A single cup coffee maker can certainly provide you with a gourmet coffee experience at a much lower price than going to your favorite coffee shop. Over the course of even one year, the savings can really add up and help pay for your new coffee brewer in no time.
However, single cup brewing is definitely a different way to make coffee, and a different style of coffee maker is needed. So there are some important considerations to make when buying this type of coffee machine. In this article, we will be providing you with some useful tips to help you find the best coffee maker for making single cups of coffee.
There are different kinds of single-serve brewers that are available and they don’t all brew the same way. Popular brands include Tassimo, Nespresso, and Keurig. In addition, here are a number of different brands of standard coffee machines that are able to brew pods, K-cups, or single-serve coffee.
Single-serve coffee brewers can vary widely in price, so your first purchasing consideration is the availability of the types of coffees or other beverages you want to brew and drink. The function will be enhanced or limited by the variety and supply of K-cups or pods that are available for the coffee machine.
The operating costs for K-cups, capsules or pods will run you from .30 to .70 per cup. You can reduce your cost by buying in bulk.
Cup And Capacity Features
Some single brewers offer several cup size options. A 10 or 12-ounce brew size works best for travel mugs, but having more than one option can be nice. Having a larger water reservoir if several people are using the coffee machine can be convenient.
Performance and Power
Power affects brewing speed, temperature, and performance. Most coffee brewers range from 1200-1500 watts.
Ease of Use
Most single-serve brewers are very user-friendly. You just fill the water reservoir and add your K-cup, pod or capsule. The water reservoir should be easy to remove and clean.
Features and Functions
Some single-serve brewers will brew iced beverages and/or tea and hot chocolate in addition to coffee. There are also single-serve pod-style brewers for espresso, cappuccino, and lattes.
Other important features to consider include cup height, removable drip trays, multiple cup size options, size of the machine, programmable clock, brew temperature features and sleep mode feature.
If your preferred single cup coffee maker has a reusable filter that is available, you will be able to use your own coffee instead of buying pods. This can be a lot more economical. For example, Keurig offers a reusable k-cup filter.
Other convenient accessories that can be handy to have including a descaling solution and water filter replacements.
Read Reviews and Compare Prices
Before making your final decision on which single-serve brewer to purchase, be sure to compare the prices and features of several models. Reading consumer reviews from actual users is also a good idea.