When shopping for my coffee maker a few years ago, there were a few things I wanted – good tasting coffee; nice looking, because I leave it on the counter; and a long lasting appliance – so many products only last a year or so these days. I wanted something more durable. I ended up getting a KitchenAid Pro Line dual-carafe coffee maker, thinking I would often use the second carafe (which has a little electric warmer much like a stove element), but in the end, I have never used the second carafe, even when I’ve several guests – I just keep making more pots. I guess we are ultimately a creature of habit, and we will use some things and not use other things. However, I love the coffee maker, it does make great coffee, and I will likely be happy with it for many years to come. And I still intend to use that second carafe some day!
Today, I would definitely buy a Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System. People talk about the coffee being expensive, or not their favorite brand, but you can buy a variety of coffee flavors, and the reality is many of us pour a lot of the coffee we brew down the drain, so even if the Keurig coffee may seem to cost a fair bit more, actually its probably a nominal amount. Of course, the beauty is that every cup is fresh. If you only drink one cup a day you can just make one in your thermal mug and be on your way. If you like to drink it over a few hours, then it won’t be tasting nasty by the time you have a third cup.
If cost were a big consideration, I would go with a Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug. Its small, makes one cup at a time in the included travel mug, and you can hardly buy a travel mug for that price. It even comes with a reusable filter. If people ever stopped to calculate what they spend stopping at the drive through for their coffee, or hanging out at the coffee shop, they would buy one of these for home and the office. Even the higher priced Keurig would pay for itself in a couple of months.