Contingency Design for Coffee Makers

I am always looking for a faster / better / different way of doing things. Today I decided that I was going to make a cup of coffee. I usually just opt for a cup of starbucks, but I didn’t feel like going anywhere. I loaded the coffee maker up with grinds and water. Then I decided that there was no need to put the lid on the coffee pot while it brewed.

About 20 minutes later I went to pour a cup for myself and found the entire floor covered with freshly brewed coffee.

It seems that the coffee maker that I have requires the lid to be on the pot so that it depresses a small lever underneath the part that holds the grinds. If the lever is not depressed the water will not flow from the container that holds the grinds into the coffee-pot. This conveniently forces the water to build up in the coffee grounds reservoir and accumulate on the floor.