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How Many Watts Does a Coffee Maker Use

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It’s a daily routine for most people to wake up and start their pot of coffee in the morning. Not many stop to think about just how much energy their coffee maker uses and how much it can cost you in the long run. There are a few things you can do to reduce the impact on the world around you and your wallet.

How Many Watts Does a Typical Coffee Maker Draw?

A standard drip coffee maker uses an average of 1000 Watts of energy. This is mostly used to heat the water up to brew the coffee. The time it takes to brew a pot of coffee is usually around 5 minutes. Your energy cost per automatic drip coffee maker average 0.083 Kilowatt-hours, and for a one-kilowatt hour, you can brew about 12 pots of coffee.

Different Brewing Types by Energy Efficiency

Standard drip machine has a range of 750 to 1200 watts depending on the model you purchase. A huge amount of this energy is used to heat the water from room temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. These machines usually keep the carafe heated as well for about 2 hours until they automatically shut off. 

A single cup coffee maker uses more energy per cup than a drip coffee maker. A single cup in a single-serve coffee machine takes about 300 watts. A kilowatt-hour with this machine will net you around 4 cups of coffee. 

Ten cups of coffee made in an automatic drip coffee maker only use 1000 Watts on average. Ten cups in a single-serve would be three times that amount. If you only make yourself one cup a day, then a single-serve machine will save power. If you have an office of people to provide for its best to go with a drip coffee machine. 

Espresso machines use around 1000 to 1500 Watts of power. If you wanted to make ten espresso shots, at 45 seconds a shot, it would take about a 1.56 Kilowatt-hours of energy. This, much like the single-serve, is best for small serving if you are energy conscious.

Tips to Save Energy While Brewing Office Coffee

Try getting an energy-efficient coffee machine. If you shop around, you can find coffee machines that have lower wattage ratings and automatic shut off settings that will save power. If you are just making a daily cup of coffee for yourself, try a single-serve machine or make your coffee a different way. 

Frequent cleaning will help keep your machine energy efficient. If your machine isn’t cleaned properly, then build up on the inside will cause it to take longer to heat up. The longer it takes to heat up, the more energy it will waste. 

Take a step and go green with reusable filters. Reusable filters won’t make your coffee machine use less energy, but it will bring down the amount of waste you are creating when you make your coffee. This can save energy in the big picture of things. 

Turn it off when you aren’t using it. A Lot of energy goes to keeping your pot of coffee hot. Only make what you need and turn off the hot plate when you don’t need it. You can also try cold brew options to replace your morning coffee. Since these don’t need heat to make it will reduce power consumption.


It’s surprising just how much power is used in a simple thing like making coffee. If you want to be more environmentally conscious or, just want to save a few bucks on that electric bill, consider these options for reducing your energy footprint. Just a few changes can go a long way to helping you and the world we live in.

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