What is a single serve coffee maker?
single serve coffee makers (or brewers) use individual K-cups, soft pods, and even scoops of ground coffee to make single cups of fresh, hot coffee. Many of these brewers draw from a large water reservoir so you can keep making individual cups of coffee without having to refill after every serving, while others just hold enough water for one cup. Keurig is known for popularizing the single serve coffee brewer, but there are many other brands that make units as well.
What are the advantages of a single cup coffee brewer over a traditional coffee machine?
There are many advantages to using a single cup coffee maker. It’s a lot more convenient than a traditional coffee maker because it’s much faster to make just one cup than a whole pot. When you’re in a rush in the morning, you can make one cup for yourself and be on your way. Your coffee will always be fresh this way, too, and won’t sit around in a pot all day. Using a single serve also provides more variety, because many brewers make tea and cocoa in addition to coffee because of the K-cups. A family with non-coffee drinkers can enjoy the machine just as much as coffee lovers. Another advantage is how easy a single cup coffee maker is to clean compared to a traditional coffee maker. You don’t have to deal with stained glass pots and when you use a single serve brewer with pods or K-cups, all you have to do is rinse the water reservoir every now and then.
Do single cup coffee makers have any downsides?
The most obvious downside of single serve coffee makers is that they are a lot more expensive than regular coffee makers. Even the cheaper ones that use K-cups will cost you more money, because K-cups are more expensive than ground coffee. K-cups are also bad for the environment, though you can find single serve brewers that have permanent filters or reusable cups. In terms of the actual coffee, it isn’t always as strong as people would like it to be, or hot enough. This is especially true if the single cup coffee maker you buy is on the cheaper end.
How much coffee can I make?
Depending on your needs, you can choose from a wide size range. The size of the water reservoir determines how many cups you can brew before having to refill the brewer, and each brewer usually has 3-4 cup sizes you can choose from ranging from 8 ounces to 32 ounces. The Hamilton Beach 49995 FlexBrew single serve coffeemaker is a true “single serve” in that it only brews up to 10 ounces (just over 1 cup) and only holds that much water, too. The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 holds up to 6 cups, so it’s a good choice for families. The Keurig K75 has a capacity of 10 cups, and the Hamilton Beach 49980A has the largest capacity with 12 cups. If you’re buying a single cup coffee maker for an office or if your whole family drinks coffee, you’ll definitely want a brewer that has a larger water reservoir so you can keep brewing individual cups without having to refill after each serving.
How fast are single cup brewers?
Speed is one of the benefits of using a single serve coffee brewer. Most single cup coffee makers are very fast and brew a normal-sized cup in a few minutes. The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is a bit slower and takes 4 minutes to brew a cup. The Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 49990Z takes only 90 seconds, and the Keurig K45 Elite Blue is the fastest at at under a minute.
What if I want to make coffee without pods?
Because of the popularity of ground coffee (because of taste and affordability), many single cup brewers are being designed for ground coffee. Look for paper or permanent filters, like the one in Cuisinart DCC-3000. Other useful features for ground coffee single cup coffee makers include measuring marks so you know exactly how much coffee to put in. You can also look for single cup coffee brewers that are designed with both regular coffee filters and places for pods. Hamilton Beach has two coffee makers that are both pod and ground coffee compatible. The Hamilton Beach 49980A comes with a regular coffee filter and a removable pod holder that you snap into the unit. The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew also works with both pods and ground coffee. The brew basket even has measurement marks on it so you don’t overfill.
What kind of technology do single serve coffee brewers have nowadays?
single serve brewers are known for their technology, and some are more advanced than others. Common technological features include lit LCD and touch screens, so you can easily select brew size, strength, and so on. The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-On-Demand 12-cup programmable coffeemaker not only holds a ton of coffee, but lets you set the brew time up to 24 hours in advance so your coffee will be hot and ready the moment you want it. The Hamilton Beach 49980A is also programmable and even lets you set the strength to either “bold” or “regular.”
If I want to make coffee for a crowd, what features should I look for?
single serve coffee makers make individual cups on demand, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to serve a lot of coffee for a party at some point. Some features to look for include K-cup carafe compatibility, two reservoirs, and separate reservoirs for brewed coffee. The Keurig K550 2.0 brewer is able to brew K-cup carafes, which are basically just larger K-cups that brew four cups of coffee at one time. You place a carafe underneath the machine and fill it up. The Hamilton Beach 49980A has two water reservoirs – one for single cups, and one for carafes. The Cuisinart DCC-3000 takes this idea to the next level with its coffee reservoir where up to 12 cups of brewed coffee are kept hot.
What’s the cleaning process?
Depending on whether your single cup coffee maker uses grounds or not, cleaning is extremely easy. When you use a brewer with pods or K-cups, all the fluids or grounds are contained, so there isn’t really a need to clean out coffee remnants. You do have to keep the water reservoir washed out or it can start to calcify. Even if the coffee maker does use grounds, they’re still very easy to clean. As an example, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew has dishwasher-safe parts. One of the cooler single serves, the Cuisinart DCC-3000, even has a special feature that lets you know when it’s time to clean everything.
How much do single serve coffee makers cost?
The price range on single serve brewers is very wide. The cheaper ones (the Kitchen Selectives CM-688, Hamilton Beach FlexBrew, and Hamilton Beach 49980A) only cost between $30 and $80. These are great options for students. The next brewers, like the Keurig K45 and Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 both cost around $120, while the Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand is just under $200. The most expensive single-cup brewers are very pricey. The Keurig K75 single-cup home-brewing system (with its 72-ounce water reservoir and quiet operation) costs around $400.