A good-looking benchtop option; pretty flimsy though.
Being a fan of old school American style filter coffee is a bit of a challenge in Australia. In a land of Nespresso pod style machines, hunting down a good-looking filter coffee maker is a task and a half; there just aren’t many options. Concurrently, America seems to have a sea of the things in every colour, with every feature and at every price point: if only you could buy one without the hassle of a voltage converter.
So, when I stumbled across this Sunbeam in our local Kitchen Warehouse I was thrilled. It looked modern on the benchtop, has...the timer and (drumroll, drumroll!) boasted that all the bits and pieces could go through the dishwasher thus negating the hassle of cleaning out coffee crud. Sold. On the spot. Longer term, things have been a bit hit and miss. Whilst I LOVE being able to detach the entire reservoir for cleaning and refilling, the reality is that the plastic latches on the lid really aren’t great and broke early in the piece. We are about 8 months in and the hotplate has started to degrade as well. This always happens with filter machines over time but this one seems to be going early. The reservoir has also started intermittently leaking when you fill it at the tap so that’s furiously annoying. Unsure whether to bother trying to return it due to the above (where did the receipt go?) or just accept that it wasn’t overly pricey and looked a whole lot better than the two boxy chrome style models that Sunbeam and Breville had seemed to offer for years. At the end of the day it brews good coffee, is easy to clean, the timer is simple to operate and it has a really good keep warm period of several hours as opposed to the hour or so that many other machines we have had offered.
Simple and efficient
This is a simple machine that does what it sets out to do.
The name is true to the nature of it, it is easy to clean!
Out of the box it's a simple thing, remove the foam, pop in the water filter, fill it with water, add your coffee, press go.
Hot Coffee starts to drip out a few seconds later.
Setting the time was very easy and setting the "Brew Later" function was just as easy.
I noticed that the coffee I usually use came out a fair bit stronger than I was used to with an Espresso Machine and an Aero Press, so I add in about 1/2 cup less than the manual recommends.
Purchased in August 2020 at Myer Online Store for $79.00.
2nd one. Still unlucky.
Purchased one from Target. Got it home, set it up and the button to set the minutes didn’t work. Returned it and got another one. All good, set up time and got up next morning filled it up and now the Brew Now button on this one doesn’t work. Sorry but Im not going a 3rd. I will try something else.
Purchased in August 2020 at Target Australia.
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The worst coffee machine for your home
On Monday 31st August 2020 I bought this for the house but Maria told me the coffee tastes terrible and it leaks everywhere, which causes a hazard in the kitchen because it is only a matter of time before somebody get themselves electrocuted.
Purchased in August 2020 at JB Hi-Fi Online Store for $64.00.
Incapable of making a hot coffee
I just bought the sunbeam pc7800 and am very disappointed. The coffee tastes ok but at best It makes a slightly warm coffee. Am I potentially using the wrong beans or this just a poorly designed product? I'm currently using pre-ground coffee so perhaps some better/fresh beans would improve the temperature. So far it seems incapable of making the coffee hot and there's no way to adjust the temperature.
Purchased in April 2020 at JB Hifi Home.
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Sunbeam Coffee Machine
I find that this little coffee machine is easy to use, it is quick to make coffee. It is easy to clean. The price was very reasonable and has a 1 year warranty.
The coffee turns out nice. I love it.
Purchased in February 2020 at JB Hi-Fi Online Store for $79.00.
Questions & Answers
Hi All, I have been using the PC7800 drip filter coffee machine now foe 4 months. No hassles, clean and descale frequently. But today after 4 hours of usage or there about so wanted to make another brew. I filled the machine with water and with filter and coffee but it beeps immediately when I press the Brew Now button as if it has finished making the brew. Do I need to reset or wait for it to brew again. What process do I need to do? Or is the machine defective? Regards Izzy
Hi Israel C,
I have just sent you a private message if you could kindly respond via that please.
Is the keep warm function able to be used when you use "Brew Now"?
From the product manual it states
1. After filling the coffeemaker with water
and grounds, press the Brew Now
button to brew instantly.
2. Brew Now indicator will illuminate.
3. “Warmer On” will illuminate on the
display to indicate warming plate is on.
The warming plate will stay on for up to
4 hours. The coffeemaker will beep to
signal the end of the brew cycle.
NOTE: Push Brew Now button prior to 4
hours to turn the coffee maker off early.
Based on point 2 the warming plate will stay on for 4 hours.
Hope this helps.
That is great to hear enjoy when you receive it.
We purchased a PC7800 drip filter coffee machine from Big W, Coffs Harbour Plaza Shops a week ago. We followed the user guide and consequently had 2 questions; (1) the coffee comes out just beyond luke warm and (2) the guide at page 9 advised to line the removable filter basket with a "reusable coffee filter".
Is there a way we could get the unit to provide hotter coffee? Is it necessary to use separate reusable filters?
Where can we purchase these filters and replacement water filtration cartridges?
With Question (1)- Can you check the Brew Now & Brew Later icons to check this could be the reason behind the luke warm. Question (2) if you go on to our Sunbeam website & scroll down to the bottom of the page it will say Service Agents if you open that up it will give you a list of any in your area if you contact then them they will be able to help you about getting some reusable filters. https://www.sunbeam.com/ Thanks.
The only way to get a hotter cup of coffee is to heat up your cup with the milk prelit added before you pour in the coffee..been using these along time
not prelit, sorry been looking for christmas trees today! NO, heat the cup in microwave with your sugar added into the milk make it as hot as possible around 1-1.5 mins. It totally does the trick! I dont use the water filter, havent even put it on, i use boiled water (cold). After I heat up the milk/cup I give it a stir for the sugar and sprinkle some cinnamon on top then pour in the fresh brew, its fabulous! I thought this machine would need paper filters but it doesnt! The reusable filter included even keeps the fine sediment out, it makes a good cup of coffee..as long as you put enough fresh grounds in of course!
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