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Like most of us coffee drinkers, college students run on Coffee. As a student, having a coffee maker at your dorm room is a must. It saves you a lot of money and it ensures you get your coffee whenever you need it. The issue is that most dorm rooms are small in size, so a compact coffee maker is a requirement. How do you choose the best coffee maker for the job, then?
Let’s have a look at your options for making a cup of coffee at a dorm room, assuming you will brew for one person:
Manual coffee makers like French Press, Pour-overs or Chemex are the most compact and easiest way to make coffee anywhere. These manual tools sit at any counter top or cupboard, taking almost no space, so they make a great option for a college student. On the other side, preparing coffee manually takes more time than automatic coffee makers (especially pour over and Chemex), which might not be very convenient for a college student who’s always on the run.
Automatic Single-serve Brewing:
The best thing about single serve brewers is the convenience they offer any busy coffee drinker. All you have to do is press a button and you get your cup in less than a minute or two. And the best part, most of them don’t require immediate clean up. Which is why we recommend this method for college students and even office users who don’t have the time to prepare coffee the traditional way. There’s also a number of compact single serve brewers giving you many options without worrying about the space it’s going to take.
Although single-serve brewers are great, many people complain that over time, the pods that these single serve coffee makers use to brew coffee can get costly, which we understand can be an issue for a college student on a strict budget. The good news is, there are many workarounds to enjoy single-serve brewing without having to worry about purchasing pods. We’ll write some tips on this below.
Keurig K15 K-Cup Coffee Maker:
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker:
BUNN MCU Single Serve Coffee Maker:
Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker:
First thing to note is, not all single serve coffee makers use pods. Many models, like the KitchenAid Personal coffee maker and BUNN MCU listed above, use coffee ground just like a traditional drip coffee maker. But if you want to keep your options open and use a machine like Keurig or Nespresso, here’s how you can save on your pod/capsule purchases.
Saving on Keurig K-Cups:
The great thing about Keurig brewers is that they can accommodate refillable K-Cup pods. These pods allow you to use your own coffee ground and reuse them over and over again. They’re much like a gold tone coffee filter that drip machines use. So you can buy one or two of these filters, buy your usual bag of coffee ground and brew them using the Keurig brewer. This method saves you tons of cash on coffee pods and it is the most environmental-friendly way to use a single-cup brewer. Pictured above is a Keurig Reusable filter by SoloFill
Saving on Nespresso Capsules:
In the same way, you can buy refillable capsules for your Nespresso (OriginalLine) machine, too. These refillable capsules are not available from Nespresso officially, but from other brands, and they work perfectly. SealPod is one of the best rated reusable capsule for Nespresso.
Another way to save on Nespresso capsules is by buying Nespresso-compatible capsules. These are capsules that are made by companies other than Nespresso, but for Nespresso machines (again, this works with Nespresso OriginalLine machines only). One of the cheapest brands we’ve come across is Gourmesso.
A coffee maker that makes both single serve and carafe servings, also known as a 2-way coffee maker, is a very convenient choice for anyone looking for the best of two worlds. Lucky for anyone who’s looking for this type of coffee maker, many choices are available. You can get a two-way coffee maker that uses ground coffee, coffee pods, or both. Even a coffee maker with built-in grinder that does both a single cup and carafe serving is available. All which we will be listing below.
Hamilton Beach Flex Brew 2-Way Coffee Maker:
Cuisinart SS-15 12-cup Coffee Maker and Single Cup Brewer:
Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Coffee Maker:
Ninja Coffee Bar System:
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:
There are lots of variation in features in the coffee makers we listed above. Here are a few things to consider:
Review of Cuisinart SS-15:
Review of Ninja Coffee Bar System:
Review of the Breville Grind Control:
In the battle of Grind and Brew coffee makers, two exceptionally good coffee makers stand from the crowd: The Breville Grind Control and Cuisinart Grind and Brew.
How do you choose between different models of Grind and Brew coffee makers? Here are some pointers:
In the beginning, let’s talk about the features of each of these coffee makers before we compare them to each other.
Image Title Breville BGC650BSS Grind Control, Silver Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black Feature Adjust between 6 different grind settings for lighter or darker roast coffee beans
Pre-brew temperature control
Brew a single serving or full carafe
Programmable Auto-Start to brew coffee at your selected time
LCD display: Carafe/Single Serve, Water Level, Count Down Timer
24-hour fully programmable coffeemaker with auto shutoff, brew-pause feature, and Grind off function
Double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe with comfort grip handle holds up to 12 cups of coffee
Built-in automatic burr grinder and 8-ounce bean hopper holds a half pound of beans. Strength selector and grind control fine-tune intensity and volume
Includes: Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. Measuring scoop. Instruction book
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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The best question to ask yourself here is, what is your brewing habit?
Do you brew full carafe daily? Do you prefer to brew a single cup instead?
If you brew different amount of coffee each time, you’ll appreciate Breville’s Grind Control ability to brew various cup sizes: single, travel mug, or up to 12 cups carafe, without compromise to the taste. And you’ll be happy to not waste any coffee because you’ll brew just what you need!
Another thing to consider the Breville for is if you enjoy different type of coffee roasts. No other coffee maker can calibrate its settings based on coffee bean type! This, in addition to 8 strength adjustable settings will ensure you have a cup of coffee that never fails you.
If you’re not interested in all the advanced features of the Breville, then you’ll find the Cuisinart Grind and Brew to be very functional, although it doesn’t make a cup as customized as the Breville.
The Bonavita is a a popular choice for a high-quality coffee maker, but it is not comparable to the Breville Grind Control in anyway.
The Bonavita is a coffee maker that brews coffee in a way similar to the pour-over coffee method, but in an automatic way. There are no settings or special programs on the Bonativa, and most importantly, it doesn’t have a built-in grinder like the Grind Control does. With the Bonavita, brewing is a simple as switching on the power button.
What makes the Bonavita special is:
The Bonavita is a great coffee maker, but it’s entirely different than the Breville Grind Control. If you want to learn more about it, you can read our post on it here.
Capresso CoffeeTeam coffee maker with Built-in grinder makes a valid competitor to the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. Here are its features:
So the Capresso is fairly neck to neck with the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. The differences are:
You can read our review of the Capresso CoffeeTeam here.
Do I Have to Use the Built-In Grinder?
No, with both models, there is a grinder-off option that allows you to brew pre-ground coffee. This comes in handy when you want to brew coffee that’s different than the one in the hopper.
Do I Have To Use the Included Gold-Tone Filter?
No, that’s not necessary. You can use any store-bought paper filter too.
Do These Coffee Makers Have Warming Plates?
No, because in this case, a warming plate isn’t required. They include a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot for a long time. Having no warming plate also saves on electric usage.
With the Breville Grind Control, Can I Brew Directly Into a Mug or Travel Mug?
Yes, if you’re brewing a single cup or travel mug, you don’t have to use the carafe. The machine can accommodate a tall travel mug or a cup in its tray.
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:
Cuisinart Grind and Brew:
Verismo V is a single serve brewer by Starbucks that makes coffee, espresso and latte right at home. It uses pods made exclusively by Starbucks that are available in their famous blends. The Verismo is a system that was first introduced back in 2012, and the Verismo V is the new and totally redesigned machine that promises to brew a better cup than its previous model.
Features of Starbucks Verismo V:
Starbucks Verismo V Pods:
Verismo can only brew pods made by Starbucks for Verismo. The pods are available in a wide range of Starbucks blends, either for coffee or espresso. Each box contains 12 pods. There are also milk pods available that you can brew directly into your cup. However, these pods won’t make you an authentic cup of Cappuccino or Latte. For that, it is recommended that you pair your brewer with an electric frother, either Verismo’s or any other brand that you’d prefer.
There are no refillable pods available for Verismo. Also, as of the time of writing this post, there are no other brands that make pods compatible for Verismo. So, then buying a Verismo brewer, you’re committing to drinking Starbucks pods only.
Who Should Buy the Verismo V?
If you’re a Starbucks fan, this is a must-have for you, without a doubt. You will be saving a lot of money by investing in this system and brewing your own coffee at home. When brewing a Starbucks at home, your cost should be around $1 per cup. That’s about half the price of what you would pay at the shop.
Keurig is probably the most popular single-serve brewer right now. Keurig’s brewer can make you a variety of drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Keurig uses K-Cup pod only, however, K-Cup pods are made by so many different brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, and so many well known coffee brands.
Features of Keurig 2.0 Brewer:
There are 3 models available for Keurig 2.0 brewers, usually the difference between them is in the size of the water reservoir, touchscreen display and cup sizes. But here are some general features you’ll find in all models:
Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pods:
Keurig 2.0 brewers use K-Cup pods different than the old K-Cups. The new K-Cups have a special labeling on the rim of the pod that allows the machine to read what pod you’ve inserted. Like we’ve already mentioned, these pods are available for many large coffee companies, so you’re more than likely to find your favorite coffee in the form of a K-Cup. And if you can’t find it, you have to option of using a refillable pod filter that not only allows you to use your favorite ground, but also save on K-Cup purchases.
Who Should Buy a Keurig 2.0 Brewer?
If you’re looking for a brewer with the most variety of drinks, then Keurig is your answer. Unlike other single serve brewers that force you to stick to their brand of coffee, Keurig brings so brand to the table. You’ll find pods from brands like Green Mountain, Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Caribou. You’ll also be able to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, flavored coffee, hot apple cider and more. The large sizes a Keurig can brew is also a very big advantage over other brewers.
Read our comparison between Keurig 2.0 brewers by clicking here.
For this post, we’re adding Nespresso’s VertuoLine to the comparison rather than OriginalLine Nespresso makers, to make the comparison fair.
Nespresso has always been known for its high quality espresso and espresso drinks. But with the introduction of their VertuoLine machines, Nespresso can now make espresso as well as coffee. VertuoLine brews Nespresso capsules only, that are even different than Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsules. VertuoLine capsules are available for espresso and coffee in a number of blends and strengths.
Features of Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo:
Nespresso VertuoLine Capsules:
As we’ve just mentioned, Nespresso VertuoLine uses capsules that are entirely different than Nespresso OrignalLine’s. They’ve been fully redesigned to be used with the new Centrifusion brewing technology. VertuoLine’s capsule include over 12 varieties with the occasional release of limited edition capsules.
Who Should Buy Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo?
If you’ve ever tried Nespresso’s coffee, then you know it is really as high quality as they say. Especially when it comes to espresso drinks. If you like your Cappuccino and Latte, you’ll love the cup a Nespresso machine can produce. The coffee on the other hand, while it is good, it is different than a traditional cup of coffee and a totally new experience. Due to Centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 rotations per minute while blending the coffee ground with water, the coffee comes out quite foamy and different in taste than a traditional cup of drip coffee.
Starbucks Verismo V Unboxing and Review:
Keurig 2.0 Review:
Nespresso Evoluo Review:
Although we usually write about the best coffee gear for home use, we wouldn’t be way off writing about the best coffee machine for office use. After all, the office is pretty much your second home and where you spend the majority of your day, therefore, having the best coffee in the office is a must, too!
There are a lot of coffee makers to choose from, so to pick the right one, you need to decide how you’ll be using your coffee maker:
In this post, we’re going to cover a number of coffee makers that are best suited for the office use, either for multiple people or a single user.
BUNN VPR-2GD 12-Cup Pour Over Coffee Brewer:
Keurig K155 Commercial Brewing System:
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Keurig K15 Coffee Maker:
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BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Brewer:
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Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker:
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a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.