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I bought a coffee pot. And I was just now idly looking at the box, and it dawned on me what it said.

 

In large letters, which I suppose means it's a very important thing, this part has an easy on/off switch.

 

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Does anyone have a coffee pot that has a complicated on/off switch? This is probably the 10th drip coffee maker I've bought. And they've all had a simple toggle switch. Rock it one way and it's on, rock it the other way and it's off.

 

Even the Bunn, which doesn't require an on-off switch to make the coffee, has that simple toggle switch to turn the heater on and off.

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I have a tea kettle...I just look at the pretty lights on the bottom...Red to boil,  green says I am done...

And white, to say just sitting around doing nothing...

Instant coffee...

 

Texas Lizard

 

Keeps life simple....

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2 minutes ago, Texas Lizard said:

I have a tea kettle...I just look at the pretty lights on the bottom...Red to boil,  green says I am done...

And white, to say just sitting around doing nothing...

Instant coffee...

 

Texas Lizard

 

Keeps life simple....

 

Only one time have I made instant coffee that was actually worth drinking.  Not saying that I didn't drink it the hundreds of other times - bad coffee is better than no coffee-but it wasn't pleasant.  

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37 minutes ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

 

Only one time have I made instant coffee that was actually worth drinking.  Not saying that I didn't drink it the hundreds of other times - bad coffee is better than no coffee-but it wasn't pleasant.  

Reminds me of the Harry Turtledove book, The Guns of the South. For those that have never read it, South Africans, in the early 21st century, have a time machine and they go back to offer General Lee AK-47s, so the South will win the war. That evening the South African guy - Rhoodie - has made some Mountain House for his supper (Lee asked him if that was something similar to the desiccated vegetables), and is heating water again. And General Lee asked him if he was still hungry.

 

“I was going to boil water for coffee. Would you like some?”

 

“Real coffee?” Lee asked.

 

Rhoodie nodded. With a rueful smile, Lee said, “I almost think real coffee might be too potent for me, after so long drinking chicory and scorched grain masquerading under the name. Still, I will gladly hazard the experiment, provided you have enough for my staff as well. I would not see them deprived of what I enjoy.”

 

“They’re welcome,” Rhoodie said. "They need their own mugs, though.”

 

“By all means,” Lee called his aides, gave them the good news. They exclaimed in delight and hurried back to their tents. Lee went off to fetch his own mug.

 

By the time everyone converged, mug in hand, on Rhoodie’s shelter, he had his pot back over the fire. With his free hand, he passed each Confederate officer a small, flat packet. Rhoodie said, “Tear it open and pour it into the bottom of your cup.”

 

FOLGER’S INSTANT COFFEE, Lee read on the packet. Below that, in much smaller print, was something he could not make out. He put on his glasses. The words came clear: MADE IN U.S.A. He returned the glasses to his pocket, thinking he should have been able to guess that without reading it.

 

As Rhoodie had directed, he poured the contents of the packet into his cup. The stuff did not look like ground coffee. “Is this another of your desiccations?” he asked.

 

“You might say so, yes, General. Now if you’ll hold out your cup—”

 

Rhoodie filled it to the brim with hot water. All at once, it smelled like coffee. “Stir it about to dissolve it all,” Rhoodie said as he filled the aides’ mugs in turn.

 

Lee raised the cup to his lips. It was not the best coffee he’d ever had. But coffee it unmistakably was. He took a long, slow sip, closed his eyes with pleasure. “That is most welcome,” he said. One after another, the staff officers echoed him.

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33 minutes ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

 

Only one time have I made instant coffee that was actually worth drinking.  Not saying that I didn't drink it the hundreds of other times - bad coffee is better than no coffee-but it wasn't pleasant.  

Taster’s Choice was okay if you added cream and sugar. No instant coffee is goo…Wait! Starbucks VIA instant coffee is good, black. 


 

2 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

it’s the one clock in the house that’s never right.

Same here. What’s OFMW mean?

 

Our Father Makes Whisky

Old Fogey’s Mature Wisely

Only Fighting My Wife

Oil Fuels My Winnebago

 

 

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1 hour ago, Pat Riot said:

Taster’s Choice was okay if you added cream and sugar. No instant coffee is goo…Wait! Starbucks VIA instant coffee is good, black. 


 

Same here. What’s OFMW mean?

 

Our Father Makes Whisky

Old Fogey’s Mature Wisely

Only Fighting My Wife

Oil Fuels My Winnebago

 

 

Oh my word

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This Black & Decker does not have an easy on and off switch . It’s not clearly marked!

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 I have an old Hamilton Beech electric percolator.  No on / off switch, just plug it in to turn it on, unplug it to turn it off.  Red light comes on when it's done.

 

Pot, power cord, the hollow shaft thingy that I don't know the name of, the hopper thingy that I don't know the name of either, and the  lid.  It's even easy to clean, simple to use and it makes good coffee if I use the right brand (Farmer Brothers 100% Arabica Medium Roast), in the right proportions, with the right amount of sugar, and in the right cup.  (Mine!  Nothing special about it, but it's MINE!)

 

If I'm out 'boondocking' I have a similar one that you heat over an open fire.  Just as good, but more of a PITA to use and clean.

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9 minutes ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

 I have an old Hamilton Beech electric percolator.  No on / off switch, just plug it in to turn it on, unplug it to turn it off.  Red light comes on when it's done

 

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1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

 I have an old Hamilton Beech electric percolator.  No on / off switch, just plug it in to turn it on, unplug it to turn it off.  Red light comes on when it's done.

 

Pot, power cord. the hollow shaft thingy that I don't know the name of, the hopper thingy that I don't knoe the name of either, and the  lid.  It's even easy to clean, simple to use and it makes good coffee if I use the right brand (Farmer Brothers 100% Arabica Medium Roast), in the right proportions, with the right amount of sugar, and in the right cup.  (Mine!  Nothing special about it, but it's MINE!)

 

If I'm out 'boondocking' I have a similar one that you heat over an open fire.  Just as good, but more of a PITA to use and clean.

Stem and basket.

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1 hour ago, Alpo said:

 

Mine has a black handle but looks identical otherwise.  Very common in some circles.  

 

I also have a Mister Coffee that my kids prefer when they come to visit.  I'm not real fond of it but can't tell you why.  Maybe it's the paper filters that it needs.

7 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

Stem and basket.

BTW, thanks for the info.  ;)

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We had one of them electric percolators when I was a kid, that you plug in to start and pull the plug out to stop.

 

Most of the time when you pull the plug out of the wall there would be an arc.

 

Gave me a great fondness for on and off switches.

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Walk, Don't Run. Remake of The More the Merrier.

 

Tokyo during the 1970 (MY FAULT THIS TIME, NOT otto, 1964) Olympics. There was no place to stay, so Cary kind of forced that girl into renting him her spare bedroom. And since his room had two beds, he rented half of his room to Jim Hutton, an Olympic athlete who would not tell them what he was competing in.

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I ended up with a few Mr Coffee drip coffee makers so using them up. Then will try to find one with just a single on-off switch. Walmart used to have them for under $20. Just like the simple ones, these fancy ones do fail after a couple years.

 

My current one has 6 buttons. Hours and minutes to set time (those are on the front). Why, IDK, should not have to set time so often. Another button on the left having to do with delay; I have always made coffee when I want it now, not later. Nor am I going to set it up the night before... What if I sleep in or get up early? I will want coffee when I want it.

 

Finally to the right are two buttons labeled On and Off. Now we are talking! But the On button should be front and center because coffee! The Off button? Totally unecesassary. The coffee pot shuts off automatically after a couple hours.

 

There is also a time display, in case the time was actually set, maybe to use the useless delay function. Many of the segments no longer work due to a lightning strike.

 

So rather than a single On and Off toggle switch, I need to find the one on switch on the right. The only button I actually use. Once. Every day.

 

I took a picture but the pot looks gross, I will clean it tomorrow. I may or may not post a pic showing the one button I actually use. Which is to the right, not front and center.

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1 hour ago, Alpo said:

We had one of them electric percolators when I was a kid, that you plug in to start and pull the plug out to stop.

 

 

I think a good many of us were raised in households with those.

 

I remember when I was about 2 or 3 being fascinated with the pretty, shiny thing on the counter that was making all those interesting sounds and had water vapor (usually miscalled steam) coming out of it, and the clear, hollow glass knob on top so you could watch it "perc," even though the "perc" is actually the water percolating down through the grounds back into the pot.  Naturally I kept trying to reach it.  Mom finally picked me up, explained what it was, and that it was very hot.  Took my hand and held my index finger, then briefly, just enough to "ouch" my finger but not enough to burn me, touched my finger to the outside of the pot.  Obviously made quite the impression on me.

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7 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

We have this version:
Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker, Full-Pot or Single Serve 49957 (Renewed)

This is what we have as well. The clock loses about a minute per day, but the carafe part makes good coffee!

Regards

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Gateway Kid

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my coffee maker is a six cup - just fills my 20oz mug nicely , it has one button that turns it on , the other three set the clock and the timer that i do not use 

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