The BUNN My Café Multi-Use Brewer brings you the convenience of single cup plus the flexibility of being able to brew flavorful coffee or tea using your choice of K-Cups, ground coffee, soft coffee and tea pods, tea bags and loose tea. K-Cups is a registered trademark of Keurig, Inc. Bunn-O-Matic is not affiliated with Keurig, Inc.
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 13.5 x 16.5 inches ; 11.3 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
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- ASIN: B009PLQ5H2
- Item model number: MCU
Great machine for use with K-Cups
First, everyone hates instruction manuals, but take the time to read the first few pages. It will only take a few minutes, and it makes it easier to understand which drawer works with the different formats.
Out of the box, this brewer is a bit different as it uses drawers for the different coffee brewing formats. It can use K-Cups, pods, tea bags, and ground coffee. The different drawers provide that functionality. On page 4 of my manual, it shows a picture of each drawer, and their purpose. It can also provide hot water to mix with hot chocolate or oatmeal in the morning.
The Bunn My Café MCU does not have all the bells and whistles that the Keurig machine has. While I would appreciate having some of those features, I would rather have a machine that actually works and isn’t always broken. The features the Bunn My Café MCU does NOT have are:
No storage reservoir. Like the B70, it has the internal tank, so brewing a cup is quick. However, you need to pour in the desired amount of water into the top each time you make a cup of coffee. The amount you pour in will control how much is pumped out.
There is no automatic on/off time. The unit is always on, but automatically sets back after six (6) hours of no use. After twenty-six (26) hours of no use, it goes to sleep. Later when you go to use it, it automatically wakes up, and returns to normal temperature.
The internal water temperature is set to 200°F. The only adjustment is for high altitudes above 4000 feet.
The Bunn My Café MCU requires an initial setup before you can brew your coffee. The brewer has an internal hot water tank that needs filled. They provide step by step instructions on page 3. You will need to add a few cups of water overall to get it filled. Once filled, it will begin to heat the water in the tank. This takes a few minutes, and the brew button turns a solid red. Red usually means problems, but now, it is just heating the water for the first time. Once heated, it will turn green, and it is ready to go.
The Bunn My Café MCU brewer makes a bit more noise compared with the B70 when brewing, but nothing objectionable.
The drawer for the K-Cups is easy to use. Inside, it has a handle that you may want to pull towards you. I have found that it works best if pulled more straight up first.
Unlike the B70, you can also use soft pods and tea bags. The ground coffee drawer is also nicer to use compared with the older basket I used in the B70.
This machine is probably only 2/3rd’s the size of the Keurig. Overall, it is a nice size on the counter.
One feature the Bunn My Café MCU has that the B70 does not is a Pulse mode. This brews at a slower speed to extract a stronger, bolder flavor from the coffee or tea. I used this feature with one of my Columbian K-cups, and the coffee actually has a better, smoother flavor.
As for the warranty, the Bunn My Café MCU has a two (2) year warranty, compared with the B70′s one year warranty. I have used Bunn commercial systems in restaurants for years, and they have been one of the most reliable appliances. I am hoping that same dedication to quality will exist in this home use machine too. As time goes on, I will update this review if I have any issues with this new Bunn My Café MCU brewer.
As a side note. This unit has been on back order from Amazon for some time now. I found it locally, and purchased it from a local retailer.
Update December 2012
After a month or so, I have had no problems with the Bunn. The only feature I have missed is that the Bunn does not have a water reservoir. Also, my tall 7½” insulated travel mugs do not fit in it for brewing. The largest mug that you can put in when using the K-Cup drawer is about 4 3/4″ with the drip tray. Pull out the drip tray, and you can get a 6″ mug in. If you use some of the other optional drawers, like the hot water one, you can get a slightly larger mug in. Right now, I have a 2 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup that sits with the coffee maker that I use to fill it. And when I need my travel mugs, I just brew into that cup and pour it into the mug. However, in no way would these missing features make me go back to the Keurig. I works every time, and heats hotter and faster.
Since my initial review, I have used the drawer for ground coffee. I purchased a new bag of Starbucks Sumatra beans, grind them myself as needed, and works well. It took a few tries to get the perfect setting in my Burr grinder to get it just the way I like it. I like my coffee dark and strong. I ground it a bit finer compared to what you normally get in pre-ground coffee. I did that too with the Keurig when I first got it. Bought the extra do it yourself pod for the Keurig, but could never get anything really good out of it. I’m guessing it’s just because the Keurig does not get as hot as the Bunn machine.
It’s only been a month or so since I got the Bunn, but so far, no disappointments, and very satisfied!
FINALLY A GREAT SINGLE CUP COFFEE MACHINE
Just an update: coffee maker started to short cup my drinks. I use 8 ounces per cup and it was only brewing about 5 or 6 ounces. Water would then spill out of the coffee drawer when I removed it. Thought it was a pump issue like with the Keurigs. Called Bunn customer service. They were very professional and courteous. They diagnosed the problem as a dirty valve and sent me a link to a video showing how to clean it. After doing so machine works perfectly again. Keeping my rating at 5 stars for the machine and an additional 5 stars for the customer service. If you need the video link go to youtube and search for a video with this title: MCP Check Valve Cleaning
Glad I Waited for This
I was used to having a larger cup of coffee in the morning and I thought that only being able to brew 14 oz. was going to mean that I would have to brew a second cup, but it was more than enough. As I sat with coffee and took the last sip, I realized that this was the first time in a long time that I had actually finished my morning coffee. If I wanted, it would only take a minute or so to have another fresh cup.
The only down side that I see, is that I now need a shorter travel mug. When using the ground coffee attachment, the clearance is only about 7″ and that’s a lot shorter than the travel mugs I have now. That being said, I love the My Cafe MCU.
Would I recommend this? Absolutely, I recommend this to anyone who loves a GREAT cup of coffee!
UPDATE: Found this on Amazon: Contigo Autoseal Randolph Stainless Steel Travel Mug Vacuum Insulated, 16-Ounce and it works perfectly with the My Cafe MCU!
For the first time – a great single cup with my own ground coffee. UPDATED ONE YEAR LATER (2 updates)
I suffered with the watery issue for a while. I finally removed the seal/sprayhead and cleaned it really well. Made sure the holes were nice and clear and the seal was perfectly seated. This helped a great deal! However, still not perfect.
Yesterday, I purchased a large container of vinegar and started the cleaning process. I poured it in the top and ran it through. I waited about an hour and poured in another dose. I repeated this two more times. I didn’t hover over the machine during this process – I would just do it between other activities. I then let it set overnight.
This morning I began the process of purging the vinegar. This took a while – probably close two 15 cycles before I received vinegar-free water.
I AM NOW GETTING COFFEE WITH ABSOLUTELY ZERO WATER RUNNING DOWN THE SIDES OF THE DRAWER!
I have learned my lesson. I should follow the manufacturers cleaning recommendations of EVERY 3 MONTHS (for both the Sprayhead and the Brewer).
Still LOVING the taste of the coffee brewed from this machine. BACK TO FIVE STARS!!
Update: November 23, 2013 – my unit has turned into the watery mess that others have complained about. I literally have to dry my coffee cup after it brews due to the water that dripped and sprayed all over it. I’m so disappointed!! The drip tray fills up rather quickly now. I’m off to find another unit.
And now my boyfriend is happily telling me about his trusty, maintenance-free Mr. Coffee. Grrrrrr…!!!!! But even with the watery mess, my cup of coffee tastes much better!
Going to attempt to descale and other such maintenance. Will update!!!
OLD REVIEW: December 2012 – Yes – this one, unlike my Keurig, makes a great single cup of coffee using my own ground coffee. Sludge is minimal compared to a french press or a “My K-cup”. The best cup is delivered using the “pulse” feature.
I had to buy mine at the Lowes in Dalton, Georgia because Amazon did not have it in stock at the time. I’ve used every “drawer” so far except the one used for water.
I didn’t like the first couple of pods that I tried (the machine came with a package of free pods). Never had a pod machine, but I wasn’t digging the ones it came with. Do pods always taste like this or did they include only the cheap, gross ones?
I’ve used the K-Cup drawer and the ground coffee drawer several times and have loved every cup. K-cups taste really good using this machine. I use the pulse feature constantly now since it makes such a great tasting cup of coffee.
I suppose that my biggest shock is how great a single cup can be using my own ground coffee. I tried this so many times with the Keurig. I tried several grind levels, several brands of coffee – YUCK! But with this machine, it is awesome. I can almost see myself drifting away from my k-cup addiction! Although, coffee is my guilty pleasure, so I will happily purchase items that produce a great cup of coffee, and k-cups are da bomb.
For ground coffee – I will say that I use small, disc shaped filters that are designed for a coffee-press that I use, but they fit wonderfully in the ground coffee drawer. I do this to reduce any sludge I can possibly avoid; however, compared to other machines, this one produces the least amount of sludge I’ve seen so far – even without the little filter I have on hand. Not to mention, unfiltered coffee raises cholesterol. Did you know that? It’s true.
HEATING TIME: I thought I would miss having the big tank of water constantly filled up on my Keurig so that I could have a delicious cup of coffe whenever I wanted it. I am not missing it. The internal tank keeps the water really hot, and even after you’ve just made a cup, it is ready to make a second cup almost right away. Not sure how this is possible. How does it heat water that fast? It’s magic! How big is the internal tank? I have an idea – I had to prime it (important for the initial setup) twice before I could get things going. So the internal tank must be at least 14 ounces plus a bit more. Not quite twice that amount, but more than 14oz for sure.
My boyfriend said I should add a con, so here it is: It takes too many coffee grounds to make a single cup. Two scoops are recommended, so that is what I used, and I loved the taste. I can hardly stand the coffee he makes in his drip machine. It is just too weak (he is trying to save money but gets a yucky taste – think the coffee-drinking scene in Pulp Fiction). Maybe if we self-ground our coffee to an espresso type ground we wouldn’t have to use so much coffee to get the taste we desire. Who knows?
My own con, but not so bad: Whatever size coffee you want, you must pour that amount in for every cup. This is not a horrible thing. Not like I thought it would be. You pour the water in and boom! Your coffee gets brewed. This is not like the first edition Keurig that makes one cup at a time. No long waits for hot water. This one is instantaneous. Actually – this is not a con at all, is it? I can make a 14 ounce cup of coffee!!! No Keurig can do that!!!!
I keep waiting for this machine to break down. It is almost too good to be true. We’ll see! I was in this honeymoon phase forever with my Keurig, so maybe that is where I am now. I will update if it suddenly stops working and breaks my heart. I’ll be upset and very honest and prepared to vent when it happens.
Sorry for the long review, but I’m really pleased so far and had to tell the world.
Excellent Brewer so far
Pulse brew produces a richer cup with still no hint of bitterness. I like the fact that on pulse or regular, it does a pre-burst to wet the grounds. It will also make anywhere from 4-14 oz of coffee. My Keuring would only go up to 12 oz, although there is probably not enough coffee in your typical K-cup to brew a 14oz cup, the option to use the ground coffee tray to hold up to 20 grams of ground coffee will greatly increase my options.
Now I can finally get rid of the partially dismantled Cuisinart I have been using. I have taken that thing apart so many times to fix it, it was becoming a pain, so I would just leave it partially dismantled so I could directly rap on the valves when it started acting up again.
I have measured the temperature in the stream as it goes into the cup. It has reached 190 to 200 degrees if the pot was left plugged in for a few hours before brewing and heating 8oz. of water. If the pot has been unplugged for some time and cold water has been added, it may be 175 degrees to 185 degrees in the stream. The temp in the cup is always at least 170 degrees. Pods seem to be on the hotter temp range and the K-Cups tend to be the ones losing the most heat into the cup. I generally only brew once or twice a day, so I plug and unplug as needed. If the unit has been unplugged, when you do plug it in you have to wait for it to heat the water. I just timed it for you. It takes 3 minutes and 40 seconds to heat 16oz. of cold water (Yes- You can add 16oz.). It then takes about 1 minute and 40 seconds to put that 16oz. in your cup. If the brewer has been plugged in for and hour or two,it is already heated even when you add the water, it then only takes about 40 seconds to brew/get into your cup.
It should really have an on off switch, if only on the cord. Other than that I love it. I have used many different brands of K-Cups and a few different pods thru it and have never had a problem.
I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because it is not very energy efficient. It does not have an off switch. The manual explains that it keeps the water at 200 degrees for 6 hours, then switches to keeping the water at 140 degrees for up to 26 hours. After that it will go to sleep mode where it is not heating the water. This is nice for having an instant cup of hot coffee or tea, but we only use it in the morning and in the evening so it’s a waste to keep the water heated all that time. We have to unplug the machine. It only takes about 3 minutes to be ready to brew after being plugged in.
Bunn Stands Behind Their Product
Awesome Coffee Brewer
After approximately 3 weeks of daily use (2-4 cups/day) I can say that the BUNN makes an excellent cup of coffee and is simple to use and clean. Yes its not as simple to use as the Keurig, but it makes a much better K-cup in my opinion and the basket for ground coffee makes the Keurig obsolete. If you are super time crunched, i.e. can’t spend 1-3 minutes to prepare a fresh cup of ground coffee (up to 14oz btw, almost fills my travel mug in one brew) or you’re just lazy, then get a Kuerig and be done with it (but be ready to repeat on an annual basis because their water pumps are horrible). The K-cup tray takes 1 second to snap into place and makes a cup of coffee, simple, not much else to say. Unlike the Keurig where the quality/strength of the cup only depends on the quality/strength of the k-cup used and the size brewed, the BUNN also has a pulse brew option for a stronger brew. I’ve experimented with k-cups and the pulse setting and it definitely brews a more robust cup whether I’m using the k-cup tray or the ground coffee tray (my primary brew option).
Some reviewers have complained that the ground coffee brew tray is messy or makes a weak cup of coffee, I have to strongly disagree with both sentiments. In all my brewing using the tray I’ve never once had coffee grounds or coffee spray or leak into my cup or on the counter. Complaints about emptying the basket after brewing being messy, come on guys, really? You pop it out, open the top, give a couple whacks to the side and it all comes out, follow by a quick 10 second wash and it’s ready for another cup- not that difficult. It is true that the grounds take more effort to get out if you leave it sitting in the brew basket, but I found if I empty it right after the cup is brewed that a couple taps does it easily. As far as the strength of the coffee goes, unless you like your coffee in sludge form, you won’t be disappointed. I grind my own beans (my old standard from Trader Joe’s) with a cheap $10 MrCoffee grinder to a medium-fine ground. Using the pulse function I’ve found that 2 tablespoons firmly packed into the basket makes a strong 12 oz cup. For a really strong cup I use 2 1/2-3 tablespoons but you have to pack it firmly otherwise you’ll overload the basket, personally this makes a cup that is way too strong for my tastes but I wanted to see the range of strength I could accomplish with different amounts. For a more mellow cup I’ll use less coffee, I pretty much always use the pulse function as it just makes a better flavored cup.
So there it is, my first review. Now to enjoy my fresh ground and brewed large mug of coffee. Excellent.