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Coffee plays a big part in most people’s morning rituals. From espresso machines to French presses and pourers, there are endless devices available for home baristas. But some days you just want to make a quality cup of java with the least amount of effort.
A double coffee maker offers two ways to get a dose of caffeine, combining the convenience of individual pods with the ability to brew full decanters of traditional filter coffee in one space-saving device. NutriBullet recently unveiled the Brew Choice Pod + Carafe, a two-in-one machine that promises personalized coffee at the touch of a button. Should fans of the brand’s affordable personal blenders and air fryers make room on their counters? We put the Brew Choice Pod + Carafe to the test to find out.
In one look
There are three single serving sizes, including one for large travel mugs.
The reusable pod reduces single-use plastic waste.
It does the job of two coffee makers in one space-saving machine.
It lacks key features that similar manufacturers have, like a delayed start and on / off switch.
There are only three pre-programmed decanter sizes.
You will need to find space in your kitchen to store accessories when you are not using them.
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How we tested
Over the course of two weeks, we brewed 200 cups of coffee – 100 cups using the individual pod setting and another 100 using the traditional filter method – taking notes on the ease of each brewing process, features and accessories included, and the quality of each mug.
What’s included: accessories and inspiration
Standing at 14.65 inches tall, 15 inches deep, and just under 8 inches wide, the Brew Choice offers the convenience of a dual-brew coffee maker in a relatively compact countertop footprint.
In addition to the base and the water tank, the machine comes with a 12-cup glass carafe, an infusion basket and a golden filter for making coffee pots; a reusable pod, pod holder and disposable cup platform; and a plastic spoon to measure the coffee grounds. Standard features include a digital display with clock, a cancel function and an “add water” alert.
The Brew Choice Recipe Guide includes tips and tricks for preparing everything from classic filter coffee to specialty drinks like frozen lattes, chai and coffee cocktails, and java-based desserts like affogato, coffee cake. , smoothies and shakes. However, the machine is not equipped with a frother or steamer, so you will need to have the necessary equipment to prepare any concoctions that require steamed milk or foam.
Like other NutriBullet devices, the Brew Choice comes with a limited warranty, which covers defects and repairs for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
Unpack and set up: ready to use ready to use
Using the illustrated quick start guide included with the Brew Choice, you can have a hot cup of coffee within minutes of unboxing. We wiped down the machine, washed the removable water tank and accessories in soapy water, and ran a first cleaning cycle before brewing our first cup.
The Brew Choice’s full-size filter is made of golden wire mesh, which filters the grounds without absorbing the oils that give coffee its robust aroma and taste. (It’s less wasteful than disposable paper filters, and it’s also easy to clean). The same goes for the reusable pod, although the machine can also accommodate single-use K-cup pods if that’s your preference.
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Performance and Value: Makes a great cup of coffee, but one key feature is missing
Whether you want a single serving or a whole carafe, the brewing process is simple and straightforward. The machine automatically detects whether you have inserted accessories for a single cup or carafe and offers three corresponding size selections on the machine’s intuitive digital display. Simply turn the dial to choose your size and press the start / cancel button to begin brewing. A second press of the button will stop the process once it is in progress.
First, we tested the single serve function, inserting the pod holder and reusable pod filled with medium-fine grounds into the brewing area and pulling down to close the lid until that we hear a click. We used the drip tray attachment to prevent splashing when making our 6 and 8 ounce mugs and removed it to brew a 10 ounce serving straight into a travel mug. Make sure to close the pod cover before inserting it into the pod holder. The first time we used it we overfilled the pod with coffee grounds causing a little leaking from the spout and leaving visible traces of grounds in the finished cup.
Then we made a carafe of coffee. While there are standard demarcations for 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 cups on the glass carafe, the brew selector only offers three options: 6, 9, and 12 cups. The brewing setting of the carafe works like any other coffee maker: measure the grounds with the plastic spoon, insert the filter into the brew basket, close the lid, use the dial to choose the size of the carafe and press the start button.
Once the brewing process is complete and the machine becomes inactive, which occurs approximately five minutes after using the pod option and up to one hour after using the carafe method, the machine goes into “standby mode” (there is no on / off switch). The user guide claims that the hotplate will keep a carafe of coffee hot for up to two hours after brewing is complete, but we found that after an hour the coffee was gone. optimum temperature for drinking and had to be reheated. If you choose to unplug the machine to save power between uses, you will need to reset the digital clock every time you plug it in.
While the Brew Choice makes a great cup of coffee, it lacks one key feature: programmability. We were disappointed to learn that there is no timer function, so if you like waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, this might not be the machine for you.
Brewing tip: use a fine grind
Whether you’re buying pre-ground coffee or dying out your own beans at home, brewing great coffee with Brew Choice starts with choosing the right grounds. Using a coarser grind in the machine resulted in a weak, watery coffee, so we opted for a bold blend in a fine grind to ensure that water flows through the ground at a rate that helps to extract the flavors instead of diluting them.
Maintenance and cleaning: easy to maintain
The Brew Choice Pod + Carafe cleaning process is quick and easy. After each use, clean the dishwasher-safe accessories and wipe the base with a damp cloth or paper towel. The removable cover makes it easy to clean up any excess coffee grounds that may collect in the brewing platform.
If you plan to put the machine away, first empty the water tank, which can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria if left to sit too long. Find a place where the machine will stay dry and frost-free, clean the base and accessories, and run a clean cycle before preparing the machine.
Final thoughts: a basic double coffee maker at an affordable price
While serious coffee lovers will likely want to go for a dual machine that offers special features like a timer and temperature control settings, NutriBullet’s first foray into the coffee game is a good option for anyone looking for the fastest way to get a dose of caffeine. The sleek machine is also ideal for small living spaces or homes and offices where there are a variety of coffee drinkers – each with their own preferences – under one roof.
At $ 140, the Brew Choice is a simple two-in-one coffee maker that is well worth the price. Get yours now below.
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