Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer Review

Are you a fan of single cup coffee makers but just can trace the one that will work perfectly for you? If you’ve not tried out the Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee maker, then this might be your lucky day.

So, what is this machine? Does it hold the key to that great shot of cuppa?
Let’s find out.

Brews Keurig-style

We’ve always been good fans of Keurig coffeemakers at onesinglecup. So, when we found out that the Mr. Coffee uses Keurig technology, we felt that it might make a good purchase for anyone who wants to try out another brand without compromising on the quality of the coffee.

Mind you, Mr. Coffee is a popular and well established American company that has been existent since the 1970s. So, when these 2 brands decide to combine ideas and design a coffeemaker, you should expect a masterpiece.

One thing that we really love about Mr. Coffee is that it takes both K-cups and freshly ground coffee. On this note, this machine is compatible with both the Keurig 1.0 cups and the latest 2.0 technology.
This means that there are no limitations in regards to coffee brands and varieties. Included in the packaging is a sampler pack of 5 k-cups, which enables you, test the “waters” as you gravitate towards your “sweet spot” in a cup of java.

The package also comes with My Ground reusable filter for use with loose coffee grounds. So, if you are like me and enjoy the taste of freshly ground coffee, this brewer may make a great pal.
Using Mr. Coffee is a breeze. Actually, you don’t need a detailed orientation even if you’ve never used a single cup coffee brewer before. Brewing is a 3-step process that only requires you to add water to the reservoir, place a K-cup or your coffee grounds in place, and hit Brew.

Compact and Convenient

You might also appreciate this machine’s small footprint. It makes a good bed for students in dorm rooms or if you don’t have enough space to spare in your apartment kitchen or office. It might also come in handy if you are looking for a coffee brewer that you can move around with.

Has a 40oz water reservoir

The Mr. Coffee features a 40oz water tank. This reservoir is quite small considering that other coffeemakers at its price can hold up to 80oz.
All in all, this can either be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it.
For those who enjoy a fresh cup of joe each round, this machine’s pour-in, brew-out style may offer just that.

On the other hand, if you don’t fancy topping up the tank after every cup, then you are better off with a larger model. You are free to scour other models from our other article on the best single cup coffeemakers.
What we like about this tank is that it is removable. This means that cleaning and refilling it isn’t a struggle. Just pop it out, and have your way with it.

On the same note, the Mr. Coffee also has a pull-out drip tray that accommodates travel mugs and larger cups come in handy especially when you need a larger dose of your poison.
The ease of removing the drip tray means that there’ll be no aftermath messes to deal with on your tabletops.

Offers a great shot with ease

Unlike other sophisticated single serve coffeemakers, the Mr. Coffee does not allow you lots of control over the taste of your coffee. But remember that this machine is purposely designed to offer you ease of use and convenience.

What’s important is that this machine heats the water to the optimum brewing temperatures to allow excellent extraction of the aromas. It does take a little bit longer to brew a single cup- around 3 minutes. But you can’t compare it with preparing a whole pot the traditional way.

Features

  • Supports three brew-size options (6 oz, 8 oz, and 10 oz)
  • A removable drip tray, which accommodates travel mugs and larger cups
  • Comes with a sampler pack that contains five k-cups
  • A retractable 40 oz water reservoir
  • It is a pod coffee maker that uses patented Keurig k-cups packs for cocoa, tea and coffee
  • Some buttons to start and stop the brewing process

Pros

  • A removable drip tray prevents any stray drips from messing your workplace
  • A retractable water reservoir enables easy cleaning and refilling
  • Ability to use up to 250 patented k-cups ensures that you have a wide variety of flavors to choose from
  • The sampler pack helps you try out different brew sizes, thus giving you an accurate picture of what to expect
  • Easy to use buttons
  • Uses k-cup pods for more than one beverage (coffee, tea, and cocoa)
  • It is an affordable machine (not expensive)
  • Simple to operate brewer
  • A handle that makes it easier to remove the reservoir
  • A removable lid on the water reservoir (you can quickly refill it without removing it from the machine)
  • Has a power cord storage area making it easy to carry around
  • Produces hotter coffee than other brands (Keurig brewers)
  • Robust construction
  • Produces lesser noise compared to other brands

Cons

  • Has a hidden setting (which you may not find) to switch off the machine after 2 hours of inactivity
  • The power cord is not that long enough ( measures some measly 25 inches long, making it not fit in some places)
  • Some users find the brew button quite unresponsive in some cases

Summary

The Mr. Coffee single serve coffee brewer utilizes a simple procedure to get your cup of hot coffee ready in under 3 minutes. To begin your brewing process, you first need to fill up the water reservoir with the recommended bottled or filtered water. Next, add a k-cup or coffee grounds in the My Ground reusable filter, choose your desired cup size, and hit Brew.

The suction pump pulls up the water into the heating tank and followed by a heating process that takes some minutes for the preferred temperature to be acquired. This means that brewing the first cup might take a little bit longer. For subsequent cups, however, the time taken is shorter since the water is already preheated.

Nonetheless, the control buttons on this device are simple to master and use. You only have the on/off/brew button to fiddle with. Also, you have the choice of the brew sizes underneath that. You select your brew size by pushing the button corresponding LED indicator lights.

Possible alternatives

Mr. Coffee brewing machine is a single serve utility. This means that if you got a group around you, they would have to wait for their turn. These can be quite annoying especially if you are on a tight schedule.

Therefore, if you want something that can brew a substantial amount of coffee at a go, what you want is a larger model that supports k-carafe pods and a carafe pot. The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System is worth checking out.

Again, this machine doesn’t offer advanced controls that would ease your brewing process. For instance, there is no timer to enable it auto brew a cup of Joe at your preferred time.
By the same breath, the Mr. Coffee does not allow brew customization. So, you’ll need to be contented with what it gives.

In case you want to enjoy the convenience of tweaking your brew’s strength to your desire, the Keurig K575 might be your go-to model. It not only offers you strength options, but it also allows you to choose from 5 temperature settings.
It’s also programmable and can prepare your coffee some seconds before your alarm.

Verdict

After some nitpicking, whining and praising, we conclude that Mr. Coffee single serve coffee system is up to task and can serve well if given a chance. Its ability to brew coffee in addition to tea and cocoa makes it versatile and unique option. Moreover, you got up to 250 flavors to choose from to appease your taste buds.

It comes along with a one-year limited warranty that gives you peace of mind and some solace as you pour down on your daily tasks. The machine is a perfect choice for those who want a simple, affordable and efficient companion for their coffee needs.

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