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Plastic Smell & Taste

Our Mr. Coffee Maker model FTX25 is making the coffee taste like plastic?

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  • oris53 Mar 21, 2008

    Iam having the same problem with my coffee maker. I have made many cups of coffe and it's still has the same problem... Any suggestions/solutions would be greatly appreciated....

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    Same problem here. I noticed the plastic taste in the first unit I bought. Called Mr. Coffee and they sent me a free replacement. I ran some vinegar+water mix through it a couple of times, then a water cycle to rinse, and then brewed a small pot... still getting a plastic taste from the new unit. Two units, one sent from Mr. Coffee, both ruin my coffee with a plastic taste.

  • richel8 Jan 25, 2009

    Brand new and the unit's plastic contents still out-gassing causing that smell. I have yet to make coffee, I just ran water through it. Horrible but hopeful. I'll wait a week, then if it doesn't resolve, I'm taking it back.

  • jamesdemauro Jan 26, 2009

    Some pots end up with horrible plastic taste and smell. It will go away for a few pots but always reappears. Can't figure out what triggers the problem.

  • azengarden Jan 30, 2009


  • azengarden Jan 30, 2009

    If you can taste the plastic, your are drinking in the chemicals. Don't! Over time this can make you very sick! They surely know about the problem but are trying to avoid a recall no doubt. The are just being cheap. They've switched to a cheaper way of making the machine and this is the result. Besides, even if it wasn't dangerous, why should anyone have to drink crappy coffee every day?

  • azengarden Mar 06, 2009

    You cannot fix the plastic taste of out-gassing plastics. RETURN your coffee makers. We solved the problem by buying a $30 glass French press! No more plastic taste, great coffee and no more replacing the machine every year when it 'conveniently' breaks down. We put the coffee in a stainless carafe which keeps it hot throughout the day.

    We Americans need to show the manufacturers that we are NOT sheep and we are NOT stupid! We do not want coffee made from cheap plastic that out-gases chemicals into our morning cup of Joe. Money is all the bean counters understand, the bottom-line, forget what it may do to their customers over time. All of us must RETURN these dangerous products! If they can't enough make sales to counteract the cost of a recall or class action lawsuit, perhaps they will go back to the old way of making their products, the way that tasted fine and worked for more than a year.

  • MRCOFFEESUX Apr 15, 2009

    Same problem here. Brand new Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker. We didn't notce the problem at first but after about 3 pots the smell and taste is undeniable and seems to be getting worse. Ironically the new coffeee maker is replacing a 10 year old Mr. Coffee brand maker that made fine coffee, until it broke.


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Just because its made of plastic doesn't mean it should taste like plastic! The engineers made a mistake in design! Get your money back and don't risk taking in carcinogens!

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Take up smoking
and then you will loose you smell and taste.
every thing is made of plastic and aluminum now.
only a stainless pot does not leach plastic cfc into water when hot.

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