The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.
Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are brew-and-dispense models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
About This Brand
This familiar brand has the largest market share. Mr. Coffee offers an extremely wide range and variety of products, from single serve and grind-and-brew to various capacity drip models with glass and thermal carafes. Its coffeemakers are sold in almost all retail channels and range from lower to upper mid-priced categories. Prices range fro $15 to $200.
Features & Specs - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91
Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call brew-and-dispense, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
Since there isn't any heating element it doesn't stay hot.<br />the water filter has to be flipped out in order to fill with coffee grounds.<br />if not near the machine its hard to determine if it's still on. I think the light should stay on until the machine shuts off. The water reservoir is also a nuisance. Taking of the cover and removing from the maker to fill.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Near St. Louis, MO
Stylish and Easy to Use
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
So Far So Good
Just redid our kitchen and this coffeemaker fits into our decor nicely. It's easy to use and makes coffee quickly. So far, it's worked very well producing a very good cup of coffee.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Chicago, IL
Good but could be improved
Easy To Use
Hard To Clean
Indoor Use Only
Overall it's a good coffee maker. It's quick, but maybe too quick. I wish it had a control to adjust that. I'd sacrifice a bit more time for a stronger brew. As others have suggested, I add some extra coffee and I use whole beans which I grind every morning which also helps.<br /><br />I started out with Mr. Coffee filters and then I ran out and had some other filters and tried to used them. The machine seems to be pretty finicky about the filters. I used these other filters twice and the first time the coffee overflowed through the machine and all over the counter and floor because I wasn't there. The second time, I stood there and saw it start leaking again so I moved it to the sink. I figured the filter was not letting it through fast enough, so I switched back to the Mr. Coffee filters and haven't had a problem since.<br /><br />As far as use - I've used it indoors and outdoors, and to me it's only good enough for indoors. If it's cool outside, unless you drink a whole pot of coffee quickly, you have to heat the last couple of cups up in the microwave. Indoors, I can get through the pot without doing that.<br /><br />The cleaning process is mandatory which is a pain. I know they do it so their product will be reliable, but there should be the option to delay it so you can let it run at night because it takes 30-45 minutes (not kidding).<br /><br />All in all, based on other coffee makers I've had, none of the problems are fatal and after getting past these things, I'm happy with it.