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181 of 210 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
The Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer is a slightly less expensive alternative to the popular Keurig coffee maker. This product suits the Mr. Coffee name perfectly. It is not sleek or sexy; it has no bells or whistles; in fact, it's downright utilitarian.
This coffee maker comes out of the box just about ready to go. Take off a couple of plastic bags, peel off a piece of tape or two, wash out and fill the water reservoir, and you're just a couple of minutes away from a cup of coffee. The controls are basic, and I liked the fact that I did not have to fiddle with anything digital or computerized or possibly smarter than I am.
My negative impressions are as follows:
--The machine itself is square and clunky looking. Not really something that I want sitting out on my kitchen counter all the time. It looks like...a Mr. Coffee.
--The water reservoir is awkward and chunky. Unless you fill it in place with a pitcher or bottle of water, then spillage is a definite possibility, because you need to use two hands to keep it level.
--The actual brewing process is not as fast as my Keurig, so those of us with issues with impatience may chafe at the extra few seconds we have to wait until we have our coffee.
--This device works okay if you choose the small cup size. When I select the large cup size, the water flows inside the coffee maker right into the drip tray about half the time. The other half of the time, I receive only about half a cup of coffee.
--This machine makes a nice cup of coffee when you choose the small cup size. It comes out at an excellent and drinkable temperature, nice and strong, which is the way I like it.
--Unlike the Keurig, the Mr. Coffee does not leave coffee grinds in the bottom of my coffee cup. I like not having to chew my cup of coffee in the morning.
The Mr. Coffee has a slightly different brewing protocol than a Keurig, heating the water and brewing the coffee at one press of a button. If you treat it like a Keurig, you'll have a drip tray full of coffee and nothing in your cup. So be sure to read the instructions before you brew your first cup, especially if you have used a Keurig brewer in the past.
This coffee maker comes with a little 5-cup sampler pack of K-Cups. This is a very nice touch, because it means you can brew a cup of coffee as soon as you pull the device out of the box. But remember, the coffee that the Mr. Coffee brews is only as good as the K-Cup you put in to it. Since I'm a terrible coffee snob, the only one of the sample cups that was palatable to me was the Newman's.
I am not convinced that that this brewer is worth the price, especially given my trouble brewing the large cup. If you're looking for a Keurig-style device, it's probably best to spend the money and buy yourself a Keurig.