Hi Guys, today I’m reviewing the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker. LINK to Hamilton Beach FlexBrew: http://amzn.to/2heuCj8 This is a new model, I did review the old model and if you want to see that video, here is the LINK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfIM4QKtLno&spfreload=5 This unit is 10.5 inches deep, 12 inches wide and 13.5 inches tall so this coffee maker will take up some counter space. Cord is 24 inches long. With this unit, you can make a carafe of coffee, a single serve using your own ground coffee or a k-cup. The carafe brews on this side and the single serve on this side. You can only use one side at a time. Each side has it’s own water reservoir. Use only cold water in the reservoir. Both reservoirs have a max fill line so don’t fill above that. The carafe side can make up to 12 cups of coffee. With the single side, you can brew 10 ounces with a k-cup or 14 ounces with your own ground coffee. This is the removable cup that you can use to store a k-cup or the single brew basket, the cover and drip tray. If you leave this in place, you can use a cup up to 5 inches tall when brewing. If you remove this, the maximum height is 8 inches. To use the single serve side, pour the amount of water you want to brew in this reservoir. It’s not like a Keurig, where you pour water in the reservoir and you brew a cup whenever you want. The Keurig will pull the set amount of water out of the reservoir and the rest of the water stays there for the next use. With this unit, you pour in only the amount of water you want in your cup. So if you’re using your own ground coffee, put up to 14 ounces in the reservoir, the coffee in this single serve basket, lift the lid latch, put the black funnel in and put the basket in. Put your cup here and press the single serve button and brew now to start brewing. It’ll brew all the water in the reservoir.
If you’re using k cups, pour a maximum of 10 ounces into the reservoir. Lift the lid latch and put the black funnel in. Place the gray single serve pack holder in the opening. Put your k cup pack in, don’t remove the foil. Close the lid and you’ll hear a snap which means the pack has been pierced with this needle. Press single serve and brew. With either the single serve or carafe side, you can choose the strength of your coffee, the default setting is regular strength, if you press brew strength, you’ll see a bold option. The bold option takes longer to brew so you should get a stronger cup of coffee.
The Carafe is glass with a flip up lid which is convenient. The handle feels fine and the carafe itself seems sturdy. If you pour 10 cups of water in the reservoir, it’ll brew all 10 cups. Opening for the reservoir is a good size, plenty of space to pour water in. I’ll brew 6 cups of coffee. Pour 6 cups of water in. Each cup in the unit is 5.5 ounces like most standard coffee makers. Pause feature, pull out pot when you need it. Time to brew 6 cups – 6 minutes 32 seconds. There is no dripping from the carafe as you pour.
It’s a good, hot, full bodied cup of coffee. I used 6 grams of coffee per cup and it was perfect. I really don’t think you need more than that with this unit.
You can program the carafe side only, to brew at a later time. The warming plate doesn’t get hot when using the single serve or k-cup side.
All removable parts are top rack dishwasher safe. There are instructions in the manual to clean a clogged needle.
This unit did a good job on the carafe and single serve side. It’s not the fastest machine but it makes a good tasting cup of coffee. If you want to try this unit, out please click on the link above. As always I hope you found this review useful. If you did, please like and share this video. Subscribe and I’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching 🙂