The Cooks Single-Serve (JC Penney) is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the Single-Serve (JC Penney) 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.
Features & Specs - Cooks Single-Serve (JC Penney)
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 water flow to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call brew-and-dispense, 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.
My wife bought this for me since I have one cup on non-working days. I was thinking of the K-Cup single serving coffee makers, though my wife and I are cheap. There was no way I would want to spend up to a dollar for a cup of coffee at home! This Cooks brand coffee maker fit us perfectly. It is easy to use. You just fill the reservoir with water, fill the stainless steel filter with a couple of tablespoons of ground coffee, close the lid, place you coffee cup on the base, and turn it on...presto...you have coffee splashing all over the place (if you use a normal coffee cup). But, easily solved by putting my coffee cup on top of a plastic container. Clean up is actually easy. I just take the stainless steel filter to the garbage can and give it a tap or two. Then, I rinse the filter in the sink. I really like the Cooks coffee maker. It fits my one-a-day coffee habit and is dirt cheap to use.