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I am a coffee addict.
I drink a lot of coffee.
I drink so much so that my wife has officially ordered me to start brewing it 1/3 decaf. Being an addict, I’ve usually got an eye out for whatever innovations and trends are hitting the coffee making market. I’ve been noticing over the years a trend toward these one-cup coffeemakers. “One cup?” I thought. “What the heck could one accomplish with just one cup?” I know, I know, many folks are not like me. Regardless, I’ve always been intrigued with the one-cuppers. You know, a quick one-off; maybe a warmer for your thermos or maybe brewing my wife a cup of her favorite flavored coffee for her ride to work. So, I was pretty excited to get a chance to give one of these a whirl.
I liked the Capresso On-The-Go Coffeemaker at first look. It has a sleek and modern design. Its footprint won’t take up much space on a kitchen counter. It comes with its own insulated mug. Unfortunately, that is where my appreciation of this coffee maker ended.
Just because it’s a mini-coffeemaker, does not mean everything about the device needs to be mini. Let’s start with the water reservoir. The size is equivalent to the surface area of about three quarters. I was wide awake as I was filling the reservoir and I struggled to accomplish this. That strike zone is just too small and I wound up with water spilling. Now, try doing this at five in the morning with your eyes mostly shut, it’s not an easy target to hit. I’d also love to know exactly how much water I’ve put into the machine. The only indicator is a line marked “max”. I would have liked the Capresso On-The-Go Coffee Maker to add an indicator window on the side with ounce measurements. It would make filling the machine with water that much easier.
The basket for grounds and filter were also a little too small to easily be dealt with by grown man hands. The handles on the filter were a little too small to comfortably handle, and the filter was tedious to rinse off: too much plastic filter, and not enough actual filter, hence, more surface area for coffee grounds to cling.
All this would have been forgivable if I didn’t run into problems with brewing the coffee. If the blue light in the front is on, coffee is brewing. When the light turns off, it is done brewing.
Grab the mug, and run out the door. Right?
At 4 minutes 20 seconds, the light turned off. I thought this was a very reasonable amount of time to brew and was, once again, looking forward to making my wife a quick cup of her favorite when she was on her way to work.
I removed the cup and turned the Capresso On-The-Go Coffeemaker off. Three minutes after that, it was still dripping. I unplugged the machine, two minutes after it was unplugged, still dripping.
This was very disappointing.
When I think of a single cup coffeemaker that brews directly into your travel mug, I’m thinking of on-the-go commuters. I’m thinking of someone running late, grabbing the mug off the machine and running out the door. This is not a grab n go device. Clean up takes nearly as long as the brewing process and that post-brew-drip goes on forever. If you are running late and need to run out the door, just put a pile of paper towel down there or you’ll have a mess on your hands when you get home.
Overall, I do not see this machine resolving the issues it was designed to resolve. This was disappointing because I have used and liked other products by Capresso. (Like their bean grinder we reviewed here) Unfortunately, I felt the the Capresso On-the-Go Coffee maker fell short.
—-Brooks. Anne’s husband.
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