Manual coffee brewing methods are about the most economical way to make your cup of coffee at home. Two of the oldest, as well as most popular methods of brewing coffee manually are a French Press (or press pot) and a Stovetop Moka pot.

What we’ll try to answer in this post today, is the difference between these two brewing methods and which can result in a better cup of coffee.

French Press Coffee, What It Is and How It Works:

You’ve probably seen this type of coffee pot before. The pot with a filter press inside it. That’s known as the French Press or Press Pot. It’s a very simple method of brewing coffee manually by adding coffee ground and hot water and letting it steep for a few minutes before pressing down the coffee ground to stop the steeping process.

French Press results in a oily and full-flavored cup of coffee. Since you have control over when to stop the steeping, it’s totally up to you how strong you want the coffee to be. Most people would steep their coffee for 4 to 6 minutes, but if you prefer to leave it longer, it will result in a stronger but possibly bitter and more acidic cup of coffee.

French Press Pots are usually made of glass, and some are available in stainless steel which gives you more durability and keeps the temperature of your coffee hot longer. It’s a very simple gadget to use and clean. It doesn’t need a stovetop or electricity to work, so it’s quite portable and can be used anyway.

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Stovetop Moka Pot, What It Is and How It Works:

a Moka Pot is a traditional Italian coffee making tool that is used as an alternative to the more complicated Espresso machine. It is very simple to use, just by filling it up with water and coffee ground and placing it on a Stovetop, the process of coffee brewing starts.

Moka Pot doesn’t exactly make a shot of espresso, as espresso requires a high-pressure pump machine to make, but it makes coffee just as strong that is usually drank in the same quantity as espresso. So, it is the closest way to making espresso-like drink without a machine.

As it’s called stovetop moka pot, it requires a stovetop to make the coffee. And this is an important thing to keep in mind when buying a moka pot, make sure that the pot you’re buying is compatible with your type of stovetop (gas, electric or induction…).

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So, Which Is Best?

Between French Press and Moka Pot, there is no best or worse. These two methods are completely different and produce totally different cups of coffee. If you prefer to drink a larger cup of coffee that is more inline of a drip cup of coffee, then French Press could be more to your taste. But if you like your coffee extra strong and in smaller (European like) cups, a Moka pot should be a good choice for you. Either way, we believe both coffee brewing methods to be great and deserve a try.

How Does a Moka Pot Compare to Pod/Single Serve Espresso Makers?

A single-serve espresso maker, like a Nespresso for example, does not compare to a Moka Pot. Actually, a single-serve espresso maker is much like a traditional espresso maker, it produces an authentic cup of espresso. A single-serve espresso maker is an electric gadget with a pump , so you should expect a great cup of espresso from it with a lot of easy.

You can click here to learn about Nespresso’s single-serve espresso makers.

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Conical burr coffee grinders can get quite expensive and add a lot to your budget. That’s not always the case, though. Nowadays, you can find many quality burr grinders for a low budget, although they would have less features than their more expensive counterparts, they still offer great value for their price. So, if you have a budget of $100 or less, check out these grinder recommendations.

Please note that prices are of under $100 as of the time of writing this article. Prices are subject to change by their sellers.

Best Conical Burr Grinders for Under $100:

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder:

  • Conical burr grinder with 16 grind settings.
  • 4 steps for each setting, for Extra Fine, fine, regular and coarse.
  • Bean hopper holds up to 8 1/2 oz of beans, ground container holds up to 4 oz.
  • Commercial-grade steel burrs
  • Built-in timer with up to 60 seconds.
  • Includes a cleaning brush and measuring scoop.

Click here to learn more about Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Grinder:

  • Conical burr grinder with 14 grind settings.
  • Borosilicate glass catcher reduces static that causes jumping coffee ground.
  • Quick grind button, or use timer for grinding for a specific time.
  • Coffee ground container capacity: 11 oz.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 220g (about 8 oz).
  • Available in 6 colors.

Click here to learn more about Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

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Video Reviews:

Review of Capresso Infinity Grinder:

Review of Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder:

 

Starbucks Verismo V:

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:

  • Single serve brewer with dual pressure that allows it to extract espresso at high pressure or coffee at lower power.
  • Coffee cup size: 10 oz.
  • Quick start up time of 15 seconds.
  • With the use of the Verismo milk frother (sold separately), you can easily make your favorite coffee drinks like latte or cappuccino.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 77.7 oz.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it

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.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewer:

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:

  • Single serve brewer for making coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.
  • Can brew a variety of cup sizes (4 to 10 oz cup) (12 oz to 18 oz travel mug) as well as a full carafe (up to 30 oz).
  • Automatic K-Cup pod recognition automatically optimizes the settings for you (you can reprogram it).
  • Easy to use touchscreen display for programming your machine.
  • Strength control setting allows you to make a bolder cup of coffee.
  • Auto on/off option.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Maker:

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:

  • Brews espresso and coffee drinks.
  • Automatic capsule recognition for blend-specific brewing optimization.
  • Uses patented Centrifusion technology for brewing instead of pump pressure. The machine spins the capsules rapidly while blending the coffee ground with water to produce the perfect crema.
  • Brews two up sizes: espresso (1.35 oz) and coffee (8 oz).
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 12 capsules before needed to discard them.
  • Can be bundled with Nespresso Aeroccino to create delicious espresso based drinks (cappuccino/latte).
  • Available in different colors.
  • Read our comparison between the Nespresso Evoluo vs. VertuoLine machines.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Evoluo, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Evoluo, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Video Reviews:

Starbucks Verismo V Unboxing and Review:

Keurig 2.0 Review:

Nespresso Evoluo Review:

 

When buying a K-Cup brewer, you have the option of buying either a Keurig machine or a brewer from another brand. One of these brands that make K-Cup brewers is Mr. Coffee.

Why Choose a K-Cup Brewer From Another Brand?

Whether you choose a Keurig or another brand, it all comes down to what you want out of your K-Cup brewer and how much is your budget.

Choosing another brand could offer you a brewer at a price that is better than Keurig’s. Or you can get features that aren’t available in Keurig machines. For that reason, it is always good to see what options you have before settling on a brewer or a brand.

What Is The Difference Between Keurig vs. Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer?

Mr. Coffee’s K-Cup brewers are most comparable to Keurig’s K55 and K15, so we’ll do our comparison based on these models.

Keurig K55 vs. Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer – BVMC-KG6-001:

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TitleMr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 Single Serve Coffee Brewer Powered by Keurig Brewing Technology, BlackKeurig K55 Coffee Maker, Black
FeaturePowered by Keurig Brewed Technology
Uses Patented Keurig K-Cup Packs for coffee, tea or cocoa
Removable 40-ounce water reservoir for multiple brews without refilling
3 brew-size options (6-ouce, 8-ounce or 10-ounce)
Removable drip tray to accommodate larger cups or travel mugs
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz
48.oz water reservoir allows you to brew several cups before having to refill
One-touch simplicity with button controls
Auto-Off: Program your brewer to turn off automatically
Removable drip tray
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  • Both brewers can brew cup sizes up to 10 oz, like most K-Cup brewers.
  • The Keurig K55 has a water reservoir of 48 oz capacity. Mr. Coffee brewer has a 40 oz reservoir.
  • With both brewers, you have the choice of using your own coffee ground. However, refillable filters are available as a separate purchase.
  • Both brewers include a K-Cup sample pack.

The Difference?

  • The only difference here is the reservoir capacity. The Keurig K55 has 48 oz capacity, about an extra cup of coffee over the Mr Coffee.

Keurig K15 vs. Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer SC100:

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TitleMr. Coffee K-Cup Brewing System with Reusable Grounds Filter, Silver, SC100Keurig K15 Coffee Maker, Black (New Packaging)
FeatureBrews K-Cup packs or your favorite ground coffee
Make up to a 10 ounces serving to get you going!
Automatic shut off when brewing is complete
Includes My Grounds reusable filter
Removable, Washable drip tray collects drips to keep brew space neat and clean
Includes recipe booklet
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz
No reservoir - just add fresh water for each cup
One-touch simplicity with button controls
Brews in under two minutes
Product dimensions : 10.8"H x 6.9"W x 10.7"D
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  • Like Mr Coffee SC100, the K15 does not have a reservoir, but a water tank that you fill up fresh when you brew.
  • K15 can brew the same cup sizes as Mr Coffee, up to 10 oz.
  • The refillable K-Cup filter is an optional accessory for the K15, but it comes included with the Mr. Coffee.
  • The Mr. Coffee Brewer is taller, therefore, it can fit a travel mug under it. K15 can only fit regular mugs under it due to its small design.

The Difference?

  • Mr Coffee is taller and can fit a travel mug under it. It comes with a refillable filter.
  • The Keurig K15 comes with a K-Cup sample pack, Mr Coffee doesn’t.

Which One To Choose?

  • Is a water reservoir important to you? If yes, then your choice is either Mr Coffee KG6 or Keurig K55. Which one between those, though? They’re the same in features, however, the Keurig K55 has a slightly bigger reservoir and it comes with a K-Cup sample pack.
  • If a water reservoir is not a requirement for you, then we do recommend the Mr Coffee SC100 over the Keurig K15 for these reasons: It has more height and less width, it can easily accommodate a travel mug with the drip tray is removed, and it comes with a refillable filter. On the downside, it does not include a sample pack, so we recommend you buy some K-Cups with it.

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Features of Gaggia MDF Burr Grinder:

  • Commercial-grade Burr grinder with 50mm tempered-steel burrs.
  • 34 grind settings.
  • 120-watts motor.
  • 10 oz bean hopper and 8 oz ground container.
  • Automatic dosing allows for pre-measured amount of coffee to dispense into the portafilter.
  • Pull level dispenses coffee directly into portafilter.
  • Plastic housing.

Click here to learn more about Gaggia MDF Burr Grinder, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of Rancilio Rocky Burr Grinder:

  • Commercial grade 50mm steel burr grinder.
  • 55 grind settings.
  • 166watts motor power.
  • Grinders directly into portafilter.
  • 8 oz bean hopper capacity.
  • Bean hopper is blue tinted for UV protection, which guarantees keeping the beans fresh.
  • Stainless steel with plastic housing.

Click here to learn more about Rancilio Rocky, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What’s The Difference Between Gaggia MDF vs. Rancilio Rocky?

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TitleGaggia 8002 MDF Burr Grinder with Doser, BlackRancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Coffee Grinder
FeatureBurr grinder with 50-mm tempered-steel grinding burrs and 34 grind settings
120-watt motor plus gear-reduction system provides quiet operation and reduced static build-up
Impact-resistant plastic housing; 8-ounce ground-coffee container; 10-ounce bean hopper
Easy-to-use pull-lever doser dispenses ground coffee directly into filter holder
Measures 20 by 14 by 14 inches; 1-year warranty
50mm commercial grade grinding burrs
Grinds directly into porta filter for simple operation
Powerful 166-watt direct drive quiet operation motor
Tinted hopper with a 0.65lb capacity
Simple variable grinder adjustment control
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The comparison between the Gaggia MDF and Rancilio Rocky isn’t fair enough, to be honest, since Rocky costs almost double the price of the Gaggia MDF, and that certainly reflects in their features:

  • Both grinders have the same commercial-grade 50mm steel burrs.
  • Gaggia MDF gives you 34 grind settings. Rancilio Rocky comes with 55 settings.
  • Power wise, the Rancilio Rock has a more powerful 166-watts motor while the Gaggia MDF has a 120-watts motor.
  • The Gaggia MDF has a 10 oz bean hopper and the Rocky has an 8 oz hopper. However, the Rancilio Rocky has a blue tinted hopper with UV protection, which ensures keeping your beans fresh.
  • The Gaggia MDF has plastic housing. The Rancilio Rocky has a stainless steel housing with some plastic parts.

Which One To Buy?

You might think that because the Rancilio Rocky has more power and grind settings then it should be your go-to choice. But that’s certainly not the case…

  • Keep in mind that these two grinders both have the same commercial grade burrs, so you’re getting the same quality of a grind.
  • What coffee brewing method do you usually use? The extra grind settings on the Rancilio Rocky might be useful for someone who regularly makes espresso, so fine-tuning the grind will result in better shots. For other brewing methods, 34 grinds might just be enough.
  • Your budget will make a big difference in your decision, too. The Rancilio Rocky is way more expensive than the Gaggia MDF, which is fairly priced for the home consumer.

Video Reviews:

Review of Gaggia MDF:

Review of Rancilio Rocky Grinder:

 
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