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.
We review the most popular single serve coffee machines. Read our side by side comparison of pod coffee makers: Tassimo, Dolce Gusto, Keurig, Senseo so you can make an easy buying decision.
NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Esperta 2 [Espresso Coffee Machine]
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
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. The pods include 15 flavor varieties including "Dark Roast", "Espresso Intenso", "Lungo Decaf", "Mocha" and "Vanilla Latte Macchiato".
The Dolce Gusto pods are also smartly designed to lock in the freshnes of the coffee.
We are sorry to see the Piccolo going away, but the Esperta is a great machine too.
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 cafÃ© 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.
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.
Additionally, the Verismo brews regular coffee, grace to the dual pressure system that adjusts the pressure depending on your coffee choice.
People who use the machine love the coffee, it makes better coffee than other brewing systems, but it has two big problems: it's more expensive, (machine and pods), and the machine's future was never too sure, because it doesn't sell that much.
If you can get past these two issues, you will enjoy great coffee.
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. 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 Original XL Single Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine
- The Senseo single serve doesn't have a powerful pump, hence this coffee will not be your regular espresso, however the patented frothing chamber, a Philips innovation, will inject air in the resulted brew, to create a special crema.
- The removable parts of the machine are dishwasher safe, for an easy maintenance.
- The drip tray is metallic, a nice touch that says "quality".
- A safety feature: if the water reservoir is empty, the machine will not start a brewing cycle. (The indicator light will blink rapidly).
- Includes two pod holders: a shallow holder for one cup servings, and a deeper filter that holds for two cups or an 8-ounce mug.
- 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 Original XL Coffee Pod Machine
The older Senseo system was a rather expensive machine, but despite that it still had a steady base of customers, because of the great coffee it made.
The new brewing system is less expensive aiming to compete with Keurig and Tassimo. The coffee taste, however remained the same.
The coffee pods contain beans from Jacobs Douwe Egberts, one of the leader brands in Europe.
Senseo Video Review
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker - Single Serve Gourmet Coffee Maker
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. Unlike the capsule based coffee machines, The Scoop allows you to tweak your cup for boldness, quantity, and body.
The machine is reliable, more than any pod-coffee-machine. The builtin safety feature will prevent the machine to heat-up if there is no water in the reservoir.
Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker Review
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.
The Best Coffee or the Best Espresso?
What are you looking for in your single cup coffee maker?
Cuisinart Premium Single Serve Brewer (SS-10) - Video Review
Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single Serve Brewer
Cuisinart SS-10 Single Serve Brewing System
Cuisinart Single Serve Brewing System is one of the best Keurig alternatives, and many people prefer it to Keurig's brewers. Here are some of its most appealing features:
- 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
- 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.
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.
© 2011 Dorian Bodnariuc