Finding the Right Single Cup Coffee Maker

There are many different types of single coffee makers to choose from, and this is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it’s great because there are so many choices to fit different budgets, preferences and lifestyles. However, choosing the best coffee brewer for you can be a daunting task.

Shopping for the right coffee maker is a bit of a research project, but this article will make it a little bit easier for you to buy that perfect unit.

The first thing you should do is determine your budget. How much can you or do you want to spend? You can find very basic single cup coffee makers for around $20. Higher end models cost between $100 and $200 or more, and commercial units can cost upwards of $1000.

Super low priced coffee makers are normally good for one cup of coffee before needing to be refilled with water for a second cup. You’ll pay more for a coffee maker that can hold more water and make multiple cups before needing a refill.

There are different types of coffee brewers, and knowing which one you prefer is going to make your shopping easier. I’m sure you’re familiar with the somewhat plain coffee makers – you fill one up with water, place your filter inside, fill it with ground coffee, and your cup of coffee is brewed moments later.

  • K-Cup Brewers
  • Coffee Pod Brewers
  • Starbucks Verismo Brewers
  • Tassimo Brewers

K-cups and their coffee makers are manufactured by the company Keurig. K-cup brewers make use of little cups (called k-cups) that are pre-filled with ground coffee beans. You fill the tank with water, put your little k-cup in the slot, press a button, and within seconds you have the easiest cup of coffee that you can possibly make.

Coffee pods are different but similar to k-cups – they are filters that look like tea bags that are filled with ground coffee beans. Coffee pods are a little cheaper than k-cups.

The Verismo makes coffee as well as other Starbucks beverages like lattes and cappuccinos. If you love Starbucks but want the convenience of making their drinks in your home, consider buying a Verismo.

Tassimo brewers use what are called t-discs. Each t-disc is filled with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. When you place a t-disc inside a Tassimo coffee maker, a micro-processor actually reads the barcode that is printed on the label. This is how the brewer chooses the correct beverage size, brewing time, and the temperature that should be used while preparing the beverage. Tassimo brewers are similar to k-cup brewers, but k-cup brewers have a simpler brewing cycle which gives them an edge in overall performance.

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