Category: Single-Serve Coffee Makers

Nespresso Lattissima One Vs. Touch Vs. Pro

Lattissima One is one of Nespresso’s one-touch machines that can make you any coffee drink you want with a press of a button. Although Nespresso’s Lattissima line has many machines with the same idea, the Lattissima One has been designed differently to be more compact and with a truly beautiful design.

What Are the Features of Lattissima One?

  • Single-serve OriginalLine Nespresso machine with built-in milk frother.
  • Milk container is also a single-serve. It holds enough milk for just one serving for Cappuccino or Latte.
  • Serving sizes: Espresso 1.35 oz, Lungo 5 oz.
  • Milk frothing button with heat and froth the full amount of milk in the container. Guide lines inside the container tell you the amount of milk to add for Cappuccino or Latte.
  • Milk container is detachable for easy cleaning.
  • Heat up time: 25 seconds
  • Water reservoir capacity: 33.8 oz
  • Milk container capacity: 4 oz
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 8 capsules.
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules and 3rd party Nespresso compatible capsules.
  • Available in 4 colors.
  • Made in Italy.

What Makes Nespresso Lattissima One Special?

What sets Nespresso Lattissima One apart from other Lattissima machines is the single-serve milk container. This container is designed to keep waste at minimum and to ensure the use of fresh milk every time. With larger containers, you could add more milk than you need to less, majority of users will fill the milk container to max level, use what they need and take the rest to keep in fridge. With the single-serve milk container, non of that is necessary. Using the lines marked inside it, you’ll know the exact amount of milk you need, and the machine will froth the entire thing. No waste, and no need to keep any leftovers in the fridge.

The smaller milk container also means a smaller machine. Lattissima One is very compact in design and makes a perfect choice for anyone looking for a space saving machine.

Lattissima One vs. Lattissima Touch, What’s The Difference?

Lattissima Touch is a popular choice for a single-serve machine with built-in milk frother. It is also a Nespresso Original Line machine, so it’s compatible with many capsules including Nespresso’s or Nespresso-compatible brands.

  • The machine features 6 preset buttons: espresso, Lungo, cappuccino, latte, latte macchiato and hot milk.
  • The milk frother on the Lattissima Touch is made by DeLonghi. It holds milk for multiple uses, has an option to adjust froth density and it is detachable for easy cleaning and leftover milk storage.
  • Water reservoir capacity is 30 oz and milk container capacity is 16.9 oz and used capsule container holds up to 10 capsules.

Lattissima Touch offers more presets, which is understandable since the machine has a large milk container and needs to know how much milk to use, unlike the Lattissima One which draws all milk at once. So the Lattissima Touch gets a button for each drink you want to prepare. But eventually, both machines can prepare the same coffee drinks.

The Difference in milk containers, however, is not in the size only. The Lattissima Touch has an adjustable froth density. So that’s an extra way to customize your drink.

Which Do You Choose?

I would personally pick the Lattissima Touch over Lattissima One for many reasons:

  • The Lattissima One’s single-serve milk container is great for a one person use. But it could turn into a hassle if you’re ever entertaining guests or need to make multiple cups for any reason.
  • Lattissima Touch’s milk container, while it could lead to some milk waste, it shouldn’t. If you’re planning to make a single cup, you can always try to measure your milk in your cup then pour it into the container, to get an idea of how much milk you’ll use.
  • Other than the milk frother, both Lattissima One and Lattissima Touch give you the same drink options, same machine quality (both made in Italy), but the dimensions are different. The Lattissima Touch is larger than One, but it’s not a huge machine.

Lattissima Touch vs. Lattissima Pro, What’s The Difference?

Another requested comparison is between the Lattissima Touch and Lattissima Pro. The two look rather similar in what they do, and they are. But is there any differences?

Lattissima Pro is another DeLonghi machine powered by Nespresso, much like the Touch model. It has the same milk frother as Lattissima Touch: it’s detachable and has foam density adjustablility.

Lattissima Pro is also an OriginalLine machine, so it’s compatible with all OriginalLine capsules from Nespresso and Nespresso-compatible brands.

When it comes to presets, Lattissima Pro has 7 of them: Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Latte, Latte Macchiato, Warm Milk and Hot water on demand, which is quite useful when you want to make tea or prepare an instant meal. The hot water comes out a different spout that the coffee, so you don’t have to worry about coffee residue in your hot water.

Another difference is the controls on the Lattissima Pro are touchscreen along with and LCD display that makes any programmability easier.

It also has light indicators to let you know of an empty water reservoir or full capsule drawer.

Keurig’s Best Dual Coffee Maker: K-Duo and K-Duo Plus

Making a single-serve cup of coffee using a Keurig machine is great and all, especially with the vast variety of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any other beverage available in a K-Cup pod. Keurig has always been favorited by coffee drinkers thanks to this variety of options available to them. But sometimes, you can’t help but want to make a full carafe of coffee using your favorite ground coffee. That’s where the rise of dual coffee makers came to life.

What’s a dual coffee maker? It’s a combination machine that allows you to brew a single-cup of coffee using a k-cup pod as well as a pot. This sounds a lot like the concept of Keurig 2.0, which can brew both single cup and full carafe, but not exactly. The type of machine I’m talking about using ground coffee for carafe brewing, instead of a special pod (K-Carafe) like Keurig 2.0.

Such machines were always available from brands like Cuisinart or Hamilton Beach. But Keurig has finally joined the club of dual coffee makers with the release of Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus.

What Is Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus?

K-Duo and K-Duo Plus are as versatile as a coffee maker could get. Both models are dual coffee makers that brew a single-cup or a carafe, up to 12 cups.

Here are the features of K-Duo and K-Duo Plus:

  • Brew a single-cup using K-Cup pod or a carafe using ground coffee.
  • Choose from many brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz for single cup brewing or 6, 8, 10 and 12 cups for carafe brewing.
  • Programmable digital clock allows you to setup auto-brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Strong Brew option for single serve brews a more intense cup of coffee.
  • Pause and Pour feature pauses the brewing for 20 seconds mid-way through the cycle, giving you the option to brew a cup before the carafe brewing is finished fully.
  • 60 oz water reservoir shared between both the single-serve and carafe brewing.

What Is The Difference Between K-Duo vs. K-Duo Plus?

K-Duo has two sides, one for single serve brewing and the other for carafe brewing. This model comes with a glass carafe and uses a heating plate to keep your coffee hot. The heating plate is programmed to shut off after two-hours to preserve energy, much like other coffee makers.

K-Duo Plus, on the other hand, does not have sides. It has one single spout that is used either for single cup brewing or carafe brewing. Like the K-Duo, it has one 60oz water reservoir for both brewing methods, but the reservoir in this model is repositionable. You can position it right, left or behind the machine. Overall, these design features make the K-Duo Plus a more friendly choice for someone who is limited on countertop space. One more thing, the K-Duo comes with a thermal carafe instead of a glass carafe.

What Kind of Pods Are Compatible with Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus?

For single-serve brewing, you can use any type of K-Cup pod available. You can choose from Keurig’s own pods, or pods available from 3rd party brands. And of course, you can brew any type of beverage available in a K-Cup pod! (I do recommend rinsing your machine between brews to get rid of any residue that might end up in your coffee). However, make sure not to use K-Mug, K-Carafe, Vue or Rivo pods. It’s strictly K-Cups only.

K-Duo and K-Duo Plus are also compatible with Keurig’s My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter. So if you which to use ground coffee for your single cup brewing, that’s an option, too!

What Kind of Paper Filter is Compatible with Carafe Brewing?

You can use any flat bottom paper filters compatible with 12-cup coffee makers. These are widely available in stores or online.

How Long Does It Take to Brew a Carafe?

It depends on the amount you’re brewing: 6 cups: 5-6 mins, 8 cups: 6-7 mins, 10 cups: 7-8 mins, 12 cups: 8-9 mins.

Can You Brew a Single-Serve Cup and a Carafe at the Same Time?

This question about be applicable to the K-Duo model with two sides. And the answer is no, you can’t brew using both brew methods at the same time.

What Is the Best Keurig Machine To Buy?

It’s no surprise that people love their Keurig coffee makers! And we shouldn’t just call them ‘coffee makers’, Keurig machines do a lot more than just coffee. In fact, you can do coffee, tea, iced coffee, hot chocolate, other hot beverages like hot apple cider and more. But with so many Keurigs available on the market, as well as machines from other brands that can brew K-Cups, which one do you buy?

Answering the questions “What is the best….” has always been a tricky one. ‘Best’ is very subjective thing and means different things to different people. So what I’ll try to do here is to recommend a Keurig based on a specific feature that might appeal to you over other things. Overall, you’ll get the same quality of coffee out of any Keurig model, so you’ll have to pick what feature appeals to you the most that would make a particular model the best to you personally.

Things To Consider Before Buying Your Keurig Machine:

There are few a things to keep in mind when it comes to Keurig machines that will make choosing your best machine an easier task:

How Will You Use Your Machine?

Are you buying a machine for a single person to use or a small/large family? Or, how many cups will you be brewing per day? This will determine if you need a small or a larger machine with large capacity water reservoir. Also, are you going to use it at home or in an office? A home-use Keurig shouldn’t be used at an office where it will be used more often. There are commercial-ready Keurig machines for office use.

Advanced Functions:

Will you need advanced features like temperature or coffee strength control? Are you okay with button controls or would you prefer a touch screen?


Keurig machines can be a little bulky and do take up some space on your kitchen countertop. If you’re tight on space, make sure to go for a small or compact model.

The Best Keurig Machine – Keuirg K-Select:

The Keurig K-Select, which is the upgraded version of the K-Classic (also known as K55) meets all points for a classic machine that is perfectly sized with enough features to meet most people’s needs.

It has:

  • 52 oz water reservoir
  • 4 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12oz
  • Strong Brew function for a stronger cup of coffee.
  • Brews all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters.
  • Simple button controls.
  • Accommodates cups up to 7.4″ tall.
  • Available in 6 colors.

The K-Select doesn’t have any fancy features. It does the job of brewing a cup of coffee in under a minute just right. It has a nicely sized reservoir which allows you to brew multiple cups before the need to refill it. The Strong Brew button, which steeps your coffee longer before brewing for a bolder cup of coffee, is great alternative for Strength control feature which is available on a more expensive models.

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Select and how it compares to Keurig K-Classic.

The Best Small Keurig Machine – Keurig K-Mini Plus:

If you’re looking for something small in size, look no further than the Keurig K-Mini Plus. This model, which is a big step up from its preceder the K-Mini, has been completely redesigned to be slimmer and look more modern. The K-Mini Plus has the following features:

  • It’s less than 5″ wide.
  • 4 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Removable water tank.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters.
  • Available in 4 colors.

So, what will you be giving up on in exchange of this really slim design?

No water reservoir – the machine has to be refilled for each use.

No controls buttons – the machine only has two controls on it, the brew button and Strong Brew button. How do you select your size? The machine brews whatever water amount you add to it, so fill the water tank to the size you want to brew (the water tank is clearly marked with each size capacity).

The water reservoir, or lack of, only becomes a problem when you need to use your machine frequently throughout the day. I don’t recommend this model for a large household, or for multiple brews per day (say, over 5 times per day).

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Mini Plus and how it’s different from the K-Mini.

The Best Keurig Machine with Programmable Options – Keurig K-Elite:

The K-Elite model is quite an upgrade from the K-Select and the K-Mini Plus. This is the model where you get it all: the advanced features, the controls, additional sizes, and more…

  • Large 75 oz water reservoir.
  • 5 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Iced Coffee option.
  • Hot water on demand for making instant meals or tea.
  • Programmable auto on/off with digital clock.
  • High altitude settings.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods including refillable cups.
  • Available in 3 colors.

Using the K-Elite model, you’re getting a way larger water reservoir, an additional cup size, iced brew option, hot water on demand and programmable auto on/off option. The only con of this model is that it’s vastly larger, too. So you have to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate it.

What Is ICED brew option?

You could be wondering about the Iced option, and if you can do the same using other Keurig models?

The ICED option still brews your beverage hot (coffee or tea), however, the difference is, it takes into consideration the fact that your drink will get mixed in with ice soon enough. So in order not to get a diluted drink, when using this option, the machine will adjust the size and strength of the pod you are brewing to get you the best results.

Can you do the same using other Keurig machines, even if it doesn’t have ICED brew option? You can still brew a hot brew over ice, but you won’t get the best results as the ice might melt as soon as the hot coffee hits it. This is why the ICED option is helpful, it decreases the temperature and steeps the brew longer to make it taste better even if the ice melts into it.

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Elite and how it compares to K-Select and K575.

The Best Keurig Machine To Brew Single Cup and Carafe – The Keurig 2.0 K575:

If you want more than just a single cup out of your Keurig coffee maker, then the K575 is what you’re looking for. The Keurig 2.0 line is the only kind (as of time of writing) to brew both single serve cups and carafe size. It also offers a lot of programs and customization for anyone that needs it.

  • It features a large 80 oz water reservoir.
  • Large colored touchscreen display for easy control and customization.
  • Brews multiple cup sizes and K-Cup pods
  • Cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
  • Mug sizes: 14 and 16 oz
  • Carafe sizes: 22, 26 and 20 oz.
  • K-Cup pods are used to brew cup sizes, K-Mug pods for mug sizes and K-Carafe pods for carafe sizes.
  • Compatible with branded K-Cup pods only. Refillable pods available.
  • Strength and temperature control. You can choose from 5 temperature settings.
  • Hot Water on demand.

The best thing about the K575 is the variety of sizes that it can brew. On the other hand, the limited selection available for K-Carafe and K-Mug pods are concerning. There are some refillable filters available for K-Carafes, but many are still not compatible with the K575 model.

Another con about this model is that the carafe is not included with your purchase. Unfortunately, you have to use their carafe, which is available either as a regular or thermal carafe, or the carafe brewing option will not be displayed on the machine.

Overall, even though this machine performs well, it’s still very limited. If you want to mainly brew carafe sizes, I would recommend a drip machine instead. And for single-cup brewing, any of the models mentioned above would make a better choice.

Click here to read our review and comparisons of the Keurig K575.

Review and Comparisons of Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Cappuccino Maker

Making your favorite coffee drinks at home has never been easier thanks to single serve coffee makers such as Nespresso, Keurig or Ninja Coffee Bar. Another brand that has an easy to use, one-touch coffee maker is Mr. Coffee. Their One-Touch CoffeeHouse espresso, cappuccino and latte maker works just as its name suggests, with one touch of a button. No experience required. Also, no continuous pod expenses as this machine uses coffee ground.

What Are The Features of Mr. Coffee One Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso and Cappuccino Maker?

  • 19-bar Italian pump pressure for full flavorful extraction of coffee.
  • Easy one-touch controls. Select from two pre-set sizes for each drink: espresso, cappuccino or latte. You can also create your own custom settings.
  • Make a single or double shot at the same time.
  • Automatic built-in frother heats and froths milk. Froth level can be adjusted.
  • Milk container is removable so any leftover milk can be stored in the fridge.
  • Adjustable cup tray allows you to fit short or tall cups. It can also hold one to two cups for espresso extraction.
  • Milk tank capacity: 650ml. Enough for 6 cappuccinos or 3 lattes.
  • The machine includes a portafilter with two baskets (single or double), a coffee scoop and a tamper.

Click here to learn more about Mr Coffee One Touch CoffeeHouse, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Mr. Coffee CoffeeHouse vs. Cafe Barista, Are They The Same?

Mr. Coffee has another cappuccino and latte maker named Cafe Barista. How is Cafe Barista different than CoffeeHouse model and which one should you choose?

Mr Coffee CoffeeHouse is the upgraded version of Cafe Barista. It’s designed with a few improvements that make your overall experience better:

  • Capacity: Mr Coffee CoffeeHouse has a capacity to make 6 Cappuccinos or 3 Lattes before refilling water or milk. Cafe Barista can make 4 Cappuccinos and 2 Lattes. The larger capacity of CoffeeHouse can be useful for a larger family, office use or when entertaining guests.
  • Drip Tray Capacity: The drip tray of CoffeeHouse can hold two cups at a time instead of just one like the Cafe Barista. This means when brewing two shots for two cups, you can position them both at the same time. However, when using the frother, the milk will be dispensed one cup at a time.
  • Pump Pressure: CoffeeHouse has a more powerful 19 bar pressure while the Cafe Barista has 15 bars pressure.
  • Thermo Couples: This is the part that is responsible for heating in the machine. The CoffeeHouse has 3 thermo couples while the Cafe Barista has 2. More Thermo Couples means more stable temperature for coffee and milk heating.

Click here to learn more about Mr Coffee Cafe Barista, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One Do You Choose? Mr Coffee CoffeeHouse or Mr Coffee Cafe Barista?

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  • The feature between the two models that can make the biggest difference is capacity. Think of how many people going to use the machine or how many people you’ll be serving at a time. The CoffeeHouse model has the larger capacity so it will make a better choice for users who are serving many people.
  • The Thermo Couples on the CoffeeHouse will also provide more stable temperature and probably hotter drinks faster. So if that’s important to you, the CoffeeHouse model is your pick.
  • Other feature differences are somewhat small and shouldn’t effect your experience much.

Watch How The Mr Coffee CoffeeHouse Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Works:

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System Review – Should You Buy It?

When looking for a pod-free single-serve coffee maker, a lot of people consider the Ninja Coffee Bar to be their best bet. It’s a coffee maker that not only does single-serve without pods, but also many serving sizes up to a full 10-cup pot. It’s a great option for someone who needs a variety of serving sizes and no commitment to any type of pods. But I’m not here to discuss the Ninja coffee bar, but another member of the Ninja family; The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System. This system not only offers a variety of pod-free serving sizes, but also expands the variety of drinks you can make to coffee and tea, hot or cold!

Features of the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System:

  • Brew types: Coffee and Tea using ground coffee, tea bags or loose tea. No pods required.
  • Brew sizes: single serve, XL cup, travel cup, Multi-serve, half pot and full pot.
  • Brew styles: classic, rich, over ice, cold brew or specialty.
  • Smart basket recognition: system includes two labeled baskets for coffee or tea. The system automatically recognized the inserted basket and displays the menu accordingly.
  • Tea brew Selection: Herbal, Black, Oolong, White and Green.
  • Upon tea selection, the system automatically adjusts the water temperature and steep time for the best results per tea type.
  • Built-in milk frother for creating specialty coffee drinks like cappuccino or lattes.
  • Comes with a 50 oz carafe. You can choose from glass or thermal options.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Watch How The Brewer Works:

What Is The Cold Brew Option in the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System?

In the Hot and Cold Brew system, there’s two type of cold drink options: Over ice and Cold brew. Over Ice is just what its name indicates, you brew your coffee or tea hot over ice to make your iced drink. But how does the Cold Brew option work?

Cold Brew is the process of making coffee using cold water instead of hot, and letting it steep for over 8 hours. The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed system doesn’t do that, but it does something similar to the process. When selecting the Cold Brew option, your coffee or tea will brew at a lower temperature of 110F. The steeping time is from 10 to 15 minutes. Brewing coffee or tea at lower temperature usually results in a smoother non-bitter flavor. The brew is also stronger, so as the ice melts, it does not get diluted but the water only adds to the flavor and coldness of the drink.

Serving Sizes of the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System:

Like mentioned above, one of the great features of Ninja’s brewing systems is the variety of serving sizes. Here’s the sizes you’ll be able to brew (volumes vary slightly from one brew type to another, these volumes are for Classic brew type):

  • Cup: 9.5 oz
  • XL Cup: 11.5 oz
  • Travel Mug: 14 oz
  • XL Multi-serve: 18 oz

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System vs. Ninja Coffee Bar, Which Do You Pick?

In the beginning of this post, I mentioned that the Ninja Coffee Bar is a popular choice for a machine that does it all serving sizes, including single-serve, without the use of pods.

Between the Ninja Coffee Bar and Hot and Cold Brewed System, which do you choose?

  • As a coffee maker, there’s no difference between the two brewers. Both can make the same serving sizes and same brew types (Except for Cold Brew).
  • The biggest difference here is that the Ninja Coffee Bar is a coffee maker only. The Hot and Cold Brewed system is a coffee and tea maker.
  • With the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed system you can select from 5 coffee types (strength) and 5 tea types. The Ninja Coffee Bar has 5 coffee selections only.

So your choice is rather easy here. Do you need a coffee maker or a brewer that can does both coffee and tea drinks? Also, would Cold Brew be appealing to you as a drink option? Since it’s only available in the Hot and Cold Brewed System.

You can learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar here.

Keurig K Mini Plus vs. K15 vs. K-Select, Which Is Best?

For the longest time, we’ve known the K15 to be Keurig’s smallest brewer. It’s been favored by people who have small spaces, students and as a coffee for a one-person use. But we’re glad that a new version of the K15 has been released and the upgrade is getting a lot of rave reviews.

Keurig K Mini PLUS:

At first sight, you can totally see just how nicely the design of the new K-Mini Plus has improved over the K15 model. It’s thinner, taking up even less space. It’s sleeker with a matte finish and nice metal accents. But that’s not all there is to it, so let’s have a look at its improved features:

  • Less than 5″ width. Fits perfectly anywhere.
  • Choose from four cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Brew any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable pods.
  • Strong Brew option allows you to make a stronger brew.
  • Removable water reservoir.
  • The one-cup reservoir needs to be refilled for each brew.
  • Pod storage holds up to 9 K-Cups and fits into the brewer. Great for when using the brewer on the go.
  • Available in black or red.

Click here to learn more about K-Mini Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What K-Cup Pods Are Compatible with K-Mini Plus?

The K-Mini Plus is one of those versatile K-Cup brewers that won’t limit you to branded pods. You can use any type of K-Cup pod, either branded or generic. You can also use a refillable filter pod to use your own coffee ground. You can also brew other beverages like hot chocolate, tea and any other beverage available as a K-Cup pod.

Keurig K Mini Plus vs K15, What’s The Difference?

This is the K15. As you can see, there’s quite a difference in design. It’s been truly modernized and slimmed in width to fit any countertop even better. Although the K Mini Plus is slimmer in width, it’s taller in height.

Other difference is that the K Mini Plus now has an additional cup size, it brews up to 12 oz while the K15 brews up to 10 oz. And thanks to the Strong Brew option, you can brew an even stronger and bolder tasting cup that the K15.

So to recap, the K Mini Plus has:

  • an additional cup size, a total of four cup sizes, 6 to 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Less than 5″ wide.

Should You Upgrade Your Old Keurig K-Mini?

If you already own a Keurig K15, is it worth it to upgrade to the newer version, K-Mini Plus? The answer to this would truly depend on what you really need. If the additional 12 oz size and Strong Brew option will make a difference to you, then it’s totally worth the upgrade for sure. Otherwise, if your K15 is still working and you don’t need anything additional out of it, an upgrade shouldn’t be necessary.

Watch How It Works:

Keurig K-Mini Plus vs. K-Select, What’s The Difference?

K-Select is another upgraded release from Keurig replacing the K55 (now called K-Classic). The K-Select is what we can call the blown up version of the K Mini Plus, it’s bigger in size, and more suitable to a family use:

  • It has a water reservoir of 52 oz capacity, so no need for refilling at every brew.
  • It has the same four serving sizes as the K Mini Plus: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew Option.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup Pods.
  • Includes a water filter handle and one water filter cartridge.

With the K-Select, you’re getting nearly the same features as the K-Mini Plus, but in a larger form. The water reservoir allows you to brew up to 5 cups before refilling, the water filter ensures a better tasting coffee and less need for descaling.

If the brewer is going to be used by a family, or if you brew lots of cups throughout the day, the K-Select is probably better suited for you for its large reservoir.

Click here to learn more about K-Select, read the customer reviews and buy it.


Keurig K-Elite vs. K-Select – Which Do You Buy?

I talked about the Keurig K-Select model in a previous post and mentioned that it was a direct competitor to the Keurig K55 (K-Classic). The K-Elite is another model was released around the same time as the K-Select. The shiny and sleek design catches your eye right away, but that’s not all there is to it. The K-Elite is a step up from both K-Select and K-Classic, just keep on reading to find out how they’re different…

Features of Keurig K-Elite K-Cup Brewer:

  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods: branded, non-branded and refillable pods.
  • Brews five cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option for increasing the strength of your coffee brew.
  • Iced Setting: brew over ice without losing the full flavor of your coffee.
  • Programmable settings: auto on/off, clock, temperature control and high altitude settings.
  • How Water on Demand: hot water always ready for instant meals or soups.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 75 oz.
  • Easy to use control buttons with small display for programming/displaying clock.
  • Premium brushed finish with metal accents gives the machine a more modern look.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Elite, read the customer reviews and buy it.

K-Elite K vs. K-Elite C, Is There a Difference?

You might find the K-Elite available under two names, K-Elite K or K-Elite C. There is no actual difference in the machine itself, but what’s bundled with it:

  • The K-Elite K includes a pack of 6 K-Cup pods, a water filter hand and a water filter cartridge.
  • K-Elite C includes: 15 K-Cup pods, My K-Cup refillable filter, water filter handle and one water filter cartridge.

Video Review of the K-Elite:

Keurig K-Elite Pod Compatibility:

K-Elite model, like the K-Select and K-Classic, allows you to brew any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable pods. However, it’s not compatible with pods made for Keurig 2.0 that are labeled K-Mug or K-Carafe, since those are bigger and designed differently.

How Is K-Elite Different Than Other Keurig Brewers?

K-Elite vs. Keurig K575:

  • K575 is a Keurig 2.0 brewer, so it’s in a different category than the K-Elite.
  • Keurig 2.0 machines are designed to brew single cups, mugs and carafe sizes.
  • They use branded K-Cup pods as well as refillable pods.
  • Available pods for Keurig K575: K-Cup, K-Mug and K-Carafe.
  • Serving sizes vary from 6 oz to 16 oz for a cup/mug, and 30 oz for a carafe.
  • K575 uses a colored touchscreen for controls. You can use the screen to adjust size, strength and temperature of your drink.
  • K575 has a large 80 oz water reservoir.

Which do you choose?

  • The Keurig K575 is for anyone who wants to brew a single cup or a full carafe. The fact that it can only brew branded K-Cups can limit your options, but you can still use My K-Cup refillable filter (also available from other brands).
  • If you don’t need to brew a full carafe, the K-Elite should be enough. It has many of K575’s best features (strong brew, temperature control, hot water on demand), yet, it still only brews single-serve cups. And the best part is that it’s compatible with all available K-Cup pods.

Click here to read our full guide and comparisons of Keurig K575

K-Elite vs. K-Select:

The K-Select, like the K-Elite, has some really good features, but it lacks the ‘next-level’ features that the K-Elite packs:

  • For serving sizes: K-Elite has five cup sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz) while K-Select has four (6, 8, 10 and 12 oz).
  • Both models have Strong Brew option for increasing the strength of your drink.
  • Temperature control is only available in K-Elite, and it allows you to brew between 187-192 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Iced setting is only available in K-Elite, too. You can still brew over ice using all Keurig brewers, of course. But the idea behind the Iced setting is that is brews a more concentrated drink so when the ice starts melting, your drink does not taste watered down.
  • Programmability is a feature of K-Elite that the K-Select does not have. Using the clock on the K-Elite, you can set it to go on or off at a certain time. The K-Select has auto off option only, which is an energy saving feature.
  • The water reservoir on the K-Elite is 75 oz and 52 oz on the K-Select.

Which do you choose?

If temperature control and auto on are important to you, then it’ll make sense to go for the K-Elite. If you’re not fussy about the exact temperature of your coffee and don’t need the extra programmability, the K-Select is a great option.

Click here to read the full guide on the Keurig K-Select.

K-Elite vs. K55:

K55 (K-Classic) is quite comparable to the K-Select. So, what you read in the previous comparison applies here. The K-Classic still lacks some of the K-Select features though:

  • It only has three serving sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz.
  • It does not have the Strong Brew option.

The K-Elite is quite a step-up from both the K-Select and K-Elite. But when you choose between them, it always comes down to what you need in a brewer.

Click here to read the full guide on Keurig K55.

K-Elite vs. Ninja Coffee Bar System:

The Ninja Coffee Bar is an entirely different system than Keurig K-Elite (than all Keurig machines, really). Ninja’s Coffee Bar is available as a single serve or a carafe system, but what sets it apart is that it’s more like a traditional coffee maker, in the sense that it only uses coffee ground to make coffee (no pods, whatsoever). Also, it only makes coffee, unlike a Keurig, which can make a lot of other drinks, too.

If the Ninja Coffee Bar is of interest to you, then you can read our full guide on it here.

Review of Keurig K-Cafe Single Serve Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker

I’ve always seen questions from customers asking whether Keurig machines can make Latte and Cappuccino drinks. My answer was always that you could make a latte or cappuccino using a K-Cup pod for those drinks, however, those are always packed with artificial ingredients and crazy amount of sugar. They’re never as fresh as coffee house quality.

The answer to that question has changed now with the release of Keurig K-Cafe, a single serve coffee maker that can make coffee as well as specialty drinks. It even has a built-in milk frother, so now you can create your own coffee, cappuccino and latte without the addition of unhealthy ingredients.

What Is Keurig K-Cafe and How Does It Work?

K-Cafe is a single-serve coffee maker that works like any previous Keurig machine. It uses K-Cup pods to brew a cup of coffee in minutes. But new features have been added to this model to make it perfect for Latte and Cappuccino lovers:

  • It can make an espresso-like concentrate for making specialty coffee drinks.
  • It has a built-in milk frother for heating and frothing fresh milk. It prepares cold froth for iced coffee drinks, too.

This is the first time Keurig makes a coffee maker of this kind. And of course, like any other Keurig, you can still use the K-Cafe to make other drinks like tea, hot chocolate, hot cider and more!

Features of Keurig K-Cafe:

  • Make coffee, cappuccino, latte and many other drinks using K-Cup pods.
  • Brews cup sizes: 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz for coffee.
  • Special SHOT size for preparing a coffee shot to use for specialty coffee drinks.
  • Strong Brew options steeps your coffee longer for a bolder taste.
  • Easy to use button controls
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Cafe, read the customer reviews and buy it.

See How It Works:

What Pods Are Compatible with Keurig K-Cafe?

K-Cafe is compatible with any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable My K-Cup pods (Sold separately). This gives you the option to choose from a really wide range of pods, as well as your favorite coffee ground.

Does K-Cafe Make Espresso?

Espresso is the base of every specialty coffee drinks. To be made authentically, it requires the machine to have a high pressure pump to make it. Since a Keurig does not have that, it uses low pressure to make 2 oz coffee concentrate that is similar to espresso. This is a similar method to Ninja’s Coffee Bar system.

How Does the K-Cafe Frother Work?

The frother has a base that is built into the machine, so it uses the same plug as the machine to run. The jug of the frother is detachable, so you can pick it up to pour the milk into your cup. Using the button controls, you can choose Cap, Latte or Cold:

  • Cappuccino option should create a denser foam,
  • while the Latte option makes a more creamy and less foamy milk.
  • Cold is for iced drinks, so the frother will only froth the milk without heating it.

You can use any type of milk you choose: full fat, half and half, skimmed or any type of milk alternatives (almond, rice, soy milk and so on). But do note that the results in froth will vary, since not all milk types foam the same way.

The milk frothing jug is dishwasher safe.

Keurig K-Cafe vs. K-Classic (K55), Keurig 2.0 and Keurig Mini, How Is It Different?

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Each of these models has its own pros and cons, and has its own features that make it special. What sets the K-Cafe apart is its ability to make specialty coffee drinks in addition to regular coffee and other hot beverages.

Using the other machines, in order to make a Cappuccino or Latte, you could have used a Cappuccino or Latte K-Cup pod, which is quite similar to those instant drink packets that include ingredients like sugar, oils, glucose syrup and loads of unhealthy ingredients. Using the K-Cafe, you can finally make a cappuccino or latte using coffee and fresh milk and adding your own ingredients.

The K-Cafe model can make:

  • Coffee and hot beverages in brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Shot size for specialty drinks makes concentrated 2 oz of coffee as a base for your drink.
  • Built-in milk frother heats and froths milk. It also creates cold froth.

What K-Carafe does NOT do:

Who Should Buy Keurig K-Cafe? Is It The Right Choice For You?

This Keurig model is aimed at anyone who loves their K-Cup pod but wants to make specialty coffee drinks, too. You’ll be able to make your favorite specialty drinks while controlling what you add to it. No more artificial or high calorie ingredients (well, unless you want to add them yourself!). The milk frother is a great addition to the machine. It heats and froths your milk for you, and you’re free to choice the type of milk you want.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Cafe, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Is Moccamaster Cup-One Worth It As a Single-Serve Coffee Maker?

When considering the purchase of a new single-serve coffee maker, many user would prefer a compact machine with a budget friendly price and quick brew time. But when it comes to Technivorm’s Moccamaster Cup-One single serve coffee maker, it doesn’t meet any of that criteria. Yet, it is still one of the best rated single-serve machines out there. So, what makes it worth it? And should you buy it?

Features of Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One:

  • Single-cup coffee maker that uses ground coffee only, no pods or capsules.
  • One-button operation. Simply turn on the power switch.
  • Simulates pour-over brewing method but in an automatic way.
  • Copper boiling element rapidly heats water and maintains temperature at 195F to 206F, which is the optimal temperature for coffee extraction.
  • Pre-immersion system with precise pulse action ensure the perfect coffee bloom for an even extraction.
  • Brews 10 oz of coffee in 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Water reservoir holds 10 oz of water, enough for a single cup brew.
  • Removable cup holder allows machine to accommodate different cup sizes.
  • Approved by ECBC & SCA Approved to meet and exceed Gold Cup Standards.
  • Made from durable metal housing. All plastic parts are BPA-free.
  • Handmade in the Netherlands.
  • Covered by a 5-year warranty.

Click here to learn more about Moccamaster Cup-One Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Why You Should Consider Moccamaster Cup-One?

Quality, Quality, Quality: Yup, this piece of appliance is the highest quality you can ever find. While most major brands take their manufacturing overseas, Technivorm still makes all their coffee makers by hand in the Netherlands. And their machines are covered by an industry-leading 5 years warranty.

Superior Coffee Result: Thanks to its ability to regulate the water temperature at an optimal degree, and the pre-infusion cycle that preps the coffee ground before brewing, you can rest assured that you’re going to get a fine cup of coffee. Yes, it’s going to take a bit longer (4 minutes), but the coffee is going to taste better than any machine’s that brews in less than a minute.

Beautiful Design: Now, let’s get a little bit superficial, but the machine looks stunning. As an appliance that sits on your countertop on display, a beautiful design matters in a coffee maker. The Moccamaster Cup-One has a cool retro style to it.

Simple Operation: Since the Moccamaster Cup-One does coffee pour-over style all automatic, you know you’re not going to mess up any of the steps. All you have to do is add your coffee ground, water and switch the machine on. Unlike manual pour-over where you have to measure everything yourself. It can be used by home baristas and beginners alike.

Cons of the Moccamaster Cup-One:

Although the Moccamaster Cup-One is praised for many things, there are a few cons to consider:

  • The drip tray can be removed to accommodate different cup sizes, but it can’t fit larger travel mugs.
  • It only brews a max of 10 oz. While it’s enough for most people, some users would prefer a 12 oz or 14 oz capacity.
  • The brew basket can get clogged up easily if some coffee grounds has escaped the filter. So always make sure there’s no coffee ground outside of the filter to avoid overflowing.

Click here to learn more about Moccamaster Cup-One Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Common Questions About Moccamaster Cup-One:

What Kind of Filters To Use with Moccamaster Cup-One?

It uses cone shaped #1 filters. The machine comes with 80 filters to get you started.

What Is The Capacity of the Water Reservoir?

Since it’s a one cup coffee maker, the reservoir only holds as much as you’re brewing. So the max it will hold is 10 oz of water for a full cup. You’ll have to fill it up at every use.

Does the Moccamaster Cup-One Have Auto Start?

No, it does not. You’ll have to start the machine manually. It does have auto shut off though.

Where Is The Moccamaster Cup-One Made?

It is handmade in the Netherlands.

What’s Included With the Machine?

With the machine, you’ll get 80 paper filters, coffee scoop and a cleaning brush.

Does It Have a Heating Element To Keep The Coffee Hot?

No, as any other single-serve coffee maker, there is no hot plate as it’s not really needed. You’ll brew your coffee into a cup and enjoy it hot right away.

Watch How The Moccamaster Cup-One Works:

Hamilton Beach Scoop vs. FlexBrew? Which Of These Single Serve Coffee Makers To Choose?

Hamilton Beach has a line of single-serve coffee makers that offer both convenience and versatility. In this post we will be talking about the Hamilton Beach Scoop and how it compares to the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew. Let’s get an in-depth look into the features of each coffee maker to understand how they work and the difference between them.

Features of Hamilton Beach Scoop Coffee Maker:

  • Brew a single cup using your favorite ground coffee using the included single-serve filter.
  • Brews up to 14 oz of coffee.
  • Can accommodate a mug using the built-in stand or a tall travel mug.
  • Reusable mesh filter is included, no need for paper filters.
  • Adjustable strength, choose from regular or bold brew.
  • Automatic shut-off after brewing.
  • Stainless steel construction makes it easy to clean and more durable.

Click here to learn more about Hamilton Beach Scoop Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single Serve Coffee Maker:

  • Brew a single cup of coffee using ground coffee or K-Cup pod.
  • Can brew up to 10 oz using a K-Cup pod or 14 oz using ground coffee.
  • Adjustable brew strength: choose from Regular or Bold brew.
  • Adjustable drip tray allows you to fit a regular mug or a tall travel mug.
  • The drip tray also works as a storage area for holding the K-Cup pod holder or brew basket.

Click here to learn more about Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is available in three models:

  • FlexBrew 49979 which features adjustable brew strength.
  • FlexBrew 49975 which has adjustable strength, cup size selections and 40 oz water reservoir.
  • FlexBrew 49974 which has only single brew setting, regular brew.

What Is The Difference Between Hamilton Beach Scoop and FlexBrew?

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There is one main difference between the Hamilton Beach Scoop and FlexBrew:

  • The Scoop model only brews ground coffee,
  • While the FlexBrew can brew both ground coffee and K-Cup pods.

Other than that, the difference is mainly in the design.

So, Which One Do You Choose?

This is a simple pick, and it all relies on whether or not you want to use K-Cup pods:

  • Having the option to brew K-Cup pods means that you can brew a lot more than just coffee, since K-Cup pods are available in a large selection of brands and drinks like hot chocolate, tea, cappuccino, latte, hot cider and more. If that’s something you want, then go for the FlexBrew.
  • If you don’t want to brew K-Cup pods, then your best choice would be the Hamilton Beach Scoop.

Hamilton Beach Scoop Compared To Other Brands:

Hamilton Beach Scoop vs. BUNN MCU:

BUNN MCU is another single-serve coffee maker that uses coffee ground. What makes it special though is that it has additional attachments for brewing K-Cup pods, soft pods, tea bags and loose tea, as well as hot water. This makes it a lot more versatile than Hamilton Beach Scoop.

Like the Hamilton Beach scoop, the largest capacity BUNN MCU can brew is 14 oz. Although the BUNN is faster at brewing, since it can brew a cup in under a minute, while it takes the Hamilton Beach up to 90 seconds to brew a cup.

You can learn more about BUNN MCU here.

Hamilton Beach Scoop vs. Keurig:

While there are many Keurig models to compare, we’re comparing the Hamilton Beach Scoop to Keurig K15 Mini since it’s the most comparable in terms of features and price point.

Keurig machines are made to brew K-Cup pods. However, like the Hamilton Beach Scoop, it can also brew ground coffee, but only by using a K-Cup pod filter. This K-cup filter is purchased separately.

Capacity wise, the Keurig K15 can brew up to 10 oz and cannot accommodate travel mugs.

You can learn about Keurig K15 here.

Video Reviews:

Review of Hamilton Beach Scoop:

Demo of Hamilton Beach FlexBrew: