Anyone can claim to make gourmet coffee. Slap a fancy logo and a high ticket price on a styrofoam cup and you’re free to make the claim yourself. But if you are a coffee drinker who TRULY appreciates the full flavor and aroma of gourmet coffee, then the Breville gourmet single cup coffee maker may be for you. At nearly $300, this is certainly one of the pricier coffee makers on the market today. The quality of construction and the wealth of features, however, are worth every penny.
Coffee makers with large glass pots are for people who drink mass-market coffee cup after cup after cup. Single cup coffee makers are for people with more discriminating tastes. The Breville uses the K-cup extraction system. K-cups are hermetically sealed single serving packages that lock out air, moisture and light, thus preserving the intended freshness and taste of the coffee grounds. There’s no need to grind the beans yourself, or to decide how much grind to add to the filter – all the guesswork is taken out.
K-cups (the K stands for Keurig, the company that pioneered this technology) come in over 150 varieties. You are sure to find one that suits your tastes. The Breville also features a dishwasher-safe reusable K-cup which allows you to use your own ground coffee blend for a strength and flavor unique to your own household. Most people who own a single cup coffee maker also use filtered water to make the coffee. After all, why buy a high-end stainless steel single cup coffee maker if you are going to use over-chlorinated tap water to ruin the taste of the coffee?
There’s no need to use filtered water with the Breville. The backlit stainless steel tank reservoir contains a built-in charcoal water filter to ensure that your coffee is made with pure tasteless, odorless water. All of the aroma and flavor come from the coffee, not the tap water. The storage tank itself holds 60 ounces of water, all filtered and held at the specified brewing temperature. The Breville features a programmable backlit control panel that gives you ultimate control over the brewing process. You control the brew time, the brew temperature and the strength of the coffee you are brewing.
It comes, of course, with a timer feature so that you can have a freshly brewed cup of gourmet coffee waiting for you in the morning. The drip tray is large enough to hold an over-sized coffee mug, and can be removed so that travel mugs will easily fit under the dispenser. It is a very attractive kitchen appliance, overall, with a sleek stainless steel design that blends well with most modern kitchens.
If you are thinking of purchasing a single cup coffee maker, the Breville single cup gourmet system could be just what you are looking for. It is manufactured with high quality by Keurig, comes with an outstanding manufacturer’s warranty, and will produce a single cup of gourmet coffee to rival that of any coffee shop anywhere.