Hamilton Beach Commercial 60 Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Urn Review

We never really considered a coffee urn until I got dragged to a comic con-type convention last year. Sure, we entertain and pull out the stovetop percolator a lot, but an urn?

The Hamilton Beach Commercial 60 Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Urn proved that urns weren’t just for church kitchens, stuffy businesses and bored rich women. Just goes to show you’re never too old to learn.

Hamilton Beach Coffee UrnThe line into the place was almost around the block, so some co-dressers (or cross-dressers, or whatever they’re called) offered free coffee since it was a chilly morning. That was a nice touch and I immediately dropped all pretense of judging complete strangers.

What really impressed me, though, was the fact that they carted around these substantial coffee urns to make sure people got their caffeine fix.

Nice touch. I looked into the specifics of the one I kept seeing during an especially nice buzz and got the details from an employee.

The main one they used that morning was the Hamilton Beach Commercial 60 Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Urn.

Specs

  • The machine comes with the urn, lid, brew basket and plug. All parts of the machine are polished stainless steel which is supposed to be easy to clean.
  • The cup flip handle allows for one-hand pouring
  • It’s 11.5 pounds when empty
  • It comes with a 1 year warranty on parts and labor
  • The warm setting keeps it heated at a constant temperature.
  • Power on and ready lights inform when the brew cycle’s finished.
  • Side handles help with transporting needs.
  • It boasts a one-minute brewing time per cup and has a capacity of 60 cups.
  • Water guide lets you see when the contents are getting low.

Some concerns:

  • The spigot is plastic and looks weak.
  • It takes 50 – 90 minutes to brew a pot. Compare this to the West Bend urn and it only takes a half hour for that to brew. And it’s about the same size.
  • This machine is supposed to be commercial grade, but it’s really slow and looks too fragile to be used for heavily trafficked business needs.

That was proven in the end when the staff couldn’t keep up with the volume of coffee drinkers in line.

Now the pros:

This machine is really attractive. It looks like a coffee machine you’d find at a fancy hotel brunch. I imagine it would look nice on a counter if your kitchen was big enough.

5_443552The coffee tasted great. It was unplugged for probably over a half an hour when we got our taste, and ours was piping hot.

There was no bitter taste and it wasn’t strong like old drip coffee that sits too long.

Everyone commented on it. And I do mean everyone. Even one of the guys behind us dressed as Chewbacca (there were several)…which was a hoot since he mainly gurgled his appreciation.

Which then got everyone else echoing his sentiments. Yes, including me. Hey, did I mention I was hopped up on caffeine? Don’t judge.

Conclusions

While I don’t have the room or need for this sucker in my own apartment, I can see how nice of an addition it would make in the right home.

If we ever own our own place, we’ll definitely consider getting one of these.

It’s funny. The rest of the day was a blur, but the free morning coffee served to comic junkies in fancy coffee urns is as fresh in my mind today as it was that morning.

It was a great way to begin a long day, that’s for sure.

To me style and function work together with the Hamilton Beach Commercial 60 Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Urn.

Sure, it takes longer to brew a large amount of coffee when compared to some but you could just take this into account when planning event.

As for the spigot it did look weak but this isn’t to say that it was. Certainly, they haven’t generated any sort of negativity because of the spigot.

We give the Hamilton Beach Commercial 60 Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Urn a solid 4 star rating bumping it down half a star because of brew time.


4 / 5 stars     

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