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The Best Single Serve Coffee Makers for Whipping Up a Cup of Joe in a Hurry


Being a coffee lover can take a real toll on your wallet. Consider the fact that the average American drinks three cups of coffee each day. Now, think about the prices at your local coffee shop, where many brews clock in around $5 for a small cup. Multiply that number by three, seven days a week, and a real financial burden starts to form. So what’s a gal to do when you love the rich, bold taste of an expertly made cup of java but don’t want to spend a fortune each week? Pick up one of the best single serve coffee makers, of course!  

What is the best single serve coffee maker? 

Taste; convenience; price — a good single serve coffee maker can check all of these boxes and more. Unlike traditional drip or instant coffee, which requires a special kind of patience and can often come out watery, a single serve or capsule (aka as a pod) coffee maker ensures a consistent result each time in a matter of seconds. With the single press of a button, you could be sipping a barista-approved cup. As for their pricing, Keurig K-cups start around $0.35 a cup while Nespresso’s OriginalLine pods start around $0.75 .  

While the environmental impact of single-use capsules has been heavily debated in the past, major companies have taken note. K-Cup pods are now made from plastic #5, which is accepted in most municipal recycling programs, and Nespresso capsules are made of aluminium — another recyclable material.

According to a 2019 market analysis, the global single serve coffee maker market is set to hit $423.9 million by 2025. That means there’s more great appliance options to choose from than ever before. 

The downside? With so many choices available, choosing the best model for you can be a difficult task. Whether you prefer a plain and simple cup of joe, an espresso, an iced latte, or a cappuccino with fresh foam, there’s a single serve coffee machine out there that’s just right for your needs. Keep reading for FIRST’s picks for the 10 top-rated options out there today. 

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