I think my coffee pot is dying.
When it works it works fine, if that makes any sense. The trouble appears to be with the circuitry that controls the on-off button. Sometimes the pot just won’t turn on, other times it won’t turn off after it’s done brewing. It has a “gourmet” button that makes it brew a little differently than the standard drip-coffee-maker way. I won’t pretend to understand exactly what it’s doing, but it involves about 30% more coffee grounds and more water per cup and it makes a noticeable difference and that’s how I like my coffee now. And sometimes the gourmet button won’t work, either. Damn.
But I am stalling at buying a new pot, because this one’s only a year old. Plus, the problem is only intermittent and I can usually, with some swearing-under-the-breath and some plugging-and-unplugging of the device, get it to work with the gourmet button (because without it, I would just pull out the French press and not even bother with the electric thing).
I have become suspicious of my coffee pot, though, and nice features like the set-ahead timer and the automatic turn-off after an hour aren’t reliable and make me nervous, so I unplug it as soon as it brews and put the coffee in a vacuum carafe instead of using the warming plate. I probably ought to just get a new one.
And really, in the time it took to write all this down and complain about it, I could have just gone over to Amazon and bought it already.