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Gevalia Coffeemaker Goes Kaput!

Posted By Jim On 08/06/2008 @ 2:55 pm In Frugal Living | 12 Comments

Last week, I went through my usual routine of making coffee in the morning. After filling the water reservoir and putting ground coffee in a filter in the basin, I ran upstairs to do some work. A few minutes later, I noticed that I couldn’t smell any coffee. Usually after a few minutes I could smell the rich flavor of glorious coffee wafting through the home, but today that smell was gone. I walked downstairs and, to my horror, saw that the coffeemaker hadn’t made any coffee. The green “On” light was lit but the pot was empty! Try as I might, and this included opening it to see if there was an obvious problem but I couldn’t see one, I couldn’t get it to brew (or even heat up the platter). Boo! I need coffee!

Sadly, I believe my coffeemaker is kaput.

The solution? I had two. I could either go to the local Wal-Mart/Target/Similar store and spend $20 on a coffeemaker (or buy this Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker [3] and not leave my house)… or I could try Gevalia Kaffe again [4]. I opted to go the route of the Gevalia Kaffe trial because for $15 you get a decent coffeemaker and two half-pound bags of coffee. The last time I tried two types of flavored coffee, because I’d never had flavored coffee before, but was less than pleased with it (nothing against Gevalia though, I think I just enjoy normal coffee).

The last time I did it, the offer was for a free coffeemaker and a travel mug for $5. The offer isn’t as sweet this time, this time I got a fancier looking 12 Cup Programmable Stainless Steel Coffeemaker (an estimated $100 value! Wow!), a Stainless Steel Coffee Scoop (a $10 value! Wow!), and two half pounds of coffee for $14.95 shipped. The two types I chose were French Roast and Le Procope, a choice from their European Coffeehouse Collection named after a fabled cafĂ© in Rome (how could I not try it???).

Update: The offer for a free coffeemaker is part of a trial for their coffee-by-mail program. I’ll have to cancel my membership if I want to avoid getting coffee by mail and pay subscription fees.

I’m a fan of coffee, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not about to spend $20,000 on a coffeemaker [5].

(Photo: woo-hoo [6])


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[3] Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/r/amazon.php?asin=B0008JIW8U

[4] try Gevalia Kaffe again: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/breathe-new-life-into-old-things-my-coffeemaker.html

[5] $20,000 on a coffeemaker: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/dining/23coff.html

[6] woo-hoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/woo-hoo/1118250509/sizes/m/

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