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Review of 5 cup maker not listed on CR
Easy To Use
When I got divorced 12 years ago my ex took the expensive Braun (which broke a few months later), and I had to scrounge at the swap-shop for an old Mr. Coffee 4-cup drip model. It was probably already 10 years old, but was still working great after another 12 years, until I broke the carafe, and couldn't find a replacement for under $10. (the cost of a new 4-cup Mr. Coffee is $13) So opted for an upgrade to a 5-cup GE which, as noted by CR, can be purchased at [@], for $19. The permanent filter was the deciding factor, as it eliminates the need for continually buying paper filters. I was so used to the 22 year old Mr. Coffee machine that I didn't notice that the coffee came out a little bitter, probably because it brewed at too high a temperature. The GE model brews at a lower temperature, so the coffee comes out very nice, without the bitterness that I had gotten used to. It's still strong enough for me (I tend to put more coffee grounds into the basket than normally called for). I find that the anti-drip mechanism on the 5 cup GE is absolute great, as I had always had to clean up the drips on the hotplate of the old Mr. Coffee. Bottom line, very satisfied. Having read the prior reviews of the larger GE, I'm a bit hesitant to give it a 5 star rating, as I'm concerned about longevity, especially after having used the old Mr. Coffee machine for so long. If this GE model lasts half as long I'll be totally satisfied. I should add that my wife doesn't drink more than 1/3 cup of coffee every other day, so having a machine that makes more than 3 or 4 cups is too large to get a good brew for a small size batch (3 1/2 cups is my normal amount). Hence this 5 cup maker is just right.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.