plus 100's of stores Canada-wide.
All 'refurbished' selling for $50.
Now I know where they came from and why!
Looks like the 'Old Procter-Silex Syndrome', reborn! (a basic design flaw, apparently easier to replace a few than to bother redesigning?)

Posted by: Steve Clarke at November 4, 2009 4:05 AM

I have used my Brewmaster for about a year and liked it. However, the red light has started blinking after part of the water in the resevoir has been used, and the unit stops making coffee. I have cleaned it many times, called the manufacturer for advice (They said they'd never heard of this problem. Hmmm ...),and am now about to buy a different coffee maker.

Posted by: Jeff James at August 31, 2009 9:41 AM

I purchased two of these coffee makers and it does brew coffer very well, but.....after a couple of months they start to leak water. I tried replacing the rubber washer with no luck. I don't think I will by another one.

Posted by: scott at February 9, 2007 1:02 PM

I own a Brewstation Deluxe and find it to be the best "multi-cup" brewer around. Easy to use and not so hard to clean up (I put a paper filter in the gold filter). The coffee stays fresher than with carafe style brewers. As for ground coffee sitting overnight in the machine tests by consumer groups have shown it makes no difference in the coffee's quality. If you use a single serve coffee maker the Brewstation is a good second coffee maker to keep on hand for when you have company and want more coffee available to serve.

Posted by: Jim at December 30, 2006 12:20 PM
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