November 7, 2005
New Mr. Coffee® Home Café Single Serve Coffee Maker
It's been over a year since we tested the original Mr. Coffee Home Cafe. We liked this Home Cafe single serve coffee brewer much better than the Black & Decker Home Cafe. The quality of the Mr. Coffee was a little better and we also felt the coffee it produced was a little better as well.
The new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe Single Serve Coffee Maker - Model AT13 features:
- Utilizes Pre-Packed Folgers® and Millstone® Coffee Pods, to Bring the Coffeehouse Home
- Brews Regular/Flavored Pods and Specialty Pods (Cappuccino Drinks)
- Adjustable Brew Head Prevents Splatters and Allows for a Variety of Mug Sizes
- Ergonomic, Removable and Rotating Water Reservoir for Ease of Use and Cleaning
- Brews up to 14 oz. Fresh Cup of Coffee
- Removable Drip Tray For Easy Cleaning
- Compact Footprint
- Lighted On/Off Switch
- Bonus: 8 Folgers® and Millstone® Coffee Pods Starter KitCoffee Pod Storage Container
Expect a full review in the coming weeks. We did venture out to Target yesterday and have to say it does look incredibly different. Let's just hope it's incredibly better.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 7, 2005 7:39 AM
Mr. Coffee Home Cafe coffee maker is a joke. It leaks, doesn't make the coffee at all. And they are right; don't touch the coffee maker when it is on, the steam is extremely hot.
I don't know about the B&D model but I can tell your the Mr. Coffee model is not very sturdy. I've had it for about 3 months now and it's already broken. I have to "prime" the thing every morning which is less then optimal. This may be common with these devices but I don't think it should be.
I have to say that the Black n Decker one cup system is a total waste of money. I purchased one for my best friend for Christmas and was extremely proud of my perfect gift UNTIL she used it and it leaked and leaked water and the coffee was HORRIBLE. We tried another one and it done the very same thing. Im very unhappy that my so called perfect gift turned out so horrible. I had purchased the Mr coffee one for myself and im VERY impressed with it. I only wish i had made it back to Big Lots in time to get her one. I say that the Mr coffee one cup pod system would be your best choice.
Had the Senseo and although it made a good cup of cofee, the thing leaked like crazy. So I went and bought the new Mr Coffee. Thought about the New B&D but read review that said it tased like plastic.
So far the Mr Coffee makes a good cup of regular coffee..Like someone else said, a good thing to do is wet the pods first. Cappucino was not very impressive though. Overall, it is ok for the money and I like the 14oz option as well.
I just purchased the AT13 model yesterday with high hopes of having a tasty cup of Cappuccino with my new book, but was let down. The Cappuccino tasted like someone used an old sock as a filter, and when I attempted a normal cup of coffee it was really watered down, even though I used the small 7oz option. Not wanting to end up using it as an expensive coffee-aroma air freshener and not able to return it, I went online to see if I could find anything to fix the problem. Take Robert's advice and PRE-WET the PODS. It makes a world of difference on regular coffee flavors. The Cappuccino is a lost cause.
I've been researching pod machines for a few weeks now. Outside of the B&D comments on repeated failures and leaking, the common complaint I've heard about ALL of the pod makers is "weak" coffee.
Other operating complaints I've decided to write up as "Operator Head Space" because they would not RTFM (Read the 'Friendly' Manual).
I love coffee, and my family typically brews a pot of DeCaf. Occasionally, I want a real cup-a-joe which is my interest in a pod. Not being sure how well I would or would-not like it I didn't want to spend a lot of money. With much researching I narrowed it down to 2 machines. Either the Senseo, or the Mr.Coffee AT-13.
Although I heard some bad things about previous models of Mr.Coffee, I decided to give Mr.C the benefit of the doubt that they corrected the common complaints in their AT-13. B&D was out. As far as I could see no one had anything good to say about it.
The Senseo had the better reviews all around.
But it's common complaints were...who (in the US) drinks a 4oz cup of coffee. I don't, then again, I don't drink a 12cup mug of it either.
That right there doubles the cost of making a cup of coffee. Not that the pod expense was a big issue. After all, I was only looking for my first cup of the morning to be REAL, any others would be decaf from the drip brewer.
I settled on the Mr.Coffee AT-13, here's why.
Mr.C makes 7oz, 9oz, and 14oz cup of coffee.
Senseo only 4 or 8.
It appears (not tested by me) that a senseo Pod will work in a Mr.C (it's pods are smaller). A regular pod, being larger, might work in a Senseo as a double shot, but not likely as a single shot. If a Senseo pod worked in a Mr.C, and if a particular pod was too strong, I could go up in cup size to cut it. The other way around, Senseo will only push 4oz or 8oz - that's it.
Basically, the Mr.Coffee seemed to be more flexible.
Taste Test. The Folger Classic pod did seem a bit weak but had good flavor. I noticed that the cup seemed to come up a bit short. The second cup I tried, I pre-wet the pod. BIG Difference. I got the full cup, and full flavor.
I tried this technique on the Columbian pod - EXCELLENT. No mess, it was fast, it was good. Even the DeCaf pod was good. I haven't tried the French Vanilla - but, I don't care much for flavored coffee's.
I did try to Cappuccino (Millhouse). It tasted ok, a bit weak. It didn't froth like it's suppose to, and I think it ran short of filling the cup properly (even though I pre-wet it). Also, it tends to drip about a table spoon of water from outside the spout. I think those problems are due to the Special Pod Holder and not the machine. The leaking from what I could tell, is due to the spout design. It's an adjustable height spout, so the liquid come in from the top and drops out the bottom, and the spout is open on the back side. The high pressure steam that is suppose to "froth" up the coffee (or the cream) is condensing in the spout and blown out the back side not making it into the cup.
So, if Mr.Coffee fixes the spout design and the Special pod holder, it would probably work perfectly.
In short, For the price, the Mr.Coffee machine has been working fine for me and makes a great cup of coffee. It suits my needs.
As for trying a double pod, considering the nature of the machines (any of them), I don't think I'd try making a single LARGE cup of coffee with a double shot. I'd make 2 single shots.
Definitely, wet the pod before using it. You don't have to soak it. Just enough to wet the grind and the filter.
Is this machine a waste of money? I own the Senseo and want to get one that will fill the large travel mugs. I'm trying to stay clear of the Black & Decker models because of the plastic pod holders. What is the best option for me if I want to use the tall mugs? Would it be the new Mr. Coffee AT13? Has SingleServeCoffee.com done any testing on this machine so that I can get your input on it?
Bought this thing looking forward to the single cup brew on the way to work. Coffee comes out weak and not real hot. Makes lots of noise, but would be tolerable if it made decent coffee. The cappuccino included tasted terrible and left a bad taste in my mouth.
Bought the Mr Coffee AT13 sent it back (4) times the product failed after 2 days of use for ech returned item. I would never buy this product if my life depended on it. Stay away from this one it's junk.
I've seen the machines. The last group were not great but the Mr. Coffe at least did not have some people complaining about it exploding like the Black and Decker. I have had 2 Mr. Coffees (one for home and one for office) for 3 months which I bought at a Big Lots for $19.99 each. No problems so far.
I was at the Home cafe website and noticed in the instruction manual for the New Mr. Coffee that the Pod holders appear to be made of metal. Hopefully this will lead to a more durable machine. Whereas the Black and Decker is still using plastic(The one I saw on display @ my local Target).
Oh well, for the price, I am happy with my purchases and the warranties are for 1year. I can't complain. Time will tell with the new machines if they have improved, although I am intriged by their new frothy 7oz button made specially for the cappacino
pods. I wonder if this will improve their flaver.
I saw both of these makers--the Black & Decker and the Mr.Coffee--at Target as well over the weekend. I must say in my personal opinion the construction of the B&D was MUCH better than that of the Mr.Coffee. The construction on either one was nothing to write home about and they both feel to be made of rather "cheap" plastic(is that redundant?)but still the B&D just felt more substantial to me. Of course the proof is in the pudding and all that matters is which one make a better cup of coffee. I'm looking forward to the reviews.