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Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker

Background on Breville

Breville, an Australian company, founded in Sydney is a popular Kitchen appliances maker since 1932. Mostly, they have been making kitchen products almost similar to the products that are made by the best in their category. However, Breville appliances have very good reviews and in many cases almost better reviews than the best selling brand. For example the Breville toasted sandwich maker almost got people to refer to sandwich makers as “Breville”.

Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker

A Breville Coffee machine is said to be the best single cup coffee maker when compared to the likes of a traditional coffee maker brewing larger quantities. Infact this machine would even provide you with all the different kind of features on it too as available on the larger variety. It has a built in water-filtration system and digital display to go with which keeps the user abreast of any requirements in terms of brew or water.

Breville BKC700XL Single Cup Coffee Maker

Breville BKC700XL Single Cup Coffee Maker


Alike most other machines in this category the Breville has an automatic switch off feature. I think, most of the product designers are in sync with the consumer wanting to do their bit in saving a bit of the natural resources in terms of electricity. However, Breville has this special feature of a timer turn on. So if you have an alarm going at 6.00am then you can literally have the coffee steaming on your bedstead at exactly the same time! And to go along with, you can also chose your flavor to go with it, whether hot or cold in terms of beverage, since Breville coffee makers is built to sync with the K-cups. Now, that can most certainly be called the perfect start to the day.

Issues with the Breville Single Cup Coffee Makers

The most common disadvantage with a Breville Coffee maker is the unavailability of quiet brew option. If you are nature kind of person who soaks up the dawn and feels good to hear the chirping or adore the misty weather outside early in the morning, you would be disappointed with the noise the this single cup coffee brewer makes while brewing. Also, at times, the dispensing needle has shown symptoms of becoming clogged with use. This would need to be cleaned over time and all instructions are actually mentioned on the manual, which makes me wonder, if the manufacturers were aware of this problem and still produce the product without correcting this flaw. For all we want is our home coffee brewer to be hassle free too while serving our best roast whenever we want.

Read through our single serving coffee machine reviews to find the best single cup coffee maker for your needs. We would also suggest that you check on the latest price for the Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker!

Starbucks Verismo – What Gives?

Starbucks announced its own single cup coffee brewer system to hit the market in the Fall of 2012 in time for the holiday shopping. The Verismo system will be a high-pressure single serve coffee brewing system whereas most other systems on the market (K-Cups, Vue, Senseo, etc.) are brewing with low pressure.

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker

You might ask yourself why there yet has to be another system as there are quite a few by now. It is our understanding that Starbucks wants to perfect the espresso based one cup coffee makers and for that you would want to use higher pressures than the currently available systems use.

Starbucks has quite a few years under their belt in regards to single serve coffee systems. They started out with the Tassimo system (at that time by far the best quality coffee you can get from a one cup machine) and then switched to the Keurig K-Cup system about a year ago. They recently announced that they would have their coffee and tea flavors available for the new Keurig Vue brewing system (see Starbucks To Come Out With Vue Packs). In addition Starbucks also has their VIA system for instant one cup coffee. Why now yet another system?

Well, the move from Tassimo to K-Cups was clearly through the K-Cups having the biggest market share and Tassimo never living up to their promise (in regards to market share). The support for the Vue system is also clear as it provides a better coffee experience than the K-Cup system. The VIA system is a good addition as Starbucks can sell it in their stores and it can be used without the need for a coffee maker.

The Verismo system seems to target a different market altogether though. All other systems listed and supported are good for coffee and tea drinks but are somewhat not so good when it comes to espresso based drinks. Starbucks though is really a lot about espresso and less about standard coffee (in our opinion and you might disagree).

In addition, Nestle has had a somewhat successful introduction of their Nescafe Dolce Gusto which also targets the higher end coffee/espresso market. Starbucks certainly does not want to give up this market and thus had to come up with their own system.

What can we expect from the Starbucks Verismo system? We would dare to predict that it will be able to produce high-end, delicious cappuccino’s and latte’s that will taste similar to what you get in the Starbucks store. However, we’re also predicting that this will come with a certain higher price tag. No prices have been announced so far but seeing what market Starbucks is after we dare to say it will be more expensive than the current Keurig systems.

What should you do? Well, if you really only drink regular coffee or tea and only occasionally or never drink a cappuccino or a latte then we would suggest to go with either the Keurig Vue system or the Keurig K-Cups single cup coffee brewers. If you only occasionally drink any coffee then the Senseo system might be the best choice for you.

Find more single serve coffee brewer reviews to find the best coffee maker for your needs. Have a look at our Keurig Vue V700 One Cup Coffee Machine Review!

Keurig Vue V700 vs. Keurig B70 Comparison

Keurig released a new line of single cup coffee makers and packages called the Vue system. So, you no longer deal with K Cups but you deal with Vue Cups or V-Cups. The promise is that the Keurig Vue system allows you to make better coffee and include specialty coffee like cappuccinos and lattes. The K Cup system only allows to make plain coffee or other beverages like tea and hot chocolate.

Cost Involved

There’s also a price difference both on the single cup coffee brewer as well as the Vue Cups vs. the K-Cups. Generally the K Cup based single serve coffee makers are cheaper. The K Cups themselves are also cheaper. However, that comes with a price. If you use the Vue Cups you have an endless possibility to personalize your beverage. You can adjust the temperature of the water, select brewing sizes that range up to 18 oz., have the Vue V700 brew coffee stronger than usual, and so on and so on.

Check out the side-by-side comparison of the Keurig Vue V700 vs. the Keurig B70 in the table below.

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TitleKeurig Vue V700 Gourmet Single-Cup Home Brewing SystemKeurig B-70 B70 Platinum Single-Cup Home Brewing System
ColorBlackBlack/Chrome
FeatureThe next generation of Keurig!
Enjoy fully customized beverages
Brews in under one minute
Strength & Temperature control
Brews frothy café beverages
Single-cup home brewing system for use with patented K-Cups
One-touch control panel; blue backlit LCD display; digital clock; programmable on/off
5 brew-size options; adjustable brew temperature; removable drip tray
Blue-lit removable 60-ounce water reservoir; descale indicator; dishwasher-safe parts
Measures 13-4/5 by 10-2/7 by 13 inches; 1-year limited warranty
ManufacturerKeurigKeurig
ModelV700B-70
TitleKeurig Vue V700 Gourmet Single-Cup Home Brewing SystemKeurig B-70 B70 Platinum Single-Cup Home Brewing System
Price$227.88$161.90
Weight15.95 pound13 pound
Rating3.5 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

Product prices and availability are accurate as of Apr 20 12:48:31 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Impact on the Environment

Another important aspect in today’s world is that the Vue Cups are partially recyclable. The main plastic container can be recycled in most communities and thus you can enjoy your cup of coffee in a ‘greener’ way. However, there’s one thing to consider. When you use the Keurig My K-Cup then you actually don’t have anything to throw away but the used coffee grinds. So far, there is no reusable coffee filter for the Keurig Vue system. We would expect some to show up in the market over the next few months though.

Variety of K-Cups vs. V-Cups

A final point is that the selection of K Cups is currently much much larger than the offered varieties of Vue Cups. Now, this will change but if you currently can’t get your preferred beverage in a Vue Cup then it also won’t make any sense to purchase a Keurig Vue V700 at this time.

Conclusion

Our suggestion would be to wait before you buy a new Keurig Vue system until there’s a wider variety of beverages available. The prices eventually will come down when more brewers are introduced and move flavors are available. Having said that, if you need a new single cup coffee maker today and you want to decide between the traditional Keurig K-Cups vs. the Keurig Vue system and you get your preferred beverage in a Vue cup then we would recommend you get a Vue based brewer.

In the end, you can’t really go wrong with any of these choices. Check out our single cup coffee maker reviews to help you find the best one cup coffee brewer for your kitchen!

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