Jul 31, 2012 (Updated Aug 6, 2012)
Review by Elzora Shaw
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Lets me brew one cup or twelve cups. Makes a great bold cup of coffee.
Cons:None so far.
The Bottom Line: A great machine that is versatile for a household of one or two.
When my husband and I moved into our new home I started looking for a new coffee maker. My old model, made by Mr. Coffee, was white and didn't look nice in my gray and stainless steel kitchen.
The sale price at my local Fred Meyer store swayed me into purchasing the Hamilton Beach 49980Z 2-Way Brewer. So far I am very pleased and impressed with the performance of this coffee maker. This retailed for $90 but was on sale for $70 and a 10% coupon brought the price down to only $63.
Like the smaller Hamilton Beach version called "The Scoop", this model can brew coffee into a tall travel mug (included), or into a large 12 cup carafe. This coffee maker takes up a fair amount of real estate on my counter, but we have a very large kitchen and it looks right at home placed next to my range.
It's black with stainless steel accents and measures 13 1/2" tall by 12" wide and is 9" deep.
* Brews up to 14 ounces in travel mug * Brews into a 12 cup glass carafe * Programmable timer with 2 hour automatic shutoff * Regular or bold brew strength * Automatic pause & serve * Scoop measures & filters coffee for single servings * Digital clock on front
This coffee maker got a good workout a few days ago when we hosted an open house so our friends could see our new home. We entertained 50 people from 2-6 pm on Sunday! I brewed a lot of coffee and people kept asking for more.
Last night my husband attempted to make a full pot of coffee and he accidentally poured water into the single serve reservoir and made a real mess when he over filled it. Honestly, this is not a hard machine to understand. The machine will only brew one side at a time and there are two doors for the two reservoirs (one large and one small, both located above the decanters).
I prefer bold coffee and this machine does a nice job of brewing a bold cup of Java, but it takes twice as long as it drips through pretty slowly. There is a small switch on the front of the machine that allows you to choose "Single-serve" or "Carafe".
The clock is simple to set and it's easy to program - when you have done so accurately a green light will illuminate to indicate the machine is indeed programmed.
When using the single serve option you can use coffee pods, but I use fresh ground coffee as it's easier and cheaper. When using pods there is a pod holder that needs to be assembled first.
I like the fact that the top of the carafe is black because my Mr. Coffee carafe was white and it always had dried on coffee that made it look ugly. This isn't nearly as noticeable when it's black, but this part can be washed in the dishwasher (I use the top rack).
Duringthe day I use the single serving option, but when we have company I make a full pot - and I made several pots of coffee for our open house. I kid you not, two guests asked me if they could grab one of my paper coffee cups so they could take a cup of coffee home with them! Unfortunately the travel mug that comes with this coffee maker is pretty useless. The spout leaks every time I try to take a sip, so I use my Thermos insulated travel mug instead. I fill it with water, pour the water into the small reservoir, and I have just the right amount of coffee when brewing is done.
When using the bold feature this machine makes a great tasting cup of coffee, and I don't need to use as much coffee to get the great flavor, saving me money. The single serve option has its own measuring cup that doubles as a filter, but this doesn't look like the scoop that comes with the single serving machine by Hamilton Beach called The Scoop. It is black and is made of plastic.
The Hamilton Beach 49980Z Coffee Maker is a great two way brewer that I find extremely handy. It also looks modern and classy sitting on my counter. I love it!