I’m sure you will agree that there can be no doubt about the popularity of single serve coffee makers during the past four to five years. These machines have revolutionized the way people brew coffee at home. The machines are compact, sleek and the brewing process takes a minute or two at the most which is very convenient for those of us that are in a rush to get to work or class in the morning.
I’ve always wondered how single serve coffee makers work. This week I decided to do some research to understand the concept of brewing coffee with a single serve coffee maker. I was able to find out that the brewing process is relatively the same for most of these machines.
Brewing Coffee with a Single Serve Coffee Maker
Single serve coffee makers brew coffee using something called a “pod”. You can think of a pod as a small container or basket that holds coffee grounds. The pods are lined with filter paper and are sealed at the top of the container.
The majority of single serve coffee machines have a reservoir of water. This water is transferred from the reservoir to the coffee maker by a pump located at the bottom of the water tank.
The single serve coffee maker heats the water in the plastic reservoir close to a boiling state. The water is then transferred at a high pressure through a needle into the pod containing the coffee grounds. The water then exits the pod through a small hole into your cup or mug.
The Pros and Cons of Single Serve Coffee Machines
Does one really need to buy a single serve coffee maker? The answer is it’s really a personal choice. If you really enjoy the richness and texture of your coffee, or even if you want to get the maximum flavour out of the coffee beans – then I would suggest using a French Press or Chemex. If you don’t have too much time to brew coffee and don’t want to bother with grinding your own beans or even cleaning up afterwards then a single serve coffee maker may be the solution for you.
Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of single serve coffee makers.
- Single serve coffee makers are easy to use
- They make a good cup of coffee
- There is no mess, no need for cleanup after brewing your coffee
- There is no need to grind the coffee beans
- Perfect if you have people in the household that enjoy different kinds of coffee. For instance, I enjoy drinking a medium roast blend of coffee and my wife enjoys flavoured coffee. We can each brew a single cup and there is no wasted coffee afterwards.
- Limited choice of coffee
- Price. Each cup costs more overall than if you were to grind the beans yourself. Coffee brewed in a single serve machine is still much cheaper than if you bought it from your local coffee shop.
- Waste. The used pods end up leaving a lot of waste which is harmful for the environment.
What are your experiences with single serve coffee makers? Do you have a favourite brand? Do you have a story to share about your single serve coffee maker? Feel free to chime in with a comment.