September 5, 2004

Review: Black & Decker Home Café from Single Serve Coffee

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviewshomecafe_thumb.jpgThe Home Café Brewer from Black&Decker is an interesting addition to the Single Serve Coffee craze. The Home Café has partnered itself with Folger's Coffee - not what you would expect for a "Premium" grade coffee, but I guess when the maker of the machine is Black&Decker it's a good place to start.

homecafe_sidebar.jpgAbout The Machine Itself

The machine itself has some nice features that the other machines don't have. First of all, it will make large travel mug sized cups of coffee, and also promises to use some "SUPER LARGE SPECIAL POD" to make even more types of beverages. The machine though lacks the quality of the other single serve coffee makers in the category.

The Home Café just feels and is very well...made of plastic. The unit that holds the pod feels cheap, and doesn't go back together well after putting your pod in. The base drip pan also has many issues. The edges are indeed sharp (even SingleServeCoffee.com readers have written this in) and there aren't any holes in the middle when your remove the coffee mug you are brewing so you get a ton of splash back.

Even the pod holder is made out of plastic. Instead of having 2 pod holders, the Home Café makes you flip over the holder for a single or double cup. That wouldn't be awful except getting the folder to snug into the coffee maker is problematic every time we used it.

We also feel these comment sent in from Jeff Carlin really sums up the Home Café:

"...It looked like a winner, but the build qualitity is just plain horrible. 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..."

The Home Café Coffee Experience

Okay - I'll admit it. The thought of even drinking Folgers is unappealing, however I did grow up with such coffees - i.e. Maxwell House - so like a cheap beer I can understand the mild taste of a cup of Folgers.

The Home Café comes with a sampler pack of coffee consisting of French Vanilla, Dark Roast, Regular Folgers - etc. I decided to brew a Dark Roast, Classic Roast, and a French Vanilla. I was impressed to see how quickly and easily the coffee brewed and how dark it looked.

The Dark Roast coffee was drinkable. It's not great. It has all the appeal of a cup of coffee from some type of business conference. I next tried the Classic Roast - Light Bodied coffee. This is bad stuff. Do not brew the classic roast. It's just plain awful. The French Vanilla coffee also was not great. It had a very fake flavor, and I felt it also might be a tad too vanilla. Okay - Folgers is not great coffee. We all know it. Let's move on.

It's important to note that the Home Café, Senseo, and the Mr. Coffee® Home Café all take 62mm pods. This "pod standard" of Single Serve brewers for the US market (okay minus Melitta - etc.) could lead to many more types of coffee that fit in these machines. Also, this means pods from Cafepods.com, Aloha Island Coffee and others will work in all of these machines.

I decided to try the Senseo Dark roast in the Home Café. The Home Café doesn't make "crema coffee" but it does brew a straight up cup of joe. BIG IMPROVEMENT. The Senseo Dark Roast Pod makes a great cup of coffee in the Home Café. So, if you like this machine you could get some better coffee for it.

The Mystery Special Pod Holder

I have to note that the Home Café comes with a special pod holder. The pod it holds is equivalent to maybe 3 regular 62mm pods. According to the folks at Black&Decker:

"The second pod holder is for the future introduction of Home Cafe cappuccino, latte and other specialty coffee beverage pods - which are coming soon. These future introductions require a larger pod holder because, with the addition of dairy in the pod, these specialty pods will be larger than the regular pods. A note that explains what the additional pod holder is for comes in the Home Cafe box, so that consumers do not discard the additional holder."
Yummy! This could really make this machine stand out as a unique offerning in the single serve coffee arena.

Conclusions

The Home Café; from Black&Decker is an interesting addition to the Single Serve Cofee market - why do I keep saying interesting? Well - the quality of the machine is suspect at best, however given good coffee to brew in the machine it does a good job. Also, the fact it has 3 settings for mug sizes is a good design, but we can't really recommend the Home Café machine.

The Folgers coffee, the plastic like feel, and the overall quality is lacking even for a machine that costs ~$50 bucks. We would recommend the Senseo over this machine every time.

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Recent Comments

My daughter gave me her used Black & Decker, HOME CAFE' one cup coffee maker as she was single at the time she bought it. She dos not have the instrution book and the plastic lid on top is missing. How can I get one of these?


Posted by: Margie May at December 27, 2010 12:06 PM

the idea of a single pod coffee maker was a good idea. however, it fails to deliver. i only used it sbout 3 times and it quit working. it seems like it's about to burn up. it is such a disappointment. i was going to return it, but the hassle is worth more than it cost. thanks for nothing.


Posted by: Lester W at November 9, 2009 9:30 AM

hello. my dad and step mother just gave me one of your black and decker Home Cafe the One cup coffee house makers last night for a christmas gift, well i do not drink coffee but that is ok, as i have family and friends who do. my question to you is i just arrived home from work and opened up the box. i hope everything that was in the box is correct for the exception of a manual. since i don't have a manual i am not sure if everything is in it. now maybe you don't put a manual in or this one was returned to the store and not checked and re-sold without one. i would appreciate if i could get a manual sent to my home. it took me about 30 min to get my first cup of coffe brewed. i think i will like this for my family and friends. thank you for producing this machine. i suck at making coffee as my boyfriend.
if you could please let me know thru my email about a manual for this and warranty information too.. nothing was in the box just the maker 3 pod holders. thank you cheri


Posted by: cheri at December 26, 2008 6:54 PM

My first one, a Christmas gift 4 years ago worked well for just under a year, in warranty. No trouble closing the top lid, EVER! Cut off the plug and got a replacement at no charge, not even the $5. Second one working great after 3 years, never had plastic taste, no parts fell off as with others.
NOTE TO RITA OF BRISTOL, CT, you bought yours too late to get the Cappuccino and Latte pods. They apparently stopped making them about a year or more ago. That's my only disappointment.

There are 3 pod holders, one for single pod, another for 2 pods and a third for cappuccino. Too bad I can't use the third one anymore. They appear to be made of bakelite rather than plastic. It made the best capuccino. Even sold it by the cup to fellow workers. They as am I, disappointed the cappuccino pods are no longer offered. Checked the internet for ANYBODY that would still sell the cappuccino pods to no avail, so far. Have written directly to several websites including Folgers questioning why they stopped making them. Maybe they got enough complaints about the coffeemaker, so they discontinued them. Still makes good coffee.


Posted by: Dave at September 16, 2008 4:51 PM

NBB DO NOT USE FIRE HAZARD!

Bought in 95, gathered dust.

Tried today,plugged it in and it went up in smoke! No fire,but smoke!

Phoned the company,offered me a deal on another coffee maker!



Posted by: David at March 3, 2008 4:44 PM

At least mine lasted a little over a year before it started looking like a blinking christmas tree where when I tried to brew a cup before going to work ( !!!BEFORE GOING TO WORK!!!! ), It just did not do anything but all lights started blinking....... There is nothing worst in life than leaving home w/o at least having a cup of coffee before driving 30 minutes to work in heavy traffic..... I ordered another one of these machines.... see how long it will last this time, since B&D said the new ones are the new improved model...... B&D, You're killing me....


Posted by: Mario at February 5, 2007 11:11 AM

I received a B&D Home Cafe for Christmas, and it is January 29th and I still haven't used it because I cannot find the Home Cafe Vanilla Latte or Cappuccino PODS, I have checked every grocery store, every Target, every Walmart, I have also called the Company to no Avail- absoultely no Help whatsoever. After reading the comments I have decided to return this B&D coffee machine and purchase a Senseo. I give up now. Rita Kirsch, Bristol, CT


Posted by: Rita at January 29, 2007 11:34 AM

Talk about junk. This is the worse piece of it that I have ever bought. I recommended this to three of my relatives, two no longer speak to me. I am on my fourth one in less than a year. I will get it replaced as long as there is a breath left in me. Black and Decker will keep replacing and I will keep getting. They won't charge me or we will end up in court faster than there darn machines break. I hear people speak of cheap plastic. No way cheap plastic would last at lot longer than this toy. I just can't understand why a national company would make or put there name on such a worthless piece of crap. I will never ever buy anything that Black and Decker makes or has anything to do with. Only thing is that they can keep sending them but they best not try and charge me a single cent. My advice is to stay away from any thing that Black and Decker ever touched.


Posted by: Tommy Steede at January 3, 2007 3:38 PM

I bought my B&D Home Cafe machine when it first came out in 2004 and I am still using it. I use it every morning to brew 1 cup of coffee and it has lasted me this long, until yesterday when the pod holder cracked. I will replace the holder because I love the machine. I've never had any trouble with it.


Posted by: linda at December 20, 2006 8:46 AM

I have a Black & Decker Home Cafe machine which is working OK-The only problem I have, is that I want a plastic or metal coffee holder the size of the 2 or 3 pod holder that this machine has-I just want to drink a bigger cup of coffee,and I don't want to buy all these pods-I have a Presto refillable coffee holder which is fine for a small 7 OZ cup, but It is too samall for a 9 OZ cup-
Best regards:
Leo


Posted by: Leo Rourk at October 7, 2006 12:01 PM

Guess you all haven't tried the NEW Black and Decker. It's not at all like what I read! It is sturdy and makes great coffee!!!


Posted by: salle at August 17, 2006 10:02 AM

You should weear safety goggles while working with or around an Black and Decker Home Cafe. It's always exciting to brew a cup, but safety first. I'm reminded of the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when the fat boy gets stuck in the chocolate tube and the pressure builds up behind him. It's a guarantee my Home Cafe will blow its top every time. It's just a matter of when (usually after 3 or 4 ounces). A few times it's even managed to rip the pod open sending grounds everywhere. "The suspense is terrible; I hope it lasts."


Posted by: Jeff at May 24, 2006 1:26 AM

Read all comments and agree. Since I'm stubborn, I've had three of these darned machines. I actually spent big bucks for the first one, HCC100. After six months or so (I've learned never to force anything in this life, especially plastic parts) the pieces in the top started disintegrating. B&D (after lots of email & calls) wanted the plug and money. Backorder status for three months! Call after call. Finally I said money or coffeemaker, and they shipped me another HCC100. It took this one three months to fall apart, same problem - cheap plastic. I sent B&D info on problems - splashing spots all over during brewing, black marks on countertop, not a full 7,9 or 14oz. amount, lukewarm coffee, broken plastic. I complained again. Same issue. Send us plug and money. Hooey on that. Meantime I had picked up a pod maker that worked in the HCC100, at Walmart. Finally got the third machine. This one worked for two months (one cup of coffee a day, mind you!) and plastic top refused to stay locked. Hold down piece of black plastic broke. Threw the damned thing away, went to eBay and bought an HCC70. (Stubborn, right?) HCC70 is fancier but still same basic machine. Except. Tried to use my replacement pod maker in it, and it won't fit! The good news is I got my money back from B&D, finally. When this one goes, I've finally learned my lesson about Black & Decker products. How they could charge $59 and change for this piece of garbage is pure greed, and appalling.


Posted by: Sue Heron at May 5, 2006 9:42 AM

I've had my Home Cafe for about four months now (Christmas present). I usually use the Millstone pods or make my own Kona pods (Mmmm, Kona). The quality is okay, but (of course) I've had problems with the machine. Not with coffee temp (I add cold creamer and it's still to hot to drink) but with leaking. After using it for a while, it starts brewing smaller cups (7 oz. on the 9 oz setting, etc.), and covering my counter-top with weak coffee. At the 800 # they explained the solution is to unplug the machine for 15-20 minutes every few days. Kind of a pain, but I really enjoy the convenience of the machine, and I think it's much less expensive than others on the market. They said they would replace it if I cut the plug off and sent it back, but that's more of a pain than unplugging it every once in a while.


Posted by: Jenn at April 21, 2006 8:40 PM

READ THIS BEFORE PURCHASING!!!!!This machine is a WASTE of the following: space, electricity, money and existence. I purchased this machine 2 months after use it starting making zapping sounds called Black & Decker told me to cut off the cord and mail it to them along with $10 and they would mail me a new coffe maker did that and now the one I received only brews 1/4 to 1/2 cup and is leaking water so much I have the equivelance of the Mississippi River running down my cupboards. Besides the fact that it flooded my kitchen water around electrical items can cause shock! I called them and they told me to cut the cord and mail it to them with another $10 and they would mail me another. I did something better I took it outside with a hammer and broke it in a million pieces being it is made of recycled flimsy plastic it didn't take much force. I took the $10 that I would have mailed them for yet another defective machine and bought me a different brand of coffee maker.


Posted by: Mrs. Abbas at March 5, 2006 7:57 PM

I recommend that you do not buy these machines. The black rubber gasket that sits at the base stinks of a rubber tire smell! I won't use anymore. I made maybe 20 cups (I am still on my original 2 Millstone packs). The Folgers was thrown out after one cup. It tasted horrible. The Millstone French Roast was drinkable. But once the smell came, I stopped using it. I agree with the posts describing the weakening of the coffee brewing over time. The poor quality of this machine speaks volumes about the manufacturer. I stopped buying their power tools 20 years ago. I should have known better. I paid $11 for it, and feel I got ripped off. The side handle is made like garbage. You have to pull hard to get it to close. And the plastic-on-plastic parts have a very definite planned obsolescence feel to them. Even if the afore-mentioned problems hadn't existed, I would be shocked if the unit lasted a year. So it looks like I'll be tossing it out at the local electronics recycling center and going back to my trusty Krups Super Aroma 12. In my opinion, it still makes the best cup around.


Posted by: BudK at February 24, 2006 5:51 AM

I have been using mine every day since Christmas and have no complaints. My wife bought Millstone coffee which was pretty good but I've since switched to FlavaPods (FlavaPods.com) which have been amazing with lots of variety.

I agree with Michelle's comment on filling with warm water - whenever I have refilled it even just a little with cold water, the coffee output is lukewarm, not piping hot. But when I let it get to room temperature, it's just wonderful.


Posted by: Andrew at January 13, 2006 4:16 PM

I decided to try to use my Home Cafe this morning, just for one last try. I got it as a Mother's Day gift. It only worked right for about 3 weeks. My kids and hubby are dissapointed that I haven't been using it, but it leaks all over and doesn't brew the whole amount of coffee that I want. Today, it brewed about a third of a cup and just stopped going at all. What a dissapointment, because no one else in my house drinks coffee, so my family made a good decision, just picked the wrong coffee maker.


Posted by: Carol at January 8, 2006 8:52 AM

Mine seems to work (so far) but the coffee tastes like "o-rings". Yuk!! I don't think it's the Folger's Columbian either as it smells much better going in than coming out :-(


Posted by: Leo at January 5, 2006 3:44 PM

WOW! What a piece of junk! Sure wish I had read all this before I bought one as well. Sent email to the company and they replied (lied) that it was "programmed to brew at 162 degrees" and to try using a "styrofoam cup", a "thermo cup", or using "hot tap water" to get a hot cup of coffee. Might as well "nuke" some water and use instant coffee. I'm taking mine back as well. Please take heed and don't buy this brand of coffee maker.


Posted by: Kristi at January 4, 2006 12:18 AM

Got the B&D Home Cafe for Christmas. I used the Folgers pods that came free with the unit and the coffee ( if I can call it that!)tasted terrible and was lukewarm. Yuck! I did some research on the internet and found advise about wetting the pod first with hot water and placing hot water in the tank. I also switched to a different brand of coffee and now it brews a great cup of coffee in 1 minute. I'm quite happy with it now. I really think the terrible tasting Folgers coffee is giving this machine a bad name- there is a reason why they gave these pods away for free. My advise is to 1. wet the pod before putting it in the holder. 2. put hot water in the tank. 3. switch to a better brand of coffee. Don't be mislead with their instructions about only using Folgers pods, there are many brands of pods like Senso and Archer Farms (Target's brand) and Maxwell House that fit perfectly in the holder.


Posted by: Michelle at December 31, 2005 5:23 PM

All I can say is that I wish I'd have read these reviews prior to buying the HC for my mom for Christmas. I bought the machine at Walmart-thank God they have a good return policy. We ran the "pre-cleaning" and water trickled out for about 5 seconds and turned off. Tried this a few times and same thing happened everytime. The coffee-Folger's-which she usually drinks tastes aweful. It took about 5 minutes to just shut and "lock" the pod-holder. Was going to buy the senseo, but chose this b/c of price--i guess you get what you pay for. What a waste of money. Avoid this machine!!!


Posted by: MC at December 31, 2005 2:18 AM

I bought this for my husband for Christmas. I can't even get the thing to work, right out of the box. It said to do the intial 9 oz. cleaning but it only works for 10 seconds, then shuts off. I tried it several times and got the same results. After about 10 times, I ended up with about 7 oz. of water.
I tried to call the 800 number for help, but no one is there, due to the holidays. So, I logged on here. After reading all of these postings, I am thinking "Why bother?" I think I will just go ahead and return it while I still have the box.
What a disappointment.


Posted by: Rhonda at December 26, 2005 11:42 PM

I bought one of these -- cheap -- early on to test the appropriateness of the single-serve concept for our family's coffee drinking style and habits. I didn't want to spend a lot for yet another kitchen appliance that would clutter up the counter without adding real value. While I fell in love with the concept, and with some of the coffee we bought on line, this machine (like the supermarket coffee sold for it) has been a real disappointment. In short, just about everything you read in the comments above has been true for us. Plus, in our home, the little feet on the machine leave nasty little black marks on our white kitchen counter, and at one point the entire body of the machine just twisted off its base in a way that won't allow us to just twist it back into place. The thing still makes coffee, but when we replace it with a better machine, this is one item that won't go to a charity thrift shop. I wouldn't want to pass this thing on to anyone. It will go right where it belongs: in the trash. There was a time when "Black and Decker" meant something. What in the world ever happened that let them bring such a poorly built product to market?


Posted by: Dorothy R. at December 17, 2005 9:14 PM

What a piece of junk, but everything B&D makes is junk now. The first one lasted about 8 or 10 cups before it broke down. The replacement, just like the first gave 5oz. for 7, 7oz for 9 and 11oz for 14. The coffee taste like it came from a waste dump. The final straw was when it came on by itself, if not for my wife unplugging it we would have hade a quart of hot water all over the kitchen. Three years ago their toaster over near burned down my kitcken, and I'm not the first.
No more B&D for me.


Posted by: l. Maraio at December 16, 2005 6:47 PM

Got this on sale at Wal-Mart. Should have been forewarned based on the very large price reduction, but I forged ahead anyway.
My opinion? This machine does not make a strong enough cup of coffee -- even when using 2 pods. The coffee is lukewarm right out of the maker and the racket it makes will kill the serenity of the morning that many like to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee. Avoid this one.


Posted by: D. Jackson at December 12, 2005 10:18 AM

JUNK! That about says it all. And it's not made by Black & Decker any longer, it just has the name. Cracked pod, tepid water spewing everywhere, sharo edges on the drip try.....JUNK!


Posted by: D White at November 10, 2005 3:38 PM

I have had my home cafe for over 2 months and I still get a plastic taste in the coffee. I did the pre-clean routine and even did several additional cleanings with vinegar to see if that would clear the taste. Coffee still tastes like plastic. I use the Millstone pods. Any suggestions out there?


Posted by: Sondra Burger at November 2, 2005 10:08 AM

I have had my home cafe for over 2 months and I still get a plastic taste in the coffee. I did the pre-clean routine and even did several additional cleanings with vinegar to see if that would clear the taste. Coffee still tastes like plastic. I use the Millstone pods. Any suggestions out there?


Posted by: S. Burger at November 2, 2005 10:07 AM

Bought mine nearly one year ago. It worked fine until recently when the single pot holder broke, apparently from steam and heat. Ordered a replacement from Fox International, we'll see how it goes.

I purchased mine from Kroger with a $20 manufacturer's coupon plus an addional $10 off with my Kroger card. Would I buy another B&D unit? Probably not, but I didn't get beat for full retail price, either.

The Folgers pods suck, but the Millstone ain't bad.


Posted by: Jules at October 20, 2005 2:52 PM

I got my Home Cafe free via a promotion Black & Decker was running, and I have to say that it was well worth the price of sales tax. ;)


Posted by: Katrus at October 2, 2005 9:46 PM

Just bought the Black & Decker Home Cafe at Walmart. As soon as I took it out of the box I noticed how cheaply constructed it looked. Especially the coffee size selection button label (looks like it will peel off). That wouldn't have bothered me as long as it made a good cup of coffee. Boy was I disappointed when my coffee came out luke warm. Needless to say, I'm taking it back to Walmart today.


Posted by: Mike Fotakis at October 2, 2005 10:05 AM

My pod holder exploded and Black & Decker sent me a replacement but I've still not been too happy witht his coffee maker. We have a Senseo at work but I liked the idea of being able to put my tall travel mugs under this one. It also makes a mess splattering coffee all over the place and sometimes the coffee comes out not hot. I try to heat the mug before putting the coffee in but what a pain. Maxwell House pods are much better than Folgers but not much. I'm going to start mail ordering the beeter coffee pods online. Krups has a new version but I haven't seen any reviews of it. I'd like a metal pod recepticle that's for sure.


Posted by: Robin at July 31, 2005 10:22 AM

I bought one of these machines over a month ago. I followed the initial cleaning step and then brewed coffee. It tasted like rubber. I wondered if the grounds were shavings from a car tire. I took it back and later got another one. I had the same problem. It's a shame, too, as this could have been a good machine.


Posted by: David Ancell at July 2, 2005 9:45 PM

My Black and Decker Home Cafe worked fine for three months. Coffee was hot, and the Millstone and third party pods made tasty brew. Then, it blew up, spewing grounds all over the kitchen and blowing out the gold filter in the holder. B&D said they were out of HC, but could replace with the new improved model in September. When I expressed displeasure, they offered to send me a new holder and splash guard assembly. Brewer worked fine for a couple of days, then blew again, breaking the plastic of the top, and spraying steam everywhere. If I had been standing in the wrong location, I could have been burned.

I called again, and they said they would send a label for return and they would send me a new maker. Suddenly, they weren't out, and there was no cord snip--they want the ruined unit shipped back (at their expense). At least they want to see what went wrong in their design. Unfortunately, I will just get another piece of junk in return.

I will save my pennies and buy a better quality machine!


Posted by: Bill Jordan at June 26, 2005 6:54 PM

I too purchased the black and decor home cafe. I recently got into drinking coffee and figured the single serve was a good choice. My pod maker has lasted less than a month. I went with the model because it was less expensive. Lessen learned. I am doing my homework and looking for a better machine not a cheaper machine. Plus, the pods can be expensive when compared to regular coffee. Even if I throw out 1/2 a pot, I am still getting off cheaper.
Tricia Johnson Evansville, IN 06-23-2005


Posted by: Tricia Johnson at June 23, 2005 8:56 AM

After using the B&D machine for a couple of months, it started splattering water on the counter every time I used it. "Applica Consumer Affairs," after an extended e-mail dialogue, instructed me to snip off the power plug and send it with $5 to get a replacement. That was two months ago. Today I called Applica, and the machines are backordered for another 90 days. Some warranty. Don't buy this. As others have noted, the construction is cheap, it falls apart, and the warranty is near-worthless.


Posted by: Tim Dees at June 10, 2005 12:48 PM

IF THE BOX HAD NOT GOTTEN WET AND WAS THROWN AWAY I WOULD HAVE RETURNED THE COFFEE MAKER TO THE STORE. THE COFFEE IS UNDRINKABLE. I FOLLOWED THE PRE-CLEANING AND USED THE POD. GADS TASTED LIKE MOLDY METAL. SO I TRIED MY OWN COFFEE. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN PODS. BUT JUST AS BAD. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY. I WENT BACK TO MY $14.00 4 CUPPER. BLACK AND DECKER SHOULD TAKE THEM ALL BACK SINCE NOW I'LL BUY NOTHING BLACK AND DECKER.


Posted by: PAT at May 29, 2005 6:27 PM

I only use my B&D Home Cafe on weekends, making two cups each morning. It lasted 10 weeks before breaking. Not much value here. A very poor product at an inflated price.


Posted by: Eric Drews at April 30, 2005 1:51 PM

I think the good features of the Home Cafe outweigh the negatives. It uses the most commonly available pod size. You can choose the size cup you want. The water tank holds enough for several cups, but not so much that the water will get stale. The bigger pod holder for specialty coffees has a use already - cappucino, available online at the Home Cafe web site. Not that Folger's cappucino is apt to be anything to blog about, but it's a start.

I have had my B&D Home Cafe for several months, and I am very happy with it. I, too, noticed the "cheap, plastic" look and feel of the machine. I have been careful with it, and it has never malfunctioned. I have no problems with removing or replacing the pod-holder and pod-holder holder. You just have to have things aligned perfectly, and then they drop into place. Yeah, the Folger's pods are awful. They were free, so get over it and buy some better pods.


Posted by: rhiamom at April 14, 2005 10:39 AM

The coffee is good, some times. Other times it is week. The machine, itself, starting falling apart with a week of purchase. Now the entire top fell off. B & D is going to replace it. But no redesign on the new one.


Posted by: Dcole at April 14, 2005 9:12 AM

You can brew hotter coffee by filling the reservoir with - hotter water! voila! Ther-mo-dy-namics!


Posted by: Steve at April 6, 2005 12:06 AM

I bought the B&D Home Cafe for $16.00 on sale, and while I agree it is cheap plastic quality, the side handle never quite seems locked, and the coffee it comes with is bland, for the price it was worth it. I'm replacing a 10-cup that I never use because I only want to make a cup or two. I do expect that in the future I'll upgrade, but for now a $16 price gives me a good entry-level machine.


Posted by: Margo at March 20, 2005 2:39 PM

I can highly recommend the Senseo over the B&D. The coffee is not lukewarm and the maker is of high quality.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at March 7, 2005 7:48 AM

The Home Cafe was my first pod machine. I am so disappointed. The biggest problem is the coffee is lukewarm. This absolutely will not work. I am going to buy a different brand but am worried I will pick a loser again. How do I find out which one is best? I have heard that the Senseo does not make a large enough cup of coffee. I really want one that will make a full mug but it must be hot.


Posted by: Jo Lee at March 7, 2005 7:24 AM

My first B&D Home Cafe lasted 3 days before it quit. The company replaced & didn't charge me the $5 handling fee. I've had the replacement for 3 weeks and it is just junk. 9 oz button provides about a 7 oz cup, 14 oz buttom provides less than 12 oz. That means the coffee is strong plus wasteful with the price of pods. Also, temperature is lukewarm at best. I'm going shopping for another pod coffeemaker but not HomeCafe.


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