Mr. Coffee AT13 Home Cafe Single-Serve Coffeemaker
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- Single-serve coffeemaker brews up to 14 ounces using coffee pods
- Removable 32-ounce water tank; adjustable brew head; auto shut-off
- 3 pod holders for single, double, and specialty pods; dishwasher-safe parts
- 8 coffee pods starter kit and coffee-pod storage container included
- Measures approximately 11 by 10 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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The Mr. Coffee Home Café coffeemaker with its unique adjustable brewing spout allows you to enjoy a variety of beverages from just one appliance. Indulge in a special treat for yourself--or a variety of beverages when entertaining friends. From a 7 oz. cup to a 14 oz. mug; from cappuccinos to premium teas. Experience variety at home--one cup at a time.
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I just got the AT13 today, so this is a first impressions review. Also, I have read reviews of many machines, but I have owned only the Melitta One:One, so that is my only real reference point.
In a nutshell, setup was simple, operation was flawless, coffee was hot and good. I'm glad I got this moderately priced machine.
Pros: ease of use, clean up, pod availability, quality of
machine, coffee brand availability, overall design, cup size veriety.
Cons: resevoir could be bigger, pod holder handle should be a bit longer.
Since all the pod machines make pod coffee, I'll try to stick to the significant details. Also, I would give it five stars if compared against other similarly priced machines. However, there are certainly better machines out there if you spend more money.
I got this machine because my ever-leaky Mellitta machine was becoming a pain in a couple of ways... The limited pod selection could be found -- sometimes -- at Target and also online at amazon. I was getting tired of trips to Target just for coffee pods or waiting days for an online order to arrive when my local grocery stores were full of Home Cafe and Senseo pods!
Then Melitta changed the size of the pods to "fit all pod brewers" except -- get this -- the Mellitta! They have not come out with the universal pod holder for their own machines, so I'm stuck trying to find old boxes of pods that still fit my pod holder! That was the last straw.
I looked at the Senseo and it seemed to make great coffee, but they are really really small cups of coffee!
So, I went with the new Mr. Coffee, the next generation.
So, here we go... The pods are Home Cafe by Folgers and Millstone. My machine also came with "specialty" cappuccino pods.
It makes 7 oz, 9oz, and 14oz cups of coffee, and 7oz cups of tea and cappuccino.
The spout's height adjusts for tall mugs. (It is simply a piece of plastic that rides up a metal channel; nothing complicated.) The base one rests the mug on is not that big in diameter, so a mug that's wide as well as tall doesn't exactly "fit", but it rests under the spout and that's all that matters, I suppose. All in all, the adjustable spout is a good and effective feature.
Priming the machine was easy. (Early reviews I read indicated that this was tricky. Not so on my unit.)
I place the pod on the pod holder, place it in the machine and close the lid (it has a nice sturdy feel), I adjust the spout, I hit the 9oz button... et voila, a nice cup of Folgers! Having been forced to drink One:One brand coffee for six months, I am quite pleased to have my Folgers back!
The coffee seemed hotter than that from the Mellitta, too.
The machine beeps when it's done, drips a little, then you can grab your cup. I think the confirmation beep is a nice touch.
You're instructed to wait until the red light comes on before you remove a pod (about one minute after the brewing is completed). It's still pretty hot in there and that brings up one criticism... the pod holder handle is just big enough to grab with the tips of your fingers. That means your fingers go into the hot brew area. Not a big deal, but another inch on the holder would have been a good idea.
With my Melitta, the used pods often emerged pushed down into the holder and had to be whacked out of the holder with a rap against the side of the trash can. Home Cafe pods are flatter, sit on the holder and just drop off.
The resevoir is still excruciatingly small, albeit slightly bigger than the Mellitta's (by 2oz, I think). This is a drawback on all of the less expensive machines (only the expensive Tassimo has a monster 64 or 68oz resevoir; the Senseo's add-on, bigger resevoir isn't that big either.) It means filling it constantly, or at least more often than one should have to had the design engineers been coffee drinkers. The fact that it rotates around the base means you can swing it from the left side to the right side. I haven't figured out why that is useful. When it's all the way to one side, it allows you to push it back farther on the counter. Plus, you can see the water level easier. Other than that, I don't get it. Maybe it's supposed to be easier to remove that way? It's pretty easy anyway.
I tried the specialty cappuccino. It's OK, but I wonder what is in that pod. "Dairy creamer"? It's tasty in a suspect way. Anyway, it brewed fine and felt more aerated than the regular brew.
I haven't tried a double-pod 14oz mug yet since I'm wired enough already after a regular and two cappuccinos! I have to believe it will work as advertized.
The available pod variety isn't huge, but it's stuff like Folgers Classic Roast and Columbia Supremo as opposed to One:One's "buzzworthy" (sounds tasty, huh?) Plus, there are the Millstone varieties (with which I am unfamiliar). I'm looking forward to stocking up and trying them all with one stop at the grocery store.
In closing, the AT13 blows away the troublesome Mellitta. It is relatively inexpensive. It is a lot of plastic but the mechanisms are sturdy. It is easy to use. It looks kind of funky. I have seen no leakage. The coffee is better than the Mellitta's because, IMHO, it's a better brand of coffee to begin with and it is brewed well. And I can buy the pods anywhere.
The next step up seems to be the Krups 1010 at around $120. But I think I made a good choice with the Mr. Coffee AT13 at around $80. The Krups has a built in water filter and is probably even better quality. But, ultimately, they use the same pods.
Cons: Leaky, flaky controls, leaky, water container too small.
I'd say that my biggest beef is that it leaks. When using specialty pods, it leaks from the spout. Otherwise, it leaks from the water reservoir onto my counter about two out of every four or five uses. This is the downside of every one of these coffee makers so far - add hot water and the seals blow/warp or do not make a complete seal and you get leaks.
Also, as others have noted, the buttons sometimes don't work or get 'confused'. It then needs to be unplugged and replugged to reset the logic. Have made several cups of coffee where it just kept going and going requiring an emergency stop as it overflowed onto my counter.
My standard cup is 14oz. This will only do two of those at a time. Since there are two of us using this, it means a refill of the reservoir constantly. Maybe I drink too much coffee, but it would get a higher score if it had a larger reservoir.
I've seen worse coffee makers (the one with the clamp handle which I can't find but would never own again!) and if you want cappuchino or espresso, Krups is the best I've seen so far.
I still found the Home Brew machine pretty cool, once I finally figured out how to prime the unit. A call to customer service revealed that the machines do not like to work if they are cold, so make sure it's been sitting in the house for a while. I tried using mine right after bringing it in from the car. I filled the slightly-awkward water resevoir and pulled out the French Vanilla Skinny Latte packs I got with my gift. Well, the Home Brew machine brewed really fast, astoundingly fast, probably as fast as using a microwave to heat the same amount. But the Latte was awful. To be fair, Mr. Coffee has acknowledged on their website and customer service phone number that the Latte is awful and they will send free samples once they figure it out how to fix the latte.
So it was on to the Cappucino. That tasted pretty good. I added a flavored syrup. And my husband, the regular coffee drinker, didn't complain when I made him a regular cup of joe with the machine.
But here's the thing: If I really only want to brew one cup of coffee at a time, I normally put one scoop in my regular coffee maker instead of four and only put 1/4 the amount of water in the unit. No big deal; I don't need a fancy machine to do that. Not a selling point for me personally. If you want a cappucino that's slightly closer to coffee house flavor than those psuedo-hot chocolate instant cappucino mixes sold at the store, this might be the machine for you. You know who you are, the ones who go to the coffee shop at spend $4 a day at the local coffee shop. The price of the pods is more than regular coffee but like I said, it's cheaper than $4 a day. Right around $4-5 for an 8-pack of pods.
The product is good. I would recommend it to someone who needs or wants this sort of appliance. It does what it is supposed to and does it very well. But for a boring, practical midwesterner who values counter-space and doesn't need coffee every day (I prefer tea and Lipton does make pods but they are not available in my area yet), it was just all right. I will use it most when I have guests come over who drink coffee. That way I won't have to buy a can of coffee that will invariably not get used up and then I either have to throw it out or store it in my freezer until I need it a few months later.