Krups FMF5-14 10-cup
programmable coffee machine
My wife and I received this coffee maker as a wedding present from our registry in December to replace a stalwart old Mr. Coffee coffee maker we’d had for years. Ultimately, I wish I’d done more research before registering for this contraption.
The coffee maker satisfied everything we wanted from it in store: it had a thermal carafe, was programmable, and filtered the water before it brewed. The fact is it was the only coffee maker available in Macy’s at the time that satisfied all three of these requirements so it seemed a no brainer.
But after we started using this Krups daily, I kind of started to miss our old Mr. Coffee. The coffee produced by the Krups tends to taste burned and the “maximum extraction” mode that is to be used when making only a cup or two of coffee produces a tarlike substance that is definitely not drinkable, let alone palatable.
Some months of experience have allowed us to tweak our coffee production to account for the Krups machine overheating the water, so I would be satisfied with it now if that was the only problem. Unfortunately, its problems extend to periodic error messages which show up and disappear apparently at random and a faulty fill tank guide which fills with bubbles if you pour water into the reservoir at anything faster than a trickle.
Ultimately it was not the coffee maker for us and I suspect that it’s simply a flawed model all around. I definitely do not recommend this purchase.