The set comes complete with a pod storage unit that can accommodate 9 K-Cup™ pods to have them always at hand. Besides, the machine will automatically switch off in 90 seconds of non-use, thus, saving energy.
The unit operation is a bit noisy.
Want to be able to brew a coffee shop quality cup of Joe at home without the fuss and cost of premium espresso machines? If so, the Keurig K-Mini Plus personal coffee maker is for you. This bite-sized brewer offers improved brewing capabilities and touch-of-a-button convenience for you to enjoy the best quality coffee without a hassle.
Strength selector for brewing (regular or intense), Volume control
Control panel with an LED-indicator
12-oz removable water reservoir, removable drip tray, pod storage unit included (holds up to 9 K-Cup™ pods)
Really compact brewer dimensions will help you find the place for this little fellow even in a small kitchen limited in countertop space. One-touch cleaning option greatly facilitates the unit maintenance and prevents limescale buildup.
Water reservoir capacity is a bit low.
Compatible with a whole variety of K-cups irrespective of the brand, the CHULUX brewer gives you a chance to taste a myriad of coffee flavors without being limited to a single brand. Besides, extremely compact size makes it a real find for coffee drinkers on the go.
One button with an LED-indicator
12oz non-removable water reservoir, Removable drip tray
A special Scoop™ brew basket is designed to measure your ground coffee with ease and precision. It features two measure lines for exact serving amounts.
To prevent spills and splashes, you'll have to pick the right cup height.
No coffee lover appreciating a distinct rich aroma of freshly brewed ground coffee will pass by the Hamilton Beach 49981. It does not need K-cups or coffee pods, giving you an unmatched opportunity to experiment with coffee grind types, flavors, and brands.
Ground coffee, Coffee pods
Scoop™ Brew Basket
Strength selector for brewing (regular or bold)
Control panel with an LED-indicator
Scoop™ brew basket holder, Removable drip-tray, Espresso cup stand
The travel mug, brewing basket, and reusable filter are dishwasher safe making the unit maintenance a real snap. And to keep the exterior clean, it is enough to wipe it with a damp cloth from time to time.
The travel mug is somewhat poorly insulated.
If you are really big on coffee and drink it several times a day but a full-scale coffee machine doesn't fit your small kitchen, this compact, practical and functional personal coffee maker from Balck & Decker should not go amiss. It works both with fine and medium grinds and can make 2 cups of coffee simultaneously in a matter of seconds.
Ground coffee, Coffee pods
Brewing basket with a reusable filter
16 oz thermal mug Included
One-button with an LED-indicator
16 oz non-removable water reservoir, Thermal cup and removable parts are dishwasher safe
The thermal cup in this model is made of stainless steel and features double walls ensuring efficient heat retention up to 4-6 hours. A plastic lid with a silicone seal will let you conveniently sip your hot drink even on the go.
Water preheat takes pretty long.
The AdirChef single serve coffee maker is a great choice for active people who are often short of time to enjoy their morning cup of coffee at home and have their caffeine fix on the go. You can quickly make a large cup of freshly brewed coffee at home and take it with you in a well-insulated travel mug.
Ground coffee, Coffee pods
Brewing basket with a reusable filter
15 oz thermal mug included
One-button with an LED-indicator
15 oz non-removable water reservoir, Thermal cup and removable parts are dishwasher safe
Keurig K-Mini Plus
A Little Brewing Gem
When it comes to pod-based coffee machines, Keurig is an absolute top-liner. Focused on the ultimate user convenience and barista-style brewing, Keurig brewers are fully automated units distinguished by excellent quality. The K-Mini Plus is not an exception. And if you want a professionally brewed cup of Joe without the fuss of full-fledged coffee makers, you’ll definitely hit the spot with this model.
First and foremost, unlike other bulkier and clunkier Keurig machines, the K-Mini is one of the smallest single-cup brewers on the market, hence the model’s name. Less than 5 inches wide, the unit will ideally cater to the needs of those who strive to cut down the coffee machine footprint on the countertop. A sleek body made of black matte plastic with catchy silver accents makes this model look very modern and will fit any contemporary kitchen. More than that, you can choose from several bright color patterns to match any interior style.
Despite its close-to-tiny design, the K-Mini Plus offers refined functionality with a touch-of-a-button convenience. A removable one-cup reservoir will let you brew any portion up to 12 oz. Just add the desired amount of water, press the button on the top of the unit and your flavorful drink will be brewed to perfection in about a minute. Set to regular strength by default, for those who need a stronger caffeine fix, the machine also provides a stronger brew.
Compatible with a wide variety of K-cups from more than 75 popular coffee brands, this little brewer will let you try a multitude of coffee flavors without the need to roast and grind the beans. Created by professional baristas, all blends are ideally balanced and made from premium-quality beans. Yet, if you like to experiment with aromas and try your own mixes, the machine also works with a K-cup universal reusable filter to be filled with ground coffee of your choice.
Aesthetically pleasing and decently functional, the Keurig K-Mini Plus is also fitted with a number of handy perks that further contribute to its usability and ease of use. Along with a removable water tank for quick filling and no-hassle cleaning, the unit is complete with a pod storage container that can hold up to 9 K-cups and neatly fits under the brew nozzle when the machine is not in use. Other than that, you can wind up a power cable into discrete cord storage to avoid tangling wires on the countertop or conveniently transport the unit.
For on-the-go-drinkers who are always in a rush and normally drink their morning cup on the way to work, a removable drip tray allows easily accommodating a travel mug up to 7 inches high to brew hot beverage right into it.
All things considered, as capable and compact as it is, the Keuring K-Mini Plus is a little brewing gem that will shine in any home kitchen and let you enjoy coffee shop quality drinks without a hassle.
|Last updated price||$55.20|
Single-serve Brewing All-arounder
The convenience and practicality of single cup coffee makers are hard to beat. Yet, not all pod-based machine are the same. Many of them would limit your choice of coffee to a single brand. Not only is it fairly inconvenient since some brands have a poor choice but also it might appear not that cost-effective because a certain brand might appear rather pricey. To avoid those hassles, CHULUX has designed a single-serve brewer compatible with pretty much all capsules and K-cups.
The Chulux brand is not that popular as Keurig or Breville and the machine can seem too simple at a glance but it in no way means that it lacks functionality. The unit really has a no-frills construction with less automation and without the bells and whistles of premium brands. However, the price-tag of this model will impress you as well. It costs times less than top-rated models. Let’s have a closer look what you’ll get for that money.
All the basics you expect from a small pod brewer are there. You’ll still get your cup ready at a single touch of a button and will have an opportunity to adjust the volume of your drink as well as enjoy the benefit of mess-free brewing and easy maintenance. A 12 oz water tank will let you adjust the size of your drink by simply adding the necessary amount of water. There are no added controls for that. Then put the pod of your choice into a pod holder, turn the switch on the lid to fix it and press the power button. In about two minutes, you will enjoy your coffee serve. It might take some more time than for other machines, yet, in the end, you’ll get the same barista style coffee shot.
Take Advantage of a Compact Design
Simple and functional, the Chulux individual coffee maker has specific merit that distinguishes even from premium models. It’s a compact and fairly portable design. Overall, single-cup brewers are not bulky, but this unit is really small. Thanks to a low-volume water tank and the absence of a full-scale control panel, it boasts a narrow profile. Thus, this little fellow will fit even space-limited kitchens, dorm rooms, studios, small apartments, and offices. It can also be used in caravans, trailers, RVs or as an added single-serve unit to a fully-featured espresso machine or coffee maker.
Though offered at an affordable price tag, this mini machine is a high-quality unit. It is made of BPA-free plastic durable enough to withstand damages and safe to the food. The whole construction is solidly built, it doesn’t leak and ensures mess-free brewing and pouring. The product is also FDA certified to give you total peace of mind about its quality.
To sum up, the Chulux personal coffee maker is a great choice for small kitchens, travelers, on-the-go drinkers, and everyone who wants the freedom of tasting different coffee flavors without a hassle.
|Last updated price||$39.99|
Hamilton Beach 49981A
Prize and Coffee Lovers’ Hearts Winner
The first thing you will admire about the Hamilton Beach 49981A single-serve coffee maker is its eye-catching design of stainless steel that will perfectly blend with any kitchen interior. It’s worth saying that for the well-thought design and highly efficient operation, this model was awarded a “2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award" from Good Housekeeping Research Institute and got high rankings from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
The model is fast, simple to handle, and compatible with most types of ground coffee.
Instead of making the whole pot and wasting a good half of it, with Hamilton Beach, you can make as much coffee as you want and no more, be it a single cup or several serves. Just add your favorite ground coffee into the scoop filter, pour fresh water, and brew. You’ll be impressed how quickly it will prepare a customized cup. It drips an 8-oz cup in about 90 seconds and a 14-oz travel mug in less than two and a half minutes.
An integrated adjustable L-shaped metal stand will easily accommodate both standard-size cups and taller mugs for splash-free dispensing. It addition, there is a drip tray that will catch the spills, if there are any, keeping your countertop dry and clean.
Another distinguishing feature of the Hamilton Beach 49981A is a one-of-the-kind Scoop™ Brew Basket that contributes to a hassle-free preparation. A handy scoop to measure ground coffee doubles as a filter to be placed in a holder with an additional fine-mesh filter.
For exact serving amount, the scoop filter features two measuring lines. The lower line goes for 2 tablespoons of ground coffee while the top line equals three full tablespoons. Anyway, you are free to add more or less coffee to customize your own perfect cup. After brewing, you can rinse the scoop filter and hang it to dry on a special knob on the side of your coffee maker.
Brew Your Cup Your Way
The Hamilton Beach 49981A is compatible not only with ground coffee but also with pre-packed soft coffee pods. It’s a truly great option when you need a quick caffeine fix and you want to save time on filter and machine cleaning after brewing. Besides, unlike with many other one-cup coffee brewers, in this model, you can adjust the strength not only by using more or less water but also by varying the quantity of ground coffee and choosing coarser or finer grind.
On the front panel of the unit, you will find two control buttons for "Regular" and "Bold" settings. The Regular setting works best if you need a quick cup and decide to go for a standard automatic drip coffee. The Bold setting is recommended for flavored, decaf, and finely ground blends as well as for premium brands like Starbucks® and Dunkin’ Donuts®. In the "Bold" mode, the water passes through coffee at a slower rate but longer brewing results in better flavor extraction. Choose “Bold” for stronger, better-tasting and more flavorful coffee.
In a word, with the Hamilton Beach 49981A brewer, you can say good-bye to k-cups and enjoy the freedom of experimenting with your favorite coffee blends, flavors, and strengths to the full.
|Last updated price||$44.99|
BLACK + DECKER CM618
Best for a Small Kitchen
Those who live in city studios or have small kitchens will think twice before buying another kitchen appliance, especially the one that will take countertop space. However, a coffee addict would rather sacrifice a cooker to a coffee machine in the kitchen. This is where a personal coffee maker from Black and Decker will come in.
What you’ll get is fairly compact in size unit with a slim profile and small footprint that will take minimum space on your countertop and will fit the most cramped kitchens even if you think there is no place for it. All of this is thanks to a low volume capacity of the machine. There is no removable water tank you’d find in other models of this type. Instead, you’ll have a built-in water reservoir with a fill opening on the top. You can make a 16 oz coffee serve at a time that will be brewed right into a travel mug included in the package. Besides, you can use your favorite travel mug or large cup that will match by height.
Despite its compact design, the Black and Decker is a fully functional coffee maker. The brewing process is fully automatized and you’ll be really amazed by the brewing results. At the same time, it will take a minimum of your time and effort to brew a barista-quality cup of coffee at home. All you need is to pour water into a reservoir, put your favorite ground coffee into the filter-basket, press a single control button and let the machine do its job. In several minutes, you’ll enjoy the taste and flavor of the cup of Joe brewed at its best. To customize the coffee boldness to your liking, you can adjust the amount of ground coffee added to the basket or even go for pre-packed coffee pods of your choice.
When brewing is finished, you need to clean the machine and believe us, it won’t take more than a couple of minutes. The travel mug, brewing basket, and reusable filter are dishwasher safe and the exterior can be easily wiped with a damp cloth.
Black and Decker is a popular brand in power and garden tools that stands out for the excellent product build quality and performance. Though the CM618 is a simple kitchen appliance, the manufacturer still sticks to its high-quality standards.
The unit body is all made of first-class plastic that doesn’t add weight to the unit and makes the whole machine light and portable. Meanwhile, plastic is highly durable, it’s not prone to damages and deformations and it doesn’t heat up during the unit operation. The brewing basket is also made of heat-resistant plastic and a permanent filter is made of metal and needs no replacement.
Other than that, to prolong the heating element and brewing system service life and prevent overheat, the machine shuts off automatically after each brewing cycle.
To cut a long story short, the Black and Decker is a practical and functional coffee maker that offers a hassle-free brewing experience and will let you continuously enjoy freshly brewed coffee, no matter how small your kitchen space is.
|Last updated price||$22.78|
AdirChef 800-01-BLK Grab N' Go
For On-the-go Drinkers
How often do you find yourself in the morning rush drastically lacking time and choosing to take shower and brush your teeth instead of eating breakfast, not to say about a cup of flavorful coffee? Does it look like you? If so, you will definitely like the AdirChef single-serve coffee maker created with active lifestyler and on-the-go coffee drinker needs in mind.
This model offers the benefits of professional brewing packed in a compact and space-saving design. Featuring fully automatic operation, it will need no specific skills from your side and actually almost no efforts. It will hardly take you more than a minute to fill the water tank, add ground coffee to the brewing basket, and press the button on the side. While you go through your morning grooming routine, the AdirChef will brew up an aromatic hot drink for you. It’s quick and easy as one, two, three.
What’s more, the unit comes complete with a branded travel mug that neatly fits into the machine. Not only does it ensure splash-, spill-, and mess-free brewing but also you can easily take your coffee with you to your morning commute. And be sure you’ll enjoy the taste to the full. Made of stainless steel, the thermal cup features double walls to efficiently retain heat up to 4-6 hours. A plastic lid with a silicone seal will trap all coffee flavors inside and let you conveniently sip your hot drink when on the go. Other than that, a rubberized insert on the exterior provides a safe and firm grip and the cup easily fits the majority of vehicle cup holders.
A Styish and Functional Kitchen Accessory
Though functionality and brewing performance are undoubtedly the most important features of the coffee maker, for many customers, the unit design also matters since the machine is usually intended to stand on the countertop. The AdirChef covers all those aspects.
The unit comes encased in a really stylish body. A combo of shining silver steel, black plastic, and smooth lines looks contemporary and will add a modern touch to any kitchen interior, be it moderate classics, minimalistic high-tech, practical loft or exquisite art deco. Besides, all materials are of high-quality ensuring easy maintenance and long service life of the unit. And thanks to a truly compact size, this model will fit any kitchen space.
The machine performance doesn’t trail behind an appealing design as well. The water will be precisely preheated to the optimal brewing temperature to extract the maximum taste and flavor from coffee beans. You are free to choose between ground coffee or coffee pods. A fine filter mesh will keep the tiniest coffee grains inside irrespective of the coffee grind you pick, hence, you are free to experiment with flavors and mix your own coffee blends. Notably, the model features a permanent filter that needs no replacement and can be easily removed and cleaned under running water or in a dishwasher after each use. So, there will be no excess plastic wastes and no need to waste money or replaceable filters.
All in all, the AdirChef single-serve coffee maker with an airtight travel mug will give you a chance to drink your favorite hot coffee every morning even if you are short of time. And it will save you the need to drop into a coffee shop for a caffeine fix when rushing to work.
|Last updated price||$19.95|
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What Is a Personal Coffee Maker?
Many of us can hardly imagine a morning without a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Not only does it give us a boost to make our body and mind work, it also lavishes our taste buds with a bold and rich flavor of ground coffee beans. But what to do if you usually have very little time in the mornings to make that cup of tea for yourself, let alone your spouse and other family members? A personal coffee maker machine will come to help. What distinguishes this type of a coffee machine is that, being smaller in size, it requires less time and effort to brew a cup of coffee. With a personal coffee maker you won't need to fiddle with multiple settings and will be able to drip coffee right into a travel mug (if you have one, of course) to take your favorite drink with you.
What Features to Compare
Basically, single-serve coffee machines fall into two major types that use similar operational principle. Pump brewers use a pump creating a pressure over 10 Bars to force hot water through the pre-ground coffee. As a result, you will get delicious coffee with thick golden crema highly praised by all coffee addicts and professional baristas. Drip coffee makers heat up water to the required temperature, then it gradually passes through the filter with coffee and drips into a cup or a carafe. The coffee from a drip brewer is stronger due to a higher level of caffeine. As compared to pump models, drip units are more cost effective and give you a better caffeine fix to boost yourself.
Commonly, one-cup coffee makers use ground coffee or coffee pods. Ground coffee gives you an opportunity to experiment with coffee flavors and make individual blends to your taste. Meanwhile, coffee pods are easy to use, they save you the trouble of guessing how to measure the exact amount of coffee per serve and allow diversifying your morning menu with tea, cocoa or even hot chocolate. However, some beverage pods work only with certain machines. As a rule, such coffee brewers feature lower price but your choice of coffee will be restricted by a single pod brand.
Coffee machines designed to brew ground coffee require a filter, be it a single-use paper filter or a permanent one. Paper filters are easy to dispose of but they do not last long. Permanent filters are more expensive, but in the long run, they can be more budget friendly allowing you to save on buying replaceable filters.
Controls and Usability
When it comes to controls, you can find simple models with a single button or several control buttons and those with an LCD touch screen that offer you an opportunity to customize all brewing settings, including coffee strength, to your liking. Where strength control is not available, you can adjust the strength by adding more or less ground coffee to the filter.
Some manufacturers complement their coffee makers with extra features that add to the ease and convenience of use and beneficially distinguish their units from their counterparts. These little bonuses may include a carafe for making several serves at a time, a travel mug for a coffee on-the-go, a built-in water filter for better coffee quality, a replaceable water reservoir for no-fuss filling and a drip tray for mess-free dispensing.
With that said, now, it’s up to you to select the model to cater to all your needs and requests.
Q: What are the main advantages of personal coffee makers?
A: The biggest advantage is that you can make one cup of coffee at a time. You only need to add water and coffee and in less than a minute you can enjoy your freshly brewed beverage. The next benefit is freshness. With a single cup coffee brewer, you always know that your coffee is 100% fresh. Besides, personal coffee machines are convenient to operate, easy to clean, space-saving, and cost-effective.
Q: What is a pod coffee brewer?
A: It’s a single-cup machine that uses pre-packed coffee pods and offers fully automatic coffee making. It’s a great option for all coffee lovers looking for a mess- and hassle-free coffee preparation. Apart from coffee pods, these machines are usually compatible with tea and hot chocolate pods offering a variety of flavors to your choice.
Q: What is filter coffee?
A: Filter coffee is made by hot water passing through ground coffee in a filter. It is also called drip coffee. The flavor, color, and aroma are extracted from coffee and dissolved in the water. Ideal for coffee lovers appreciating strong coffee with distinctive flavor. Many personal coffee makers use drip extraction method.
Q: How do I clean my coffee brewer?
A: Keep safety in mind! First of all, unplug your coffee maker and let it cool. Remove a filter basket and permanent filter (if available) and clean them in a solution of warm water and liquid soap. Avoid using abrasive cleansers, never immerse the machine itself in water, and always flip through the instruction manual for dishwasher safe parts or some specific details on cleaning.
Q: What can cause a bad coffee taste?
A: There are several reasons for coffee taste changes. The prime reason is old coffee that might taste stale. The fresher your coffee is the better it tastes. Two more reasons affecting your java taste are water and coffee quality. Always used fresh filtered water and opt for high-quality coffee varieties and blends. Finally, don’t forget to clean your coffee maker.
Q: How often is it necessary to clean an automatic coffee maker?
A: Since cleaning prolongs the unit service life, allows avoiding bad coffee taste, and solves some brewing problems, you’d better clean your coffee machine every 40 to 80 brews.
Q: Why does my coffee maker brew slower than usually?
A: Coffee makers get clogged with mineral deposits over time. Hence, your unit might require cleaning to remove all sediments and scale.
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