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Coffee Makers Which Is Best?

Updated on July 28, 2015
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My Keurig Coffee Maker

My Cuisinart Keurig Coffee Machine
My Cuisinart Keurig Coffee Machine | Source

Evaluating Coffee Makers

I was inspired to write this Hub after we bought a Cuisinart version of the Keurig Coffee maker. We really had not been in the market for one, but all our friends were starting to buy them and raving about the quality of the coffee produced by them. it appeared that once they tried the product you would be unable to pry it away from them! So when we saw one in a sale at half price we bought it!

There were two brands that kept coming up, Keurig and Tassimo. I found this very interesting as making good coffee is quite the art, and I have been a fan of great coffee ever since my student days when I was at University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. For anyone that knows Newcastle the Student Union building is on the back right hand corner of the Haymarket and right under the union in the same building on the right corner there used to be, in my day, a specialty coffee shop. Inside the union bar you could smell the fresh roasting coffee and it was beautiful, I was hooked!

Back then I used a Russel Hobbs percolator as this was reckoned to give the best tasting coffee, over the years I have tried many methods and honestly no coffee maker got better results than simply pouring kettle water over finely fresh ground beans in a paper coffee filter directly into a cup or pot.That was until the advent of the modern coffee maker. This lens explains why and presents some of the best.

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Cups Of Various Sizes

Cups Vary In Size
Cups Vary In Size | Source

What Makes The New Coffee Makers Better?

The Issues That Make Brewing Coffee So Hard And How These Are Resolved

1. Coffee needs to be brewed just below boiling (192 degrees F).

2. Cups vary in size and you often want only 1 cup.

3. Coffee kept warm goes stale.

4. Impurities in water affect the taste.

5. We are often in a hurry when we want it, dashing to work etc.

6. Coffee should be poured and then the cream etc. added.

7. We often want it ready at a set time, alarm call coffee!

8. We do not want to have to hang around to pour it.

9. We want this all to be done for us.

10. Grinding, filtering and percolating all lead to a lot of mess to support our habit.

To my surprise I discovered that all of these points have been addressed, at least in the model we bought.

1. You can set the exact temperature at which coffee is brewed.

2. The machine brews 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces so can accommodate any cup size.

3. Each cup is made fresh in under 1 minute.

4. The machine incorporates a carbon water filter which removes nearly all impurities.

5. The machine is faster than boiling the kettle.

6. You place the cup under the spout and press brew and can get on getting ready.

7. The machine has a clock and you can program it to brew when you want it.

8. You place the cup press brew and move away to do whatever.

9. The machine can be set up and left, even a husband can work it! LOL - I can say that as I am one.

10. The pre-packed cups make no mess!

11. There is an adapter available so you can make self ground coffee still if you want to use it up or prefer the fresh ground taste.

Deciding Which Coffee Maker Is Best

We were torn between two makes, but not for long, at the time we made our choice we were looking for the most flexible machine at a reasonable price. Our choice was made easy as most friends said that they preferred either the Keurig or the Tassimo. The favourite was clearly the Keurig, if you are a coffee lover, it is more flexible, but the Tassimo appeared to offer more ways of brewing, espresso etc.Then just as we were deciding Tassimo's started exploding hot water over people under certain (incorrect usage conditions) and that settled it for us as the local stores withdrew all of them for a time. We have had no regrets, and Keurig coffee definitely tastes better having tried both.

This said I advise everyone to try the coffee first and to consider exactly what you are going to be using it for. Features are different on every model and you may or may not want to pay extra for them. The coffee is more expensive due to the individual packaging and you may prefer to deal with the mess rather than have the best coffee ever, in order to save some cents. Coffee made this way is about half the cost of Tim Hortons, or Starbucks, and it is better, so it may be a money saver for you.

Our Fully Featured Model By Cuisinart

We chose this model by Cuisinart as we liked the style and range of cup sizes, as well as its timer capabilities.

The Coffee Maker We Chose on Amazon

Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver DISCONTINUED BY MANUFACTURER
Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver DISCONTINUED BY MANUFACTURER

This maker is the only one with all the features I listed above, and it both looks great and is highly functional.

 

Coffee Maker Poll

Which Coffee Maker Do You Prefer

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Coffee Makers Quiz

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Coffee Makers Need Coffee

Keurig coffee comes in pre-measured capsules that you insert in the machine for a perfect cup each time. The capsules are single use. Buying in bulk cuts the cost noticeably. I suggest buying a sampler pack like this to help you find your favorite coffee, before buying in bulk, which saves you money.

Coffee Lover Comments - Let Me Know Which Coffee You Prefer and Why

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    BW Duerr 

    2 years ago from Henrietta, New York

    I have an upgraded Keurig. I also picked up a used Cuisinart last summer for a second home. Both have great features, but I do like the sturdiness of the Cuisinart. It does produce varying measurements of brewed coffee though. I really can't complain since I really did get it for a great price. A really great price. :)

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @othellos: I am hoping so. We have had ours for a couple of years now and we are still convinced that it makes the best coffee ever!

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    othellos 

    4 years ago

    Very nice review lens. It will help a lot of people deciding for a new single cup. Thanks for sharing:=)

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @nifwlseirff: You do not have to be confined at all as the Keurig systems also have a basket filter (extra) that allows you to grind your own beans and still get the consistency in the brew at just the right temperature. The system is designed as a drip feed so either way you get great coffee!

    I personally find that the pod selection is good enough for everyday use. The coffee stays so fresh when it is vacuum sealed and of course the amount has been calculated to perfection. However there really are no constraints only in your mind. Hope you try one soon, you will not regret it.

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    nifwlseirff 

    5 years ago

    I love my espresso machine - even though getting the grind right for a good crema can be difficult! It was on my list of 'must buys' when I moved overseas. For bulk and fast coffee for people who don't care so much (lots-of-strong-coffee-now people), a drip system is more appropriate. The pod systems were intriguing, but I didn't want to be constrained by the bean selection (Kenya peaberry coffee beans - my favourite, but so hard to find!

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @JohannDog: All of these models make excellent coffee I am sure she would appreciate one. I really love my Cuisinart!

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    Johann The Dog 

    5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

    Great ideas for finding my Mum's next coffee maker! She loves her coffee!

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @LisaAuch1: I wish you luck, it was our present to us last year!

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    Lisa Auch 

    5 years ago from Scotland

    thanks for your review here, I so want a coffee maker, maybe I will leave this page open for y husband to see, and maybe I will get one!

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @SusanDeppner: I think both the Keurig and Tassimo's make excellent coffee. I am a Coffee drinker and if you are a Coffee person the vote favours Keurig, but if you like the fancy flavours then Tassimo has more. I like the Keurig best and I like good Columbian Coffee you can buy the K cups in bulk from Amazon and it is cheaper or Costco type places too. It brews 1 cup at a time and holds 12 large cups to a tank of water at less than 1 minute a cup to brew.

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    weallmatter 

    5 years ago

    I''m more a chocolate person.

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    Susan Deppner 

    5 years ago from Arkansas USA

    I really appreciate the excellent coffee maker review! I don't drink coffee, but my husband does. I'd love to get him a Keurig or your Cuisinart model, but I'm sure he wouldn't want me to. Sounds like I need to find someone who has one and have him taste it, as you suggested, to see how much he likes it. It certainly looks quick and easy on the commercials and I'd love for him to have something like that. We'll see. Santa, are you listening?

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @weallmatter: You can brew great hot chocolate in the Keurig or Tassimo too!

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @getmoreinfo: If you try a Keurig I am sure you will be satisfied,

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    getmoreinfo 

    5 years ago

    I have tried plenty of Coffee Makers and have enjoyed reading about your review.

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Alana-r: I am sure tat you are not alone! My wife and I need at least two cups a day and can tell if either one of us did not have their second cup!

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    Alana-r 

    5 years ago

    If i don't get my cup of Joe in the morning, people will have to steer clear of me.

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @halloweenprops: Thanks I agree that nothing beats a great cup of Coffee and the Keurig system is hard to beat. A perfect fresh cup every time!

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @latishaalford: I helps people learn without realising!

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    halloweenprops 

    5 years ago

    Great tips on getting a great coffee maker. Nothing like having having a good cup of coffee!

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    latishaalford 

    5 years ago

    I loved the quiz

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @bidandrew: This is due to the precise temperature at which the best coffee is made it is 192F or 20 degrees below boiling. Cheaper makers actually let the water boil, and that makes more acid which gives the undesirable sharper flavour to the coffee.

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    bidandrew 

    5 years ago

    I love coffee or anything that revolves around in making one! But, in terms of coffee maker one thing is for sure, expensive ones do give quality coffee cups. :)

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @FallenAngel 483: I hope that if he gets a keurig he likes it as much as I do.

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    FallenAngel 483 

    5 years ago

    I'm not a coffee lover but my Dad is a big coffee drinker. I learned a couple of things I didn't know so thanks for the education.

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