Single-serve coffee makers are a major convenience that modern technology has afforded us. While using a standard coffee brewer, you must have experienced instances where a full pot of coffee wasn’t fully consumed and you had to get rid of the remainder after it had gone cold.
This predicament can be taken care of by fast and efficient single-serve coffee makers. They are ideal for personal use. So, the next time you want a cuppa joe, don’t worry about having to make a full pot from your usual coffee machine. Just get one of these single-serve coffee makers and enjoy a quick drink all by yourself.
1. K-Elite (Keurig)
Keurig is one of the most popular manufacturers of coffee machines in the world. And it hasn’t disappointed its loyal customer base with the K-Elite. This top-rated brewer prepares coffee that is full-bodied, smooth and bursting with flavor. The control panel is fairly easy to use with simple buttons and light indicators.
You get 5 separate drink sizes, starting from 4 ounces all the way up to 12 ounces. 6, 8 and 10 ounces are the other sizes. Even though the serving size options aren’t marked in clear numbers, the pictures with cups of different heights are a cool design feature and not too difficult to make out.
For a single-serve coffee maker, the K-Elite has quite a large water tank. It can hold up to 75 ounces of water which can prepare about 9 cups of coffee. So, once it’s full, you won’t have to keep refilling every now and then.
Preheating takes about a minute and a half. However, if you don’t like to wait or you’re in a rush, then the auto-on feature is there. Through it, you can set the exact time that you want the machine turned on every morning. Regular, strong, hot water and iced are the choices of brew available to you with the K-Elite. It comes in gold, slate and brushed silver colors.
2. Specialty Coffee Maker (Ninja)
Certified by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association), the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker can do it all. Whether you want to grab a quick drink before heading out to work, fill your travel mug to enjoy while commuting or savor a specialty brew, this versatile coffee station will enable you to have them all.
A simple dial will let you pick your own cup size while you can also froth the milk for a yummy cappuccino or latte. With the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker, your options include classic coffee, super-rich specialty brew and serving over ice. But, no matter what kind of drink you’re making, its unique thermal extraction mechanism for the coffee beans ensures great flavor every time.
3. Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker (Hamilton)
The Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker probably gives the best value for money out of all the models on this list. This is because it has both single-serve capability and full-pot coffee prepping mechanism. So, you essentially get two for the price of one.
There’s a 12-cup glass carafe on one side. This is for those times when you need to make a full kettle. The single-serve brewer is on the other side where it works with coffee pods as well as ground coffee.
On the single-serve side, you can use ground coffee to prepare a cup of up to 14 ounces (or 10 ounces if you do it with K-cups). However, there’s no water reservoir for this portion of the coffee machine. This means that you’ll have to pour a cup of water every time you use the single-serve mechanism.
However, on the whole, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker has been a hit with customers. Other slick features include the pause-and-serve option, 24-hour programmable timer, and automatic shut down after two hours of consecutive use.
4. Single Cup Coffee Maker (Presto MyJo)
The Presto MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker is among the most compact coffee machines out there. It’s also highly convenient. Because it doesn’t run on electricity, you can even take it on a camping trip. Just have ground coffee and hot water around, and you’ll be good to go.
K-cups and ground coffee both work well with the Presto MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker. Once you have coffee and water ready, just pump the water through the grounds into the mug. Even when the cup is full of hot water, the silicone grip is there to help you hold it easily. On average, this coffee station brews around 6 to 10 ounces for a single cup. You can, of course, make more by simply tossing the grounds and rinsing the base with water.
While convenience, compactness and portability are the distinguishing features of the Presto MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker, the flavor isn’t compromised in any way. In fact, you can also use it to make tea by simply putting a tea bag in the space usually meant for coffee.