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We all love things to be fast and easy these days. There are many great options for coffee. Currently, I use a Keurig 2.0 or a French Press for Single Serve Coffee, and when I want to brew a pot, I have a standard 12 cup Mr. Coffee Drip coffee maker.
1. Keurig 2.0
There are a number of options out there and K-Cups are readily available in many different flavors. I currently use the Keurig 575 while quite expensive offers a lot of nice features. First, it has a touch screen interface which allows you to select a number of brew sizes ranging from 4 to 12 oz. Second it allows you to dispense specified volumes of hot water on demand. This makes it perfect for the office. If you want to make a bowl of noodles or some oatmeal its very easy and also allow you to make regular tea bags, so there is no need to buy the more expensive tea pods.
As far as coffee selection goes, they have some good options. My favorite flavor is the Starbucks Sumatra Roast. This is very dark and has a nice strong coffee flavor. Another favorite is the Green Mountain Dark Magic also a very dark flavor. If you’re looking for a lighter roast, I like Seattle’s Best this is a smooth, easy drinking coffee.
The Nespresso coffee system makes some of the best coffee of any single serve system, but this comes at a very high price. The coffee pods are difficult to find so most people will have to order them and they are quite expensive. The coffee comes out very strong, I will often brew a disk twice in the same large cup to dilute it a little bit. This model also doesn’t have nearly the selection of Keurig you can’t make hot chocolate or other drinks, but I think it does a better job at coffee the thing its meant to do.
My favorite flavor is the Odacio which is a dark roast coffee. It’s dark but also very smooth and not too bitter it sort of reminds me of an Americano. I have never tried their espresso pods, but I hear the Altissio is good.
The Verismo system gets rather mixed reviews. A lot of people seem to have their units fail with the biggest complaint being inconsistent brew size. Overall the system seems great and is an excellent option if you love Starbuck’s coffee. Obviously, you better like Starbuck’s coffee because you are limited to their selection of pods. One feature I like is that you can get a Milk Frother and in about 3 minutes have great steamed milk, or you can use their milk pods which are faster and still offer a great product, though only come in whole milk. If you’re interested in the frother, you should definitely look for the starter kit which includes it as well as some coffee pods although currently out of stock.
Last on my list is the Tassimo system. While it’s a good system, I feel like it has fallen behind the other systems. It does offer a lot of great Gevalia Disks. The biggest benefit this system has is that it can make some fancy drinks using the coffee and creamer discs. The quality is good, and the selection is good, but you are still stuck ordering most of the flavors since they aren’t stocked in many stores.