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If you are anything like me, your coffeemaker is the most important small appliance in your home. I think this is a hang up I inherited from my parents. They spent a year buying and returning several, I’m talking at least five, different models in search of one that would make their brew as hot as possible.
Now, this isn’t a quality I’m necessarily looking for. In fact, the model currently in my kitchen is one of their rejects that they didn’t realize was non-refundable. However, I do have some qualities in mind for the brewer that makes it on to my wedding registry.
The one I have right now does make a nice cup of joe, but it’s a very simple machine. This is good and bad: I really don’t need anything with a lot of options since my fiancé and I just drink a few cups of black each morning, but it would be nice if it was able to do a little more.
For example, I’d love one that self cleans and is programmable so that there’s one less thing I have to worry about when attempting to get ready for work in the morning. After some research and really thinking about what I did and did not need in an automatic drip pot, I chose to go with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker.
As with all the small appliances my fiancé and I are considering putting on our wedding registry, I had to ask myself this question: how big does it really need to be? After all, it’s only brewing for the two of us. I will admit that we are pretty heavy coffee drinkers.
We usually have two or three cups before work and might take a couple more in a travel mug when we remember. I usually brew six cups every morning to be safe.
However, like I said, we come from families of heavy java junkies who we plan to host every now and then, so I wanted something that was big enough to safely serve them, too.
After taking all of these things into consideration, I decided on the 12-cup. Typically, the size of the carafe doesn’t make a huge difference on how big the appliance is, and this automatic drip pot has a dedicated spot on our countertop. With 12 cups, I can ensure that everyone gets a cup with their dessert and won’t have to worry about running back and forth to brew another batch.
The programmable feature was one that I was really excited about when looking for a brewing system. It would be so nice to get the grounds ready to brew before bed and wake up to it already made, especially on those mornings when I forget to do it before hopping in the shower.
On this model, this feature is called the Delay Brew Timer. It allows you to set the device to brew up to 24 hours in advance! I can’t imagine myself ever needing that much time, but it’s great to know I have a cushion. It even has an alert to tell you when you’re batch is no longer fresh and it’s time to brew a new one, which is great for long Sunday brunches.
It gets even better:
In addition to the delay brew timer, it’s also set to keep the plate hot for two hours after brewing before shutting off. To my parents still on the lookout for brew that stays hot: I think we’ve found a winner! Even though my fiancé and I don’t get many of them, I love this feature for those precious long and lazy mornings.
This unit even has a brewing “pause ‘n serve” feature so you can pour yourself a cup while it’s still brewing without making a huge mess. The model we currently have is supposed to do this, but often fails. I love this feature because it lets me get started on my first cup while I’m waiting for the rest of the pot to brew!
Brew Strength & Taste
One feature BVMC-SJX33GT (say that real fast! kind of catchy? nah?) has that I saw on very few others is that you can tell it how strong you like your java brewed. I look at this as built-in insurance. I love to try new varieties, but my fiancé and I like our brew strong and it’s always a bummer if I accidentally come home with something on the weak side. With this setting, I can amend the problem to some extent.
Now I have no excuses not to join that monthly coffee club!
This appliance also has a built-in water filter. I really love living in Portland, but although our water is totally safe to drink, it does not taste all that good. Thanks to this feature, I don’t have to filter the water and then use it to brew, or worse, just live with the slightly metallic undertone in my morning cup. The filter removes up to 97% of the chlorine from the water during the brewing process.
The water reaches 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit when brewing, which experts say is the optimal temperature for getting the most flavor out of the beans. This little java-brewing fact was something I didn’t know before writing this review and now I know why my cup of joe tastes so good!
Of course some of the great flavor that I’m getting is do to the fact I grind my beans fresh most morning but this device is responsible for getting the water to the correct temperature and managing soak time so it is definitely part of the equation.
This package comes with a glass carafe, but if you’d prefer a thermal carafe, Mr. Coffee offers one as a separate accessory. The device is programmed to recognize which carafe is being used and the hot plate will automatically shut off if it detects the thermal carafe. Although both options will keep your drink nice and hot, the thermal is great because it can be portable and still keep your liquid piping hot.
Best of all:
You can brew right into the carafe, so no need to risk making a huge mess (or is that just a risk for me?) by transferring it to a different container.
Mr. Coffee also offers a permanent filter that you can purchase separately. This type of product is brand new to me, and I love the idea of not having to waste a filter for every pot I brew. It’ll also save me money and tears on those mornings when I open the cupboard to find that we’re out of filters and can’t have our morning cup of joe!
Cleanup is made nice and easy with the Mr. Coffee Programmable Coffeemaker. Just like I was looking for, this one has a self-clean setting. Although this may seem fairly minor, it really impacts the flavor (old oils go rancid and will transfer the rancid/sour taste to new batches), as it can be difficult to actually get a brewing system clean all the way through if it doesn’t have this setting.
The filter basket is removable so you can thoroughly clean it to get out any grounds or build up. Since this is the part of the appliance that usually requires the most attention, I really love that it’s removable! It’s a lot more difficult than you’d think to really get it clean if it’s stationary.
In case you’re feeling especially lazy, the glass carafe is even dishwasher safe. However, it’s very easy to clean by hand with warm water and soap, just make sure you rinse it thoroughly. To clean the outside, just use a cloth with warm, soapy water. Make sure to never submerge the appliance or power cord in water.
A few users have reported a strong plastic-like smell when using this model and a few of them said this impacted the taste of the drink. Some of these users were able to get rid of the smell by running water through the coffeemaker a few times, but it may be worth exchanging if you find yours also has this problem.
The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty, so if anything does break or go wrong within the first year, you do have a safety net.
Most users reported that this model brews nice and quickly, so you won’t be waiting too long in the morning to get your caffeine fix! This is a great perk for those of us who head out to work early.
For those of you that plan to store the appliance under cabinets, note that some users said they couldn’t open the top to pour in water and add the filter and grounds. You’ll likely just need to slide yours from under the cabinet when using.
Although there were a few reviews about a funny smell coming from the coffeemaker, most reviews were overwhelmingly positive, and knowing how great Amazon is about returns, this is well worth the purchase.
This model has all of the features I look for, like a delay timer for brewing, and then some, like being able to choose a brew strength. I love that it’s compatible with thermal carafes as well as the glass one it comes with. And best of all, it brews the perfect cup for me!
I know that I always struggle to actually press the “Buy” button with purchases like this, so I hope this review of the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker helped you make a decision about your preferred appliance to make your morning cup!
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About Chelsea Miller
Chelsea Miller, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon where she discovered both her love of football and cooking great food. She's the founder of the food blog "A Duck's Oven" and began writing for Foodal in 2014.