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Topic: Thermal Select Plus (Black&Decker) preliminary test result (48 lines)
1) From: Ryuji Suzuki -- JF7WEX
I went to buy something else but found this one TCM500 on the shelf
for $30 so I decided to test it. This has a timer auto turn on
function, glass-vacuum thermal pot, 8 cup (1200ml) capacity, takes
paper basket filter. Nothing special.
As a cleaning, I simply used 4 cups of tap water (14C) which would
make two mugs full of coffee but with no ground coffee in place. 4
cups of water took about 3:30 min to drain, timed from the first spit
of hot water. The first spit was only a few seconds after turning on
the machine anyway. The measured water temp started around 86C but
this is grossly affected by the filter chamber and the thermometer
proble started at the room temperature (the actual water temp is
probably a few degrees higher than this).  The temperature raised to
about 94C toward the end of 4 cup water.  The water temp measured
toward the end may also be affected by the steam coming out from the
heating pipe (the reading went higher as what comes out turned to be
mostly steam). Tested twice. The pace at which hot water flows was
pretty good.
If I have to make full 8 cup pot of coffee often, I would get an extra
(user-detachable) filter compartment as a replacement part, and switch
the coffee-loaded filter compartment halfway.
I don't have a basket filter handy, and my cotton filter isn't big
enough to hold 60g ground (I usually use 30g or so for one 350ml mug
full of coffee -- many consider very strong), so I haven't made any
coffee yet. At this momemt I think this machine is very usable (at a
$30 price).
I will try to place my Hario drip coffee system (pot and filter
together), in place of the machine's filter chamber and thermal
bottle. That way this machine pours hot water in a good regular pace
for me. I don't know how well this works because I usually have to use
a small kettle with a very thin pouring mouth and draw a spiral
pattern as I pour in hot water. I might just buy a bigger cotton
flannel filter instead.
Now I go look around for filters.
--
Ryuji Suzuki
"You always got to be prepared, but you never know for what."
(Bob Dylan, Sugar Baby, 2001)
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