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Flavia Coffee Machine Review – Is It Worth Buying & How to Use

Ever heard of Lavazza? Though so. Well, they have their own line of office coffee makers called Flavia. But with a seemingly sub-par reputation and obviously not among the best coffee makers for home use, is it even worth buying a Flavia coffee machine?

Yes, buying a Flavia brewer can make sense, especially if you’re looking for a machine that can brew java for more people.

But you have to keep in mind that even though the Flavia coffee makers are supposed to be quality, office-friendly units, their associated user ratings are far from promising.

The top-rated Flavia coffee machine is the Flavia J10NBK Fusion Station  and it’s not a typical coffee machine per se.

Yes, the Flavia Fusion Station does make coffee but it’s also geared towards making tea, hot chocolate and other hot drinks.

And while this coffee maker is considered the top-rated product of the Flavia brand according to most users, it still doesn’t have a flashy rating.

However, we’re going to take a more detailed look at the Flavia Fusion unit later on.

Now we’re going to examine each ‘real’ Flavia coffeemaker and what ratings they have!

MARS DRINKS FLAVIA Creation 500 Brewer

It’s decent but it obviously could be better, according to the associated ratings. The Flavia Creation 500  coffee brewer is far from popular among coffee lovers and it shows.

Honestly, the real lack of user reviews supports that, while the sub-par ratings don’t do the Flavia any favor.

Anyhow, let’s take a look at what kind of features the Flavia C500 offers.

And since it targets large office areas, we’re starting with dimensions and weight:

  • 19.9” D x 10.6” W x 17.1” H
  • 27.8 lbs

As for the general convenience of this Flavia unit, we’re glad to report that it’s pretty convenient.

This coffee maker is portable and can be placed in just about any place in an office or home environment.

That’s because it comes with plumbed-in and pour-over options.

Since the manufacturer claims that the Flavia C500 is ideal for officess with over 50 workers, it also supports 3 different languagues – English,  Spanish and French!

Now, keep in mind that the Flavia Creation 500 brewer is far from cheap.

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Although it most likely won’t be considered expensive if it’ll serve over 50 employees.

However, your wallet will definitely feel much lighter if you’re buying it for 1 person – you.

The Flavia Comfort 500 Also Offers 4 Different Brew Sizes

Indeed, you may choose between several different brew sizes:

  • Over Ice cup – 3 oz. (or around 90 ml)
  • Small cup – 5.4 oz. (roughly 160 ml)
  • Regular cup – 7 oz. (approx. 205 ml)
  • Large cup – 8.3 oz. (~ 245 ml)

Keep in mind that the Over Ice cup size is supposed to be used if you want to brew your coffee over ice, obviously!

Also, adding to the convenience factor is the fact that each brewing session takes less than 1 minute.

Thus, if you’re in a 50+ people office, this means that you won’t have to wait for ages just to grab a hot cup of coffee.

There’s even more added practicality for large offices thanks to the gigantic 101.4 oz. water reservoir, meaning less refills.

There’s also a removable drip tray because this coffee machine works with pods only.

And last but not least, you’re getting a patented brewing technique to eliminate any flavor cross-over between brewing sessions.

That’s very office-friendly indeed!

Flavia Creation 200 Brewer


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Is The Flavia Creation 200 Any Better Though?

That’s hard to say, but at least it’s cheaper!

In fact, the Flavia Creation 200  coffee brewer is about 3 times cheaper than the Creation 500 equivalent.

They’re also quite similar ratings-wise since both have sort of a “meh” ratings.

But there’s also one key difference between the two – the number of people (read employees) that it can make coffee for.

The Creation 200 coffeemaker is ideal for mid-size offices of 15 workers max. In contrast, the Creation 500 unit is suitable for large 50+ people offices!

Other than that, they both share pretty identical features and functions.

The C200 is also easy to use and has the ability to brew coffee in around 40 to 60 seconds i.e. less than a minute.

It also brews a single cup at a time for maximum efficiency and less mess.

Besides, since it’s designed to be used in smaller offices, it’s more compact as well.

These are the dimensions and weight of the Creation 200 brewer:

  • 15.6” D x 9.4” W x 15.5” H
  • 20 lbs

Last but not least, there are two cup size options to choose from:

  • Over Ice – 3 oz. (around 80 ml)
  • Regular – 7 oz. (roughly 200 ml)

Keep in mind that the Over Ice option should be used when you want to pour your coffee over ice, logically!

Flavia J10NBK Fusion Drinks Station, Black

What About The Flavia Fusion Coffee Machine – That’s The Best-Rated Flavia Unit, Right?

Yes, the Flavia J10NBK Fusion  is typically considered the top-rated Flavia brewer out there.

But don’t assume that it has a stellar rating, because, like other Flavia products, it’s pretty mediocre.

And just like them, it’s not very popular either.

During my research for this coffee machine, I found that more than half of the customers don’t think that this is a brilliant product…

And no, this isn’t a typical coffee maker! The Flavia Fusion is simply a single-serve brewing station that happens to brew coffee as well.

Nonetheless, this brewer does come with a few neat features like a brew-by-pack system for easier brewing.

There’s also a removable water reservoir for easier cleaning and refilling.

Also, you’re also getting a charcoal water filter inside to improve the taste of whatever drink you decide to brew.

Sure, this machine can brew more than 30 different drinks (including coffee) and that’s awesome.

But when your top-rated product isn’t even a pure coffee brewer, that doesn’t speak well about your specialized coffee makers.

Yep, I’m referring to the Flavia brand!

Flavia Creation 150 Brewer

Is The Flavia Creation 150 The Smallest Flavia Brewer Then?

Yes, the Flavia Creation 150  coffee maker is the smallest and most compact of all Flavia brewers.

It’s intended to be used in small offices or meeting rooms with only a handful of people.

This also makes it the most home-friendly Flavia Creation coffee maker.

On top of that, it utilizes a very compact design, signifying its counter-top nature.

Actually, here are the dimensions and the weight of the C150:

  • 13.5” D x 9.1” W x 14.4” H
  • 12 lbs

Honestly, these compact dimensions make this portable coffeemaker just about ideal for home use too.

Also, its decent price tag means that it’s also affordable for a home coffee brewer.

Regardless, personally I’ll probably never spend my money on this coffee maker.

Regardless, it does come with all the bells and whistles of its bigger siblings, such as:

  • Fast brewing (under a minute)
  • Brews only a single cup at a time
  • Multiple brew size options (Regular and Over Ice)
  • Removable water reservoir

And one of the most useful features of the Creation 150 brewer are the other drinks that it can make.

Apart from cappuccino or latte, you can also brew hot chocolate and tea, making it quite versatile!

Flavia Coffee Machine Cleaning Instructions – How Can You Clean Your Flavia Coffeemaker?

Here’s how to properly clean and maintain your Flavia coffee maker in X easy steps:

  1. Unplug your Flavia unit (i.e. turn it off)
  2. Pull out the drip tray and remember that the upper part of the drip tray removes so give it all a good brushing under warm water
  3. Remove the waste bin where the used pods are, empty it and clean it as well
  4. Rinse the inner part of the machine (behind the place where the waste bin for pods is) and then dry it with a clean towel
  5. Pull the face of the machine (the pack door) towards you (located just above the drip tray and the waste bin) by putting one hand on top of your Flavia unit, while placing your other hand just below the pack door and just give it a nice yank *don’t worry, the pack door IS meant to be opened*
  6. Clean the pack door on the inside using a brush and warm water
  7. Use a cloth piece or an antibacterial wipe to clean the area behind the pack door that you just removed
  8. Remove the filter of your Flavia machine by lifting the lid, located on the top
  9. Wash and rinse thoroughly so that there are no traces of soap left
  10. Reassemble your Flavia coffeemaker and enjoy the coffee that comes out of it

Sure, Flavia units might not be the easiest coffee makers to clean, but these steps are easy to follow.

Also, keep in mind that these steps are pretty much universal for all Flavia brewers.

So, whether you’re using a Flavia Creation 400 or Creation 500 machine, you can use the exact same steps to properly clean it!

How To Fix The Dreaded Flavia Coffee Machine Error 328!?

The scary 328 error code shows up when there’s a fresh pack stuck in it.

Here’s how to fix it:

  1. Place one hand on top of the brewer and the other under the face (pack door) of your Flavia unit
  2. Pull firmly to remove the pack door
  3. Once you’ve removed it you should be able to see the pack that caused the error code 328 to display
  4. Clean the inside using a cloth piece or an antibacterial wipe and then dry it with a clean towel
  5. Turn off your Flavia machine by flipping the switch located on the back right corner of the brewer to Off
  6. Flip the switch back to On
  7. Voila, your Flavia brewer is now ready to brew coffee again

However, if for some reason the error message persists, you can contact the manufacturer or simply call 1-877-273-5812.

Although I really doubt that you’ll have to since the steps above should fix your problem.

Still, your Flavia might have a mind of its own and then you’ll need to get in touch with the manufacturer itself!

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Where Can You Find Flavia Coffee Machine Repairs?

There are service centers that can repair your Flavia coffee machine, both in the US and the UK.

And here are two companies that offer such repair services, based on their location:

United States

Dieb – Authorized Flavia Service Center

Address: 9334 State Hwy BB, Hillsboro, MO 63050, USA
Email: dieb@diebent.com
Phone: +1 800-237-0521

United Kingdom

Belair – Coffee Retailer That Offers Flavia Repair Services

Address: 94 Alston Dr, Milton Keynes MK13 9HF, UK
Email: enquiries@belaircoffee.co.uk
Phone: +44 1908 220200

Before you do anything though, my advice would be to contact the repair service company or send them an inquiry.

However, even if the aforementioned companies do repair Flavia machines, you have to make sure that they can repair your particular Flavia brewer.


Buying a Flavia coffee brewer can certainly make sense, mainly if you’re going to use it in an office environment and if you want good-tasting coffee.

But as we already mentioned, the user ratings for Flavia machines are generally not very good and these brewers are not very cheap either!

So you’d probably be better off just going for one of the proven and reputable coffee makers like the classic Keurig K55 .

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What do you think about Flavia coffee machines though – do you like them or not?

Feel free to let us know by dropping a comment below!

Last update on 2023-01-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

8 thoughts on “Flavia Coffee Machine Review – Is It Worth Buying & How to Use”

    1. Hello Loretta and welcome!

      Could you please specify which filter for the SB100 are you referring to – the charcoal or the mesh filter?

      I’m not sure if the coffee machine will work without any of those filters so you need them to brew coffee with your SB100 unit.

      And if you’d like to know whether you can brew coffee without one of the specific Flavia filterpacks – no, you can’t. You’ll need to insert a filterpack into the filterpack holder.

      Hope this helps – if not, let me know if you have any additional questions!

      Cheers and God bless,

      — Simon

        1. Hi there Bob and welcome to CL!

          Good to hear about your positive experience with the SB100.

          And yeah, distilled water can definitely make a difference, especially if you live in an area where tap water is harsher.

          Cheers and God bless,

          — Simon

  1. We have a 500 and these machines actually taste like coffee, Keurig all the cups taste the same unless they are some outrageous fake flavored type.. I don’t think reviewer has a clue about Flavia machines personally…

    1. Hi there Gixerman!

      First and foremost – thanks for your input.

      Although taste is a subjective thing that might vary from person to person, it’s a good thing that you pointed out (in your opinion) that the Flavia 500 makes better coffee than a Keurig brewer.

      That’s perfectly fine, but the main factor that we discussed in the article is that these Flavia machines are more geared towards offices, while other more typical brewers tend to be more home-friendly.

      Does that mean that you can’t use a Flavia coffee maker as your go-to home brewer? Absolutely not!

      But it’s all about perspective.

      Cheers and God bless,

      — Simon

  2. Flavia packets are the worst-tasting coffee on planet Earth. Avoid at all costs, unless you hate the people in your office and want them to suffer. Go ahead and waste money on something that will barely ever be used. People will just bring their own coffee from home once they taste the liquid asphalt coming out of these machines. Just put a cheap drip maker in the break room with a can of no-name grocery store grounds. These machines do not make good-tasting coffee.

    1. Hi Joe and welcome to CL!

      Thank you for your valuable input.

      Do you use tap water to fill the water reservoir of the coffee machine btw? It might mess up the taste of the coffee – just saying.

      Cheers and God bless,

      — Simon

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