March 27, 2012

SunCana Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer Improvements Impress

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Brewing a cup of French Roast coffee from La Pod coffee pods.

The SunCana (formerly SunCafe) coffee pod brewer has recently received several upgrades. Though coffee pod brewers using this design have have failed to impress us in the past, the current iteration of the SunCana coffee pod brewer impresses us with 3 key upgrades that make the coffee produced excellent.

The SunCana brewer improvements include:

  • Brew Temp
  • Coffee Pod Drawer
  • Better pre-wetting cycle

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The improved removable coffee pod drawer makes a velvety cup of coffee.

The biggest and most noticeable improvement of the SunCana coffee pod brewer is the pod drawer and handle that's used to close the coffee pod drawer. Both have been re-factored and feel more solid. The coffee pod drawer used to be able to only fit up to around a 9 gram coffee pod, but can now accept up to a 12 gram pod.

We found when using a larger pod it was still a tight fit, but the brewer did not buckle under the pressure. Also the coffee pod drawer has been reworked to have 1 hole in the middle instead of many holes to make a more velvety coffee when brewing.

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Temp at cup is much improved at 174F+.

Also temperature at the brew head and then into your cup is just higher. On average we got well into the 178+ range at the cup, and when brewing without a coffee pod in the drawer we got well into the 185+ range.

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Pre-wetting your coffee pod will still yield the best results,
regardless of the pre-wetting cycle most coffee pod brewers have.

We still recommend pre-wetting you coffee pod prior to brewing, but the pre-wetting cycle in the brewer should be enough for most coffee pod aficionados.

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The cup of French Roast coffee produced has a foamy top and amazing taste.

The design of the brewer remains the same, but the overall fit and finish and quality of the brewer is just better than previous versions. There is more metal and trim to the SunCana coffee pod brewer.

We want to thank SunCana for sending us this coffee pod brewer to review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 27, 2012 7:48 AM

Recent Comments

Bed, Bath, and Beyond here in Canada are clearing out the SunCafe H701A, presumably so they can stock the updated version.


Posted by: Black Rose at April 9, 2012 11:04 PM

The model is SunCana H701A with stainless steel pod holder. But the one with Togo Cup feature are not avaliable yet.


Posted by: Annie Sun at March 28, 2012 12:20 PM

Thank you for the great review. I've been looking at this brewer for a while. That looks like an amazing cup of French Roast.


Posted by: ao at March 28, 2012 8:13 AM

I have been very interested in this brewer due to the looks and the fact that the water reservoir is on the side where I can see it (my cabinets block rear mounted tanks). But I have been very hesitant to order due to the issues raised about the previous model. Is there a model number or other code I can look for when ordering to make sure I get the right one?


Posted by: alukan at March 27, 2012 7:21 PM

I have been using this coffee maker since December, it is the upgraded version. I love this machine. The coffee and tea are fantastic. I have not tried another single serve coffee brewer that has the type of body and taste profile that this one has. Job Well Done Suncana!


Posted by: PJM at March 27, 2012 1:22 PM
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