Seems like everybody has jumped on the bandwagon for single serve coffee makers. They are great first of all because the coffee they make can be superb and also because they fit in small spaces. Single serve coffee makers are terrific for home or for work. You can make your mom really happy with one of these babies.
We’ll start with my personal favorite, the Nespresso.
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine
This Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso machine is considered the top of the Nespresso line. It simply makes fabulous coffee, that’s all. The espresso is smooth, with plenty of crema. I like the idea that you can choose the size coffee you want. For example, you can select espresso, double espresso, Gran Lungo (5 ounces) or Alto (14 oz). If your Mom likes iced coffee, she can just pour a cup over ice and sip away.
This model has a tank that can swivel to add more water easily. Note that you do need to use Nespreso capsules. This set comes with complimentary welcome pack, so Mom can start brewing right away. This model runs about $180 on Amazon. There ARE cheaper Nespresso machines. The quality seems t remain high.
Enthusiastic Amazon review:
“LOVE LOVE LOVE this unit!!! Got this for my husband and I after my mom was gifted a Delonghi Vertuo for Christmas from my sister. Went with this one because the footprint is smaller and the Delonghi was VERY loud. The Breville is much quieter and the Off White colour is SOOOOO chic!!! And the coffee is just wonderful!!!!”
Keurig K Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker
This little cutie will look great on anyone’s kitchen counter, AND it makes a terrific cup o joe. The Keurig K Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker is only five inches wide. It makes a single cup (up to 12 ounces), and runs about $60 on Amazon.
Be careful which pods you buy. This one uses Keurig K Cup pods. Has a nice little feature that turns off the coffee pot 90 seconds after you brew.
Enthusiastic Amazon review:
“I wanted to get a small kuerig for my office and this is perfect. Very lightweight and easy to transport so it would be great to travel with. In terms of the other reviews saying their coffee wasn’t hot I have not experienced that. The coffee is always hot for me. This is great for making one cup and it takes about 3 minutes total. I definitely recommend.”
Keurig K Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker
So what’s the difference betwwen the Keurig Mini and the Keurig Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker? Well, other than the price (the Mini Plus is about $100 on Amazon, the Mini is about $60), the main difference is that the Keurig Mini PLUS really is easier to clean. That’s because the reservoir is removable on the Mini PLUS. Also the Mini PLUS has a “strong brew” button to seriously caffeinate your Moms. The other difference is the 9-pod used storage unit (meaning you can use and then dump them later) that comes with the Keurig Mini PLUS.
Is the Keurig PLUS worth the extra $40? If you’ve got the extra cash, it seems to be a good deal to buy the more expensive unit. Up to you.
Enthusiastic Amazon review:
“This one works fine. It is literally a one-button coffee maker that makes one mug of coffee, make it in about two minutes from cold (36 degree filtered refrigerator water), and makes it very hot (182 degrees in the cup)! Opening it to put in a k-cup turns it on and it turns itself off after a couple of minutes. Keurig coffee makers are usually ridiculously complicated; needing a touch screen display and/or six buttons to make coffee is absurd. Possibly anal. On this there is a big silver-dollar sized button on the lid; to make coffee you push it. That’s all. Someone at Keurig’s gonna get fired.
Oh, it also makes decent coffee. Ours is a blind household and there are no stupid pointless features to remember. This one’s a keeper.”
Mueller Ultima Single Serve Coffee Maker
The Mueller Ultima coffee machine boasts a 48-ounce removable water tank so your Mom can enjoy several cups of coffee without endlessly refilling the tank. She can choose among four brew sizes (6-12oz. cups), plus the water tank is large enough to clean easily (some tanks are so small you can’t get your hand all the way in). Coffee brews rapidly, and most pods fit just fine, including all 1.0 and 2.0 capsules.
Amazon sells this model for about $60.
“My wife and I were concerned that this coffee maker might not be of good quality given its comparatively low price to the better known market leaders. We were also concerned about some of the quality comments about the market leaders that cost almost twice as much. We decided to take a chance. We very glad we did!!
The quality of manufacture of this coffee maker is evident as soon as you take it out of the box. Our experience with the Mueller coffee maker has put a huge smile on our faces. It makes the coffee quickly, even the first cup. The coffee tastes great. There are plenty of suppliers for the “K-Cups” at our grocery stores.”
Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single Serve Coffee Maker
Just sayin’ that I never owned a Cuisinart product I didn’t love. This Cuisinart SS Premium Single Serve Coffee Maker has tons of happy customers. It is K-Cup pod compatible, meaning your Mom can find pretty much any kind of coffee she likes at regular grocery stores.
She can choose among five cup sizes (5 to 12 ounces). What I like a lot about this is that it has a hot water button so Mom can make soup or tea in addition to coffee. Temperature is adjustable, so no more too-hot coffee.
This machine is available on Amazon for just about $100. The removable water reservoir holds 72 ounces. It comes with a reusable filter cup for a favorite brew.
“Could not find many reviews so I was hesitant to buy the SS-10 but I trusted Cuisinart. I have only had it a week and I already like it way better then than the Keurig 2.0. The brewing is instant with he ss-10 you do not need to wait for the water to warm up, that is awesome. The coffee flavor is good. Having the basket to brew your own grinds is great. It is nice to have the basket stored in the brewer so it wont get lost when your not using it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a kcup brewer.”
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