Sarah on March 6, 2014 0 Comments By now we’ve all heard of, seen and probably used a one-cup coffee maker. The most popular of these, of course, is the Keurig coffee maker. Keurigs are a fantastic invention, because there are many scenarios when an entire pot of coffee is unnecessary. For example, if you prefer a different type of coffee than your other housemates, it doesn’t make any sense to brew a whole pot of coffee only you’re going to drink. The same thing goes for office settings. If you’ve got anywhere from 5 to 500 co-workers, there is a very slim chance you all agree on coffee. Then comes the cleaning up conundrum: Who cleans the carafe? Should it be the person who made the coffee or the last person to have a mug? Even then, not all carafes are dishwasher safe and hand-washing anything in this day and age seems silly. With a one-cup coffee maker, everyone uses and then cleans their own mug. No confusion there. Keurig Coffee Machines vs. Capresso Coffee Makers For these reasons and more, the Keurig is a great product that is ideal for a number of coffee dispensing situations. Really, the only shortcoming of the Keurig is it is not ideal for ALL coffee dispensing situations. The Capresso Coffee à la Carte 3-in-1 brewing system, however, is and here’s why: Why The Capresso Coffee Maker Is Better Most one-cup coffee makers narrow your options. They are great if one cup of coffee a day is all you need, but that is not always the case. With a traditional one-cup coffee maker, one cup at a time is your only option. Even if you’re typically a one cup a day coffee drinker, there can be mornings, or sometimes even nights, when one cup just won’t cut it. There are also times, such as when you have friends and family over, that options are important. With the Capresso Coffee à la Carte, you have the handy one-cup brewing capability, but you also have the option to brew an entire carafe. The coffee maker’s quick-heat pump brews a single cup in less than a minute and can be adjusted to make either a small cup or a large cup of coffee. It can also brew and fill the included large 42 oz. carafe in less than 6 minutes. In both single cup and carafe brewing, you have the option to alter how strong your coffee is from mild to double the strength. Also in both single cup and carafe brewing, the quick-heat 2.2 bar Italian-made pump system ensures that you coffee is brewed to the optimal temperature above 200°F. What about brewing tea? There are also the times when tea is preferred over coffee. Believe it or not, the Capresso Coffee à la Carte has the option for that, as well. Its rapid steeping system brews tea quickly and features its own separate filter so that the taste of coffee doesn’t end up in your tea. You Can Kiss K-Cups Goodbye Speaking of overcoming limitations and restrictions, the Capresso Coffee à la Carte works with the coffee and tea brands you already know and love. There is no special patented pre-packaged cup of grounds you need to run out and purchase every week to use in this machine. You simply fill the coffee filter with your desired amount of grounds, or if you’re brewing tea, fill the tea filter with your favorite bagged or loose tea. Unlike the use of pre-packaged plastic cups, there is no waste at the end of your process. The carafe, drip tray, tea and coffee filter are all easily removable and dishwasher safe. In the past, if you wanted a drip coffee maker, a single serve machine, and a tea brewer, you’d have to purchase three separate products. With the Capresso Coffee à la Carte, that is no longer the case. If you want a completely customizable coffee making experience, this is the product for you. On the other hand, if you really do need only one cup of coffee a day, and brewing a whole pot of coffee or making tea doesn’t interest you in the least, a Keurig product is the perfect option for you. There’s no denying that the slim and sleek Capresso Coffee à la Carte in trendy gunmetal would look good on any countertop. However you decide to get it done, here’s to happy brewing!