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Single Serving Coffee Pot??

I've got an espresso machine but what I really crave is a Keurig-type machine for a single serve regular coffee. Right now I'm supporting my neighborhood coffee shop which is nice....but sometimes it's pouring.......
VERY CONFUSED by all the different choices and models. Is Breville the same as Keurig? What about Cuisinart? Which is best? Read lots of poor ratings but personal experience might be more helpful....WHICH ONE SHOULD I BUY? (not much room left on my counter so small is good)

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  1. The Keurig at Costco is the best deal you'll find short of a used machine. It comes with I believe 60 K-Cups, as well as a re-usable K-Cup that you can fill with whatever grind of your favorite coffee. Buying K-cups alone can get really expensive, so the re-usable K-Cups are a must. If you don't want to shell out that much money just find a nice french press-type coffee pot.

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    1. re: Bunson

      This is what I have. It comes w/ 4 different "drawers" of brewing. It's a single cup, multi-use brewer. I love it. The 4 drawers are used for:

      K-cup drawer
      regular ground coffee (or loose tea)
      a water drawer (for tea, oatmeal, etc.)
      Pod drawer


      1. re: Bunson

        We bought the CostCo Keurig on sale just about a month ago, and so far, so good. I had always laughed at the fools who spent that much for homemade coffee but...

        We have used the reusable K-cup, but find we need extra coffee for the strength we like.

        We've sampled various store "flavors," and we've found that Mr. P. prefers a medium roast and I've loved the Italian Roast, extra bold. Making it in a cup rather than a mug gives me the strength I prefer.

        Plus, with a discount Bed Bath & Beyond coupon, I got free shipping on a pack of extra bold for iced coffee--add ice in a tall commuter mug (not glass), brew the hot "iced coffee" pod (I know, sounds silly), add more ice, a bit of skim milk, Splenda, vanilla syrup and I have my own Skinny Latte-(ish) for about 50 cents. From what I read, buying the pods made for iced coffee mitigates the dilution effect from the ice.

      2. This is your simplest and cheapest option. Plus, it won't hog space on your counter:


        I use a small French press.

        1. My vote would be for your non-K cup options. A small moka pot works for me, a small French press, is another good option, and the pour-overs can produce wonderful coffee (I don't like pour-over since results can vary wildly with technique...if you can manage it in your pre-caffeinated state, your patience will be rewarded).

          1. The Nespresso mini. If you are a true coffee affectionado, there is nothing close to the quality of the Nespresso pods.

              1. re: FlyerFan

                This is probably the best recommendation from the standpoint of being able to make the absolute best cup of coffee.

                It doesn't have the speed or convenience of a pod machine. Or the price tag.

                A french press is a bit easier to learn to use. And both a french press and a pour-over cone can make a very good cup of coffee. But neither is as versatile as the Aeropress. And with a little practice/experimentation, the Aeropress is second to none in terms of bringing out the best in whatever beans you prefer (well, except maybe a Clover).

                1. re: FlyerFan

                  Amen to the Aeropress. Makes a phenomenal cup of coffee, quick and easy to use and clean, takes very little space, does not need to be plugged in or sit on a counter, inexpensive to purchase and use.

                  1. re: FlyerFan

                    I am a big Aeropress fan. I'm the only coffee drinker in my house and the Aeropress is the best solution. It makes a wonderful cup of coffee, I have control over the strength, it doesn't take up room on the counter, and it doesn't involve creating piles of trash for the landfill or recycle bin like the pods do. It does have a little bit of a learning curve and you should realize it is a little bit stiff when you first get it. But stick with it and you will be greatly rewarded.

                  2. It seems as though you are intrigued with the whole coffee pod thing. I understand that they are expensive and don't produce exquisite coffee, but they have their uses. We got our office Keurig from Amazon because I have prime & once we added shipping--Amazon was cheaper. It works perfectly for this context. Everybody can choose their own drink and can have it whenever they want. How much coffee do you drink? At home, if I want a great cup of coffee, I use my aero press. But, I don't live in a coffee drinking house. I agree that Nespresso makes better coffee pods, but the machines that use them are considerably more expensive. My brother was able to pick one up for less than $100. Figure out how you are going to use your machine & then look around. Happy caffeining!

                    1. I stopped supporting my neighborhood coffee shop long ago. I use the Bialetti 6 cup Mocha Express.Brews a wonderful cup, around 12 oz. Simple, and pretty much unbreakable.Think their about $30.00 I also travel with it.

                      1. I love a good strong cup of coffee, 1 cup at a time. The keurig coffee makers make a very very weak cup of coffee. I was just making a 2 cup pot of coffee with my 12 cup coffee maker, and if I wanted a second cup I would brew another 2-cup pot. I just bought an Aeropress and it is absolutely wonderful. You can still adjust the strength of your coffee and it takes up very little space. For me its as good if not better than the expensive coffee shop I used to go to. Check them out, wayyyy cheaper than a keurig also.

                        1. I started with a Tassimo about 6 years ago. I really liked the coffe brandds and flavor options, but finding the pods locally was difficult so was having to order online. With daily use, I never had a problem with the machine.

                          2 years ago, I was gifted a Kuerig. I liked the option of using the re-usalbe K-cup and liked the idea of having K-cups more readily available. However, this machine has given me problems since the first few months. About every tenth cup, the pump will stop and I have to pick it up and shake the whole unit around and after a few attempts it will work again. I've also decided I really don't like the re-useable Kcup option. If I'm going to the trouble of filling and cleaning it for each cup, I might was well use my french press or my Melitta Ready Set. I also haven't found coffee's I really like in the Kcup line. The ones locally available are not my favorites, so I'm ordering online anyway.

                          So the Keurig is going off to college with my daughter and I'm switching back to my Tassimo with my french press, Melittta, and Chemex as backups.

                          1. Aeropress! Forget the pods. Bad idea.

                            1. I don't have a lot of counter space, and I prefer to use an electric kettle in the space I do have available. That means I pretty much stick to pour-overs (Melita single cup and 10 cup - both under $10). Lately, I have been using them in combination with the cold-brew method to make a cup of coffee that tastes better than my local coffee house.

                              1. KitchenAide just came out with a single serve model too. I'm not one for what I consider to be the gimmicky K-cup machines because it's locks you into a brand, and it does seem like an awfully large counter eating appliance for an 8 oz cup-o-joe.

                                1. I have gone through 4 Keurig brewers, none of them lasted more than 15 months. They are not repairable and all of them had quality control problems with the pumps. I gave up on them and bought a Bunn pod brewer. I make my own pods with a Perfect Pod Maker and filters so I can use my own preferred brand of coffee.

                                  Both the Breville and Cuisinart machines are made by Keurig and they seem to have the same poor construction. I really, really don't recommend them.

                                  The Bunn is not as "sexy" looking, it's louder during a brew cycle than the Keurig, and it's water reservoir is smaller, but it has been brewing faithfully for me for a couple of years and has outlasted all my Keurigs.