A Keurig Brewer, the single-cup industry’s leading brand.
If you’ve been shopping recently, you may have noticed a new style of coffee brewer sitting on the shelves. These machines, known as single-cup or single-serve coffee makers, are becoming a popular choice for coffee consumers in many parts of the globe. The more popular brewing systems available include Keurig, Tassimo, and one you may not have seen on the store shelves – coffee pod brewers.
The name "single-cup" or "single-serve" coffee gives you a pretty good idea of what those brewers are for, and if you guessed that they’ll make you one cup of coffee at a time, you are absolutely right! But don’t let that fact turn you off if you want more than one cup. Here’s why.
The Premise Behind Single-Cup Coffee
Single-cup coffee brewers, regardless of brand, are all designed with the same idea in mind – quick, fresh coffee with few steps and easy cleanup. The process is simple – fill the reservoir with water, and place a coffee package (which depends on the brewing system) into the machine. Then just press a button... and that’s it! Your coffee comes out, fresh and hot.
Many customers prefer single-serve coffee over traditional brewing methods for several reasons. Convenience is a key factor. Making a cup of coffee using a single-cup brewer typically takes under a minute, whereas going to the coffee shop or waiting for a pot to brew can be a time-consuming process. Grinding and measuring the coffee grounds are also eliminated from the brewing process. Choice is another factor for many. If someone wants tea, another wants decaf, while yet another wants their favorite flavored coffee - yes, that’s possible! This advantage makes single-serve ideal for parties, since everyone gets their choice of beverage. A final factor is coffee waste. When brewing a traditional pot of coffee, often the coffee goes bad before it’s all gone, and it ends up down the drain. By only making one cup of coffee at a time, most coffee is consumed, not wasted.
Making The Choice
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’ll buy a single-serve coffee maker. And remember that seeing a brewer in action is the best way to get a feel for how they work. Although the internet can’t make you a cup of coffee, you can have single-cup coffee delivered to you without leaving the home.
If you think single-serve brewing is for you, check out our selection of coffee pods and brewers.
To read Part 2 of this series on single-cup coffee trends, “What's Available”, click here.