Single Cup Coffee Makers: Bean-to-Cup Brewing Versus Pod and Capsule Systems

Saving Time, Saving Money, Saving the Earth are Issues

Jul 24, 2012, 10:30 ET from Jura

CLOSTER, N.J., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the growing popularity of single cup coffee brewers, the trend toward a personalized cup of coffee is here to stay. There are many choices in home coffee machines that brew one cup at a time, from pod or capsule systems to automatic coffee centers, and they all brew quickly and eliminate the waste of brewing a full pot and then throwing some of it away because it wasn't consumed when hot.


Jura, makers of the award-winning Jura line of automatic coffee centers that offer the true bean-to-cup experience of Swiss coffee culture, provides these tips for coffee lovers who are debating the merits of different styles of one cup machines.

When buying coffee, always choose fresh, not old. A Jura automatic coffee center has a built-in conical burr grinder to grind beans right before brewing, and you can make sure your coffee beans are always fresh. You never know how old coffee is when it's packaged in pods or capsules.

When it comes to packaging, less is more. Imagine the mountain of used pods and capsules generated each year, and you'll understand the eco-friendly advantage of a bean-to-cup machine. Unlike plastic packaging, used coffee grounds can be tossed in the garden as fertilizer, so it's a win/win for the earth.

When comparing costs, think long term. A pod or capsule machine may appear less expensive on the day of purchase, but each cup will cost 2 to 3 times more than authentic crema coffee from a Jura automatic coffee center. This means that coffee aficionados can spend less in the long run when they invest in the better machine up front.

When adding flavor, make it the best. Pods and capsules aren't the only way to add new flavors to your cup of joe. Explore the world of flavored syrups, spices and liquors that can be quickly and easily added to freshly brewed crema coffee or espresso for a new gourmet twist. You can also experience and enjoy the creamy richness of froth and foam with a Jura automatic coffee center.

Jura offers 7 automatic coffee centers, ranging from $899 to $3,199 actual price. For more information, visit