Personal Coffee Maker
Small Coffee Makers for Home, Office or Travel
A personal coffee maker is a great alternative to a larger coffee pot especially if you are the only coffee drinker in your household. Owning one is particularly convenient when you are traveling, or when you need to make your own coffee in the office.
There are many different option when you want to make coffee for one person. Some people like to use one of the manual coffee makers such as french press, moka pot or Chemex. Others love the convenience of single serve coffee makers. But lets not talk about these devices here since you can read about them in details elsewhere on this site. Instead, let us have a look at several different models of small electric coffee makers.
We will start with Black & Decker Brew 'n Go which is probably the most popular personal coffee maker around. It is an inexpensive coffee maker that simply makes one cup of drip coffee directly into the travel mug that comes with it. It uses a permanent filter which does give a somewhat richer taste to the coffee.
If you have a look at customer reviews, you will see that most owners are really happy with this product. There are, however, some complaints that seem to come up repeatedly in the reviews. The most worrying issue is that several users reported that their coffee maker seems to turn itself on at random times! So it may be best to keep it unplugged when not making coffee.
Another personal coffee maker is the Brookstone single cup coffee maker. People like this small drip brewer because it is fast, it is easy to use and it does not take up much space on the counter. It looks stylish too.
Just like the previous model, the Brookstone brewer also comes with a reusable metallic coffee filter and with a travel mug that keeps your coffee hot. The user reviews are slightly mixed, but most people are love their unit and several of them stated that it has served them well for many years.
There are many small drip coffee makers that can be used as a personal coffee maker. One that stands out is the Zojirushi Zutto. I have selected this particular model thanks to the outstanding customer reviews that it receives.
Zutto is a simple coffee maker with a cone shaped filter basket. It makes about two mugs of coffee. So why do people love it so much. First of all, most people love the coffee it makes with some reviewers stating that Zutto makes the best coffee they ever got from any drip coffee maker. Another plus is the elegant and solid design. Owners feel that the product is well made and that it will last for years to come. Another feature receives a lot of praise is the removable water tank which makes it really easy to fill the water.
There is one drawback though - that there is no automatic shut off so you have to remember to turn the unit off yourself. Apart from that Zutto seems to be a really good choice.
The last product we will talk about is a bit unusual - an electric coffee press from Bodum. It works exactly the same as standard french press, except that you do not need to boil the water separately. Very neat design which combines the great flavor of french press coffee with the convenience of an automatic coffee maker.
All you need to do is to put in coffee, pour in water and press a button. Then once the coffee is done just press the plunger down. Voilà, you now have a delicious cup of coffee ready for you to drink. You can even use it to make tea.
The Bodum Bistro electric french press is a relatively new product, so does not have that many reviews yet. It is however a very interesting product form a company that is almost synonymous with french press so it may be well worth considering.
He talked about several personal coffee makers. Each one of that has some great points as well as some drawbacks. If you know about a product that deserves to be in the list above, please let us know in the comments bellow.
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