Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way, reviews, comments

Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way

For all the coffee drinkers and aficionados who despise the long cafe lines, dread the overwhelming coffee options or need a fix for those early morning caffeine pains -- fear no more. There's finally an affordable, low-maintenance coffeemaker that can brew a basic or premium roast coffee in a fraction of the time and cost as the coffeehouse: The Two-Way Brewer.


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My wife and I have had this coffee maker for a month, and we love it. Well, we love HALF of it -- the left half. We've probably made more than 100 cups of coffee on the single-serve side, and every single one has been terrific, with better taste than one typically gets from making a full pot of coffee. And with the single-serve side, we're actually using LESS coffee than we were using with our previous coffee maker, which was a standard "carafe" style coffee maker. (In fact, we're using about HALF as much coffee as we were using with the old coffee maker.) One of the issues that this coffee maker solves is that my wife likes lightly brewed flavored coffee, while I like dark-roast coffee that is brewed for hand-to-hand combat. ;-) This coffee maker works well in that type of environment.

So it turns out that we like the single-serve side so much that, one month and more than 100 cups of coffee later, we have yet to use the carafe side of the coffee maker. Of course, your mileage may vary, depending upon your own brewing situation. And I'm sure we will use the carafe side the next time we have guests over for dinner. But for now, the single-serve side is doing a fine job all by itself....

This is a really great coffee maker, if you would like to have the option to have a single serve or a coffee pot full of coffee, then this is a great coffee maker for you.
It DOES state in the description there is no travel mug included.

Pros:
-Single serve or carafe option.
-Permanent mesh coffee basket on single serve side
-Not a long power cord, it is about 1-2 feet long
-Can schedule times to brew within 24 hours.
-Single-serve side multilevel cup rest adjusts/stacks to fit all cup and mug sizes.

Cons:
-No permanent mesh filter on the carafe side, you gotta purchase paper filters or a permanent mesh filter.

This coffee maker is Off the Chain вќЈвќЈвќЈвќЈвќЈ
Makes a Fantastic Hot pot or Cup EVERY TIME.

I had been using a single serve Keurig for 6 years and was happy with the quality; however, I realized I was paying a ridiculously high price for a good cup of coffee. I had given away my full-pot coffee maker several years ago, but I needed on occasionally for holidays and parties. I wanted an appliance that wouldn't take up too much space, since I wanted to leave it on the countertop--and I was delighted when I saw this model. After reading the many positive reviews, i ordered with confidence.
I love it! And I will admit that I feel a little smug when I realize how much money I am saving! I have probably saved close to the cost of the maker since I received it a couple of months ago. i like being able to make myself a regular cup of coffee or even a mega-mug on the single-serve side. The pot worked well for Thanksgiving dinner. (Beware that the "cups" are six ounce cups, so you might need to brew a couple of pots for a large family dinner.)
My ONLY negative remark would be that I encountered very fine residue in the bottom of single brewed cups of coffee. I have solved that by tearing regular filters into approximately 1/6 pieces and using them in the permanent filter I plan to hunt for paper filters made for smaller coffee makers to see if I can find some that fit. (Note that I still rate this as a 5-star product.)
Even though the illustrations only show one configuration for lifting a small cup, I have learned that using one of the supports allows me to perk a large, not-so-tall cup without spattering.
I also use the single serve side to prepare hot water for brewing hot tea. In reviewing other comments, I just read that I can brew loose leaves in the permanent filter. I can't wait to try that!

Loving the versatility of this coffee machine. Most of the time, we just brew one cup at a time, but it is so much easier to brew a potful when we have company over. This makes a good cup of coffee on the single serve side, with a quick rinse out of the basket. As for the pot side, just use the regular paper liners, and you're good to go. Also, the choice in brew strength is a nice option. I usually go with the bold. I am happy with this machine.

I love, love, love this coffee maker! Usually I am the only coffee drinker in the house so the ability to make one cup of coffee without having to use expensive pods has been wonderful. It's nice that I can use pods if I choose to, but the one-cup filter works great with my own ground coffee. I can brew directly into a travel cup if I want to or I can use a standard coffee mug if I'm going to be drinking my coffee at home. The machine shuts off automatically when one-cup brewing is finished and I never have to worry about whether I remembered to turn it off or not.

When I have company I can brew a full pot, a half-pot, whatever quantity I need. It's incredibly easy to switch from one-cup to carafe brewing--there's just one button to slide to the other setting and it's ready to go. There's no need for paper coffee filters so there's less expense and less waste and I've never had any problems with leakage or poor functioning.

This coffee maker is a great mash-up of single-brew coffee and carafe coffee. If I had been asked to design the perfect coffee maker, this is what I would have designed...but the folks at Hamilton Beach took care of that for me. Well done, Hamilton Beach!

This coffee maker is my favorite, and I have had a lot of different ones over the years. I originally bought this coffee maker because I had a single-serve Tassimo and my new husband drank a lot more than 1 cup of coffee at a time. It turns out that I chose really well when ordering this coffee maker because it has been going strong for three years!

We get a lot of use from both sides of this machine. On the weekend mornings, when we are both drinking coffee, we use the large carafe. During the week, we each use the single-serve side. At night, my husband usually has tea and I have hot chocolate. We use the single-serve side when preparing both because it heats the water up so quickly, but doesn't get the cup handle hot (like a microwave does).

There is one travel coffee mug in my entire cabinet that is tall (it's from Starbucks) and it is the only one that doesn't fit easily on the single-serve side. To make this one coffee mug fit, we have to remove the little tray and actually sit the mug down into the gap, then it fits fine.

One thing I've learned when using the single-serve side is to use a cup with a spout to pour the water in. If I just use a coffee mug or regular drinking glass, the water goes everywhere but into the machine.

So far so good! I received the coffee maker a few days ago and set it up in less than 5 minutes. It even came with a few paper filters for the carafe side so you don’t have to worry about having them on hand to start out. I brewed a full 12 cup carafe right away and it worked just as it said it would. No plastic taste to the coffee like other reviews have said. I programmed it so that it will brew a pot in the morning and that worked perfectly! I love waking up to fresh coffee and have the house smelling like a coffee shop! It is super easy to clean. The single serve filter and the carafe filter container as well as the carafe are all dishwasher safe, however I will probably wash them by hand just to be safe, I’ve read a lot of reviews about fragile carafes. With that said, my glass carafe was not damaged at all when it arrived. Amazon did a great job of packaging the product and I even received it in less time than I was supposed to. I ordered it around 3pm and received it the next day by 11am without paying for one day shipping! Gotta love Amazon! Lastly, the 2 hr automatic shut off is a wonder. I can leave the coffee on the warming plate without having to worry that I will forget to turn it off later. Overall this is a great coffee maker, I just hope it stands the test of time! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a coffee maker with single serve capabilities!

I had the 1st edition of this coffee maker but I had a hard time with the amount of water it needed because it would overflow a mug of coffee...OK! This new version..I have had now for a while and I love it! It has 2 places to put water now....one for the POT of coffee...easy peasy and one side for the regular coffee cup or the large to go craft..bottom line is that NOW it is easy to measure the amount of water needed for whatever amount of coffee vessel you have! I absolutely love this coffee maker!! It does NOT use Kcups ...it uses soft PODS...hard to find..Amazon has them..I bought them but found they were tasteless so I would add half tablespoon of ground coffee on top of the pod. Most of the time I will just use the gold reusable filter and just ground coffee..tastes better..FYI I had lots of K cups left over so I opened them up and poured them into the small filter..works great! The pot of coffee is wonderful tasting..I really love this coffee maker..Such a KEEPER!!

Love it. Haven't used the full pot feature but the single side works great. I have a 24 oz travel cup so I just over fill the water reservoir a little and use two heaping Tbs ground coffee. If you use a very fine, espresso ground coffee (like my favorite Café Bustelo) just use a little less coffee. I've also tried it using the "BOLD" setting and have not had any overflow of grounds in my coffee.

Update: The hardest part of making coffee in the morning is not having had any yet! I love being able to set the timer and have a single cup (if you call a 24 oz cup a single...) already made, and not having to throw out a half pot. The coffee maker is really quiet, but the sweet aroma of fresh made coffee wakes me up before my alarm goes off. If it only came with a set up for IV infusion, I wouldn't even have to get out of bed...

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