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.
The coffee come out hot and stays hot for half the day. The removable sealed decanter can go with you in your car and even camping or to a job site. Extremely easy to clean. Best coffee maker I have ever owned.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Mandy the daily coffee drinker.
from Seattle, WA
Adequate but Gimmicky*Disappointed
Coffee Doesn't Stay Hot
Hard To Clean
While perfectly adequate, this pot is not ideal. I was attracted by the fast Brewing and the thermal carafe. Yes, it is very fast, perhaps too fast. The coffee is very thin and weak no matter how many grounds we add, even really rich french roast high end brands. As for the thermal carafe, bear in mind it is really a thermos as there is no hot plate. It starts out pretty warm for the first cup. After that it is about the temperature of coffee from any other thermos, warm. You have to completely remove the basket to fill it, good to clean. Carafe pours nicely. <br /><br />In sum, its fine, just fine.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from NE Ohio
Great coffee maker and great looking too
Built-in Cleaning Cycle
Easy To Use
Display Not Easy To See
It is a replacement after a long list of previous coffee makers. It brews fast and good tasting coffee. It is stylish. Cleaning is not difficult and the built-in cleaning cycle is very handy. It did take at least a couple brewing cycles to get rid of the initial taste which is not unusual. The display is dimmer than I expect but I don't need to look at it very often.