I had occasion to buy a new coffee maker recently. My philosophy is, “Go mid-range.” If you purchase one of those no-nonsense, on-off, under-20-bucks models, you eventually will come home in the afternoon to the smell of scorched coffee, probably sooner than later. And the really expensive, high-end coffee pots? Don’t even get me started. I return to the programmable, 12-cup Mr. Coffee, or comparable brand. It can’t be beaten, except I do notice the LED displays get harder and harder to read. Yes, we’re getting started slowly here after a little vacation. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need another cup of coffee.