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I live in a tiny studio apartment with an even tinier (excuse for a) kitchen, so I’ve had to get truly creative about managing space. In a lot of cases that has meant “doing with less,” but when it comes to my morning coffee, there are some things a girl can’t do without! Imagine my delight, while I was shopping for a coffee maker that would take up a minimal footprint on my limited kitchen counter, when I discovered the cupboard-mounted Black & Decker SDC850 SpaceMaker coffee maker! I’m pretty sure I did a happiness-dance right there in the store. This machine brews up to eight cups, and doesn’t use up a single square inch of my countertop.
I had actually never heard of a cupboard-mounted coffee maker until I discovered this one, but as it turns out, Black & Decker produces an entire line of “SpaceMaker” appliances, all of which mount beneath the cabinets—not only the coffee maker, but a can opener, mini food processor, toaster oven, and coffee grinder (with which I also indulged myself). I was a little hesitant about the mounting process itself, given that my kitchen-skills lie in areas other than appliance installation. In the end, the mounting was not an insurmountable obstacle, although I did have to borrow my neighbor’s drill, and I was plenty nervous at the prospect. The result is ever so worth it, though! My black and stainless Black & Decker SDC850 SpaceMaker coffee grinder (and its brother the coffee grinder, mounted adjacent so they look like a single multifunctional appliance) looks pretty slick, if I do say so myself.
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And once mounted, it’s remarkably easy to use. Both the filter basket and the water reservoir are removable, by necessity, so it’s easy to top up the water at the sink, and to rinse and refill the filter basket for the next round of brewing. I can program the unit to have my coffee ready when I wake, and the blue backlit clock has become my kitchen’s primary timepiece.
Black & Decker did a thoroughly thoughtful job of design with this series. The Black & Decker SDC850 SpaceMaker coffee maker has a retractable cord and built-in cord storage, so even when it’s plugged into an outlet there’s no extra length of cord to wrangle out of sight. It also includes what they refer to as a “Save-a-Plug” outlet, which allows you to plug SpaceSaver appliances into one another in a series, with only one of them actually plugged into the wall. So my coffee grinder plugs directly into the adjacent coffee maker (again with retractable cord eliminating extra loops of wires), and the coffee machine plugs into the wall. Minimum of fuss, minimum of mess.
The insulated thermal carafe keeps my coffee hot for hours after brewing, and suspends securely from the underside of the Black & Decker SDC850 SpaceMaker coffee maker. I had concerns that its positioning would result in drips and puddles all over the counter below, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case. Even when I pull out the carafe during the brewing process to fill my cup, the dispenser doesn’t drip at all. When I’m not using the machine, I can either “store” the carafe in its place on the machine, or remove it when I want more clearance below. I couldn’t have found a more perfect fit.