CNET First Look
Bunn MyCafe MCUThe sturdy, versatile coffee maker with throwback charm.
Hi. I'm Rich Brown for CNET. Today we're gonna take a look at the BUNN My CafÃ© MCU. This is a single-serve coffeemaker, costs about 170 bucks, and it's probably the best coffeemaker we've looked at. We like it because it's nice and versatile. It also feels very sturdy. You can see there's a pretty simple design here, there's not a lot of buttons or switches or anything you need to deal with. I actually found it pretty easy to use overall. So to make a cup of coffee, you simply slide the top to open here, pour in water into the vent, and then you put whatever coffee you want into this receptacle or one of the others that comes with it. So the receptacle options are probably one of the things we like best about this little unit here. So this one lets you pour in fresh ground coffee. This one can take teabags or coffee pods that you might see in a hotel. This one takes K-Cups from Keurig and this one will just serve with just plain hot water if you wanna make a cup of tea or hot chocolate. And to actually brew the cup you hit the brew button. It heats the water up and then distributes it automatically. If you wanna brew, say a stronger cup of coffee, you can hit the pulse button which distributes the water in sort of a staggered fashion, lets it seep a little bit more. So cleaning the BUNN is actually pretty easy. You simply take off this metal piece and slide this tray out. You can wash them both, they're dishwasher safe. There's a few challenges with this unit. It's unlike a lot of the K-Cup makers that you've seen out there. It doesn't have a big reservoir so you are kind of stuck making one cup at a time. There's also no way to really to finely control the temperature. So depending on your interest in coffee making, some people like to have cool water come in so you really kind of have to take what you get here. We found it does make a very, very hot cup of coffee. Overall though for its versatility and its simplicity, we really like this unit the best. I'm Rich Brown and this is the BUNN My CafÃ© MCU.