Maybe like me, you may have noticed that single serve coffee makers are just about everywhere. I first saw one at a party I was attended. Towards the end of the evening the hostess was making coffee for anyone who wanted some.
Instead of making a whole “pot” of coffee, each guest was able to choose from a large selection of flavored caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees packaged in containers called K-cups. Several varieties of tea were also an option.
Of course, I was enthralled. What a boon to civilization. Well, maybe just a great invention. First I chose a delicious blend of coffee, my hostess put it in the coffee maker and about a minute later I had a wonderful piping hot fresh cup of coffee. Just to my liking.
Well, I have to admit I was impressed. My next step was to compare the cost of making a single cup of coffee using the special purchased cups and making a pot of coffee. Much to my dismay the single serve coffee cups were much more expensive than buying a can of coffee. My disappointment didn’t last long. While researching several different brands of single serve coffee makers I discovered that the better brands come with an empty plastic K-cup that allows you to fill with your favorite brand of coffee. Now you are only paying more if you use the specialized coffee. Plus, by making single cups at a time there is no more wasted half pots of coffee and no one has the drink from the “bottom of the pot.”
There are several advantages of using a single serve coffee maker. Following are a few:
- If someone in the family likes decaffeinated coffee and others like caffeinated there is no longer a problem.
- Maybe you like flavored coffee and your spouse likes plain.
- There is hot chocolate for the kids at a moments notice.
- Tea lovers are not left out.
- Guests have a choice of coffee.
- No more “bottom of the pot.”
- No more throwing out unused coffee in the pot.
- Lattes for those who love them.
As you can see there are many advantages of owning a single serve coffee maker. When you purchase one of the better models the one machine can take the place of several appliances. You have a coffee maker, a latte or cappuccino maker, a tea maker, and a hot chocolate maker all in one machine. Also, some of the brands have an iced coffee or tea option. It looks like they thought of everything.
Several of the major appliance brands are now making single serve coffee makers. The prices and amenities do vary. Also, quality can affect the price. Some come with water reservoirs that contain filters. This is something you will want to have. You don’t want to have to fill the machine with water each time you want to make a cup of coffee or tea.
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