Single-Cup Coffee Brewers

For some people, they’d like to experience the freshest cup of coffee in the least amount of time. The drip coffee makers of yesterday are good at brewing more than one cup of Joe, but are less useful for single-cup drinkers. Today, the market is filled with plenty of options for coffee makers that make just one cup. While some are fancier than others, below are a few selections that satisfy a range of budgets.

The Keurig Brewing System

Accommodating varying coffee cup sizes (including travel mugs), a popular brand in single cup brewing is Keurig. One cup of coffee is made by inserted a pre-filled cup called a K-Cup, which provides coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Over the years, K-Cups have expanded to include more than 200 varieties, including chai, lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and iced tea. Prices range from the Keurig® Mini Plus Brewing System ($99.99) to the Keurig® OfficePRO® Premier Brewing System ($249.99). While you may feel limited in purchasing the flavors offered in K-Cup form, some use a specialized filter that allows them to brew their choice of ground coffee.

Tassimo Brewer

Tassimo brewers use T-Discs to deliver you a single cup of coffee of coffee, tea, cappuccino, mocha, latte, crema, espresso and hot chocolate. You can choose from two different brewers (the Braun Tassimo and the Bosch Tassimo), which range in prices from $99 to $260. An accessory to consider for the Tassimo brewer is a color kit, which adds a touch of blue, green, red or brown to the brewer.

Nespresso Espresso Machine

For that special jolt of caffeine in the morning, espresso machines provide a single cup of strongly brewed coffee. Nestle makes a visually attractive line of single cup brewers with their Nespresso Espresso machine, which uses a capsule system. Prices for the Nespresso machines are from $129 (Essenza) to $699 (Gran Maestria). For $229, choose the Pixie to enjoy one of the fastest single cup heating times at 25 seconds. Choose the Citiz with Milk ($299), which not only makes tasty espressos, but also has the capacity to produce creamy lattes. You can also go for the gusto and spring for a Nescafe Aeroccino milk frother, which costs $99.

Coffee Pod Brewers

There are an array of manufacturers that make brewers to work with coffee pods that you purchase separately for your unit. The Hamilton Beach Personal One Cup Brewer ($19.99) is a small yet effective machine that makes a quick cup of coffee. For around $129.99, the BUNN MC MyCafe Single Serve Pod Brewer uses a jet action sprayhead to achieve optimal flavor, and is compatible with hundreds of compostable coffee and tea pods. Senseo also makes attractive single-cup coffee pod brewers.