Home Café Single Serve Coffee Brewer Revisited Review
As often as we can, we will revisit different products we review. Even though we might not be keen on a product - it's good to have perspective, so I told my good friend Eric Lanoue about the Home Café and he thought it would fit his needs. He wanted to be able to brew decaf coffee for his mother in law without having to brew an entire pot.
His wife and he became so addicted to the Home Cafe, they bought another one so his wife could take it to work. Wild. Recently I've been contemplating buying a single serve machine for work because the coffee we have is so bad. Here are Eric's thoughts about Home Cafe.
I never imagined I would buy a single serve coffee machine, its a very rare occasion that my wife and I just drink one cup of Joe, so I never thought I had much use for one.
Recently, my parents began drinking that silly Decaf coffee, and it became a hassle preparing one pot of full octane java for myself and the misses, and one pan of boiling water, we dont have a kettle, for the Decaf that my parents would drink while visiting. Soon enough, I was the proud owner of a shiny new Black & Decker Home Cafe.
Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase. The Home Café is easy to use right out of the box, and makes a decent, quick cup of coffee.
Operating the Home Café was pretty easy; a quick glance at the instructions was all it took to get the show on the road. The Water Reservoir is great, and I found that using two coffee pods, with the reservoir filled with 9 oz. of water was enough to make a relatively strong, travel size cup of coffee.
I found the brewing of the coffee a bit noisy. In fact, during my maiden brewage, I rushed over to the machine, thinking I had done something wrong because of all the commotion it makes. It was all good in the hood, and in about a minute, I had my first Single Serve Coffee, and not a bad one at that! In all fairness, that may be how these babies are supposed to sound, I really wouldnt know. Clean up was a snap, no dripping or spillage, just dump the used pod and youre done. Speaking of the pods, I think the package of 16 you can buy for about five bucks is reasonably priced, even if its just Folgers coffee!
My only real complaint would have to be the construction of the Home Café. Its mostly plastic, and seems a bit cheap and fragile. The lever on top of the machine that needs to engaged to close it is very difficult to move forward, and when you do, your not sure if you have succeeded in shutting the lid, or just breaking it!
The Black & Decker Home Café is most definitely worth taking a look at.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 3, 2004 4:26 PM