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Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System

December 6th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
4 Stars- techdad
Back in June of 2009, Keurig announced a partnership with Mr.  Coffee, as well as Cuisinart.  The Cuisinart partnership created a premium line of Keurig brew machines.  The Mr.  Coffee BVMC-KG1 looks to catch the interest of the more cost-conscious consumer.

PROS
  • Quick
  • Easy
  • No mess
  • Good value (for a Keurig)
CONS
  • Higher cost for coffee using K-Cups
  • Higher up-front cost of coffee maker
I was a heavy coffee drinker in college and at my first office job but have otherwise been a casual java drinker since.  I had owned coffee machines in the past but typically went the route of the Peet’s, Starbucks, Caribou, etc.  It was easier, more social, and usually tasted better.  Going through the motions with a coffee maker at home was an arduous task, which often resulted in me having to throw away many bags of coffee due to expiration.  Then came Mr.  Coffee and Keurig technology.

Upon opening the box, I saw a clearly illustrated Quick Start guide that took me through the process of using K-Cups in the machine.  It did however, leave out that you should run a cycle with just water before first use.  I scanned the manual for a few minutes, ran the prep cycle then brewed my first K-Cup coffee, ever.  It turned out just fine.  I was AMAZED at how quickly it brewed.  I would say it took me about 5 minutes from start to sip.

Afterwards, I just opened the brewer compartment to remove the used K-Cup and tossed it in the trash.  No filter to deal with or carafe to clean.  Quick to brew and easy to clean! Now, eventually you will need to clean out the parts to remove scaling and such, but depending on your use, I’d guess once a week would suffice.

The Mr.  Coffee BVMC-KG1 is a no frills, personal 8-ounce single-cup brew machine.  It is similar to the Keurig-branded mini brewer.  The water reservoir is very small and just enough to brew your 8 ounce cup.  The brewer compartment, where you insert the K-Cup, reminds me a little of an old cassette player.  It opens up and you place the K-Cup inside and it accepts it for use.  Then there’s the drip tray that removes for easy dumping and cleaning.  There are only 3 indicator lights.  The first, surrounds the “Brew Now/Off” button and blinks softly when you press it to indicate the machine is working.  The second light, “Heating” lets you know that it is heating up the water.  The third indicator light, “Brewing”, shows that the coffee is being brewed.  When the coffee is finished, the “Brew Now/Off” button turns off and the machine is ready to be run again.

My only hesitation in recommending the machine goes for all single-serve pod-based coffee machines.  Cost.  The intial cost is usually pretty high when compared to a normal coffee maker and cost per K-Cup can be quite high relative to using normal bags of ground coffee.  However, if you are looking at these systems, then what you are after is probably convenience, not a cheap cup of coffee.  In that case, I believe the Mr.  Coffee BVMC-KG1 is a great addition to your home or office.

 
Available from Amazon.com.

* Review unit provided by Mr. Coffee

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