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Viking Coffee Maker Expensive, lousy AND made in China

  • jcmods Nov 23, 2012 07:30 AM
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So much for Viking being supposedly American made. I guess everything except their lousy coffee maker which tends to stop brewing halfway through. (because of the cheaply made valve on the top of the carafe which has to fit precisely to allow the liquid to flow into the carafe).

The result being that you sometimes wake up to find coffee all over the floor and on the counter (and inside the machine where you cannot get to it).

It also flashes a warning that you need to decalcify the machine. This is just so much BS as I use filtered water. This is the second disaster and all negative product reviews on Amazon indicate that it will not be the last.

I may have to stop drinking coffee altogether because there are no other coffee makers not made in China.

The product seems to have been "retired" according to their web site. I guess I am just one of those suckers who has to eat $300 bucks.

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  1. I just bought my nephew a Technivorm for Christmas. The box says Handmade and it's COO is the Netherlands. Not a cheap machine but I assume a Viking cost a bit of coin anyhow....

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    1. re: ziggylu

      LOVE my Technivorm, but I'm about to put it away for a bit while I experiment with my new Brew Express. http://www.brewexpressdirect.com/prod...

    2. No worse than having a KA Pro Line coffee maker that begins corroding at the water port 6 months after buying it, then KA wouldn't make it right.

      1. China made the product according to Viking specification request.

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        1. re: raindrop1008

          Well then the specifications were not very good. I really resent paying outrageous prices to have the thing STILL made in China and still break after exactly 77 uses. I know because I started with 100 filters and now have 23 left. In the 90's I had aa cheap black and decker coffee maker that lasted literally years. Somewhere along the line they decided to "enhance" the design by building in a valve that stopped the flow when you removed the carafe. Unfortunately, this never worked correctly and you invariably ended up with an overflow the second your back was turned. Since that time, I have found it impossible to find a coffee maker that does not have this intensely annoying feature.

          In other words, 20 years ago, it was possible to get a u.s. made coffee maker for around $20. Yet today, we are expected to believe that a domestically produced coffee maker needs to cost $300 - and surprise - it is STILL MADE IN CHINA.

          The people that outsourced all this stuff should be lined up and shot.

          I was looking at the Dutch made coffee maker and that got a lot of bad reviews too. But of course, I would rather buy something from Europe than support the greed heads who are getting rich off cheap garbage that we are literally force fed because there are no alternatives. If everyone raised a loud stink every time, maybe someone would get the message.

        2. I like my non-US coffee maker. I boil water in a Mexican enamel steel sauce pan, and strain the grounds out with a small plastic strainer from Korea.

          1. Chemex!
            Made in USA.

            1. $300 coffee maker? About two years ago, I had to break down and pay over $10 for a coffeemaker for the first time. Admittedly, the sub $10 coffee makers only lasted about a decade each...

              1. I'm perfectly happy with my $50 Frieling French Press. I bought mine in 2003, the only thing I've had to replace is the mesh screen (bought a bunch of them directly from Frieling) and it makes great coffee. Of course, it can't be ready when I wake up in the morning, but I'm willing to live with that. (The same pot is selling for $94 on Amazon now, I guess I got a good deal too.)

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                1. re: flourgirl

                  Ditto the Frieling(s) as we've been partial to French press brewing for a couple decades. We went through our share of Bodum glass carafes over the years and were thrilled with the move to the double walled stainless steel Frieling. Nice clean design, durable, dishwasher friendly, etc. Super glad to hear that replacement mesh screens are available as our original 8 cup version,purchased perhaps 10 years ago, could benefit from a replacement filter. No leaking parts ever

                  1. re: ThanksVille

                    Yes, all the parts are available on the Frieling website. We went through our share of Bodums too before discovering this press. It's one of the best kitchen purchases I ever made.

                  2. re: flourgirl

                    I have the same thing. I work as an actor and sometimes have to travel for theater or to shoot something and a director of mine suggested that I spring for a the stainless steel Frieling instead of the glass one that I had. It can literally be tossed in the back of the car if needed and of course you can have superb coffee anywhere you have access to hot water. Also one of my better purchases. On another note, how do you know when to replace the mesh screen? Thanks.
                    JeremyEG
                    HomeCookLocavore.com

                    1. re: JeremyEG

                      I replaced the screen when it started unraveling along the edges. I've only replaced it once so far, I only bought a few of them because the shipping was the same, they're pretty cheap and just in case they stopped making them or something, I'd have enough screens to last me a very long time. :)

                  3. Follow up: After I learned to always make sure that the carafe is perfectly lined up to prevent spillage, a new problem has cropped up.

                    The thing makes less and less coffee. You program in 8 "cups" which in the past made 4 good sized mugs. Suddenly, it is now only making 3 mugs. I selected the 9 cups option which is barely adequate to make 4 mugs. I suppose it will start deteriorating to where I have to press "12 cups" to make one mug of coffee...repeating the process four times.

                    The thing is less than a year old. Do I have to get on a plane to find something not made in China or is it just as bad in Europe. I am assuming it is probably just as bad everywhere.

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                    1. re: jcmods

                      Hi, jc:

                      You might try one of those listed here: http://usamadeproducts.biz/coffee-mak...

                      Or buy a vintage unit.

                      Aloha,
                      Kaleo

                    2. New update: We had it set on 8 cups which was sufficient for a while. Then all of a sudden it started making only 6 cups so we had to up it to 10 cups which now makes what 8 cups formerly did.

                      Also weird electrical issues as it keeps shutting off and you have to reset the clock, like every week.

                      For $300 bucks this coffee maker sure is a PITA.

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                      1. re: jcmods

                        Keep trying to make a go of it and was doing okay for a while (as long as you check and recheck things like the alignment of the coffee pot etc. which, if it is even one one-billionth of a milimeter off will end with water all over the counter). Now, because we forgot to fill the reservoir all the way resulted in the darn thing stopping.

                        Does simply fllling the reservoir work? Of course not. I think it may be completely dead. Unplugging it repeatedly and letting it rest is useless.

                        I may have to finally do without a coffee maker because there is no possible replacement that is not made in China.

                      2. Never heard of this brand, I only have two coffee brewer, one Mr.coffee 1000, and the other is krups 8009, they work great to me