February 2, 2006

Review: Mr. Coffee Home Cafe AT 13 Generation II

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews

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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 Kit & Coffee Pod Storage Container

We've been testing this new machine (check out our first impressions) with various coffee pods from Flava Pods, Baronet Coffee Pods, Cool Beans Pod, and of course even the included Folgers pods. Since the machine features 3 pod holders - a single, a double, and a specialty pod holder the range of coffees you can make is quite broad.

Img 2172Coffee Impressions

We used many combinations of pods from single pods, double pods (2 - 10 gram pods) in the double pod holder, and even got 3 Senseo pods to fit into the double pod holder (don't try this - the coffee produced and fear of breaking the machine was evident).

At the 7 oz setting using 1 - 10 gram pod from Baronet Coffee or even the Folgers coffee produces an excellent cup of coffee. At 14 ozs - we used 2 - 10 gram pods in the double pod holder and were also impressed with the coffee produced.

Img 2160Overall the brew strength, temperature of the coffee (188-191 degrees F) was quite excellent. We think the coffee produced is on par with the earlier Mr. Coffee and much improved over it as well.

Img 2164We did brew up a bunch of the specialty pods from Folgers. These cappuccino pods are supposedly going to taste like cappuccino - they don't. As in our review last year - this machine does not make these specialty pods taste better. There is very little coffee flavor if any at all in them, and they taste more like sugar and milk water than cappuccino. Very disappointing this product isn't better.

Mr. Coffee Home Cafe Features

The Mr. Coffee Home Cafe also includes 1 single coffee pod holder, 1 double coffee pod holder, and 1 specialty pod holder. They are very shiny - very chrome - and very different than the first generation Mr. Coffee Pod holders. We were also impressed with the entire pod holder area. There is more pressure brew in the chamber where the pod goes and the pods get clamped in much tighter.

Img 2167Img 2178We were not however impressed with removing pods from the machine. The pod holding area gets very very hot and you have very little to grab onto on the pod holder to change coffee pods. We got very hot but not burned fingers many times after brewing several cups of coffee.

The water produced from the machine is piping hot. The temperature ranged from 188-191 degrees F consistently.

The water reservoir isn't the largest but it does have a nice hand feel to it. The drip tray is also pleasantly well designed - keeping a little bit of that Star Wars Imperial logo look to it. The buttons on the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe have little green lights behind them and the stop button has a little red light behind it. Very nice. The buttons also have a very nice feel to them when pushing them down.

Img 2077-TmImg 2175We didn't like however how nebulous the controls were. You could hit stop to make the brewer stop producing coffee - but where's the off button? The Mr. Coffee Home Cafe goes to standby over time but it felt downright weird not being able just turn the machine off. The Mr. Coffee Home Cafe does however heat up rapidly but this is also done by hitting the brew button of your choice and while it blinks waiting for the machine to product the coffee. After about a week - we felt pretty good about the system but can tell you at first - confusing.

Another feature we liked was the adjustable spout on the front of the machine. You can raise and lower it to fit the coffee mug, travel mug, or specialty coffee mug of your choice. It's very simple to use and can even be adjusted during brewing.

Pros & Cons of the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe AT13 Single Serve Coffee Maker

We did have trouble priming the machine (you can read our first impressions here).

Pros:

  • New better looking design
  • Better quality Mr. Coffee Home Cafe overall
  • Good hot water temperature
  • Better pressure brewing chamber
  • Water reservoir easy to fill and hold
  • Great beep when coffee is done brewing
  • Small footprint
  • Comes with both single and double pod holder options
  • Excellent Drip tray - easy to clean and sturdy
  • Adjustable spout

Cons:

  • Hard to prime
  • Pod holders hard to remove right after brewing
  • The on/off scheme is hard to tell it's working
  • Accessories like the Tupperware pod holder don't make sense given they provide you with pods individually wrapped
  • Warm up time is quick but hard to tell it's happening
  • No real off button - stop is off but it's a little weird to think it's always on
  • Folgers pods included make okay coffee - nothing great here

Overall we have to say it does make a good cup of pod coffee. The coffee is hot and if you use the 7 oz setting with a nice meaty 10 gram coffee pod you'll get a great tasting cup of coffee. The price is also right - at less than $80 dollars at most retailers this gives you another option at the lower end range of single serve coffee makers.

We are going to give the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe AT13 Generation II coffee maker a solid 3.5 out of 5. If the machine wasn't harder to prime and you didn't get such hot little finger tips from removing the pod holder we believe we would have gone a bit higher. Provided this machine has longevity and continues to perform over the next 6 months well - we think Mr. Coffee finally really does have a Home Cafe you may want to look into.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 2, 2006 8:38 AM

Recent Comments

I need a SPOUT for an AT13 - can't find one anywhere online - it's out-of-stock at most sites...please advise. Thanks


Posted by: Debbi at December 6, 2009 6:44 PM

Consistently good cup of coffee, but I like mine with cream and sugar. If you like it black, my opinion doesn't matter. Mine leaks badly and have to keep paper towels under the unit. I think it has to do with the adjustable spout. Annoying...


Posted by: Gina at December 26, 2007 9:09 PM

I love it! My family has spent lots of money for the Kureg coffee maker and the k cup coffee is so expensive. I can purchase pods for the my coffee maker at the grocery store vs. purchasing online. I love the 4 diffrent size cup option. 7oz, 9oz,14oz and capacinno. This works great for my fanily because i like my coffee mild and some like it strong. Purchasing the pod online is very cheap compared to the k-cup coffee dispensers.


Posted by: linda at December 22, 2007 6:18 PM

Would like to purchase the Mr Coffee single Cafe Model AT #13. Where is it available?

thanks


Posted by: bernard at December 5, 2007 8:14 PM

Does anyone know of a refillable pod that will work with this paticular model?

I have been looking around, but it seems that the MyPod and the EcoPads would not work in this model.


Posted by: Sandy G. at January 19, 2007 2:16 PM

I have been pretty pleased with my Mr coffee at13, after cycling through 4 B&D models, this Mr Coffee model was paradise. Oops, then the first spout screw popped off, now the last screw is gone. So I sent an email to Mr Coffee and asked about getting a replacement spout. After a month they responded that the AT13 was discontinued and they had NO single serve models to offer me as a replacement. So for now Mr Coffee is out of the single serve market it appears. I hope they relaunch a replacement! Love the site by the way!


Posted by: Jeff Y at November 2, 2006 9:47 PM

the spout broke after 3 months. you can't buy a replacment part. mine also leaks...this coffee maker sucks


Posted by: Steve at September 26, 2006 6:14 PM

I evaluated various pod coffee makers and settled on the AT-13 because of the small foot print and movable water reservoir. I love it. My wife drinks only tea made with tea bags (not tea pods) and uses it to fill her cup with near boiling hot water. It's much quicker than the microwave or tea kettle. We found out you must have one of the pod holders in place or steam will leak and result in a puddle of water at the base. She uses the 1 pod holder and I use the 2 pod holder so as not to contaminate the taste of her tea. The best part is we only need one machine on the counter for her tea and my coffee. I make my own pods and I like to really load them up with a full coffee scoop of my favorite ground coffee (right now Kona)and brew a 14 oz cup of rich full bodied coffee. Our machine gets a lot of use, 10 to 15 cycles per day. We only see puddling arouns the base when it's time to clean it and the puddling stops after cleaning (vinegar cycle). My only concern is the durability of the adjustable spout which I remove and rinse after each cup of coffee to avoid contaminating my wife's tea water. I'm sure the tiny screw holding the spout on the slide will strip the plastic threads soon. I'm investigating different glues to see if I can glue it together when that happens. If any of you out there want to get rid of yours I would be glad to take it off your hands.


Posted by: Ferdie at September 12, 2006 11:14 PM

We don't like the Folger's/Millstone selections. Will other brands of pods work in the Mr. Coffee? If so, which ones? Where can we get them? Our machine does not leak---but it will puddle up if you take the cup out too early.


Posted by: Bob at March 13, 2006 7:41 PM

Mine also occasionally leaks from behind the spout. I think I've narrowed it down to just certain brands of pods, though. Any that are slightly smaller in size than the Folgers pods result in a puddle of water. I emailed them about the problem a couple of weeks ago, but they never responded.


Posted by: Ruth at March 5, 2006 3:58 PM

We're having problems with leaks also. Haven't been able to determine the exact location, but there are times when the unit will be sitting in a small pool of water. There is actually a light stain on the counter from the outline of the unit. Time to call Mr. Coffee.


Posted by: Terry at February 28, 2006 9:02 AM

I purchased this coffee maker at Target because of the movable spout that could allow large cups and mugs however; this feature is it's down fall. When using the specialty pods, it leaked a lot from behind the movable spout. It was fine with regular pods. I regretfully had to bring it back, I really liked everything else about this unit but the leaking is unexceptable. This problem seems to be a design problem.


Posted by: Fredric at February 12, 2006 4:14 PM

Perhaps you're not letting the coffee maker finish? There's a long final drop of water and steam at the end. We haven't had any of the issues with water around our base - not in the 4 weeks of testing.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at February 6, 2006 12:18 PM

I received this Mr. Coffee Home Cafe system as a gift for Christmas. My first cappuccino specialty pod (included with the unit) came out fine, but I wasted quite a few after that trying to figure out why it was coming out as just light brown water. The review mentions the lacking in the specialty pod's quality too, but mine neither has a sugar nor a milk taste, just water. I also noticed that my regular coffee (one pod made with 9oz water) was drinkable but not as strong as before trying the specialty pod. In addition, my unit would occasionally be sitting in a small pool of water, leaked from the adjustable spout. Mr. Coffee customer service was quite nice in replacing my unit at no cost, but now the second unit is doing the same thing. I know I'm using this thing as instructed, so is there a malfunction with this model or what? I like this machine when it works, but it doesn't seem to last long at all.


Posted by: Christine at February 6, 2006 12:15 PM
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