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SPY Guide: 4 Alternatives to The Keurig Coffee Maker

* Keurig isn’t the most flavorful or eco-friendly coffee maker
* Get coffee that’s ready to bring on the go
* Options for all types of coffee and espresso connoisseurs

While most of us are in a rush in the morning and don’t have time to wait for a french press, a Keurig machine isn’t always the best solution- it doesn’t make the best brew, and those cups are no friend to the environment. We’ve found four great alternatives that won’t make you choose between convenience and flavor, and aren’t as bad for the earth.

1. BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker

If you prefer your coffee as a grab-and-go beverage while you’re running out the door or commuting to work in the morning, this coffee maker by Black + Decker is just for you. It brews your cup of joe directly into the included travel mug, saving you time. It also has less of an environmental impact than Keurig, as it comes with a permanent grounds filter.


2. Wacaco Portable Mini Espresso Maker

Compatible with Nespresso capsules, this espresso maker works using a hand pump, and is also great for overnight camping trips. It comes with carafe and steam pump attachments.

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3. Hamilton Beach Flex Brew Programmable Coffee Maker

This model from Hamilton Beach provides you with a few options- you can make a full pot of coffee using grounds on the carafe side, a single serving using a K-Cup or use smaller grounds on the single-serve side. It’s the best of both worlds- a quick cup that you can grab on the go, or a steaming carafe ready for when you have friends over.


4. Nespresso by Breville Essenza Mini Espresso Maker

If it’s good enough for George Clooney, it should be good for most coffee drinkers too. This Nespresso coffee maker offers two programmable coffee sizes- espresso and lugo- and a simple one-touch operation.

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