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The simplehuman single cup pod brewer came with all the stuff in the photo above (machine, 18 assorted pods, coffee/tea filters, instruction booklet, and coffee guide).

The coffee and tea pods are single use and individually packaged for freshness.  The Molto sample pack has three different coffee types.

One of the nice thing about the simplehuman system is it can use pods from many different vendors.  This is great because the RainyDayKitchen folks here have a WIDE range of coffee preferences.

The controls of this machine lives up to the simplehuman name.  There is a button to set the clock, a button each for cup size (5 and 8 oz), a brew button, and a power button.  It can't get much simplier than that :-)

Lifting the level on the right side gives access to the pod holder/filter.  Unlike drip filter systems, water in a single brew system is heated and forced through the coffee.  The simplehuman system uses this same technique to extract the flavor from the coffee.

The tray for the coffee pods have slits for the water to flow through.  There are two different pod trays, one for coffee (brown) and one for tea (green).

We liked the quality of the components used in the machine.  Parts that would see a lot of use were made of stainless steel (pressure screen, external lever, etc...).  Parts that would required cleaning were easily removeable.

Water for the coffee is stored in a reservoir on the left side of the machine.  The tank slides out easily for refilling. 

There is also a cap on the tank if you want to leave it in place and add the water directly.

Before the system can be used for the first time, it must be "primed".  We'll do this now and brew our first cup for the FirstUse report.

The simplehuman single cup system is small and will fit into any size kitchen or office.  We'll leave it in the RainyDayKitchen for a few weeks to let folks use it and see what they think.



Single Cup Coffee Brewer

By Wan Chi Lau

Single cup machines are starting to become the "thing" and we are happy about that because here at RainyDay Magazine we love our coffee.  Some of us even have a machine right in our office.

simplehuman has now added a single cup pod coffee/tea brewer to their line of user-centric home products.  The RainyDayKitchen folk, of course, could not wait to get their hands on one!

In the FirstLook review, we'll set up the machine and take a look at all the pieces that makes this machine work.

In the Firstuse review, we'll see just how quick and simple it really is for us humans to make a cup of coffee.  We'll then see if we can teach the cat to do it.


1. First Look

2. First Use

3. In The Wild Report


Review Summary:

Initial Impression- Stainless & Simple

Usability- 5 or 8 oz, 60 seconds

Durability- test in progress

Price- $130, Free Shipping


Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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