We repaired our coffee machine! (I didn’t realize til afterwards I should have documented it with pics.)
As much as I appreciate fancy brewing methods, for speed and quantity of hot coffee we rely on a Mr. Coffee-type coffeemaker.
The one we have now is a Black and Decker 12 cup from Target, and is probably 5 or 6 years old. It started making the gurgling noises that usually only happen at the end of the cycle during the whole cycle, and half the water was cooked away as steam. Not surprisingly, this happened right after someone didn’t place the basket properly and grounds went everywhere. The husband determined that he had the special tool needed to remove the bottom plate, and we removed the coffee grounds that were blocking the intake tube.
It works again! We didn’t have to throw it out and get a new one, it was a super-simple repair, and most people couldn’t do that, because you have to have a special expensive tool set to remove screws that were made deliberately to not be consumer-removable.
Consumers should be able to repair something they have bought. Every time we can repair something we bought, rather than turning it into garbage and having to buy new, I feel accomplished, and a little like a rebel for consuming thoughtfully, not indiscriminatingly.