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Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 07, 2016 03:01PM
Here at work a group of us have a Mr. Coffee machine that we share. It's got a 'warmer plate' on it that runs pretty much all day (we shut it off at night). The cheap Formica countertop below it is showing signs of heat distress. What can I do to stop the damage ? It's sort of against company policy to have coffee pots, so I don't want to give any excuse to get rid of it. Because coffee !!!!! (shaking maniacally).

I'm thinking of one of those glass 'cutting boards' that stores sell, but I was wondering if I can use one of those thin silicone 'cutting boards' instead. Or will that just melt ?
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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: pqrst
Date: March 07, 2016 03:07PM
We had a similar problem in my office. We turned off the warming plate (not sure if yours can do that) and everyone uses the microwave to warm up coffee. Also saved us from burnt coffee taste.
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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: Robert M
Date: March 07, 2016 03:17PM
Cbelt,

Lots of options. A grooved cutting board will do the trick.

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You don't need to get an Epicurean but I happen to like them because they are well made, thin and dishwasher-safe.

You may also be able to use a heavy-duty cafeteria tray. I have a heavy-duty cafeteria tray beneath my Bonavita coffee maker. Something along these lines:

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I don't have that one exactly but I purchased a few of them at a local restaurant supply shop.

I'd probably go with a grooved cutting board since I'm not sure if a cafeteria tray can handle significant amounts of heat. The bottom of the Bonavita has feet and is reasonably well insulated. Not sure if a Mr. Coffee is built into a similar manner.

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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 07, 2016 03:17PM
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pqrst
We had a similar problem in my office. We turned off the warming plate (not sure if yours can do that) and everyone uses the microwave to warm up coffee. Also saved us from burnt coffee taste.
pqrst- we could, but many of us use stainless steel no spill coffee mugs. No nuking allowed ! coffee smiley
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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 07, 2016 03:20PM
I would say to put some sort of trivet under it.
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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: DJM
Date: March 07, 2016 03:20PM
Go to Lowes and get a 12" ceramic tile.



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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: billb
Date: March 07, 2016 03:25PM
a 12-18 inch piece of Corian countertop cutout from a cabinet install shop. They're only a half inch to 5/8 thick. They usually have some sink cutouts and cutoffs in a corner somewhere collecting dust.



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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 07, 2016 03:36PM
I'm thinkin' billb is on the right track, or your silicone mat should work; IIRC those things are good up to around 500°. I had a buddy in the glass biz many years ago, and he got us a few 12 - 16 inch beveled edge squares/rectangles that have been used for that kind of stuff. Basically any durable insulating material that doesn't emit toxic odors under Mr. Coffee's heat is gonna be fine. Good luck.
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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 07, 2016 04:47PM
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DJM
Go to Lowes and get a 12" ceramic tile.

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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: 3d
Date: March 07, 2016 06:28PM
I am in Long Island NY if you want a beautiful 12x12x.5 piece of sample quartz countertop for FREE. It's out in the garage right now, but I'm 90% sure it's "Bellingham". On the site, the samples are free. But shipping is around $20 from what I remember.

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Re: Kitchen Question: Save the Countertop from Mr. Coffee !
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 07, 2016 07:44PM
I really like the idea of a Corian cutout.

My buddy's wife has a couple of these from their countertop redo, and they work great.

The tile square is pretty compelling, for a quick fix.

I'd get a couple, because I'm sure someone *will* slide it off the counter.




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