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Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew Review

This coffee maker is small, simple, and inexpensive, but those things come at the cost of a great-tasting brew
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Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew Review (This is a simple, standard machine with no bells and whistles, no special features, and we felt the same about the...)
This is a simple, standard machine with no bells and whistles, no special features, and we felt the same about the flavor it gave us.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $25 List
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Manufacturer:   Mr. Coffee
By Kendra Ridenour ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 10, 2024
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#12 of 13
  • Brew Quality - 35% 4.1
  • User Friendliness - 30% 6.1
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 4.5
  • Consistency - 15% 3.6

Our Verdict

The Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew is a simple machine, and we believe it leaves a lot to be desired. It is one of the most affordable of the models we've tested, but that affordability does come at a price. The Mr. Coffee 5-cup isn't horrible, but it definitely fails to impress. If you are searching for a very affordable machine that is easy to use, the Mr. Coffee 5-cup is an option — if you aren't picky about how your coffee tastes — though we've tested far better options for not that much more cash. See how this mini brewer stacks up against our full lineup of the best drip coffee machines.
REASONS TO BUY
Very small footprint
Pleasant pouring experience
Very inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
Does not brew at the right temperatures
Inconsistent performance
Not great-tasting coffee
Doesn't automatically turn the hot plate off

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Bottom Line While we think this machine gives a mediocre cup of coffee, it is convenient to use and affordableEasy to use, programmable options give you the tools to brew your coffee to your likingThis inexpensive machine gives you a few key features without breaking the bankAn inexpensive brewer that makes decent coffee with programmable functionsThis brewer is a small and straightforward, inexpensive, and an all-around average drip coffee maker
Rating Categories Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mi... Ninja 12-Cup Progra... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Black+Decker 5-Cup
Brew Quality (35%)
4.1
7.8
3.5
4.5
5.5
User Friendliness (30%)
6.1
8.7
6.1
5.4
4.0
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
4.5
7.9
6.9
4.5
4.0
Consistency (15%)
3.6
6.5
6.1
6.2
6.3
Specs Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mi... Ninja 12-Cup Progra... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Black+Decker 5-Cup
Average Brew Temperature 194.1 °F 202.5 °F 191.9 °F 192.2 °F 199.6 °F
Average Time to Brew 6 Cups of Coffee (minutes) 8.09 8.48 7.9 7.88 8.95
Scheduled Brewing No Yes Yes Yes No
Preinfusion No Yes, not adjustable No No No
Footprint Dimensions (H x W x D) 10.0" x 6.5" x 8.0" 14.5" x 9.5" x 8.3" 13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1" 8.2" x 12.2" x 11.0" 10.8" x 7.4" x 8.3"
Cup Capacity 1 - 5 cups 1 - 12 cups 1 - 12 cups 2 - 12 cups 1 - 5 cups
Single Serve Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Filter Shape Flat Cone Flat Flat Flat
Power Draw 650 watts 1100 watts 950 watts 975 watts 650 watts

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew generally didn't score very high in our testing, yet it is affordable and simple to use. If you're a little more particular about your morning java, you can check out some other options on our best drip coffee maker review.

Performance Comparison


The Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew is easy to use and the carafe pours nicely.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brew Quality


In our temperature test, Mr. Coffee 5-Cup struggled to brew at an optimal range. Averaging 194.1°F, this coffee maker falls just shy of the desired 195°F-205°F suggested by the SCA, leading to less flavor extraction. Couple this with the manufacturer's suggested measurement of coffee grounds, and you have a recipe for a weak cup of coffee. There is no pre-infusion option or any of the added features you might find on a higher-end model. The Mr. Coffee 5-Cup has just one switch to toggle the machine on and off, meaning it does not shut off on its own if you run out the door and forget. The basket is a mini version of the standard flat basket. However, we found that you can use a standard-size filter if you need to. There is no reusable filter included, and the water distribution across the grounds isn't very consistent. When it comes to flavor, we didn't think the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup quite measured up. If you don't mind a weaker coffee, or you like to add creamer, sugar, or other flavoring to your coffee, this might not be a big problem.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - water distribution was not even, leading to less flavor extraction...
Water distribution was not even, leading to less flavor extraction from your favorite coffee during brewing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

User Friendliness


The Mr. Coffee 5-cup could be considered quite user-friendly if you are basing your assessment solely on ease of use. Without any programmable settings to mess with, making coffee with this machine is pretty foolproof. Add your coffee filter, put in the grounds, pour in your water, close the lid, and flip the switch. The only potential hang-up is that the brew basket is a bit weird. At first, it wasn't very obvious which way it goes in, but once we figured that out, we were in business. With that being said, the lack of ability to personalize your coffee experience may be a glaring loss if you are used to a tastier pour-over.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - having a single switch makes this brewer easy to use, but means a...
Having a single switch makes this brewer easy to use, but means a lack of customization options. It also means having to remember to turn it off before you dash out the door.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

There is a sneak-a-cup feature on the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup, but we noticed it tended to drip without the carafe underneath. With a hot plate warm enough to heat the coffee in the carafe, this dripping can lead to burnt coffee on the hot plate, not one of our favorite things. The water reservoir is located in the back of the machine with a lid that opens to both the water tank and the coffee grounds. Fortunately, this space is large enough that there isn't much fear of accidentally spilling water into the grounds while you're filling the machine. The hinge of the lid to the water reservoir is located on the left, so it would have to be poured right-handed. There is also an indicator window on the right-hand side so you can see how much water you're adding. Overall, the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew is very simple to use.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - the water reservoir shares a lid with the coffee grounds, but we...
The water reservoir shares a lid with the coffee grounds, but we didn't find that to be a problem. There seemed to be plenty of room to ensure water didn't accidentally end up in the grounds.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The Mr. Coffee 5-Cup has a dishwasher-safe glass carafe and lid, and the filter basket is also dishwasher-safe. We were a bit surprised to find the manufacturer has no recommendation for descaling. It is simply suggested to add water and run a single brew to flush the system, which won't provide the deep-cleaning power you need to keep your machine running smoothly. We also noted that the hot plate needed to be wiped down quite often as the sneak-a-cup feature tends to leak. Cleaning is a breeze, assuming you don't have to scrub burnt grounds off the hot plate, but it seems the process may not get the job done as well as some form of descaling might.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - the sneak-a-cup feature tended to leak, letting drips of coffee hit...
The sneak-a-cup feature tended to leak, letting drips of coffee hit the hot plate where they left a burnt mess.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Consistency


For temperature testing and data collecting, we took the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup to sea level to get accurate readings. On average, the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup gave us 175°F carafes of coffee based on the measurement of five separate brews. As far as brewing temperature goes, this machine did not impress. With an average temperature of 194.1°F in the brew basket, we found this machine brewed at colder temperatures with each subsequent brew — the opposite of what most machines do, as they often heat up with repeated use.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - this machine brewed at lower temperatures with each consecutive pot...
This machine brewed at lower temperatures with each consecutive pot brewed, also, the hot plate heated the coffee as it sat, which can give it a more acidic burnt taste.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew?


Though the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup does little to impress or set itself apart from other low-end drip coffee makers, but it isn't a horrible option for small-space living. If you are willing to compromise affordability for a less tasty coffee, this is not a bad machine to go with, but there are far better options out there — including inexpensive and small options that taste and perform better.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - the 5-cup's size would make it a good fit for a small space, but we...
The 5-Cup's size would make it a good fit for a small space, but we don't like that it does not automatically shut off after a certain amount of time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

What Other Drip Coffee Makers Should You Consider?


We've tested a few models that are higher up on the price ladder but provide better-tasting coffee. The Black+Decker is a 5-cup machine with a little more impressive performance that results in better-tasting coffee. If you can afford to splurge just a little more, the Ninja 12-Cup is well worth the investment, offering very useful features, great ease of use, and a much more satisfying brew.

mr. coffee 5-cup mini brew - this machine brews an alright cup of coffee, but there are several...
This machine brews an alright cup of coffee, but there are several other options that give much better flavor.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Kendra Ridenour