Single Cup Coffee Makers - gourmet coffee without the mess.

Single cup coffee makers - also known as one cup coffee makers - promise you a fresh cup of coffee, whenever you want it, with no mess and no clean up, one cup at a time.

Before we look at the pros and cons of these brewers, and the different types and brands available, you can watch this video to get an idea of how single cup brewing works.

This is a demonstration of the Keurig B60 brewer.

So far, so good.

But while these single serve brewers may offer the latest in convenience, do they really give the gourmet coffee drinker what he or she wants? Good question.

Is a single cup coffee maker right for you?

If you just want to grab a single cup of coffee from time to time, one of these new machines may be exactly what you want.

Or if you like gourmet coffee, but are always in too much of a hurry to grind beans and make a full pot.

Or if you like the idea of making coffee with no mess or cleanup.

Two points to consider, before you buy…

For all their convenience, one cup coffee makers have two disadvantages right now.

1. You will always be limited in your choice of coffees. When you grind your own beans, you have a choice of hundreds of coffees, from stores and online, But with a one cup brewer, you are limited by the number of coffees they choose to offer in the K-Cup, pod or T-Disc format.

2. Each cup of coffee will cost you more. In other words, if you want to watch your pennies, then buying loose coffee for a traditional drip brewer will be more economical. Typically, buying single serve coffees costs the equivalent of over $20 a pound.

Choose according to your tastes and lifestyle…

If you have a real passion for trying different coffees, you’re better off sticking with a traditional coffee maker and grinding your own beans.

But if you are happy with a more limited choice of gourmet coffees, and you like the convenience of using K-Cups, pods or T-Discs, get yourself a single cup coffee maker.

If you are a true fan of gourmet coffee...

If you are the kind of coffee lover who really wants to taste every nuance of a single-estate specialty coffee, you are better off with a quality drip brewer or a simple pourover brewer, like the Chemex. None of the single-serve options have what it takes to get the very best from quality beans.

There are five main types or brands of single cup coffee maker.

If a single-serve brewer is what you want, and there are some good reasons to want one, you have five choices in terms of brands and brewing systems.

You may be able to find these locally. If not, I have provided links to the Amazon store.

K-Cup Brewers - which take K-Cups. There are variety of different Keurig brewers to choose from, each with very different features. You can read our review of the Keurig brewers here.

Coffee Pod Brewers - which take coffee pods. There are many different coffee pod brewers, made by a variety of manufacturers. Most are available through

Starbucks Verismo brewer – which makes both coffee and your other favorite Starbucks coffee beverages, like latte and cappuccino. Starbucks pitch it as the machine that allows you to make all your favorite Starbucks drinks at home. You can read our full description of the Verismo brewers here.

Tassimo Brewers - which takes T-Discs. There are two T-Disc brewers, the Braun Tassimo and the Bosch Tassimo. Read our hands-on review of the Tassimo T55 here.

Nespresso Espresso Machines – which are available in a variety of stylish models, use capsules. You can read our review of the Nespresso machines here.

Once you have your brewer, you then buy the sealed cups or pods of coffee that work with that particular brand of brewer.

Brewing the coffee is easy. You simply insert the K-Cup, pod or T-Disc in the machine, add water to the reservoir, and press one button.

In a minute or so you have a fresh brewed cup of coffee, with no messy filters to throw away.

Additional information on single serve coffee makers...

Verismo brewers – Starbucks coffee makers for single-serve coffee lovers.

Choosing between the different Keurig single cup brewers.

Buying Keurig brewers and K-Cups online in Canada.

The Tassimo T55 Single Cup Home Brewing System.

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer

Nespresso automatic espresso machines.

Organize your Keurig K-Cups with a storage drawer.

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About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…

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