KitchenAid KCM0402ER Review
The KitchenAid KCM0402ER personal coffee maker caters to a very limited target audience. It is a single serve coffee brewer designed to make coffee for just one person. While that may not be a convenient option for a household of dozen (or even half a dozen), it does enjoy a loyal fan base, thanks to its decent performance and KitchenAid’s impressive taste in aesthetics.
Single cup coffee brewers have their own set of pros. They consume lesser electricity than multi-cup drip coffee makers, save counter space, and offer a cheaper substitute to coffee lovers living alone.
KitchenAid has always been meticulous while designing their products and the KCM0402ER single cup coffee maker is no different. In the following paragraphs, we take a look at its different features and specifications along with the important pros and cons.
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KitchenAid KCM0402ER Design
The best thing about a single serve coffee machine like the KitchenAid KCM0402ER here is that it hardly takes up any space on the counter. At 7.1 x 10.4 x 14.8 inches, it is tall but slim. The footprint is smaller than most espresso makers, and the smooth, curvy design along with the bright color makes it a fantastic addition to the kitchen décor.
The brew basket sits atop an 18 oz. thermal mug with brushed aluminum on the outside and having a silicon wrap that allows you to hold the mug even when it is hot. The removable water tank has to be filled up through an inlet on the top. Interestingly, it has a handle attached that lets you carry it around in case you need to.
The brew basket contains a gold tone permanent filter which helps to get rid of the taste of coffee oils and preserve the original flavor of the beverage. However, some customers claim to have got better results with paper filters that remove terpenes better than their gold counterpart.
It must be mentioned here that although the mug has a volume of 18 oz., the maximum volume of water you can heat in the water tank is 16 oz. This allows you to add cream or any topping on your coffee while preventing overflow. As for the brewing part, KitchenAid’s optimized brewing technology makes sure you get a hot and rich cup of coffee.
The machine lacks a digital LED display, a 24-hour programmable feature, temperature control settings, a water filter, a built-in grinder, and a variable brew strength selector. But then, would you really care about these features early on in the morning when you are craving a simple cup of coffee?
KitchenAid KCM0402ER Features
- Removable Hot Water Tank with Handle
- 18 oz. Insulated Thermal Mug
- Gold-tone Permanent Filter
- One-touch Brewing
- Automatic Shut-off
The KitchenAid KCM0402ER puts up an impressive performance when it comes to brewing a single cup of coffee. The flavor is maintained well, and the coffee served is hot and rich. While it is shame that there is no warming plate to keep the content of the mug hot hours after brewing, it should hardly be a deal breaker.
The brewing temperature is almost 180 degrees Fahrenheit; so be careful while handling the mug once the brewing is done. The consistency of the temperature is an added plus. It ensures you get the best out of the system every time you pour yourself a cup.
KitchenAid entrusts this machine with a warranty of 1 year. While there has not been a single complaint about the actual device, many customers have expressed their concerns about the thermal mug. It is made of plastic on the inside and feels pretty flimsy to touch. The rubber grip does not insulate properly either. Further, the twist-to-lock mechanism of the top lacks rubber sealing thereby allowing coffee to trickle out from the sides.
The brewing speed is average in this system when compared to other single serve coffee makers. If you do not count the time it takes for the water to heat up, the KitchenAid KCM0402ER is able to serve hot coffee in around two minutes. It, however, does not have a timer.
Ease of use
The KitchenAid KCM0402ER was built for beginners. It is so easy to use this personal coffee maker that you may not even have to consult the manual guide that comes with the device. There is no fancy control panel – a single button controls the whole brewing process.
Once you have chosen the kind of coffee you would like to make, fill the water tank with water, add the filter and the grounds, and press the ‘ON’ button to start brewing. It does take some time for the water to heat, but once that is done, the machine needs only a couple of minutes to serve you the beverage.
The fact that most of the parts are removable implies maintenance is not something you need to be worried about. It is recommended that you clean the gold filter at the end of each day if not after every usage.
At $64.99, the KitchenAid KCM0402ER single serve coffee making system is not particularly cheap, but considering its utility, it may be a good idea to give it a go. It is slim and appealing to the eye, does not take up a lot of counter space, and performs pretty commendably with regards to the quality of the coffee.
The thermal mug could have been better, but you always have the option of replacing it with another brewing mug of your choice that fits the height. Also, you can pour the coffee into a different cup and enjoy.
This machine is perfect for those who love a hassle-free cup of coffee in the morning, but not a choice to consider if you are looking to make more than a single serve at one go. The 35% discount on Amazon nonetheless makes it a lucrative buy.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.