Alas! The time has come to find you a coffee maker that fits your needs. But these are tricky waters to navigate. There are many things to consider.
But not to worry, in this Hamilton Beach Brewstation review, we’ve covered everything you need to know in order to decide if this is the one for you.
Let’s cut to the chase and get straight into it.
- How Does It Work?
- The Key Features
- What We Like
- Some Things We Didn’t Like
- Who Is The Hamilton Beach Brewstation NOT For?
- Tips And Tricks To Get The Most From Your Hamilton Beach Brewstation
- To Finish
How Does It Work?
The Hamilton Beach Brewstation is built with ease and convenience in mind, as some of the features will show you.
To start with, you have to fill the machine up with water in order to extract your coffee. To do this, the whole water reservoir is removable, making it super easy to carry over to the sink.
Once filled, return the water reservoir to the machine and insert the brew basket and filter. Load up your ground coffee and close the lid. Now for the tricky part. Choosing what type of brew you’d like.
Turn the machine on, then press the ‘brew strength’ button to scroll through the brewing options. You get three to choose from, bold, regular, or iced coffee.
Once you’ve decided, the machine will begin to brew your coffee into the internal storage container. After you’ve poured your initial cup, the rest of the coffee will be held inside the unit until you want a refill. Meaning there’s no need for a carafe.
It’s a nice and easy machine to use, and not complicated to figure out.
The Key Features
Lets jump straight into the key features that the Hamilton Beach Brewstation has to offer.
Brews Up To 12 Cups With NO Carafe
I doubt, unless you live in a large household, you will ever need to brew 12 cups of coffee at a single time. But for when you do, the Brewstation has you covered.
The unique thing here though is that there is no carafe. The brewed coffee is kept in the coffee machine, ready to dispense when you need a top up or fresh cup.
I find this to have a couple of benefits. Firstly, it seems to keep your coffee hot for much longer than a carafe would. If needed, you can keep your coffee up to temperature for 4 hours. Better than any carafe I’ve ever seen.
It also means less cleaning and maintenance. No carafe means one less thing to look after. The entire internal storage container is removable for ease of cleaning/refilling too.
One downside that I can think of is you need to walk to the machine to refill your cup. This isn’t so much a problem if you are working or drinking your coffee near the machine. But if you’re in an office, it could be a pain to walk to and from the machine every time you want a refill.
24 Hour Programmable
This is a feature I love to see on a coffee machine. The Brewstation allows you to set a time 24 hours into the future, at which point the coffee machine will automatically start to brew coffee.
Program the timer for when you wake up, and you can have a freshly brewed coffee waiting for you when you get to your kitchen. This also works just as well for when you get home from work too.
The Brewing Process
Firstly, the brew time is relatively quick. From loading the coffee into the basket, to sipping on your cuppa Joe, we’re looking at 4-6 minutes for the full capacity.
I’d say this is pretty quick. There are quicker coffee makers on the market, like a Bunn coffee maker, but these come at a higher price tag, and more expensive to run.
On the side of the water reservoir, and on each side of the top compartment, there are windows to let you see how much water is left, and how much coffee has brewed.
These are really handy to keep an eye on water/coffee levels. The coffee window goes from 2 cups, to 12 cups, in 2 cup intervals.
Once enough coffee has been brewed, you simply take your cup, place it under the machine, and press your cup against the back, where there is a lever. This dispenses your coffee, and you simply take your cup off the lever to stop.
Cleaning and Maintenance
This is a big factor when considering a coffee maker. It needs to be easy to clean and maintain, or else it’s not going to get done, at least not as often as it should.
One of the most convenient things about the Hamilton Beach is the fact everything that needs cleaning is removable. The water reservoir, the brew basket and internal storage unit. Everything can be taken over to the sink.
If you’ve ever used a non removable water reservoir, then you’ll appreciate how easy this will make refilling and cleaning.
If you give it a good clean once a week, not only will this keep your coffee tasting as flavourful as possible, but will also keep your machine working well for longer.
Automatic Shut Off
If you’re a little forgetful, then remembering to turn your coffee machine off before leaving for work might get thrown to the back of your mind.
If you find yourself driving to work, suddenly panicking because you left the coffee maker on, don’t worry.
After about an hour, the Brewstation will automatically turn off. That’s good for your peace of mind, and for your energy bill.
What About The Quality Of The Coffee?
Now, there are a lot of variables when it comes to deciding whether a coffee maker brews ‘good’ coffee.
It also depends on what coffee you’re using and how you’ve been storing that coffee. (See here, for a guide on exactly that too)
That being said, the Hamilton Beach Brewstation does make a fairly decent cup of coffee. The one problem that you may face down the road after many uses, is the heating element.
The part of the coffee maker that keeps your coffee nice and hot could start to give the coffee a ‘burnt’ tinge, if warming for many hours.
This isn’t unique to the Hamilton Beach, it’s a problem that all coffee makers with a built in hot plate face. It’s the price you pay for keeping your coffee hot for hours, I’m afraid.
The Price Tag
I don’t think you can complain with the price tag. There are many coffee makers that come with the same features, but are twice the cost.
Now, although you’re not getting the creme de la creme of coffee, you’re still getting a lot for your money. Plus, if quality coffee is your sole concern, I’d go for manual coffee brewing methods.
24 hour programmable, coffee warmer for up to 4 hours, automatic brewing, and other well thought of features are just some of the stuff you get for this price. Not bad. Not bad at all.
What We Like
With the features out of the way, let’s look at some of the things about the Hamilton Beach Brewstation that we liked.
It’s Super Easy And Convenient
Nothing screams ‘I’m here to make your life easier, not just to make coffee’ more than being able to push a couple of buttons, and let a machine brew your coffee.
The best thing about this machine is being able to do just that. The user interface is simple, the set up is easy, and the cleaning and maintenance is made as convenient as possible.
This gets a thumbs up from us.
At first, I wasn’t really sold on this idea. Although a carafe is one extra thing to clean, it’s barely a problem. And plus, I like to have a carafe on the table ready to use once my coffee needs start tingling.
That being said, I do think it’s a plus. The internal container keeps your coffee hotter for longer, and the mechanism for filling up your next cup is arguably easier than pouring from a carafe.
The Hamilton Beach is certainly at the lower end of the price range, and I don’t think you’re going to find much competition on value for money.
Some Things We Didn’t Like
One thing I really don’t like in a coffee maker is when there is a lot of plastic. It’s not too bad when it’s the main building material, and the outer shell is made from plastic. It’s when plastic touches the coffee or water that turns me off.
The internal storage container in the Brewstation is made from plastic, and I’m not even sure if it’s BPA free.
I’m not surprised by the amount of plastic on the machine, as this tends to be the main building material with cheaper coffee makers. But the internal workings being made from plastic is a little bit of a concern for me.
If you want to browse a range of the best coffee makers that are plastic free, follow the link for our article on exactly that.
This coffee maker comes with a one year limited warranty. This tends to be the baseline, and minimum warranty for a lot of coffee makers out there.
The length of a warranty is a good indication of how much trust the manufacturer has in the build quality of their product.
There is sometimes an option to purchase a 3 year warranty with this model, which I recommend you get if possible.
Who Is The Hamilton Beach Brewstation NOT For?
I’m sure there are a lot of people that would enjoy using this coffee maker. If you find yourself relating to these next few paragraphs, then maybe this particular coffee maker isn’t the one for you.
You Want Lattes and Cappuccinos
This is something that you won’t get with the Hamilton Beach. It produces more like americano or black coffee. You could add some milk or creamer to the coffee, but that’s a little off specialty coffee.
You can check out the Keurig K Cafe if you need a coffee maker that makes these types of coffees.
People In Your Household Like Their Coffee Differently
If you live in a house of coffee fanatics, and are looking for a coffee maker that is going to make enough coffee for everyone, make sure you all drink your coffee the same way.
Yes you can make 12 cups of coffee, but these are 12 cups of a bold brew, or 12 cups of a regular.
I’d just recommend you check that everyone likes the same type of coffee, before buying.
Tips And Tricks To Get The Most From Your Hamilton Beach Brewstation
If you follow these tips, you’ll get the best brew possible out of your coffee maker.
Buy Whole Beans, And Grind Fresh
To truly get the most flavour out of your coffee beans, you should be grinding them up yourself.
You see, the second coffee beans are ground up, there’s more surface area exposed to the air, and therefore oxygen and moisture, coffee beans worst enemies.
This only means one thing. The flavours and aromas will become stale, quicker than if they were whole beans.
So if you have store bought ground coffee, it’s going to be less flavourful than if you ground the beans up yourself.
I know you might be sceptical, but try it and thank me later. You can follow the link to check out some inexpensive hand coffee grinders that do a good job.
Cleaning Is Your Friend
I know you might not think so, but keeping your coffee maker in good condition is only going to keep your coffee tasting delicious.
It might also prolong the life of your machine, so it’s certainly worth doing.
Overall, the Hamilton Beach Brewstation is a convenient and easy machine to have by your side each morning. It has the capacity to brew more than enough coffee, and keep it hot for hours on end.
It also comes with a range of cool features that are not only handy, but also make your coffee experience that little bit more enjoyable.
If you haven’t found the perfect way to brew your coffee yet, we have plenty of coffee maker reviews to help you figure that out.