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From a "Simply Tim" Recipe du Jour Newsletter:
I am no longer enthralled with my new
Wal-Mart bargain-priced GE Coffee Station Cappuccino – Espresso coffee maker,
about which I had wonderful things to say a couple weeks ago. Although it makes
a fair cup of cappuccino, it is beginning to take longer and longer to do so.
Someone wrote me last week with a similar problem, so it seems there may be a GE
Coffee Station design flaw that goes beyond system cleaning and everyday
maintenance. I was so pleased with having a frothy, caffeine-enlivened
cappuccino every morning that it took quite a while for me to try the standard
drip-brewing side of the contraption. The coffee warmer factory-set temperature
is way too high, unless you like sipping coffee with a mouth spiked full of
Novocain. I am forced to turn the machine off right after brewing, which
necessitates frequent use of the microwave almost right from the get go. One of
the little plastic nubs that hold the carafe’s hinged lid in place broke the
first time I tried to remove it before washing. Now I have to hold the lid on
with one hand while I pour coffee with the other. The inside of the thin-walled
glass carafe has a sharp plastic handle-holder-thingy that not only shreds
sponges while washing, but can leave a nasty gash on the hand as well.
Reprinted by permission; 03/05/2007
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