@PlacidPenguin Your humanity is in doubt. How could you not have made a financial sacrifice at the mermaid’s altar? By everything good and holy, denying coffee is like … is like … denying bacon! Oh, the horror!
I’m just disappointed that “refurbished” isn’t automatically translated to “r0x0rz!” anymore. I miss that.
@huja Depending on how much/little of a tea snob you are, I’ve found the Numi Pu-erh to be quite good for a reasonable price. It’s not in little bird-nest forms as per usual, but more like a big chocolate bar that you break servings off of.
@huja I tend to go with blueberry tea and white tea. I tend to mix it up but I have become use to using stevia over regular sugar. I’ll go with honey every now and then, but never creamer in tea. That’s gross.
@JT954 Warm milk and tea isn’t half bad. I was staunchly against until a vacation to Bhutan where tea time included a side of warm milk to pour into tea. The key is warming the milk before adding to the tea. I rarely sweeten my tea these days. Maybe a spoonful of Manuka honey and a squeeze of lemon with my Earl Grey now and then.
@Jonas4321 I got this model in a Fuku bag awhile back. It appeared to be a return to Amazon with the complaint that the K-cup side tasted like plastic. I ran some vinegar through it a few times and that worked fine. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I like it for hot chocolate and cider every now and then. And it’s great to have around for guests who are coffee drinkers.
Some k-cup brands don’t work well–Mad Monkey brand has problems in our machine. We use San Francisco Bay Coffee Organic Rainforest Blend partly because SFB k-cups don’t have the plastic cup.
If you follow cleaning instructions, you’re looking at over an hour.
Use the cup stand inverted for short mugs or splashy splashy everywhere.
The nice thing is a k-cup and a large mug of water brewed on ground setting makes a good, large cup of coffee. So a k-cup French roast that might be too strong in a short pour is nice in the larger cup.
We got ours incredibly cheap but I would have been upset paying full-price for this thing.
@michaelahess They make a nice range of coffees, too. I like the Rainforest blend; the other coffee drinker here likes the stronger Fog Chaser. Amazon.com currently lets us subscribe for an 80 pack of stronger French Roast for $20.
@mehmeyousweet the paper filters with the Bunn brand are slightly larger than standard size, no more coffee grounds overflow if you remove the carafe during brewing. PITA to find irl, but Amazon has them.
@iggy71 It’s not exactly unnecessary, that’s how they heat the water for brewing. It’s the way pretty much all drip coffee makers work, standalone K-cup makers have a heating element elsewhere, obviously. It’s a cost saving decision; adding a 2nd heating element would put this out of the price range they are targeting in all likelihood. I don’t think it’s particularly unsafe as long as you know what it’s doing, though they probably could have added an indicator light for when the hot plate is hot.
@mcmonkey819 You need to read donrull’s link and look closer at the design. The heating element BELOW the carafe (which does have an indicator light BTW) is already a separate heating element from the one that heats the water ABOVE the carafe or mug. All that would be required is a wiring change when you move the selector to K-Cup. Therefore there is no need for “adding a 2nd heating element would put this out of the price range they are targeting”. It’s a dumbass design - pure and simple, not to mention the plastic smell/ taste issue seen in the Amazon comments. It’s a hit or miss on that happening. Easy pass on this for me - good luck to anyone who chances it.
@Felyne What do you use to get your water hot before pouring it into the French press? Not dissing FP’s, they make wonderful coffee, but seems to me that the no-electricity benefit is a convenience not a conservation, correct?
Got the older model of this when it was on Meh and I use it daily. I think it might have been one of my first purchases and it’s probably what solidly sold me on Meh. I’m actually trying to think of a reason to buy a second one…
Ours did too until we ran some vinegar/water through it for a couple cycles and then ran a couple with citric acid/water. Since, then it makes great tasting coffee and we love the flexibility of doing single side or a full pot.
I have some counter space left and was looking for something this exact size to fill it. Now i wont have to see my expensive natural stone counters any more!!! Woot. More useless gadgets. Now to find something branded Ronco…
We’re trying to think of a better name than “FlexBrew”… and, uh, it turns out we can’t
C’mon, meh, it’s staring you right in the face, just like cross-country ski machine in your basement. The BrewFlex! Comes complete with Duran Duran video:
Meh’s gone too far this time
And it won’t arrive for valentine’s
I tell you somebody’s fooling around
With my knives and bluetooth speaker finds
I’ll buy that dock when I find it
For my nightstand, oh oh
Midnight is no time for deciding
If I should find a baby hand, oh oh
Why don’t you use it?
Try just to brew it?
Buy, now, don’t lose it
Why don’t you use it?
Try just to brew it?
Buy, now, don’t lose it
The BrewFlex is a lonely child
Who’s waiting for a spark
The BrewFlex is a door to finding
Treasure in the dark
Drip over or K-cup exposure
Isn’t that bizarre
Every little thing the BrewFlex does
Leaves you answered with a speaker dock
I see a lot of negative comments on here about the FlexBrew. I bought one about 5 years ago, refurb, from Woot, back when the Meh guys still owned it, and it’s still going strong. The Hot plate under the carafe isn’t a big deal, and I haven’t had any problems with it that weren’t due to my screw ups.
Very sneaky of you to offer this after I’d already purchased the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Coffee Maker (Refurbished), Meh! You know what? It’s okay, because I REALLY missed having a pot o’coffee…because waiting that 90 seconds for the 2nd cup of Java in the morning was really killing me. So, ya’ wanna buy back the single-serve? It’s only 20 bucks, remanufactured!
So having owned this (or an identical model), it’s decent- especially for this price.
There are a couple of quirks to be aware of:
The reservoir is a bit funny, and will prevent the brew process on the K-Cup side if there’s too much water.
It’s likely impossible to use those reusable K-Cups that you fill with coffee, due to how the machine treats the cups- it punches out the back of the cup (not an issue for a normal K-cup, but a big deal for anything reusable).
Otherwise, it’s a fine machine that gets the job done.
Bought a refurbished one of these directly from Amazon about 15 months ago and it’s been hit or miss - we’ve had 3 different occasions where the pump stopped working and we couldn’t make coffee on either the pot side or the k-cup side. We’d have to dump the water out of the reservoir and try again. It was kind of a crapshoot as to why it wasn’t working but we always got it working again - sometimes after a few days of literally just letting it sit. No idea what the cause is but MANY others have had the exact same pump problems. Some have thought that the single cup float valve is the issue but I’ve played with it and it never resolved the issue. Cleaning with vinegar didn’t seem to fix it either. At any rate, it’s working once again as I type this. No idea when it will stop again and no idea if it will ever start working again but it has been great when it’s worked. At $35 I think it’s worth the gamble even knowing what I know now. We paid $59.99 for our refurb on Amazon. Enjoy!
BTW, this does come with (it shows it in the 4th photo on the main page) a fine mesh screen filter that goes into the k-cup side if you want to use loose grounds in the single serving side. You actually remove the interior portion of the k-cup side that pierces the k-cup and then insert the mesh filter in it’s place.
@Jonas4321 I only used it a couple times and it was fine but I had to use a lot of coffee since it runs through the single-serving size much quicker than the drip on the pot-side. I haven’t used it since then because of how much coffee it takes and I don’t have a sink nearby to wash out the mesh filter - which really needs to be rinsed after each use.
My girlfriend has one of these and I have been using it regularly for the last 6 months or so. I would say about 90% of the time at least, the K-cup doesn’t get pierced all the way through and I have to take a knife and cut the edges so it will sit all the way down in it. I am not sure if it is a common thing or if I just buy cheap K-cups that deform super easily.
Also, if you use a regular-sized mug and don’t put anything under it to lift up closer to the spout, the coffee sprays all over the counter top. Other than that, it is fairly convenient for the occasional times we want to make a whole pot of coffee. Seems pretty good at this price.
Hate to be that guy who says the K-cups are an ecological disaster! I like my coffee knowing that I contributed to enhancing peoples lives by drinking sustainable organic coffee. Oh and the filter that I use is biodegradable. K-Cups are horrible… you initially had me at 2-way… !!!
You are awesome people, its the K-Cup people have ruined this morning ritual. Just make a pot of coffee and share and find a way to seal that K-Cup thing! I hear Duck Tape works wonders!
@kramarrap I am not here to completely defend K-Cups, but it’s necessary to tell the whole story when it comes to what that single-cup-brewing revolution has done. Many articles have been written about the dual-edgedness of this issue (like this one, for example), but the bottom line is that there is a seriously-worth-considering upside to the evil little K-Cup - FAR less water is used to grow (because less coffee is wasted) and brew for our black gold drug fix each morning. We undervalue water COMPLETELY in this day and age, and that will bite us just as hard down the road as plastic in landfills and oceans will.
This is scary. When I got out of the shower this morning my wife told me our coffee maker was busted. I suggested we look to see if there were some kind of combo coffee maker that did both a pot of coffee and single k cups. This way she could have her giant iced coffees and I could just make a single cup when I wanted it.
Indeed, the Meh guys are the original Wooters. Same city in Texas (Woohoo). I hear the original gentleman in looking back wished that he had never sold out to the Mothership. I always did wonder how Amazon could be so stupid as to not require him to sign a Non-Compete Clause though. MUhahahaha. I am Glad they are and have been back in force. Wish I could get a Fuku though someday. Meh on this product though.
I bought this from meh October 2014. I did a thorough cleaning right away. I typically only drink coffee M-F during fall and winter. So this is still going strong. My teens used to use the k-cup side regularly. I was never pleased with the taste/quantity of the k-cups, even using the metal mesh thing. So I just make a ‘small’ 4-cup pot of coffee. Most of it fits in my travel mug. I’ve never had any problems with this unit though. In fact I have thought about buying a 2nd one to put in my office at work for the days 1 travel mug isn’t enough.
I took it out of the box, ran water through the carafe side, and ended up with a large puddle of water on the counter. Tried the K-cup side, no problem. Tried the carafe side again, same result as the first time, big leak. Submitted a complaint via the Hamilton Beach web site yesterday, nothing heard - not even an autoresponse.