One-size-fits-all may work for oven mitts but when it comes to single-cup coffee makers, it’s important to choose one suited perfectly to your needs. Keurig and Bunn My Café are natural contenders for choice single-cup maker due to their versatility and convenience. While we generally find Keurig to be less hassle and My Café to be more multipurpose, there are slightly different versions of each model. Let’s explore specifics and which work best in each situation.
To many coffee lovers, Keurig machines are synonymous with single serve coffee. Bunn, usually known for industrial-sized diner coffee makers, offers quite a comparable single-cup brewer, the My Café pour over. The Keurig K75 and the B70 measure at 14.9 x 16.8 x 12.2 inches and weighs 12 lbs, while the My Café MCU is 9.2 x 13.5 x 16.5 inches and weighs 10.5 lbs. Other generations and iterations of each model are about the same size as well. The Keurig brews cup sizes 3.25 oz, 5.25, 7.25, 9.25 and11.25, while the My Café brews cup sizes 8, 10, 12 and 14 oz.
The MCU is a popular pod coffee maker, and features four brewing trays: One for coffee pods, tea pods and tea bags, one for coffee grounds, one for hot water and one for k-cups ground coffee. This makes it more easily versatile.
I like the loose grounds option a lot because I live next to an independent coffee roaster that doesn’t make pods or k-cups. For weekday mornings, I’ll quickly pop in a bold Starbucks k-cup into the machine and rush out the door. If I want to take a few extra seconds to scoop in some of my local coffee roaster’s grounds for a special cup after dinner or on weekends, the ground coffee tray is designed to provide that option –naturally, this coffee maker comes with a scoop!
Brewing loose ground coffee is possible with Keurigs K75 and B70, if you individually purchase their reusable steel filter. You can also use pods, though this may yield varied results, as Keurigs are indeed k-cups ground specific. Keurigs may not easily accommodate to as many formats, but brewing itself is far more straightforward due to the lack of multiple attachable trays.
A reoccurring contrast, Keurig is less manual. To choose your cup size with the Bunn, you’ll open up the tank and fill the water up to the desired fill-line. With the Keurig, you use the control panel buttons. Moreover, the same buttons allow for temperature control ranging from around 187 degrees Fahrenheit to 192. In my experience, temperature control is rare for a single-serve coffee maker. The 2.0 line of Keurigs have five levels of temperature control as well as a “strong” option for bolder cups.
Keurig’s automated features make it a better communicator. The brew button lights up when it’s ready (five seconds between brews), the control panel screen lets you know when it needs descaling, and the 2.0 line water tanks will flash a blinking light when they need refilling. I think it’s convenient that all models have a transparent water tank. For most My Café models, you must physically open up the tray at the top of the tank to see the water. This isn’t ideal for late mornings when every second matters! The My Café MCP has a transparent water tank, but holds only 46 oz compared to Keurig’s 70 oz.
Ever manual, the My Café doesn’t turn off unless you unplug it so Keurigs have better energy saving options with their auto-on and auto-off features.
The Bunn MCP and MCR are less-hassle versions of the MCU. They are identical except that the MCP and MCR have just one singular tray. I’ve found this efficient for banks, waiting rooms or boardrooms. If I’m in need of a jolt with one minute before my bank appointment or have colleagues waiting behind me during a quick meeting break, I don’t want to spend ages looking for the right tray to fancy up my single cup of coffee.
Product Pros vs Cons
Bunn My Café
Considering all models, both contenders share the following features: Strength control, the ability to brew coffee and tea, hot cocoa or hot water, the ability to store and heat water and the option for energy saving.
For strength control, the Bunn wins because its pulse brew option, which soaks the ground coffee for a longer time, is available in all models.
For the ability to brew coffee and tea, hot cocoa or hot water, it’s a tie. While the Bunn My Café is more versatile, the Keurig’s easy singular brewing tray and temperature controls are available in all models. Both have cup size options and a brew time of less than a minute.
For water storage, the Keurig wins. These coffee machines store 70 oz of water, more than most Bunn My Café machines, with the exception of the commercial grade MCR which stores 90 oz but is far more expensive and does not have the four trays. As mentioned, Keurig’s transparent water reservoir also saves time, as does the water filter most models come with.
Keurigs also nab extra points for their auto-on, auto-off and energy saving options. The My Café’s energy saving option works fine, but I personally find it inconvenient that I have to unplug it to turn it off.
Features vs Features: Stand-out Qualities
Bunn My Café:
- Pulse brew feature designed to provide a bolder cup of coffee
- Commercial models have two pod holders, allowing brew queuing and preventing flavor mixing
- MCU has four versatile brewing trays
- Most, including the K75, come with a water filter
- Control panel with screen for temperature options and descale indicator
- Superior energy saver with auto-on and auto-off
That wraps up today’s duel, coffee lovers!
Choose Bunn My Café if you:
- Want to easily brew formats other than K-cups (MCU)
- Need a fast, bare-bones machine for a public space (MCP, MCR)
- Are making coffee commercially (commercial models)
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Choose Keurig if you:
- Prefer more automation vs a less manual brewing experience
- Need a coffee maker that filters water
- Need a coffee maker with temperature options
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