Thousands of Coffee Makers Recalled for Steam-Spewing Meltdowns


steaming coffeeThe best part of waking up is definitely NOT getting blasted in the face with steam and burning coffee grounds (though I guess that would get rid of the groggies right quick). Anyway, that's why Mr. Coffee is currently recalling over 600,000 Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers: 59 (rather disgruntled) people so far have been burned on their faces, upper bodies and hands while attempting to make their morning joe. Yikes!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, "apparently the problem arises when the power of the steam building in the water reservoir pops the chamber open and causes the brewer to erupt in hot water and coffee grounds."

Yeah, that sounds like a problem, all right. And honestly, I'm not all that surprised ...

Because as soon as I read about this recall, I had a flashback. A flashback to one scary morning in my grandmother's kitchen, trying to make myself a pot of coffee using her ... wait for it ... Mr. Coffee automatic drip machine. There I was, bleary and bumbling, waiting for my cuppa joe, when suddenly I heard a terrifying noise. A sort of hisssss .... POP! Kersplooooowie. EEEK! I'M AWAKE, I'M AWAKE!!

Point is, I've been suspicious of those coffee makers ever since that morning. (I think that's when I got into French Press.)

So, to sum up: If you purchased a Mr. Coffee Single Cup Coffee Maker in black with silver, red or white trim for $80 at a store like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or Walmart (or online), you might want to check and see if it's on this list. (And if it is, stop using it! They'll send you a new one!)

Has your coffee maker ever exploded at you?


Image via jenny dowling/Flickr

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ashjo85 ashjo85

Get a Keurig. Faster, quieter, and far more versatile. :-)

Kimbyann Kimbyann

@ashjo- and also a whole lot more $

ashjo85 ashjo85

Worth every penny. JMO!

nonmember avatar d

I've had my Keurig do the same thing. Apparently, with any single-cup coffee maker, deposits can collect in the hot water tube. When the tube gets clogged, it can force the boiling water out of other areas in the machine. Keurig replaced my coffee maker with no problem, but they said any single cup coffee maker needs to be cleaned with a vinegar cycle every few weeks.

2ofth... 2ofthesame

I would like to point out that some Mr. Coffee single cup makers are made by Keurig. At least that's what I'm assuming because the machine takes the K-cups. But keeping a regular matince on the machine, giving it a thourgho cleaning which depends on your water type can prevent this. (Hard water needs it more often.) As hard as it is to accept it, just like your car engine, these machines need their own types of matince to keep them running right. That is the fault of the user not the maker. 

Marjorie Taylor

I have never had this problem. I know that you need to clean any coffee maker with vinegar every 2 to 3 weeks to keep it working properly. The coffee maker I have at the moment is going on 5 years old and it still works perfect. Mine is a Black and Decker so I'm thinking it's a good one.

saifaa saifaa

coffee gifts = online store for rare and exotic coffee beans such as Kopi Luwak, Civet coffee, Hawaii Kona coffee

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