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Drips onto counter when pouring from carafe

This coffee maker can not be recommended as it leaks down the side of the carafe when pouring making a mess on the counter. I would never have bought this coffee maker had I known about this problem. I am going to call hamilton beach to see if they will replace with one that works.

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  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    Yes we had same problem with ours. E-mailed factory they said to mahe sure white seal is flush with lid.(It was & it stills drips coffee everywhere.

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    I have tried pressing the release button both before and after tilting the carafe. Same problem with dripping down the side. However, after a couple of cups are poured, the problem disappears.

  • hmslinda Oct 16, 2008

    This is the drippiest coffee carafe ever! No matter how you pour it, it drips down the carafe all over the counter. I keep it in the sink now until I replace the maker. Very poor qualilty control on the coffee carafe.

  • Kim Gough
    Kim Gough Jan 11, 2009

    Mine does the same thing. Let me know if you have any luck

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    I love the idea of an insulated carafe coffee pot but don't feel that one should have to jump through hoops just to use this pot. so I went out and bought a different brand and all is well.



  • mv102858 Apr 20, 2009

    Coffee leaks down the side of the carafe while pouring.

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My carafe for my h/b stay or go coffee pot started leaking after owning it for a while. This appeared to be a perplexing problem until I discovered that the small gasket on the bottom of the lid had either flattened out over time, or rotated to a different position that would cause my pot to leak or dribble coffee all over my cup and counter top. To fix this I just rotated the gasket to a spot where it would create a good seal. Every so often I have to repeat this process, and I need to contact Hamilton Beach to see if they can send me a new replacement gasket, as a new gasket would solve the problem.

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Correct. This is due to the surface tension of water. Water likes to stick to things (meniscus, capillary action, etc). This carafe's spout makes it difficult -- but not impossible -- to pour without drips. Here's why, and then a tip: As you pour, the coffee wants to cling to the spout and follow the pot down, rather than pour away from the spout. You *can* oil the spout, sure, since water molecules and oil molecules hate each other. Coffee's water will release immediately, preferring to stick to other water molecules and not the spout (hence, no drips). But then again, all you have to do is refrain from depressing the lever that pours the coffee until you've tilted the pot enough that the coffee gives up to gravity. In other words, tilt your carafe to your cup as close to 90° as you can before thumbing the lever to release coffee. When the cup is about full, let go of the lever to shut the flow off. Now tip the carafe upright. No drips! (or sometimes, maybe a single drip will try to run down).

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There are other makes and models with carafes that do the same thing. One tip I saw on tv, though not for this particular brand, said one cheap fix was simply to smear the tiniest trace of vegetable oil or shortening on the pour spout. What is happening is that the liquid wants to cling to the pot. It doesn't like letting go of the surface. But water-based liquids readily let go of oiled or greasy surfaces.

I have a Stay and Go. I had the same problem. I tried this technique, and it worked immediately. Two issues I imagine folks will have with this is, it doesn't last (after a few cups, the hot water has cut the oil off the spout) and they will not like the idea of oil or shortening in their coffee. But the amount you need is so small, I never saw a trace of oil or grease in my coffee cup at all.

It does work, but... perhaps a different spout design or material would be better? Don't designers know about such problems?

Joe

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Cut the rubber seal inside where the spout is 1" wide. This stops the coffee from getting caught in the seal and running down the side.

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Use medium grit sandpaper to roughen the surface of the pouring spout, including the spouts edge and the area around it.

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