I have had several Keurig coffee makers. I have to say that they have been great about trying to help with any problems I have called them about. They replaced two of my coffee makers that just would not work correctly.
While I was waiting on a replacement, I decided to try something different since I had all these coffee pods and no way to use them. I read through Amazon reviews and watched Youtube videos and decided on the My Jo Coffee Maker by Presto. It is fairly small, easy to use, easy to clean and needs no electricity, just hot water. It would be great for traveling or camping too.
The My Jo makes up to a 10 ounce cup of coffee.
The base has a needle in it to puncture the pod like other pod type brewers.
The bottom of the top piece has a pointed cone that punctures the top of the coffee pod.
The My Jo is made to be able to heat water in the top of the container in the microwave. It has a small plug in the bottom of the top piece that has a split in it. The split is tight and holds water until you add pressure from the top piece. Kind of a plunger action to create pressure to move the water through the coffee pod.
I had to use both hands to get the water through the plug, one to push the plunger and one to hold the bottom of the coffee maker to keep it from slipping off the mug.
The size of mug makes a difference. the mug needs a stable base and a size that is a little bit smaller in diameter than the My Jo base.
What I found out accidentally, is that taking out the plug allows the coffee to gravity flow through the pod. I use pressure if I want to speed it up and at the end to make sure all of the water is pushed through.
This gravity flow allows me to do other things while the coffee is brewing. It didn’t taste any different from the coffee I had brewed by applying pressure with the plug in place.
This coffee maker also came with a reusable coffee pod. This works great with my own ground coffee. No messy grounds leaking through, easy to fill and easy to clean. It is sized to sit in the pod area of the My Jo base. It is shorter than a regular coffee pod and the needle doesn’t pierce the bottom (which makes sense – that would be a mess!)
Even though I had my Keurig replaced, I find that I am using this coffee maker everyday. It is quick and easy to use and I like using my own coffee in the reusable pod that comes with the My Jo.
I planned on making a video using the My Jo Coffee maker. I did a test video sitting on my porch using my iPhone. Not an easy task for a first timer. My cat tried to help and that was interesting. I tried to remake the video a couple of times using my camera and a tripod with out much success. Since I made a cup of coffee each time, my caffeine limit was going to be over the limit before I made an acceptable video review. (Yes, even I will admit that I can have too much caffeine. 😉 ) My daughter watched the video and patted my shoulder saying, Nice try mom. Oh well. I am sharing the first trial run anyway.