Follow directions when using your Proctor-Silex coffeemaker from Hamilton Beach to make a proper carafe of coffee. The coffeemaker allows you to make up to 12 cups of coffee and you can choose different styles with different functions. The basic model has auto pause and serve, which enables you to get a cup of coffee while the coffee is still brewing. One version has auto shut-off for people who tend to forget to shut off their coffeemaker, a convenient feature. Some versions come with programmable clocks so you can program the time the night before when you want the coffee to start brewing in the morning.
Clean the coffeemaker before first use by first placing the empty coffee carafe on the hot plate with closed lid. Pour a pint of white vinegar through the reservoir in back of the server basket on top, plug the coffeemaker in and turn it on. Turn it off after 30 seconds and wait 30 minutes with vinegar in the coffeemaker. Turn the coffeemaker back on, let it run through a brew cycle and turn it off when it's finished. Take the carafe and rinse it out. Brew two more cycles each of a carafe of cold tap water. Turn off when done brewing the two cycles; wash out the carafe and brew basket.
Place the brew basket in the brew basket well with thumb handle at the left opening until it is sitting correctly.
Place a paper or permanent-style filter in the brew basket. The filter is a cupcake-style filter.
Measure a level scoop per cup and put into the filter basket. A scoop comes with the coffeemaker.
Fill the carafe with water for the number of cups you want and pour into the reservoir in back of the filter.
Put the carafe onto the hot plate with lid closed and turn the switch on. You will see the switch light up that indicates your coffeemaker is on.
When you are done with the coffeemaker, turn the switch off and unplug.