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  • Water gauge and indicator light provide useful information on liquid level and heating status
  • Cool touch handles with locking lid allows for easy and safe transport
  • Attractive polished stainless steel finish with waterproof on/off switch and dripless faucet
  • Double-wall body prevents outside of urn from getting too hot, ensuring safe use
  • Built-in boil dry protection ensures long lasting quality

Brew delicious, flavorful coffee day after day with the Avantco CU45ETL 45 cup coffee machine urn.

Perfect for caterers, schools, churches, and offices, this easy-to-use coffee urn makes a large amount of coffee at one time so you can quickly serve a crowd. It is designed to keep coffee hot and fresh for hours - through your entire catering event or meal period. Plus, it is made of sturdy double wall stainless steel for long-lasting durability.

  • CE Listed

    CE Listed

    This item complies with the standards imposed by the Conformance European (CE), a division of the Intertek group.

  • ETL US

    ETL US

    This item meets the electrical product safety standards imposed by the ETL, a division of the Intertek Group, for use in the United States.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.

Easy-to-Clean Design

A stainless steel construction makes this durable unit a seamless addition to any coffee station, while a removable lid, brew basket, and stem help make cleaning a breeze.

Safe, Secure Transportation

A locking lid helps prevent spills during movement, and a cool-touch double wall stainless steel structure with handles prevents burns.


To help prevent overheating and damage to the unit, this model comes equipped with an auto-shutoff switch.

Max Fill Line

This coffee urn has a maximum fill line on the inside to help prevent overfilling or accidental overflows.

Sight Glass

So you can easily see when it's time to brew more coffee, this unit comes with a convenient sight glass.

Customer Q&A Ask a Question

There are 16 cups in a gallon. Why do coffee urns with similar gallon capacities have different cup amounts listed?
Coffee urn manufacturers use different size cups to state the output of their urns, commonly 3.5 oz., 5 oz., or 8 oz. To figure out how many cups you’ll get using your existing dinnerware, simply convert the urn’s gallons to ounces and divide by the ounce size of your coffee cups or mugs! Remember, there are 128 oz. in a gallon.
When I add coffee to my urn's brew basket, some of the grounds fall through the basket and end up settling on the bottom of the urn. How do I prevent this?
Wetting your brew basket before placing coffee grounds into it will cause the first grounds that touch it to expand. Because they expand, they stop up the brew basket and prevent the grounds from falling through the basket and into the water.
What type of coffee grounds work best with this urn?
For the best performance from your coffee urn, use medium coarse coffee grounds only. Do not use drip or finely ground coffee as this may cause the coffee basket to flood. For more helpful tips, refer to the user manual.
How do I reset the coffee urn when it will not turn on?
Your urn is most likely not turning on as a result of its automatic reset feature due to a low water level. The built-in thermal limiter will automatically turn the urn off to prevent overheating and component damage.

To reset the urn, unplug it and allow it to cool. Fill the urn with the necessary amount of water and restart once it has cooled down. This may take up to 8 minutes.

In the event of repeat boil dry incidents, the metal layering, thermal limiter, and heating element of the urn may be damaged beyond repair. For this reason, it is important to read the supplied manual and follow all instructions for avoiding boil dry accidents.

How to Use the Avantco CU55 Coffee Urn

The WEBstaurant Store carries a variety of coffee urns! From setup and first use instructions to proper cleaning and maintenance care, watch this video for detailed step by step instructions on using this Avantco CU55 Coffee Urn!

Thanks to the Avantco CU55, you'll always have fresh, hot coffee on hand for your customers. This video will go over instructions and tips on how to properly use your Avantco CU55 coffee machine urn. The CU55 is easy to use and operate. Follow these simple steps for easy brewing time after time! And remember to always follow basic safety measures when using electrical equipment. Prior to first use, remove all packaging from the inside and outside of the coffee urn. Fill the coffee urn with water, then boil and discard the water. This clears the urn of any packaging residue. Now you're ready to use your CU55 coffee machine! To begin, make sure you place the coffee machine on a flat, level surface. Turn the lid counter-clockwise to open. Now, pour in your water. Make sure the water level is above the “MIN” indicator and below the “MAX” indicator. Once you've poured the water, place the lid on top of the urn and turn it clockwise to lock into place. It's now safe to plug in the urn. To begin brewing your coffee, place the percolator tube and filter basket in the tank and pour the desired amount of coffee grounds into the basket. Make sure that the percolator tube is fitted properly inside the coffee urn before operation. If you only want to boil hot water for beverages like tea, you don't need the percolator filter or basket. To begin boiling the water, press the switch to ON. The red “heating” light will turn on to indicate that the boiling process has begun. The yellow “KEEP WARM” light will turn on once boiling is done to indicate that the contents are being evenly heated to stay at the perfect serving temperature. To dispense cups of coffee, simply tilt the faucet lever. When you're done brewing, follow these easy steps for cleaning and maintenance. We recommend using our Klearly Koffee liquid coffee pot cleaner. First, unplug the unit and pour out any remaining water or coffee. Allow the unit to cool. After the urn has cooled, add hot water, brush the interior sides with a scouring pad and rinse the inside of the urn with hot water. When the water exiting the faucet runs clear, you'll know the urn is clean. Be sure to clean the filter unit and the lid with a non-abrasive detergent. Dry both components with a soft, dry cloth. The stainless steel interior and tube can be cleaned with detergent and a scouring pad. To avoid residue build up, the urn’s tap must also be cleaned regularly. If necessary, use a de-scaling agent on the tap. Clean the urn’s faucet with a bottle brush. Then, wash the tap with warm, soapy water and rinse. Use a soft cloth to wipe the urn body dry. Do NOT use benzene, thinners, or harsh abrasives for cleaning, as these will damage the exterior finish of the urn. Remember to always clean the coffee urn right after each use. Thanks to its easy operation and maintenance, the Avantco CU55 Coffee urn will make a great addition to your food service establishment. Be sure to try our line of Crown Beverage coffee for a delicious cup that your customers are sure to love!

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Overall Dimensions:
  • Width: 9 Inches
  • Depth: 9 Inches
  • Height: 17 Inches
  • Height to Dispenser: 4 3/4 Inches

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Avantco CU45ETL 45 Cup (225oz) Double Wall Stainless Steel Coffee Urn/Coffee Percolator- 950W

    4.1 stars from 18 reviews


    People Talk About:

    coffee urn great Easy hot Avantco clean more much stainless
    Sharp looking stainless steel urn that brews good tasting coffee fairly quickly. The basket that holds the coffee is a fine mesh that doesn't allow the grounds to fall through like others I've used.
    We got one of these to have hot water at our farmers market stand for hot chocolate. It heats super fast and works like a charm. One of the best equipment pieces we’ve have.
    I really like this coffee urn. I use it primarily for hot water, but it works great for coffee as well. Easy to set up, and easy to clean.
    We just purchased this to replace our previous one. I love the new upgrade. the filter basket is much nicer and it pours out much faster. More efficiency. I will buy more.
    The Avantco 55 cup coffee urn is great for smaller gatherings and works great. The urn is easy to clean and the stainless build helps it last for multiple years. The urn does a great job keeping the contents hot and the dispenser works great.
    This coffee urn has a great look for any office. It's 55 cup capacity is just perfect for us. Easy to clean inside and out.
    Working great so far. I bought this to donate to my mosque for hot tea or coffee before the meetings. Good quality and good price.
    This urn is fantastic for the first 6 months, but with all of commercial uses it makes it really hard to keep it in good condition
    BAD URN this start leaking and cannot be fixed.. It's a piece of garbage, do your research and buy something better because this urn is worthless.
    Awesome! and a great price too. Shipping was fast and free we will be ordering more for the schools and for the teachers lounges. We appreciate the fast shipping.
    We purchased this for brunch as we needed a cost effective way to do a reasonable amount of volume. Maybe not as good as high end brew systems but coffee comes out rich, stays hot and isn't burned. We have had issue with beans being ground wrong and coffee comes out like water but that's not the fault of the percolator. Just be aware that it's not super forgiving in that way.
    Got the first one, broke after 4 months (1 month storage, 3 months of usage). Webstaurant great customer service replace that one. Had the second one for another 3 months and just nozzle broke again last night. Will go to other brand for this.
    Very nice stainless steel urn, brews quickly and makes hot, clean tasting coffee. Easy to wash and to set up. Looks nice when used as a self-service device.
    Had this for 6 months and 5 days and the faucet nozzle stopped working. Just outside the 6 month warranty period. Convenient. We noticed if we only fill it half way, it works well to heat up the water as well as maintaining the temperature great. The more water that its filled with, it takes much, much longer as well as issues with retaining heat.
    This product was very cheap, and thus very attractive for our small business. However, they have below industry standard warranties, and of the 5 coffee urns from Avantco that either our business, our sister business, or my church group purchased, all failed in a matter of months. The ones that failed within the warranty were replaced by ones that failed as well. Webstaurant has excellent customer service, but Avantco was rude over the phone and dismissive of my concerns over the short life expectancy of their products. When I tried to reset the machines, they worked for another couple weeks, and then failed after being plugged in. Avantco refused to consider any reimbursement for their product, and I would suggest that you reconsider if you are trying to save money by purchasing their equipment. Unless you plan on using it only a couple times for a couple months, it's going to waste your money.
    Excellent coffee maker. Keeps coffee very hot. Nice when I have events set up and people invited to my place. This Urn It is highly recommend
    Wonder Avantco 55 cup stainless steel coffee urn. Well made and will last us a long time. Perfect for large gatherings and events. Awesome price.
    We were in the market for a new coffee maker. I did a lot of shopping around, and this was the best buy and the best product available. This stainless steel urn makes delicious coffee, shows how many cups are available, and is easy to dispense. I recommend this to anyone.

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