I Finally Bought the Coffee Maker of My Dreams — for $17

updated May 30, 2019
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Credit: Geraldine Campbell

I’ve been thinking about buying a certain coffee maker for more than 5 years and I finally — finally — bought it. I’ve only had it for a day and it’s already the best $17 I’ve spent on a kitchen appliance.

You might think that I’m talking about a French press (have one!) or maybe a stovetop espresso maker (also, have!). You’d be wrong. I am talking about a Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker, specifically the 5-cup coffee maker.

To be completely accurate, the one I’ve been thinking about buying for is actually the 4-cup Mr. Coffee, which is basically the same price (or more if you want it in black) and not programmable. So I went for the slightly larger, more advanced model.

And it is everything that I thought it would be: cute and compact, it doesn’t take up a lot of counter space and fits neatly underneath my cabinets (with plenty of space above so I don’t worry about steam damage).

It also makes just the right amount (for me!) of really good coffee — and this is coming from someone who is kind of snobby about coffee. I now prefer it (really!) to the coffee from my French press and my Bialetti.

And compared to these two “fancier” coffee makers, it’s easier to use (grind the beans, push the button) and easier to clean (i.e. just take the filter out or clean out the basket).

Credit: Geraldine Campbell

So, the million dollar question is: Why did I wait so long to buy this coffee maker that I so obviously really love?

Partly, it’s because I already had not one coffee maker, but two! And as a staunch kitchen minimalist, it seemed excessive — even if it was less than $20.

I also wasn’t sure I wanted an appliance sitting on my counter. Minimalism strikes again!

Finally, I have to admit, I was a little bit ashamed that having a basic plastic Mr. Coffee would make me less of a serious food person. I know! That’s so silly! But I’m being honest.

And honestly, now that I have this tiny gem, I know that life is hard enough — I’ll take a little un-fancy automation with my morning coffee.