Small Coffee Maker
What are your options?
There are many advantages to owning a small coffee maker - it does not take up too much space on the counter, it brews coffee faster and it is more economical to run than a large appliance. With large coffee makers you waste a lot of money by brewing a full pot only to throw half of it away.
If you are the only coffee drinker in your home, consider getting a personal coffee maker that brews only one mug of coffee. One example is the Black & Decker Brew 'n Go - a very popular small coffee maker for under twenty dollars. It comes with a travel mug and with a permanent filter.
If you need a small coffee maker with a slightly larger capacity, here is a list of 4-cup coffee makers. In there you can see several inexpensive products with decent customer reviews. One of them is Mr. Coffee TF5GTF - a very basic coffee maker that comes with a gold-tone filter. One drawback is that there is no automatic shut off. If that is an issue for you, have a look at Mr. Coffee DRX5 - a programmable coffee maker at a very reasonable price.
Another product is the Hamilton Beach 4 Cup Coffee Brewer that comes with a stainless steel carafe. It is not a thermal carafe, there is no heat isolation - but it is great for people who are worried about breaking the glass carafe that most coffee makers come with.
I would also like to mention one 5 -cup coffee maker that has excellent reviews - Zojirushi Zutto. Users seem to love the build quality of this product and feel that it will last for years to come. The main complaint is that there is no automatic shut off. However, according to the customer reviews it makes outstanding coffee.
If you are short of space on your counter, consider getting an under-cabinet coffee maker. The most popular line here is the Black & Decker SpaceMaker. There are several models in this product line. SDC850 is an 8-cup coffee maker with a thermal carafe, while SDC740 is a 12-cup version with a glass carafe. The user reviews are a bit mixed, so make sure you read them first.
So far we have been talking only about drip coffee makers. There are, however, many other options to choose from. There are many manual small coffee makers such as french press which is very popular among coffee enthusiasts. If you prefer to stay with an electric coffee maker, have a look at Bodum Bistro electric french press - it is relatively new but it looks promissing.
Next small coffee maker is a moka pot - a traditional Italian coffee maker that is used on a stovetop to make strong and rich coffee. Again, there are some electric moka pots around too, the best known model is the Bialetti Easy Cafe.
Another possibility is a percolator - an option that is often left out since many coffee connoisseurs look down upon this particular brewing method. Many people, however, love the taste of coffee made in a percolator. For those people, a percolator is a perfect choice. While there is a number of different electric percolators around, I would suggest you have a look at Presto stainless steel percolator since it has excellent user reviews.
Finally, there are also many single serve coffee makers with a small footprint. These small coffee makers are extremely convenient, but they do have some drawbacks. The main issue is that you cannot use loose coffee in them. You will need to buy coffee capsules or pods and that can become quite expensive. Some examples include Nespresso CitiZ, Bosch Tassimo, Keurig Mini Plus and Hamilton Beach Pod Brewer.
As you can see, there are many different options when it comes to a small coffee maker. I hope that one of them will fit your needs.