Updated on 16 October, 2021
If you are in the market for a new coffee brewer, you may be considering whether a coffee maker that offers both uses of a single brewing system is a good buy. Every 2 in 1 coffee maker will come capable of producing a single cup of coffee or an entire carafe of coffee. And while all the technical features are very similar, some operate better than others. So, to help you make your buying decision, we've listed some of the most important things to look for in a coffee brewer.
The best dual coffee maker makes sure that you get the best possible cup of Joe with the precise amount of brewing strength you need at any given time. A good two way brewer will measure how much water it takes to start the brewing process and let you know the ideal brewing time for a particular coffee drink. One of the best features that a two way brewer can have, is the ability to measure the exact percentage of cream to water and the exact amount of coffee to water as well.
The best dual brew coffee makers have a feature called the Water Reservoir, which allows you to keep clean and fresh water in the reservoir and prevent the formation of chlorine and harmful oils. Most good machines have a built in water reservoir, which is easy to empty. When the carafe is finished brewing, simply remove the filter from the machine and dump out the water into the water reservoir until the desired strength has been achieved. This feature prevents the need for frequent refills. Many models come with an automatic shut off feature so that you do not waste time in removing the filter and then manually shutting off the machine so that the water reservoir remains clean.
You can also purchase a machine with a built in grinder. A two part grinder will allow you to create fine grounds with ease. This type of automatic shutoff machine makes brewing coffee even easier because the machine determines when to turn on the grinding process for two separate cups. The benefit of using two separate cups is that you can use coarse ground coffee and a lighter more finely ground cup for instant coffee without the fear of developing bad tasting coffee. If you purchase a flexbrew coffee maker with a built in grinder, it will also allow you to use fine coffee, if desired.
One of the best known brands of single-serve coffee makers is the Keurig brewer. The Keurig brewer was designed for brewing strong coffee, and has been trusted by coffee lovers and pros for years. The Keurig brewer offers a variety of single serve coffees. There is the K-Cup, Quik cup and the Senseo cup. These machines have an adjustable valve that allows you to adjust the strength or flavor of your coffee according to your preference.
An impressive option in single serve coffeemakers is the Keurig Brewer Card. This brewer contains an insulated plastic holder that allows you to brew a great tasting cup of coffee on demand. The holder is built into the machine, so there is no need to purchase an additional reusable filter cup. The Keurig Brewer Card has a gold tone coffee filter that helps to create a rich tasting cup of coffee. It also has a built-in water reservoir, which prevents the machine from running out of water while making coffee.
Another popular brand is the Cuisinart Two-Way coffee maker. The two-cup coffeemaker is a little more complicated than the Keurig Brewer. The Cuisinart Two-Way utilizes a patented, touch sensitive probe wand to make turning on the coffee a very easy process. The machine comes with a single, removable brew basket for use with ground coffee or tea.
The Keurig brewer and coffee maker makes two cups at a time. The difference in these two machines lies not in their brewing systems, but rather in the brewing styles. The Keurig uses a "one cup" method, where it takes one minute and a half to heat up the water and begin brewing. The Cuisinart Two-Way Brewer, on the other hand, operates with a double brewing method that allows the user to slow down the brewing time. These two different styles of brewers have been designed to meet the demands of different consumers.