Single-Cup Coffee Makers: Poised for Growth?

Coffee MakerTen years ago, most households used a drip brewer or a percolator to make their coffee. Nowadays, people use single-cup coffee makers. HAGGLEFREE™ reports that these small appliances hold more appeal to consumers because preparing a single cup of coffee at a time is more practical as opposed to producing an entire pot. Modern coffee makers are now also able to create lattes and cappuccinos, further distinguishing itself from its predecessor as the more useful kitchen appliance.

Looking at the Early Days

During the first few years of the single-cup coffee maker, the only way to own the appliance was either to purchase it at a specialty kitchen store or buy it online. Its popularity picked up as time passed and coffee lovers with a taste for gadgets and innovations raved about the efficiency and convenience of brewing a single cup of coffee without the fuss and clean-up.

Single-Cup Coffee Makers Go Mainstream

As the popularity of the device rose, local supermarkets were soon stocking and selling them. This leap to a more mainstream market also brought changes to shelf space and content. They tossed away traditional brewers to make way for the single-cup coffee maker. People replaced bagged coffee beans with boxes for discs, capsules, K-Cups and other accessories for the coffee maker.

Drawbacks of Modern Coffee Makers

Although it is clear that drip brewers and percolators are losing ground, two challenges prevent the single-cup coffee maker from being a total success: price and environmental impact.

The price of a single serving of coffee produced by the single-cup coffee maker is prohibitive. Coffee lovers can expect to pay at least twice the price as compared to brewing coffee using a percolator or drip brewer.

Aside from the exorbitant price, single-cup coffee makers are not exactly eco-friendly. The mini-coffee containers, discs and coffee pods are not recyclable and will all end up in a landfill and contribute to global warming.

Without a doubt, single-cup coffee makers are proving to be immensely useful. The growth in popularity, however, may only continue depending on how the manufacturers address their two major drawbacks.