The Best Coffee Maker at Costco
A review of the coffee makers at Costco Wholesale
Costco holds a special place in my heart. If you’re here then you know what I mean. It’s like Toys’R’us for adults. A major reason I decided to do some research into this is because although Amazon has everything, the return policy can be cumbersome. Especially compared to Costco’s policy.
Most coffee makers are fairly large in the box, awkward, and heavy. If you want to return them, you can by mail, but manufacture’s warranty doesn’t cover shipping. On the other hand, Costco has a generous return policy. Costco also offers store returns for online purchases. This warms my heart.
The Costco in Central Florida had 2 coffee makers in stock. Not including the Keurig. Online they have 1 more for a total of 3. All coffee makers are under $100. The rest are either Keurig, over $900, or an espresso / cappuccino machine.
Costco recently took down all the coffee makers that were previously reviewed in this article. The stores I visited no longer carried the models & neither did their online store. As of this writing in early December 2019 there are only 2 coffee makers.
On the other hand, Costco has a generous return policy. They also offer store returns for online purchases. This warms my heart.
Costco Coffee Makers Reviewed
Java Groove's Choice
The Best Coffee Maker at Costco
Mr. Coffee Easy Measure 12 cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Standing at 14” tall and 9” wide it doesn’t take a lot of counter space. The biggest selling point of the BVMC-RF100-CP is how affordable it is. As of this writing there is a $10 immediate savings. Compared to the same model at Amazon for $43 it’s a great value.
One feature that separates this coffee maker from the competition is that it indicates when the coffee was last brewed. With this Mr. Coffee maker you no longer have to question when coffee was made. Along the bottom of the warmer there is a LED wrap around display timer in 30 minute increments.
The scoop feature seemed somewhat gimmicky. If you’ve been brewing coffee for sometime you understand how much coffee grounds are needed. It doesn’t hurt to have another scoop though.
This Mr. Coffee model comes with two 30-day water filtration cartridges that reduce calcium & chlorine. Costco doesn’t sell these cartages. You can have the replacement cartridges delivered from Amazon.
The most common gripe with this Mr. Coffee model BVMC-RF100-CP is the new carafe design. Hot condensation pours from the inside lid and out of the wide opening which makes a mess. Others complained that if you don’t push down the lip securely then you’ll end up with grounds in your coffee. Another complaint was there isn’t a lot of room for the carafe to set in and take out.
Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee and Espresso System
Costing 199.99 it’s a big leap in price compared to the other Mr. Coffee sold at Costco. It does have many bells and whistles. Some may appreciate all the gadgets this coffee machine has. Others may find it is a bit frivolous.
The coffee maker has a 3-in-1 feature. You can brew anywhere between 1 to 10 cups of coffee. The thermal carafe is made of stainless steel and heavily insulated. This is the reason why there isn’t a warmer built into this coffee maker. If the coffee gets too cool to drink then you know it’s stale anyways.
When the Keurig K-cup patent expired in 2012, private labels have been more affordable. They offer a wider variety as well. If you’re a Keurig user you’ll appreciate the fact that this Mr. Coffee can take K-cups too.
If you don’t have or like K-cups you can add your own coffee grounds in the basket that comes with the machine.
There also is a duel espresso machine that pushes out 15 bars of pressure. It’s able to pour 2 shots at once. Also on the side is a built-in milk frother wand that lets you make a cappuccino or latte.
The biggest issue with the coffee maker is that it isn’t programmable. For $200 you’d think that they would have the basic feature.
Another complaint about the product was it was a bit of a pain to clean & put things together. For example, if you’re used to throwing in a K-Cup and pressing start then it may take a little getting used to the additional steps involved in getting a cup.
As of this writing Amazon is selling the same machine for 189.99.
Jura A9 Coffee Center
There are a few of these super all-in-one coffee makers at Costco. The Jura A9 coffee maker is the best for your buck. At $1,399 it is pricy. Unfortunately they didn’t have them at any of the local stores. I’ve read the reviews and sometimes they have refurbished ones on sale in-store.
Why is it $1,399? Because it does everything. With a built-in grinder and programmable color menu (not touch), it makes espresso, coffee, and cappuccinos with a press of a button.
I could go all day listing the features.
There were many positive reviews, but one common complaint about it was the coffee beverages weren’t piping hot.
Unfortunately, Costco doesn’t offer as many coffee machines as it did just last week. That usually changes after some time. The coffee makers here are good enough. They come with a warranty and Costco has a great return policy that makes it enticing to buy from them.