December 3, 2010

Review: Bunn My Cafe MC Model Pour Over Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer

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The BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is a modified single cup pour over brewer with a reservoir refreshed with each cup you brew by adding from 4 to 14 ozs of water each time you brew. The Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer uses coffee pods and tea pods and features both a standard brew mode and a pulse brew mode for tea and darker coffees. The BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is also very compact and has a stainless steel exterior. Unlike the older Bunn My Cafe this brewer comes with one pod drawer for brewing that can be used for tea and coffee.

Key features of the Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer include:

  • Customize Your Cup - choose coffee or tea pod and choose your brew strength
  • Aroma - Enjoy fresh coffee aroma with pods as they brew
  • Fast - Great hot coffee or tea in under a minute
  • Built to Last - 2 year limited warranty
  • Pulse brew option - extracts bolder coffee flavor; preferred setting for tea
  • Patented Jet Action Sprayhead - propels water through the pods to release flavor and aroma
  • Pod Drawer - compatible with hundreds of coffee and tea pods plus tea bags
  • Stainless Steel Hot Water Tank - keeps water at 200F the right temperature to brew without bitterness
  • The Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer comes with an assortment of coffee pods and tea pods so you can start brewing right away.

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You remove the drawer and the brewer will start to heat
up. Inserting the coffee pod is easy to do and you can
use the holder to compost it after use.

Trying a Variety of Coffee Pods and Coffee Roasts with the MC Model Bunn My Cafe

We tried all of the coffee pods and tea pods that came with the Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer. We have to say the variety and selection was excellent. Anytime you can sample right from the box some of the best coffees you can get in coffee pod format makes us a true believer.

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Some of the coffees included:

  • Reunion Island Coffee pods - Donut Shop, Vanilla Hazelnut, Sweet Unity Farms Mahale HIghlands and more
  • Wolfgang Puck Coffee Pods - Sorrento Blend
  • City Steam Single Serve Gourmet Coffee Pods - Various blends including City Roast
  • Organa Tea Pods - English Breakfast and Others

We are dark coffee drinkers, and even a milder roast has to be really well brewed. There are two modes on the BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer and in just about every case we chose the pulse brew method. Why? Pre-wetting a coffee pod makes for a much better cup of coffee. You can pre-wet and use the non-pulse brew mode, but the pulse brew does it for you by first wetting a little, then pausing, and doing this several times until you get a rich cup of coffee. We think the pulse mode is the way to go for most coffee drinkers.

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The non-pulse mode is also great for just making a cup of hot water, and using it for something like hot cocoa. We also did find light coffee drinkers preferred this mode with a french roast coffee. They got the extraction and flavor but the coffee was not as dark.

How good is the coffee?

Hot and good. The head brew temp claims to be 200 F in the tank, and we found at the brew head exit this to be in the 197+ range. So that means inside at the coffee extraction point we have a really high temperature at around 200 F. The coffee extraction on all levels is well - stunning. The flavors from the coffee pods are rich and delicious and have regular brewed coffee notes.

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We did some cross comparison with the Wolfgang Puck Sorrento Blend K-Cups and the Wolfgand Puck Sorrrent Blend coffee pods and found the coffee pod flavor to come out just a little ahead.

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Composting Coffee Pods and Tea Pods

We think you'll like how eco-friendly coffee pods are. You an compost just about any coffee pod as it's just paper and coffee grounds. You'll want to get a coffee pod trash can like this one. It will help you make sure you recycle those coffee pods.

The Power On Feature of the Bunn My Cafe MC Model

This is the one feature you have to get used to and takes about 1/2 a day. There is no "power switch" the brewer goes into standby mode after 6 hours and keep the water in the tank on demand hot for that time. After it goes into standby mode when you pull out the coffee pod drawer the brewer heats up and is ready for use in a few minutes. At first we were used to having our brewer have a shut off but then after the day and many days after that - we were really into this.

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We also tried the Dunkin Donut coffee pods. Result?
Excellent cup of Dunkin. Excellent.

First of all the water tank is small and keeping it hot is like having an instant hot dispenser so not that eco-unfriendly. And secondly we love how quick we can get another cup.

Conclusions

We really have to say there's little not to like about the coffee pod brewer from Bunn. The MC Model My Cafe from BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is really hard to beat for a little coffee pod brewer that creates amazingly rich coffee. We love the foot print and think you'll like the results from the brewer.

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Two brew modes for light and darker coffee
  • On demand coffee brewing with 8 oz pour over method
  • Great extraction on coffees and teas
  • 100s of coffee and tea pods can now be yours to brew
  • Easy to use coffee pods and coffee pod drawer
  • Simple Controls
  • Coffee in about a minute when the brewer is on
  • Fresh coffee or tea each time because you always fill with new water and keep the brewer reservoir in a cycle

Cons

  • No water reservoir - you have to pour over a cup each time (for some a pro for others a con).

We want to thank Bunn for providing the Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer to review.

The suggested retail on the BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is $99.99 to $139.99.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 3, 2010 9:13 AM

Recent Comments

C Walker,

I’ve tried just about every single serve coffee maker I can get my hands on. Unfortunately the Suncana isn’t one of them. I would love the opportunity though. So I can’t speak to the quality of the cup it makes. However, I can tell you that I love the BUNN. It had a bit of that “new” taste at first (like any other brewer that I purchased new) but it went away after a few cups.

The BUNN makes a great cup that can be easily customized depending on the amount of water you pour into it and by using the pulse feature. It also pre infuses the pod at the beginning of the brew cycle to get better extraction and forces air through it at the end to get the last good stuff out and leaves you with a dry pod to remove.

I’ve found several websites that offer a lot of choices in pods too. I think the best selection at any one site is at coffeewiz.com. Coffeecow.com is good too and I think that shoffee.com recently came out with a line of their own pods.


Posted by: ao at July 18, 2012 8:41 AM

Can anyone provide a side-by-side comparison of the Bunn My Cafe to the new Suncana machine? A few months ago I purchased the Senso but returned it due to a plasticy smell that is apparently a problem for that machine. This is really my first foray into the world of signle-cup coffee brewers and the Bunn My Cafe and Suncana seem to get the best reviews. Any advice/comments would be helpful!


Posted by: C Walker at July 16, 2012 1:19 PM

I'm thinking about buying this unit to use in my office. How loud is it? Thanks!


Posted by: Brad at January 5, 2012 8:50 AM

For all the wee differences (like convenience) between Keurig (cup) and Bunn (pod), it seems the important differences come to these:
1. Millions of plastic k-cups are a major contaminant (and boo on Green Mt for promoting themselves as a "green" company).
2. Pod and brew flexibility (like Bunn) make a better tasting coffee than any k-cup brewer.


Posted by: docLocke at April 8, 2011 9:55 AM

Aren't there some sort of tea bags that you can buy and fill in use to make your own pods? If so, where do I buy them and what is the correct size for the Bunn single serve? The method above for making your own pods from a coffee filter seems like it uses way too much paper, in my opinion. I just can't see using a full pot filter for one cup.


Posted by: Bob C. at April 3, 2011 2:38 AM

Ginny, yes, you can make your own pods using whatever coffee you like. There's no gadget needed. Here's a primer (note that this process is even easier in the new Bunn than it was in a Senseo since the Bunn's pod tray is deeper and more forgiving): http://www.vydor.net/PodMakerHTML/Homemade%20Pods/Step%201.html

Nate, I haven't tried any T-discs, but pods make better coffee than k-cups on average IMO. Plus, you can't beat the variety that's available in pod format. From what I've read, some T-discs brew coffee that's quite good, too, but keep in mind that Tassimo is a closed system (i.e. won't allow you to use your own coffee).


Posted by: jbviau at January 22, 2011 9:11 PM

Two things stick out to me while researching this machine. First, the brew temp is 200F - that's hotter than any other machine, and from what I've read that is the ideal brewing temperature. Second, Bunn seems to be the only mfr that is giving a 2-year warranty. Wondering if that is because noreservoir/no pump to go bad? Not sure.

Ginny...I think I've read on this site that this machine will take homemade pods. I'm like you in that I love the coffees I currently buy. Not sure what making my own pods entails. Any ideas?

Also, can anyone tell me if pods give more taste than K-cups or T-discs? I want to buy the machine that will make the best tasting black coffee. That's the bottom line.


Posted by: Nate at January 19, 2011 7:50 PM

I am trying to find out if the Bunn MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer can you make your own pods using your own ground coffee?

Is there an adapter that you can buy to use your own coffee?

Keurig has the my K cup to use your own coffee.

Does Bunn have anythig like that for this Bunn?


Posted by: Ginny at January 19, 2011 2:17 PM

Does this machine produce a better tasting cup of coffee that one using K-cups or T-discs?


Posted by: Nate at January 19, 2011 10:16 AM

Using the best water possible filtered is always a great option - however periodic descaling will also work.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at January 17, 2011 5:10 PM

Do you need to use filtered water and does one need to de-scale the unit periodically to keep it operating properly.


Posted by: Mike Lindo at January 17, 2011 5:04 PM

Ok, good news from Bunn. I emailed them and got an answer back from someone who works with the product engineer and has detailed info. Here is the response.

Steve,

Thank you for your interest in MyCafe.

In reply to your inquiry there is no lead in any components in the machine. All plastics that touch the water or coffee are FDA or NSF rated for food contact. There are no plastics used that contain BPA's.

I hope this answers your question and if we can be of further service, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for visiting the website.

Lynn Parker
MyCafe.com
At Home Division
Bunn-O-Matic Corp.


Posted by: Steve at January 6, 2011 11:08 PM

I am ready to buy one of these but I can't find any info on whether or not the plastic parts that come in contact with the water contain BPA. I called Bunn and waited on hold for about 15-20 mins. Once I finally got a customer service person on the phone, he was both unaware if the machine was in stock and available yet, or if the critical plastic parts contain BPA. He had some info from Bunn saying that some of the plastic in the machine does contain BPA, but nothing more specific than that. The vagueness makes me think that there is BPA in some of the critical plastic pieces. He said that he would look into it and call me back in 1-2 days. The gentleman was nice, but this is awful customer support. I'll update back here when I get an answer.

Also can anyone tell me how this machine compares to the senseo line of brewers? I beleive the senseo uses pressurized water rather than the pour over method and I am not sure if one is better than the other. Any help is appreciated.


Posted by: Steve at January 4, 2011 10:57 AM

love this! want to buy it


Posted by: olena datsyuk at December 11, 2010 2:11 AM

This is an amazing inovation! I would live to own one.


Posted by: Terri Baker at December 10, 2010 1:47 PM

It's currently on Amazon.com and at select Bon Ton and Dillard's stores


Posted by: Jay Brewer at December 10, 2010 9:21 AM

re:bunn my cafe MC model.... After reading review dated 12/3/10, i would love to purchase this unit, has everything i am looking for. However, i cannot find it in any store in my area (buffalo, ny) or on the web...not even featured on the Bunn site. Any suggestions??? thank you, char


Posted by: char at December 10, 2010 8:20 AM

In my household we are big coffee drinkers.I would love to win the coffee pods
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Posted by: Zeta McMillan at December 9, 2010 10:51 PM

I was ready to throw my cash at the MC to replace my Senseo, until I read the part about no water reservoir. With that, would this have been a good replacement for the Senseo (original)?


Posted by: RB at December 6, 2010 10:06 PM

Yes, it will, up to 14 oz. of water. The unit will also take a 12 g. pod easily plus your own homemade pods.


Posted by: Pat at December 4, 2010 3:34 PM

Does this unit allow the use of LARGE pods? Oh, and can you make a single brew cycle generate a cup of coffee larger than 8oz?


Posted by: B.S. at December 3, 2010 10:07 PM

We think right on par.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at December 3, 2010 9:34 AM

How does the coffee compare head-to-head with the older BUNN MCP or MCA pod brewer?


Posted by: Eric B. at December 3, 2010 9:29 AM
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