We hope you enjoy our comprehensive guide on the single cup coffee maker. With so many models to choose from, there can be some information overload! It is our goal to pick the best models in several different categories depending on your needs. Feel free to use the table of contents to jump straight to the reviews if you prefer. Otherwise, read on for some things to consider before making your purchase.
Types Of Single Cup Coffee Brewers
The first thing to consider is what type of machine you are looking for. Do you prefer the convenience and flexibility coffee pods provide? Or maybe you rather use the old reliable drip machine. Many drip machines come with single cup capabilities. In fact, you can get a machine that does both!
Single Cup Pod Brewer
I’m sure you all know what these are, but there are many different brands that can be confusing. Some cups are not compatible in some machines. Our recommendation is to stick with the Keurig coffee makers. They are the ones that started it all and there is a machine for every type of situation. The only thing you have to be a little careful about is whether you are getting a Keurig 2.0 machine. These newer models only accept single cups that are 2.0 compatible. Having said that, the vast majority of coffee roasters have converted over. But it’s a good thing to keep in mind.
Drip Brewer With Single Cup Capabilities
These machines are what everyone is most familiar with. Drip machines are the most popular choice for making large pots of coffee. They are great for households with multiple coffee drinkers or family gatherings. But many of these coffee makers come with the capability to make a single cup of coffee or a full pot! Keep in mind the process is a little more involved than a pod brewer. You need to use a filter, add water, scoop your coffee, and clean up. We recommend these machines for the household that only needs to use the single cup feature occasionally.
Multi Function Brewer
As you probably guessed, this type of machine does both. It can accept a coffee pod or you can make one cup using the drip feature. We don’t really recommend these. If you need to make pods and drip coffee, it’s probably better to get separate machines. You’ll get more choices and in our opinion, a better quality coffee maker!
What To Look For When Choosing a Single Cup Coffee Machine
In the late 1990s the single cup coffee machine became a popular addition to the modern kitchen. There are many benefits that you can get from this kind of coffee machine. Of course, to receive these benefits you have to know what to look for when choosing a single cup coffee machine.
The Type Of Coffee Machine
There are many different types of coffee machines on the market. It is possible to get single cup French presses and steam mocha pots. However, most people are looking for automatic coffee makers and they fall into two categories. As mentioned before, the first category is a single cup drip coffee machine and the second category is the single-serve systems that use pods.
Machine Limitations or Cup Restictions
There are a number of big brands that limit their coffee machines to their coffee. This is particularly true when you have a pod machine. These machines use special pods to create the coffee and leave you with no other option. If this is not an option that appeals to you then a drip machine would be better. Drip machines generally do not have any restrictions on the coffee you can use.
Measuring A Single Cup
When using a drip machine it may be hard to determine the amount of coffee needed to make a single cup. Certain machines will have an indicator which helps with this process. The single-serve machines are easier to use as a single pod is a single cup of coffee.
Looking at these factors ensures that you find the best coffee machine to suit your needs. Ease of use is possibly the most important aspect of a coffee machine.