Coffee – oh that lovely warm stuff that keeps the world working. The last few weeks, I haven’t been able to make it through my day at home then work without a large one. And let’s be frank here, you’re either a cup a day person or a a pot a day person. There really isn’t too much in between. But just because I can survive with a cup a day or none at all, doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a large pot of coffee on hand when we have guests over or host parties. In the past parties have done a number on the water reservoir on my single serve coffee maker, and the cost of all of those k-cups goes up and up. If you’re like me, and want the option to make one cup at a time, or a 12 cup pot, let me introduce you to the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker. We were sent one to review and test out, and see if it would do everything we needed.
The FlexBrew is unlike most other single cup brewing systems. Like the name suggests you can be flexible about how you brew your coffee, but it’s more than just the size of your brew. That is the only the first way you can choose how you make your coffee. To set up your FlexBrew is very simple, it just requires power, and you easily program the front facing clock. You can also program an automatic start for later in the day. But the size of your brew, is as simple as turning a dial from a full 12 cup pot to the single cup setting. To get it started you simply push the “Brew Now” button.
There is one part that can get a tad confusing when you first start using the FlexBrew, and that is the water reservoir itself. Like more traditional coffee makers, you have to fill the reservoir, before each use. But unlike single cup brewers, you cannot simply fill the reservoir and tell it to make you one cup of coffee. Instead you fill the reservoir to the single cup line in order to make a single cup using a pod or your own grounds. If the reservoir is full, it will not make only one cup of coffee. That may be my only complaint about the unit, but that is a small note compared to everything else it can do!
Remember how I said that the size of your brew is only part of what you can do with the FlexBrew? The coffee maker comes with three different ways for you to make coffee, and each way you can control your brew strength. Like more traditional coffee brewers, the FlexBrew comes with a large replaceable filter, this can be swapped out with paper liners or even a gold liner if you prefer. This can be filled with your traditional grounds, and will easily fill the 12 cup glass carafe with your favorite coffee brew.
On the right side of the Flex Brew you will find the drawer for the single serve coffee pods. The drawer slides out easily so you can insert a k-cup or eco-cup with our favorite flavor. This makes it so you can choose your favorite gourmet pods and enjoy it any time you want. But that’s not where the FlexBrew stops. You can actually remove the pod portion of the drawer and replace it with the included gold mini-filter.
That’s right, the FlexBrew comes with its own gold filter that fits the single serving sized insert, allowing you to make your own single cup servings of your favorite grinds. You’re not locked down to a large pot of one flavor, expensive single serve pods, or even one flavor at a time. You can grind your own flavors, mix and match and make the coffee you need and want for that situation. It allows you to customize your coffee easily and fits easily into your home decor or lifestyle.
Hamilton Beach is giving one of my readers a FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker of their own. Read how you can win below!
How Can You Win?
Enter to win with the form below. The mandatory entry is leaving a comment on this blog post: What is your favorite feature on the FlexBrew? Or how do you like your coffee? If you do not do this entry – you will not win! So make sure you leave a comment and then enter using the form below!