The Black & Decker Brew ‘N Go DCM18S earns positive feedback from both professional testers and owners for its convenient operation. For on-the-go folks who drink a single cup of joe on the way to work, this coffee maker is ideal because it brews directly into the accompanying travel mug. But for more than a few cups a day, the Brew ‘N Go isn't the best choice. Because it uses loose coffee grounds and has a small water tank, it's a more cumbersome way to brew subsequent cups than in pod coffee makers.
Hot coffee brews directly into a travel mug. The Black & Decker Brew 'N Go DCM18S automatic-drip coffee maker brews 15-ounces, which is a larger serving size than most one-cup coffee makers. Not only is this machine inexpensive, it uses ground coffee, which translates into a lower per-cup cost than pod coffee makers. It can also make hot tea, and one owner at Walmart.com reports using it for hot cocoa and instant soup as well.
Most owners say they are pleased with the flavor and temperature of coffee crafted with the Brew ‘N Go. While it brews rather quickly (three to five minutes per brew cycle), the resulting brew is surprisingly hot. Editors at one professional testing organization give this machine very good scores for brew performance. The Brew ‘N Go is durable, say several owners posting to sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
There are complaints about coffee grounds in the resulting brew and overflows during operation. In his review of the machine, CoffeeGeek.com founder Mark Prince notes that because grounds tend to swell when moistened, they can spill out of the filter, creating a mess inside the unit and possibly making their way into the mug.
Easy to operate but lacks programming features. One professional reviewer says the Brew 'N Go brews a hot cup of coffee and is very simple to operate. Owners like the reusable filter and thestainless-steel, thermal travel mug included with the coffee maker; however, a few complain that the unit doesn't accommodate taller mugs. It doesn't offer any pre-programming features, so users must turn it on manually when they want to brew. That said, it does have an automatic shutoff, eliminating the "did I turn it off" worry.
"It has a built in, 'permanent' filter which is a HUGE plus. No more running out of filters, EVER," says one user at Amazon.com. The filter is also easy to clean; simply toss out used coffee grounds and rinse. The mugs handle is comfortable to hold, users say, but the body of the mug can become hot to the touch.
Simple yet durable design. Owners like the compact size of this one-cup coffee maker. Its simple design isn't a style knockout, which suits most users. Users do commend the attractive stainless-steel travel mug.
CoffeeGeek.com's Prince praises the build quality of this machine. I cracked open the base on the thermal carafe version (there goes my warranty) to have a gander inside. What I saw was a rather beefy thermocoil system in a half moon configuration, with a very simple cutout switch and a thermal connector for shutting off the unit when no more water flows through the machine. … It draws 120V and 800watts of power, the same draw as some serious espresso machines," he writes. However, he does note that the mug isn't a true thermal: The interior is plastic, with a stainless-steel covering on the outside.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org evaluates the Black & Decker Brew 'N Go and four other single-cup coffee makers. These models are rated on brew temperature and convenience.
Review: Drip Coffeemaker Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent The Black & Decker Brew 'N Go garners more than 1,525 owner reviews at Amazon.com, where users give it an overall rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Owners praise its stainless-steel mug, permanent filter and auto-shutoff feature. Most say its coffee tastes good, but a few users say it's prone to splatters when they add extra grounds to make a stronger brew.
Review: Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'N Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 450 owners contribute to an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Some users say they've owned this model for years without any problems. Most owners agree that it's easy to use and produces a good-tasting cup of coffee. However, some wish it had a timer.
Review: Black & Decker Personal Coffee Maker, DCM18S, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 35 owners contribute to an overall rating of 86 out of 100. Owners praise the Brew 'N Go's low cost and convenience, but some say the filter doesn't work well.
Review: Black & Decker Brew 'N Go 15-oz. Single-Cup Coffee Maker DCM18 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good Although it's an older review, the founder of CoffeeGeek.com provides a thorough evaluation of the Black & Decker Brew 'N Go on the road. He says the quality of the coffee is good, but he is disappointed by the mug, which he says becomes hot to the touch when filled with fresh brew.
Review: Brew N Go Budget Coffee Maker, Mark Prince, March 27, 2004