Hamilton Beach The Scoop Coffee Maker Review
Here's The Scoop, by Hamilton Beach
Ah, mornings. I yawn just thinking about them. You wake up, and eventually drag your sorry, crumpled, dishevelled self out of bed, but only after hitting the snooze button somewhere between 3-6 times. Your thoughts turn to your duties for the day, and you mentally run through a multitude of excuses that you could use to get out of your responsibilities. After weighing your options, you decide to tackle your day instead of just putting it off. Before you do though, you need to get your fix, coffee. Now, I don't know about you, but I am a real coffee drinker. I must have it every morning, not one cup, but two, and sometimes one in the afternoon. Don't get me wrong, I love to get Starbucks or Tim Hortons coffee, but I am not willing to spend money on it everyday. So, we've always had a coffee maker, a 12 cup one, and we have always used it. Then, last year, my husband showed interest in the single serve coffee makers, you know the ones. Keurig is one of the leading brands in the single serve coffee maker industry, and I did look into it, but I thought the K cups were very expensive and wasteful. So in the name of saving money and the environment, I went searching for the ultimate single serve coffee maker that you can use with your own coffee grounds. That is when I discovered The Scoop, by Hamilton Beach. I have owned and used this coffee maker for almost a year now, so read on for my comprehensive review on it.
Fill Metal Filter Basket
Place Gounds in Machine
Features of The Scoop
The main reason I went for this coffee maker was because you can use your own coffee grounds in it. The Scoop comes with two single serve metal filter baskets that you can fill yourself, which is great, because not only are you saving money, you are also keeping all those K cups from ending up in the landfill. Another neat feature, you fill the water reservoir with your mug, only using the amount of water you need to fill your cup with coffee. There are two brew settings on the machine, regular and bold. Pretty self explanatory, but if you do choose the bold setting, keep in mind it takes a few seconds longer to brew. The tray that the mug sits on is actually adjustable, which is another benefit of this machine. If you are using a smaller mug you can raise the tray, or if you are using a large/travel mug you can use the tray in the position you see in the photos on the right. That is another feature that helped me decide on this machine, you can actually fill a travel mug with coffee, which you cannot do on the Keurig models. Just so you know, The Scoop also comes with a 5 year manufacturer warranty, the longest I have seen.
Like I mentioned, I have been using The Scoop for almost a year now, and I can honestly say that I am really satisfied with it's performance. We use this on a daily basis, and now only use our 12 cup coffee machine when we have company over. The brew time is quick, and the coffee is hot. Maybe not as hot as if you ordered a cup from a professional barista, but definitely hot enough for a home brew. It's easy to clean, in fact, we just throw the baskets and other washable parts into the dishwasher, it doesn't get easier than that. The taste of the coffee is really good for a home brewed cup. I find it actually brews a stronger more flavorful cup of coffee than our regular 12 cup percolator, bonus! Overall, The Scoop is a great buy, I got ours for under $60, which is very inexpensive compared the Keurig models, and the coffee it brews is just as good. I recommend giving this one a go if you are in the market for a single serve coffee maker.