Zojirushi CD-LCC30 Micom 3.0-Liter Electric Dispensing Pot
I want to post a review of this terrific hot water dispensing machine. It's chilly here in northern California now, and especially since I’m home recovering from ACL surgery, I've been keeping warm by drinking tea.
I drink a fair amount of tea, and so this 3 liter size water pot is perfect for myself. I typically only refill it once a day, at night before I go to bed. It has a 7 hour delay timer that I use so that I have hot water as soon as I get up.
I use the hottest water setting that maintains the temperature at 208 degrees F. It heats up relatively quickly if it's left at 195 degrees or at 175 degrees to save electricity, but I'm impatient and don't like to wait.
I also use it for hot chocolate, apple cider, ramen, you name it.
It is very easy to refill thanks to the removable cover and removable power cord. The cord attaches magnetically, which makes plugging and unplugging incredibly easy.
I do have to turn the pot around so the back is facing me when I open the cover and remove it to refill the water. If I don't, the steam hits me on the wrist when I open it, and since I keep it on the hottest setting, the steam is scalding.
There is a safety feature where you press the "unlock" button before the "dispense" button so it doesn't accidentally dispense hot water, but it hasn't been that important to me.
It's super easy to clean. I bought a 1-lb package of citric acid. I weigh out 30g, dissolve it in water, and throw it into a full pot. Then I press the button to put the pot on clean mode. It takes about an hour and a half Afterward, I dump the water and boil another pot of water to rinse it. I dump that, and the next pot of water doesn't taste like citric acid at all. There are cleaning instructions in the manual.
I clean it every few weeks, or whenever I feel like it. Our water is very hard, and even though I use filtered water, a layer of calcium will accumulate on the inside of the pot, but the cleaning takes that away without any problems.
The interior is Teflon coating, I believe, but as long as I don't scratch it, it's perfectly safe. It hasn't shown any wear or tear yet.
The outside is plastic and easy to clean even when it gets splatter from the nearby stove top.
I have had my pot for 16 months and it hasn't given me any problems. For tea lovers, I can't recommend this enough.
I bought mine on Amazon.com. It's $135 as of today, but there's also an Amazon promotion where you automatically save $25 on your order when you spend $125 on Kitchen & Housewares products. So if you buy this pot, you get $25 off. (The offer is valid through December 31, 2005.)