Brew your own coffee faster therefore making it hotter with this single serve design from Hamilton Beach. This is such a flexible machine, you can buy ground coffee or grind your own beans. You are not restricted to buying ‘pods’ that are suited to other machines and can be quite expensive. It does have a drip tray even though you are only brewing one cup at a time.
Mix your own blend and experiment using the metal mesh scoop making this machine very versatile indeed. The coffee must be ground preferably quite fine. Use any mug that you prefer to capture your coffee or even a taller travel mug. This has been designed for easy preparation using three steps, Scoop, Place and Brew. The built in scoop is made from steel mesh.
The L shaped stand is adjustable and flips for either a standard cup or a taller one, the cup needs to be as close to the dispenser as possible. This has the regular setting for a quick and basic brewed coffee or the bold setting for a longer brewing time with stronger results. The mesh scoop has two measuring lines. If you overfill the scoop you won’t necessarily get a stronger brew, the water can overflow meaning less brewing and a weaker coffee.
This is an award winning machine and won the “2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award” by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Also the IDSA, (Industrial Designers Society of America) ranked it highly for being able to use ground coffee instead of the readily available pods or packs, and gives the flexibility of mixing coffee to your own taste, strength and cup size.
Buying your own whole beans or already ground, making your own coffee means that every cup costs only pennies when using the travel mug when you are on the go, as opposed to spending pounds on the high street. 90 seconds is all it takes, you could not get served quicker than that at a retail outlet.
Made from durable stainless steel this machine automatically shuts off after brewing. When first receiving your machine it is important to run a couple of cycles before using.
If you choose to grind your own beans it is very important to buy them as fresh as possible (within a week of roasting is recommended). Do not fill the scoop to the maximum fill line and only use 410 ml of water to get the perfect brew. Finer grinds take longer to brew so a bit of patience may be needed but well worth it.
The dimensions of the Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker are 13.5 inches x 9.8 inches x 7.6 inches. It is a sleek looking machine that would look good on any work surface and yet taking up little space. This coffee maker is both affordable with a no fuss design that offers endless options for brewing your personal perfect cup of coffee.
This machine is perfect for those of us that love our coffee but not in copious amounts. The aroma floating around the house may be lovely but the coffee is wasted. One cup of freshly brewed coffee is 100% better than coffee that has been sat and kept warm for a couple of hours.