Single Serve Brewing The Cuisinart Way
Most single-serve coffee machines are designed to work solely with K-Cup pods, and while I appreciate the world of flavor that’s available thanks to the fact that there are nearly four hundred different varieties of K-Cup available when I became part of the single-serve world, I missed freshly brewed filter coffee.
So, finding out that the SS-10 can brew using BOTH K-Cup pods and filter coffee was a game-changer.
The SS-10 comes with its own HomeBarista reusable filter cup that’s easy to clean and even simpler to use. Just fill it with fresh coffee and insert it into the same slot that the K-Cup pod uses (just remove the single-serve adapter first), fill the reservoir, set the temperature that you want the SS-10 to use to make your coffee, hit the button and it’ll kick into high gear and thanks to its fast brew feature, you’ll have a fresh cup of coffee in your hand in less than a minute.
Fast Brew And Temperature Control
That’s right, I said that you can control the temperature that the SS-10 can, and will brew your coffee at.
The range isn’t huge, but it’s big enough to make a difference and that’s all that matters when you want to grab a quick cup of coffee before rushing out the door because you’re late for work.
The fast brew technology, or whatever term Cuisinart is using to describe it this week, means that the SS-10 doesn’t need any time to heat up, and as soon as you’re ready and hit the brew button, that’s exactly what it does.
It gets on with brewing, which is why you end up with a delicious cup of coffee in your hands less than a minute after you push the button.
The Dreaded Clean Up
Regardless of what anyone might say to the contrary, no-one likes having to clean their coffee maker. Sure, the coffee is great, but actually cleaning the machine afterward?
That’s always been one of our personal bugbears, but guess what? That’s right, the SS-10 makes it simple and straightforward. As long as there’s water in the tank, just put a cup under the dispenser, hit the ‘Rinse’ button, and the Cuisinart does the rest.
A single-serve coffee machine that cleans itself? It was literally like the entire pantheon of caffeine deities heard our collective coffee prayers and sent the blueprints for the SS-10 to Cuisinart’s engineers while they were safely wrapped in the land of dreams.
Making Coffee Making Even Easier
Somebody at Cuisinart was keeping their eye on the ball when they approved the design for the SS-10, as fitting it with a seventy-two-ounce reservoir means that you only need to top up the reservoir after it’s brewed six cups of coffee.
So if you do forget to fill it up every now and then, you’ll still be good to go and it’ll keep on making all of the coffee that you need, and want, it too.
And while we’re on the subject of things that you might not remember to do, if you forget to switch it off before heading off to work, don’t worry.
You won’t need to spend the day fretting and worrying about an overheating coffee turning your home and everything in it into a funeral pyre, as it’ll switch itself off thirty minutes after it’s finished brewing.
And Now For The Bad News
I tried to find something that I didn’t like about the SS-10. I really did. The only thing that I could come up with was one of the things that I like about it: the size of the reservoir.
Even though it makes brewing coffee even easier, as you don’t need to keep filling it up between brews, the sheer size of the reservoir and all of the features that are crammed into the machine means that the SS-10 is a lot bigger than most single-serve coffee brewers.
It isn’t really an issue that most people will ever have to think about or consider when looking for a single-serve machine, as it’ll just sit on their kitchen counter in the same spot making cup after cup of coffee, year after year.
But if space on your countertops is at a premium, or you’re looking for a single-serve machine that’s as portable as it is versatile, then the SS-10’s size might be slightly problematic.
I had to struggle to find something that I didn’t like about the SS-10, as it ticked every single-serve coffee box that I needed it to and a few more that I didn’t even know that I wanted, or needed, it too.
After a week of using the SS-10, I was forced to come to a shocking, and somewhat startling conclusion. That it was, and is, the single-serve coffee machine that I’ve been searching for, and now that I’ve grown used to it, I’ll never look at another single-serve machine the same ever again.