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A bit of a learning curve, now brews like a champ
September 22, 2019
Upon opening the box, I got a pleasant surprise-- taped to the top of my test machine was two boxes of pods and a bag of ground coffee. I didn’t realize that it would come with coffee to start me off.
Looking inside the box, this is a nice tight compact machine, it looks like it'll fit into the space I've got on the counter- very much the same height as my old Keurig K-40 single-shot machine, just a little wider. Putting the machine together and washing the pieces, I was a little disappointed that a higher-end machine like this did not include a reusable filter basket. I'll have to buy some paper filters at the grocery store before I can brew a pot using grounds. Following the instructions in the included booklet, I set the clock, rinsed out the water reservoir and the pot and started the procedure to do a cleansing rinse of the pot. The instruction book mentions that it may take 4 minutes to heat up the first time to run the pot of hot water, so I set it up and walked away from it to do other things. I checked back about an hour later and the white light was still blinking but there was no water had brewed. I unplugged the machine and reset the clock and started it again to try and brew a pot of just water. It is brewing water this time, but there seemed to be some kind of a strange delay. Perhaps there was an air bubble in a water line somewhere? The water volume in this first test using the eight-cup setting and brewed almost 9 cups of water? Is that because I had to restart it? I'm going to run another test brew through it and see what happens. The test brew number 4 on the pod side seemed to work just fine. The second test pot still ran almost 9 cups. Perhaps they’re accounting for the amount of water the coffee grounds will absorb?
Having got everything set up, it's a cinch to press the on button and have it heat up the water to make a quick pod for a cup of coffee in just moments.
After my next trip to the grocery store to buy paper filters, I set up a pot of coffee to brew. Took about 7 minutes to brew an 8-cup batch of coffee, and the water levels on the pot seem to be correct, so it looks like they were accounting for the water that stays in the coffee grounds.
When using the single-serve pod side of the coffee maker, I like that there is multiple setting for how many ounces you want in your cup, plus a ‘strong’ button if you’re in a mood for an extra-strong cup. When making a cup with the pods, when you power on the machine it heats up quickly, and you’re brewing your hot cup of coffee in less than a minute.
After using this for a couple of weeks, I must say that I do indeed like it and recommend it to anyone that needs a double-duty machine for pods or a full pot.