Single Serve Coffee Makers Buying Guide - Best Buy Canada

August 28, 2012

Single Serve Coffee Makers Buying Guide

With a single-serve coffee maker, you’ll be able to brew the perfect cup of java every morning without the hassle of filters or measuring coffee grounds. And the best part? They require almost no clean-up.

Types of Single-Serve Coffee Makers

Perfect for dorm rooms, busy households, and even while you’re camping making the perfect cup of java with a single-serve coffee maker is perhaps the easiest thing you can do. You don’t even need to be fully awake: you simply pop in a K-cup, T DISC or pod, press a button and BAM – a perfect cup. Most machines will even let you make lattés, hot chocolate, teas, and even cold drinks.

Before you purchase a single-serve companion, read on and get to know what types are available so you can find the right one for you.

Keurig Coffee Makers

In less than a minute, Keurig’s K-Cup system can brew a single cup of coffee or tea perfectly. Each K-Cup is loaded with the exact measure of ingredients for your beverage along with an advanced filter. Pop it into your Keurig and the brewer will puncture the K-Cup and push the precise amount of water through, which then flows through to your mug. The result is a perfectly brewed beverage at just the right temperature.

What makes Keurig different?

  • A pioneer in the industry, Keurig offers the largest variety of coffee and tea flavours from brands such as Starbucks and Timothy’s.
  • A My K-cup reusable filter offers limitless possibilities so you can choose your favourite coffee and brew a single cup.
  • Cuisinart and Breville make single-serve coffee makers that support K-cups, so you can choose the coffee maker that’s right for you.
  • You can choose 6-, 8-, or 10-ounce cup sizes for your morning brew.

Tassimo Coffee Makers

The only brewer to use innovative barcode technology, the smart Tassimo T DISC system can make the right drink at the right temperature and all with the push of a button. The brewer reads the barcode on the top of your T DISC and uses exact brewing instructions to automatically adjust the temperature, steam, and water quantity so you get perfectly foamy lattés, rich coffees, and creamy hot chocolates every time.

What makes Tassimo different?

  • Specialty drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos are all made possible with the use of liquid milk so you can create velvety, coffee shop-style foam at a fraction of the cost at your local coffee shop.

Nescafé Dolce Gusto

The Nescafé Dolce Gusto system by Krups features a design similar to your local coffee shop – it uses a powerful 15 bars of pressure to push water through the pod, which helps to extract the most flavour from the grounds. Every pod is packed with the precise amount of ingredients so you can channel your inner barista and create gourmet, café-style drinks for everyone.

What makes Nescafé Dolce Gusto different?

  • The design of the Dolce Gusto is perhaps the closest you can get to coffee shop-style. It uses a high-pressure system that’s designed to extract the best possible aroma and perfect body from your favourite coffee, latte, cappuccino, or hot chocolate.
  • You can create frothy, milky drinks with the use of liquid milk pods.

Features to Look For

Since most single-serve brewers perform almost the exact same functions, you’ll want to take a look at more specific features that could help make all the difference in your purchase choice.

Beverage Variety

Perhaps the biggest factor to consider will be how many varieties of beverages your single-serve brewing system offers. Every system is different but each one strives to give you a large selection of K-Cups, T DISCs, or pods.

K-Cups
Keurig offers nearly 100 different types of regular, flavoured, and decaf coffee, as well as plenty of tea varieties to fill your carousel. Popular brands include Starbucks, Van Houtte, Timothy’s, Green Mountain Coffee, Celestial Seasonings, Tazo, and more.

T DISCs
Tassimo T DISCs offer a wider choice of beverages than the Keurig maker. In addition to coffee and tea, you can also make cappuccinos, hot chocolate, and lattés using real liquid milk for tastier, frothier drinks. Popular brands include Maxwell House, Nabob, Twinings, Cadbury, Carte Noire, Gevalia, and more.

Pods
From coffees and iced teas to cappuccinos and macchiatos, Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods come in a wide variety of flavours for hot, cold, and specialty drinks.

Capacity and Cup Sizes

If you have more than one cup size or plan to take coffee with you in a travel mug, you might want to choose a machine that offers several brew sizes. Some models feature a removable base so you can fit taller travel mugs so you can make use of the larger brew sizes, while those who love espresso or who only need a small coffee fix will be able to choose a 4oz to 5oz brew size.

Consider how many people in your home will be using your brewer on a regular basis. Having a machine with multiple cup options is sure to please everyone. And while the size of the water reservoir might not be a factor, a larger size will mean less filling.

Brewer Size

The physical size of your single-serve brewer will depend on how much counter space you can devote to it. Most kitchen counters will accommodate even the largest single-serve machine, but if you’re looking to add one to your dorm room, galley-style kitchen, or even your mobile home, you’ll be able to find a model that will do it all without taking up much space.

Must-Have Accessories

If you can’t find your favourite coffee in a K-cup, this reusable coffee filter lets you brew your own grounds. It fits all K-cup machines and needs only a quick rinse in between brews.

A carousel is the perfect way to keep your K-cups organized and looking tidy. Give it a quick spin to choose a flavour.

If your single-serve machine doesn’t offer the power to create frothy milk, a separate milk frother lets you turn your favourite coffee into a latté, café au lait or cappuccino.

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Take the Next Step

A single-serve coffee maker is perfect for anyone who loves coffee – from university students to 9to5ers to afficionados. Check out your local Best Buy in-store or online and discover a wide selection of Keurig, Tassimo, and Nescafé Dolce Gusto brewers and coffee flavours.

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