BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer Review

5 / 5 stars      

There’s a new kid on the block. The BUNN MCU single cup multiuse Brewer — also known as My Café — is the newest in a long line up of single cup coffee makers.  And from every indication, this one is a winner.

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In a sea of single use coffee brewers the BUNN MCU has some features that aren’t available on all single cup brewers.  In my opinion, the best is that you’re not limited to a single type of pod. With the MCU you also have the option of using K-Cups, your favorite ground coffee, any soft coffee or tea pod, teabags or loose tea.   You even have the option of simply dispensing hot water for a variety of other beverages.

If you’ve previously owned a Keurig or a Tassimo, there is something that you need to realize and that’s the fact that the MCU does not come with storage water tank or reservoir.   It simply has an internal stainless steel water tank.   So each time you want to make yourself a coffee or tea you will need to add the water at that point.  In my opinion, not a huge issue.  You do, however, have the ability to brew 4 to 14 ounce servings that will be brewed in under a minute.  Just use the clearly marked grid to add the amount of water that you choose.

BUNN MCU My Café Pros & Cons

Pros:  Brews K-Cups, coffee grounds and a variety of soft pods — Brews in under a minute — Pulse brew option — Small footprint

Cons: Can’t use low mineral content of water, such as distilled water

An important word here about the water you use.  The BUNN My Café MCU is not to be used with distilled water or water that’s heavily purified or mineral free.  In order for your coffee maker to work the water must have sufficient mineral content.

When your coffee or tea first starts brewing, don’t be alarmed.  It may seem that the unit is choking.  But what’s really happening is that it’s giving your grounds of coffee or your tea a few moments to absorb water before the brewing process actually begins.

If you’re like me and like a nice strong coffee, I do recommend the use of pulse brew feature.  The function of the pulse brew feature is to allow your coffee grounds to be in contact with the water for an added amount of time, thus giving you a stronger cup of coffee.  So if you like a week cup of coffee, the exact opposite is true.  Do not use the pulse brew feature.   Of course you can also always adjust your water or coffee amounts to obtain either a stronger or weaker cup of coffee, but there is something to keep in mind.  If you use too much water and too little coffee, this can lead to over extraction of the grounds and actually provide you with a very bitter tasting cup of coffee.  So if you are consistently getting horrible tasting tea or coffee, keep that in mind.  It might have to do with the amount of water to grounds ratio that you’re using, and not be an issue with the machine itself.

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The BUNN MCU comes with separate brewing drawers, so depending on what it is you’re making at any given time you use the appropriate drawer.   For example, if you’re brewing ground coffee, you would use the ground coffee or loose tea drawer or if you’re using a soft pod, you would use the pod drawer.

Here’s another nice thing about this coffee brewer.  Not everyone has a gigantic kitchen with acres of free counter space.  If you’re one of those people, and countertop real estate is at a premium, it’s a good thing to note that the footprint on this unit is smaller than most – significantly smaller than you Keurig.   Having said that, it also means that you might not be able to fit your large-size travel mug underneath it.

Another nice feature?  Since the My Café dispenses hot water, you can use the unit for much more than brewing coffee.  Use it for things like hot cocoa, instant coffee, oatmeal, soup, or variety of other things that use hot water.  You can also warm-up baby bottles and so much more.

All in all, this is a fabulous update on the older style My Café Brewer.  Most of the issues that were found in the older model have been addressed.  I would not hesitate for even a moment, if you are considering buying this for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  My personal rating on the BUNN MCU is 5/5.

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