The West Bend 13500 coffee urn is a commercial 55-cup polished-aluminum brewer.
The UL-listed coffee maker can make 1 cup per minute. It features an aluminum body and brew basket, secure-twist cover, two-way dripless faucet with heat resistant handles and base.
It has a light that signals if the coffee is ready to serve. The urn has instructions printed on it about how to brew coffee. It comes with a scrub brush for speedy cleanup. It is made in the USA and measures 18-1/4H x 11W x 13-1/2L inches and weighs only 8.6 pounds.
It has an automatic temperature control on and off switch, a twist to secure lid, and a base and handles that stay cool to the touch. It also has interior water-level markings, It can only be washed by hand, and is not dishwasher safe.
It is the perfect coffee urn that can brew enough coffee for a large group. Some users said that it can brew enough coffee for their church congregation. It is also an effective coffee maker for a restaurant or coffee shop. Caterers can also use this coffee urn for their functions.
Many reviews have talked about how perfect this large coffee brewer is for large scale functions like weddings, funerals, and other parties. They are also ideal for community centers and offices. You won’t have to keep brewing coffee on a small 12 cup coffee maker.
Most users say they are happy with this coffee urn because coffee is always piping hot even after an hour or two. It also comes with an on and off switch. Other coffee urns don’t have an on and off switch.
One review mentioned that the West Bend 13500 coffee urn arrived in the mail damaged with the black plastic bottom broken. Some users said that it was more expensive than most other coffee percolators. The unit is also very large and makes it a bit difficult to clean.
Some users have also said that the plastic base is not as durable as the body. So, even if the body is tough, you may have to deal with a broken base which will make it difficult to use if broken. The black plastic handles also seem a bit flimsy and does not make one confident to carry it around using the handles if the urn is full of coffee.
Overall the West Bend 13500 coffee urn is the perfect coffee percolator for waiting lounges, cafes and diners, restaurants, bars, offices, hospitals, funerals, weddings, and other big parties and functions. It can make 55 cups and brews one cup per minute. So, if you will use this percolator for a church congregation let’s say, you can turn it on before the service and it should be ready to serve right after the service.
For bigger crowds, two units would be ideal and would cut down the queue to 2 shorter lines. If you think about the convenience, the price will make up for the hassle of brewing coffee repeatedly. You just need this unit to serve coffee to a large group of people. Just turn it on and leave it there. No filters to mess around with, or the need to refill another batch of coffee.