Mr. Coffee TFTX85 Review
The thermal pot on this 8-cup programmable coffee maker would be useful for keeping coffee hot -- if the coffee that came out was hot to begin with. Users find the lid difficult to get on and off and the pot hard to clean.
A thermal carafe that can keep coffee warm without scorching it on a heating plate is a real find in this price range. Unfortunately, Mr. Coffee TFTX85 reviews indicate that many users don't consider the coffee produced by this machine hot enough in the first place. The instructions suggest rinsing the carafe with hot water before brewing for best results, but a consumer who posted a Mr. Coffee TFTX85 review on Viewpoints has found that even letting hot water sit in the pot for five minutes doesn't guarantee hot coffee. And, of course, preheating the carafe is not an option if you're programming the coffee maker the night before, one of the primary draws of a programmable machine. Coffee drinkers who don't preheat complain in Mr. Coffee TFTX85 reviews at Epinions that the coffee could stand to be much hotter.
Thermal carafes differ from glass ones in that the lids need to be screwed closed to keep the brew at a satisfactory temperature. Many consumers posting Mr. Coffee TFTX85 reviews find the lid on this carafe difficult to open and close. They also note that the narrow opening makes it hard to clean.
To be sure, some Mr. Coffee TFTX85 reviews praise the thermal carafe, saying it keeps coffee tasting the same as when it was brewed, even after several hours. Some people note that they simply don't like very hot coffee. There are also reports, like this one on Amazon, from consumers who declare coffee from this machine flavorful and rich.
The Mr. Coffee TFTX85 is an 8-cup coffee maker with a somewhat smaller footprint than 12-cup pots. At 13 inches high, it still may be too tall for users to lift the lid and pour water into the reservoir without moving it out from underneath a cabinet. We saw this complaint in Mr. Coffee TFTX85 reviews at CNET.
Don't let the prospect of a a thermal carafe keep you from taking into account this model's performance. There certainly are good coffee makers with thermal carafes, but generally not at this price; in any case, this doesn't seem to be one of them.