Great Pod Coffeemakers

Single-serve coffeemakers that use coffee pods are gaining in popularity, and everyone wants a piece of the market-including Starbucks, along with nearly two dozen others.

They cost anywhere from 25 to 300 dollars.

Consumer Reports tested 21 pod coffeemakers from names like DeLonghi, Keurig, Mr. Coffee.

Also tested, the new single-serve Verismo machine from Starbucks that starts at 200 dollars.

Bob Markovich of Consumer Reports says, "Single-serve coffeemakers are all about convenience, so our testers look for things like how fast you'll get that first cup of coffee in the morning."

The fastest will rush you your caffeine in about a minute.

But one from Hamilton Beach took three minutes to deliver that first cup.

As for the Starbucks Verismo machine-you can make Starbuck's espresso, cafe' latte, and brewed coffee...but it's pricey.

Markovich says, "For a coffeemaker that costs 200 dollars, it's really very basic. For example, you can't adjust brew strength, and manual says you should flush the machine with water after each brew."

Far better for less, says Consumer Reports, is a 150-dollar one from DeLonghi-the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo. It brews a cup in a minute and makes cappucinos, espressos, and other drinks as well.

But be aware--buying a pod machine is just the beginning.

Markovich says, "The pods can be expensive, up to a dollar a cup."

If you want a smaller pod coffeemaker that takes up less counter space, Consumer Reports recommends andother DeLonghi in the Nescafe Doce Gusto line. It's the Piccolo that goes for 100 dollars.


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