Black & Decker Home Cafe Single Serve Coffee Machine
I have yet to see this in person, but it looks like another Pod "system". The B&D Home Cafe uses the Millstone coffee pods. I don't remember ever drinking Millstone coffee - which can't be good. As with the other coffee machines in the Single Serve Category - this one has not shipped yet. However - the Senseo is showing up all over and I've even seen ads in the Boston Globe for it. Let me know if anyone sees or tries this coffee machine.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 2, 2004 3:15 PM
I just bought the B&D and I just love it !! I only drink one cup of coffee a day and this is perfect for me. It holds my travel mug along side my favorite oversized coffee mug. Coffee is a great bold taste. I use Flogers, Maxwell house, Millstone, and Wolfgang Puck pods in mine. I think you can use any pod, or atleast I havn't found one that I couldnt use. Worth trying !!
I purchased and quickly returned this one. It looked like a winner, but the build qualitity is just plain horrable. This was the worst I have ever seen. It is entirely made of cheap plastic! The pod holder does not fit well in to the holder tray. The holder tray always pulls out when you remove the pod holder. Then you must struggle to sepparate the two. The side handle is flimsy and does not feel positivly locked (found out once that it wasn't as hot steam shot out and burned me). The water tank is very small and the bottom drip tray has very sharp edges that did cut me once. The coffee is as bad as the qualitity of the whole system. It does fit larger mugs and cups that I wish fit under by Senseo better.
I use the B&D with Millstone Colombian Supremo pods. Right up there with the best Colombian I've ever tasted. Machine is very convenient, but mechanical quality is very disappointing. No failures so far, but the open/close/lock mechanism is really tacky. Sprays a few droplets within a foot or so of the unit while operating-- just requires a quick swipe of the counter with a cloth or sponge.
NB: For me the "9 ounce" setting makes exactly 8 ounces of coffee. Perhaps the rest is soaked up by the pod, or perhaps it's just limited precision.
Overall, it's well worth the money, but I'd pay more for the same thing with higher mechanical quality.
I have this system... received it as a gift and thought i wouldn't like it, but i do. It is a pod system which I like because i only drink 1 cup of coffee every other day or so. As for Millstone coffee they carry it at the Jewel and it's really delicious. They also have a connection to Folgers (which is not great). They are supposed to have "specialty coffess" to go with it, to make the faux cappaucino drinks... but i have yet to see those in stores.