If coffee is not for everyone, there will not be for anyone.
The Mr. Coffee programmable coffee maker has a feature called "DelayBrew" (delayed preparation) that allows users to program the machine to prepare coffee at a later time within a 24 hour period. This is a useful feature for people who, for example, do not have time to make coffeeand expect to be ready in the morning.


Set the clock on the appliance with the current time separately holding down the buttons "Hour" (time) and "Minute" (minute) to change numbers to the correct hour and minute. If the time is after noon, the clock will display a symbol "PM".

Press the button "Set Delay" (delayed schedule), then press the buttons"Hour" (time) and "Minute" (minute) to set the time you want to startbrewing.

Add water and ground coffee to the pot as you normally do.

Press the "Delay Brew" (delayed preparation). This will turn on the indicator light "Delay" (delay) of the brewer.

Press the "Off" (Off) if you need to cancel a "Delay Brew" (delayedpreparation).

10/28/2013 10:56:30 am

thank u if it works

Mama Dubs
3/12/2017 08:36:47 am

It doesn't matter, I have tried all of these suggestions and it does not work. I fell for it cause it was red. and I've had Mr. Coffee makers most of my adult life. I have NEVER had this much of a hassle. I read the instructions, I had someone who owns one come over and show me how to use it. And I never got it to work. These coffee maker are defective or something.

3/16/2017 06:49:28 am

i just got a Mr coffee and the on and off button does not stay on. why is that.

John vigil
4/2/2017 08:20:20 am

This is very easy to do if you go to utube I did a video of how to do it just look up Mr coffee set delay time.

2/24/2014 01:53:23 am

Step 2. Needs to say press set display button at the same time as choosing the hour and minutes you want it to start brewing. Works great, thanks!

4/2/2014 12:44:42 pm

On my model I have to set the delayed brew time then use the select button until the delayed brew yellow light is lit.

6/6/2016 10:02:50 pm

Thank you!!!!!! We must have the same model. Your post helped to make my mornings much more easier :)

7/22/2016 10:22:36 pm

Does your heat surface heat up as soon as you set delay brew?-because mine does and it doesn't seem necessary or normal

11/15/2016 09:05:29 pm

You're awesome! Your answer worked OBVIOUSLY for me and for everyone 😉

12/7/2016 10:06:59 am

Does yellow lights stay on? Mine does not

1/30/2017 07:03:21 pm


Try pressing the "brew now" button twice to make the delayed brew light stay yellow. Of course you should set your start time first.

3/1/2017 05:45:54 pm

The light should stay on until the delayed time.to brew is met and the brew begins you will need to set again every night

Susan Overstreet
3/7/2017 11:58:28 pm

Thank you Gary. The advice to press the brew now button twice after setting the delayed start time did the trick for lighting up the delayed brew yellow light. I am looking forward to see if it now function as it should. The brew strength is also lit. I hope that is normal. Thanks again.

6/3/2014 11:11:57 am


7/29/2014 08:54:48 am

Have tried a number of times, does not work.........

8/23/2014 09:36:44 pm

I can not get mine to work either. the delay brew light will not stay lit.

9/20/2014 03:20:31 pm

You use the set delay to pick the time and the brown light will flash. Then you click the select/off button twice thus setting the delay brew for the next day. The brown light should now stay on. Hope this helps. If not the mrcoffee website has every manual on it.

4/18/2015 11:37:06 pm

Still no coffee!!! Tried everything

3/24/2016 06:39:29 pm

Try pressing the "Off/Brew Now Button". Make sure the little brew timer at the bottom display is not showing. I had the same problem and just started pressing buttons until I realized that was the problem.

10/19/2014 08:36:01 pm

After you select the delay hour and minutes press the "select/off" button, it will lit the green light and if you press again it will lit the orange light for delay brew and it will stay on. It will start brewing at the set time

11/10/2016 07:12:08 pm

Thank you that work for me! Press set delay then select/off twice!

1/4/2017 07:56:24 pm

Worked for me yayabera! Thanks!!!

11/17/2014 10:28:32 am

this worked me: 1- press "delay brew" -2- set time to brew -3- press select/off button TWICE

8/8/2015 11:39:54 am

The above worked for me as well. Thanks!

11/29/2014 02:26:20 pm

This is a useful feature for people who, for example, do not have time to make coffeeand expect to be ready in the morning.

12/8/2014 12:26:36 pm

In order to set the delay brew and for it to actually brew at the set time, you need to push the select button twice and the yellow "delay brew" light will come on....Thanks

12/8/2014 07:43:16 pm

This is a useful feature for people who, for example, do not have time to make coffeeand expect to be ready in the morning.

3/3/2015 11:25:35 am

Set hour/minutes, hit set delay then set time for delay,hit select/off button twice that sets delay brew.Worked for me anyway.good luck y'all.

12/10/2015 09:45:25 pm

I don't have a delay button my mr. Coffee maker. Hiw do i program?

2/7/2016 04:11:02 pm

I don't have delay just auto and program buttons. Can't seem to get it to work

3/8/2016 09:08:26 pm

Thank this was very helpful.

3/18/2016 06:39:20 pm

I just bought a new mr coffee optimal brewing 10 cups, and have a problem, after setting the time, the clock moves too slowly ( for example if i set it now at 4:30, after one hour it will be 5:10.
I'm a little bit confused and have no idea to fix that ?

dariana Ferris
9/19/2016 12:45:43 am

I am having the same issue, this is my second model and have had this problem with both of my Mr. Coffee brewers. Any one that can help?!

Jayvie Schaus
3/22/2016 11:40:22 pm

This is pretty helpful. Thank u so much.

Cindy Hamilton
4/11/2016 08:00:29 am

I am having trouble with the dimness of the machine cant tell if its am or pm

5/28/2016 10:07:28 am

delay brew light keeps flashing. unplugging does not reset machine. setting time and delay brew time yields no coffee. I want coffee NOW.
I will never EVER buy Mr. Coffee again. Black and Decker, I'm back.

6/11/2016 02:11:35 am

How do I turn the "delayed brew" completely off?

No matter what I seem to do the blue light stays on no matter what.

I do not want "delayed brew." I want to make it on my own when I want to.

Thank you.

7/22/2016 03:38:15 pm

I can't get coffee. All I get is beeping. I just want the program off.

12/27/2016 06:02:18 am

My ability to set the time to delay brew - hour and minute - is frozen in time. It will not allow me to change the 12:00 o'clock time no matter how many options I've used - unplug it, press delay brew and try to set the time while that is flashing, etc., etc.. Was working beautifully until yesterday - now I prepare my coffee, but when I get up in the morning I hit ON and the coffee brews, but I liked it to work automatically with the delay brew time I set.

Carla Adelmann
1/11/2017 10:36:09 pm

It is supposed to have the light flashing on and off when you set the timer? And mine starts to talk to me in the middle of the night and says "Java, Cup 'O Joe, black gold, Mud." Wait, I think that must have been a dream!

Clay Jerry
1/25/2017 09:23:29 pm

How do I get a job posting wrong information on a website? Just like the idiot that wrote this, I'd like to give people completely wrong information because I don't know what the fuck I am talking about. What would make it better, is if real people are having real issues, and turn to me for information. Then I could just make up something up for the hell of it, and go on about my day.

1/26/2017 04:21:20 am

The good news is, following my post above with my time delay being frozen in time and not allowing me to change the hour or minute, after weeks of not being able to delay my coffee brewing, wallah, I tried it the other day and it worked. Don't even go there with me - I have no idea why I was able to set it each day for months as I had been doing when the coffeemaker was first purchased, and all of a sudden it wouldn't work, but I'm now a happy camper. Coffee is there for me every morning. I simply consider it a Mr. Coffee "glitch". because I wasn't doing anything differently.

2/20/2017 06:34:21 am

Thank you,this really helped. I was frustrated but now I know how to set the delayed featured

3/12/2017 04:56:02 pm

Don't need to push "set delay". Assuming you set the delay brew time, you only need to push "select/off" button twice. Too bad Mr Coffee can't print their instructions properly.


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