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Coffee Trends: Single-Serve Espresso Machines

Posted: 07/27/10

Keurig B70Let's face it; we're creatures of convenience. Some of us will pay extortionate amounts of money for real estate that's in a prime, accessible location. Pay-Per-View has been successful because it's simply easier to click a button and get your movie rather than go out to rent one. In a world that has only gotten more and more complicated, a lot of people seek out simplicity. "Not that there's anything wrong with that," to quote Jerry's famous line from Seinfeld.

For convenience seekers, nothing beats a single-serve espresso machine. Quick, simple, and mess-free, single-serves have become increasingly popular, as build and drink quality continue to get better and better. If you've got a household with diverse tastes and preferences or entertain often, a single-serve machine is a great beverage solution. Versatile models, from Bosch Tassimo and Keurig can prepare a variety of drinks from coffee, espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos to tea and hot chocolate using T-Discs and K-Cups. The brewing process is entirely self-contained and the machine automatically discards spent cups, capsules, and discs, so you will never have to cleanup coffee grounds. With the push of a button, a fresh beverage is dispensed right into your cup. If you're looking for a flexible, all-in-one machine with a large selection of drink varieties, we recommend the Breville BKC700XL, Bosch Tassimo, Bosch Tassimo Suprema as well as Keurig's, B40, B60, and Platinum B70. Bosch Tassimo machines use the advanced Mavea Filtration System to remove scale and minerals from your tap water. Bosch Tassimo T65Water filtration results in pure, great tasting beverages. Keurig units, in comparison, are exceptionally affordable; the B30 model starts just shy of $90. The top-of-the-line Keurig Platinum B70, complete with an LCD display and programmable brew temperatures, beverage volume and auto-on/off options, still has the same price tag as the Tassimo Suprema. The Breville BKC700XL Single Cup Brewer is another great option, drink temperatures are programmable and the machine has five beverage sizes to choose from; this unit is the only single-serve available from Breville. Whole Latte Love has a generous selection of T-Discs and K-Cups available, so you'll be able to stock up on your favorites whenever you like.

Single-serve machines are also starting to become dorm-room staples, as college students look to satisfy their caffeinated cravings. Unlike coffee makers, which may be a hazard if left on for an extended period of time, single-serve cycles end once the beverage is served so students rushing to class won't have to worry about coming home a burnt pot of coffee. For dedicated coffee drinkers, we recommend models from Nespresso and FrancisFrancis!

Nespresso CitiZ and AeroccinoNespresso has a reputation for brewing flavorful espresso, coffee, and café lungo. With 13 Nespresso machines to choose from, you're likely to find the perfect unit in your price range. We recommend the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima EN680.M and 660.R for those who want integrated steaming and frothing solutions. Otherwise, the Aeroccino Plus milk frother is a wonderful accessory that can create both cold and hot frothed milk for specialty beverages. Most of Nespresso single-serve machines are compact and feature eye-catching designs, making them ideal statement pieces for style conscious coffee lovers.

If you're looking for café quality beverages, consider the FrancisFrancis!X7 in black or red. One of our most recognizable machines, the X7 has a retro design that's hard to forget. But, don't let its whimsical good looks fool you, this machine can brew! Catering exclusively to the innovative Illy iperEspresso system, this FrancisFrancis! model blurs the line between a single-serve and semi-automatic espresso machine. It has a capsule holder that bears an unmistakable resemblance to a portafilter, as well as an integrated cup warmer a stainless-steel steam wand.

Gaggia for IllyAlso brewing with Illy's iperEspresso capsules is the incoming Gaggia for Illy, currently available for pre-order. With two of Italy's most famous coffee and espresso authorities teaming up to create one machine, the Gaggia for Illy benefits from superior build quality as well as the world-class iperEspresso system. It is equipped with a stainless steel boiler, steam wand, Mavea water filer, and adjustable cup holder.

User-friendly, versatile and affordable, single-serve espresso machines are great options for the home, dorm or office. Why not explore these convenient solutions and simplify your coffee routine?