November 27, 2006
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:
- Coffee Pods - work with a variety of single serve coffee makers including: Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, Grindmaster, simplehuman, and Krups Home Cafe. Coffee pod brewers are the "open standard" of single serve coffee makers, with the largest variety of coffees available reaching over 250+ varieties of coffee pods.
- K Cups - work only with Keurig brewers. Models include: Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the newly released Keurig B70 Brewer. You can expect to get in the 150+ variety range for K Cup types of coffee as well as tea.
- 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?
Continue reading: "Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules"
November 22, 2006
Often there are several models of a single serve coffee machine like the Tassimo and it can make it difficult for you to decide which model to pick given the price and features. Recently, Tassimo introduced the Tassimo Hot Beverage System or TA1200 at a price point $40 cheaper than the Tassimo Premium Hot Beverage System or TA1400.
Yeah - getting confused yet? Well, the big differences are where they are sold, the water tank size, and a few gold accents on the Premium Tassimo. See the details and judge for yourself. We've been testing the two machines side by side, and we can't tell a difference in the coffee they make, however we do like the larger reservoir on the Tassimo Premium.
Continue reading: "Tassimo Model Comparison: Tassimo TA 1400 Premium Hot Beverage System vs. Tassimo TA 1200 Hot Beverage System"
November 21, 2006
Recently we've been using our Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso maker to sample various coffees we've been receiving in the dreaded whole bean form! Yes - even the staff here at Single Serve Coffee have to slug through grinding up a few blends now and then of whole bean coffee, and we find the AeroPress to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to sample both the single serve coffee side and the espresso side of things. What's also amazing is how popular the AeroPress has become. Over at Gizmag, they've got the AeroPress ranked as the #1 tech find by readers.
Read our full review of the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker to see the magic, and it's also now available at Amazon.com for purchase, and you can even buy Aeropress Filters as well if you run out.
November 9, 2006
We've been writing our reviews for the new Nespresso Variations coffee flavors coming this month, and have to say how much we love our little Nespresso Essenza C90. We also know over the past year, Nespresso has improved the C90 to include programmable and automatic control of the amount of coffee you make per cup.
The new Nespresso machine is the C100T Essenza. With one push of a button, the Nespresso Essenza Flow Stop in the C100T will automatically make a perfect cup of coffee every time, in either pre-programmed espresso or Lungo 5 ounce cup of coffee size. The coffee machine also features a 34 ounce water reservoir, 19 bar high-pressure pump, and automatic ejection of used capsules on lifting the handle.
We think bang for your Nespresso buck, this is the most affordable Nespresso machine at just over $200, and one of the most attractive. Review of the new Nespresso Variations coffee flavors soon.
At Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine and Nespresso Variations
November 3, 2006
It's been over 2+ years since we last reviewed the Senseo line of single serve coffee makers. In those 2 years we've grown the Single Serve Coffee web site to include over 1000+ articles on single serve coffee, and we've featured news and reviews of coffee pods using our blue Senseo for nearly all of them.
There's also been a lot more introductions of coffee pod brewing single serve coffee machines like the Senseo in those two years. We've had the Bunn My Cafe, the Home Cafe line, Grindmaster coffee pod brewers, Melitta One: One, simplehuman, and others. But time and time again, we kept using our Senseo and it has always been a great benchmark for single serve coffee pod makers.
So you can imagine when we got news of the Senseo Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine we were pretty excited to see if the Senseo Supreme would improve on an already super solid single serve coffee foundation. The big complaints with the older Senseo were the following:
1. Water Reservoir is too small
2. Cup size of 4 or 8 oz isn't flexible enough
3. The ability to fit more mugs under the Senseo spout - maybe even travel mugs
How does the new Senseo Supreme stack up? Does it have the new features you want in a single serve coffee maker? Does it make a better cup of coffee than the older Senseo models with less features?
Continue reading: "Review: Senseo HD7832 Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine"
October 11, 2006
Senseo has a new single serve coffee maker and we've been using it now for over a week. The Senseo Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine in Metallic Chrome definitely has some improvements over it's older Senseo sibling. We like the new platform for the cups and drip tray. The adjustable spout is also nice, as we can now fit more coffee cups under the spout for single serve coffee brewings. We like the blue LED touches, but we're not sold on the adjustable cup size and no clock on top of the new model. Why not both? We'll have a full review soon.
At Senseo HD7832 Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine in Metallic Chrome
September 27, 2006
The Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker may make 12 cups total like a typical drip coffee maker, but it dispenses them one cup at a time. Does this really make the Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffee maker a single serve coffee maker?
Well alas no. But it does make it a single serve coffee dispenser. The Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffee maker has all the bells and whistles you'd expect for a drip coffee maker with the convenience of single serve coffee, however the clean up and brewing of the coffee takes longer than what you'd get using a single serve coffee maker like the Senseo or Keurig systems.
Continue reading: "Review: Hamilton Beach BrewStation Deluxe Single Serve Coffee Maker"
September 22, 2006
We're not sure why the woman on the box needs to make phone calls all the time, but we do know that we're anxious to try the new Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker. It may make 12 cups total, but it dispenses them one cup at a time so we think this puts it in the realm of single serve coffee. The Hamilton Beach BrewStation® Deluxe 12 Cup Coffeemaker has all the bells and whistles you'd expect for a drip coffee maker with the convenience of single serve coffee. We'll be reviewing it over the next several weeks and we'll let you know if it hits the mark or not.
- One-hand dispensing--no carafe, no pouring, no spills
- Coffee stays fresh longer
- Four brew modes: Normal, Decaf, Flavor +™ and 1-4 cups
- Gentle warming heater
- No hot plate to scorch coffee flavor
- Programmable clock/timer with adjustable auto shutoff
- Never break another glass carafe
- Gold-tone and water filters included
At Hamilton Beach 47454 BrewStation Deluxe 12-Cup Coffeemaker
September 20, 2006
Café-Razzi has sent us the Lavazza Blue single serve coffee system to review. The Lavazza Blue is really called the "Pininfarina Pro" and is designed with a patented brewing mechanism to match the coffee capsules and assures a perfect cup each time. Lavazza has teamed up with two world famous Italian companies Pininfarina and Saeco to design and manufacture this machine. The sleek modern look was created by Pininfarina, famous for designing Italian exotics like Ferrari. The machine makes both coffee drinks and espresso based drinks.
Café-Razzi is currently the premier distributor of the Lavazza Blue system and features a coffee club that has a 30 day free trial. We'll be testing it over the next few weeks and already we're enjoying the ease of use from the capsule based system.
Update: Read our full review of the Lavazza Blue Pininfarina here...
Continue reading: "Lavazza Blue Pininfarina Single Serve Coffee Maker Arrives for Review"
August 23, 2006
We still think the Krups is the best of the single serve coffee makers in the Home Cafe line of single serve coffee makers. We like the two cups at a time (wait - isn't this single serve coffee?) and the clean design of the machine. It also just makes a great cup of single serve coffee and we feel our review earlier this year still stands true - "A solid machine for the Home Cafe line of single serve coffee makers."
You can read our review of the Krups Home Cafe single serve coffee maker from earlier this year and check out the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe review as well.