The Single-Cup Brewing System: Origins and Rise to Popularity

The Single-Cup Brewing System: Origins and Rise to Popularity

The mastermind in creating single-serve coffee makers is Keurig® and they also happen to be the producer of the K-Cup® pods. Because of the efficiency and convenience of the K-Cup pods, it became popular especially with coffeehouses and coffee lovers (who find store-bought coffee to be a little on the expensive side) who want to brew their mixes in the comfort of their homes. So, aside from Keurig, what other coffee makers use K-Cups?

2012 is the year where different brands launched their single-serve coffee makers and containers because of the expiration of Keurig’s main patent. However, some brewer models only accept K-Cups manufactured by Keurig. Some of Keurig’s K-Cup machines are the Keurig K55, K250, K475 and K575 to name a few, but the rise of different K-Cup coffee makers have resulted in the development of various models from the most affordable to the pricey ones.

With the diversity of coffee makers, they compete not much on the features or programming but mainly on how the machine brings out of the coffee bean the best of flavors and aroma.

If you are a simple coffee drinker who just needs your daily dose of caffeine then, there is no reason to spend as much as over a hundred bucks for a serviceable brewer. For coffee lovers and aficionados, there is nothing more rewarding than taking a sip and savoring the taste of freshly ground and brewed coffee from a good coffee maker even if it means sparing a little more cash.

Other Single-Serve Coffee Makers

1. Starbucks® Verismo® 580 Brewer

It has a removable water tank capacity of 1 liter (33.8 fl.oz). With a high-pressure brewing system, it heats up making beverages as fast as fifteen seconds. With rinse functions, it keeps the brewing chamber clean and every cup yummy as the first. The variable temperature system lets you steam milk and extract the finest coffee.

It can also accommodate different sized cups with its adjustable drip tray. Save energy with its auto-off feature. The Starbucks Verismo 580 brewer produces a more flavorful cup with its proprietary coffee pods compared to the store-bought Starbucks pods in K-Cup or Vue® packs. The Starbucks coffeehouses use the Verismo 580 Brewer and you can also find them in stores for your very own use at home.

2. Mixpresso’s K-Cup (Gray)

At, 1,420 watts, this Mixpresso coffee maker has three brewing options for 6-8-10 ounce cups. With a large removable 45-fl.oz. water reservoir at the back of the device, it allows for easy refilling compared to those with fixed side tanks.

It is also designed to provide for tall and rounded mugs with a water bobber that indicates water level at a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The Mixpresso also has a shut-off switch and brews at a fast rate to get your coffee instantly piping hot.

3. Cuisinart® SS-700

Though this line was already discontinued, this coffee maker looks more like a hybrid of the original and well-known Keurig® K-75 model. It was constructed in a more refined manner with their Quiet Brew Technology and a metal lift bar that ensures product quality.

With programmable buttons, you have the rinse control to keep the brewing chamber clean and every drink delicious. You can adjust temperatures and automatically turn it on at a preset time. Also with auto shut-off, you don’t have to worry about starting fires. You can also enjoy refreshing drinks with its iced beverage setting. It has a removable 80-oz. water reservoir and a charcoal water filter. This brewer is guaranteed to last.

4. Cuisinart® SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Although made of plastic, this coffee maker has a striking stainless steel look. Lightweight—it can be easily transported from home to office use. With five different cup-size settings ranging from 4-12 ounces, it brews a cup of coffee as fast as under a minute. Equipped with a charcoal water filter and the HomeBarista™ Reusable Filter Cup for ground tea or coffee, it is also compatible with different kinds of K-Cups®.

This machine has a water reservoir with a capacity of 72 oz. and the hot water button allows the user to indulge in instant coffee, hot chocolate, soup or tea in any mug size. It is also equipped with a timer for easy on-and-off setting adjustments together with temperature control. Not only that, but the Cuisinart SS-10 has a rinse feature which automatically cleans the interior of the brew chamber.

5. Aicok Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Brewer and Dispensing Machine

This Aicok coffee maker has a 12-oz. water reservoir. The brewing time takes about three minutes max giving you hot coffee in standard-sized cups or mugs 5½ inches tall at most. With an automatic shut-off feature, you can leave the brewer without worry and save energy.

This coffee maker is also compact and lightweight making it easy to bring anywhere or provide one at home or in your office. Another feature is the removable drip tray which means more room for your cup. Did we mention that the dip tray is also dishwasher-safe?

6. BUNN® My Café® MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer

This coffee maker is sturdy and the favorite of many as far as single-serve coffee makers go because of its stainless steel silver look. The Pulse Brew option helps produce bolder and more flavorful coffee or tea while sporting a retro-like design.

It uses four drawers for different coffee brewing options like cup, ground coffee, pod and hot water. Feel free to choose different sizes of cups from 4 to 14-ounce servings. It’s fast; you can have coffee or tea in less than a minute!

7. TOUCH™ Plus T526S Single-Serve Brewing System

Another striking silver-finish brewing system made compatible with all K-Cup pods. TOUCH’s Rapid Brewing Technology is a patent-pending system implemented for this and their other coffee machines to start brewing in twenty seconds, finishing a cup in about a minute or less at a temperature of 200°F. The adjustable drip tray is removable allowing the brewer to accommodate a variety of mug sizes and the TOUCH carafe. You can choose from 8 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 ounces and 26 oz. for the carafe that can hold a brew for up to 4 cups. Since it’s detachable, this also makes cleaning up a lot easier. The lights on the front panel will glow when it’s finished brewing.

In addition to that, the machine is also designed to produce little sound during operation. It also has an automatic switch off feature making it an energy-saving device. The machine will automatically shut off after 30 minutes of being idle.


These are just some single-serve coffee makers great and affordable for household and office use. If you want to know what other coffee makers use K-Cups, you can do more research. While more expensive, they have more features compared to the ones mentioned above. The most important thing in a coffee maker is the taste of the coffee it produces.

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