The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 is part of the coffee maker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffee maker
models like the Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.
Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are self-serve models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
About This Brand
This familiar brand has the largest market share. Mr. Coffee offers an extremely wide range and variety of products, from single serve and grind-and-brew to various capacity drip models with glass and thermal carafes. Its coffeemakers are sold in almost all retail channels and range from lower to upper mid-priced categories. Prices range fro $15 to $200.
Features & Specs - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91
Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call self-serve, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
When looking to replace our 9 year old Mr Coffee coffeemaker I didn't want either the initial or the everyday expense of joining the world of K-cup brewing so I looked for another cupcake style dip coffeemaker. I chose this model since CU reported that it met the guidelines for brewing temperature and was a reasonable price at a store near me. I am very happy with my choice.<br /><br />1. It makes excellent coffee. (The water filter actually does help with our Lake Michigan water) 2. The detachable water tank is easy to handle with a nicely placed handhold. 3. The carafe keeps the coffee hot for hours. 4. The display dims to an acceptable level. <br /><br />The only slightly negative thing I can say is that the end-of-brewing signal sounds a bit too early. It's done heating the water but there is still some coffee in the brewing cup so you must wait another minute or so before emptying the grounds.<br /><br />Another reviewer mentioned that it produces some steam. That's true; so I pull it out from under the cabinets when brewing. That's not a big deal and it steams much less than our old Mr. Coffee. <br /><br />I don't use the delay start function so cannot comment on that.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Quiet Coffee Please
from San Jose, CA
Annoying beep can not be turned off
The biggest problem I have with this coffee maker is the annoying beeps when it is done brewing and again when the hop plate turns off. It is an ear splitting beep, similar in tone to a smoke detector beep, and it causes anxiety in our dog and wakes up the kids. There is no setting to turn off the beeps. This is a major design flaw.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Major Design Flaw
Easy To Use
Hard To Clean
Overall the coffee maker works well. But it has one major design flaw, which is why I am giving the coffee maker two stars. On the back of the unit on the upper right is a vent. When you brew coffee a constant stream of steam comes out. This steam will condense under the cabinets that are installed above where the coffee maker is located. The only way to avoid this is to use the coffee maker on an open surface where no upper cabinets are installed. Since most kitchen counters are completely covered with upper cabinets, there really isn't a practical location to use this coffee maker. Additionally, I am shocked that Consumer Reports did not mention this shortcoming in their review.