My favorite single-serve coffeemaker (hint: it’s not a Keurig)

I’m a self-proclaimed coffee snob. You know that line in Pulp Fiction:  “When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it.” Yeah, pretty much my favorite quote ever about coffee.

My love for delicious coffee led, years ago, to purchasing a single-serve coffeemaker before Keurig K-cup machines had hit the market. At that time, there were two pod-style coffeemakers available:  the high-priced Senseo, and my choice, the more affordable Melitta One:One.  Both single-serve machines used pods made from the same material as a coffee filter that were packed with various flavored, unflavored and decaf options. The systems also do a great job brewing tea, both tea pods and tea bags.

I switched jobs and used the office k-cup machine for a while, but then came across numerous articles detailing the environmental impact of the waste generated by k-cups. Eager to do my part in minimizing the generation of non-recyclable waste, I dug out my old Melitta One:One and brought it to my office. I soon discovered that Melitta’s coffee pods are still available, as well as pods from other manufacturers, via websites like and Amazon. With flavors like Vanilla Creme Brulee, Hazelnut Creme and Parisian Vanilla, plus unflavored and decaf options, Melitta still makes a wide variety of single-cup offerings.

So if you don’t want to add to the stacks and stacks of K-cup waste, consider buying a used Melitta One:One or Senseo single-serve machine. It’s the perfect office accessory for a coffee lover like myself.

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