If you low-key suffer from very mild amnesia, there’s a possibility you have forgotten to switch off your coffee maker.
You can have the sharpest memory but once in a while you are in a hurry or something just confuses you and you forget to switch it off.
And to answer your question, not all coffee makers have an automatic shut off but off late, more manufacturers are making coffee makers with automatic shut off.
This article will explore all you need to know about coffee makers both automatic shut off ones and manual ones.
Modern coffee makers have Automatic features
The most modern coffee makers are the best they are programmable. Not only do they go off automatically, but you can also set them to daily start time such that you won’t have to worry about starting them every morning.
This is literally where I say, waking up and smelling the coffee. Sometimes the smell of coffee can even be your alarm. Some coffee makers can also allow you to stop the brewing process if you are in a hurry.
Therefore, when you are out shopping for a coffee maker, ensure you get one that gives you peace of mind when it comes to starting it and shutting itself off.
So, what is an automatic shut off feature?
An automatic shutoff feature is a shut off feature that’s been designed to ensure the convenience and the safety of the customers and their property.
The automatic shut off feature ensures that the coffee maker goes off by itself after some time. The advantage of having this feature is that you are able to reduce the chances of burning your coffee maker or increasing your power bills.
This automatic shut off feature can be set in two ways. More often than not, the automatic shut off feature is set by the manufacturer but other times you can set it manually using the integrated buttons on your coffee maker.
If you left your coffee pot on, this might happen
1. Burnt Coffee
This is one of the most common ‘tragedies’; once the water has overheated and starts evaporating, thus exposing the coffee.
When that happens, the coffee becomes stronger and eventually becomes thicker. If you are lucky enough to get back to the kitchen on time, all you will have will be a burnt flavor in your coffee although this only happens to some and not all types of coffee.
2. A burnt coffee pot
This is a very common occurrence when you leave your coffee pot on for long hours. If there were only a few cups of water in that coffee pot, there will be very little of it when it starts evaporating.
If you are lucky enough to get back home in the nick of time, you will get your coffee burnt on the bottom of the pot.
In such a scenario, you only need some lemon juice, baking soda and salt to scrub off the burnt marks. If you stay way too long, there’s a possibility your coffee pot will have started warping in which case you should get a new one.
3. Fire Hazard waiting to happen
It is important to buy an automatic coffee pot for those days you are bound to forget to switch it off. A coffee pot that’s not automatic is bound to be a fire hazard especially when there are paper napkins or towels nearby.
Another thing that might cause the fire is leaving the coffee pot close to an electric cord because if the cord melts, it could cause a fire.
4. Power bill increase
When you have a habit of leaving your coffee pot on for long, be lest assured that your electricity bill will go up.
How to ensure you never leave your coffee pot on before leaving the house
If you are unlucky to have the old generation coffee makers, it means you’ll have to train yourself to ensure your coffee maker is off every time before you leave the house.
Even when you are in the house, ensure you’ve set a timer on your phone or just something to make sure that you’ll get a warning that your coffee is brewed.
The other thing you can do is to ensure that you have a to-do list that you have to check off before you leave the house.
Ensure that the list is on the kitchen table, on the kitchen door or near where you keep your keys. This list will always remind you to switch it off in the event it almost escapes your mind.
Other than switching off the coffee maker, you’ll also be reminded to switch off any other appliances in the house.
The essential information you need to about automatic shut off coffee makers
An automatic shut off in coffee makers is a safety feature that’s designed to ensure the safety of the coffee makers customers.
This shut-off feature ensures that the coffee pot automatically goes off after some time of not being in use. This automatic shut off feature ensures that your coffee pot will not burn and neither will your electricity bills go up.
Sometimes, the automatic shut off feature is set by the manufacturer other times you can change it to your preferred time using the integrated buttons.
Most times the coffee makers have been set to between 2 to 3 hours but as noted, you can change it to your preferred duration.
In summary, to save yourself the stress of wondering whether your coffee maker is on or off, just get a modern one that has an automatic shut off feature. If possible get one that is self-timing such that by the time you are getting off the bed, your coffee will be brewed.