Mr. Coffee K-Cup BVMC-KG6-001 Review
This is Mr. Coffee's final attempt at a single serve machine, and it is one worthy of your attention. While this is no Keurig, this BVMC model does offer a decent cup of coffee. It utilizes all kinds of K-cups, so it is very convenient and easy to use.
- Compatible with all K-Cups
- User friendly
- Large reservoir
- Noisy pump
- Should be less expensive
- Long brewing time
I’m always on the lookout for coffee machines that combine affordability with the features that make a quality brew. A single serve coffee maker is one of my favorite things to gift to friends, but of course, I need to keep an eye on my budget.
That’s why I tried the Mr. Coffee K-Cup BVMC-KG6-001. Could this be the coffee maker that will complement my friends’ kitchens from now on? Since it uses K-Cups—which most people love using—it certainly looked promising. Read on to see what I found out.
Let’s start with the basics. This is an overall decent machine that has all basic features—and even more—considering the lower price:
- Water reservoir: This you don’t see on all single cup coffee machines. You can fill it up with 40oz of water so you don’t have to refill the machine for each drink.
- Low water signal: The machine will even tell you when the water is running low.
- 3 Cup sizes: You can make a 6oz, 8oz or 10oz cup by selecting the desired size on the control panel.
- Removable drip tray: To make cleaning easy and to allow more space for travel cups you can remove the drip tray.
- Sample pack provided: Mr. Coffee gives you five K-Cups with your first purchase to get your coffee drinking started right away.
Note that this is not a programmable unit. You cue each cup manually.
Performance & Functionality
All the marketing material told me I would get my cup of coffee within one minute. This isn’t exactly true. Prepare to wait for at least 80 seconds because the water first has to be heated before it will start brewing.
A huge disappointment for a coffee lover such as myself is the limited cup size options. The brand remembered that you may want to put your large travel mug underneath the machine, so you can remove the drip tray to gain some space.
However, because you can only brew up to a 10oz cup you can’t brew enough coffee to fill one of these large travel mugs. And by the way, not all travel mugs fit underneath the spout.
Here’s where you need to analyze your coffee habits before you buy.
This single cup brewing system is designed to work with all K-Cups. This is handy since you can use the brand and flavors you already love, including hot chocolate & tea options. But what if you want something different?
If you have your own grounds that you love using, you can opt for Mr. Coffee’s reusable K-Cup. In this, you can put basically any drink you’re in the mood for. But it’s an additional accessory, not included in your original purchase. Is it worth the extra expense or is there another machine that does it all?
Firstly, the plastic casing doesn’t look state of the art, since stainless steel will always be better than plastic. However, it would still make a nice gift since the exterior hardened plastic looks sleek and modern. The design is also minimalistic so it should suit anyone’s kitchen style. It has a few silver finishes to add some charm.
What is concerning is the short cord and the small buttons. At times I’ve pressed the wrong button, so the brand should rethink the control panel.
Getting back to the unit being made of plastic, you must know it won’t last forever. But, then again, what does?
It does have a one year warranty but most likely it will start giving problems around that time. For this reason, buying an additional warranty is a good idea.
Will my friends enjoy the coffee they make? The taste is definitely enhanced by the water’s high temperature. This draws out all the flavor. And it’s actually better than the machine takes a few extra seconds to make a cup. It means the brew is stronger and more flavorful.
Ease of Use
If you want a simple solution to getting a cup of coffee, this is your answer. Like a friend of mine said: Who wants to bother with complicated buttons and processes while you’re still waking up in the morning?
Brewing a cup requires you to put water in the tank, place your preferred K-Cup in the brewer and select the size cup you’re going to use.
And although the control panel area is small, it’s easy to understand. Just wait for the right size cup to light up.
And then you press start.
Of course, this machine doesn’t allow you to program, but I don’t mind waiting for one cup of coffee to be brewed. And since I don’t have to fill the water tank after each cup, even making coffee for a few friends is effortless.
Here’s something you must keep in mind if you’re picky about cleaning. You’ll battle to get out the last bit of water. The machine sucks water into an internal chamber before it’s used for that next cup.
In general, this won’t be an issue, but if it won’t be used for a while or you want to transport it, you’ll want to get that water out. Good luck. It’s not easy.
Other than that it’s easy to look after. You can take out most parts such as the drip tray and water reservoir. You can wash them in the sink, wipe down the machine and voila, you’re done.
So yes, this ended up in many of my friends’ kitchens. Because it’s not programmable and you can’t change many settings, however, I don’t give this to aspiring baristas. They would appreciate the Cuisinart SS-10 much more since they can adjust settings such as temperature. Which of these would you prefer as a gift now?