BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer Review

The BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer is from the company that introduced paper coffee filters back in the 1950s. With this product it has reminded us how it still has innovative ideas that enable it to produce a coffee maker like this that is simple in design yet versatile in its capabilities.

It’s unfortunate that outstanding products often look just like more ordinary products, be they coffee makers or anything else. The BUNN MCU, in unoriginal black and stainless steel, looks like any other such machine, even though it may still look good and be more compact than most, but under the hood it’s very different.

Simply Versatile

The BUNN MCU can brew your coffee in under a minute, in sizes of from 4 to 14 ounces. Bear in mind that with this machine what you put in is what you get out, i.e. it has no reservoir, so don’t put in more water than your cup can manage or you’ll get overspill.

But what separates this coffee maker from the others are the four brewing trays that come with it – a Cup Drawer (for K-Cups), a Ground Coffee Drawer, a Pod Drawer, and a Hot Water Drawer. A simple yet brilliant idea that in effect makes the MCU four machines in one.

And don’t forget the pulse feature if you’re partial to a richer taste. This is particularly useful if you’re using K-Cups, which have a fixed amount of coffee suitable for a 10 oz cup, and you’re brewing more than that.

Fast and Perfect Brewing For Just One Person?

One thing you may have noticed about the BUNN MCU is that it is a one-cup-at-a-time brewer, so if you have a large family liable to want their brews at the same time this may not be the machine for you. Instead try the Keurig K65 or Keurig K75.

Of course, if there are just two of you and you like your coffee a little at a time then you could always brew the largest capacity available (14 oz) and then pour it into two cups of about 7 oz each.

But the over-riding feature of this model is that, with no reservoir to heat, it can produce water of exactly the right temperature within about one minute, and the result is a perfect brew – tea, coffee, hot chocolate or whatever.

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 13.5 x 16.5 inches
  • Weight: 11.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • Item model number: MCU
  • Single cup brewing
  • Brew your own flavorful coffee or tea if preferred
  • Dispenses hot water for more uses
  • Brewing time for Coffee or Tea is under a minute
  • Pulse Brew option to extract bolder flavor
  • Servings: 4-14 ounce
  • Removable drip tray allows room to use your favorite cup or mug

Customer Reviews and Scores

This product’s Amazon score is 4.3 from 362 reviews at the time of writing. Many reviewers compare it favorably with other coffee makers they’ve previously owned and the majority have given it 5 stars.

From what supporters of the MCU say, it does pay to study the instruction manual for a few minutes before using it for the first time, as this makes it much easier to use the controls to produce your favorite beverages exactly how you like them.

Most people appear to like the coffee drawer concept and the convenience this product offers, to say nothing of the great taste.


The BUNN MCU is a quality coffee maker at a reasonable price. As long as you don’t mind the limitations of brewing one cup at a time then you’ll most likely be delighted at your purchase.