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Starbucks Single Serving Coffeemaker

Single-Serving Coffeemakers: Friend or Foe?

The days of measuring out coffee grounds into a paper filter may be coming to an end, especially now that Starbucks is hopping on the single-serving coffeemaker bandwagon. While there are many conveniences of dropping a coffee pod into a machine and simply pressing a button, some of the romance associated with the morning cup of coffee has gone by the wayside. That said, we love our office Keurig. To take a look at some of the pros and cons of these high-tech java-makers and to share your opinion, just keep reading.


  • The coffee is tasty. Surprisingly, these machines make a damn good cup of joe.
  • The process is quick and mess-free. This is especially helpful in an office environment where there's not much time to make and clean up coffee.
  • There's variety. The different pods account for the many taste preferences within an office environment.
  • They only make one cup at a time. For a single-person household, this is really efficient. No more dumping half a pot of cold coffee down the drain.


  • They don't come cheap. These single-serve coffeemakers have a relatively hefty price tag, no doubt about that.
  • They require space. They take up a fair amount of counter space, and there's the dilemma of how to store all of those pods.
  • They're wasteful. Let's face it, those pods are nonrecyclable.
  • They only make one cup at a time. Although this can be a pro, if you're looking to serve a large group of people, it's probably not the best way to go.

Our conclusion? These coffeemakers are great in a fast-paced work environment, but probably not the most efficient use of space in a home. Their convenience and simplicity is definitely useful in the office, but we appreciate the ritual that goes into a freshly-pressed pot of coffee, and a French press is a quarter of the cost!

What do you think? Do you use single-serving coffeemakers?

Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
 @Vanonymous I agree - it's ludicrous to think that K-cup coffee really adds up to be that expensive.
Pez4Pres Pez4Pres 5 years
They sell reusable pods that you can fill yourself with any brand of coffee that you want.  I don't have a single serve coffee maker, but I have been thinking about getting one. 
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
i'm not a fan. i like tailoring my own pot of coffee/shots of espresso since I tend to favor super strong brews. plus it's less expensive and wasteful.
swag1 swag1 5 years
Err, they actually don't make a good cup of joe -- unless your standards are pretty low to begin with. Pre-ground beans left oxidizing for weeks if not months in shipping containers and store shelves? Extraction times that are frequently less than three minutes?   They are the Automats of coffee. Great for convenience if I want to avoid something terrible. But never good, nor good enough to be memorable. They may not be to coffee what Tang is to orange juice, but the comparison isn't far off in my household.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
I'll pass, mainly because of the non-recyclable packaging and the cost.  I also enjoy the morning ritual of making coffee the "old-fashioned" way.  
Vanonymous Vanonymous 5 years
i have the keurig mini and it works for me.  i'm the only person in my house that drinks coffee.  i bought the reusable cup so i can buy any coffee i want and just fill the little cup - this fixes the expense con and the wasteful con!  after hearing how the foldgers k cups (on the cheaper end of k-cups) were ultimately like paying over $50 for a pound of foldgers, i had to buy the reusable cup!
Daisyw Daisyw 5 years
I have the Cuisinart and I love it.  I don't drink coffee, but my husband loves the Dunkin Donuts Coffee pods and my daughters love to use it to make Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider. 
amschrader amschrader 5 years
Call me old fashioned, but I really enjoy going through the motions of grinding and brewing my own single cup drip coffee. Besides, blue bottle doesn't come in keurig cups.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I had one and ended up giving it away. It only brewed 6 oz per k-cup, which was nothing. It was huge too, pain in the butt to store. Never again.
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