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Topic: Mr. Coffee QB-1, & Peet's etc... (3 msgs / 89 lines)
1) From: David Jewett
Review of Mr. Coffee Microwave Coffeemaker QB-1
I was at the local Salvation Army, looking for air poppers and not finding 
any this time when I saw a brand new MIB Mr. Coffee Quick Brew Microwave 
coffeemaker, model QB1.  Even though I'm a coffee neophyte, I am aware of 
the prestigious Mr. Coffee name and at $1.99 I could not pass it up.
The unit is injection molded PP, a brew basket fitted to a cup. The brew 
basket is equipped with a bimetal strip and a silicon rubber stopper which 
functions as a heat sensitive valve to keep grounds and water together until 
brewing is complete. According to the instructions, this occurs in 4 minutes 
in the microwave.
The brewing procedure is as follows: coffee and 10oz of cold water is placed 
in the filter basket. The basket takes a standard 8-10 cup filter, or a lot 
of filter for a little coffee.  The basket is fitted into the cup and the 
unit is heated in the microwave for 4 minutes.
Testing with just water revealed that the bimetal strip opened at 3min 30sec 
at a water temp I measured at 182 F. I attempted to acheive the recommended 
brew time of 4 minutes by decreasing the power to Med-Hi, but this resulted 
in the valve opening at about the same time, but at a water temp of 160.
When I brewed with coffee, the brew was extended for the full four minutes 
recommended in the instructions. The extraction obtained was fair. 
Obviously, most of the  brewing going on is in cold or warm water, so I 
expected bad extraction, but am surprised that it was as good as it is. It's 
about as good as a bad drip coffee maker. How's that for faint praise?
Overall, I think the bimetal strip is a clever idea and is probably 
something that could be tweaked, but I don't think I'll bother. I would like 
to try experimenting with hot water and see what could be done to get good 
coffe out of it. As it stands now, it will work to make a quick cup of 
coffee for my wife now and then. She complains about press pot coffee, she 
doesn't like any sediment. (The nylon disk is coming soon, it should help.) 
At Salvation Army prices, the Mr. Coffee Quick Brew is worth every penny.
David Jewett
Royal Oak, MI
P.S. I notice that people on the list are WAY quicker to suggest culling a 
post than Tom seems to be. It's kind of amazing, the almost reverence that 
SM's seems to inspire, but I doubt that Tom would be upset over someone's 
mention of Peet's. I mean, geez, Peet's is a legendary roaster and 
regardless of taste, or lack thereof in very dark roasts, I'm sure SM has to 
respect that. The only thing I've ever noticed Tom say is that he requested 
that URLs for competitors not be mentioned. So if someone want's to say that 
Peet's is good, who cares?
Coffee is the drink of the sharp intellect, and a good arguement is 
wonderful now and again. I learned something from the HTML debates, and I 
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2) From: Mike McGinness
From: "David Jewett" 
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"Prestigious" Mr. Coffee name? For the mass market crowd me thinks... Don't
really know of any Mr. Coffee top notch coffee items... But then, what do I
know!
MM;-)
Home Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA
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3) From: Steven Tock
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coffee for my wife now and then. She complains about press pot coffee, she doesn't like any sediment.<
Have you tried the Swissgold one cup brewer? For a single cup 
of coffee it can't be beat. You have complete control over water
temperature and there is very little, if any, sediment. 
Just a suggestion.
Steve
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