Though you may not believe it, not everybody stops at the local Starbucks for a grand triple-shot half-caff skinny no-foam mochaccino every morning. Some of us like our coffee strong and black instead of frou-frou and overpriced. For the rest of us, there are coffee-makers; a world of little appliances that allow you to brew your own at home.
These days -- unless you a phony.., err, foodie who insists on French press – the coffee pot of choice is a drip pot. You can even buy one that grinds the beans, starts the coffee brewing on a timer, and keep the coffee hot – even tell you when it needs to be cleaned. At the other end of the scale is the equivalent of your Grandpa’s 1961 VW Beetle, a fifteen-dollar pot with an on-off switch and nothing else. That’s the Proctor-Silex 48350 Coffee Maker.
This thing is about as simple as you can get: cheap molded plastic, a glass carafe and a lighted on-off switch. What you see is a coffee pot that works, and when it doesn’t work it’s so inexpensive that it’s essentially disposable.
The Proctor-Silex 48350 is sold as a ten-cup model, so it makes 60 ounces of coffee; about four 16-oz mugs. The white plastic filter basket takes cupcake-style filters instead of cone-shaped ones. This mocel has just one control: an on-off switch low on one side that lights up when the pot’s on. The footprint is small, about 9” deep and 8” wide, and is less than 12” tall when the top is closed. It has a heated warmer plate and a spring-operated “pause and pour” feature that keeps water from dripping when the carafe is pulled out mid-brew.
The top opens for loading water and grounds, so you'll probably have to pull it out from under your cabinets. A swing-away arm holds the filter basket in place and also pours hot water onto the ground coffee while brewing.
Though this is about as cheap a drip coffee maker as you can get, it does a fairly good job of brewing coffee. Unlike our far more expensive auto-drip model made by Braun, the carafe isn’t plagued by drips when I pour. The carafe comes apart to wash it (it’s dishwasher-safe on the top rack), and all the plastic parts are BPA-free. As you might expect for the price, it’s light-weight plastic and suffers from some design flaws; especially the way that swinging arm works. Personally, I’d rather it used a cone-style filters, but that isn’t an option.
If you’re you don’t need “extra shots” and “foam” and all the other stuff, you’re on the lookout for a simple coffee maker for the office, or just want one as a backup for parties, consider a Proctor Silex 48350 Coffee Maker. Who knows: it might last longer than the $120 model in your kitchen.