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Single-serve, compact drip coffee maker that’s easy to use and a great gift idea for students

If you love coffee, but don’t need a coffee maker that makes a bunch of cups at once, a single-serve coffee maker is the way to go. With the Kitchen Selectives single-serve, you can use your choice of ground coffee to make delicious coffee on a budget. As a compact unit, the CM-688 is a great gift idea for students on their way to college.

Brews 8, 10, 12, or 14 ounces of ground coffee

Whether you want a small cup or a large mug for pulling an all-nighter, the Kitchen Selectives CM-688 can provide. Brew an 8, 10, 12, or 14-ounce mug of coffee without using expensive pods. This machine also comes with a 12-ounce mug, so you are ready to brew as soon as you open up the box.

Hinged lid

The ground coffee is poured into the machine and then contained using a hinged lid The push button opens it back up for cleaning and refilling. The lid is designed to fit tightly for safety, so you don’t have to worry about holding it down manually or something going wrong and ruining your cup of coffee.

Removable drip tray

When your coffee is being brewed, you’re bound to have a few drips and spills. The removable drip tray makes cleanup easy. Simply remove it and rinse it off in the sink if you accidentally spill or just want to keep things spotless.


Cheaper to use grounds rather than pods

A big plus to the CM-688 1-Cup is that you save a lot of money by not having to use pods. A lot of single-serve brewers require K-cups or other brands of pods, and these can get very expensive. Using ground coffee is cheaper and often tastier, as you can get gourmet brands like Starbuck’s or Blue Mountain.

Very compact

The Kitchen Selectives CM-688 is very compact, so it easily fits in very small kitchens, offices, and even dorm rooms. It’s also sleek and short and adds a modern flair to any space.

More coffee = stronger coffee

It’s easy to adjust how strong you want your coffee to be with this single-serve drip machine. More coffee equals stronger coffee. This makes sense, as water also weakens any drink, whether it be coffee, tea, or lemonade. For a strong cup, simply pack the filter full of ground coffee and use less water.


Lid gets stuck

One of the annoying things about the unit’s design is that the lid is really tight. It’s hard to open even with the push button, so you might have to pry it up. This doesn’t affect the coffee quality though, so it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.

No auto shut-off

A more major problem with the CM-688 is that there is no auto-shut off. If you forget to turn it off, it stays on and wastes energy. Lots of other single-serves do include this feature, so this is where the Kitchen Selectives cheapness shows through. Write yourself a note and keep it by the machine so you always remember to shut it off after you brew your cup.

Overall Review

This is a simple and affordable single-serve brewer that’s ideal for small spaces and people on a budget. It includes a cup and would be a great gift for a recent high school graduate who loves coffee. They can keep it in their dorm room and make their own delicious coffee every morning using affordable ground coffee instead of pricey K-cups.