August 15, 2005
Review: Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine
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
- Pressure brewing
- 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 dial at the top of the Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine has single cups on the left and 2 cup brewing on the right of the dial. There is even a latte mode for brewing the specialty pods.
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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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 15, 2005 9:26 AM
Any such thing as a hot chocolate pod that can be used in Krups 1010? Just hot chocolate, not chocolate flavored coffee.
Unfortunately, the Krups 1010 has been discontinued, and it doesn't look like Krups has a new model to replace it. Mine has been going strong for some time, but I want to replace the baskets, as they seem to be getting clogged more and more often down under the little grates, and the screws that hold them together are difficult to get open... I will be contacting Krups parts directly to see if I can get any replacements - and I'll be disappointed if I need to retire this machine.
Also, as this review is 4 years old, some of the info is dated. They mention the Bunn My Cafe being priced at $199 - I've been looking for it online recently and cannot find it for anything less than $299. Unfortunately, as good as Bunn products are, they'd have to offer me a 5 year replacement warranty for me to pay that much for a pod coffee maker... :(
My Krups 1010 has stopped working. The brew light goes on, but when pressed, it hums and starts blinking. Is this the pump? Can it be repaired?
Wow Phyllis! That spray of hot water must have been a real owwieeee!
My introduction to single serve pods was in our offices in The Netherlands several years ago. They had a Senseo machine, and I was fascinated with how it operated and was quite pleased with the coffee that it produced using the Douwe Egberts pods. At this time the Senseo was not available in the US, so I purchased a Melitta. Their Java Pods were OK, but I was looking for a little more variety, so I started by stuffing the larger coffee pods in the Melitta, with abysmal results. At about this time I spotted the Krups 1010 at Sears on clearance for $39.95, which was just unheard of, so I bought it. I have been very pleased with the Krups machine. It makes a great cup of coffee with the 10g pods. My only complaint is that it sprays steam and a bit of coffee everywhere at the end of the brewing cycle. I either have to hold the cup up to capture the spray, or wipe the counter off afterward. I would like to get a machine that doesn't spray like this, but for the $39.95 I paid, I guess I can't complain too much.
My favorite coffee pods for this machine so far are the Baronet Tanzania Peaberry, Green Mountain Colombian (now discontinued...damn K-cups!), and Reunion Island Costa Rica Tarrazu. For flavored coffees, I really enjoy the Aloha Island Chocolate Paradise pods, and the Baronet Mint Chocolate, both with a bit of cream and sugar.
I noticed that most people here either like and have the Krups 1010 or are thinking about getting the Krups 1010. I am leaning towards the Keurig because it is a bit higher quality. The one thing that I would have liked is for the Keurig to have a two cup brewer instead of one. Do most people like the Krups because of the price? I believe that the Keurig is around $150? Can anyone give me a more detailed review of the Krups 1010 vs. the Keurig single serve? I read the reviews but just wanted to hear what others thought. I also read that Keurig was coming out with a mini single serve the B30 for around $79? Any thought on that?
i took my filter out it had fussy mold growing on it. can i use the krups 1010 without. if not where do i purchase new ones.
I have had my Krups 1010 for quite a while and I have always liked it except for the spraying when it is done and the fact that the coffee is a bit strong, but still good. This morning I went to make a cup of coffee and set it up as usual. The coffee maker signaled it was ready..I pushed the start button and got a few drops of coffee. I tried to open the latch when it was finished and the latch wouldn't open. Its still not opening an hour later. I don't know if this is a unique problem or if others have experienced this also. If anyone has any hints for me to get it open, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
I just used this for the first time and absolutely cannot get the lid open after using it. What should I do?
Where can i by the kp 1010 and its cast.
I have been on the hunt now for the past 2 weeks for the best Pod machine for the money and I think I found it today. Tuesday Morning has the Krups KP1010 for $49.99.
I use the 1010 every day. I have found that some pods (i.e. Green Mountain) are not as tightly packed as others (i.e. Baronet). I learned that a few light pats on the Green Mountain pod make it settle into the pod holder and conform to the shape, making the lid close much easier. I also learned that Baronet Monster pods explode in the 1010 (CoffeeWiz.com kindly credited my account for the unusable pods).
I bought a 1010 a week or so ago, and have had nothing but trouble. I'm upset, and am on the verge of returning it. I've been reading these other reviews, and am wondering if I'm the only person having these problems. First of all, the top gets stuck on a regular basis. Actually, almost everything on the troubleshooting page of the manual is happening. Should I assume this particular unit is defective and exchange it?
I have been using the 1010 at the office three months now. It replaced the Mr. Coffee that gave up after a year. I found that coffee extraction was not as good (weaker coffee) as the old Mr. Coffee. The Mr. Coffee would wet the pod and then wait to get up to temperature. I decided to do the same with the Krups by starting the brew process, waiting one second, then cancelling the brew by pushing the brew button again. Wait about 30 seconds then start the brew process again. This results in a much better cup of coffee at the 7.5 oz setting.
I have been using this machine for about a month now and for the most part have been happy. However, I recently orderd the 10G pods from podhead.com and got a nasty supprise. The coffee was great but when I had a hard time opening the pod holder after the brew, and when I did I found that the pod hat ruptured. Am I doing something wrong? I just don't get it. Why do the best pods I have tried yet have to explode?
I have been using the Krups 1010 for about 3 weeks now -- I got a Senseo for Christmas but became quickly disappointed in the coffee quality, strength, and hotness (i.e., it WASN'T hot with the Senseo). And I became infuriated when my attempt to use 10gram pods in the Senseo led to leaking and leaking and finally to an explosion of grounds and hot water all over my kitchen counter. The whole point of this machine was to make coffee with less mess. Sensible person that I am, I tried the 10 gram pod experiment again with EXACTLY THE SAME RESULTS! Imagine that!
So the Senseo went back to Target in a couple of days. I couldn't bring myself to spend 200 bucks on the Bunn, and I hadn't yet read the Simplehuman review here, so I ordered the Krups for $119 from Amazon. This machine works great. Hot-enough coffee, no explosions, and the coffeewhiz pods I got last week make very very good coffee. Not quite the daily Americano from the coffee shop, but significantly better than my tired old krups drip was making. It also doesn't have as much flavor as a french press, but I find the 'mouthfeel' of french press coffee a little overwhelming.
I am torn between the Krups Home Cafe and the Bunn My Cafe. Can I use the same pods in both machines? When doing a search on pods, most of the web sites list the Bunn My Cafe as a compatible brewer, but rarely list the Krups. Any help would be great. Thanks!
It would be really helpful if posters & reviewers could include quantitative information in the comparisons - for example, the comment about the Krups unit not being as hot as the Keurig- what is the temperature difference? I want the Keurig, but man that thing is MASSIVE and would have to be moved into a cupboard after every use, which really defeats the purpose in a lot of ways. (I have a small kitchen).
You can use any pods that work with Senseo, Home Cafe and others. 10 gram singles or less should work - and some of the larger monster pods will not work as well.
I just purchased a Krups 1010 am confused about which pods (cofffe manufactures) will work in this machine. The manual that I receive does not say anything about which pods I can use, except for Folgers and Millstone. Any help out there?
maryann...i have a krups 1010 and i use a regular tea bag in it everyday...just take the tag off and lay it flat in the pod holder...i usually brew it at the 6 ounce setting,makes a nice strong cup of tea!!! Try it...youll see!!
I have owned this machine for about a month now, after having owned the keurig & senseo as well as neurotically researching the Bunn My Cafe, and realized that it is the single serve cofeemaker for me.
Krups vs Keurig - pros with Krups: uses pods so more variety in quality & price & easier accessibility compared to k-cups. Plus, I have had great success in making my own pods (see forum with make your own pod subject heading on this website) so I actually plan on saving the prepackaged pods for parties/guests. Pros with Keurig: higher quality machine, but Krups is still good quality.
Krups vs. Bunn - pros with Krups: Price ($100 after using BBB/Linens n Things coupon) vs $200 for Bunn. Cons with Krups: 1. the slightly decreased extraction & temperature as commented on review. I can't comment on the extraction compared to Bunn, but I do agree that the coffee could come out hotter - to me, not too big a deal. Note: when the Krups machine is warmed up & used at parties, the temperature gets MUCH hotter. 2. Sure it doesn't make tea with teabags, but for me, I can just nuke some water & steep the teabag myself. Krups vs. Senseo - pros with Krups: higher quality machine & much larger water reservoir. Can use senseo coffeepods, but use lowest cup size setting, or turn off machine early to get 4oz cup size.
After getting ripped off by two Homecafe machine I purchased the Krups and I just love it. I use it up to 5 times a day with no problems, my regular coffee maker ended up in a box, wasn't used since.
Just one question, and the instruction book does not help me here: what does the latte cycle do? Is it brewing in a different way? Should I use it with the cappuccino pods? Or is it for future pods that are not available yet?
Otherwise Krups is so far the best one and the price was acceptable as well, purchased it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $ 109.
Different machine and different features. But I like them both and if you have Krups and like Krups - this machine is for you.
I have a Senseo new and was wondering you would rate the Krups higher. I know they like the Bunn better but this one is cheaper and everything else in my kitchen is Krups.
We just received our Krups 1010 and have had a 50/50 experience so far. Using the supplied Millstone pods, we do fine. I had bought a sampler pack from Betterpods (based on reviews on this site) but trying to get them to fit into the Krups makes me feel like I'm going to snap off the latch on the cover. Jay, how did you get the Betterpods (or any 10g pod, for that matter) to fit into the Krups pod holder? I'm afraid to put too much pressure on it to close, because I don't want to break it. (For the record, I thought I had it closed at one point, and the whole lid popped open and I got a lovely spray of hot water and even some coffee grinds all over me. Fun! I think the pod must have popped open at that point.)
We just tested the krups machine today. Its built very well and strong. Not like the previous home cafe machines. Interesting way to have 2 chambers for each pod. Nice blue neon lamps and clean looking machine. But ... we would have to say the extraction of coffee is not good using 7g pods. The water goes around the pod and not through so you dont get as much from the coffee as possible moreso with a dry machine (1st cup). When using 1 pod to make 1 6oz cup there a terrible and maybe dangerous vent of steam as the drink finishes. OK if you are using a tall cup or mug but not good for smaller 6oz cups as it splashes and sprays. Users could get burnt we felt if they put there hand near the cup before the drink finishes. Slow drink time also, the senseo aluminium can do the same drink size in less time and costs less. Conclusion, built well but not brew the best coffee.
Very nice machine. Sturdy build. Fast. My first single serve machine. Love the convenience (I've tossed my coffee scoop) and speed. I've tried French Roast, Colombian Supreme, and Hazelnut @ 7.5 oz setting. Very good. A.bit weaker at 9 oz setting, of course, but still good, depends on how strong you like it.
Can't think of any negatives. Doesn't come with the stainless steel cups shown in all the photos.
I really like the Krups and your pods and other 10 gram pods fit great. You can't double up two senseo pods or other smaller pods, but that doesn't really matter. Most new pods are coming individually wrapped and in the 10 gram size.
JAY I WENT TO LINEN & THINGS TO PU ONE OF THESE KRUPS MACHINES TO SEE HOW OUR PODS WOULD WORK IN IT.
FOR AROUND $100.00 BUCKS WE THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT MACHINE. NOT TO MENTION OUR PODS WORKED PERFECT IN IT,
I have one right now. I've been testing last week and will post the review at the end of this week if possible. Tassimo will be available at the end of September I believe.
The Krups looks good but I can't wait to hear about the Tassimo!! I have read the European reviews and they all seem to be good. If they can truly keep the price at $170 and offer more choices in t-discs I think it will be a winner. Jay, do you know when the US launch will be? Whan will you be testing yours?