Great entry level machine for K-Cups
Excellent value for the dollar
Brews a cup of coffee that is as good as the competition
Easy to use
No assembly required
Few bells and whistles
Only two serving sizes (6 and 10 ounces)
Small water reservoir without filter option
Coffee brewed this way is pricey (but you knew that!)
A newer Keurig system is on its way (the Keurig Vue) that uses a different K-Cup
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG5-001 Single Serve Coffee Brewer is a basic, single serve Keurig Cup coffee brewer that will certainly do the job. An entry level K-Cup brewing machine, without any added whistles and bells, it will still brew a fine cup of coffee.
Please note, I am comparing this brewer to the Cuisinart SS-700 system (Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver - Powered by Keurig). I also have experience with two large, Keurig brewing systems that are used in my office.
[NOTE: Go to end of the review for an update about the latest Keurig technology.]
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
The Mr. Coffee machine comes fully assembled right out of the box. All you need to do is fill the reservoir with water and place easily on the top of the machine. At the base of the machine there is a removable drip tray. Plug it in and you're ready. It even comes with 5 sample K-Cups to start you off.
THE MACHINE BUILD
The machine itself is made out of lightweight plastic. You don't get the sense that it is flimsy, but it isn't as robust as the Cuisinart SS-700 which has a lot more heft and will definitely stay put on your kitchen counter. This is doubly true for the lift handle and brew head of the Mr. Coffee (the thing you lift up so that you can put the K-cup inside the machine). The plastic here is thin and will definitely not hold up to abuse. This makes this more suitable as a home machine than it does for use in a small office, where the machine would likely take more of a beating. The lighter construction does not affect the taste of the coffee at all and is probably a cost cutting measure. (At the time of writing this, the Cuisinart model costs more than twice of what is being charged for the Mr. Coffee model.) However, it may mean that the Mr. Coffee machine may not have quite the longevity of the Cuisinart.
A number of cost saving measures were taken to keep the price down. Options for coffee are limited. Servings come in only two sizes: 6 and 10 ounces. (The Cuisinart has 5 sizes between 4 and 12 ounces.) There is no LCD display and there are no strength settings for the coffee. There is no option for a filter within the fluid reservoir (another Cuisinart feature) and there is no special indicator that the fluid level is too low other than a blinking light around the 'Brew Now' button. (The Cuisinart flashes and LCD message.) The reservoir itself is rather small--about 24 ounces. Also missing is a cool light that trans-illuminates the fluid reservoir when it is too low. The most frustrating low-end feature is that the cord is very short, meaning that your Mr. Coffee machine has to be within about a foot of an outlet.
TASTE OF THE COFFEE
Still, none of this seems to matter when it comes to the taste of the coffee. It would be nice to have an 8 ounce setting, but it isn't really necessary. In my opinion, at sizes above 10 ounces the coffee is just too weak, so larger sizes aren't all that useful when using K-Cups. Those who like stronger coffee tend to use two K-Cups per cup of coffee on a four or six ounce setting to get that motor oil consistency that they so love. I have never noticed any difference in using a Keurig systems that allow you to change brew strength. The determining factor for the strength of the coffee seems to be limited by the physics of the K-Cup itself. Blinking lights and fancy indicators are fun, but are hardly necessary in such a simple machine.
For those not in the know, to brew the coffee you lift the brew head by the handle, place the K-Cup in the well, and close the apparatus. You select the serving size and then hit the 'Brew Now' button. The water is heated and the coffee is brewed quickly (about 3 minutes). The tiny reservoir only holds about 24 ounces of water, meaning that you will refill it frequently. If your cup is shallow (think tea cup) there will be a little, initial splashing as the coffee shoots out the bottom.
Just so you know, K-Cups are not necessarily the best way to brew coffee. I prefer using a French Press to get the most out of the bean. (Yeah. I know. I'm a coffee snob.) And if I want to brew a quick pot of coffee that still tastes better than one from a K-Cup, a standard, drip coffee maker does just fine, thank you.
But you can't beat the K-Cup for convenience. K-Cups produce a far better coffee than any instant I've tasted (including that fancy Starbucks VIA stuff) and it is the best kind of coffee you can make on the go without any fuss or muss. It's far faster than a French Press, less finicky, and easier to clean up. It doesn't take the prep needed for drip coffee or take all that time. And if you have a family where everyone has a variety of tastes, K-Cups allow everyone to stock their favorite flavor.
ECOFRIENDLY AND ECONOMICAL K-CUPPING
If you want to keep things more environmentally sound, there are a number of solutions available for reusable inserts that work just like the K-Cups but that can be filled with your favorite coffee. This way you don't have to increase the number of used K-Cups that are taking over our landfills today. This may take away some of the convenience factor but is still far faster than other methods to brew coffee.
A reusable Keurig Cup also decreases the expense of the K-Cups. A pound of coffee yields somewhere around 72 ten-ounce cups of coffee. On Amazon (on the day of the writing of this review), you can purchase three pounds of Starbucks Cafe Verona blend for $23.97(Starbucks Caffe Verona Coffee, Dark, Ground, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)). That's about 15 cents per cup of coffee at today's prices. The same coffee in a K-cup will cost you about 91 cents when bought in bulk(Starbucks Caffe Verona, Dark, 54-Count)--about 6 times the cost. [Note: I corrected my math; thanks to J. Hopkins for reading the review and catching my error.] That's quite a mark up for the convenience factor. The lowest price I could find on Amazon is about 60 cents per K-Cup. Even if you pay up to $20 a pound for a really high end brew, that means you'd still only pay around 28 cents per cup of coffee. This shows you how the K-Cup is good for brewer manufacturers (we will pay a premium for the convenience of the machines) and the coffee roasters themselves (we'll pay a lot more for a cup of coffee). The reusable K-Cup will significantly decrease the cost of a cup of coffee. If you buy the excellent ekobrew Cup, refillable filter for Keurig Brewers, Brown, 1-Count at today's price of $11.49, you will make good on your investment after brewing just 15 cups of Cafe Verona or 23 cups of the cheaper brand when compared to the 60 cent K-Cups varieties. That's an incredible savings.
NOTE: I have used the Ekobrew with this model and have not had any problems, but other Amazon customers have complained that they experience leakage around the Ekobrew. If you want to use the Ekobrew in the Mr. Coffee, you have to hack the machine a little, as it is slightly large for the Mr. Coffee. However, if you hack the system by pulling down on the handle firmly after you close until it clicks, the Ekobrew has worked well for me. Once again, others have had issues with the Ekobrew. There are a number of other models of reusable K-cups and even fill-your-own disposable K-cups that you can buy on Amazon. I would avoid using Keurig's own Keurig Alternative My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter. I have tried it and this model will work in the Mr. Coffee, but it comes in three pieces (insert, filter basket, and screw-on top) and--given 3 parts--is more difficult to clean. Moreover, it also requires that you snap out the insert on the brew head, which means you would have to replace the insert if you want to use a disposable K-Cup.
So this Mr. Coffee model will get you in at the Keurig ground floor (no pun intended). Not the fanciest model--no bells and whistles--but it will get the job done. And, quite frankly, it brews as good a cup of coffee as the far more expensive Cuisinart or those big commercial, Keurig models out there. Thumbs up on this one.
[UPDATE: As an interesting aside, Keurig is coming out with the Keurig Vue system. It uses different K-Cups than conventional machines and the promise is a more regulated cup of coffee. The Vue machine supposedly will more carefully regulate inflow and outflow of a new, specially designed K-Cup that will allow for better control of temperature and pressure within the K-Cup. This apparently will allow for brewing up to 18 ounces of good strength coffee and also allow for brewing iced beverages.
My guess is that this system is meant to compete with Starbuck's Verismo brewing system that is still due to come out. It will also allow Keurig to compete with the Tassimo, Flavia, and Senseo systems which are newer and in some respects more sophisticated, with better individualized temperature/pressure controls for a more individualized cup of coffee. (The Tassimo and Flavia systems can also brew drinks that have frothed milk on top.)
That being said, all this new technology will likely come with an added price (the machine + the new and improved K-Cups). The old Keurig system brews fine coffee already and Keurig still has the best selection of K-Cups from different coffee vendors. I've tried some of the other systems and--in spite of 'superior' technology have not noted any significant improvements over the simple Keurig system like the one used in this Mr. Coffee machine.]
on November 6, 2012
I bought this for my wife for her birthday so that she could enjoy quick, easy coffee in the morning and on weekends. It is every bit as good as a Keurig as far as brewing quality and works with the Keurig My K-Cup accessory. The only criticism I have is the official Keruig brewers that I have used heat the water as soon as you power them on and then reheat the next batch of water as soon as the current cup has finished brewing so that there is very little if any lag between one cup and the next one. This brewer heats the water when you start brewing so there is a few minute wait between pushing the button to brew a cup and actually getting the cup. This is pretty small, but we do miss the immediacy in brewing of the Keurig-branded machines.
I would also like to comment on others' notes that the reservoir for the water is smaller than similarly-sized k-cup brewers so it is very important that you remember to keep it full. I just fill my mug with water and pour that water in before starting the brewing, doesn't bother me at all.
TL;DR This is an excellent product that we are very happy with, the Keurig brewers are nicer but cost considerably more.
on November 13, 2012
This coffee maker was purchased for once-a-day use by a mature adult. In less than six months, it began leaking. When contacting Jarden Consumer Solutions, the company providing warranty service, a new coffee maker was promised and return shipping was to be included. The new coffee maker was a cheaper model with fewer features, and the shipping label provided was not prepaid. The prepaid label arrived after the non-working model had been returned. The company then agreed to pay for only slightly more than half the shipping costs. Friendly customer service personnel, but resolution of problem was far less than satisfactory. This company produces many brands-- Crock-Pot, FoodSaver, Oster, Rival, Seal-a-Meal, and Sunbeam to name a few. The reputation of a company is important to me. Replacing a defective product with an inferior model and not following through with service promises (or not presenting clear information about return procedures) is a deal breaker in my mind.
Six months after writing this review, the company called to resolve the issue. They offered to send the original style of brewer ordered or the next model up. They also offered to pay the original return shipping. The original replacement, even with fewer features, has made coffee consistently. Hopefully the new one will, too.
I'm trying to put together a video review, but I'd like to share my thoughts until I get that done. This is my third Keurig machine (the previous two still work fine, btw), and I've been using K-Cup brewers at home for over five years. In short, I think that this is a good choice in the ~$80 range, but you might want to spend just a little bit more to get a few more features (or spend the same and get different ones). I'll start with a short overview of the options out there that might help you decide if this machine has what you want, and then I'll discuss my opinions of this machine in particular.
- UP FRONT SUMMARY -
This is a capable machine that offers an external water reservoir and two cup sizes, is very simple to use, brews a cup in about four minutes, but feels just a little cheap because of the plastic parts. For a little more money (depending on sales), you can step up to a machine with an internal heated reservoir that will brew faster and likely hold more water in the external reservoir.
- PRIMARY CATEGORIES OF K-CUP BREWERS -
There are two primary categories of K-Cup brewers:
1. Machines that have an internal water reservoir that will keep water hot and ready for brewing whenever the machine is on
2. Machines that have no internal water reservoir that heat water only after you press the "brew" button
This Mr. Coffee fits into the second category, but it does stand out from the others that I've seen available because of the external reservoir. Machines with an internal water reservoir also have an external reservoir (of various sizes depending on the machine) to store extra water. Machines with no internal reservoir typically require that the water be added before each cup (at least that I've seen). So, while this machine heats the water before eat cup, it does allow you to store multiple cups worth of water in the reservoir.
Some things to consider when choosing between these categories:
- Machines with an internal heated reservoir will make coffee faster (~ one minute per cup) than those that must heat the water before each cup - but only if you have it on already, as it takes a little time to heat up the internal water supply if the machine was off. I typically only have my Breville BKC700XL on in the morning, and then I shut it off after my last cup. This Mr. Coffee takes about four minutes to make a 10-ounce cup, which is actually a bit less time than it takes to get my first cup from the Breville because it has to heat up the internal water. If I make two cups, though, the Breville wins hands down.
- Machines without an internal reservoir (or external reservoir) can be more compact. This Mr. Coffee, though, is only a little smaller than my Breville.
- Machines with an internal heated reservoir cannot be drained without disassembly (at least the ones that I've seen), which is something to consider when moving and/or storing them.
- FEATURES TO CONSIDER WHEN SHOPPING -
Every machine is going to be at least a bit different to stand out, but here are some main features that vary from machine to machine that I can think of:
- Internal heated reservoir, which results in faster brew times, compared to no internal reservoir.
- External water reservoir, which means that you don't have to add water for every cup of coffee, compared to fill-each-time.
- Number of available cup sizes. Some have only one, some have up to five. Some coffees are stronger than others, so it can be nice to have a choice of how much water is used.
- Pump noise (as far as I know, this only applies to machines with external reservoirs). Some, like my Breville, are very quiet. Some are louder.
- Construction materials. I think that reviews are the best source for determining reliability, because regardless of how sturdy something looks on the outside, reliability on these machines seems to be a big function of the internal mechanisms - such as the pump or electronics. That said, you can judge how sturdy you think the external materials are and if they'd hold up to you, your kids, or your office mates.
- Drip tray cover material - some are metal, some are plastic. I mention this in particular because you set your cup on this every time that you use it, so it will get impacted a lot over the years. Metal is more durable, but plastic tends to be a bit quieter when you set your cup on it.
- Aesthetics. Of course, only you can decide on this, but I figured it was worth mentioning.
- THIS MACHINE IN PARTICULAR -
Overall, this really is a pretty good machine. That wasn't my first impression, but it has definitely grown on me. When I first unpacked it, I admit that I wasn't very impressed. I used a Keurig B70 Platinum for about three years, and then switched to a Breville BKC700XL that I've used for over two and a half years. So, I'm used to a certain build quality. This machine uses a lot more plastic and just feels cheaper, leaving me disappointed initially - but it is also less expensive, so I should have expected it. Also, when I first started using it, I didn't like how it operated - but I soon realized that was just because it worked a bit differently than what I was used to.
After using it for a couple of days (and now over two weeks), my disappointment changed to appreciation once I got used to how it worked and also began to like how the plastic drip tray was quieter. The lack of options (like a clock, on/off settings, brew temperature, and so on), make this very simple to set up and start brewing...pretty much just plug it in, add water, put in a K-Cup, place your cup, select cup size (if the one lit up isn't what you want), push brew button, wait about four minutes, and enjoy!
Here are some things that I like and that I think make it worthy of consideration in this price range:
- It has an external water reservoir, which I like because I don't need to pour in water for every cup. I can fill it once and be set for two cups in the morning.
- It brews two cups sizes (6 and 10 ounces).
- The machine is extremely quiet while drawing water from the reservoir. I'm guessing that it just opens a valve and lets gravity feed in the water, because I can't hear a pump at all. It is also pretty quiet while heating the water.
There are some things that I don't love about this machine:
- The feel of the plastic lid to the K-Cup holder (when opening and closing) and drip tray are pretty cheap to me. That doesn't mean that they are weak and prone to failure, but it does make me wonder how long this will last, as those two items that get a lot of physical use - and it also makes me wonder about the quality of internal hardware. So far, though, it's worked great.
- After a cup is brewed, the machine will continue to somewhat loudly blow air through the K-Cup for about a minute to dry it out. This can be easily cancelled by pressing the brew button, but when my hands are busy, I find it a little annoying. That's because this is the first machine of mine that has ever done that, and I don't see the point in it.
- When the lid is opened, the K-Cup holder doesn't swivel forward like on other machines that I've used or seen in the stores. I've gotten used to it, but it is easier for me to put in and remove K-Cups when they are angled towards me like on my other machines.
- The external reservoir isn't lighted, so it can be a little difficult to tell how much water is in it because it's shaded by my cabinets.
So, overall, a pretty nice machine and I'm happy that I was given the opportunity to try it. Personally, I like the machines with an internal reservoir that brew faster and that have larger water reservoirs. For me, it would be worth the money to get those features for a home brewer, but this might be perfect for a college student or the occasional cup at work.
on January 13, 2013
Bought this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it - except for the fact that the whole family uses it now. We have used it now for over 3 weeks and no problems whatsoever. We have brewed both coffee and hot cocoa. It is easy to use - even our 10 year old can use it to make hot cocoa. Very easy to fill the water reservoir (we don't remove the reservior but instead fill a cup with water and poor it in). Love that it has two serving sizes although the smaller serving size really does only pour out ONE cup of coffee (about half of our travel size mugs). We usually use the larger serving size. Heats the water FAST and it is HOT - be careful!
It is great for our family because we don't have to brew an entire pot and everyone can have exactly what they want - regular coffee, flavored coffee or hot cocoa. I think the singe serve cups that you use for these machines are over priced but much less than going to Starbucks or your local coffee house for a coffee.
UPDATE: If you are having problems with the coffee maker not making a full cup when you choose the larger size - I have a solution. We were having similar problems where our maker would sometimes brew a full cup but more times than not when we chose the larger size, we would only get 4 ounces of coffee. I called the company who then replaced it as it was under warranty. When I received the new machine and unpacked it, I opened up the brew head handle and looked inside the assembly housing (where you place the k-cups). There is a needle at the bottom where the brewed coffee will dispense from the coffee maker. There was a small piece of rubber surrounding the needle. I wondered how coffee could be dispensed properly with this piece of rubber so I removed it. Curious, I opened up the old maker that we were returning, and sure enough, there was a piece of rubber on that needle, however, it was pushed down because we had been attempting to use the coffee maker. Check the assemply housing where you place the k-cups - this part can be removed for cleaning and make sure there isn't a rubber piece around the needle blocking the coffee from coming out. Remove the piece of rubber and the coffee maker should work beautifully. We have brewed FULL cups of coffee with no leaking or problems since we removed this piece of rubber. Hope this helps.
on November 5, 2012
I've had this Mr Coffee for about a month now and LOVE it. Being a past-life barista, I'm a bit of a snob about coffee, and thought K-cups were the worst idea ever.
However, after pot after pot being dumped because we weren't drinking it all and realizing that I really only need one cup a day to get me going, I caved and bought a single cup machine. And I'm really glad I did! I bought it from a local store when it was on sale ($79) and had a coupon, so the price just could not be beat.
At first I thought it was weird to only have 8 and 10 ounce sizes, and was a little perturbed, how was I going to fill my 16 oz cup? Well, duh, run two 8oz cycles. But, actually, I've found that I like the 10oz better, it leaves me more than enough room for my flavored creamer and I found I wasn't drinking all of the 16oz anyway!
I brew one while I'm putting on my shoes and gathering my lunch before I head out the door each morning for work. It only takes 2-3 minutes and my son even starts me a cup once in a while when he knows I'm running late (good kid!)
It is a bit louder than I expected (but not horrendous), so if you have company sleeping on the family room couch, you probably won't want to run this until they're up, unless you want them up and out of your house of course, then by all means.
One of my sons likes different coffee flavors than I do, so it's nice for each of us to pick/choose what we are in the mood for and I've now got a chrome carousel next to it which looks sharp and clean and is super duper handy. Again, I thought the carousel was a dumb idea, why not keep the boxes right next to the coffee maker, but when a sale came around at my local store and I had TWO coupons, how could I resist? And now, I dont' know what I was thinking before. Apparently, I'm a slow learner... ;)
One thing we did discover is that it is ridiculously expensive for hot cocoa and tea, so that is a no-brainer for us to continue with the packets and teabags. We had a free box of the Swiss Miss hot cocoa and my sugar-fiend son said it was horrible and dumped it. It must have been REALLY bad for him to not drink it. We discovered it is a different product than the packets and I believe uses artificial sweetners, so bye-bye to that box of cocoa.
I've actually been pleasantly suprised with how much I use the machine and how much I like it. Honestly, I was prepared to hate it and return it, but I just HAD to be like everyone else and give it a try. And I'm very glad I did.
I've even contemplated buying one for the office too, but then I figured I might be too hopped up on caffeine and better save myself before I get in trouble.
Clean lines/looks nice
Smaller footprint than expected
Easy to keep clean
Love the variety of available coffees
Easy for my teenagers to use
Bottomline... it's easy and convenient and saves me money (no more trips to the coffee shop for lattes for me!)
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a cup or two a day. If you are a full-pot drinker then I would stick to a standard coffee maker/pot.
This would be a great gift for a college student or young married couple, or anyone really.
on January 21, 2015
I use it 5 days a week with out a hitch. I like the single-serve convenience. Clean-up is less than with a 12-cup carafe.
NOTE: Many people complain of internal leakage wherein coffee dribbles toward the back inside the machine. The problem is that the detachable funnel on the bottom of the removable K-cup housing needs to be oriented so the attachment clips are side-to-side rather than front-to-back. See photo.
PROS: Convenient, cheaper than Keurig, refillable K-cup filter (e.g., Solofil) makes it more economical than the disposable cups.
CONS: Short cord, small water reservoir with no filter option, must take care to properly orient bottom funnel.
I don't drink coffee, but I do occasionally entertain guests who like coffee or tea. With our old coffeemaker, I couldn't offer them anything, because I couldn't figure out how to work the stupid thing. It ground its own beans and did all kinds of complicated stuff. I wanted something simple and easy to use--and this fits the bill perfectly!
There are no coffee filters. There is no mess. You don't have to clean up soggy coffee grounds. You don't have to measure out your coffee. You don't have to do anything, except add water and press a button. How easy is that? Instead of bags of coffee beans, you buy a pack of K-Cups, which are these small plastic cups lined with their own tiny filters and filled with ground coffee inside. They come in a hundred varieties and flavors, and best of all--they aren't limited to coffee! You can buy tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, cappuccino, etc. The process is so simple, you don't even have to open the K-Cups. You just pop it in the machine and it does everything for you.
1. Add water.
2. Add K-Cup.
3. Press "brew" button and put your mug in place.
4. Enjoy hot coffee!
Detailed Directions & Tips:
1. Plug the coffeemaker in.
2. Fill the reservoir with filtered water, replace the lid, and fit it back onto the rear of the coffeemaker. It's important that you replace the lid BEFORE trying to put the reservoir back or water will spill everywhere. (Ask me how I know this. . . .) You can make two to four cups with the amount the reservoir holds, so you don't have to refill it for each and every cup of coffee.
3. If it's your first time using the machine, run a rinse cycle to clean the coffeemaker out. Do this by simply brewing the water without a K-Cup in place. (Place a mug under the dispenser to catch the hot water.) You should also run a rinse cycle if you're making tea, hot chocolate, or cider after you've made coffee, just to clear out any remnants of coffee that might taint your drink.
4. Open the lid and pop a K-Cup of your choice into the holder. (For best results, shake the K-Cup first.) There is a sharp needle inside, so don't go poking your fingers inside the machine! When you close the lid securely, the needle will puncture the K-Cup top and bottom.
5. Select which size cup you want. The smallest one is meant for regular coffee mugs, but it only fills it about 3/4 of the way. This works perfectly for me, since I add milk to my hot chocolate. If you want a stronger drink, or plan to add milk, choose the smaller cup size. If you want more diluted coffee, or are using a larger mug, choose the larger cup size.
6. Press the brew button. It takes a minute for the water to boil. You'll hear it bubbling as it heats up and a few seconds later it will start streaming into your coffee mug. The hot water flows through the K-Cup, dissolving the powdered coffee/tea/cocoa/cider. Once it stops flowing, air will blow through the K-Cup, drying it out.
7. To clean up, simply remove your empty K-Cup and throw it away. There's no mess or dripping.
I can only think of two disadvantages to this coffeemaker: First, you're limited to the amount of coffee or tea that's pre-measured in the K-Cup, so if you want an extra-strong drink, you would have to achieve that by using less water, as there is no way to add extra coffee. Second, you can only make one cup of coffee at a time. There is no brew pot. It dispenses individual serving sizes directly into your mug. If you have a lot of coffee to make, it's going to take awhile. (Each cup takes a minute or two to brew, since it heats the water up for each mug individually.)
This type of coffeemaker certainly isn't for everyone. I can see how some folks would rather have more control, be able to make more cups at a time, and so forth. But for me, it's perfect! I only use it for making hot chocolate for myself. If I have guests, I'll make them coffee or tea, but I rarely have more than two people over at a time, so I have no need to make large amounts of coffee. It's very easy to use, and there is no clean up afterwards, so it's really wonderful.
Five stars and highly recommended.
on May 5, 2012
I have only had this brewer for one week. But I wanted to write how pleased I am with the brewer so far.
Obviously it is much less expensive than the Keurig brand itself, but seems to do the same job and have the same specifications as the Keurig Mini Brewer. I am planning to purchase the reusable k-cup
Size - fits perfectly on my small apartment counter
Ease of use - Quickly brews a cup of coffee.-- (Someone mentioned putting this on before going into the shower in the morning; I would never do that because the coffee would be cold.
Clean up-- no stained carafe to deal with, no basket that needs scrubbing within the grooves to get it clean
Variety of flavors available
temperature - I add half and half or milk to my coffee and it cools off rather quickly
Brew strength - I like my coffee weaker than most but I have solved that by brewing two cups using the same k-cup and combining them.
I checked out the more expensive Keurig brewers and this was hands down the best for the money. I would have liked some of the additional features (like being able to have larger cup sizes for iced beverages) but I can transfer the coffee to a large glass.
I would strongly recommend picking up one of the variety packs of K-cups offered by Amazon so that you can decide which flavors you really like the best; you can't really tell from the name of the flavor.
UPDATE: July 24, 2012 - Now that the newness has worn off I still love this coffee maker and wouldn't consider going back to the old brew method. I find if I use the coupons for some of my local stores I can get the k-cups at the best deals and because I don't waste as much coffee I think it is actually more economical.
on January 21, 2013
My wife, not being a coffee drinker, struggled with what brand and style of coffee maker to buy me for my Christmas gift. After much consideration, she decided on this Mr Coffee Single Server Brewer with reservoir. LESS THAN 1 MONTH AGO, Christmas 2012, I opened this wonderful gift..........and so it began. My very first cup of coffee, yes numero uno, was hot-ish. I took it in stride and assumed maybe it was just the machine "break in period". A little zap in the microwave and presto, my first cup of home brewed coffee in years. Wonderful...right, think again. My next cup remained the same and the next and so forth and so on, but I didn't want to say anything to my wife because it was an extremely thoughtful gift. Kinda hot coffee and within a week, give or take 6 days (almost immediately) I also noticed the serving size , regardless of selection, varied enormously. So now I have not so hot coffee in varying sizes which interprets into various strengths of coffee every morning. Now I can deal with all that, no big deal, I just make my cup..ish of coffee and zap it to get it hotter then add a bit of cream or water and sugar or not depending on strength and enjoy my first cup of coffee in the day. What's to complain about. Wonderful product. Now this beautiful piece of equipment has decided its time to heat the water up but not actually brew it. The head keeps getting clogged up even though I only make 1 cup..ish of coffee before I clean it. What a great machine. This morning it was over 20 minutes from brew to sip because I had to clean, brew, clean again, COUNT BACKWARDS FROM 20, rebrew because it didnt brew, heat, and add or subtract water or cream(because I can't recall if it was weak or strong this morning). My wife feels horrible. Probably because I have decided it is to be our newest FRONT YARD GNOME. Don't buy this product!!