As coffee culture grows and evolves, different brewing methods appear and become popular.
One of the most popular ones today is single-serve coffee machines, like Keurig, etc.
On average, Americans drink up to three cups of coffee a day.
I personally usually have two a day.
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Anyway, that being said, most people don’t just drink three cups right up front in the morning and call it good.
Many people have one or two cups in the morning, and one or two more in the afternoon.
And while technically any coffee maker out there can be a single-serve coffee maker, not all of them are geared toward that, or particularly good at it.
For example, if you have a 12-cup automatic drip coffee maker, it can be hard to make just one cup of coffee and have that be a great tasting coffee.
Single-serve machines or brew methods are much more suitable for that job.
I’ve written about them before, including one from Hamilton Beach that I really enjoy.
But the question is, what’s the best single-serve coffee maker to get the job done when you’re only needing one cup of coffee?
I’m here to answer that for you today.
So read on and let’s find out!
Maybe Not What You’d Expect…
I’m right about to tell you what it is.
But before I do that, I’ll let you know right now that it may not be what you’d expect!
You may expect a ‘just put the pod in, the cup underneath and the push a button’ kind of coffee machine.
The one I’m going to tell you about is more ‘manual’ than that.
But it’s 100% worth it.
It’s not just the best single-serve coffee maker, it also happens to be my favorite coffee maker out there, and has held that position for more than a year!
There are so many reasons why.
This coffee maker is… AeroPress!
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Let me just give you a few of the reasons here.
Although, I give the full run down in my articles about AeroPress, which I’ve linked to just above.
It’s not only the most versatile single-serve coffee maker I can think of, it’s the most versatile coffee maker period.
You can make strong and delicious espresso-like coffee, regular coffee, cold brew and iced coffee.
And every one of them tastes amazing.
It’s a low acid brewing method, which means a less bitter cup of coffee.
It’s super inexpensive for what you get, and it’s a nice, portable size, with no electronic parts that will break down.
But remember, the number one reason why AeroPress is the best single-serve coffee maker is because of the fantastic coffee it makes.
The Runners Up
Of course, I realize that many people who click on this article might think that I’d choose a Keurig-like electric coffee machine for the “best single-serve coffee maker”.
This is what usually comes to mind for people when they think of those kinds of coffee brewers, and probably because they’ve taken the world by storm in recent years.
And while the AeroPress certainly does require more work than the electronic, push-button ones, I say it’s the best because of the amazing coffee you get from it.
There is a world of difference between them.
I’m not saying that Keurig coffee is “bad”, it’s just not as good as freshly ground coffee made through an AeroPress.
But if it’s the convenience factor you want, here are my two runners up when it comes to single-serve…
Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker
Keurig is a huge name in coffee these days.
And the chances are that if you work in an office building, you have a Keurig machine nearby.
This Keurig single-serve coffee maker is not only their best selling, but their all-around best coffee machine.
It’s got a very nice, clean look to it, and you can get the black matte finish one like in the picture if that’s your fancy.
It’s fast, and makes fine tasting K-cup coffee.
It can also hold a mug up to 7 inches tall, so most any regular and travel mug will fit under the machine.
It includes a 90-second auto off feature that automatically turns the machine off after inactivity to help you conserve energy.
And as Keurig machines go, this one is a pretty good price; it’s not as expensive as other Keurig machines.
As a side note, this one only takes K-cups.
So if it’s Keurig you’re after, I’d say this is definitely your best option!
Hamilton Beach The Scoop Coffee Maker
I’ve already talked about The Scoop single-serve coffee maker in my article about Hamilton Beach coffee makers.
But let me re-emphasize some things that I love about it here.
I’ve used this machine many times and I do enjoy it a lot.
One of thing that I like a lot about it is that it uses fresh coffee grounds.
I like my coffee as fresh as possible.
So if you’re in on The Scoop, you can grind your beans right before you brew them, which is always a plus!
Another thing I like about it is that it’s a nice and sturdy machine.
It functions almost as easily as any other Keurig single-serve coffee maker, being easy to load the coffee into the pod, discard it after use, and conveniently just push a button to begin brewing.
Lastly, The Scoop by Hamilton Beach is a very good deal.
It’s almost half the price of the Keurig K-Mini Plus which I talked about above.
So, the bottom line here is, if it’s freshly ground single-serve and a smokin’ good price you’re after, then The Scoop is definitely the machine for you!
Wrapping It Up
I hope it’s been made clear in this article that, while many people may not have AeroPress come to mind when it comes to single-serve coffee makers, it’s quite arguably the best one around.
Even though the convenience factor is quite high with machines like Keurig, or The Scoop by Hamilton Beach, the coffee they give is not as good quality as you get from a manual brewing method like AeroPress.
But, even though I have my own opinion, I don’t pretend to know everything.
So what’s best for me may not actually be the best for you!
But what I’ve given you in this article are three coffee makers that are very nice options if you’re looking to make just one cup of Joe at a time.
And you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
If you have any questions about this article or any of these machines, please feel free to write me in the comments section and I’ll be happy to hear from you.