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Is a Single Cup Coffee Maker the Best Choice for You?

Updated on February 17, 2015

Single Cup Coffee Maker a Popular Choice

Is a single cup coffee maker the best choice for you? If so you are joining the ranks of those choosing the convenience and affordability of one cup coffee makers.

As popular as coffee shops and cafes may be in modern American culture, a large percentage of people still make at least some of their daily intake of coffee at home.

The most often cited reason for this is the speed and convenience brewing at home can have over taking a trip to the local Starbucks.

It is no huge surprise then that the single cup coffee makers quickly growing in popularity. Most major kitchen gadget brands now have some form of one on the market.

It is a market that has expanded so much recently that there is asingle cup coffee makerout there to suit pretty much anyone’s preferences.

Chemex makes one that is a truly no frills approach. A glass vessel, paper filter, your favorite ground coffee, some hot water, and there you have it- a single cup of coffee.

This low tech, artisanal approach probably isn’t for everyone though, so companies like Keurig and Cuisinart have brought some single cup coffee machines to the arena that are anything but low tech.

These coffee makers use pods or cups that are filled with measured amounts of coffee, tea, or cocoa which are then brewed to your cup size setting.

They also feature a water reservoir much like a regular coffee maker, so if speed and convenience are your main concerns, they have you covered.

If you are looking for more than just a "cup of joe" then you might be interested in some of the more advanced coffee makers. Some actually feature milk pods that can froth them for a latte or cappuccino, giving you more of the coffeehouse experience right at home.

More Popular Single Cup Coffee Makers

Cons of a Single Cup Coffee Maker

The concern that has been raised with single cup coffee makers, particularly the machines using the pre measured pods, is that they lag behind the corner coffee shop in the taste department.

It is not a terribly significant problem, just worth noting. Of course nothing can compare to the taste of a carefully prepared cup brewed with freshly ground coffee, but it is important to remember that usually nothing can compare with the cost of that either.

So if you are looking for something to cut down on your cost per cup and cut back on the time spent getting that cup then you should probably seriously consider getting a single cup coffee maker.

What do You Think About Single Cup Coffee Makers?

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    • MyMastiffPuppies profile image

      MyMastiffPuppies 2 years ago

      Wow! I wish I could get by on one cup in the morning. Our son had one of these while he was at college. He doesn't drink a lot either but likes the convenience when he does. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I wish I had one because in the morning, that's all I make for myself is one cup of coffee. Maybe if I can make room for it, I will get one. Thanks for sharing the idea. Nice hub, I voted up.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thanks Phil!

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I don't drink coffee, but that doesn't mean I can't read your hub and recommend it as useful.