The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
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 brew-and-dispense 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 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.
After 2 years, the tank would leak over night. Since it's only a 7 minute brew, I just added water in the morn before turning on. Had to replace it after 3 years because I dropped the thermos. Replaced with another optima. I do put hot water in the thermos and then empty it before brewing.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Nashville TN
Water Tank leaks
I like the look and the quick brewing. However I REALLY hate having to clean the water up from my counter EVERY DAY from the removable water tank.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Quiznatodd Bidness
from Chicago, IL
Good, but a few issues with Carafe
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Coffee Doesn't Stay Hot
It brews a good cup of coffee. I enjoy the fact the water reservoir and the coffee filter pieces detach from the main unit for cleaning and or prepping. As for the thermal carafe, bear in mind it really is just a metal thermos and there is no hot plate. It starts out hot, then as time goes on, it slowly cools. Thankfully there is a 2hr (15 min increment) post-brew timer to let you know how long the brew has been sitting. My main gripe, I like to pour my cup of coffee, not press a button and watch coffee slowly dribble out vs. an open pour, but due to the fact it is a thermos, open is not an option. Overall though, good coffee maker.