Designed for use with ground coffee and most K-Cup packs, this Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 49995 single-serve coffeemaker features enhanced coffee extraction for rich flavor and an adjustable cup rest for brewing into your favorite cup or travel mug.
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love the flexibility!
Posted by: stonecat from: on
We got this for Christmas and I love it! My husband brews alot of coffee, and it's usually the same kind each day. I prefer a little more variety. This allows me to brew my own cup and just the right amount based on the size cup that I want to drink without wasting a whole pot. I've tried both the kcup mode and the ground mode and I get a great cup every time! I did have an issue with some coffee that was very finely ground when I just added grounds (it overflowed) but we also bought some refillable k-cups so I tried the finely ground coffee in the k-cup (removing the k-cup insert so it wouldn't puncture the cup) and and it worked perfectly. I've also used the refillable k-cups to add loose tea and it was delicious. I love that the machine turns off automatically when it's done brewing.
27 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Wonderful Keurig Replacement
Posted by: Adam from: Raleigh, NC on
Like many people, I got this as a replacement for a dead Keurig. I looked at a lot of machines out there, and I was specifically looking for something that could brew K-cups, coffee grounds or coffee soft pods. Most of the machines that could do this were expensive ($100+). This product though, it's only half that, and it can do the same thing, and it does the same thing very well.
One nice thing about the Keurig was that it was very fast, as it pushed the hot water through with a good amount of pressure. This resulted in a quick brew, no doubt, but when using my own coffee grounds, it was not very easy to find the perfect sweet spot that made GOOD coffee. K-cups, they were usually perfect.
This unit, however, is the slightly slower 'drip' method, and instead of ~1.0 min for a cup from one of the Keurig model, this one takes ~2.0 mins for a cup. However, because the water has contact with the coffee for substantially longer, the coffee made with my own grounds is absolutely better with this machine than the Keurig. The K-cups are just as good, no better or worse than a Keurig machine (which is a good thing).
So, what it boils down to is that the coffee takes maybe a minute longer to brew, but it does so with the drip technique rather than the forced-water technique. This results in the same taste for K-cups, but BETTER taste when brewing your own coffee. And unlike the Keurig, you don't have to buy a separate piece of equipment to use your own coffee grounds. Also, you get the added bonus (over the Keurig) of being able to buy/use coffee soft pods, which is awesome. Much like the K-cup world, there are a lot of coffee soft pod makers out there with some fantastic coffees in ready-to-go little pods.
End result, I'm actually extremely satisfied and a little surprised by this great little machine. I don't have any negative things to say about the Keurig, but honestly, this seems just as good, for less money, and more functionality.
31 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Posted by: HappyinRI from: Westerly, RI on
This coffee maker is exactly what we were looking for. My husband drinks regular coffee and I drink decaf. Additionally, I wanted the ability to use K-cups from time to time and he did not want anything to do with K-cups (thinks they are too costly to use compared to using ground coffee). So, when I saw the Flex-Brew model advertised on Hamilton Beach's website, I definitely wanted to buy it. Turns out that Best Buy beat Hamilton Beach's price by $10, and free shipping, so it was the right deal at the right time. If you buy one, you definitely MUST follow the instructions explicitly. You CANNOT use finely ground coffee, or put in more water than stated in the instructions, or you will definitely have a mess on your hands. Follow the manufacturer's directions regarding it's use and you will love it!!
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Finally a 2-in-1 at a great price!
Posted by: HoneyB98 from: Cincinnati, OH on
I was looking for a single cup brewer and after looking for a long time, I decided to just go with a pricey Keurig. But just before I bought one, I looked again and found this one! I like brewing fresh coffee and wanted the option of using K-cups as well. This does both superbly! I know there are some negative comments about a couple things, but if you follow directions correctly like it says, then you will have no problems. I've had mine for a while now and brewed both ways and haven't had one issue.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Very happy with this item. Love the slim design!
Posted by: shogan80 from: Atlanta, GA on
Bought this on sale and very happy with it. Love that you can brew k-cups and regular coffee with this unit. I like the fact that the water is not stored and that you have to fill it with the water needed before each brew. It takes about 2 minutes from fill of water to drinking coffee which I am fine with. I also love that it auto shuts off once done brewing and it's extremely easy to use! The slim design is great for kitchens with small spaces or even at a desk in your office if your boss is not picky about that type of thing.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ShyDiva from: Los Angeles on
For under $40 and free shipping, this is a bargain! I've had it for about a month now, and it's still working great.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Finally, a different coffee maker that uses K-Cups
Posted by: tdmort from: Ohio on
I am the only one in my household that drinks coffee and have been wanting the "expensive" brand coffee maker for sometime now. However, I couldn't justify spending a huge amount of money on making coffee at home. I saw this online at a fraction of the cost of the "expensive" brand and bought it. I couldn't be happier. Not only is the cost of this coffee maker in my budget, it makes a great cup of coffee using K-cups. I also like that I can use my own ground coffee as well. Do not waste your money on the "expensive" brand that seems to never go on sale. This coffee maker is a breeze to use and the taste is great!
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great value for K-cup brewing
Posted by: bjdesignky from: on
Xmas gift purchase online during a good sale, so the "value for price" rating is excellent. Even at regular price, it would still be "good" simply because it brews a great cup of coffee and costs substantially less then Keurig. Really like the ability to also brew ground coffee with the basket insert. K-cups can be pricey to use constantly.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: GGFAH from: Md. on
Since my husband and I are up a different times, having this product
ensures us both of having a fresh cup of coffee. We can use the
K cups or our own choice of coffees.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
NOT compatible with ANY coffee pack
Posted by: wendyannebc from: on
Hamilton Beach states on their website, on the box, and on the machine itself that it is compatible with ANY pack. I have bought 3 different kinds of pods and I am unable to use them as a single serve pack. I have had to cut them open and put the coffee in the filter to get some return on the money I have spent. It does not work well with fine grind or espresso/Turkish grind.