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Single Serving Coffee Makers

Updated on September 23, 2014

Single Serving Coffee Makers: Keurig vs. Tassimo

Keurig or Tassimo, what is the best single serving coffee maker for you? In the world of single serving coffee makers, two brands have filtered to the top: Keurig and Tassimo. Both offer consumers an assortment of cartridge options (called K-Cups for Keurig and T-Discs for Tassimo) that can be inserted into the coffee maker to be brewed, and both brands have established loyal followings. Each has its strengths and flaws. The one you choose depends on your preferences,

Let's Talk About the Price on these Single Serving Coffee Makers

Keurig or Tassimo? Except in the case of the money-saving My-K Cup (for Keurig's coffee makers), price is not much of a factor. Granted, specialty coffees cost more to make than a simple cup of coffee, but that's true in any coffee shop. Both Keurig and Tassimo come in a range of models, too, priced according to consumer demands. Considering the money saved by not purchasing beverages outside of the home (or by not pouring out half-full pots), both machines can pay for themselves in short order.

But comparing to a classic espresso machine, these little discs you need to buy adds up quickly. Very quickly. So you will need to decide if the time you save is worth the cost and pollution factor (these little discs are producing more waste than a bag of coffee).

single serve coffee makers
single serve coffee makers | Source

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Makers - For K-Cups

For those who like a basic cup of coffee, a Keurig will likely meet your needs. Keurig offers a wide variety of flavored and non-flavored coffees, plus a few other options such as hot chocolate, apple cider, and tea. Additionally, for those who prefer a brand of coffee not available in pre-sealed K-cups, Keurig users can opt to fill the reusable "My-K Cup" with their own special blend of coffee grounds.

Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System
Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System
This is the most affordable (under 100$) Keurig machine. If you plan on buying your first single serving coffee maker, there is no point in buying the most expensive, top of the line machine first. Especially if you are unsure your going to like it. You might be back to your drip coffee after all. This one is cheap, designed for the K-Cups (when shopping, make sure you buy a Keurig that is actually made for K-Cups, some are just regular espresso machines) and offers a one year guarantee. The size is attractive too for those having limited space. It measures 13-1/4 by 10 by 13 inches. If you like your coffee quite strong, you will need to select the smaller size cup when brewing your coffee, otherwise it might be too weak for your taste.
Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter - Old Model
Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter - Old Model
Possibly one of the most interesting aspect of the Keurig single serving coffee makers: the My K-Cup. My K-Cup is a reusable filter that will allow you to use your own coffee and tea instead of the disposable K-Cups. It's economical, more friendly for the environment (that's the biggest selling point for me) and useful when you run out of K-Cups. Amazon often offer it at a discounted price and you may end up paying less than on the official Keurig online store.

Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Makers

Tassimo owners do not have the same diversity of coffees available, but they do have access to better options for specialty coffees. For those who prefer to start their day with a latte, cappuccino, or espresso, Tassimo is definitely the way to go. Using the barcode printed on each cartridge, Tassimo coffee makers always make a perfect cup. Plus, while the selection is not as varied as with Keurig, Tassimo does offer an array of coffees, hot chocolates, and teas.

Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer TAS1000UC
Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer TAS1000UC
Fully automated single serving coffee maker by Bosch. This machine is compatible with the Tassimo T-Discs. Allows you to make cappuccinos and lattes!

If you are using hard water, you may need to descale your single serving coffee maker on a regular basis to keep your machine making the best coffee cup possible.

Where To Buy Tassimo T Discs
Where to buy Tassimo T-Discs locally and online

Nifty Tassimo Coffee T Disc Carousel
A must have for any Tassimo machine owner

Single Serving Coffee Makers, What's Your Favorite?

Perhaps the answer for you, as it is for many households, is both.

Single Serving Coffee Makers, What's Your Favorite?

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    • whiteskyline lm profile image

      whiteskyline lm 

      8 years ago

      I definitely need one of these, they had them where I used to work and it was definitely one of the highlights of the day

    • intermarks profile image


      8 years ago

      I can smell coffee right away. Concentrated coffee is always the best.

    • CameronPoe profile image


      8 years ago

      Time for me to get one for my girlfriend.

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      8 years ago

      I have a good friend who has a Keurig machine so I don't know how the other tastes. Nice lens. :)

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      8 years ago

      I'm a Kureg girl. But a lot of that has to do with the fact that my husband has finally found something he can enjoy too. He loves the hot apple cider and hot cocoas. Great page here. blessed.

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      8 years ago

      I have a Keurig best product out there

    • Stress-Master profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you, love coffee and nice lens.

    • SquidooMBA profile image


      8 years ago

      We have a Tassimo at the office. It is our second machine in just over two years as we have a lot of coffee drinkers. I am not a huge fan of the single serve machines but they do a commendable job of meeting a need within the coffee community. The main reason I am not a fan of either machine is my obsession with lattes. We have a Gaggia Classic (Lens plug!) that makes fantastic espresso. You have done a great job with this lens and I like the "My K Cup" feature as a way to hold down the price on the single serve Keurigs.

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      8 years ago

      I love my keurig and the K cup filter!

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      8 years ago

      wow now i need to consider buying keurig :)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      love my keurig. could not go a morning without it.

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      8 years ago

      I only drink Arabic coffee.. I wonder if that could be made with one of these machines? Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      cool lens thanks without coffee i couldn't perform

    • SheilaMilne profile image


      8 years ago from Kent, UK

      I have no experience of either of these. We use Nespresso and find it excellent.

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      8 years ago

      i love my me a nice cup of coffee (flavored like i like) and its hot

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      8 years ago

      The Keurig seems good.

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      8 years ago

      I had no idea they made a reusable K Cup until now. Great idea and great lens!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      My mom finally got a Keurig after we nagged her about it for years. Now it's all she talks about. Buying my parents gifts is so easy now, as they each have their favorite coffee flavors.

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      8 years ago

      Keurig is the perfect solution in my office since everyone likes a different blend he or she can choose their desired k cup.

    • magictricksdotcom profile image


      8 years ago

      Keurig all day long! Keeps it hat, brews tasty coffee.

    • LaraineRoses profile image

      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Seems like we're wasting a lot of coffee these days. Thank you for the review. It may prove helpful in days to come. Congratulations on your purple star and Squidacademy award! I'm adding a blessing.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have a Tassimo but the latest is Nespresso which I tried in Switzerland and it makes superb coffee.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      8 years ago

      On my planet, coffee does not exist in single servings but in copious quantities, dawn to dusk :) but I've had coffee from both Keurig and Tassimo makers, and must admit both are very tasty.

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      8 years ago

      Keurig coffee makers are a bit pricey, and their coffee is $17 a box, but they are so delicious! Definitely worth the extra buck!

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      8 years ago

      I like reading your lenses, your doing a great job keep up the good work!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for the reviews. They are very helpful.

    • Wendy L Henderson profile image

      Wendy Henderson 

      8 years ago from PA

      I have a Keurig Elite and I love it!!!


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