Category: Single Cup Coffee Maker

How To Clean Your Single Cup Coffee Maker

It’s the same story with all household and kitchen appliances. After a while they get dirty and need a good cleaning. That’s no different for your single cup coffee maker.

What do you need to clean your single cup coffee maker?

To give your single cup coffee maker a thorough cleaning, you will need some white vinegar, all-purpose cleaner, a dish cleaning cloth, and a toothbrush. Instead of a toothbrush you can also use a Q-Tip.

Like with any coffee machine, you will have to clean it once in a while. How often? Well, that depends on how often you use your coffee machine as well as the consistency of the water you use. If you use distilled or filtered water, you will usually need to clean less compared to using tap water.

In many cases when you use tap water you will have a lot of minerals like calcium in your water. This builds up inside the brewing mechanism of your single cup coffee maker and these deposits eventually can break your brewer.

Descaling your one cup coffee maker

Now, that’s usually a long time before that happens but what you more often will experience is that it’ll take longer for your cup of coffee to brew. Cleaning the mineral deposits is easy. You simply run through a descaling cycle on your single cup coffee maker. You simply run through a few brewing cycles on your single cup coffee brewer by using white vinegar instead of water.

Make sure that you won’t use any coffee pod, K-Cup, Vue Pack or T-Disk while you descale your coffee maker with white vinegar. Once you ran through a few cups using the vinegar, you wash out the water reservoir and fill it with water. Now simply run a few brewing cycles with water to get rid of the vinegar in the system.

Cleaning the rest of your single serve coffee machine

Now that your brewing mechanism is clean, you’ll need to clean the rest of the single cup coffee maker. Look through the manufacturers instructions to see what parts can be removed and which of them are dishwasher safe. There will usually be parts that you can put in the dishwasher, like the drip tray, water reservoir and coffee pod holder. Wash them in the dishwasher!

Now clean the area where you put your coffee pod, K-Cup, etc. with a toothbrush. Remove all coffee grinds and scrub those parts down. The rest of your single cup coffee brewer you simply wipe down with a wet cloth with a little all-purpose cleaner. After the parts come out of the dishwasher you simply put your brewer back together and it’s clean as can be.

You shouldn’t need more than 15 to 10 minutes to perform a thorough cleaning and descaling of your single cup coffee maker. On average you probably have to do this routing once every three to six months but, as mentioned above, that will depend on how often you use your brewer.

If your coffee maker is beyond cleaning or if you simply are interested in looking at a single serve coffee machine, then check out our single cup coffee maker reviews.

AeroPress Coffee Maker – A Different Kind Of Single Cup Coffee Maker!

Many of use can’t live without having a good cup of coffee a few times a day. But, there’s a lot of people who don’t like coffee very much. Why? Well, sometimes you might get a more or less bitter cup of coffee and for a lot of people that’s just not to their taste.

Every coffee maker strives to come up with a coffee blend that contains all the flavor and aroma of the coffee bean while leaving the bitterness out. That only works so far as in addition to the coffee itself there’s also the coffee maker.

AeroPress Single Cup Coffee Maker

AeroPress Single Cup Coffee Maker

And, unfortunately, some coffee makers extract exactly that bitter taste out of the roasted coffee grounds. While most coffee makers do a great job to keep the bitter taste balanced, there’s one contender in town that does a great job at that: The AeroPress Coffee Maker.

The AeroPress coffee maker is different than pretty much anything you’ve ever seen. But, best of all, it’s a single cup coffee maker at its best. And the coffee that is brewed is simply delicious. Coffee lovers have compared the brew to compare to the coffee you get when you use a Clover coffee machine which costs somewhere north of $5,000.

Making your personal cup of coffee with the AeroPress coffee maker is easy. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Place a micro-filter in the bottom cap of the AeroPress chamber
  2. Twist the cap tightly closed to secure the filter
  3. Put coffee grounds into the chamber. Use as many grounds as you desire to make your perfect cup of coffee.
  4. Place the AeroPress coffee maker onto your favorite coffee mug
  5. Our hot water into the brewing chamber, 175°F is the perfect temperature
  6. Stir the water and coffee for 10 to 15 seconds
  7. Insert the plunger into the chamber.
  8. Press down on the plunger and maintain that pressure for up to 30 seconds.
  9. When all the delicious coffee is in your cup, you’re done!
  10. Sit back and enjoy your coffee.

The graphic below shows the steps again as a nice image:

AeroPress Coffee Maker Instructions

AeroPress Coffee Maker Instructions

The AeroPress coffee maker is easy-to-use and portable. You won’t need any electricity so you can even take it with you on your camping trip or if you’re going on an expedition to Antarctica ;-).

The coffee is fabulous and you can make a cup that’s perfect for you. And lastly, the price can’t be beaten. It’s less than $30 and the only thing you need are coffee filters and coffee. The coffee filters you get for around $5 for 350 at Amazon (AeroPress Micro-Filters, Package of 350).

Here’s what other folks which bought the AeroPress coffee maker have to say:

If you are expecting the coffee to taste like espresso or like French-pressed coffee, remember that the AeroPress uses a paper filter. It filters out much of the oil that would otherwise be present. I prefer my coffee this way but others may not. Think of it as the best drip coffee maker in the world.

As a certified coffee snob, I thought it didn’t get better than french press. Fugetaboudit! The Aeropress renders a sweet, flavorful, impeccable Americano every time that will change your expectations forever.

Forget about spending $2 dollars for an overpriced cup of coffee, the Aeropress will create a bit of magic in your morning.

This thing is amazing. All I can say is your coffee will taste better using the AeroPress

Simply check out the AeroPress coffee maker on Amazon for more reviews and the latest pricing!

If you however don’t want to boil your water for your coffee and deal with coffee grounds then go for the convenience of a single cup coffee maker instead. Check out our single cup coffee maker reviews.

The Cafino Coffee Maker – An Immersion Coffee Brewer Like No Other

A different kind of coffee maker

We all like the convenience of personal coffee brewers. There’s different approaches to it ranging from small french presses to the well-known pod based coffee makers. Most sold are by far the pod based coffee makers, namely the Keurig machines. But, is there a new contender in town?

Well, maybe not for everyone but if you’re looking for an amazing looking coffee maker, then have a closer look at the Cafino coffee maker. One thing you can be sure of is that it will make your guests look. Yes, it’s that great of a design. And no, it’s not a single coffee maker as it can hold around 1 liter of coffee.

Cafino Coffee Maker

So, what exactly is it? It’s called the Cafino. It was designed by Tassilo von Grolman. It’s made from stainless steel and glass. It works differently than pretty much any other coffee maker. It’s technically an immersion brewer as the coffee grounds are immersed in the water.

Tea maker resemblance

You could possibly compare it best to a tea maker where the coffee grounds are in a mesh basket and seep in the water. When the coffee is done you simply remove the sieve (with the grounds) and dump them. No paper filters or anything is needed.

Cafino Coffee Brewer

Cafino Coffee Brewer

The coffee tastes great and somewhat reminds of the coffee from a french press. You’ll have some coffee residue as you do also have it when drinking a coffee prepared in a french press. What you save yourself is that you don’t have to press down like in the french press.

The interesting part is also that the coffee grounds are removed after the coffee is prepared. That way your coffee won’t get stronger or more bitter after sitting which sometimes can happen with a french press.

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Our verdict? Well, if you like a coffee maker that your guests will be fascinated by then go for it. It’s not cheap but also not ridiculously expensive.

If you however prefer the convenience of a single cup coffee maker instead of having coffee residue in your cup, then check out our single cup coffee maker reviews.

Image Credit: Tassilo von Grolman.

Coffee On The Go – Have Your Coffee In The New Fiat 500L

Get your morning espresso in the new Fiat 500L

Fiat introduced a new car that will hopefully make it to the US with the newest gadget that is available in Europe. What’s so special about it? It has its own, built-in espresso maker. So, while you’re driving you can make a quick cup of fresh espresso to keep you awake. How cool is that?

Fiat 500L Lavazza Espresso Maker

Fiat 500L Lavazza Espresso Maker

Lavazza to the rescue

The espresso maker is designed by Italian coffee maker Lavazza. This alone should ensure that the quality of the brew will be excellent. The brewing device will plug into a special power source which is located between the front seats in the middle console.

After water is filled in, the heating device will bring the water to a boil. The boiling water will stream up to the top and blend with specailly designed pods from Lavazza. These pods are called ‘Mode Mio’ and they are made specifically for this in-car espresso maker.

Customers can purchase the ‘Coffee Experience’ kit which is said to include a set of car coffee cups as well as a spoon holder, the coffee maker and a sugar container. Fiat has not yet definitively said whether or not this feature will make it into the US version of the Fiat 500L. One can only hope it will come. It might just be the first car that you will buy for a coffee maker!

Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L

Fiat will be offering an in-car espresso maker in its upcoming crossover, the 500L.

The “Coffee Experience” kit is from Lavazza and comes with a set of car coffee cups, spoon holder and the espresso machine, which is a coffee pod-based device that clips into a base installed into a cup holder just behind the front seats and boils water to infuse the grounds, just like a stove-top maker.

Check out the whole story at Fox News by clicking here.

If you can’t wait for the Fiat 500L and its espresso maker to come to the us then get yourself a nice cup of coffee from my single coffee maker in the meantime. Check out our single cup coffee maker reviews. We’re sure you can find the perfect one cup coffee brewer that will shorten the wait for your new car!

Drink Coffee And Live Longer?

There’s been recent studies that have shown that regular coffee drinkers might live longer. There’s no proof what exactly it is that makes coffee drinkers live longer but somehow they do. Not by a significant amount but enough to be noticed.

Drink as much as you want?

Does that mean you should drink nothing else but coffee anymore? No. However, drinking a few cups of coffee a day seem to be beneficial. That might (or will?) be reversed once you go into the area of not counting in cups but in gallons…

Single Serve Coffee - Live Longer

Single Serve Coffee - Live Longer

So, in light of this you might want to consider getting a single cup coffee maker. You won’t drink as much as you don’t constantly see the huge pot of coffee sitting in the kitchen and thus it might just push you to have the right balance of drinking coffee so you get some health benefits out of it.

Check out the article on the NY Times

We found an article on the NY Times that gives a little more background on this whole topic. Check it out and let us know what you think by leaving us a comment.

Although the new research, which involved more than 400,000 people in a 14-year observational study, still cannot prove cause and effect, the findings are consistent with other recent large studies.

The findings were widely reported, but here’s the bottom line: When smoking and many other factors known to influence health and longevity were taken into account, coffee drinkers in the study were found to be living somewhat longer than abstainers. Further, the more coffee consumed each day — up to a point, at least — the greater the benefit to longevity.

You can read the complete article by clicking here.

While it’s interesting to see that reasonable amounts of coffee are beneficial, we all should be aware that enormous amounts might reverse those findings. We’re in now way doctors or researchers so please don’t think of this as advice on our part on what you should or should not do. Look through the article and then have yourself a nice cup of coffee.

And that’s just what I will do now. Get myself a nice cup of coffee from my single coffee maker. If you want to do the same, then have a look at our single cup coffee maker reviews. We’re sure you can find the perfect one cup coffee brewer that might just help you to live longer!

The Story Of Coffee – What Are We Drinking?

We’re having one or many cups every day. We like it. Some crave it. Others can’t live without it. Coffee! But really, most people don’t know the story behind it.

Coffee Legends

Based on legend, coffee might have been found and used in the year 850 in Ethiopia. It is said that a goat herder was wondering why his goat became more active and didn’t want to, or need to, sleep at night. He followed then and watched them eat red berries. He tried them and soon found out that he couldn’t sleep anymore either.

Story of Coffee

Story of Coffee

Read more about the story of coffee

Whether this legend is true or not, coffee has a long history. And, kindly enough, Ruben Corbo wrote an article about it. It’s just simply called “The Story Of Coffee”.

That first cup of morning coffee. Is there a better way to start your day? Or to relax with friends after a good meal?

Coffee comes from a tropical evergreen shrub. The bean like seeds are roasted and ground to produce the drink of the same name. Most coffee drinkers know what they like, but know little about how the steaming hot brew got from the far off mountains of exotic countries to their coffee maker.

This and more is what you can read in the article on College News. If you’re interested to read the rest then please have a look at The Story Of Coffee!

If the article makes you crave a cup of joe, then check out our single cup coffee maker reviews. We’re sure you can find the perfect one cup coffee brewer for your coffee desires!

Marley Coffee Launches Keurig-Compatible RealCup Portion Pack

The Difference is Inside!

Marley Coffee of LA announced that they will launch a new single cup coffee system that is compatible with the Keurig K-Cups. The Marley RealCup single cup coffee portion pack looks similar to a K-Cup. The difference is inside the container where Marley uses a different filtration system compared to the K-Cups from Keurig.

Marley Coffee RealCup

Marley Coffee RealCup

Marley Coffee will introduce four different coffee flavors at the beginning:

  • Get Up, Stand Up (light roast)
  • One Love 100% Ethiopia (medium roast)
  • Talkin’ Blues 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain (medium roast)
  • Lively Up 5 Bean Espresso (medium dark roast)

Marley Coffee CEO Brent Toevs said:

The introduction of Marley Coffee RealCup will extend our penetration in the growing single-serve coffee market and we believe open a door to tremendous opportunity for both retail and office coffee service sales.

You can read the full story of the Marley Coffee announcement at Marley Coffee To Launch Keurig-Compatible RealCup Portion Pack.

Check out our Single Cup Coffee Brewer Reviews to find the best one cup coffee machine for you.

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker – Are They Really Good?

What Keurig Stands For

Keurig is a Dutch word for excellence. As a company that leads the single cup coffee making in the US, it does not believe in the philosophy of brewing a full pot of coffee when all you drink is just one cup. In 1998, it launched the revolutionary concept of K-Cup Portion pack where the innovation encouraged people to prepare the perfect single cup of coffee without having to think about wasting a full pot, handling filters or cleaning up after brewing. How much better can it get, when you want the perfect brew in between a hectic day at work or morning rush hour to work!

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker Selections

Unlike Senseo which has a reservoir for 5 cups, Keurig is available in three types of water source systems – Direct Water-line Plumbing, Pour-Over Reservoir and the third one with combined features. The reservoir capacity also ranges from 8 oz. to 90 oz. You can install the one that caters to you best at home or at work. The feature to adjust the brew size is available across most single cup coffee brewers over the counters.

There are a multitude of features that Keurig offers that clearly makes it a wise option to chose when installing single coffee cup makers for staff use. Keurig has an Adjustable Temperature to suit person to person, Digital Display for convenience, Energy Saving Mode that switches off the machine when not in use after a certain time as desired. The Coffee machine also has Multiple Language options; you can play with it to amuse your colleagues on a break. Another patent that Keurig Coffee Maker offers is a Quiet Brew Technology and compatibility with Vending machines.

Keurig – Any Good?

In the category of commercial single cup coffee brewing, Keurig definitely wins it over. The type of variety that Keurig offers is simply outstanding. It has over 200 varieties to choose from in the categories of coffee, tea, hot cocoa and even iced beverages. While some of these selections are available as Keurig as in developed in-house blends, while some are even co-brand developed and promoted. The category types remain the same as in Roasted, Blended and Caffeine content. So, if you are a Barista lover, you can try the Barista Prima Coffeehouse or for that reason, even my favorite recommendation is Twinings of London. All in all, the K-Cup concept from Keurig totally rocks the single sup coffee brewing world.

Want to know whether K Cups are better than Vue packs or the other way around? Have a look at our Keurig Vue V700 vs. Keurig B70 Comparison to see how they compare. You also might want to check out our single cup coffee maker reviews to guide you in finding the best one cup coffee brewer!

What Are Pod Coffee Makers?

Where do Pod Coffee Makers Come From?

The concept comes from nature probably, where in the pods contain seed of life and growth. Depending upon the brand that produces it, a pod may contain a measured amount of ground coffee, condensed milk or even added flavorings. The pods are usually vacuum sealed to protect its contents from outside moisture and oxygen which might tarnish the freshness of the product when finally intended for use. Pods are always intended for a single cup of coffee and work only in conjunction with single coffee makers.

Coffee Pod Makers

Pod coffee makers are coffee brewing systems that force required amounts of hot water through the pods to bring in the flavor in the beverage as per requirement. Various coffee companies have worked on this system to bring about frothing in the beverages to suit user to user requirements.

Pod Coffee Makers vs. Drip Coffee Makers

Pod coffee makers are way better than the drip coffeepots. Although the pods are not re-usable, since all its contents get used in one cup, the pods are not self disposable. The outer packaging has to be removed from the coffeemaker and disposed off separately.

However, that is about all that needs to be done for a pod coffee machine, while on the other hand, filter coffee machines need to be emptied and cleaned which is far more work. Also Pod coffee makers are not as messy as a drip coffeepot. Even making multiple cups of coffee is easier with the Pod machine, since, it can cater to individual beverage requirements whether hot or cold, all in less than a minute, while brew-pots can cater to only one type of beverage. It is typical of the leftover coffee in the brew-pot to turn bitter after a while because of constant warming.

Disadvantages of Pod Coffee Makers

Biggest disadvantage of Pod coffee machines is that most companies custom build their pods for use with only their brand machines. Now, if the coffee pod producer does not have collaborations with the brand of coffee that you prefer, then buying a pod machine is of no use. This is the same if you already possess a coffee machine and are looking to try flavors from another coffee brand, then it is difficult to switch coffee machines, since they are so expensive. Another issue faced by users is that usually even the pods are expensive and for premium flavors, finding it on the shelf is difficult, so mostly pods need to be ordered online.

Have a look at our Pod Coffee Maker Reviews to find the best single serving coffee machine for you. Specifically, have a look at our Senseo 7832/55 Supreme Pod Coffee Maker Review to get information about one of the high-end pod coffee brewers available on the market.

Senseo Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Early Days of Senseo

In February 2001, in the Netherlands, the Dutch company Philips along with coffee roaster Douwe Egberts, developed a simple technique to brew coffee with a rich layer of cream on top. Senseo is a registered trademark for the entire coffee making system which prepares a perfect coffee with coffee and water perfectly balanced in a mild pressure. When the potion is finally put into the cup, there is a frothy coffee layer on top. This system gained immense popularity in the US just a few years back, when people could make their own coffee at home in exactly the same way they used to get it from a take-out.

Senseo Single Cup Coffee Machine

Senseo Single Cup Coffee Machine

Senseo Coffee Makers

The Senseo Coffee Machine designed by Philips has a great design as well as perfect no-worry solution of auto switch off after one hour. The machine is even easy clean, dishwasher-safe with its easily removable parts. With the push of just a button, the Senseo Coffee maker brews steaming hot gourmet coffee in less than a minute.

Then there is the Senseo Supreme – Single Serve Gourmet Coffeemaker. Although the price of this machine is almost 3 times that of the Philips Senseo Coffee maker, this machine has a patent on its single serve design. It not only brews coffee, but also cappuccino. An interactive LCD display advises users of the water level in the machine and provides adjustable coffee brewing. Hence you can customize your quantity on this single coffee maker.

“Magic” Senseo Coffee Pods

The Senseo Coffee Maker is just half the magic by itself. The other half is the “magic” Pods, which were specially designed by and roasted by Douwe Egberts which was founded in 1753. The Pods contain measured coffee amount to suit just one cup. Coffee brewed from these pods have a lovely aroma with a frothy top layer and with the Senseo Coffee Maker, it is so simple to brew a single cup with the reservoir still full to make yet another 4 cups more in quick succession or even in time bursts.

Senseo offers coffee pods in a variety of flavors which range from roasted specialties from all over the world like the Kona Coffee Blend, Kenya Blend, Columbian Blend, French Vanilla, Sumatra and others like a Dark Roast, Espresso, Medium Roast, Decaffeinated etc. Which ever flavor suits your mood, Senseo Coffee Maker has one to offer.

Senseo coffee machine and Senseo coffee pods can be ordered from retailers like, Walmart, Target, in the US or even online on the Senseo store.

Have a look at our Senseo Single Cup Coffee Maker Comparison to find the best Senseo single serving coffee machine for your kitchen. Check out our Senseo 7832/55 Supreme Single Cup Coffee Maker Review to get an in-depth look at one of the high-end Senseo brewers available on the market.

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