If you’re fairly addicted to your beloved ground Java but sometimes are impatient (or forget to program!) for your morning fix, then having the ability to brew K-cup pods when you’re in a rush is ideal for your busy schedule.
We’ve selected some of the best coffee makers that offer dual brewing, so you don’t have to pick a side!
Although technically a K-Cup maker, you can also use this fantastic Mini model to brew your ground coffee just as efficiently, with the help of its universal reusable filter.
The maker brews only one cup at a time and needs to be refilled after each brew. But thanks to its 6-12-ounce cup sizes and fast brew time, this shouldn’t be an issue even if you’re brewing for a crowd.
Our best choice has a fancy slim body and excellent cord storage so that everything fits just as it’s supposed to.
When looking for a K-Cup compatible maker, the obvious (and best!) choice is to stick to Keurig. And our premium pick shows just that.
For all the specialty-coffee lovers out there, here comes the ultimate dual brewer equipped with a high-end frother for that creamy and thick top your cup of coffee craves. And the best part? The frother is dishwasher-safe for hassle-free cleanup.
K-Café is a single-serve maker, but thanks to its 4 cup sizes, large water tank, smart and quick start, and even faster brew time, this is definitely an all-in-one deal.
Like the previous model, this one is also compatible with the k-cup universal filter for your ground Java.
If looking for value, we’ve found you a great deal. This CHULUX single-serve machine has a rapid heating system that not only gives you a hot cuppa in under 3 minutes, but you can also use it as a water dispenser for your tea or instant meals.
You can choose between 5 to 12 ounces for your cup size, just note that the amount of water you pour into the built-in tank is the brew amount that comes out of the machine.
CHULIX brews your coffee from ground beans and K-cup pods, but the best feature of all is its compact size that makes it a perfect choice for any space.
The best thing about this FlexBrew maker is the fact that you have three brewing options: one full 10-cup carafe, a single cup made from ground coffee, and a single cup brewed from a k-cup. They may see it’s a 2-in-1 brewer, but we’d like to think of it as a 3-in-1 appliance.
The stainless-steel carafe will keep your brew fresh and hot for a couple of hours, and it is durable and easy to clean.
The maker featured two separate water tanks – one for each brew side, it is fully programmable, and it also has a brew-pause feature that allows you to sneak a cup and enjoy your coffee before everyone else.
Plus, it allows you to choose between a regular and strong brew to match any taste.
This single-serve maker does not only offer the ability to brew K-Cup pods and ground coffee, but you can also switch between the two options almost effortlessly. Simple to use and very practical, Gloridea is a coffee maker that we gladly recommend.
You will not only be sipping on your hot brew within 3 minutes (from start to finish), but there is also room for customization. By choosing between 6, 8, 10, and 14 ounces of cup size, you select the desired strength of your brew.
All parts, including the water tank, are removable and easy to clean, but the best thing is the automatic cleaning function, which makes it even more desirable.
If K-Cup pods are your primary choice of brewing, then we believe that sticking to a classic Keurig model is the safe bet. This K-classic model is compatible with K-cups only, but with the K-cup reusable coffee filter, you can brew ground coffee, as well.
With a removable, 48- ounce water tank, three brew sizes, a very straight-forward operation, and a brewing time of less than 1 minute, there is no doubt that this Keurig model is perfect for the hectic mornings of every busy worker out there. Besides, you can also fit a 7-inch mug for sipping on the go, which makes this maker your kitchen’s must-have.
And for the forgetful bunch, there is also an automatic shut-off feature that makes brewing with the K-Classic safe and energy-efficient.
If you are looking for a single-serve maker but are not a big fan of having to refill the tank too often, then this is perfect for you (and every other lazy-ish coffee drinker out there). With a water reservoir of 75 ounces, you can actually brew 8 full cups before having to refill.
Whatever K-Cup you’re using and whatever strength of brew your palate is used to, K-Elite has got your covered. Thanks to 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-ounce cup sizes, you can tailor your cuppa as your taste buds see fit.
And that’s not even the best part. The thing we love the most about this brewer is its iced setting that can turn your regular brew into a rich iced-coffee with a single push of a button. On the other hand, there is also the hot-water option that allows you to use the maker as your personal boiler.
Sboly comes with a side button that allows you to switch between K-cup and ground-coffee brewing options easily. It also features a rapid brew technology that will have you sipping on a rich cup of joe in less than 3 minutes. You can adjust the water amount to find the cup size that works best for you.
The maker is super compact and durable, but the best part is its ability to clean itself. All you need to do is press the two buttons simultaneously, put your feet up, and let the machine do its thing.
For your refined taste, here comes a premium coffee maker with great performance. This maker does not only come with a reusable filter cup for your grounds, but it is also compatible with K-Cup pods, as well as any other single cup coffee pods.
This model has a removable water tank with a capacity of 72 ounces for fewer refills, and it is fully programmable. SS-10P1 also allows you to choose between 4-12-ounce cup sizes, but the most appealing thing about it is that it doesn’t need to preheat. A hot cup in less than 1 minute sounds like the perfect day to start your day, don’t you agree?
Besides convenience, which is the apparent perk you’re getting from brewing K-Cup pods, there are also a lot of other reasons why you should love this pre-packaged coffee.
Fast Brewing – You don’t need to wait for the drips to fill your carafe to enjoy a cup. With a K-Cup you can have one in your hand in a couple of minutes.
Efficiency and Money Saving – Although traditional coffee may be budget-friendly, K-Cups are far more efficient. For starters, you brew only the amount you need and have zero coffee waste, and also, it will not get stale. The vacuum-sealed environment ensures freshness up to the best-before date, so you will never worry about finding proper storage.
Chance to Explore – K-Cup pods are all about the variety. There are tons of other options to choose from, so you can play with flavors, roasts, and strengths in the most convenient way possible to discover new tastes that your palate may fall in love with.
You Cannot Go Wrong – Unless you choose a blend that just doesn’t suit your taste, you cannot go wrong while brewing K-Cups. In fact, anyone can do it. You just press a button, and the ideal brew at the right temperature is on your way!
K-cups are pods, but they are not what we call coffee pods. Wait, what!? Although these terms are (confusing enough) often used interchangeably, they represent different things.
Coffee Pods is ground Java packed in a special round-shaped soft package made out of a coffee filter. Think of it as a tea bag for coffee. These pods contain loosely packed grounds that get extracted when hot water flows through them.
K-Cup Pods, on the other hand, represent ground coffee that is packed in cups (hence the name). These cups are actually small, plastic cartridges that are lined with a filter and topped with foil. In K-Cup compatible makers, there is a needle piercing through the top, allowing water to flow into the top and extract the oily and flavorful goods from the beans.
K-Cups can be used only once. You wouldn’t re-steep a used tea bag, right? Just like with tea, once the coffee grounds get extracted, they lose most of their flavor, aroma, and intensity.
If you think this is wasteful, know that many brands have already started to make their cups recyclable, so look for that option when purchasing.
K-Cup reusable filter is actually a plastic filter/cup that is specially designed to hold ground coffee. This filter is used with Keurig K-Cup machines and offers you the chance of brewing your own ground beans instead of their pre-packaged cups.
Usually, this reusable filter is sold separately, although it is often included with special editions or deals.
Whether you prefer K-Cups or are a die-hard ground-coffee fan, we can all agree on one thing – having both options instead of one is way more beneficial.
We hope that this article was able to help you find the coffee maker of your dreams. Happy brewing!