It was perhaps best captured in the Burrows and Loesser musical from the 1960’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” There is something a little disconcerting, a little bit unnerving, a little bit haunting about not getting that morning cup of java. For folks who indulge most every day, it can leave a vapid taste in the mouth; for those even more addicted to their coffee, the result can be even worse. As the cast of workers in the above mentioned musical relay; “If I can’t have my coffee break…something within me dies.” Imagine my chagrin when I’d come to discover that my longtime friend and machine; the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Maker; had taken to a mid-prep exercise which could have led to the absolute destruction of my morning coffee ritual! I took great pains in determining the cause, effect, and solution to this coffee dilemma and came up with a temporary, though manageable solution.
What Happened?: I first noticed it when I came upon my coffee all over the counter rather than in the thermal pitcher where it belonged. Frightened, I quickly surmised the situation had been that the coffee basket, where the grinds sit and where water passes through once ground, had ejected mid-brew, as witnessed in this picture. This left the coffee spigot on the thermal pitcher without a clear path as the water was not being fed directly. Grinds ended up in the pot, coffee ended up on the machine and on the counter; it was not pretty.
How Did This Happen?: Along the side of the machine there is a knob that you push in to eject the coffee basket when you want to clean it or fill it. Much to my chagrin, it appeared that due to its daily use, the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Maker spring-loaded knob had been pushed in to exhaustion. This meant that the machine could and did pop open indiscriminately and without prior provocation.
How Do You Fix This? I then thought that if I got inside of my Cuisinart Thermal Grind and Brew Coffee Maker I could somehow make this right by giving it a few tweaks, cleaning out any obstructions, etc. In the bed of the tray where the coffee basket sits, there had been considerable build up of errant coffee grinds. When you use anything as often as I’d used this Cuisinart machine, there was bound to be build-up. I hoped this cleansing would work; however I was unsuccessful. When coffee still ended up on the counter, I had to employ my final tactic.
Stand In the Place Where You Brew: This is my plight. Rather than have my coffee waiting for me when I arise, I now have to literally stand next to the machine as it brews and close the coffee basket every time it pops open. It’s not the toughest gig in the world but it is a little cumbersome. I’d like to consider getting the latest model of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffee Machine when I have the time. Though I don’t know that I’d be able to spend that money on a new machine if I knew that eventually I’d just be standing next to it to hold it shut every day.
I have emailed Cuisinart as I try to alleviate this issue; I will keep you posted if there is another solution I have not thought of.