This is the near-perfect little coffeemaker, which I got to replace an ugly white 8-cup Mr. Coffee which belonged to my fiancee, that didn't have a timer. I enjoyed making coffee at home but I didn't like the big clunky 8 cup that took up too much counter space and wouldn't make coffee automatically, plus we were always throwing half a pot away. This Mr. Coffee 5-cup is perfect. other similar models at other stores only make 4-cups but this one makes 5 which is just enough for that second cup without having to throw any away. I like the black color even though it took some getting used to, to be able to see what I was doing without turning the kitchen light on, or to see if there was already coffee made. The timer works perfectly and is super easy to program, and it makes perfect coffee quickly with hardly any noise. There are only two small drawbacks with this. One is, the "pause" feature in the brewing cycle doesn't work perfectly, a few drips will still come out when you pull out the coffeepot or if you don't put it back in just so. Luckily, this is easy to quickly wipe up thanks to the slick nonstick surface on the warmer. #2 is the little coffeepot is almost impossible to pour at any normal speed without spilling it everywhere. it's almost like they designed it to drip on purpose as a practical joke, but you sort of get used to pouring it veeeeeeeery slow. it's almost as hard to wipe the inside of the pot to clean it if you don't have little hands, but I always seem to manage. I somewhat agree with the reviewer that says they wish it would stay warmer longer. it only stays on for one hour and can't be changed, so I find myself making coffee a few minutes later than I would otherwise on the weekend just to make sure it'll still be hot when I'm ready to drink it. Also, reprogramming the timer is not difficult unless you miss the time you were aiming for, then you have to go all the way around again. Still, it is inexpensive yet awesome. Just what I was looking for at the right price!!
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