The Krups KP1010 (www.krupsusa.com) is a member of the Home Café™family of pod brewers and beverage pods that includes the Mr. Coffee AT13 (www.mrcoffee.com) and Black & Decker HC100, together with compatible pods produced by Procter & Gamble under its Folgers and Millstone brands. The Krups KP1010 carries a suggested retail price of $150.00 and can be found on the Internet at prices ranging from around $100.00 to $120.00. It is distinguished from its competitors by its twin, side-by-side brew heads permitting the user to produce two beverages simultaneously, a feature shared by no other single-serve brewing device available at this writing. The 1010 is available only in serious black and has a comfortable, modern yet unpretentious look to it, with rounded corners, smooth sides, and no awkward protruding parts.
Serving Size and Reservoir Capacity
Removable 40 oz. water reservoir that includes a double-action anti-chlorine and anti-scaling water filter. Brews three serving sizes: 6.0, 7.5 and 9.0 oz.
The water filter is not required for using the 1010 but, depending on the hardness of local water, could potentially help improve cup character and flavor. The filters are available on-line and at several bricks-and-mortar chains that sell household appliances. They typically need recharging every 4 to 6 months, depending on use level.
Coffee-Pod Size and Format
Of the 44, 55 and 62mm-sized filter paper pod formats currently available in the single-serve pod brewer market, the Krups 1010 uses 62mm-sized paper formatted pods, each containing around 8 to10 grams of coffee. The 1010 comes with three pod holders, one for single pods, one for loading two pods to produce taller or stronger drinks, and one for proprietary Home Café specialty drink pods that produce pod interpretations of with-milk drinks like cappuccino.
Machine Quality and Ease of Use
In setting up the 1010 for brewing, I found the required initial priming and first-brew neither intuitive nor familiar, and needed to rely solely on the user manual for directions on how to go about it properly. Safe to say that pod-brewing may require us traditional coffee brewing veterans to reacquaint ourselves with actually reading a user's guide.
Nevertheless, the directions in the Krups 1010 user manual are clear and easy to follow. The 1010 is ready to brew within one minute after being turned on, a faster time than most competing pod machines.
The 1010 has a sliding lock-lever that holds its upper lid securely tight during the brewing process. Some may find the use of this locking lever a little awkward because it can be stiff and difficult to slide open and shut. The lever on the machine used by Coffee Review was sufficiently tight to require the use of both hands - one to slide the lock-lever open and closed, the other to steady the brewer to prevent it from sliding or tipping over.
The 1010 appears solid and durable in construction. Total brew time was under one minute and the 1010 allowed for a quick and easy clean-up: Used pods were easy to discard with little mess and a quick rinse of the pod holders got the brewer ready for its next use.
Range and Availability of Coffees
Like other Home Café brewers, the 1010 is specifically marketed for use with Folgers and Millstone coffee pods: Classic Roast, Classic Decaf and 100% Colombian from Folgers, and Colombian Supremo and French Roast from Millstone. Certainly this is a limited menu for the aficionado, but the 1010, theory at least, will brew some other filter-paper formatted coffee pods of similar size, including those sold for the Senseo brewer.
We did encounter some trouble using third-party purchased from Internet providers, however. Occasionally using one of these pods would pop open the lid that secures the pod holder, spewing coffee-tinted water all over the counter. The resulting mess was significant enough for us to stop experimenting with third-party pods in the 1010. Interestingly, however, the other two brewers in the Home Café family, the Mr. Coffee AT13 and Black & Decker HC 100, both took third-party pods without problem.
Home Café brand coffee pods range from around $0.24 to $0.28 per pod.
The Krups 1010 currently produces two specialty drinks using Home Café proprietary plastic pods: a cappuccino and a "Skinny Vanilla Latte." No teas are listed on the Home Café website.
Dimension and Style
The 1010 weighs 7.25 lbs. and is 9.25 inches deep, 11 inches wide and 12 inches high. It has a medium-sized footprint and should fit easily on most countertops.
Notes and Other Features
I liked the Krups 1010's double side-by-side pod brewer feature. The look and feel of the brewer's design is sturdy, unobtrusive and business-like. The tendency of the unit we used to pop open and create a mess when used with third-party coffee pods is disturbing, however, given that the Home Café line of coffee pods is very limited for anyone interested in coffee quality and diversity.