Single Serve Coffee Makers

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Single-serve coffee makers are practical for people who don't want to brew a large amount of the popular morning beverage that may go to waste. One of these machines is also ideal for customizing drinks, especially if there is more than one person using it. Staples® carries a broad range of these coffee makers, including brands such as Keurig®, MARS DRINKS™ Flavia®, and Hamilton Beach®, and find travel or kitchen mugs to go along with the machines as well as coffee or tea pods.

Choosing Single-Serve Coffee Makers
Several features make a single-serve coffee maker an ideal appliance for the home or office. Common sizes of 14.02" (h) x 8.27" (w) x 11.02" (d) or 12" (h) x 5.25" (w) x 6.5" (d) fit comfortably on typical counter or desk spaces. Models are usually tower or curved designs, with a range of colors to match decor, such as white, black, stainless steel, red, blue, or green.

Some brewers have LCD displays that show how much water is in the machines and when it's time to clean the makers, while other machines include charcoal water filters and self-cleaning functions, for ease of tidying up the coffee makers. There may be buttons for selecting language preference, cup size, temperature, and roast type. Some models feature a button to preset brew times or one for turning the machines on and off. Brewing options vary depending on the model but include coffee pods only or either grounds or single-serve pods/packets, and some machines may have built-in grinders, making the grinding process all the more convenient.

Appeal of Single-Serve Coffee Makers
In addition to coffee, there are pods for hot or iced tea, apple cider, and hot cocoa, and some machines specifically brew single-serve espresso drinks. Brewed amounts are usually between 4 and 16 ounces, yet despite the name, not all single-serve coffee makers brew only one drink per use. Some hold up to 90 ounces of water at a time, so users can make over 10 beverages before refilling the reservoir. Other models are also dual purpose, allowing you to brew a full pot alongside a single-serve drink.

These brewers typically weigh less than 15 pounds, making them convenient to take along for travel or to set up at conferences or in event spaces. Removable drip trays keep spills off of counters and also make it easy to fit larger-sized cups under the spouts. If you're concerned about forgetting that the machine is on, look for a model that has an auto-off function. Quiet brew technology is another appealing feature that's beneficial, as it reduces the noise that often accompanies percolation.

Can You Connect Single-Serve Coffee Makers to Water Lines?
With some Keurig coffee makers, particularly ones designed for commercial and office use, users can plumb them or attach them to water lines. This eliminates the need to consistently fill up the reservoirs. Check manufacturer instructions for accessibility.

Can You Use Any Pods With Single-Serve Coffee Makers?
Not all pods are universal. If a machine comes with sample coffee or tea pods, use that brand as a guideline. Follow the brand's recommendation for which pods work best.

Are Single-Serve Coffee Makers Dishwasher Safe?
Many models have dishwasher-safe parts, such as pod baskets, carafes, and mugs. However, it's a good idea to review a coffee maker's cleaning instructions before getting it ready for the next use.