Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer

Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer. For fresh coffee made fast, look no further. The Personal Cup™ Brewer makes a single cup the easy way. Instead of messy coffee grounds, it uses affordable and delicious Senseo® Coffee Pods.

Product Features

  • Includes 18 Senseo coffee pods
  • Fresh coffee made fast
  • Brews up to a 12 oz. cup
  • Choose regular, decaf, & a variety of coffee blends & flavors
  • Brew basket is dishwasher safe

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  1. P. Killion 20/12/2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Awesome little maker *** Note 8/6/2012 – So I’m finally able to update this thing, now that Senseo is starting to get some product in stock. A few things to note for those new to Senseo, their majority holdings from Philips were recently sold to Sara Lee I believe, and this caused a massive disruption in production and availability for the US, and thus Senseo brand coffee had been unavailable for several months. They have also made the decision to go to online-only shipping of their coffee, meaning you will not find Senseo coffee in stores anymore. The in-store alternative is the Melitta brand pods, which fit the Senseo maker, and should be sold in places such as WalMart. Personally, since Senseo has also increased their costs of their coffee (while also jerking their customers such as myself around for months), I won’t really recommend the Senseo brand anymore. Decent coffee depending on your tastes, so you will have to decide what’s worthwhile to you.The review for this pod drip brewer will still stand, as it is still working just fine.***I love this little thing!Originally, we had a very nice KitchenAid 10-cup Coffee Maker in our kitchen. It did its job very well, but for a long time I had been eying a Keurig machine. I’d had Keurig coffee in the past, and loved it. Looking at the machines, you’ll quickly see how much of an “investment” it is. First, the machines are incredibly expensive; they make smaller models now, but even those start around $60-$70, and many don’t have stellar reviews in terms of longevity. Next, the K-cups are also very expensive. Sure, you can buy the reusable thing, but if I’m going through that hassle, why do I even need a specialized brewer to begin with? It may work fine for some people’s lives, but in my own, I wanted a machine that eliminated the mess and hassle of measuring quantities and looking for the “perfect brew”.I purchased the Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer on a whim; it was on sale, and figured, what the heck, I’ll try it.When I first plugged the thing it, and poured some water in the back to cycle through, it immediately spattered at me. Apparently, it can turn itself on when you first plug it in (I’ve purchased 2, and both did it out of the box, but haven’t done it since).I’m not gonna lie, this isn’t some super durable machine; its cheap plastic, but unless you’re planning on tossing it across the room, it should get at least a few years life out of it. I’ve had our machine for about 5 months now (wow time flies), and use it daily without any problems. My wife, whom was always timid of making coffee with our KitchenAid, now likes to make coffee for herself, and sometimes for me as well to start off the morning (tell me THAT isn’t worth $20). The Senseo pods are cheaper than K-cups, especially if bought in bulk.On to the product itself, it looks sleek, but pretty unimpressive. I don’t know about you, but that’s perfect for my kitchen; every inch of counter-space should be cherished, and this has freed up quite a bit, not to mention the visual space as its half the height of my old coffee maker as well.Its a simple one-touch operation. To make a brew, slip in a Senseo pod (or 2), add some water to the back, put your mug under the spout, and press the large button on front. That’s it.As for the taste, well that’s really a personal preference. I like mild, smooth coffee, which this really delivers. I liked the medium blend (a pack is included free) so much, I ordered a huge box of it! I use a small cup of water (approx 6-8oz; I recommend using filtered water), and one pod, but the machine accommodates 2 if you like it a little more “bold” or have a slightly larger mug (keep in mind, no large mugs will fit in the spout). We received a 6-piece mini-mug kit for Christmas, and those have been perfect for making a small little cup to start the day (it also limits my coffee intake, and I’ve been good with sticking to it).Yes, this machine isn’t anything fancy, but it does its job day in day out with no issues, and works so well that we replaced a very expensive machine, and we haven’t looked back. It worked so well, we ordered one for my parents at their request they were so impressed with it.If you have a large household of coffee drinkers, this may not be the way to go, but the good thing is it only takes 30 seconds or so to make a cup of coffee, and you can personalize each cup. It would make an excellent personal coffee maker at the office as well. Amazon has a pretty decent selection of Senseo pods as well. If you prefer to buy in-store, Target usually carries the Senseo pods, but doesn’t have much of a selection, depending on the store.As a side note – The medium blend goes really well with Internationl Delight: Carmel Macchiato Creamer (don’t get the skinny though, that’s pretty…unimpressive). Have it practically every…

  2. Don Weiser "dweiser" 20/12/2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Use your Senseo Pods My Senseo finally died and I didn’t feel like buying a new one. A friend told me about this little one cup coffee maker that uses Senseo coffee pods so I bought one. So far it works like a gem. Sure it’s a bit “plasticy” and cheap feeling but it makes me a mug of coffee on demand and is letting me use my collection of various Senseo (and other) coffee pods. A small mug is the largest you can fit under the spout so be forewarned about not being able to use a tall mug. Device allows for one or two pods. I’m pleased with it.

  3. Miss M 20/12/2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

    What a great Little Coffee Maker!! I bought this coffee maker for myself for Christmas because I wanted a single serve maker, but I didn’t want to pay the money for a Keurig. Imagine my surprise when I got a Keurig from my husband for Christmas….but I also got this. So we set up the Keurig and I put this away. Shortly after Christmas my grandfather who lives with me entered his final journey with cancer. I moved into his apartment to care for him 24/7, and I opened the Hamilton Beach so I could make a quick cup of coffee during the night while sitting up with him. I was shocked to discover that this little $20 coffee pot makes just as good coffee as my $150 Keurig.1. It doesn’t brew as fast as a Keurig that is “ready to go”…but it takes the same amount of time to brew a cup of coffee as a Keurig that has been “off” over night and you have to wait for the water to heat up. In my opinion, it is still faster than brewing a “traditional” pot of coffee.2. I don’t like really strong coffee, so if I’m using a smaller mug I can get away with using 1 pod of medium roast coffee. I’ve read some reviews of people who think 1 pod is too weak…I think that is a taste preference, and also depends on if you are using more water for a larger mug or not. Just my opinion and not a criticism of people who like really strong coffee. If you like coffee really strong, then 2 pods of medium roast might not work for you. Hard to say. :)3. The pods are cheaper than a Keurig. We use this coffee maker along side our Keurig, and it helps us to save a little money by alternating machines. Both make good coffee, but each machine’s coffee tastes different…this tastes more traditionally brewed than our Keurig. I know that might sound odd, but that is the only way I can describe it (and if someone else knows that I’m talking about and knows the answer to this mystery, I’d love to hear it!) Because of the taste difference, I prefer flavored coffees on this machine rather than the Keurig for some reason. Again..not sure why, but I do.All in all, this holds it’s own against a coffee maker 5 times the price. For someone who is looking for a single serve without the single serve price, this is a really good coffee maker!

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