The Home Cafe line of single serve and one cup brewing machines has been in need of an update since launch. Many readers and myself were disappointed in the first offerings in the Home Cafe line of single serve brewers. Readers reported and continue to report many issues with the Black & Decker line of Home Cafe machines, and this hasn't helped the entire single serve coffee phenomenon.
It's too bad the Home Cafe line didn't have the new Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine at launch. We will cut right to the chase here, this machine is light years ahead of the former Home Cafe pod brewing machines and we think overall Krups has the start of something very promising in the Home Cafe line.
Krups has been around since the late 1800's making innovative products. You can't go to a small appliance / kitchen store and not see some blenders, coffee machines, and other Krups offerings. When I was in college I splurged and bought a $59.99 Krups coffee drip brewing machine and swore by it. So when I heard Krups was behind the new Home Cafe - I was a little excited.
Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine Features
The new Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine is definitely different. It features the ability to make 2 cups of coffee in 2 different cups at a time. The machine has two single pod holders, which will take up to a 10 gram single pod, on the left and right of the machine. The machine comes with a set of specialty pod holders as well which will work with the cappuccino pods we reviewed earlier in the year for the Home Cafe line of products.
Blue LED "ready light"
Makes two cups of coffee at a time
4 Pod holders, 2 for Black and 2 for Creamy
Only Pod coffee maker with built-in water filtration
Thermo block based heating system is ready to brew in less than 1 minute
Stainless Steel lined thermo block heating pump for optimal pressure and consistent flash heating
Transparent removable 40oz. water tank
Empty tank detection
Removable stainless steel drip tray
Locking filter holder
One hour auto-off
We really like the fact the machine comes with a charcoal filter for the water reservoir. Many of us just don't have filtered water in our homes and any little bit helps. Also the reservoir is quite large, at 40 oz you can brew 4 cups of coffee without refilling. The flip top on the reservoir also means - you don't need to remove it if you want to refill it.
Brewing a Cup of Single Serve Coffee with the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine
Brewing a single or two single cups of coffee in the Krups is very easy. Pick the pod holders you want to use, either regular coffee or specialty, slide open the latch in the front, put some pods in and wait about a minute for the machine to heat up, and you're ready to go.
The pod holders on the Krups are very much like the Bunn My Cafe pod holders. They have a wide basket to them for getting an even amount of extraction from the entire pod. The pod chamber is a pressure brewing method, but not as much pressure as the Senseo.
Tasting Coffee from the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine
We tried out the Millstone Columbian Supremo coffee pods on our first brew and only started with a single cup of coffee. We were pleasantly surprised by the coffee and the brewing cycle. The machine preps the pod with a few bursts of hot water, then has a nice pulse brewing method. You can hear the water pump working very hard to get a good extraction from the Millstone coffee pods. The brewing cycle finishes with a flurry of steam and you have a nice 7.5 oz cup of coffee.
The Millstone Coffee produced wasn't that bad. We remember testing the Home Cafe from Black & Decker and the coffee produced was not this good. The Krups brewing method is one of the reasons we think you get a better tasting coffee and the charcoal filter (even though we alway use filtered water for all of our reviews).
We then moved onto some Baronet Coffee pods and also some coffee pods from BetterPods. The coffee produced from the Baronet French roast pods was quite good. We wouldn't put the coffee on the same temperature and level of extraction as the Bunn My Cafe, but it was good. The BetterPods french vanilla coffee was also quite good.
After brewing about 6 cups of coffee and tasting them, we liked the coffee produced from the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine. Also, the quality of the machine was holding up. We aren't a big fan of the latch in front, but it works and the machine didn't flinch in making all these cups of coffee in less than 20 minutes.
We then brewed a set of benchmarks using the Millstone Coffee pods by putting a pod in the left and right pod holders and brewed 2 - 7.5 oz cups of coffee. Each cup of coffee was consistent and had the same taste. It's quite something to see the machine brew two cups of coffee as well.
The Bunn My Cafe Versus the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine
We decided to take the Bunn My Cafe and the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine and see how the same coffee pod in each machine brews a cup of coffee. We used the French Roast coffee pods from Green Mountain Coffee to get a read on the difference in the method each machine uses to make a up of coffee.
After brewing the single cups of 7.5 oz in the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine and 8 oz in the Bunn My Cafe, we noticed the following;
Both cups of French Roast were good
The Bunn My Cafe had a higher extraction
The Bunn My Cafe coffee was hotter than the Krups
All that being said, the Krups is $119.00 and the Bunn is $199. For the difference in price, we feel the coffee produced from the Krups was good. We liked both cups of coffee with the Bunn edging out the Krups by a little bit.
We like the new Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine. This is a much improved Home Cafe pod brewing machine, and if you want to get a pod machine with water filtration, the ability to make 2 cups at once, large enough to fit some travel mugs, the ability to use the specialty cappuccino pods, and at a decent price - the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine may be for you.
We can see ourselves continuing to test the Krups machine over the Fall months to ensure the quality of the machine, but so far it's a very solid offering.
We are going to give the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine a solid 3.5 out of 5 pods. We would go higher, but feel the extraction from the machine is not as good as it could be. Also, we would want our coffee a little hotter, but the coffee produced from the machine was good on most levels.
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