Bunn MCU Single Cup Coffee Brewer Review (2019 Updated)

If you are a coffee lover that enjoys the freedom of choice — The Bunn MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer is for you.

Do you have a favorite K-Cup flavor but can’t drink it because your coffee brewer is not compatible? How about a choice of coffee pods or grounds? Did you by-pass the specialty coffee shop because you know that you can’t brew it at home because your machine is limited to one type of coffee? Are you restricted to a brand because that’s the only one your machine will use?

This Bunn MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer Review might just give you the answers to these problems.

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

Bunn MCU Single Cup Coffee Brewer Review (At a glance)

With this versatile machine you can:

  • Brew your choice of K-Cup, coffee pod, coffee grounds, or even just hot water.
  • Only two function buttons—pulse and brew. No complicated programming or timing required!
  • Easy brewing—insert the desired draw, lock in place, add water (between 4 and 14 ounces) and brew! No mess and no fuss.
  • Easy cleaning—the drip tray is removable, making cleaning a breeze. There are no tight corners or lips to trap in stains or old coffee granules.
  • Total freedom—with the four separate drawers to cater for your choice of coffee, you will have that perfect cup every time.
  • Total versatility — not only can you choose your coffee, but you can also choose your cup size. The drip tray comes out so that you can fit that travel mug in for your road trip.
  • Totally fast—the internal water tank keeps the water at 200°F, allowing you to brew your perfect cup in less than a minute.
BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

The Bunn MCU Single cup multi-use home brewer is a lightweight, easy-to-use, efficient home brewing machine. It’s like four machines in one—brewing K-Cups, coffee pods, grounds or hot water. The combination of versatility and technology will enable you to brew your choice of the perfect cup in less than a minute!

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s a comprehensive review of all the features of this versatile home brewing machine.

Dimensions and Specs:

The brewer’s height is about 12.1 inches, the standard height of a ruler. Its depth is 10.1 inches and width 7.2 inches. Its compact size fits easily on your kitchen counter. It’s also small enough to fit under your counter for easy storage or take it with you when you go on vacation.

It holds between 4 and 14 ounces of water and it’s a single serving per batch. The internal water tank maintains a temperature of 200°F so you have hot water instantly available and a cup brewed in less than a minute!


BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer
  • You can use K-Cups, coffee pods, coffee grounds or hot water.
  • You can even brew tea in the coffee pod drawer.
  • The instant hot water is also useful for making your morning oatmeal, warming a baby’s bottle or making cocoa!
  • The four different draws clip and lock into place easily.
  • They are easy to remove for cleaning.
  • The drip tray is removable for you to insert larger cup sizes.
  • You can adjust the quantity of water depending on your cup size.
  • It comes with a pulse function that allows a longer brew for a stronger cup.
  • It brews in less than a minute.
  • It’s perfect if you only want one cup of coffee.
  • It has a two-year warranty and you can buy just the drawers if you need to replace them.

And Cons…

There is no “on/off” button. Once you plug the machine it, it automatically heats up the water. You must unplug it to switch it off.

The internal water tank is opaque, so you can’t see how much water is left in the tank. This can be problematic if you don’t use the machine for a while and you’re not aware of the water sitting there. The old water can potentially become a breeding ground for bacteria.

The single cup is a pro if you’re only wanting one cup of coffee. However, if want to brew for multiple cups, you have to remove the draw and refill it, as well as top up the water tank.

Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

Use the pulse function first if you would like a stronger cup of coffee or if you are making tea.

Alternatively, if you like your tea super strong, use the hot water drawer and pop the tea bag into your cup and let it brew! So next time you have a tea-lover over, you can still brew them the perfect cup of tea.

The manufacturer recommends that you use filtered water and not distilled water. The minerals in the filtered water will add to the flavor of the coffee.

If you are not going to be using the machine for a while, it’s best to empty the water out as much as possible. You do this by using the hot water drawer and letting it dispense the water until it’s empty.

Note: Most pods will fit in this machine, however, if you use non-recommended pods and there is a problem with the machine, it won’t be covered by the warranty.

Comparison of similar products

You might be wondering: “How does the BUNN MCU single cup multi-use home brewer stand up to its competitors?” There are very few single cup brewers that are as versatile as this one. Many of the high-end brands are limited to K-cups or pods or coffee grounds.

1. Zolko Single Serve Coffee Maker

Zolko Single Serve Coffee Maker, Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer 420ML with One-Touch Button for Most Single Cup Pods,Quick Brew Technology

On the low-end of the scale, there is the Zolko Single Serve Coffee Maker, Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer.  This convenient coffee maker is a good option if you are on a budget, but love good coffee.

It’s light-weight and has the height of 10.2 inches, a width of 5.1 inches and depth of 6.7 inches. It’s more compact than the BUNN MCU single cup multi-use home brewer — perfect for traveling or even at the office.

The Zolko single serve is compatible with most K-cups and has a reusable K-cup filter. Not only can you use your favorite brand of K-cups, but your favorite ground coffee too. It has a one-touch operating system and brews a single cup in three minutes.

Like the BUNN MCU single serve home brewer, it also has a water tank which can hold a capacity of 15 oz. However, this machine does not offer hot water as an option.

The removable drip tray caters for large mugs, is easy to remove and makes cleaning a breeze.

The downside to this machine is that although it is multi-use, it only has two options as opposed to the four options that the BUNN MCU single cup multi-use home brewer offers.

2. Keurig K-Select single serve K-cup pod coffee maker

Keurig K-Select Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, With Strength Control and Hot Water On Demand, Matte Black

The Keurig K-Select single serve K-cup pod coffee maker is a close contestant. This sleek coffee brewer offers easy button controls and it has a Strong Brew option for those coffee lovers who enjoy a cup that is strong and intense. It brews a great cup in under a minute, making it a close competitor speed-wise to the BUNN MCU single cup multi-use home brewer.

The Keurig K-Select single serve K-cup pod coffee maker has a height of 12.5 inches, a width of 9.2 inches and depth of 11.6 inches. Making it a bit bigger than the BUNN MCU single cup multi-use home brewer and the Zolko. It has a sleek design and will look great on your kitchen counter.

This coffee maker is compatible with K-cups from 6,8,10 and 12 oz. sizes. To get you started, it comes with a bonus 6-count K-cup variety pack, one water filter handle and one reusable K-cup filter. The reusable K-cup filter gives you the option of using your favorite ground coffee.

The Keurig K-Select single serve K-cup pod coffee maker has a water reservoir of 5 cups. This means that you only need to refill it every now and then as opposed to after every cup. It also has a hot water on demand option. Its removable drip tray can accommodate your travel mug and the rounded mug-holder is easy to clean.

This machine is slightly more versatile than the Zolko Single Serve Coffee Maker, Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer in that it offers the option of hot water on demand. If you are not too concerned about using coffee pods and tend to stick to K-cups and ground coffee, then this is a good option for you.

The bottom line

This Bunn MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer Review would not be complete without a bottom line.

If you are looking for a home brewer that can cater specifically for your favorite types of coffee, then this one is for you. Not only can you use your favorite K-cups or pods, you can also swap it out for ground coffee.

This machine gives you the freedom to pick up any specialty coffee because you know that you can brew it in the comfort of your home. Not only that, you know that it will brew your single cup perfectly!

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