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How to Set Delay Brew on Mr. Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide

All coffee enthusiasts love the taste and aroma of freshly brewed coffee, but not everybody likes the process of brewing. To save time in the morning, some people grind the coffee beans and prepare their coffee before sleeping. But that won’t give you freshly brewed coffee at all. 

Enter, Mr. Coffee… 

Mr. Coffee understands this need, so it designed a coffee machine with a "delay brew setting." This option allows you to automatically set your machine to brew your coffee at the right time. This means that you can have your coffee ready even before your morning alarm wakes you up. Sounds great, so far?

Now, on to how to set delay brew on Mr. Coffee. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but there are some things you need to remember. Let’s get to that, so you can have your freshly brewed coffee ready when you wake up. 

But first… 

What Is the Mr. Coffee Delay Brew Function?

Mr. Coffee is known and loved for producing some of the world's most popular coffee and espresso machines. Many coffee aficionados love the fact that these brewers can keep coffee warm for about 120 minutes. But one of their features that stand out is the delay brew option. 

The delay brew option is perfect for heavy sleepers and folks who find themselves very busy every morning. So instead of missing your morning cup of Joe, you can program your machine to automatically brew coffee and save time. If you can relate, then delay-brew is for you. 

Another reason why we love the delay brew settings is that it fills our home with the smell of freshly brewed coffee every morning. That’s just perfect for coffee lovers struggling to get out of bed. 

How to Set Delay Brew on Mr. Coffee

Step 1: Set the Clock on the Coffee Maker

Since you will be programming your machine to brew your coffee before you wake up, the time on it has to be correct. So the first thing you should do is ensure that the time on the machine's clock matches the time on your clock.

coffee machine 12:00 set time

To set the time, make sure the machine is plugged in. Once it turns on, you will see the clock flashing 12:00. Next, press the minute and hour buttons until the machine displays the correct time. Remember, if it's before noon, then the machine's clock will display the "AM" and “PM” for the afternoon. So, make sure you're keen when setting the time.

Step 2: Press the “Set Delay” Button and Set the Time You Want to Brew Your Coffee

press the set the delay button

Next, click the "set delay button." The delay brew indicator on the coffee maker will illuminate. Once it illuminates, you will notice that the delay brew timer always starts at 12:00. 

You can now set the time you need your coffee to start brewing in the morning using the minutes and hours buttons. But you have to be very fast when doing this since the machine will revert to the regular clock if you take too long.

If the clock reverts to the normal time before you finished programing it, then you will end up setting the wrong time. So when this happens, you can cancel it by pressing the "select/Off button." And then repeat the above procedure until you get the right time. 

Once the delay brewing time is correctly set, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Add the Ground Coffee and Water

add the ground coffee and water

After setting the delay brewing time, add the water and the right amount of ground coffee as you normally would. Without the water and ground coffee, the machine will still go through the brewing cycle without producing anything, so don’t forget this part. 

Make sure everything is installed correctly before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Press the “Delay Brew Button” to Turn It On 

press the delay brew button

Finally, depending on your machine, you can press the "delay brew" once or the "select/off'' button twice to activate this function. When the "delay brew setting" is activated, the "delay brew indicator" will illuminate.

Troubleshooting the Delay Brew Feature

Even though it's very simple to program, some people find issues with the delayed brew cycle. One thing that confuses people is that the setting does not repeat automatically every day. So you have to repeat the process every evening if you want coffee brewed at a pre-determined time every day. 

Another issue that people face is setting the correct time on the coffee maker's clock. So if you are struggling with setting the timer, you may need to consult the manual. 

If it still doesn't work, then your machine's clock may be damaged. So, you will have to return it to the manufacturer and get a replacement if still covered by the one-year warranty. Check out our review of Mr Coffee Optimal Brew


There is nothing more satisfying than waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee every day, perfect for starting your day. It’s a great thing that Mr. Coffee makes this even more convenient. Once you know how to set delay brew on Mr. Coffee brewer, then you wouldn’t have to bother preparing and waiting for your coffee to brew.

The process is straightforward, and anyone can do it. Just remember that you have to repeat this procedure every evening or when you need coffee.

Krista Haws

Known among her friends as 'the caffeine fiend', Krista loves all things coffee. From an extremely short, strong espresso to a 3 day cold brew, Krista loves them all.

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