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Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91
 
Price range:
$52.80 - $177.98
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Summary: This Mr. Coffee 10-cup drip model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a water filter
  • a removable reservoir
  • a cupcake-type filter.
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Type: 8- to 14-cup drip coffeemakers with carafe
About - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91

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.


Brew performance:
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.

Convenience:
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.

Carafe handling:
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
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug Yes
info Small-batch setting No
info Brew-strength control No
info Dispenser-style No
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 15 x 9 x 13
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User Reviews - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91
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4.0
Good, but a few issues with Carafe
8/21/2014
Pros
Brews Quickly
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Modular
Stylish
Cons
Coffee Doesn't Stay Hot
Slow Pouring
Best Uses
Everyday
Comment:
It brews a good cup of coffee. I enjoy the fact the water reservoir and the coffee filter pieces detach from the main unit for cleaning and or prepping. As for the thermal carafe, bear in mind it really is just a metal thermos and there is no hot plate. It starts out hot, then as time goes on, it slowly cools. Thankfully there is a 2hr (15 min increment) post-brew timer to let you know how long the brew has been sitting. My main gripe, I like to pour my cup of coffee, not press a button and watch coffee slowly dribble out vs. an open pour, but due to the fact it is a thermos, open is not an option. Overall though, good coffee maker.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Best Coffee maker * Extremely Happy!
3/15/2014
Pros
Brews Quickly
Dim Display Control
Dishwasher Safe Parts
Durable
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Large Pot
Multiple Settings
Removable water reservoir
Stylish
Cons
Cost
Best Uses
Everyday
Home
Office
Travel
Weekends
Comment:
The coffee come out hot and stays hot for half the day. The removable sealed decanter can go with you in your car and even camping or to a job site. Extremely easy to clean. Best coffee maker I have ever owned.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Adequate but Gimmicky*Disappointed
2/19/2014
Pros
Brews Quickly
Cons
Coffee Doesn't Stay Hot
Hard To Clean
Best Uses
Home
Comment:
While perfectly adequate, this pot is not ideal. I was attracted by the fast Brewing and the thermal carafe. Yes, it is very fast, perhaps too fast. The coffee is very thin and weak no matter how many grounds we add, even really rich french roast high end brands. As for the thermal carafe, bear in mind it is really a thermos as there is no hot plate. It starts out pretty warm for the first cup. After that it is about the temperature of coffee from any other thermos, warm. You have to completely remove the basket to fill it, good to clean. Carafe pours nicely. <br /><br />In sum, its fine, just fine.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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