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This is Part 2 of a series about single-cup coffee trends. To read Part 1, “Is Single-Cup Coffee For You?”, click here.
If you think you’ve decided that single-cup coffee is the ideal choice, you’ll soon face another decision before you come home with your brand new coffee maker. That is, what type to buy? The three most popular choices are Keurig, Tassimo, and Coffee Pods. Here’s a quick overview.
Keurig is the most popular choice in the single-serve coffee industry. The brewer uses the K-Cup, a proprietary plastic capsule containing a filter and ground coffee. K-Cups are available in hundreds of varieties, meaning you will probably find something you love. K-Cups are quite pricey though – currently about 60 cents a cup or more (definitely more than a traditional pot of coffee), so finding a good price is as important as finding the taste you love. The other downside to Keurig is the plastic waste – each K-Cup must be thrown out and can’t be recycled – an unfortunate issue.
The coffee pod brewing system, not chained to a particular brand, uses a round “pod” made out of the same type of material as a tea bag. This pod contains ground coffee and acts a filter, while a wrapper seals the freshness in before it is used. There are two main advantages to pods – “green” coffee and price. By “green,” we mean earth-friendliness, as each pod fully decomposes, in contrast to K-Cups and other capsules used by different brands. Also, the price is remarkable – a cup of coffee of the same, high quality as Keurig can be grabbed for as low as 35-40 cents a cup, a price difference not to miss. And finally, the variety is amazing; you’re sure to find a coffee you love.
Although not as popular as Keurig, this system is unique in that it uses a plastic disc with a specialized barcode that the brewer reads. This barcode tells the brewer how to perfect the cup, thus eliminating many button presses and other setups used to create your favorite beverage. In addition to coffee and tea, these “T-Discs” are available in specialty beverages – including lattés and café mochas. The downsides are similar to Keurig – plastic waste and higher prices that you won’t get when using coffee pods.
The Decision Is Yours
Now that you have a feel for what’s out there, it’s your opportunity to make the choice between the many options for single-cup coffee. Or, maybe, you’ve decided that single-serve coffee isn’t for you. But the popularity of single-cup coffee is on the rise, and you may decide you want one after you see one at a friend’s house, office, or wherever you may happen to come across a single-serve brewer in action.
If you think single-cup brewing is for you, check out our selection of coffee pods and brewers.