Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules
Readers are always writing in asking the Single Serve Coffee staff how much the different single serve coffee systems cost to own and operate and especially how much each cup of single serve coffee will cost. We think the questions "what's best", or what's "cheapest," or what's "least expensive" all fall under this category of question as well, but starting with what type of coffee you'd like to make and how much it will cost is a good way to find out which single serve coffee maker is the least expensive to own and operate.
Are Senseo Coffee Pods, Tassimo T-Disks, K-Cups or Nespresso Coffee Capsules the best option for you? Which system falls in your price range? Does the single serve coffee maker or system match your coffee drinking habits? These are all good questions that go hand and hand with the price per cup.
The guide below should give you all the detail you need to know on what coffee system may be right for you. Depending on which type of single serve coffee maker you choose, be it coffee pods, k cups, t discs, or nespresso capsules, you'll be choosing the type of coffee you can get per system and also how much per cup your single serve coffee will cost, and how flexible that cost can be, and what types of coffee the single serve coffee maker can prepare.
If you look at the four major type of single serve coffee you can purchase there are essentially 4 main types:
T Discs: works only with the Tassimo line of single serve coffee makers. You can expect to get 30+ different coffees and teas for your Tassimo brewer.
Nespresso Coffee Capsules: works only with the Nespresso line of single serve coffee makers. On average there are 12 regular varieties and 3-4 unique varieties per year.
Given the run down of each of the different types, how much does each cup of single serve coffee cost per system?
You have to start with the cost of entry of the single serve coffee machine. The average machine is in the $69-100 price range, with some machines like the Bunn My Cafe costing as much as $199+. We recommend getting a lower priced machine like the Senseo get started and keep your initial costs lower. As you start to enjoy single serve coffee more (and you will) you can move up to a more expensive coffee pod machine like the Bunn My Cafe or the simplehuman coffee pod brewer.
Since coffee pods are the most flexible and have the most variety, this is a good choice for anyone looking for the largest choice of coffees available. Also, since coffee pod machines typically only make a standard "American" cup of coffee, the standard coffee pod machine is for a straightforward, non-espresso drinking coffee person. Pricing of Senseo 7 gram pods packed 18 per box and in a 4 pack bundle will run you roughly $.20 cents per coffee pod. If you want to make a double cup using a 7 gram pod you'll need two coffee pods pushing the cost per cup to $.40. A typical 7 gram coffee pod will brewer a 4-5 oz cup of coffee, and using two will get you in the 8-10 oz coffee range.
You can also purchase larger coffee pods in the 10-12 gram range. These larger coffee pods can be purchased from online retailers like CoffeeWiz.com, CoolBeans Pods, Better Coffee, and others. Pricing can be in the range of $.35 to .40 per coffee pod. However, with sales the cost of a 10-12 gram coffee pod can be as low as $.25.
Coffee Pod Cost Per Cup Break Down:
Cost of Average coffee pod machine: $69-100 dollars
Cost of Average 4-5 oz Cup of single serve coffee: $.20
Cost of Average 8 oz Cup of single serve coffee: $.40
You can also buy K Cups in two varieties: Regular and Extra Bold. Extra Bold K Cups have 25% more coffee in them and are typically a bit more expensive. A typical online 25 pack box will cost you $9.95, putting each cup of coffee at about $.0.40 cents. You can expect to brew 5-7.25 oz cups of coffee with a standard K Cup, and up to a travel mug sized cup of coffee with the larger extra bold K Cups.
Expect from the Keurig coffee, strong coffee, and tea to be produced. The Keurig is much like it's coffee pod cousins, however the coffee produced since it's portioned in the K Cup standard, is a little more consistent. You can brew both strong and lighter fair in the coffee range, but don't expect espresso or other types of coffee drinks from the Keurig system.
Online the extra bold K Cups don't tend to cost more per cup, so you can expect to pay about the same at $.40 per cup of extra bold coffee.
Note: Even though you can't purchase K Cups as low as $.20 all the time. It's possible to get these deals on Amazon.com and other online retailers in multi-pack varieties.
Tassimo T Discs will work only with your Tassimo line of single serve coffee makers. The Tassimo also is unique in the fact you can make hot milk with the milk T Discs and thus make a larger variety of hot beverages. The Tassimo entry level system will cost you $129.99 and the premium will set you back $169.99. The Tassimo also has a great variety of espressos as well as coffee.
Online you can expect to pay about $8.99 for a 16 pack of standard T Discs. That will put you at $.56 per cup of single serve coffee. You can also purchase a cappuccino pack that costs $8.99 for 8 T Discs of espresso and 8 T Discs of milk. You'll nee to use 1 of each per cup - putting you at $1.12 per cup of cappuccino that you make in the Tassimo.
Tassimo is a jack of all trades in the hot beverage world and can make the largest variety of drinks available. You can make coffee, espresso, hot chocolate, cappuccinos, and other hot beverages. The coffee produced is quite good, and the various espressos are good as well.
Nespresso coffee capsules will only work with the Nespresso line of single serve coffee makers. Pricing for a Nespresso Essenza C100 will set you back $199.99 and you can pay up to $800+ for a Nespresso coffee system like the Nespresso E350 Romeo. Unlike the other three single serve coffee choices, you can only purchase Nespresos capsules directly from Nespresso. You can order via phone or the online Nespresso store.
Pricing is set at $.49 cents for a regular variety coffee capsule and up to $.55 cents for a special Nespresso coffee capsule. If you are going to make a regular ~3.5 oz cup of Lungo single serve coffee (Lungo is what they call a larger cup), you will use one capsule. If you make a larger 4-6 oz cup of coffee, you'll need two capsules at $.99-$1.10 per cup. This may seem high, but Nespresso is really about making shots of espresso or smaller coffee drinks, so you could purchase this system if you are more inclined to drink espresso and keep your cost per cup down.
It's easy to now see the price per cup of the different single serve coffee makers. Coffee pods have the most variety and can get you a cup of single serve coffee as low as $.20 per cup, and the higher priced systems like the Tassimo and Nespresso can be ~.50 cents per cup. K Cups that are used with the Keurig are more on par with the lower priced coffee pod systems, as you can get prices as low as $.40 for an 8 oz+ cup of coffee.
The cost you pay per cup will really be based on how large of a cup of coffee you want to drink and how strong you will want the coffee. Sure, coffee pods can be as low as $.20 for a 4 oz cup of coffee, but how many of you really drink that small of a cup. We like any of the sytems that you can get in the $.40-$.50 cent price range, making any of the above a pretty good choice depending on the type of coffee you want.
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