|12-Cup Mr. Coffee
Power Serve BVMC-ZH1
|Most people don't like it!|
|3.0/5 50 reviews|
|$50 to $100 USD|
The Power Serve Mr Coffee coffee maker holds your brew in a sealed chamber, and dispenses directly into your mug. No carafe involved.
Owners sum it up:
Broke twice. Won't buy it again ..........Peg
The reservoir keeps the coffee hot without causing it to develop a burned taste or becoming bitter ..........NJC
Owners like the convenience of this carafeless unit, and are especially pleased that the chamber keeps coffee nice and hot without burning.
Unfortunately, decent ratings for this brewer-dispenser are dragged down by too many instances of brewer failure.
Instead of a carafe, this unit brews into a sealed chamber. You slide a mug under the spout and depress a pedal to dispense coffee into your mug. (Picture a self-serve soda machine at a convenience store.) A removable drip tray catches any spills.
The sealed chamber keeps coffee fresh and drinkably hot. The front of the chamber features a window so you can view how much is left.
Locking mechanisms at the top keep the chamber securely in place. To remove, you unlock, and simply slide the chamber in and out of the unit. You can use the chamber itself to fill the water reservoir, but most users find this cumbersome and use a different container.
|lower chamber for brewed coffee||upper chamber for cold water|
|brew basket, reservoir opening, and showerhead|
Under the hood you will find the water reservoir, brew basket and swing-arm shower head. The reservoir can use a Mr. Coffee water filter, and has water level markings. The basket takes cupcake-style paper filters or a permanent filter.
A Pause & Serve function lets you dispense a cup before the brew cycle ends. Auto Off turns the brewer off 2 hours after brewing. Audible alarms sound at the end of the brew cycle, and when Auto Off invokes.
There is cord storage at the back of the unit. No parts are dishwasher safe. A 1 year warranty completes the package.
Delay Brew - or "Auto On" - is the only programming feature available on this Mr Coffee coffee maker. The control panel has a digital clock, buttons for programming the clock and the Delay Brew, and an On/Off button.
Select units include a permanent gold tone filter as a bonus. But it is not a standard inclusion with brewer purchase.
|Manufacturer||Mr Coffee (Jarden Corporation)|
|Model||#BVMC-ZH1 (stainless steel)
|Avg Rating||3.0 out of 5|
|Number of reviews||50|
|Price Range||$50 to $100 USD|
|Auto Off||Y||2 hours|
|Pause & Serve||Y|
|Filter Type||flat-bottomed cupcake style|
|User Manual for Power Serve
from Mr Coffee
|Hot temperature. Owners feel the sealed chamber keeps brewed coffee at the perfect temperature, "amazingly hot", without burning. The chamber design means no preheating a thermal carafe and no burning and evaporating on a warming plate.|
|Most consumers are pleased with the taste. (But a few found a strong plastic taste.)|
|The water reservoir fill area is nice and wide. Fill line indicators are very easy to see.|
|Owners agree that this Mr Coffee coffee maker is all-around easy to use: easy to program, fill, and clean.|
|Unfortunately, many consumers find that this Mr Coffee coffee maker doesn't last very long. There were numerous reports that the unit just stopped working within weeks, or even days of use. Some experience problems with the pump making strange noises and refusing to dispense.|
|Owners note that the lower chamber viewing window is useless. It is opaque and soon becomes discolored by coffee, making it impossible to determine how much is left.|
|The plastic coffee chamber itself racks up some complaints. First, it is plastic. Your hot brew is sitting right in the plastic. People are worried about health implications. Secondly, because the plastic is very dark in color, it is impossible to see if it is really clean.|
|The large size of this unit is a disappointment to many. It takes up a lot of space on the counter and is not easy to store away.|
|Some find the dispenser pedal very difficult to depress. You have to press very hard with your mug, sometimes to the point of moving the unit around on the counter.|
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