Easy, affordable, durable coffee maker

Updated: May 3

The Coffeemaker itself: This is a simple coffeemaker with a physical on and off switch. It brews nicely and comes with a reusable filter. I prefer to use it with a paper filter as well because the reusable filter alone leaves the coffee a bit cloudy...which is true of any reusable metal filter. It brews the perfect amount for me as the only coffee drinker in the house. I get one mug before I leave for work and then have enough to fill up my travel coffee cup. Turning it into a "Smart Coffee Maker": Since it has a physical on and off switch, you can leave it on and use a smart plug to control when it is off and on. I purchased this pack of smart plugs when they were on sale, and one of these works perfectly with this coffee machine. Etekcity 3 Pack Voltson Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini Outlet with Energy Monitoring, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant, No Hub Required, ETL Listed, White Using the app that controls the smart plug, I have its setup to work with Alexa as well. This means that I can simply say, "Alexa, turn the coffee on" and it will start brewing. Of course, for this to work, I need to set it up the night before by adding the coffee and water to the machine. I can also turn it off with my phone or with Alexa. I can even see from work if I accidentally leave it on with my phone and turn it off, I need to. The simplicity of this machine and the physical switch make it possible to elevate it into a smart machine with the right setup. I prefer this method over buying a more expensive coffee maker with a timer because: 1. I am starting to use Alexa for everything 2. It accommodates various waking times (I simply hit the button or tell Alexa to turn on the coffee when I am upstairs getting dressed whether it be at 5:30 am or 8:30 am depending on the day) 3. You don't have to program the timer or constantly set a clock on the machine 4. Once it's set up, it is super easy to use I recommend this coffeemaker and this setup for anyone who wants to have coffee ready in the morning, or someone like me who doesn't need the normal 12 cups of coffee.

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