Review: Hamilton Beach BrewStation Deluxe Single Serve Coffee Maker
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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