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Hamilton Beach (49981A) Single Serve Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel
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- Brew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop filter
- Scoop your favorite ground coffee and brew
- Brews up to 14 ozs. into travel cup or coffee mug
- Durable stainless steel construction
- Built-in stand for coffee mugs
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Hamilton Beach The Scoop Single-Serve Coffeemaker - 49981
The Scoop Single-Serve Coffeemaker goes where no coffeemaker has gone before, brewing hotter, faster and better-tasting coffee than most gourmet machines out there. And, its benefits don't stop there. The Scoop Coffeemaker utilizes the simplicity of ground coffee and brews a customizable cup quickly: an 8 oz. cup in less than 90 seconds or a 14 oz. travel mug in under two-and-a-half minutes.
Aside from its versatility in using inexpensive coffee grounds to brew a great-tasting cup, The Scoop Coffeemaker is designed for ultra-simple preparation in three straightforward steps: 1) Scoop 2) Place 3) Brew. It features a steel mesh scoop for filtering freshly ground coffee and comes with a built-in, adjustable stand that flips to accommodate a standard-size cup or a taller travel mug.
All in all, The Scoop Single-Serve Coffeemaker offers affordability and no fuss with lots of options. There's no need for extra equipment, high-tech buttons or extra equipment, either.
Product Uses & Unique Features
Allowing for Various Coffee Grind Types
The Scoop Coffeemaker doesn't need pre-packaged K-Cup packs or coffee pods, which can get expensive, and not to mention stale, over time. Instead, it comes with a mesh scoop filter that gives users the choice of any flavor (caramel, hazelnut, vanilla, etc), any brand (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) and any strength (Regular or Bold) pleasing to their taste.
Differing Boldness Levels
With The Scoop Coffeemaker, versatility is key. Whether you decide to go with a mainstream brand coffee or stronger premium-brand coffee, you need a machine that understands and quickly adapts. Use the REGULAR setting for a quick basic, automatic drip coffee, or get an upgrade and choose BOLD for more fine grinds, decaf or stronger flavors premium-brand coffee like Starbucks or Melitta. Just remember that the finer the grind, the longer it takes to brew. For bolder coffee, the water passes through at a slower rate, but allows more contact time and better flavor extraction for a better-tasting cup when done brewing.
Measuring Proportions Appropriately
Not sure how much coffee to add when brewing? No worries -- each scoop filter is labeled with two measuring lines for exact serving amounts. And more isn't necessarily better, in this case. Overfilling the scoop doesn't allow room for brewing and water can overflow and spill over, ultimately meaning weaker coffee.
Adjusting the Cup Size
Before brewing, adjust the L-shaped cup rest to make sure your cup is as close to the dispensing nozzle as possible. For travel mugs, fit the cup rest against the coffeemaker and place your mug on top of the drip tray.
The Scoop Coffeemaker was awarded the "2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award" by Good Housekeeping Research Institute. In addition, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) gave it high rankings for its ability to use coffee grinds, instead of packs or pods, and simultaneously give users the freedom to choose their own flavor, strength and cup size for their coffee.
Product Feature Benefits
- Costs pennies per cup, compared to leading competitors' single-size packs
- Proportions coffee exactly with single-serve scoop filter
- Brews an 8 oz. cup of coffee in less than 90 seconds
- Built-in adjustable stand holds standard-size cup and taller travel mugs
- One steel mesh scoop filter included; no need for paper filters
- Wide drip tray on base acts as a spill-resistant drain for excess coffee
- Settings for REGULAR (automatic drip) and BOLD coffee
- Durable, stainless steel features ensure coffeemaker's longevity
- Automatically shuts off after brewing
Tips & Care
Run one or two cycles through the machine before first use. When one cycle is complete, the coffeemaker automatically shuts off. When grinding your own coffee beans, remember to purchase beans that were recently roasted (within a week is best), and grind them every time you brew a fresh cup. When brewing, keep ground coffee below the MAX fill line and do not use more than 14 ounces (410 ml) of water. To stop brewing mid-cycle, press either REGULAR or BOLD, and the unit will shut off. If there is no water in the water reservoir and a brew button is pushed, the unit will not brew.
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The bay can accommodate a 7-1/4" tall mug when the bracket is in it's lowest position, a 4-1/4" mug when it's in the highest position.
The coffee brews out plenty hot and fairly quickly, have seen some articles that says the HB doesn't get the coffee hot enough, it does for me. May help if you preheat the cup with some hot water before dispensing the coffee, I always do. I received the Kurig K55 coffee maker for Christmas and it does great too but I don't plan on putting all that money into K-Cup coffee. I used the reusable K-Cups as well, most don't work so good. If you like grinding your own beans, the course grind or French press grind is best for this maker. I have used some Peet's French Roast ground coffee with it, pressed the "Bold" button and it did great, that coffee is a very fine grind.
The ease of cleaning is a big plus! Simple to use and simple to clean, can't go wrong with that!
OVERFLOW IS NOT AN ISSUE with this coffee maker!
I have had this coffee maker for several months, using it several times a day, every day. A few reviews on Amazon complained of overflow issues. The users did not read or follow the instructions. Mine overflowed once when a house guest used it several times without rinsing the secondary filter. This second filter is one of the good features about this coffee maker. It is a very fine filter below the main coffee basket that catches the finer silt that would otherwise end up in the bottom of the coffee cup. The directions clearly state that it needs to be cleaned (just a rinse under the faucet at the same time that the coffee basket is cleaned) every few cups (I do every 3 to 5 cup). It's practically effortless. If undone, the silt will accumulate and clog the filter resulting in backup and overflow.
A feature I like very much about this product is the isolation of the water reservoir from the coffee basket making is difficult to every get grounds into the water source. The contamination has been the death of other makers I have used.
Good, coffee, well designed, sturdy unit, reliable and handsome on my kitchen counter. Best I've ever owned and highly recommend it.
I have no relationship with the sellers or manufacturers of this product. I rarely do product reviews but felt this one was very unfairly melined but users who just didn't follow directions.
1. Water in, water out. No large storage tank means the fresh filtered water that I dump in is the same water that makes my coffee. No large storage tank to clean, and the machine isn't heating water over and over in an internal tank to keep it hot. Also, no special charcoal filters to buy and remember to change.
2. Makes a decent, hot cup of coffee! Piping hot. Even after adding cream to the coffee it was burn your tongue hot. It took a few tries to figure out the right amount of coffee to water ratio, but once I got that right the coffee was as good as any drip coffee maker I've ever used, and better than the weak brew I would get using a reusable k-cup with the same coffee in my Cuisinart.
3. Smaller footprint and shorter height. Fits under my lowest kitchen cabinets and takes up less space on the counter. While it is a well built and a relatively rugged little coffee maker, it is small and without the big water tank it's light and easy to lift up one handed and clean under while wiping down the countertop.
4. Easier clean up between cups than reusable k-cups. Anyone who uses Ekobrew or Solofill reusable k-cup filters knows what a pain they are to clean the wet coffee grounds out between cups. They just don't rinse clean easily. I actually kept a toothbrush at my sink to scrub out the nooks and crannies on the insides as a rinse never got everything out. I was pleasantly surprised by the scoop coffee filter. The wet grounds tapped right out to almost clean and anything left behind rinsed out easily. The secondary filter was quick and easy to rinse too. I also like that the parts are dishwasher safe so they can be run through with the evening dishes for a deep cleaning.
5. It's old school. No bright glowing led screens/programmed selections/extra stuff. There is really no learning curve with this machine. You don't have to remember to select the correct brew size and there is nothing to re-program after a power outage. You won't overflow your cup if you use it to measure the water you dump in. And there is no annoying end of cycle beeping or low water flashing lights. It shuts itself off after the brew cycle and there is no heating plate to burn out or scorch the fingers of curious little ones exploring where they shouldn't be.
6. Speed. From shut off/cold to the first cup was around 2 minutes. The second cup was faster. The Cuisinart k-cup machine was a little faster both from cold/shut off and in standby, but also not as hot even when it was working properly. And let's be realistic here. Who can't wait two minutes for a cup of coffee?
7. Maintenance. The Scoop maintenance once a month is to run 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar and 1/2 cup of water through the brew cycle followed by two or three cycles of plain water and you are back in business, it takes maybe 5 or 6 minutes total. The Cuisinart required 50 oz of white vinegar run through the machine to the internal tank, then let it sit for a minimum of 4 hours. Then the rinsing. It took about 8 to 10 tanks of water to rinse the vinegar smell and taste out. This was an all day project, taking the coffee maker out of commission during this time, and if we didn't do this every six weeks at minimum, sometimes more often when the "de scale" sensor demanded it, the machine wouldn't work right. I don't know if all k-cup machines require this or if it was a Cuisinart thing, but this alone was enough of a reason to steer me away from this type of machine as a replacement when mine broke down.
Cons: I only have one. The splashing! Not really the coffee makers fault, more my choice in coffee cup. My cups are too tall for the drip tray in the short cup position, and too short in the tall cup position so there was quite a bit of splattering on the coffee maker and the counter. A quick fix was to leave the drip tray in the position for tall cups, then take a mini rubbermaid take along container (the three ounce size) with the lid snapped on and sit it lid down on the drip tray. When my mug was placed on top of that, it left only about a quarter of an inch of space between the top of the mug and the bottom of the brewer. Leaving the lid on the little container made it strong enough to support the coffee mug safely even when full. This virtually eliminated any splashing.
So far I am very happy with the performance of this coffee maker and recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to a k-cup brewer.