January 27, 2015

Smart Mr. Coffee Wifi Enabled Brewer is a Really Dumb Coffee Maker

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The very notion of a smart appliance should be appealing. Having a refrigerator tell you you’re out of milk, or to start a crock pot remotely or check in on how it’s doing. It’s a very sad day when someone makes a connected smart coffee maker that is in fact really dumb. Why? The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew can only be programmed using your smart phone, and if your smart phone happens to be in another room then you can’t adjust or change the coffee maker settings. There is a brew button for manual operation when brewing without the WeMo App and smart phone, but the connectivity costs a $50 more than the same coffee maker with regular controls right on the brewer.

We’re not sure who thought this was a worthy trade off, but we won’t be surprised how bad the press and user experience this coffee maker will have. For $150 bucks, we think we’ll order another Chemex and Aeropress that will remain offline and fine for years to come.

Via Consumer Reports News at Mr. Coffee Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker

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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 27, 2015 8:05 AM
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Or... you could buy a GLASS Hario cold brewer at 1/3 the price and a lot less bulk. Just sayin'...


Posted by: Steve at January 27, 2015 10:44 PM
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