Toastess® Twin Coffee Maker
Poor Design, good results
Have had this machine for at least a year now, and use often. My biggest complaint is with the poor design.
First, for a single cup the little nob on top points to the cup on the right, but brews to the left cup. Also, it's easy to forget to set that properly before brewing.
If you usually brew up a single cup, decide to do two, you'll get a cup of water all over the place. Conversely, if you usually brew one, then do a double cup, forgetting to set it back will split your one cup worth of water in half. Of course this is not a design issue so much as it is a memory issue
Second, although it's nice to see the water level in front, the coffee filters must swing out back to remove, at times dripping in back of the unit. Would be better to swing to the front instead.
January 28, 2014
great concept, good coffee
Overall, I am happy with this coffee maker. It does the job, single or double cup of coffee, saves me from brewing and wasting an entire pot, or spending $$ on espresso. Easy to use, easy to clean. My only compliant, is that the coffee tastes just a little weak (?) even when I use 2 scoops per cup. I am not exactly sure what it is, but it doesn't have the same bold smooth flavor as when you brew a whole pot. But it's good enough!
February 7, 2013
The coffee that was brewed was very good and it was worth the purchase; however, it stopped working after 2 weeks of use... Unable to figure out what happened with it.
January 18, 2013
I got this because it's only my dad and I here, and although we both enjoy coffee we don't sip it all day long, so a whole pot or even that size of coffeemaker is just a hassle. Also I tend to like flavored coffees more than he does. This solves all the problems, and brews quick. Reusable filters included is a definite plus.
January 7, 2013
Super value - works great
Great price, super coffee. Had a Keurig and the pump died. Didn’t want to spend a lot (again) so tried this one. The coffee is better, and it works simply and well. Fills the travel cups even WITH THE LID ON and the sip vent open – make it hot, keep it hot! Cups it comes with are fine and seal well, but I like to use my REI stainless travel cup which has a handle. TIP: Remove the custom base liner for a flat surface, if the bottom of your favorite cup doesn’t match the ones the unit comes with.
Nylon filters rinse well and easily. TIP: Grind your coffee at 5.5 (or 6 for French press). The filter is very FINE and so may overflow if you like it strong and put in a lot of coarser ground coffee. System is simple and easy to use. Each filter basket has its own lift-up handle. Or you can lift it out – IN swing-out frame that holds it - empty it and rinse them both. May drip a little after brewing - put an empty cup or a small bowl under the filter if you don’t clean it right away - it will be hot. For this this price it’s worth it!
July 18, 2012
This is the best coffee maker. Only 5 minutes to drink the best cup of coffe.
June 15, 2012
The item works well. Unless you're drinking the coffee right away, it does not keep coffee hot. Cannot stick the cup in the microwave or keep it on the unit. Other than that its average.
May 16, 2012
I have a Gevalia Twin Coffee Maker at the office, but couldn't find it affordable for home use. This Toastess machine is just the ticket - and more economical. I can make a cup in the morning to take with me to work, and don't have the hassle of my old Mr. Coffee - wasting a whole filter and moving it around on the counter. I'm still experimenting with the amount of coffee to use for the strength I like (bold), but it's a great little machine! The measure of water is a bit off; to the line for one cup doesn't fill the mug. BB&B didn't have this model in store; I took a chance on it sight unseen and am so far very pleased.
April 30, 2012