Is A Plastic Coffeemaker A Bad Idea?

Lately my coffee has a funny taste to it and I’m wondering if it has to do anything with the fact that is coffee maker is made almost entirely of plastic. I like a good cup of coffee, but I am a long way from a coffee connoisseur. About 10 years ago, I switched from ground coffee to buying whole beans and grinding my own coffee. I buy beans from Starbucks, a local coffee roaster, or Costco to save a few bucks.

For the last year or so, I have been brewing my coffee using a Mr. Coffee® 12 Cup Switch Automatic Drip Coffee Maker I bought on sale at Target for maybe $12.

I’ve tried washing the carafe and the as many parts of the machine as possible but the strange taste still persists. It could also be my imagination, but I think something smells a little off when the coffee is brewing as well. Maybe the issue is with the town water, I don’t know. But really, the last thing I want is to be drinking melting plastic residue.

I decided to look for a new coffee maker, something that isn’t made of plastic. It turns out that most automatic drip coffee makers seem to be made of plastic. This was a little disappointing as I really like the convenience of automatic drip coffeemakers. I really don’t want to switch to a stove top or electric percolator like my parents used when I was young. In the past I used a French Press for a while but I found that the extra oil left in the coffee upset my stomach. Also, my wife isn’t interested in either of those two options.

My plan is to buy a manual glass pour over CHEMEX coffee maker for myself. I’m going to replace the Mr. Coffee with a new automatic drip coffeemaker for my wife as she also has no interest in using a pour over. She says she doesn’t notice a change in the taste of her coffee but she uses flavored cream so I’m not surprised.

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