You're life might be changed by the Hamilton Beach BrewStation line of automatic coffeemakers that brews a pot of coffee and keeps it hot in a holding tank without the need for a hot plate or fragile carafe. Magic, right? The BrewStation can be used to make hot or iced coffee with only minor tweaks to the process, not to mention the timer can be adjusted to keep the coffee hot for up to four hours. Here's how to use it:
Slide the water reservoir up to remove it from the right side of the BrewStation. Open the lid and lift the coffee tank from the top of the coffeemaker; the lid remains fixed to the BrewStation body. Lift the filter basket out of the coffee tank. Remove the small drip tray from the bottom of the machine, beneath the dispenser bar. Wash all components with hot, soapy water before the first use.
Fill the water reservoir with water to the desired level depending on the number of cups of coffee you wish to make. Slide the reservoir in place on the right side of the body. There are two ribs on the side of the reservoir that fit into two grooves on the body.
Line the filter basket with a round coffee filter. Add approximately 1 level tablespoon of ground coffee beans to the coffee filter per cup, adjusting the amount depending on the desired coffee strength. Use no more than a total of 12 tablespoons for a whole pot of coffee.
Set the filter basket straight down inside the coffee tank; face the handle-like lip of the basket to the front of the coffee tank. Fit the coffee tank in place on the BrewStation body. The front of the coffee tank has a small recess at the bottom that fits over the control and display panel like a shelf. Close the lid over the coffee tank. Replace the drip tray beneath the dispenser bar.
Press the "Brew Options" button on the control panel to select "Regular," "Bold," or "1 to 4 cups." Push the button until the desired option appears on the display screen. Select "1 to 4 cups" only if the water reservoir is filled with 1 to 4 cups of water. The "Bold" option makes stronger coffee and takes longer to brew than regular coffee.
Press the "Keep Warm" button repeatedly to select the desired number of hours you wish to keep the coffee warm in the tank, from 0 to 4 hours.
Press the "On/Off" button to begin the brewing cycle. Monitor the level of coffee on the left side of the holding tank to determine when the coffee is finished brewing; the coffeemaker also stops making sucking and steaming noises when finished brewing.
Push in the coffee dispenser bar with a coffee mug to dispense a fresh cup of coffee, much the same as you dispense a fountain soda.
Hold the "On/Off" button in for 3 seconds and release to reset the "Keep Warm" timer. Press the "Keep Warm" button to display the desired time if you want to keep the coffee warm for longer than the original setting.
Fill the water reservoir with no more than 6 cups of water. Slide the reservoir in place on the right side of the BrewStation.
Fill the coffee tank with ice to no higher than the 10-cup line, leaving enough room to fit the filter basket.
Add a round coffee filter to the filter basket and fill it with 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 1 cup of water in the reservoir. With a maximum fill level of 6 cups in the reservoir for iced coffee, use no more than 12 tablespoons of ground coffee. Ice dilutes the coffee, so the brewed coffee should be twice the strength as hot coffee.
Set the filter basket in the coffee tank, removing ice cubes from the tank if the basket doesn't fit properly. Set the coffee tank on the BrewStation body and close the lid.
Press the "Iced Coffee" button on the control panel. Press the "On/Off" button to begin the brewing cycle.
Fill a glass with ice. Push in the dispenser bar with the glass to dispense the cold coffee. Ice in the glass is necessary because the 6 cups of hot coffee that drips from the ground coffee to the coffee tank melts most if not all of the ice in the tank.
The water reservoir is not removable on all BrewStation models and can instead be filled by filling the coffee tank with the desired amount of water and pouring the water into the reservoir.
The "Keep Warm" function is not available on all models. Some automatically shut off after two hours and you simply press the "On/Off" button to start another two-hour cycle.
When you make iced coffee, the "Keep Warm" function should be kept at the default setting of "0" hours so the heating element under the coffee tank doesn't turn on and melt the ice.
Never submerge the BrewStation body to clean or attempt to clean the components in the dishwasher.