It's nice to see a new company in the single serve coffee game. It's really nice to see a company that has both amazing design and function to every kitchen item they've designed. It's also really really nice to see that company have it's first appliance as a single serve coffee brewer.
If you go to any major department store, kitchen store, or place that has housewares you'll see simplehuman's amazing stainless steel trash cans, containers, dish racks, and other extremely well designed products. We've been reviewing several of their products at Kitchen Contraptions and have found them all to be quite excellent.
We have been using the simplehuman single cup pod brewer over the past two weeks and are quite impressed. The brewer is very compact and also has a striking design. We think the overall impression of the simplehuman single cup pod brewer has been one of quality. Read on to get our moment of truth impressions and our run down and sampling of the coffees.
Moment of Truth - Opening the simplehuman single cup brewer
Rarely do I get the pleasure of opening a coffee maker that has the polish of opening an ipod. If you've had the pleasure of buying any Apple product then you know how amazing just opening it can be. The simplehuman packaging and presentation of the brewer is so well thought out we nearly cried. From the other smooth shell of the box and simple photography, to the unveiling of the accessories located on top, to the instructions and the fan of coffee flavors that looked like a well designed paint chip spread - it was just stunning.
Removing the brewer itself reveals a very compact, very solid single serve coffee brewer. There is a handle on one side and a pod holder located in the jaws of the coffee machine. The water tank looks small but holds 42 oz. Immediately you're struck with the blue clock and oz gauge and the ability to brew two cups of coffee - 5 and 8 oz. It's all so clear.
The new simplehuman brewer features a 42 oz. water tank, brews 5 oz or 8 oz cups of coffee, and fits all standard-size pods. The simplehuman single cup pod brewer also comes with two pod holders. A brown pod holder is included for heavier weight/'gourmet' pods - up to 10.5gm's; and a green one for lighter weight coffee pods (like the Senseo which comes in around 7 gms).
simplehuman has also partnered with Molto coffee to create a new line of coffee and tea pods. Each pod comes individually wrapped to preserve the coffee freshness. Coffee and Tea pods are packed in a sleeve box and priced at $5.99 for 14 pods.
Just like any of the single serve coffee brewers in coffee pod category, the simplehuman single serve coffee brewer uses a coffee pod holder, a coffee pod, and some very fresh spring water. The brewer features a pressure chamber (not sure how many bars) and the ability to use one 10 oz pod at a time.
Unlike the Senseo, the simplehuman brewer will not produce a faux crema when brewing but does provide a slight froth of crema on the top of a brewed cup. We think the coffee produced is on par with the more expensive Bunn My Cafe and the Krups Home Cafe. If you like a more straightforward cup of coffee then you'll like this single serve coffee brewer.
Though the simplehuman pods weigh in at 9.5 ozs, we were able to use pods from Cool Beans, Baronet Coffee, and Green Mountain in the brewer.
The simplehuman single cup pod brewer is not designed to use two coffee pods. A brown pod holder is included for heavier weight/'gourmet' pods - up to 10.5gm's; and a green one for lighter weight coffee pods (like the Senseo which comes in around 7gms). We tried two Senseo pods in the brewer and it wouldn't close. We don't recommend trying to get it closed either. If we've learned anything over the past year it's not to force a brewer closed and then try and brew. You'll end up with hot water everywhere.
Since you have two brew options after you insert the coffee pod and close the brewer, you'll need to pick 5 oz or 8 oz and then hit brew. It's really that simple. We found the brewer heats up quite quickly and the coffee produced is piping hot.
Sampling the Coffees
The packaging and presentation once again on the Molto coffees is excellent. The coffees are easy to distinguish and weigh in at 9.5 grams for each coffee pod. Each pod also comes individually wrapped and we found the aroma from each pod we opened to be right there in your face - very fresh.
We will focus on the Sumatra Mandheling and the Costa Rican French Roast (I'm drinking it right now) for this review. We love them both. The Sumatra is dark and rich and has that light hint of chocolate you'd expect. The french roast (I'm drinking it right now) is full bodied and has that deep flavor you want from a french roast.
The others coffees are okay but not preferred over the french roast and sumatra. We tend to like darker richer coffees and we think the Molto coffee delivers on these quite well.
For the price of $129.99 we think you'll get your moneys worth out of the simplehuman single cup pod brewer. The simplehuman single cup pod brewer makes an excellent cup of single serve coffee and has a great design and finish for such a new product.
Update: We think in comparison to the Senseo at $69.99 and the Bunn My Cafe at $199.99 - this machine is perfectly placed in the middle of the coffee pod world. We also liked the Krups My Cafe, but felt the double cup brewing wasn't totally necessary, and we like the addition of many of the touches like the LCD clock, easy controls, and large easy to fill tank on the simplehuman pod brewer.
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