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.
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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