Single serve coffee makers are the rage at the minute. They seem to be the latest fashion accessory for the kitchen. The question is, are they really up to standing the test of time? Or are they just a fad that will fade away over time?
I was dubious when I first noticed them in the marketplace. But after a while, and some nudging from friends who had already made the change, I decided to give them a go. I went out and bought a Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System, after reading reviews online and friends recommendations.
First impressions. It looks good. Sits very nicely in the kitchen, looks elegant. Not an ugly appliance that you feel you need to hide away in a cupboard.
The main appeal with these machines, has to be the speed they make a mug of coffee. Even when time is short, they offer the option of a good cup of coffee. Quick, easy and no mess.
Does my coffee maker meet all these specifications?
Definitely. After only 2-3 minutes the whole coffee making process is completed. That is including heating the water. All I had to do was fill the water reservoir, place the K cup in the holder and press start. Within a few minutes I had a cup of coffee.
There are no spillages, no mess. The only time it is possible to make a slight mess is removing the K cup. Sometimes they can drip a little. I now keep a small dish next to the Keurig to put the K cups in. This makes it easy to carry the left overs to the waste bin.
What does the coffee taste like?
This is easy. Very good. The coffee has a nice aroma, and a smooth taste. I have trialed two different flavors. A black coffee, which had a full bodied flavor but smooth and not bitter. Which was a concern of mine.
The second coffee was a latte. This had a second K cup containing the creme and sugar. This was a beautiful creamy smooth coffee. I have to admit it, the coffee did rival that of my local coffee shop. The only criticism is the size of the cup is a little small. You can make a larger mug, but I find the taste a little watery.
When wanting to make a quick coffee for one person, these single serve coffee makers, fit the bill perfectly. When making for several people, I do not think they are ideal.
The K cups are not cheap. If you use these types of coffee maker on a regular basis, the cost will quickly add up. If you are used to going to a coffee shop, then they will feel cheaper, but on the whole I think they are an expensive way to make coffee.
So are they a fad? To a degree, I think yes. But they do have their place, for a quick easy, but great tasting coffee fix, they are fantastic.