Question about West Bend (58036) 36-Cup Coffee Maker

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How does it make coffee?

I just purchased a vintage West Bend Chef Ware Coffee Pot--marked on the bottom Catalog No 3648E. It has level marks of 24 cups or 36 cups on the top piece of the coffee maker. Is this a drip coffee maker & how do I make coffee in it. Clueless,...

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    How long does it take to brew? Thanks for your help.

  • danielle_mat May 08, 2009

    I have a 36 cups coffee maker not sure how to make coffee it came with this weird circle filter thing with coffee in it.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Takes to long to mark a cup of coffee

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You fill it to the line indicating how many cups of coffee you want to make. Then you add coffee to the brew basket, at least 1 full heaping teaspoon per cup. Put the basket on top of the stem and place the stem into the coffee maker. Put the lid on and plug it in. That's it. Don't plug it in without the lid, it's a percolator. It will squirt the water out the top of the stem and it flows down through the coffee grounds.

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  • candogreg Sep 16, 2010

    If it's a two-container unit, it's circa 1950 or so. It should have a detachable metal base that has the plug, a High/Low switch and heats up. Then, the bottom serving container (with glass level gauge and spigot) fits onto that. The top container fits onto the bottom container. On some there is a "perforated disc" (mine has perforations in the bottom of the upper container). Put in the perforated disc. Place ground coffee onto that. Put the inner "lid" (they call it a "water spreader") snugly over the coffee grounds. Having heated up water to a rolling boil in another container(s), pour in the water to the desired level (marked on the sides). Put the upper container's outer lid on. When it starts to drip plug it in. . . and there ya go. For a PDF of the directions with a diagram of the unit call Focus Electrics (they bought West Bend) at 1-866-290-1851. They only have the PDF file on this. They are very nice and helpful.

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