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Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker 49981
Simply scoop your favorite coffee and place it to brew. no pods or special filters required.
Two metal scoops included for precise measuring ensuring the perfect cup of coffee.
Can brew up to 14oz in as little as 1.5 minutes. fits a travel size or regular mug.
Brews hotter than the leading competitors per SCAA standards.
Durable stainless steel construction.
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1211 of 1245 found the following review helpful:
LOVE this personal brewer!Oct 28, 2011
I've been a long time user of personal brewers - two pod/cup type machines one well known, one lesser known. My problem with them both is that using your own coffee (I have my non pod favorite!) produces a mess and/or very weak coffee. They simply don't hold the right coffee/water ratio to produce what I would consider an excellent cup of coffee.
I recently spied this machine and immediately liked that it was non proprietary, read the former reviews, looked at the price tag and was skeptical - how good could it be for under $60 when its rival starts at $100? I finally brought one home and I'm sold! Using the "bold" setting it made even a decaf coffee nice and strong and it reminded me of the results that I get with my French Press - full bodied, rich & flavorful.
I like that the basket for the coffee is nice and deep and easy to fill. The water resevoir is easily filled. It holds an ample 14 oz. of water - you get out what you put in so playing with the measurement and grind of your favorite coffee takes some perfecting. The brewer starts immediately, the light goes out signaling it is finished brewing. It is a tad faster than the mini version of the more popular single cupper. The coffee comes out hot. I haven't seen any issues with leaking, spraying, etc. Hamilton Beach was also thinking when the made the drip tray so that it flips over and fills the space to a smaller cup size.
I'd add some cons but really there isn't anything that I dislike about this machine.
688 of 722 found the following review helpful:
Super quiet, great coffee, awesome value, ridiculously easy to cleanNov 20, 2011
I just purchased this yesterday, so I can't vouch for its longevity, but we have made several quick cups of coffee and tea using this and it works great.
Let me say that I am a caffeine addict. I prefer my coffee bold, am picky about my freshly roasted beans and prefer the taste of french press-made coffee. However, I am also not a morning person, and having to make a large cup of coffe in the morning while trying to get busy kids and a busy mom ready for school/work is quite a chore. Also, being the only coffee drinker in the house (my husband and oldest son like tea), my only option after drinking the first cup was to dump out the rest or refridgerate it and microwave it later - neither were options I was thrilled about.
I didn't want to pay the price of one of the larger Keurigs; nor did I have the counter space for that. We have a large Keurig at my office and, while I certainly appreciate being able to brew a fresh cup of coffee whenever I want, it's a noisy machine, it has to be constantly plugged in to maintain its heating elements, and the coffee pods leave something to be desired.
I checked out the smaller, less-expensive Keurigs in the stores, but they felt very flimsy and I had read reviews about them breaking down frequently.
My HB One-Scoop feels sturdy, doesn't take up much counter space, was reasonably priced and, best of all, makes a great cup of coffee. It took a few tries for me to determine how fine to grind my beans and how much of it to use, but after that, it's been a breeze: You take your cup, fill it with water and pour that into the reservoir on top. Then, you take the scoop (which doubles as a filter), scoop out the amount of ground coffee you want, slap that scoop into a filter cup that is already sitting in the well, close the lid and press either the "regular" or "bold" button. The coffee drips quietly into your cup. Also, clean up literally takes seconds - All you need to do is rinse out the scoop filter and filter cup in hot water.
You don't have to plug this unit in until you're ready to use it, and an adjustable shelf allow you to use a smaller mug or a larger travel-sized mug.
This comes with two scoops, so you can make more than one cup of coffee if you have company and not have to stick a wet scoop into your ground coffee. We have also used it just for hot water for tea and it works equally well with a rinsed out filter scoop and filter cup.
In addition, the scoop and water reservoir also has measurement lines for an 8 oz. and 14 oz. cup of coffee, although I do use extra coffee to get the strength I like.
I love being able to use my favorite coffees and not get stuck buying expensive, weak-flavored pods. I'm so glad I got this.
460 of 491 found the following review helpful:
Lean, "Green", Easy-to-Clean Coffee Making Machine!Apr 11, 2012
Single-serve coffee makers: you name it, I've owned it. Keurig, Tassimo, and Dolce Gusto: all of them are fun at first, but once the novelty wears off they're nothing but proprietary machines serving up very spendy (and small) cups of coffee and contributing constantly to land fills. :(
I bought a "My K-Cup" for my Keurig, one way to cut down on the expense (and the garbage) but it gets to be kind of a pain to rinse and fill and cap that little thing each time. With Tassimo and Dolce Gusto, you're really stuck. There's no way to make your own T-Discs or Dolce-Gusto capsules.
I had a nice espresso machine, and purchased ESE pods, which took care of a lot of the mess that espresso machines tend to create. But once again, those really add up, and if all you want is just a good cuppa joe, then you also need a kettle (or electric kettle) to boil hot water to make an Americano.
Used a French press for quite a while, too...I still wasted coffee, though. And warmed up second cups in the microwave.
And then--VOILA! I found this machine! I had never heard of it until I stumbled upon it at our local Fred Meyer. It was on sale and I impulse-bought it on the spot.
This thing is just great. It's really simple, so I wonder why no one ever thought of it before? There's no noisy pump contraption (to break down later); it's really just a regular old automatic drip coffee maker, but on a small scale, brewing one cup (8-14oz) at a time. Having the part that holds the grinds also be the scoop to scoop up the coffee is just brilliant. The little hook on the side to hang up an extra scoop: genius. One cup at a time. Nice and hot, everyone gets it the way they like it, no more leftover coffee sitting on the burner turning nasty, only to be tossed down the drain later. No carafe to clean (and de-scale and eventually break). I drink my coffee in the morning; my DH works third shift and drinks his in the evening: one regular cup, and then a big travel cup to go, and this machine does both sizes (and anything in-between) perfectly.
It's a slender machine with a small footprint so it takes up very little space on my already-too-crowded counter, it contributes absolutely no garbage (not even paper filters), it is super-easy to clean, it is stainless steel and black and very modern and attractive, and you can use ANY kind of coffee you like, and make it any size you like, and any strength you like, and it is EASY!
You just can't go wrong with this machine. I love it. :D
150 of 159 found the following review helpful:
Love it! Found filters for it! (update)Jan 13, 2012
I had spent a lot of time looking at Keurig-type single serve coffee pots, but was put off by the combination of the high cost, the high cost PER CUP using those pre-filled pods, and reviews that frankly left me scared about an apparently high unit-failure rate. So I perked up (pardon the coffee pun) when I saw a commercial for this brewer.
I have owned this for a little over a month now and here's my experience with it:
* It makes really good coffee, really easily. Use the filter/scoop as an actual scoop, or use your own coffee teaspoon to fill the basket, either way is good. I have found, as some other reviewers have noted, that it's very difficult to get a really strong cup of coffee, if you like it that way, though I have experimented with just buying some very bold ground coffees and that does produce a strong cup. I honestly can't distinguish the strength of a cup brewed in this machine versus in my former 8 cup cofee brewer.
* The "permanent filter," which is a metal mesh filter in the bottom of the scoop, does an adequate job but honestly I just don't like the flavor of coffee filtered through these type of permanent baskets (I've used them before - for very short trial runs! - with larger coffee pots). I just prefer the taste of paper-filtered coffee. I actually experimented with cutting a piece of a full-size generic coffee filter to fit this scoop and seeing if it made a noticeable difference - it did! That brought on an exhaustive web search for filters that would fit this basket - nothing. I'm hoping Hamilton Beach will come out with some. It doesn't even need to be a "basket" type filter, based on the design of the scoop - only a tiny wafer of a filter that fits along the bottom where the mesh screen is located.
* The instructions for this machine are very straightforward but I have to take exception with the "water in/water out" part. If you take a mug and fill it to the brim with water and put that water in the pot, then place the same mug under the coffee maker while it brews your coffee.... you will get about 3/4 a cup of coffee! I have absolutely NO IDEA where the water is going. It's not leaking, it's not evaporating (there's a full lid that covers the water chamber.) I'm perplexed! But it's an easily replicable phenomena. I experimented a few times with using a container larger than my morning coffee mug to get just the right "to the brim" cup of coffee and finally settled on a fairly standard coffee mug size using a red plastic Party Drink cup to fill the reservoir. Individual results may vary as they say - do your own experimentation.
* I adore how quick and easy this is to use. I set the pot up before going to bed, then flick it on as soon as I get up. In the time it takes me to scramble a couple eggs (which you know is NO time at all) the bright blue brewing light turns off and the mug is ready. I love just walking away with the mug without having to pour a cup of coffee - no waste, no fuss.
* Hamilton Beach did the right thing in including TWO scoops with the unit, so you always have one dry and ready to go. I'm bad about not dumping the grounds until I'm prepping the mug for the next morning, and using the extra scoop allows me to rinse out todays and use a dry one for tomorrows.
* Before buying this I read some reviews that said their filter scoops started RUSTING after just a few uses. I panicked briefly when I saw what looked like rust on my own scoop after a few uses, but then just rubbed it with my finger and realized it was actually coffee residue! I couldn't imagine anyone would make a coffee filter out of something that would rust, so I was comforted to find it wasn't rust at all.
* I also read some reviews where people complained about coffee splattering all over the counter. My own experience has been that the ONLY way that can happen is if you aren't using the provided mug platform. That's why it's there, people - use it.
All in all I am VERY happy with this coffee maker. It looks very stylish with it's chrome finish and I have already gotten lots of compliments on it. Most of the time it's just me having coffee, but if someone else wants some it is VERY fast to brew them a fresh mug. I didn't purchase this product at Amazon but in a big-box retail store (sorry Amazon, I still love ya!) - it is widely available lots of places. Worth every penny.
UPDATE: I found filters that work WONDERFULLY with this coffee maker, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LTOCSG/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details. Ordered them at Amazon and they arrived VERY quickly, and at around $5 for 300 it's a hard deal to beat. They are just what is needed for this cofee maker, simple discs that sit at the bottom of the scoop - you don't need a "basket" design filter because of the way the scoop is made, with only the bottom having the steel mesh permanent filter. These are ideal and really take off that edge that some coffees have.
558 of 613 found the following review helpful:
CAN'T FIND A BETTER CUP OF COFFEENov 30, 2011
By Sharon E. Herring
I am a coffee connoisseur. I have tried every machine from the Senseo to the Bunn Home Cafe (very expensive coffee brewer) to the French Press. I am tired of the "pod" machines because you just cannot get a good cup of coffee, even when you make your own pods. Therefore, I researched numerous coffee brewers and was contemplating getting a Keurig when I spotted this coffee brewer during a TV commercial. My first thought was that this is the ideal concept -- scooping your own coffee -- no pods or K-cups. I purchased this brewer and was determined not to like it because it wasn't an "expensive" brewer. While it does have several inconveniences, like having to refill the water reservoir each time you want a cup of coffee, bottom line is it makes the best cup of coffee for a single serve coffee maker that I've ever tasted! It is a simple machine, but ideal for those who just want a delicious cup of coffee each time you turn it on. Another plus, the water gets very hot, unlike other machines I've used where the water comes out luke warm.
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