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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TitleKeurig K-Cafe Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker, Makes Your Favorite Latte and Cappuccino Beverages, Comes with Dishwasher Safe Milk Frother, Strong Brew and Coffee Shot Capability, Dark CharcoalKeurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, BlackKeurig K-Select Coffee Maker, Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Machine, Matte BlackKeurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, BlackKeurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker with 12 oz brew size and hot water on demand, Platinum
FeatureCOFFEE, LATTES & CAPPUCCINOS: Use any K-Cup pod to brew coffee, or make delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
COFFEE SHOT FOR SPECIALTY DRINKS: Press the SHOT button to brew a concentrated shot of coffee from your favorite K-Cup pod to make delicious hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
DISHWASHER SAFE FROTHER: Froth fresh milk, including skim, soy, and almond. The frother is dishwasher safe for easy clean up after use.
STRONG BREW: Increase the strength and bold taste of your coffee.
4 CUP SIZES: 6, 8, 10, and 12oz.
SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K-Cup pod and use the button controls to brew delicious coffee, or make hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
LARGE 60oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
SMART START: Your coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size.
ENERGY EFFICIENT: Programmable auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings.
TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2" tall and is top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker. Includes 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 water filters to help your beverages taste their best
Brews multiple K-Cup Pod sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
A large 48 oz. water reservoir allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a minute
Dispense hot water only by opening and closing the brewer handle (without a pod), and selecting your desired brew size. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
Auto-off: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your brewer after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy
The Keurig K-Select Single Serve Coffee Maker includes a bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
Brews multiple cup sizes: (6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes all with quiet brew technology, minimizing noise during use.
Strong brew: kicks up your coffee's strength and intensity.Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4 inches tall
Simple button controls: just insert a Pod, select your desired cup size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.
Large 52 oz. Water reservoir: allows you to brew 5 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
Brewer maintenance reminder: alerts you when it is time to Descale your Coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible.
Small and compact; easily fits in tight spaces.
Brews multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
There is no water reservoir, which helps with portability - just add the exact amount of fresh water that you need for each brew. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under two minutes
Available in multiple fun colors to complement a variety of décor
Automatically turns off after 90 seconds of inactivity, helping to save energy
The ultimate Keurig coffee maker. Includes 6 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 filters to help your beverages taste their best
A large 80oz water reservoir allows you to brew 10+ cups more before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to, and on the K575, you can choose from several different nightlight colors to illuminate your kitchen at night.
Brews multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz.) and brews a Carafe (22, 26, or 30oz) using K-Carafe pods, to give you more coffee when you need it (Carafe sold separately)
Strength Control: A strength control setting allows you to brew a bolder cup using any K-Cup pod brew size. Plus, five temperature settings allow you to enjoy your favorite beverage at your desired temperature
Hot Water on Demand: Press the hot water on demand button and select your desired brew size in order to dispense hot water. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
An extra-large color touch screen with a digital clock makes it easy to brew a fresh, great tasting cup in under a minute. Plus, program your brewer to turn on or off automatically at set times, so that it is ready to go when you want it, and turns off to conserve energy.
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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.

Keurig K-Select Review and Comparison To K55 (K-Classic)


Keurig K-Select is a new addition to the Keurig family (added 2018). Like we’ve always known, Keurig are always quick on their feet when it comes to responding to their customers feedback. They offer the carafe option in Keurig 2.0 machines for anyone who wanted more than just a cup, made the machines compatible with refillable pods to avoid the DRM issues that customers didn’t like, and now, in K-Select machines, they added the biggest feature customers have requested in their single-serve machines, which is a new serving size.

Let’s have a look at the features of Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker:

  • Single-serve Keurig brewer, compatible with all K-Cup pods including branded, non-branded and refillable pods.
  • Brews multiple sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option for making your coffee taste bolder and stronger.
  • Accommodates different cup sizes, including travel mugs up to 7″ tall.
  • Button controls, with a dedicated button for each cup size, as well as Strong Brew.
  • Brews fresh cup of coffee in under a minute.
  • Removable large 52 oz water reservoir.
  • Indicators for adding water and brewer maintenance.
  • Available in three colors.

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

What Is New In Keurig K-Select?

This new model is most comparable to the Keurig K55 in looks and features. The K55 is now called K-Classic, so if you read the name, you know which model it refers to.

Additional Cup Size:

The biggest difference in the K-Select model is the fact that it can brew an additional cup size, which is 12 oz. K-Classic, as well as older models of single-serve brewers by Keurig, only brew up to 10 oz. Only Keurig 2.0 brewers were able to brew larger sizes.  So now with the K-Select, you can get a single-serve K-Cup brewer that can brew 12 oz and accommodates travel mugs.

Design:

Keurig also updated the design of K-Select to make it more sleek and modern. Control buttons remain the same, to keep it simple and complicated to use. Need a cup? Just press on the size you want, and that’s that.

Design difference doesn’t stop at looks though. Keurig has also changed the material finish on the K-Select to make it more resistant to fignerprint smudges, and it has a matte finish, too.

Reservoir:

Keurig did not add an additional cup size without increasing the water reservoir. Naturally, the water tank on the K-Select is larger than its counterparts. It has the capacity of 52 oz, you should get five cups out of it before having to refill.

Strong Brew:

This is actually a great addition to a classic Keurig model like K-Select. Before, this feature was only available on premium Keurig 2.0 machines, and maybe some K-Cup brewers from other brands. The Strong Brew option allows the coffee in your K-Cup to steep longer before being dispensed into your cup. This kicks up the taste of your coffee into a bolder and more flavorful cup.

K-Select vs. K-Classic (K55), What’s The Difference?

Like mentioned above, the biggest competitor to the K-Select is in fact, K55 classic brewer. So, how do they compare to each other?

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TitleKeurig K-Select Coffee Maker, Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Machine, Matte BlackKeurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black
FeatureThe Keurig K-Select Single Serve Coffee Maker includes a bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
Brews multiple cup sizes: (6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes all with quiet brew technology, minimizing noise during use.
Strong brew: kicks up your coffee's strength and intensity.Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4 inches tall
Simple button controls: just insert a Pod, select your desired cup size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.
Large 52 oz. Water reservoir: allows you to brew 5 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
Brewer maintenance reminder: alerts you when it is time to Descale your Coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible.
The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker. Includes 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 water filters to help your beverages taste their best
Brews multiple K-Cup Pod sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
A large 48 oz. water reservoir allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a minute
Dispense hot water only by opening and closing the brewer handle (without a pod), and selecting your desired brew size. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
Auto-off: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your brewer after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy
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Serving Sizes:

K-Select has the additional serving size of 12 oz, which K55 does not have. So K-Select offers four serving sizes in total, while the K55 offers three.

Water Reservoir:

K-Select has capacity of 52 oz. K55 has 48oz.

Cup Size Accommodation:

Both models have a removable drip tray that allows you to accommodate travel mugs up to 7″ tall.

K-Cup Pod Compatibility:

Both models are able to accommodate all type of K-Cup brands and refillable pods.

Strong Brew Option:

This option is only available on the K-Select.

Should You Buy Keurig K-Select? Is It Worth It?

K-Select is the option option for someone who is looking for a single-serve K-Cup brewer that is simple and straightforward. Nothing fancy and nothing high-tech. It’s a simple push button operation and you’ve got yourself a fresh cup of coffee (or any other drink in the form of K-Cup really!). The fact that it can now brew 12 oz is very convenient, and something that a lot of Keurig fans wanted for a long time. And for its price, K-Select makes a really good purchase.

Video Review of Keurig K-Select:

French Press For One – Your Ultimate Guide For Buying and Making The Best French Press

What Is French Press Coffee?

One of the easiest manual methods for brewing a nice cup of coffee is to use a French Press, or as it’s also known, a Press Pot.

A French Press is portable, non-electric and takes a few minutes to make cup or few. All you need is to add your coffee ground, add hot water, wait a few minutes for the coffee to brew, press down the filter and start enjoying your coffee!

French Press pots are available in many sizes, starting from a single-cup press to a 12-cup capacity. So whether you want to enjoy a cup for yourself, or use it to serve friends and family, you’ve got many options to choose from.

One of the great benefits of using a french press as your method of brewing is that it is relatively cheaper than other brewing methods:

  • The pot itself can be quite affordable, as low $16 or so. But can also go as high as $100 and more. It all depends on the brand, material and size of the press pot you choose. So you have a lot of options to choose from.
  • It’s non electrical, so no energy costs.
  • A press pot is also easy to pack and keep clean. The only messy thing about a press pot is having to discard the coffee ground in a bin, since dumping them in the drain can eventually clog it up.

In this post, I’ll be talking about every aspect to help you decide whether using a french press is the right method for you or if you should go for something else. I’ll also compare french press to other brewing methods like a moka pot, pour over or a percolator.

How To Choose The Best French Press For You:

There are a few things to consider in order to pick the right french press:

Which Size Do Need?

French press pots are available in many sizes, a one-cup, 4-cup, 8-cup and 12-cup capacity. But you have to keep in mind here what a ‘cup’ really is. As some, if not most brands use the term cup to refer to 5 oz capacity. So if you’re using a large 12 oz mug, or a 14 oz travel mug, then you can’t go for anything less than a 3-cup capacity. Or better yet, make sure to choose your french press based on ounce capacity and not the labeled cup size.

Which Material Do You Prefer? Glass or Stainless Steel?

There are two materials to choose from: glass or stainless steel.

  • Glass press pots are the most common and they come in different styles. Some glass pots are complemented with plastic handles or exterior decoration. Others have stainless steel accents, and these are often more stylish.
  • The other kind of press pot is a double-walled or vacuum insulated stainless steel press pots. This material is often more expensive, however, it is preferred for someone who wants to keep their coffee hot for a longer time.

Choosing between these two materials comes down to one thing:

How long do you want to retain the temperature of your coffee for?

  • If you’re the kind of person who likes to enjoy their coffee one cup at a time, or let it sit for longer than ten or fifteen minutes, then you’ll definitely want a stainless steel press pot.
  • If loss of temperature isn’t an issue for you, then you can choose the material that appeals more to you aesthetically or that’s more in line with your budget.

Best French Press Pots For Home Or Office:

Best Glass French Press Pot:

The SterlingPro Glass French Press is made of durable borosilicate glass. Available in different capacities, this press pot features:

  • Metal exterior accents and lid,
  • Double screen filtration
  • Includes 2 extra filter replacements

The double filtration system solves an issue that some french press pots have, which is that the screen isn’t always able to filter out coffee grounds. With double-filtration, the SterlingPro is able to provide you with a clean cup of coffee.

Click here to learn more about SterlingPro Glass French Press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

The Bodum Chambord is quite the classic. Bodum is a well known brand when it comes to french press pots, and Chambord model is by far their most elegant one. The pot is adorned with copper colored stainless steel exterior parts as well as lid. This premium design has been, and still is, crafted in Portugal for over 30 years. Other matching accessories are available such as cups, creamer and sugar set, and storage jars.

Click here to learn more about Bodum Chambord French Press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Best Double Walled Stainless Steel French Press Pots:

CoffeeGator’s vacuum insulated stainless steel french press makes the best value for your money. This highly rated press pot keeps your coffee hot for a long time, thanks to its double-walled stainless steel construction. It keeps your coffee hot for at least 60 minutes over glass press pots, and it remains cool to touch from the outside. It is available in four colors, and it includes a mini storage jar.

Click here to learn more about CoffeeGator’s French Press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

This SterlingPro double-walled french press is another great and highly rated option for a stainless steel press pot. It has more of a classic look than the CoffeeGator with polished stainless steel exterior. Like their glass pot, this too has double filtration and includes two additional replacement screens.

Click here to learn more about SterlingPro’s Stainless Steel French Press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Best Way To Make French Press Coffee?

As you know by know, French press is the easiest way to make coffee. Most of the time, you really can’t go wrong. But if you want to make a superior cup of coffee, there are a few things to keep in mind:

It All Starts with The Coffee Grind:

You’ve probably heard this before… a good cup of coffee starts with a good grind. If you think this is some unnecessary step that won’t make a difference, just think about this for a moment:

Why does the coffee you buy from your coffee shop taste better than what you make at home?

  • Because they grind the beans right before brewing
  • Because they use commercial conical burr grinders

So, How Do You Grind Coffee For French Press?

I’m not saying that you should rush a bring a commercial grinder to your home. Not at all.

However, I do recommend these two things:

  • Always use fresh coffee ground. Grind your coffee right before brewing. For french press, use a coarse grind.
  • Use a conical burr grinder. Never a blade grinder. Burr grinders make a consistent grind which give you the best results. Blade grinders, on the other hand, make an inconsistent grind and you have no control over the coarseness of your grind. Most of the time, it results in a bitter cup.

I understand that buying a conical burr grinder can add quite a lot to a buyer’s budget. But there are some quite affordable options to consider…

Use a Manual Burr Grinder:

A manual burr grinder is quite an affordable as well as portable option. It can cost anywhere from $20 to $40 and more. That’s way cheaper than electric grinders that go over the price of $100.


Manual grinders have adjustable steps that allows you to adjust the coarseness of your grind. So it’s perfect to use as a grinder for french press as well as other methods (not espresso though). The downside of a manual grinder though is that it’s quite an exercise and it can get boring of a task after a while.

Don’t Want To Buy a Grinder? Here’s Your Second Option…

If you’re not entirely sold on the fact that you need to grind your coffee before brew time, or can’t afford to buy a grinder right now, your second option is to ask your local coffee house (or wherever you’re getting your coffee beans from) to grind it for you. That way you’ll still get the consistent grind of a burr grinder, but on the other hand, you’ll lose some of the freshness of the coffee. This is still a better option than using a blade grinder.

How To Brew The Coffee:

Now we got the coffee ground part covered. Here’s what else that makes a french press brew:

  • Before you start, it’s always a good idea to pre heat your press and your mug. Stir some of the boiled water in the pot to make it hot, then discard before adding your coffee ground.
  • Use water that is JUST off the boil. Let the water sit for a few seconds before pouring it into the pot.
  • Pay attention to your water to coffee ratio. As a rule, you’ll want to use 6 oz of water for every 2 tablespoons of coffee. But you can always experiment to find out the ratio you prefer.
  • Brew time: This is a crucial part of brewing the best pot of french press. Ideally, the coffee should sit to brew for exactly 4 minutes. So, start with that using a timer. If you find the taste to be not bold enough to your taste, add a minute or two to brew time.

Comparing French Press To Other Brewing Methods:

French Press vs. Percolator:

A Coffee percolator is another easy way of doing your coffee. Actually, it’s quite a classic way of doing it. It was a popular method back in the 70s, and to this day, some people still prefer it as their method of choice for brewing coffee.

Of course, coffee percolators have witnessed some improvements. Back in the day, a percolator required a stovetop to bring the water and coffee to boil. Now, both stovetop as well as electric percolators are available.

How Does a Coffee Percolator Work?

a percolator is a pot with a filter/chamber on top that holds the coffee ground. A pipe-like element in the pot works on circulating the boiling water from bottom to top and through the coffee grounds. This process continues until the desired coffee strength is achieved.

How Is It Different From French Press?

The brewing process of a percolator is entirely different than french press coffee. With a percolator, your coffee grounds are boiling with the hot water, circulating through until you take it off the stovetop or unplug it, in the case of using an electric percolator. This may result in a stronger coffee flavor, but it can also be more bitter due to the fact that the water is boiling through the coffee grounds. With a french press, the hot water (just off-boil) is mixed with the coffee ground, then it sits for a minutes until you press it down.

Pros of Using a Coffee Percolator:

  • It is easier to clean. Since the coffee grounds are in a separate chamber, you simple detach that chamber and toss out the grounds.
  • Whether it is a stovetop or electric, it is still fairly affordable.
  • It keeps the coffee hot for a longer time, since all percolators are made of stainless steel.

Cons of Using a Percolator:

  • It takes longer than a french press to brew coffee, up to 10 minutes or more.
  • Most electric percolators don’t have a switch or auto-off. You have to time your brew and manually unplug them.
  • It is not as portable as a french press. With a press, you simply add the hot water and let it sit. But with a percolator, you need either a direct source of heat or electricity for it to keep percolating.

French Press vs. Moka Pot:

A Moka pot isn’t far off from a coffee percolator, but they make different types of coffee. With a moka pot, there are two chambers, at the bottom chamber, you’ll add your water, then on the top chamber goes your coffee ground. Once the water is boiled, it starts to move to the top chamber to immerse the coffee grounds. And when the top chamber fills up with coffee, that’s when you take it off the stovetop.

A moka pot creates a rather strong cup of coffee that is more in line with espresso. And it is usually enjoyed using smaller cups. Moka pot uses fine coffee ground, just slightly more coarse than espresso’s. It is usually preferred by people who want a coffee drink almost as strong as espresso, but without the need for an espresso machine.

That said, moka pot coffee is entirely different than french press:

  • It produces a very strong cup of coffee, similar to espresso.
  • It requires a stovetop.
  • Moka coffee is usually enjoyed in capacity of 2 oz cups.
  • You have to keep an eye on your moka pot to know when it’s done and ready to drink.

If you enjoy your coffee in larger capacity, a moka pot isn’t the right option for you. But, if you fancy an espresso-like drink, it is the method to go for.

French Press vs. Pour-Over:

Pour-over coffee is increasingly getting popular. Manual coffee drippers like Chemex or Hario V60 are more popular than ever, even though it is not as easy of a method as french press and it requires some practice.

With pour-over, precision is the key to success. If you’ve got the right grind, measure your beans and time, you’ll get a nice cup of coffee.

Doing pour-over, you have to attend the brew process from start to end. So, unlike french press, you can’t just let it sit until it’s ready. The water has to be poured slowly over the coffee ground and little by little, until you’ve brewed your desired amount. Since pour-over drippers use paper filters, the coffee it makes is cleaner than that of a french press, since most coffee oils and all grounds get trapped in the filter.

To get the best results, it is recommended that you use a scale to measure the coffee grounds and amount of water you’re adding to your pour-over. Medium-coarse grind is used for pour-over.

So, should you choose pour-over instead of french press?

Only if you don’t mind all the work.

French press is much easier to do. It’s as simple as adding water to a pot and waiting for a few minutes. And the results are consistently good.

Pour-over can’t be done in a rush. It takes time and you have to keep at it until you get it right. It could be a fun thing to do over the weekend, but it’s not a practical method for someone who wants a quick cup of coffee. There are automatic pour-over coffee makers that automate the whole process for you, but they’re not as affordable as manual pour-overs.

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.

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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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TitleHamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee MakerHamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffee Maker for K-Cups and Ground Coffee (49974)
FeatureBrew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop filter
Scoop your favorite ground coffee and brew
Brews up to 14 ozs. into travel cup or coffee mug
Durable stainless steel construction
Built-in stand for coffee mugs
BREW WITH OR WITHOUT K-CUP PACKS. Brew up to 10 oz. with a K-cup pack, or up to a 14 oz. travel mug with grounds. Pack holder and grounds basket are included.
JUST LOWER LID AND BREW. Whether it's a K-Cup pack or your own fresh grounds, just place them in the holder, lower the lid and press brew.
EASY-VIEW Water WINDOW. Visible from front and side.
FITS A VARIETY OF MUGS. Use the adjustable cup rest to not only fit your favorite mug in just right, but to also hold K-cup packs or the brew basket.
EASY TO CLEAN. The pack-piercing tool removes for easy cleaning to prevent clogging that can sometimes occur with frequent use.
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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:

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Demo of Hamilton Beach FlexBrew:

Can I Use Instant Coffee In My Keurig Machine?

Keurig coffee makers brew coffee quickly. So quickly that K-Cups are usually mistaken for Instant coffee. If you’re wondering the same, rest assured that the coffee in K-Cups is real ground coffee and not Instant coffee.

Can Instant Coffee Be Used in a Keurig? Or Any Coffee Maker?

Before answering the question. Let’s understand what instant coffee is and how it’s made:

The name Instant Coffee is referred to any coffee that is prepared, well, instantly. It’s the type of coffee that melts in hot water and turns into a cup ready to drink, immediately.

Instant coffee is made from real coffee beans that have been processed in different methods to turn them into a coffee concentrate then into the granulate form they’re sold as. This type of coffee melts in hot water, leaving no coffee ground to clean. And as we all already know, it’s instantly prepared and requires no brew time.

Watch how instant coffee is made here:

So, to answer the question, can you use Instant coffee in a Keurig machine?

If you use reusable K-Cup filters with your Keurig, and you’re considering filling them up with instant coffee, then that would be a really bad idea. The instant coffee will melt as soon as the machine runs the hot water through the filter, so there’s no point in having that instant coffee in the machine in the first place. Same goes to any coffee maker.

If you’re a fan of instant coffee, then there’s no need to use any type of coffee machine to prepare it. That’s why many people prepare instant coffee to ground coffee. Because it requires no brewing time or any special type of machine.

For your Keurig machine, however, you’ll need coffee ground. It can be any brand you like, but you’ll have to make sure that it’s ground on the coarse side rather than a fine grind.

Nespresso Creatista or Lattissima Pro, Which of These Is Best for Latte/Cappuccino?

If milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte are your favorite coffee drinks, then it’s highly recommended that your coffee machine has a built-in milk frother that will automatically heat and froth the milk. These kind of coffee makers will save you a lot of time when making your favorite drinks.

You can choose an espresso machine with a built-in milk from many brands, but in this post, we’re focusing on two of Nespresso’s most popular choices, Nespresso Lattissima Pro and Nespresso Creatista by Breville.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro:

The Lattissima Pro was created in partnership between Nespresso and DeLonghi. The machine is compatible with Nespresso’s OriginalLine coffee capsules and has a patented Cappuccino milk frother system by DeLonghi.

Features of Nespresso Lattissima Pro:

  • Choose from 6 pre-set drinks: ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk and hot water (for tea or instant meals).
  • Patented DeLonghi Automatic Cappuccino system that heats and creates froth with a push of a button.
  • Brews Nespresso OriginalLine capsules and Nespresso-compatible capsules.
  • Touch controls.
  • LCD display for quick and easy drink setting and personalization.
  • Customize coffee volume and milk density.
  • Milk frother is detachable and allows you to store left over milk in the fridge.
  • Premium stainless steel design and finish.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Lattissima Pro, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville:

Another collaboration by two great leaders in the coffee machine world. The Creatista Plus is a Nespresso system that uses OriginalLine capsules, but it also combines powerful features that are usually available in more powerful or manual espresso machines.

Features of Creatista Plus by Breville:

  • Create delicious coffee drinks using Nespresso’s capsules and professionally textured milk.
  • Choose from pre-programmed drinks: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Latte, Cappuccino, Flat white and Latte Macchiato.
  • Customize your drink by choosing your coffee volume, milk texture and milk temperature.
  • Auto micro-foaming milk frothing system with built-in thermometer sensor that allows the machine to heat the milk to your desired temperature.
  • Choose from 11 milk temperature settings that varies between 55-76°C / 133-169°F
    Frothing wand automatically purges after every use for self-cleaning.
  • Choose from 8 milk texture settings.
  • Colored LCD display allows you to easily program your machines’s settings, customize your drinks and more.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 1.5L
  • Compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso compatible capsules.
  • Stainless steel frothing jug is included.

Creatista by Breville is available in two models, Creatista and Creatista Plus.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Creatista Plus by Breville, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between Creatista vs. Creatista Plus?

There’s a difference in the amount of options you have:

  • Creatista Plus has 11 milk temperature settings, while the Creatista has only 3.

Then, there’s a difference in material:

  • Creatista Plus has full stainless steel housing. Creatista has some stainless steel parts (front panel for the most part), with colored side panels.

Heat up time is another difference. Creatista Plus has a quick 3-second heat up time, Creatista is slightly slower with 10 second heat up time.

What Is The Difference Between Lattissima Pro vs. Creatista by Breville?

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TitleBreville BNE800BSS Nespresso Creatista Plus, Stainless SteelDe'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine
FeatureNespresso Creatista Plus enables you to easily create authentic top-quality Latte Art coffees at home, thanks to Nespresso's convenience and coffee expertise, combined with Breville's micro foam milk frothing technology
Multiple beverage selections (ristretto, espresso, lungo, latte, cappuccino, flat white, latte macchiato) with adjustable settings (coffee volume, milk temperature and milk texture) with 3 second heat up time
TFT LCD display: an easy and guided assistance on all preparation, setting and maintenance (cleaning, descaling etc) aspects, thanks to a high resolution display
Auto-frothing with 8 texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings. An enhanced coffee and milk experience and the possibility to easily create an authentic top-quality latte art coffee thanks to an innovative, automatic and expert steam pipe capable of: adjustable milk temperature (11 settings, 55-76°C / 133-169°F), adjustable froth quality (8 texture levels), temperature sensing, and fast/self-cleaning. Steam wand automatically purges after each use.
Water Tank Capacity: 1.5L Removable tank.For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
2 year warranty & includes Stainless Steel Milk Jug
19 bars of pressure
Patented De'Longhi automatic cappuccino Latte Crema System
Patented Nespresso capsule system
Sensor touch display
Premium finishes and Italian design
Choose among 6 pre-programmed drinks (ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk and hot water function for tea
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One of the biggest difference between the Lattissima Pro and Creatista is customization. Creatista is designed to allow you to make more professional and barista-style drinks at home thanks to two features:

  • Automatic micro-foaming
  • Milk temperature settings.

Micro-foaming is what commercial-style espresso makers use to heat and froth milk using steam wand. The steamed milk is created with micro bubbles that give you a more creamy and smoother texture. It will also allow you to create beautiful and professional latte art (but that will take some practice on your part).

  • On the other hand, the Lattissima Pro can create delicious coffee drinks, but there’s no way for you to customize the temperature of the milk. The frothed milk’s density can be customized, however, it is not micro-foamed. The quality of the frothed milk here is similar to that created using an electric milk frother.

 

  • The LCD display on the Creatista is colored, and it features nice icons and it fully guides you through the process. Customization is done by turning a dial next to the display. On the Lattissima Pro, the LCD display only displays texts. There are multiple touch buttons on the control panel for choosing your settings.

Which One Do You Choose?

  • If you want more authentic coffee drinks, true customization and the chance to practice real latte art, then you’ll have to choose the Creatista by Breville.
  • If you want your coffee drinks, quick and easy but still delicious and fresh, the Lattissima Pro is great for just that. Although your customization is limited to coffee volume and froth density, if the quality or texture of the milk or temperature is not important to you, then go for the Lattissima Pro.

Video Reviews:

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Everything You Need To Know About Senseo Coffee Maker by Philips

What Is Senseo Coffee Maker?

Senseo has been available for a long time in Europe, where people are really fussy about their coffee! And it’s the first pick for a single-serve coffee maker at home because of the great quality of coffee it produces that meets the European standard.

Senseo is a single-serve coffee maker by Philips. It can brew a single cup (4 oz) or two cups at the same time. Alternatively, you can brew two cups into a single mug (8 oz) for a stronger and larger cup of coffee.

Like many single-serve coffee makers, Senseo is a push-button operation. You can select from a single or double cups. You can also select your intensity by brewing a short cup or a long cup.

How Does Senseo Coffee Maker Work?

Using a Senseo requires no hard work on your part. All you have to do is insert a coffee pod and select your cup size. It includes two pod holders, you can use one if you want to brew a single cup, or both holders to brew two pods at the same time, which can be brewed into two 4 oz cups or one 8 oz mug.

Upon size selection, the machine will do its work. It pumps the right amount of water for your selected cup size to deliver perfectly measured and balanced cup of coffee.

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

What Kind of Pods Does Senseo Use?

This is a major breaking point when it comes to picking a single-serve coffee maker. Since each single serve machine uses it’s own type of pods and capsules, it’s quite a commitment!

Senseo, though, does not use special kind of pods that have been engineered just for it. In fact, it uses soft coffee pods (the flat puck type) which have been around for the longest time. These pods are available from Senseo brand, which is produced by Douwe Egberts, or from other brands like Melitta, Folgers and more.

These pods contain nothing but ground coffee, no sugar or additives. So all you’re getting is a fresh cup of coffee. It’s available in different roasts and intensities.

Senseo Coffee Maker Comparisons:

Keurig vs. Senseo Coffee Maker:

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TitleSENSEO Original XL Coffee pod machineKeurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker with 12 oz brew size and hot water on demand, Platinum
FeatureNew Coffee boost technology spreads the water via 45 holes over the Coffee pad for the richest flavor
New intensity select feature allows you to customize your brew strength with the push of a button
New removable XL water tank of 40.6 oz for 8 Coffee cups in one refill
New metal drip tray for premium appearance
All this, plus the great crema taste you have come to expect from Senseo, without the plastic or metal Pod waste
The ultimate Keurig coffee maker. Includes 6 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 filters to help your beverages taste their best
A large 80oz water reservoir allows you to brew 10+ cups more before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to, and on the K575, you can choose from several different nightlight colors to illuminate your kitchen at night.
Brews multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz.) and brews a Carafe (22, 26, or 30oz) using K-Carafe pods, to give you more coffee when you need it (Carafe sold separately)
Strength Control: A strength control setting allows you to brew a bolder cup using any K-Cup pod brew size. Plus, five temperature settings allow you to enjoy your favorite beverage at your desired temperature
Hot Water on Demand: Press the hot water on demand button and select your desired brew size in order to dispense hot water. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
An extra-large color touch screen with a digital clock makes it easy to brew a fresh, great tasting cup in under a minute. Plus, program your brewer to turn on or off automatically at set times, so that it is ready to go when you want it, and turns off to conserve energy.
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Keurig is more than just a single-serve coffee maker. It’s actually a beverage center that can make coffee, tea, hot chocolate and even iced drinks (depending on the model). Also, Keurig has more cup options that can go up to 14 oz cups or 32 oz carafe. That makes Keurig a lot more versatile than Senseo. But although Senseo is kind of limited in what it does, it’s known to produce a stronger cup of coffee than Keurig.

When it comes to pods, Keurig uses K-Cup pods, which are available in the widest range and variety, coming from hundreds of brands. This is where Keurig truly wins. Whether you choose a Keurig Classic or Keurig 2.0, you’ll get versatility at its best.

Read our post about Keurig machines here.

Nespresso vs. Senseo Coffee Maker:

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TitleSENSEO Original XL Coffee pod machineNespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De'Longhi with Aeroccino, BlackNespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker by Breville, Black
FeatureNew Coffee boost technology spreads the water via 45 holes over the Coffee pad for the richest flavor
New intensity select feature allows you to customize your brew strength with the push of a button
New removable XL water tank of 40.6 oz for 8 Coffee cups in one refill
New metal drip tray for premium appearance
All this, plus the great crema taste you have come to expect from Senseo, without the plastic or metal Pod waste
Nespresso Inissia by De'Longhi offers an impeccable barista-style coffee every time, thanks to it's simple one-touch operation and patented extraction system which delivers up to 19 bars of pressure
In just one touch and 25 seconds, the water reaches the ideal temperature to make 9 coffees without having to refill the 24 oz tank
Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso and Lungo buttons; An energy saving mode automatically switches off the machine after 9 minutes
Includes the Aeroccino 3 that provides a smooth, finely textured hot or cold milk froth for your coffee recipes via an ultra simple and fast automatic system
Each machine includes a welcome set with a range of Nespresso capsules with unique aroma profiles; Items sold seperately valued at $248; Desgined for use with Nespresso capsules
Power rating (in watts)- 1260 Watt. NOTE: Refer user manual before use
Designed for use with Nespresso capsules, the VertuoPlus offers freshly brewed Coffee with crema as well as delicious, authentic Espresso
The VertuoPlus has a motorized head and Moveable water tank that swivels out or stays behind the machine based on space. This Deluxe version features chromed finishings & drip tray, and extra large 60 oz water tank
Nespresso uses patented extraction technology known as Centrifusion. Brewing parameters are adjusted by the machine depending on the selected Grand Cru based on the barcode on the rim of the capsule
VertuoPlus machine conveniently makes two cup sizes at the touch of a button: 8 oz. Coffee and 1.35 oz. Espresso. It uses two different capsule sizes: large capsule Coffee and a small one for Espresso
The bundle includes the Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother. It provides a smooth, finely textured hot or cold milk fresh milk froth for your coffee recipes
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Nespresso carries two type of coffee makers:

  • Nespresso OriginalLine, which brews espresso only.
  • Nespresso VertuoLine, which makes espresso as well as coffee.

Either line, Nespresso is entirely different than what Senseo is. Nespresso makes the best choice for someone who wants to make espresso or espresso based drinks like cappuccino, latte or macchiato, that’s when you include a frother with it. Senseo, on the other hand, is a coffee maker. Although you might find some Cappuccino pods for Senseo, they’re not nearly as authentic, since you’ll be using coffee and packed powdered milk to make it. As with Nespresso, you’ll make your drinks using fresh frothed milk and a fresh shot of espresso.

Nespresso machines use capsules exclusive to their system. The OriginalLine machines have some compatible capsules from other brands, but VertuoLine capsules are still exclusive to Nespresso.

Are There Refillable Senseo Pods?


Yes, you should find some refillable pod options for Senseo that you can fill with your own choice of coffee ground. However, it’s not recommended that you use them. Or, if you choose to use them, keep in mind that it’s going to be a hassle until you find the right coffee consistency and amount to produce a good cup of coffee. That’s why we recommend using official coffee pods, they’re perfectly measured to make you the best cup.

Should I Buy Senseo Coffee Maker?

Senseo is a great machine for brewing soft pod coffee. And it produces a nice and strong cup of coffee. However, it’s lack of versatility makes the machine overpriced* for what it is. (*as of the time of writing this post, at least!)

If you want to brew soft pod coffee, which is one of the most convenient way to make a single cup, there are other machines that do the same job for less of Senseo’s price. For example, we would highly recommend BUNN’s MCU My Cafe, which for less than Senseo’s price, it will brew a soft pod, K-cup, ground coffee and tea (bags or loose).

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

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BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Maker – How It Compares to Keurig and Cuisinart

When it comes to single-serve coffee makers, many users look for versatility as an important feature of their coffee maker. This is perhaps one of the reasons Keurig coffee makers are popular, it’s due to its versatility in brewing coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cold drinks from a large selection of brands. But Keurig isn’t the only coffee maker that has this feature. In fact, there are a few coffee maker brands that do the same. And in today’s post, we’re focusing on BUNN MCU Multi-Use coffee maker, and you’ll be surprised to see that it is even more versatile than many other machines!

Features of BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Coffee Maker:

  • Single serve brewer than serves a minimum of 4 oz and up to 14 oz.
  • Brew using K-Cup pods, ground coffee, soft pods, tea bags or loose tea.
  • Brews a cup in under a minute.
  • Pulse Brew option allows you to brew a bolder cup of coffee.
  • Includes from inserts (drawers) for each brewing type:
    • Cup drawer for K-Cups.
    • Ground Coffee drawer can be used for ground coffee or loose tea.
    • Soft Pod drawer which can be used for soft coffee pods, tea pods or tea bags.
    • Hot water drawer for hot water on demand.
  • No water reservoir, simply fill up the water tank before each use with the desired amount.

Click here to learn more about BUNN MCU Single Cup coffee maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

BUNN MCU vs. Keurig, How Are They Different?

To be as fair as possible, we’re comparing the BUNN MCU to the Keurig K15 Mini, which is the most comparable to the BUNN MCU since both are compact and they type that don’t have a reservoir but can be filled up with water at each brew cycle.

Overall, Keurig can brew K-Cup pods which include coffee K-pods, tea K-pods, hot chocolate and other beverages. It can also brew ground coffee using refillable K-cup filters (which you purchase separately). Unlike BUNN MCU, it does not brew soft pods, tea bags or loose tea. Also, another feature that is missing from the K15 is strength control. With the BUNN MCU, you can use Pulse Brew feature to make a bolder cup of coffee.

And if serving sizes is important to you, using the K15 you’ll be able to brew 10 oz max. With the BUNN MCU, you can brew up to 14 oz.

Features of the Keurig K15:

  • Compact single-serve K-Cup brewer.
  • Brews serving sizes 6 oz , 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Fill up with water tank with fresh water at every brew.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K15, read the customer reviews and buy it.

BUNN MCU vs. Cuisinart SS-5 Single-Serve Coffee Maker:

Another contender to the BUNN MCU is Cuisinart. Although they are not entirely comparable, yet many people feel like they want to choose between them.

The Cuisinart SS-5 is a K-Cup brewer, so it works just like a Keurig coffee maker. It brews K-cup pods of any kind, including refillable ones. In fact, it includes a refillable cup so you don’t have to purchase one separately.

Unlike the BUNN MCU, this Cuisinart has a reservoir with 40 oz capacity. This means you don’t have to fill up the reservoir at each brew.

As for serving sizes, the Cuisinart SS-5 brews 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz servings, with a button dedicated for each cup size.

Features of Cuisinart SS-5:

  • K-Cup brewer by Cuisinart.
  • Brews cup sizes 6, 8 and 10 oz.
  • Removable water reservoir with 40 oz capacity.
  • Includes a refillable K-Cup filter for brewing ground coffee.
  • Also includes a charcoal water filter.

Click here to learn more about Cuisinart SS-5, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which Model Do You Choose?

Between these three models, our favorite is definitely BUNN’s MCU. Here’s why:

  • It brews up to 14 oz of coffee. This is the largest serving either of these models has to offer, and it’s a serving size that any one who drinks from a travel mug will appreciate.
  • It is the most versatile for sure. Although they all brew K-Cup and ground coffee (using refillable K-Cup filters),  BUNN MCU is the only model that includes inserts for all brewing types includes K-Cups, ground coffee or loose tea, soft pods and hot water on demand. Meaning, you don’t have to purchase any additional accessories separately.
  • It has strength control feature. Using Pulse Brew, you can make your coffee brew stronger.
  • the MCU has stainless steel casing with some plastic parts, unlike the other models that have plastic housing. This makes it more durable to use and clean.

Click here to learn more about BUNN MCU Single Cup coffee maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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