December 5, 2004

The Mr. Coffee Home Café Coffee Pod Brewer Review

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod ReviewsImg 3319HomecafelogoThe 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

Img 3317-1The 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.

Img 3328Coffee Impressions

We are not Folgers drinkers here at Single Serve - 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 decided to put some other 62mm pods into the machine.

Img 3332-1We 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

Img 3343-2The 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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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 5, 2004 8:02 AM
Recent Comments

I am looking for a users manual for the first version of the Home Cafe. I can only find the one for the newer AT13 model. Does anyone know where I can download one for the older model?

Posted by: Gayle at October 7, 2007 9:33 AM

I'm looking for an users manual for the Mr. Coffee Home Café'.
Does anyone know where I can download one or copy it from some-where?
Thanks much...

Posted by: Penny at October 6, 2007 5:43 AM

I wondered why I was able to pick one up at Tuesday Morning for $12.00 last week -- I can't find the coffee pods anywhere. Looks like Mr. Coffee has discontinued the product. As far as the coffee goes, I can see why they discontinued the product -- it tastes weird -- kinda has a mettalic flavor to it. I won't be buying another pod coffeemaker again -- I want to be able to put the coffee I like in it -- not what's available in a pod. My mom has an old one-cup black & decker that makes a much better single-cup of coffee. I'm going to see if I can find one of those today and this Home Cafe is going to Goodwill.

Posted by: Chet at July 6, 2007 1:04 PM

Looking for a clear transparent coffee perculator removable parts.

Thank you

Posted by: Wiliam Bayley at May 27, 2006 3:08 PM

Has anyone had problems with coffee coming out super greasy? I thought maybe it was just the Folgers pods, but then I tried another brand and had the same problems. I have also tried cleaning the unit several times, but am still getting a greasy look and a "new plastic" taste. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Eliza at January 18, 2006 10:30 PM

I wanted to love this machine. Actually loved it for the 30 days it worked. And then one morning...nothing. Just flashing lights. Called the manufacturer and they could tell me nothing except to take it back to the store. Sad. Think I'll opt for a Senseo next.

Posted by: April at December 21, 2005 12:51 PM

I've had 3 of the Black and Decker single serving machines and all of them started leaking around the seal within a few weeks, so I switched to the Mr. Coffee. It's been better, but now, after 7 months of use, this one's leaking - only it's not the seal, the pod holder is cracked. Anyone have any luck with finding replacement parts?

Posted by: Dan at September 3, 2005 4:41 PM

Hi, we have the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe and we absolutely love it! My husband and I are not daily coffee drinkers, but rather occasional, especially on the weekends and when we're on summer vacation. I do need a replacement part for our machine and haven't found anywhere to get one. Can anyone help us? We need the bottom piece that has three small pins(which have broken off). Please help if anyone can.
Thanks a bunch!

Posted by: Karen at August 19, 2005 2:11 PM

Bought two of the Mr. Coffee Homecafes at Sears. Last two they had. One for upstairs and one for down.
Plugged one in, and didn't work.
Plugged in the second one, and start hearing arcing inside the machine, then plastic smoke coming out of the top.
Unplugged it and tried to get them burning plastic smell out of the kitchen.
Plugged the first one in at a different plug, and it starts arcing and smoking.
Called the Homecafe number the next day, and they sent me two new ones after I supplied them with a number off the machines.
Received them yesterday.
First one worked. Great! Not as good as the Melitta to me.
Plugged in the second one straight from Mr. Coffee, guess what, makes a noise like the pump can't pull the water in and shuts itself off.
4 brewers, and only 1 works.
Think they really need to work on their quality control.
Too bad, Mr. Coffee use to make a good product.
Maybe I will try a Senseo next.

Posted by: Ralph at July 3, 2005 3:13 AM

Love the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe system, but I am on my second one now, as the locking ring keeps breaking on me! Even though it is designed to take all of the force of the seal that is created around the pod, it is made of plastic and is apparently very fragile. Anyone have any leads on internal replacement parts w/o having to go through a service center?


Posted by: Steve Buchanan at June 28, 2005 2:03 PM


I had some problems with the Millstone Pods in the Senseo. I could brew with them, but if I left the machine sit after brewing (leaving the used pod in the machine), it would get a vacuum lock.

I figured out two work-arounds: 1) remove the pod immediately after brewing, and 2) if it gets a vacuum lock, run a cup of water through, toss what's brewed, and the cover should open after brewing. The 2nd option I discovered after having it locked down for a day or so, and I was "desparate", so I figured, what the heck!

Posted by: Paula at February 11, 2005 6:10 PM

has anyone had difficulty with the folgers and millstone pods made for this machine, in the senseo? i can't seem to get them to fit -

Posted by: rachel at January 11, 2005 7:54 AM

Hey, i just purchased the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe' from Walmart for $38.00! Their website says 48.72 but try going to the store, you might find the same deal. I had only one problem, i wanted one in black, and Walmart only sells one in white. Sears sells the black version that comes with the plastic travel mug, but they sell it for $66.00! So i brought my receipt from Walmart and they price matched it and then gave me 10% of the difference, so the total was $35.00!! What a deal! Hope this helps!

Posted by: Chris at December 13, 2004 4:59 PM

Hi Stan,

To answer your last question first the machine does not do a "Crema" foam on top. I got my Machine from a midwest store chain called Meijers. I have also seen them at Walmart, Target and other various retailers. I paid $55 dollars for mine but go three free bags of pods of my choice with my purchase. I expect that they might go on sale as the holiday season gets closer. Hope this helps!!!

Posted by: Matthew at December 7, 2004 12:21 PM

Where is the machine available?
What is the average price? Does it do a "Crema" foam top?

Posted by: Stan C at December 7, 2004 6:08 AM

I have the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe and love it!!! I take a 14 oz. travel mug with me in the morning and this machine fills it up right to the top. I do agree with your review that it is going to be a great machine for variety. I have had no problems with mine and reccommend it to anybody.

Posted by: Matthew at December 6, 2004 10:15 AM
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