What BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Maker Offers? Review & Buyers Guide

Editor rating

8.2/5 on July 12, 2016

User's rating

1,969 reviews

PROS

  • Easy to use after a quick read through the manual.
  • Once the machine is ready to use can be used continuously.
  • Time to make a cup of coffee is as less as a minute.
  • Has a pulse option to make a stronger brew.
  • Can make both tea and coffee unlike some other machines.

CONS

  • Average looks at best. For its price range it doesn’t look the part.
  • Can make only one cup of coffee at a time. Although that is evident from the name but it may not be liked by people who need to make a pot of coffee at one go.

BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

The Bunn single cup multi-use coffee brewer is one of the best coffee makers available in the market according to various sources and today we are here to review it. An interesting fact is that the word Bunn in Ethiopian language means coffee beans. So if a company has named itself after the product it creates for the customer, it is a challenge for it to live up to the name.

Accessories included

This product comes with following accessories

  • Bunn MCU single cup multi use home coffee brewer
  • Hot water pod
  • 4 Interchangeable Drawers: Coffee Drawer, Cup Drawer, Hot Water Drawer, Pod Drawer.
  • Drip tray
  • Warranty
  • User Manual 

Key Features

The Key features of the Bunn MCU single cup multi use home coffee brewer that we found in our review are listed below.

  • It is versatile and can use K-Cups from Keurig, ground coffee, tea bags, loose tea leaves or tea pods.
  • Works for both coffee and tea.
  • Has a pulse brew option which makes a stronger coffee with the same amount of coffee.
  • Small in size and portable. So can be carried with you when travelling in car.
  • Has a unique design with a spinning lid that lets you add water easily for a new cup of coffee.
  • It takes 2-3 minutes from the time it is plugged in to the time it’s ready for use. Once it’s ready it can take less than a minute to make a cup of coffee.

Procedure

The Bunn MCU single cup multi-use home coffee brewer is amazingly simple to use and my review will concentrate on some of the major points. No need to pore through the manuals to find out how to operate it. It has just two buttons for you to use. One is the regular button to brew coffee. The other is the ‘Pulse’ button.  The pulse button releases the water in bursts so that the brew in stronger due to a longer steep time. When the machine is plugged in, it starts heating immediately. The lack of an on/off switch may be a concern to some people. It takes 3-4 minutes for the machine to be completely ready for operation.

At this point the pilot light changes from red to green indicating it’s ready to be used. The water need to be poured into the machine. The machine can hold only one cup of water at once, so for every fresh cup of coffee more water needs to be poured into it. Some may find this repetitive and bothersome but this also results in the smaller size of the machine.

There are 4 drawers where you can put in your coffee/tea pods and grounds. Each drawer can be used only for a type of mix such as coffee pods need to be put in the appropriate drawer. But the preparation time for all drawers or methods is the same. Cleaning the drawers is easy too as all you need to do is take out the remains of the pod and rinse it with water. A small point here to be made is the pod drawer can only accommodate the K-cups or pods of similar size. Though this is not a major flaw but it does reduce the choices available for the machine.

The Coffee Quality

Of all the coffee machines we have tested in our reviews, Bunn MCU Single cup multi-use home coffee brewer had the best tasting coffee. It delivered consistently the same tasting coffee each time I used it. Some of the other machines have issues with maintaining the taste over multiple cups and you can never be sure how the coffee will taste. The single cup water storage also helped in keeping the strength of the coffee according to one’s taste. If you wanted a stronger coffee you could pour less water and the machine cannot dilute it. The pulse option works really well with tea pods and ground coffee to create a stronger flavor than the regular brew option. One small complaint that we has was a lack of heat control knob on the machine. As a result every time the coffee comes out as piping hot. If you are in a hurry and gulp it down, it will burn your tongue. After the coffee is prepared it’s advisable to wait for a couple of minute before drinking it.

The Coffee Maker Quality

Although the Bunn MCU Home coffee brewer is not the best looking product on the market that should not detract from its core function. The build quality is very good without being eye catching or flashy.

Ease of Use

BUNN MCU Single Cup coffee maker offers both strong brew flavor coffee as well as tea. Coffee come from this machine is delicious, no doubt about that. 4 interchangeable drawers make it more convenient to use.  When you need several cup of coffee, you need spend a lot of time on it. Overall this coffee maker is good enough single serve.

Warranty Details

Bunn gives a two year warranty for the MCU single cup multi use home brewer. This along with its exemplary post-sales support and customer care team makes this one of the safest bets in the market. Most machines which are in the same category only provide a 1 year warranty. Bunn’s 2 year warranty is also a statement regarding their belief in the quality of their product and also the commitment to customer satisfaction.

Replacement Parts Availability

Replacing any part of the Bunn MCU Single Cup Home brewer is easy as the replacement parts are easily available on Bunn’s website and other ecommerce sites.

Conclusion

In our opinion during this review of Bunn MCU single cup multi-use home coffee brewer, we have fallen in love with it. It is not the fanciest machine in the market nor is the best looking one. But it does its job with aplomb and makes a mean cup of coffee. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a single serve machine.

 

 

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