- 1500-watt single-cup coffeemaker with quiet pump technology and "showerhead" spray
- LCD control panel; digital clock with auto on/off; 5 brew strengths; variable brew temperature
- Removable 60-ounce water tank; charcoal water filter; iced-beverage function for iced tea or coffee
- Includes sample variety pack of K-Cup coffee pods, a reusable My K-Cup, and a measuring spoon
- You cannot use your Brewer until it has been primed for its first use
The Coffee Maven Conclusion
The Breville BKC700XL Single Serve Brewer is great in theory. I love its advertised functionality, and in tests with it I was generally impressed. My concerns with this unit are twofold:
- Max volume brews didn’t have the desired strength
- Some serious concerns over durability
If you’re the gambling type then give this brewer a spin. Its stainless steel casing is beautiful, its LCD screen is bright, and its many features are appealing. However, you probably need to spend more time on routine maintenance to ensure this model withstands the test of time, and even then its longevity isn’t a sure thing.
The Coffee Maven Rating: 8.2 of 10
- Design & Performance: 9.2
- Appearance: 9.3
- Durability: 6.2
- Quality of Coffee: 8.2
- Ease of Cleaning: 8.3
Breville Coffee Maker BKC700XL Review: Product Images
- Brew Sizes: 4 serving sizes from 5.25-11.25 oz
- Brew Types: Hot or iced coffee
- Water Reservoir: 60 oz removable with blue LED light
- Control Panel: LCD control panel with digital clock
- Auto-On: Yes
- Temperature Control: Yes
- Strength Control: Yes
- Dimensions: 10.”W x 13.2″L x 13.”H
- Weight: 16.5 lbs
- Watts: 1500W
- Comes with reusable K-Cup and scoop in convenient lid compartment
- Removable drip tray with pop-up indicator showing when drip tray is full
- Click here for user manual
Design & Performance: 9.2
You know the deal with these single-serve K-Cup brewers by now:
- Pop in a K-Cup
- Press brew
- Wait a minute
- Enjoy your cup
In this space it can sometimes be hard to stand out.
This Breville K-Cup coffee maker doesn’t have that issue. It’s one of the few single-serve brewers that also brews iced beverages!
But hold your horses, we’re not talking about a tall cup of iced coffee for those sweltering summer days. Instead, it’s a meager 3.25 oz. Hey, at least it’s an option.
The brew time was middle of the pack, ranging from 40-60 seconds depending on the brew size. From a cold start expect to wait 3-4 minutes before your cup is ready.
Of note: If you don’t start your brew within 60 seconds of inserting the K-Cup, the LCD screen will blink and read “open head” until you acquiesce to its demands and open the head to restart the brewing cycle.
Beautiful. That stainless steel exterior is oh-so-pretty, and I like the look of this Breville single cup coffee maker’s LCD screen with white button lighting compared to the soft blue lights of most other brewers.
I love Breville products and rarely have had issue with them. However, my biggest concern with this Breville coffee maker is that it’s a currently discontinued unit as of 2011-2012 and only comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
In terms of design this brewer is made of plastic components in a stainless steel exterior case. While that makes for a great look, it does cause some concern for its total useful life.
In my supplemental research I came across many users who reported issues with the pump around the 9-12 month mark.
Another common complaint is the needle that pierces the K-Cup clogs frequently. This is a risk with all K-Cup brewers, and the simple solution (with any brewer) is to manually puncture the K-Cup first. K-Cups are stored at high pressure, and this will release some of it before you lock the K-Cup into the brewer.
You can pre-pierce your K-Cup either by pushing the K-Cup down and piercing the bottom before locking it into the unit, or by piercing the top with a paperclip before inserting it.
Quality of Coffee: 8.2
The strength of your cup is very highly correlated with its size. While that’s generally true of all coffee makers, its extremely true here. Small cups will yield a strong brew. Large cups are lacking. Breville advertises that it reaches 197°F, but I registered 193°F at sea level.
Ease of Cleaning: 8.3
Frequent cleaning is especially important with this unit for a couple reasons:
- The aforementioned frequent pump and clogging problems
- The lowly 1-year limited warranty
You don’t want to be left holding the bag on an expensive unit just after the warranty expires. Make sure to replace the charcoal filter every 2-4 months and descale every 3-6. Even better, do yourself a favor and use filtered or distilled water if at all possible.
While I love the sleek stainless steel look, the downside of stainless steel is that it can be a pain to keep clean. You can read more about that here.
It’s pretty darn quiet
Even though I live in a small one-bedroom apartment with my significant other, I’m not one to complain about noisy coffee makers. It’s just not a big deal to me. However, if it is a big deal to you then give this Breville single cup coffee maker a long look. It’s absolutely one of the quietest coffee makers I’ve ever used.
There’s a secret storage compartment
Maybe it’s the kid in me, but I’ll give an extra few ratings points to anything with a secret storage compartment. The lid flips up to reveal two convenient storage spaces: one for the scooper and another for the My K-Cup reusable pod. If you’re like me and get more use from the reusable pod than the K-Cup holder, you can store the K-Cup holder here and make the My K-Cup reusable pod your default attachment.
Breville BKC700XL is discontinued
All Breville products have a 1-year limited warranty, which is a potential problem on a product that was discontinued in 2011-2012. If reliability and customer service is your thing, you’ll love the 3-year warranty on the Cuisinart SS-10.
Have you ever used the Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single Cup Coffee Brewer? Do you think a Breville K-Cup coffee maker can compete with a name brand Keurig model? Give me your thoughts in the comment section below!