The words “instant coffee” may conjure up a host of negative images until you think about what truly instant coffee means today. Forget the bitter powders, the boiled water and the incessant stirring – it’s easy to enjoy a custom made cup of fresh coffee in less than a minute with a Cuisinart® or similar brand K-Cup® coffee maker. With an on demand or single serve coffee maker which uses espresso and cappuccino pods or discs, you get all of the benefits of instant coffee plus freshness and flavor without the hassle.
Regardless of the manufacturer, most on demand coffee makers operate the same basic way – they require a source of water and an electrical outlet but there is no carafe or warmer since the coffee brews directly into your mug, cup or travel mug. Simply fill the reservoir with water (it will hold enough for several cups of coffee), insert a coffee pod, place your cup at the ready and press a button – in less than a minute you will have a genuine cup of coffee that blows away the stuff your grandmother used to make.
People used to drink instant coffee out of convenience but when it comes to convenience it’s hard to beat an on demand coffee maker. You brew only what you need at the moment you want it so the coffee is always fresh. Because the coffee is actually brewed, the flavor rivals that of coffee you might pay plenty for in a fancy coffee shop or restaurant. There is no waste since you are not brewing a whole pot and cleanup is minimal since you have no carafe to clean and you can simply discard the used pod.