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  1. #1
    Terry Guest

    Default One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. But I've noticed that the
    second cup just isn't as good as the first. I turn the machine off
    after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.

    So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    I'm used to.

    So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    ain't buying one.

    Thanks -- Terry

  2. #2
    Dora Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    Terry wrote:
    >
    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.


    How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?


  3. #3
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 07:31:35 -0600, Terry <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    >that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. But I've noticed that the
    >second cup just isn't as good as the first. I turn the machine off
    >after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    >after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    >So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >I'm used to.
    >
    >So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    >it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    >ain't buying one.
    >
    >Thanks -- Terry



    If you are willing to boil water, this is most definitely the way to
    go. The coffee it makes is very good and you will see the Aero
    recommended on many coffee forums.

    http://www.singleservecoffee.com/archives/004326.php

    Boron

  4. #4
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:59:16 -0500, "Dora" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Terry wrote:
    >>
    >> So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >> interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >> has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >> I'm used to.

    >
    >How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?



    That is a very good suggestion. They make a single cup cone. Chemex
    makes a small carafe that will work similarly.

    Boron

  5. #5
    Terry Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:59:16 -0500, "Dora" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Terry wrote:
    >>
    >> So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >> interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >> has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >> I'm used to.

    >
    >How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?


    I may go that route Dora. I've used a Melitta and it was ok, not
    fabulous but I probably had too much/not enough coffee. But I'd
    prefer something reminiscent of an electric drip coffee maker. One
    nice thing about Melitta is that the filters are easy to find.

    Thanks -- Terry

  6. #6
    The Cook Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 07:31:35 -0600, Terry <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    >that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. But I've noticed that the
    >second cup just isn't as good as the first. I turn the machine off
    >after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    >after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    >So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >I'm used to.
    >
    >So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    >it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    >ain't buying one.
    >
    >Thanks -- Terry


    Check out the small one cup Keurig. You can buy an accessory that
    allows you to use your own coffee. It only makes one cup at a time.
    You can buy some of the pods for an occasional change of pace.

    I know that Bed Bath & beyond carry them.
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

  7. #7
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experienceanyone?

    Terry wrote:
    > I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    > that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. But I've noticed that the
    > second cup just isn't as good as the first. I turn the machine off
    > after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    > after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.
    >
    > So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    > it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    > ain't buying one.
    >


    I use a one cup French press that makes a pretty good single cup of
    coffee. The trick is to use coarse ground coffee.

    Pod machines do make excellent coffee, but they are expensive to buy and
    the pods are expensive. The pods are also hard to find around here. I
    don't want to have to make special trips just to get over priced coffee.

    For a really good single cup of coffee I use my espresso maker.

  8. #8
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 07:31:35 -0600, Terry <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    >that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. But I've noticed that the
    >second cup just isn't as good as the first. I turn the machine off
    >after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    >after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    >So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >I'm used to.
    >
    >So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    >it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    >ain't buying one.
    >


    Reusable filters, unless scrupulously clean each time used will make
    bitter/off flavor coffee. Regardless how coffee is brewed it will be
    stale/acetic in less than an hour... so simply brew only what you will
    consume within like 10 minutes (once brewed coffee has a zero shelf
    life). Most ADCs have a small batch (2-4 cup) function. And an ADC
    cup is considered to be only 6 ounces, so if you brew 2 cups (or
    thereabouts) with the small batch function you will really have about
    a mugful (the grounds will absorb at least an ounce of water, probably
    more like 2 ounces., and you'll have much better cofee if you remove
    the grounds immediately after brewing.... I try to catch it to remove
    the grounds slightly before brewing is over, the grounds are pretty
    much spent of flavor by then and over-extracting/leaking the
    bitterness components. Most folks leave the wet grounds to drip for
    hours, then they wonder why their coffee is piss, or they don't wonder
    because they have TIAD. Even without the small batch function there
    is no reason you can't brew just enough for your one cup, whatever
    amount that is... just remove the grounds promptly. Braun makes as
    good an ADC as most, you won't accomplish anything by buying a
    new/smaller capacity coffee maker. And most of those mini ADCs don't
    brew a good cup anyway, barely passable for ho-mo/tel in the room
    coffee.

  9. #9
    cshenk Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    "Terry" wrote

    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.
    >
    > So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    > it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    > ain't buying one.


    Yes, I got something that works very nicely. It's not a true '1 cup' but it
    reliably will make 1 at a time. Technically it is a 5 cup programmable with
    an auto off safety feature.

    Fits many of the smaller re-usable filters as well as standard ones.
    Stainless steel caraffe so no worried on breaking it.
    If you want a standard coffee mug sized serving, make 2 'cups' in it. Thats
    what I often do.


    <http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-DCM675BMT-Programmable-Stainless/dp/B000UWC4SY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1262278951&sr=1-1-spell>

    http://tinyurl.com/ygwdgfd





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    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?



    "Terry" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    > that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. But I've noticed that the
    > second cup just isn't as good as the first. I turn the machine off
    > after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    > after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.
    >
    > So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    > it? Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    > ain't buying one.
    >
    > Thanks -- Terry


    Terry,
    I've been using a Krups 10 cup coffee make with a stainless steel thermal
    carafe for several years. The coffee stays hot in the carafe for at least 2
    hours, with no heating. Since there's no heating element in the base of the
    coffee maker, the second cup tastes about as good as the first. If you do
    need to nuke the mug a few hours after you make it to get that second cup it
    tasted infinitely better than coffee that's been sitting on a warmer cooking
    for two hours.

    Jon


  11. #11
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experienceanyone?

    Dora wrote:
    > Terry wrote:
    >>
    >> So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >> interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >> has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >> I'm used to.

    >
    > How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?



    Or a small Bodum French press? No filter required.

    gloria p

  12. #12
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    gloria.p <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hhin43$iab$[email protected]..
    [snip]
    > > How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?
    > >

    > Or a small Bodum French press? No filter required.


    I use the Bodum French press (2-cup and 10-cup). I think they're great. It
    took a couple rounds to find the "right" grind without daily visits to my
    favorite coffee house but now it's second nature. When we're throwing a
    dinner shindig, the coffee always runs dry.

    The Ranger



  13. #13
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experienceanyone?

    The Ranger wrote:
    > gloria.p <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:hhin43$iab$[email protected]..
    > [snip]
    >>> How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?
    >>>

    >> Or a small Bodum French press? No filter required.

    >
    > I use the Bodum French press (2-cup and 10-cup). I think they're great. It
    > took a couple rounds to find the "right" grind without daily visits to my
    > favorite coffee house but now it's second nature. When we're throwing a
    > dinner shindig, the coffee always runs dry.


    You should get yourself a decent burr grinder. I am assuming that they
    all can be adjusted to the various settings. Mine has 6. I set it at B
    for drip and E for the French press.

  14. #14
    Fred McKenzie Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Terry <[email protected]> wrote:

    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.
    >
    > So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    > it?


    Terry-

    I have a Mr. Coffee 4-cup maker that produces 20 ounces of coffee. It
    uses a smaller paper filter that is readily available. Using a common
    10 ounce coffee mug, I consider it a true "2-cup" coffee maker!

    Paperwork that came with it claims you can order a permanent filter.

    I see that the 4-cup models have been replaced by a 5-cup (25 ounce)
    model in local stores.

    Fred

  15. #15
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?



    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hhin43$iab$[email protected]..
    > Dora wrote:
    >> Terry wrote:
    >>>
    >>> So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm not
    >>> interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    >>> has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    >>> I'm used to.

    >>
    >> How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?

    >
    >
    > Or a small Bodum French press? No filter required.


    I have this one which is fine just for me... but this is in UK

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/lakeland-o...heroes.org.uk/

    http://tinyurl.com/y8wkhgc





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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4b3ce56a$0$2421$[email protected] ...
    > The Ranger wrote:
    >> gloria.p <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:hhin43$iab$[email protected]..
    >> [snip]
    >>>> How about a Melitta, filtered straight into the cup?
    >>>>
    >>> Or a small Bodum French press? No filter required.

    >>
    >> I use the Bodum French press (2-cup and 10-cup). I think
    >> they're great. It took a couple rounds to find the "right"
    >> grind without daily visits to my favorite coffee house but
    >> now it's second nature. When we're throwing a dinner
    >> shindig, the coffee always runs dry.
    >>

    > You should get yourself a decent burr grinder. I am
    > assuming that they all can be adjusted to the various
    > settings. Mine has 6. I set it at B for drip and E for
    > the French press.


    My US$9.00 Krups pulse grinder works just fine. That's my price-to-pain
    threshhold for coffee grinders.

    The Ranger



  17. #17
    Mookie Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experienceanyone?

    On Dec 31, 8:31*am, Terry <prfes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    > that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. *But I've noticed that the
    > second cup just isn't as good as the first. *I turn the machine off
    > after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    > after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. *I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.
    >
    > So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    > it? *Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    > ain't buying one.
    >
    > Thanks -- Terry


    Terry, I often do this also. Do you move the pot off the burner? I
    find that if I do that and reheat in the microwave it tastes ok. If I
    forget and leave on the coffee maker burner the flavor definitely
    suffers.

  18. #18
    JustWaitAFrekinMinute! Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experienceanyone?

    On Dec 31, 8:31*am, Terry <prfes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    > that---have had 'em for about 25+ years. *But I've noticed that the
    > second cup just isn't as good as the first. *I turn the machine off
    > after brewing because the second cup is usually drunk about an hour
    > after the first---and by then it tastes burnt.
    >
    > So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. *I'm not
    > interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee maker that
    > has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I can use the coffee
    > I'm used to.
    >
    > So...anyone out there who has such a coffee maker and can comment on
    > it? *Again, if it's a "pod" model, I appreciate the information but I
    > ain't buying one.
    >
    > Thanks -- Terry


    Hi, I am not a usual reader of this group, but let me chime in here
    with as you say, I have one and can comment on it. First off, let me
    say we are very fussy about our coffee, we have had a Bunn in our
    kitchen for well over a decade and never find restaurant coffee we
    like. We work at home and go through several pots a day. We had a pod
    type maker (black and decker) next to the bunn as we don't like to run
    flavored coffee through the main maker, but the novelty wore off
    quickly as the pods were hard to find and there were few flavors
    available so we stopped using it. The way the black and decker was set
    up, you could not use your own coffee.

    This Christmas I bought my wife a Keurig (R) one cup maker (little
    plastic cups, not pods) and we (the whole family) couldn't be more
    happy. We also bought the accessory reusable filter cup so we can make
    cups of our favorite blend when we just want a regular cup of coffee
    and don't want to make a pot, some of the other makers don't allow for
    this. It (the Keurig) brews in less than 60 seconds and of course if
    you use the premix cups (pods), there is no measuring. The wife gets
    up and makes a single cup of colombian or expresso without having to
    count and measure a full pot first thing in the morning. After that
    first cup, she makes a pot in the Bunn to start the day off

    We compared to the much advertised Tassimo (R) and went with the
    Keurig because of the ability to make our own coffee blends in it,
    price, and the availability of flavors. Over twenty major coffee
    companies like Folgers, Green Mountain, Newmann's, and others have
    attached themselves to this manufacturer and there are over 230
    flavors of coffee, cocoa, herbals, and tea available as of right now.
    Most are coffees, but we also were happy that many of the flavors are
    just plain coffee, without any additional flavors, Jamacian,
    Colombian, Kona, etc... I bought a 60 pack of samplers to get us
    started and we are already all finding our favorite flavors, I love
    the Cocoa, my other daughter loves the Earle Grey (sp?) Tea. Another
    big selling point for the Keurig I noticed going to the websites of
    the two manufacturers was the Keurig cups averaged 50 cents a cup,
    where as the Tassimo had some that worked out to nearly 90 cents a
    cup. We have used the Keurig several times in the last year too in Dr.
    offices, car dealerships, and specialty shops, they are pretty popular
    around here. We got the 60 piece variety pack and we love most of the
    flavors, we will probably order or buy boxes of each as time goes on.
    We also bought the little tree that holds about 2 dozen cups right
    there next to the machine on the counter. I got ours at Bed Bath and
    Beyond, they have nearly 50 flavors available at our local store,
    don't know about yours but all are available on line and many local
    supermarkets carry them too... Good luck.

    Bottom line is, even if you don't try the available flavors, it sound
    like this one will do what you need it to do.

    Scotty... HTH...

  19. #19
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experience anyone?

    Mookie wrote on Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:31:28 -0800 (PST):

    > On Dec 31, 8:31 am, Terry <prfes...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> I've been quite satisfied with my Braun, and the Braun before
    >> So I've been thinking of getting a one-cup coffee maker. I'm
    >> not interested in investing in pods, I'd rather have a coffee
    >> maker that has either a reuseable or disposable filter, so I
    >> can use the coffee I'm used to.


    For myself, I have a "four-cup" Mr. Coffee using basket filters. It
    actually makes two mugs of coffee since I don't go for wimpy 5 oz cups..
    I have one mug after dinner and another the following morning with
    breakfast. I simply do not have the patience to grind beans and make
    coffee at breakfast. One minute 20 seconds in my microwave reheats the
    coffee satisfactorily.

    I like the available choices when I buy whole beans and regard pods as
    restricting pains. I have never noticed any different results when I use
    a mill type coffee grinder as opposed to my usual simple bladed Braun.
    Incidentally, I grind frozen beans for each run of the coffee maker.

    I have been known to forget to buy filters and I can fold a paper towel
    into an acceptable one tho' I need to be careful when inserting the
    basket into the coffee maker.


    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  20. #20
    Pennyaline Guest

    Default Re: One-cup coffee makers (no "pods" please) -- actual experienceanyone?

    brooklyn1 wrote:

    <snip>

    > And most of those mini ADCs don't
    > brew a good cup anyway, barely passable for ho-mo/tel in the room
    > coffee.


    Ack! Gack! Ghastly stuff!! The bane of this summer's drive across the
    country and back. After the sip of that crap, I drove straight to the
    nearest store and bought a french press, a cheap electric kettle and
    coffee enough for the rest of the trip. Then I had GOOD coffee each
    morning and could fill up my travel cups to sip on well into the
    afternoons. Smartest travel purchase I've made in a while.

    If there had more room for packing it, I'd have bought a cheap blade
    grinder and whole beans... that would have been exquisite! In fact, I
    think I'll plan on that for the next trip.

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