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BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker: QUICK OVERVIEW
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Getting your morning drink from the coffee shop every morning takes a lot of time and money when you go daily.
You could make a full eight to twelve cup pot, but you know you'll end up pouring most of it into the sink. And when you're busy or running late, you don't always have time.
Single-serve coffee pots are a cost-effective and quick way to get your daily dose of caffeine. They perk into a cup, thermal mug, or miniature carafe, and cost less than full-sized pots or coffee shops. BLACK+DECKER makes one of the single-serve coffee makers currently available on the market.
BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker Review
A typical household brand, BLACK+DECKER is generally known for producing affordable, long-lasting products.
Their CM618 electric single-serve coffee maker looks like their other products. The mid-range price and ability to perk directly into a travel mug make this machine a popular option.
The CM618 BLACK+DECKER automatic single-cup coffee machine has no fancy features, gadgets or systems.
The simplicity of the system's design makes it easy to use and fewer parts to wear out. We took a closer look at this personal coffee system and wanted to share our findings with you.
Who Is This Product For?
BLACK+DECKER made their single-serving coffee pot for those who want a quick coffee.
This machine takes up very little counter space and uses only enough water for a single cup, so it's perfect for an office or break room. The CM618 system only takes minutes and perks directly into the thermal mug, so it's a huge time saver on busy days.
This personal coffee maker works great at home, too. If you're the only coffee drinker in the house, or if you drink a different coffee than everyone else, the BLACK+DECKER system is a good option.
The twelve-inch high BLACK+DECKER Single-Serve Coffeemaker weighs just over two pounds and comes with a 16-ounce travel mug and lid.
The travel cup is lightweight and features double-walled plastic.
The system also comes with a permanent, reusable filter that you use instead of paper filters.
Overview of Features
The basic BLACK+DECKER Single-Serve Coffeemaker uses coffee grounds or soft coffee pods to perk one cup of coffee into a thermal mug. The machine operates off a single switch, and at 7.4" x 12.1", it's only slightly bigger than a standard travel cup.
There are two valuable features to be aware of with this personal coffeemaker:
First, its auto-shutoff turns the pot off as soon as it completes the brewing process to save water and power.
The second is the BLACK+DECKER's optimal brewing temperature, which ensures that you get a perfect cup of coffee each time you make it.
Tucked inside the top of the pot, you'll find a reusable filter basket. Constructed of a fine mesh, it eliminates the need for expensive paper filters and rinses clean after each use. And if it breaks or you need to replace it, you can find replacement baskets at several retail stores for under $10.
The thermal travel mug included with the machine is as simple as the machine. Made of double-walled plastic, it's light and holds sixteen ounces of your favorite coffee. The cup slips easily into standard cup holders, and you can hand wash it or put it into the dishwasher.
How to Use
Run a few pots of water through the BLACK+DECKER Single-Serve Coffeemaker and travel mug before making your first coffee.
Then, open the top and add grounds to the basket.
Next, fill the cup with water to the desired amount and pour it into the water reservoir.
Add cream and sugar as desired to your travel mug and put it under the machine with the lid on.
Press the button and wait for it to brew.
When the BLACK+DECKER finishes the brewing cycle, pull the cup out and rinse the basket.
The Chefman Instabrew Single-Serve Coffee Brewer makes a suitable alternative to the BLACK+DECKER brand coffeemaker.
It costs a little more, but it works with K-Cups, loose-leaf tea, or coffee grounds. It also has an instant re-boil function if you want to make more than one cup at a time.
The Chefman model is slightly bigger and makes two ounces less than the BLACK+DECKER version.
It also doesn't include a travel mug, but it does have the same single-button operation. This coffee brewing system also comes with a reusable filter.
For occasional use or a temporary solution, the BLACK+DECKER Single-Serve Coffeemaker is a no-fuss option.
In addition to saving you money, it's simple to use and quick to clean up.
It might take some time to find the right kind, size, and amount of grounds to use, but once you have that, this system will make a reliable and fast coffee.