We Try It: Senseo Single Cup Coffee Maker

Without coffee, I am a crusty bitch.   I limit myself to two cups a day, because it turns out I’m also a crusty bitch if I drink more than that.   Making a full, traditional pot of coffee is both wasteful and too much temptation for me.   When I came to terms with my limits in self-medicating with hot, delicious java, I realized it would be practical to buy a single cup machine.

I know my SisterWriter Hattie loves her French press, but I’ve never been able to work one without filling my delicious coffee with grounds.  This is completely a user error and not the fault of the French press machine.

There are two prominent types of single cup brewers,  machines that use pods (like Senseo) and machines that use cups (like Kurig).   Where I am, it’s easier to find the cups than the pods at the grocery or various super stores, but Amazon sells all the flavors and offers to deliver a new box of coffee pods to my house once a month.   (We’re Amazon associates, but even if we weren’t I would rave about the Subscribe and Save option.)  I bought my dad a Kurig brewer for Christmas last year, and it appears there are many more choices in types and flavors of hot drinks (including tea and hot cocoa, which are not available for Senseo) for his machine than for mine, but I’m still glad I went with the Senseo for myself.

The Senseo is really easy to use, and it’s incredibly simple to keep it clean.  The machine works by heating a single cup’s worth of water and sending it through the pods with high pressure.  The machine comes with three pod holders,  one each for regular and decaf single cup servings and another which makes a larger single cup by using two pods.  The water reservoir holds about enough to make 4 double cups or 8 single cups.  The single cup is rather stingy (roughly 6 fl. oz.), so I normally use two pods and the large/double cup setting.    Cleaning the machine is simple because most of the pieces easily disconnect from the main piece and are dishwasher safe.   Cleaning the interior is as simple as running an entire reservoir through the machine at once, and beats cleaning the coffee pot with the old school vinegar method.   Using filtered water in the reservoir is recommended, and doing so prevents a lot of the scale build-up that can happen with plain tap water.

It takes the machine about 2 minutes to heat up, and then about 1 minute to brew the coffee.  The high pressure brew method creates a thin layer of foam on the top of the coffee and makes it look fancy.  I’ve tried several flavors, including Kenya Blend, Kona Blend, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Paris (french vanilla flavored) and Breakfast Blend.  The last one is my personal favorite and I think it tastes exactly like Denny’s coffee, which is surprisingly tasty for a place that sells Moons over My Hammy.

The machine and the pods are a little pricier than typical drip pot machines and a can of Folgers, but considering how much coffee I would waste (or abuse) using one, the Senseo works out to be cheaper for me.  Your mileage may vary.

I fell in love with my Senseo the first time I used it, and I’ve used it every day since.  I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a single-cup machine.

Senseo Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine

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[E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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