How To Program A Black And Decker Coffee Maker (Do This!)
Recently purchased a new Black and Decker coffee maker but confused as to how to program it? If this describes your current situation, you’ve come to the right place! Black and Decker coffee makers come outfitted with a variety of functions and features. The Maryland-based company manufactures over 33 different types of machines, each with its own unique characteristics.
While it’s always best to consult your particular coffee maker’s owner’s manual for proper operation, programing these units is relatively simple. Regardless of the model you own, you can successfully program your Black and Decker coffee maker by following just a few basic steps.
How to Program Black and Decker Coffee Maker
The program function is arguably the most convenient feature of Black and Decker coffee machines, allowing you to brew coffee at a specific time. For example, if you want to enjoy a cup of coffee every morning at precisely 7:00 AM, you won’t have to start up the machine yourself prior to your desired time. Instead, you can easily set the time on your coffee maker and the machine will begin brewing at the preset time.
With this convenient feature, you can enjoy fresh, hot coffee at your preferred time with no waiting. As an added bonus, the coffee will stay hot for up to two hours. To properly program your Black and Decker coffee maker, you need to make sure that the current time is correct. After setting the clock, simply press PROG and use the same buttons to input the time you want your coffee to start brewing each day. Then, pressing the AUTO button will activate this program, known as the delay feature.
Let’s explore these simple steps for programming your Black and Decker coffee maker in further detail.
Step One: Set the Clock
Most Black and Decker coffee machines are equipped with a delayed brewing feature that turns on the coffee maker at a preset time. Whether you want to enjoy this feature or not, you’ll first need to set the clock to the correct time of day. First, plug in the unit and wait for the display to flash “12:00.” Begin by pressing the “HR” button to set the hour. The display will cycle from 1 to 12, then “PM” will emerge in the top right corner before it repeats the cycle all over again.
Hold down the HR button until you reach the correct hour and release it. By default, the coffee maker’s time will be set to AM. To switch the time to PM, keep cycling until the “PM” is displayed in the corner. After you’ve set the hour button correctly, move on to the minute button. Locate the “MIN” button near the display, hold it down and release it once it reaches the current time.
Step Two: Programming the Delay Feature
With the clock set to the correct time, it’s time to move on to the procedure for programming the delay feature. In order to program the machine to begin brewing at a particular time, press down on the “PROG” button. Then, use the same HR and MIN buttons that you used to set the current time to select the time you want the brewing to start. Once the time is set, the display will flash several times, before reverting to the time of day.
At this point, press down on the “AUTO” button for a few seconds until one light flashes. When the light starts to flash, release the AUTO button and after a moment, the display will show the current time again. By doing this you have activated the program and your Black and Decker coffee maker is successfully programmed!
How to Brew Coffee in Black and Decker Coffee Maker
For basic brewing in a Black and Decker coffee maker, you first need to add water. Use cold filtered or spring water to fill the reservoir up to the line signifying the number of cups you want to brew. Be careful not to fill water past the line that specifies its maximum capacity or you’ll have a pretty big mess on your hands.
Next, you’ll need to acquire a filter. Make sure that you use the proper paper filter that is intended for use with your machine. Consult your owner’s manual if you’re unsure of which one you should use and keep in mind that some models may not require a filter at all. Place the appropriate filter into the removable filter basket and spoon your coffee of choice into the filter. To ensure proper saturation, spread the coffee evenly on the bottom.
Quick Tip: Black and Decker recommends using 1 heaping tablespoon of coffee per 6-ounce cup. However, if you like your coffee strong, you may want to add an additional tablespoon into the filter.
Then, place the carafe in position with the pour-through lid on. To begin brewing, press the ON/OFF button or leave the filter and coffee in place until the delay feature is activated. If your specific model comes with the Sneak-A-Cup feature, you can take the carafe out at any time to fill a cup. This will suspend the brewing process for 20 seconds.
Black and Decker Grind Function
Alternatively, if your Black and Decker coffee maker features a grind function, setting up the brewing process will be a slightly different procedure. Instead of adding ground coffee, you will add beans in the same proportions: 1 to 2 tablespoons per 6-ounce cup. Then, choose the grind setting based on the number of cups you intend to brew.
After you’ve filled up the reservoir with cold water, press the ON/OFF button once to initiate brewing. Immediately after you press the button, the grinding will start and brewing will follow. If you’re using the delay feature, simply add the beans and the brewing process will begin once the preset time comes around.
Quick Tip: To ensure delicious tasting coffee each time, opt for spring water or filtered water. Distilled water lacks the necessary minerals to properly bind to the elements of coffee.
How do you clean a Black and Decker coffee maker?
After each use, you should dispose of the grounds and filter. Never reuse your coffee grounds, as the brewing process extracts all the juicy flavors leaving only bitterness behind.Also, wash the carafe and filter basket either in the dishwasher or by hand. To deep clean, fill the reservoir up with half white vinegar and half water. This will help prevent scale buildup caused by hard water. With the vinegar mixture in the reservoir, place a clean filter in the basket and press the ON/OFF button to initiate the brewing cycle.Allow the carafe to full up about halfway, then turn off the machine, and let it soak for approximately 15 minutes. Finish off by discarding the vinegar, filling up the reservoir with clean water, and running another brew cycle to flush out the vinegar. Repeat until you no longer smell any vinegar.
How often should you clean a Black and Decker coffee maker?
The removal of the filter and grounds, as well as the cleaning of the lid, carafe, and brew-basket should be done after each use. Deeper cleaning of your Black and Decker coffee maker should be done at least every three months, depending on how often you use the machine.
How long do Black and Decker coffee makers last?
Depending on the make and model, the typical life expectancy of a coffee maker is between six and ten years. The actual lifetime will also depend on how often you use it and how often it is properly cleaned and maintained.
Wrapping It Up
Regardless of the specific model you own, the process of programming a Black and Decker coffee machine is a relatively simple procedure. After setting the correct current time, all you have to do press the PROG button, insert your preset time, and then push the AUTO button to activate the delay feature. With these simple steps, and so long as you have a filter filled with coffee grounds or beans, you will be able to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee each morning at your preferred time.
Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.
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