Tassimo vs Keurig vs Dolce Gusto vs Senseo

What Is the Best Single Serve Coffee Maker?

Single serve coffee machines comparison. Which one to choose? Pro and Cons for the major brands: Keurig, Tassimo, CBTL, Dolce Gusto, Senseo and Nespresso.

Are you looking to buy a new coffee machine? You would like to buy a single serve coffee machine and the abundance of choices is a bit too much? How to choose your coffee maker, what is the best single serve coffee maker? Hopefully this lens will help you decide.

Dolce Gusto - DeLonghi Coffee Maker - DeLonghi Piccolo Plus - for Dolce Gusto

A hybrid between espresso machines and capsule coffee machines, it is the most convenient while still affordable espresso maker. It has a 15 bar pump, that is exactly the pressure needed for an espresso. Easy customization of the prepared beverages. It makes various beverages with a button touch. It can brew:

  • Gourmet coffee
  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Iced drinks

DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Plus Coffeemaker, Produces Gourmet Coffees, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Iced Drinks and more
DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Plus Coffeemaker, Produces Gourmet Coffees, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Iced Drinks and more

The thermoblock heating will make preparing the coffee instant, with no waiting time.

The 15 bar pump will ensure a coffee extraction similar to an espresso brew.

Hot and cold beverages.

An attractive price.

It uses the great Dolce Gusto pods, which are among the best options on the coffee capsules market.

 

Single Cup Systems compared - Pros - The Strengths of Major Single Serve Coffee Machines

  • Bosch - Tassimo - Best for people who like coffee beverages, cappuccino. latte, mocha, etc. It is a complex machine. You can add more water at the end of the brewing.
  • Nescafe - Dolce Gusto - Coffee experts will be attracted by the high pressure pump, (15 bar), that improves the brewing by extracting exceptional aromas and a perfect body.
  • Keurig - the K-Kup System - Best for coffee lovers and enthusiasts a variety of coffee types. It is a simple machine, a little more silent than others. A lot of coffee choices. You can even use your own coffee with the reusable filter.
  • Phillips - Senseo - Coffee pods are cheaper than any other ones. You can make two cups at a time. You can adjust water volume. Multi-beverage system, can brew cappuccino, coffee and tea.
  • Cuisinart Single Serve - Powered by Keurig Uses the same K-cups as the Keurig, very silent, BPA free, a great alternative for the well known single serve makers.
  • CBTL Kaldi Single-Cup Brewer - With a high pressure pump, (15 bar), and a unique twin pressure system it can brew excellent coffee using gentle pressure or it can pull a perfect espresso using the high pressure pump. Italian design and a great assortment of coffee, espresso and tea from the renowned "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf", makes it a great competitor.
  • Nespresso - Nespresso Automatic Espresso Makers are a hybrid between single cup coffee makers and automatic espresso machines. They only do one thing, but they are doing it great, espresso, (and cafe americano). It is close to a single serve because it uses coffee pods, it is fully automated and it makes a real foamy espresso, unlike other contenders in the single serve category.
  • Keurig - the VUE System - Finally a competitor for the Tassimo products. Smart pump, with different pressure for different beverages, control coffee size, strength, and temperature for a better flavor. Aided by the interactive touch screen you can brews café type beverages, simple coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and anything else.
  • Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop is a single cup coffee maker that doesn't use capsules. Brews a hot coffee, and allows you to use your own coffee for money saving, and absolute choice of coffee beans.
  • Verismo by Starbucks is an automated, capsule based, espresso maker. The great thing about the Verismo is that you don't need a separate milk frother, the frothed milk can be obtained from a capsule, so a late is so easy to make.

Starbucks' Verismo

Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer Piano Black (011023262)
Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer Piano Black (011023262)

Verismo is a real espresso maker, with a 19 bar pump, which allows great shot extraction. This combined with the espresso science behind their capsules, makes it a great competitor on the automatic, capsule based, espresso machines market.

You will get the same great espresso every morning, no bad shots, no missed extraction times, no room for errors.

 

Single Cup Systems compared - Cons - The Weaknesses of the Major Single Serve Coffee Makers

  • Bosch - Tassimo - Little coffee choices, this might change in the future though.
  • Nescafe - Dolce Gusto - It might take a little time until you get your first perfect cup of coffee. You need to manually control the water level. For some, (like me), this is a feature, for others this is really annoying and it defeats the purpose of having something done automatically.
  • Keurig - the K-Kup System - Doesn't do frothed milk hence no cappuccinos. There is little control over the strength, water temperature and pressure. No espresso.
  • Phillips - Senseo - can get messy, and the pods are not sealed so the ground coffee loses its flavor in time if not stored properly.
  • Cuisinart Single Serve - Powered by Keurig - coffee tends to be weak if you use the default setting, the machine is rather big.
  • CBTL Kaldi Single-Cup Brewer - No capsules for steamed milk, but they sell a milk frother. Some people complain that it only fits small cups, but for me this is a feature, if I need more coffee, fresh is better.
  • Nespresso - It is more expensive than any of the coffee pod makers, no pods for the steamed milk, but they sell a milk frother which is way better. It only makes espresso. I am an espresso lover, I love these machines.
  • Keurig - the VUE System - It doesn't have a code reader so if you are not fully awake in the morning coul mess up.
  • The fact that the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop doesn't use capsules makes a little less convenient to use than its competitors. It takes a bit to understand the coffee measurements and the settings, (about 10 minutes), and you need to read the instructions.
  • Starbucks' Verismo is a great espresso maker, but it won't get you a regular coffee if that's what you are looking for. I personally, didn't like the milk from the Starbucks capsules, I thought it had an artificial taste, but many people don't mind it.

Senseo 7810 Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine

Multi-beverage system capable of brewing coffee, cappuccino and tea, with volume selection for 3oz., 4 oz., 5 oz. cup and 6oz., 8 oz., 10 oz.

Interactive LCD Display and adjustable spout allows for use of your favorite coffee cup, from small cup to a mug.

Senseo 7810 Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine, Black
Senseo 7810 Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine, Black

Senseo is a rather expensive machine, but despite that it still has a steady base of customers, and that is for a reason, it brews great coffee.

The coffee pods contain beans from Douwe Egberts, one of the leader brands in Europe.

The Senseo single serve doesn't have a powerful pump, hence this coffee will not be your regular espresso, however the patented frothing chamber, Phillips' innovation, will inject air in the resulted brew, to create a special crema.

The coffee from a Senseo is something you haven't tasted yet, and it is great. Witness are the great Amazon reviews, take a look.

 

Senseo Video Review

Great Black Coffee or Easy to Make Cappuccino?

What are you looking for in your Single Cup Coffee Machine?

The perfect black coffee

sibian 4 years ago

Hot black coffee, it is the only way to differentiate between different beans. Then again, it is a matter of personal taste.Myself, I'll have anything that's got a trace of coffee in it, and preffer sugar and milk separate, ie I have a chunk of chocolate, wash it down with a cup of hot milk, and top everything up with an espresso, or short black as we call it Down Under


TheCoffeeConnoisseur 4 years ago

Black coffee is my usual taste, but an occasional cappuccino, latte, and/or espresso sometimes hits the spot.


ErinRivers 4 years ago

I like my coffee plain most of the times. Just sometimes a latte and a cappuccino are my craving...


ChrisShaefer 4 years ago

Great Lens,Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. I really appreciate a publication like this that gives such thorough information. Two big thumbs up and a couple like votes for you!!! Please stop by and say hello on my lenses some time.Peace,Chris


anonymous 4 years ago

my favorite drink is a venti Starbucks brewed coffee with 4 shots of espresso added. I have a keuig at work, the Diedrich French Roast isn't bad. I just got a Dolce Gusto at home, and so far, not impressed...using the esspresso cup, the result has crema, but doesn't have that strong, rich espresso taste like a shot from a coffee shop.


anonymous 5 years ago

I gave up on my DolceGusto. It made good coffee, yes but the pump continually failed and the Canadian Shopping channel from whom I purchased it,would not stand behind it.


yourselfempowered 5 years ago from Gloucester

Hot, strong, black with a good flavour. :)


juditpaton 5 years ago from Ozun

strong black coffee, why to spoil it with anything else?


networkproblems 5 years ago

Black coffee please. Once or twice per month I go for a cappuccino, but my choice is black coffee.

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    Cappuccino, Latte, Espresso, Chocolate, and more...

    anonymous 3 years ago

    you got to love a latte!!!!!


    SYC2002 4 years ago

    Normally, I only drink Latte or Cappuccino. Occasionally, a small dose of Espresso for a change.


    sibiana 4 years ago

    Give me my latte...


    kmyangel 4 years ago

    I don't drink coffee but sometimes I enjoy a good Cappuccino :P


    anonymous 4 years ago

    Espresso - two sugar please.


    Skin-Health 4 years ago

    An Espresso, please, with two sugar.


    brian_pelton 4 years ago

    If I'm drinking black coffee I prefer a percolater. However, my favorite cooffee is espresso and the best espresso machine to enjoy it at home is Illy. Great lens!


    renstar lm 4 years ago

    Well I will start by saying I own a Tassimo and love it and use it every day but my friend has the Nescafe Dolce Gusto and says it to much messing for just one mug of coffee plus to expensive to use everyday


    ara-bella 4 years ago

    i'll have a macchiato :)


    anonymous 5 years ago

    I love plain black coffee and add only sugar to it. But I also enjoy from time to time an espresso or a cappuccino.


    colleenw1 5 years ago

    The capability to have more than just a cup of coffee...

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      Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker - Single Serve Gourmet Coffee Maker

      Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel (49981) (Discontinued)
      Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel (49981) (Discontinued)

      This is in my opinion the best single serve coffee machine. I love the fact that you have some level of customization, the coffee comes out hot, and the machine look absolutely gorgeous.

      Very versatile, it allows you to use your own coffee, and it has a stainless still mesh/filter. This is great, because it allows the coffee oils to pass through, whereas with the paper filter the coffee is too clear for my taste. This coffee maker is a real gourmet coffee maker.

       

      Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

      Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function
      Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function

      The Breville is a deluxe variant of the Keurig's single cup coffee makers with its quiet pump technology, and luxurious finish.

      The machine uses the K-Cup, a technology made famous by Keurig, which provides the largest coffee selection possible.

      The Breville's patented "showerhead" sprays a precisely calibrated amount of water, using temperature and pressure designed to extract the maximum amount of flavor from the grounds.

      The unit can also use the reusable My K-Cup that accepts any variety of ground coffee.

      The removable 60-ounce water tank that can brew up to 10 cups before refilling, and the filtration system reduces the water impurities for optimal taste.

      Other features include an LCD control with digital clock, auto on-off time, five brew strengths, variable brew temperature, and an iced beverage function

      A My K-Cup and included measuring spoon are included in the package and are conveniently stored in the brewer's top compartment.

       

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      Cuisinart Single Serve Brewing System

      Cuisinart Single Serve Brewing System has a charcoal water filter that removes impurities, chlorine and bad tastes from your water for the best results.

      It uses the K-Cup, that means you can benefit of the most premium coffee brands on the market as you would with any Keurig machine.

      You can also choose to brew your own gourmet coffee as with any Keurig machine.

      Automatic on / off setting

      Fully programmable backlit LCD with digital clock, auto on/off, and adjustable temperature control

      My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

      5 cup sizes, including iced beverage setting and removable drip tray for height adjustment for tall travel mugs

      All parts in contact with water and coffee are BPA-free

      This is a great luxury alternative to the Keurig's single serve systems.

      CBTL Single Serve Coffee System

      CBTL is an easy to use, single serve coffee and tea machine that combines the taste and quality of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf using Italian technology and design. The CBTL capsules are well assorted allowing unique experiences. Fresh espresso, brewed coffee or tea are just one touch away all the times.

      CBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer, Red
      CBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer, Red

      Makes great coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and espresso

      Small footprint fits anywhere in your kitchen

      Designed in Italy

       

      Why Choose a Single Serve

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      Single serve are already a huge commercial success and there is a reason for that. They are convenient, they make a good coffee, and they are easy to use. They are good enough even for coffee snobs, such as myself. They are able to excite my avid senses of taste and smell.

      Single serve coffee machines are the right choice even for small offices.

      Choosing between the different manufacturers could prove a little difficult.

      Most people will decide between Tassimo with its revolutionary bar-code reader and Keurig with its reusable K-cup filter.

      Wait, there are other good choices on the market!

      Keurig vs Nespresso vs Tassimo

      There is a lot of things to compare between the three coffee machines, but this short comparison focuses on the most important ones.

      The only one that makes real espresso is Nespresso, it has the adequate technology, (powerful pump), to deliver it. Tassimo makes espresso but the taste is not of genuine espresso, although the crema is decent. Keurig doesn't do espresso at all. If you like espresso buy the Nespresso coffee machine.

      The best drip coffee you get it from the Keurig, the machine pushes the water with pressure through the capsule and the end result is a flavorful drip coffee.

      If you like coffee based drinks, such as latte, or cappuccino, your best choice is the Tassimo, the technology behind it, the impressive assortment of pods, and the easiness in preparing make it the best choice. The end result will be exceptional, you won't know it wasn't made with real espresso.

      If you want cheap, delicious coffee, the best choice is the Keurig. If you use the refillable capsules, you will be able to use your own coffee, (great savings), and use gourmet coffee.

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      JackieBlock 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      I have a Keurig, and I love it. As a busy mom, I have it in my bedroom, so I can start my day off with a coffee, before getting everyone else up.


      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just got the dolce gusto creativa. Awesome piece of machinery. Fifteen bars of pressure. Tasty flavors. Great product IMO


      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Dolce Gusto is doing a great job. I am a coffee enthusiast and this little wonder is very close to an espresso machine. I am brewing myself a strong Americano every morning. I am considering the Cuisinart for my parents, since they aren't into the espresso thing.


      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for a good review of the single serve. I am buying a new one and haven't decided yet which one to pick. I am still debating this with my husband. :)


      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Dolce Gusto Creativa and a CBTL. Had Tassimo(s) but gave those a way. The CBTL is expanding and has recently offered more drinks. CBTL's espressos are superb and I really like the coffees...Butterscotch Toffee ... Yum ; ) My fav is the CBTL Costa Rica coffee. So why do I need my DG, because the lattes and caps are flavorful and fun. My CBTL is for serious coffee and my DG for those fun times.


      anonymous 5 years ago

      I own a DG Creativa and a CBTL. Both are great machines and I wouldn't part with either. I think of my CBTL as the serious maker; superb espresso and now a great choice of coffees. My DG makes flavorful lattes and is my fun machine.


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      yourselfempowered 5 years ago from Gloucester

      I hadn't thought about a single serve coffee machine before. And since I work from home, alone, I thought making a full pot of coffee would be a waste (I don't drink a lot of it), but a single serve machine sounds great! :)


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      colleenw1 5 years ago

      We have had a Keurig B60 Special Edition for about a year. Absolutely love it!! Would never go back to a regular coffee maker.. EVER!!!


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      rick grubb 4 years ago

      I own a Keurig B40 myself and love it


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      ara-bella 4 years ago

      I like the dolce gusto best!


      brian_pelton 4 years ago

      My favorite drink is a shot of espresso in Star Bucks black coffee! Mmmm


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      Coffee-Break 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada Author

      @brian_pelton: That is a great combo. I take the same.


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      Coffee-Break 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada Author

      @ara-bella: I think they are great machines.


      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am very pleased with my Nespresso Cityz. I got it as a gift, and i am using it every day since.


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      kmyangel 4 years ago

      Very good reviews ! Thanks for sharing!


      sibiana 4 years ago

      Love your lens, quite comprehensive.I think I need a new espresso machine


      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got a bctl coffee machine from my parents as a gift and haven't used it can't find that brand of singles for it does anyone know if I can use other brand of coffee inserts?


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      Coffee-Break 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada Author

      SJ, You can buy them on Amazon. Here is the link:cbtl capsulesI assume is CBTL...


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      latishaalford 4 years ago

      I had not heard of this brand before. Thanks for sharing.


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      Coffee-Break 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada Author

      @latishaalford: CBTL are pretty solid on the market, their capsules a good.


      zacrew7 4 years ago

      Just noticed you're ranked 3000 with this. Hope you make it to tier 1 :)


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      Coffee-Break 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada Author

      @zacrew7: Yeah, it feels great to have a lens ranked within the 3000. The rank comes mostly from traffic, which improved greatly as we get closer to Christmas. But the other ranking parameters are not going up...


      myspace9 3 years ago

      Beautifl and informative lens. Thanks so much for squidliking one of my lenses.


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      WorldsBestDad 3 years ago

      Hey I didn't realize Breville made a single serve coffee maker, if it's as good as their juicer I'll have to check it out. Thanks. =)


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      aesta1 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did not realize how many brands there are now. Makes it harder to choose. Like all the ones you featured here.


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      BruceBair 3 years ago

      I love coffee but am not a fan of these machines. I prefer to hand grind fresh beans and heat water to make a single serving. Since you did not review what I use I won't mention it here. Great lens, very thorough.


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      mariacarbonara 3 years ago

      I like my Tassimo. Easy to use and a good variety of drinks available


      ewstuck 2 years ago

      I received a tassimo and Dulce Gusto for Christmas. After trying both for a month I gave the tassimo away.....enough said

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