Packed with features in a conveniently small design, the BUNN My Cafe MCU Single Cup, Multi-Use Brewer provides a ton of functionality.
The 4-drawer system allows you to choose your brew with basically any beverage:
And let me tell you: This coffee gets hot, even after adding milk or cream.
The Pulse Brew technology lets those who love strong coffee get something more to their taste, and overall the quality of the brew is impressive given this coffee maker does more than just make coffee.
While the sleek profile is great, the look is rather plain and boring. It definitely isn’t the most stylish of kitchen appliances.
Overall, there aren’t many moving parts on the BUNN My Cafe MCU, but that aids in its longevity. The internal water tank is made of stainless steel and of superior quality. Should you run into any issues, BUNN offers a 2-year warranty.
Removing the drawer attachments for cleaning is a breeze. However, the biggest complaint about cleaning is that removing spent grounds from the ground coffee drawer can sometimes be a pain.
Unlike Keurig devices, there's no internal filter that needs to be replaced every few months. Should you run into a clogged valve, cleaning the internal components requires a little bit of precision (and a bent paperclip), but there is a great YouTube video that can help you with it.
The major selling point of the BUNN My Cafe MCU Multi-Use Brewer is right there in the name — it has more than one use!
The BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer can prepare almost any beverage you could want. Just choose from 4 different drawer attachments and switch between brews. :
Even better, because you switch out drawers when changing between coffee, tea, and other beverages, there will be no mixing of flavors.
There are 3 small but notables downsides of this drawer attachment system:
Water contact time is crucial for a decently strong cup of coffee or tea.
The BUNN Pulse Brew System helps achieve that by soaking the grounds with an initial wave of hot water (called blooming), then pausing to let the grounds soak before continuing the flow of hot water.
The pause stage is called pre-infusion and helps the grounds release the acids and other compounds that give you the strong cup you’re looking for.
Note: If you use the Pulse Brew feature, you won’t get your coffee in under 60 seconds. It’ll take an extra minute.
While the appearance of this coffee maker is rather unassuming, this is a strength in some senses. In fact, there are probably few appliances in your kitchen that boast the versatility of this multi-use brewer, yet it has a tiny 10″ by 7″ counter-top footprint.
The biggest shortcoming to note in this BUNN My Cafe MCU review — the water try is not removable. For those who frequently use their machine, this isn’t a big deal. If you only use it occasionally, though, you may not enjoy having stagnant water sit in the machine.
Another consequence of the non-removable water tray is that, depending on the mug you use, it can be slightly annoying to fill the reservoir with water. Not all mugs pour perfectly. You might have some spillage that the drip tray doesn’t catch.
This coffee maker is activated by water and will stay on for 6 hours, keeping any remaining water at the proper temperature. The closest you’ll get to turning it off is unplugging it, but each time you plug it back in you have to wait about two minutes before you can start the 60-second brew process.