The Home Café has been a force to be reckoned with this year in the Single Serve Coffee arena. I don't think as much advertising for any of the other entries - maybe Senseo, but it's also been a force to be reckoned with when you consider they will not only have a Black&Decker version, but also a Mr. Coffee and a Braun.
We were anxious to get our hands on the Mr. Coffee version of the product, as the Black&Decker Home Café had turned out to be a little less than stellar in the engineering department (you can read our review here). We had experienced a lack of quality overall with how the coffee maker shuts, the pod holders being plastic - actually - PLASTIC PLASTIC PLASTIC! Our hopes for the entire Home Café line have been pinned to the back of this Mr. Coffee version - would it make the grade?
The Mr. Coffee Home Café
The maker looks totally different than the Black&Decker version. It has a sort of "Empire Strike Back" feel to it right down to the insignia on the coffee catch tray. The maker is tall, thin, black, and has no real curves to speak of. :-)
We were impressed with the mug accessory that comes with the maker. It's a little round stand that can be added or removed to accomodate both travel mugs and put into place for mugs to sit on. This is a great feature for someone like myself who gets into the car each morning with a travel mug of coffee.
The quality of the Mr. Coffee Home Café is about the same as the Black&Decker. We do feel that the plastic feel is a little less in this version. The pod holder area seems to fit a little tighter, and the reservoir for water fits together a little better than the Black&Decker.
We are not Folgers drinkers here at Single Serve Coffee.com - so in order to ensure an objective slant to the review, I asked my good friend Eric to judge the output of the Folgers Classic Roast. He likes very mild coffee - and he thought the Classic roast was very good. Everyone here at Single Serve Coffee.com decided to put some other 62mm pods into the machine.
We tried Kona Pods, Senseo Dark Roast, and others in the Home Café. All of the pods had a good brew quality when used in the Mr. Coffee Home Café. So if you are interested in being able to use a variety of pods and flavors - this version of the Home Café is a good bet.
The Specialty Pod Holder
The one big benefit of the Home Café line is the fact it also comes with a Specialty Pod Holder. It's basically a pod holder that takes oversized pods make specifically for the Home Café line of makers. We reviewed the Cappuccino pods recently - and thought them to be average. I think as this machine line grows, the amount of specialty pod choices should grow as well, thus making the Home Café line a good choice for variety in the long run.
The Mr. Coffee Home Café is a nice addition to the Home Café line of Single Serve Coffee makers. We didn't expect the maker to be of higher quality than the Black&Decker version - but it seemed to us to be a little better put together. Also, the fact you can use travel mug sized coffee cups with the maker, gives it a nice edge on other makers in this category. Also, because you can use a variety of coffees, we feel the Home Café line of single serve brewers is a good choice for someone starting out in the single serve coffee arena, however we still love Senseo for the creamy top it produces versus a straight up brewed cup of joe.
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