Keurig invented the K-Cup single-serve coffee brewing system in the 1990s and introduced its first machine (for office use) in 1998. They were immediately popular, and Keurig followed up with its first home brewer, the B100, in 2004. Keurig’s patents on the original K-Cup design expired in 2012 and there are now a whole host of options when it comes to home K-Cup brewing machines.
Two popular options in this category are the Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 and the BUNN MyCafe MCU.
The biggest difference between these two products is probably that the Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 will only brew K-Cups. The BUNN MyCafe MCU, on the other hand, will brew K-Cups, but also ground coffee, soft coffee pods, tea bags, and loose tea. In that sense it’s much more versatile. If you want the option to make coffee or tea in multiple ways, go for the BUNN.
Another difference is aesthetic. The Mr. Coffee is pretty uninspired, from a design perspective whereas the BUNN has a sleek retro-feeling design.
So what are the advantages of the Mr. Coffee? There are two. First, it’s “Powered by Keurig Brewed Technology.” That means it uses official Keurig technology and official Keurig K-Cups. If you think the folks who invented the K-Cup know how to do it best, then you might want to go with the Mr. Coffee. The other advantage: It’s about $50 cheaper.
If you’re not especially price sensitive and don’t care about the Keurig brand, go with the BUNN. It’s more versatile, more attractive, and brews a damn good cup of coffee according to CNET.
Still having trouble deciding? View our comparison page: BUNN MCU vs. Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001