Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Better Kind of Coffee

This week I received such a fun package from Influenster--an OXO On 9 Cup Coffee Maker. This coffee maker is really a thing of beauty, and definitely not something I would have ever bought for myself. I've been loving it!


So, just a short rundown of how it works:
Once you plug it in, you'll use the dial to set the time. After you put water in the reservoir, and a filter and coffee in the basket, you push the button and select the number of cups you'd like (2-4 or 5-9). It will then begin brewing. To turn on the wake-up setting, simply hold the button down and once the "clock" icon appears turn the knob to the correct time. It's very simple and I like that.


I have only been using this coffee make for a couple of days but wanted to go ahead and do a review of my initial thoughts. 

Pros: 

- Taste--Because, let's be honest, that's all anyone cares about! The flavor is undeniably great! I can actually taste a difference from my other coffee maker, and I'm not even that big of a coffee person (prefer cold with lots of chocolate!!). 

- Looks--I mean, come on, it looks amazing! Plus, not only does the carafe look nice, it's double walled & insulated. Even with hot coffee on the inside, it's only minimally warm to the touch on the outside.

- Ease of Use--Everything is controlled on one dial and it's super easy. Setting the clock, number of cups to brew, wake up timer--are all controlled from the one dial.

- Features-- It has a couple of nice features that I like. One, it has a freshness timer that counts up to 60 minutes once a pot is brewed. Two, the carafe has an internal tube that keeps the coffee mixed as it brews. Which is connected to the screw-top lid which is also really nice. Three, the easy pour carafe is a life changer--no more over-pour and spilling coffee everywhere. 

- I love that you can choose how many cups you'd like to make. It comes with a coffee scoop that is the size of one cup (of coffee)--so if you want 9 cups then you scoop 9 "cups" of coffee. It also lets you choose (using the dial) if you'd like 2-4 cups or 5-9 cups of coffee.


Cons: 

- The size (height) is a bit of a problem. It is taller than any coffee maker I've ever owned (and that's three different types) and does not fit under my cabinets on my counter. This normally wouldn't be a problem, but with two little kids who like pushing buttons...it is. Plus, where it's sitting I can't open the upper cabinets. 

- I love that the carafe is double-walled but it does make the lip around the mouth thick, which just makes it a little more difficult to get filtered water from the refrigerator. 

- There are also no measurements on the carafe so you can't tell how much water you're pouring into the water reservoir. Obviously not a huge deal but something I'm used to having on other coffee makers.

- It came with disposable filters so I will need to buy a reusable one. That's just my preference.

- There is a lot of condensation build up that occurs after brewing, which makes me nervous that mold/mildew could be an issue. I've read some other reviews and they recommend leaving the lids open with a towel covering the top (so no dust/flies get in).




*Disclosure: I received this product free from Influenster, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


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