Best Coffee Machines for Condos 2020

I don’t know about you, but until I have my coffee in the morning my head is a bit foggy. I love coffee and have tried all the different options for coffee makes from the super simple pour-over technique, drip coffee makers and single-serve coffee makers.

Here are my top 6 choices for the best coffee machines for condos or small apartments.

Fun Facts:

  • Americans drink 102 billion cups of coffee annually
  • The average person drinks 2.7 cups of coffee daily
  • 34% of Americans drink gourmet coffee
  • Noon-1pm and 5:30-6:30 have been shown to be the best times for consumption
  • $3.28 is the average price for a cup of java
  • U.S. coffee industry is a $36 billion a year industry

Although the size of your living space may not influence the way in which you choose to make your coffee, there are a few ways that will help to minimize the amount of space used or simply give you a better morning/afternoon, or evening coffee ritual.

1. Keurig Single Serve Coffee System

  • SPECIAL EDITION: Complement your kitchen with the premium nickel colored finish, metal handle and drip tray
  • 4 CUP SIZES: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces
  • SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K Cup pod and use the button controls to brew delicious coffee, or make hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.120V
  • LARGE 60 ounces WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine; Removable reservoir makes refilling easy
  • SMART START: Your coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process; No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Programmable auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings
  • TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2 inches tall and is top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. 16.7 inch H (with handle open)
  • COMPATIBLE WITH THE MY K CUP UNIVERSAL REUSABLE COFFEE FILTER: Brew your own ground coffee (sold separately)
  • BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: Alerts you when it is time to descale your coffee maker; Descaling is an important process that removes built up calcium deposits, ensuring the best tasting brew possible
  • HIGH ALTITUDE SETTING: Ensures your coffee maker works properly at altitudes greater than 5,000 feet

General: Single-cup coffee makers are the newest trend to hit the coffee market and are absolutely perfect for a lot of different situations. They allow you to have a single serving of countless different flavors at the press of a button, and for that reason have become immensely popular. 

Keurig has just about become a household name for single cup coffee brewing systems. They make high quality machines that last, and simply outperform almost any other brand, especially when looking at similar price points.

Benefits: These machines require little to no maintenance. Just pop in a pod, press a button and you are good to go. There aren’t coffee filters or the cleanup involved after brewing either. They also take up less counter space and cost only $.30-$.70 per cup.

For you if…

  • You can’t stand the constant cleaning and maintenance that most machines offer
  • You drink 1-2 cups of coffee per day or less
  • You like to have a variety of different flavors without worrying about the grounds getting old

2. Nespresso Inissia by Breville

  • BARISTA GRADE: Nespresso Inissia by Breville offers an impeccable single serve coffee or espresso cup every time, thanks to its automatic operation and patented extraction system which delivers up to 19 bars of pressure. The Inissia is the perfect coffee machine that fits perfectly into any interior design.
  • FAST: Eliminate the wait time with how fast the water reaches the ideal temperature in less 25 seconds in a single touch. This automatic coffee machine gets your perfect cup of coffee or espresso to you fast.
  • EFFICIENT COFFEE MACHINE: Brew two different cup sizes; Espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (5 oz), with just the touch of a button. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks. With the smart energy saving mode automatically switches off our coffee maker after 9 only minutes.
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Adjustable cup size with two programmable espresso and lungo buttons. The folding drip tray accommodates larger single serve cup sizes and recipes.

General: Espresso has been around for a while, but it is constantly evolving and better practices are being used to make a ‘better cup’. 

The strength of the espresso is based largely on the ground used, and the amount of pressure that the machine is able force the steam through the grounds with. Machines can run anywhere from $40-$400+ for a household espresso machine.

Benefits: As I am sure you know, espresso will get your heart pumping. A single 2 oz. cup has the same amount of caffeine as a full cup of coffee. A couple more benefits are:

  • Not having to drink as much volume of coffee (staining teeth or intestinal discomfort)
  • You enjoy sipping other gourmet coffee drinks like cappuccinos, americanos, macchiatos or cortados

For you if…

You are gungho about your espresso, and can’t tolerate anything less than coffee-shop quality brew

3. Mueller French Press

  • IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT YOUR COFFEE – We tested enough mechanisms and filters to make your head spin to tweak and uniquely design our press with a triple layered filter structure to stop the sediment, but let the yummy coffee oils through for a full-bodied delicious brew that will make you a very happy camper. And to share the java love, we give you a bonus matching travel canister that holds enough beans or grounds for two full batches.
  • 33% THICKER, 20% HEAVIER, BUILT TO LAST – Our huge capacity professional grade 304 18/10 double-layered stainless-steel baby will keep your coffee hot for 60 minutes longer than thinner steel and glass models. And it’s drop proof, rust proof, and probably bulletproof (be nice).
  • MULTIPLE USES: Besides using the french press as a coffee maker, it is also the best appliance to make tea, mct oil coffee, hot chocolate, cold brew, frothed milk, almond milk, cashew milk, fruit infusions, and plant and herbal drinks as it seals in their flavors and aromas
  • A GIFT PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY USE - Perfect for house warmings, weddings, birthdays, holidays and all coffee/tea lovers, DIY enthusiasts & healthy foodies! Two bonus stainless steel screens and the matching travel container are included with every purchase while quantities last.
  • EUROPEAN ENGINEERED – AMERICAN GUARANTEE - Our total satisfaction promise covers all our products (partly why our products receive 1000’s of positive reviews). So choose Mueller with confidence and look forward to a lifetime of java pleasure.

General: To novice coffee drinkers, this may be intimidating and seem way too sophisticated, but I promise you that after you try it, you will be impressed by how easy it is, and the great flavor that you are able to get out of your coffee. 

This may be the one instrument that transforms you into an avid coffee drinker who can’t even look at a drip machine any more.

Benefits: French presses are great because it gives you a lot of control that a classic drip machine doesn’t. 

You can choose how much grounds to put in, how long to steep them for and what temperature the water will be that you use. This all affects the flavor and body of the coffee, which everyone prefers differently.

Also, because French Presses don’t use coffee filters, many of the natural oils from the coffee beans are not filtered out. These oils are what many people agree to contribute to the coffee’s finest taste. This leaves a robust full-flavored coffee, unlike any filtered coffee.

For you if…

  • You enjoy a fine cup of coffee, or prefer to have more control over the way that it is prepared.
  • You want to keep one small compact coffee appliance(the only other thing you will need is a coffee grinder and pot to boil water)
  • You want to expand the breadth of your coffee experience and try something new

4. Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker

  • SMOOTHER COFFEE, EVERY TIME – Cold brewing is 70% less acidic than hot brewing. And richer in taste. Our cold brewer extracts coffee concentrate which can be stored and mixed with an endless variety of beverages to create your own perfect, personal cup of joy. Recommended grind size: Coarse
  • LOCKS IN FRESHNESS AND FLAVOR FOR UP TO 2 WEEKS – Airtight seal. Easy-access handle. Engineered to perfectly fit within your fridge shelf. Experience refined craftsmanship you can always count on
  • QUALITY YOU WON’T REGRET – 18/8 rust-free superfine dual-mesh, medical-grade stainless steel filter & cap. Extra-thick, lab-tested borosilicate glass. BPA-Free silicon airtight seal. Dishwasher safe. Professional home brewing has never been this easy: just mix and pour
  • ICED AND HOT TEA COMPATIBLE – Great for loose-leaf tea. Or tea bags. Brew it hot like a traditional teapot, or brew it cold in the fridge. Take your brewing & hosting skills to the next level
  • WE WANT YOU! TO BE HAPPY – Choose OVALWARE if you care about quality and customer service. We have great confidence in the quality of our products, and we have the best customer service here on Amazon - which is why we are offering you a Risk-Free purchase. In the unlikely event our product fails to meet or exceed your expectations, you may return our product within 90 DAYS post-purchase to receive a FULL refund

General: Along with espresso, iced coffee is one of the most types of coffee increasing in popularity most rapidly. It offers a drastically different coffee drinking experience because of both temperature and flavor of the drink.

Benefits: Iced coffee has many great benefits, a few of which are:

  • Very low maintenance to make
  • Waits for you fresh at its prime temperature for up to two weeks
  • If you are already an iced coffee drinker, it will save you money because it is one of the more expensive drinks to get from a coffee shop
  • Smoother taste because the oils of the coffee bean are not extracted (which can cause a bitter or acidic flavor on hot brew)

For you if…

  • Want to keep all coffee appliances out of sight on your countertop
  • Prefer a smoother tasting coffee drink
  • Can’t stand to wait those few minutes for coffee to brew in the morning
  • Like a cool refreshing coffee drink, or to mix it up between hot and cold

5. Givi Grind & Brew Programmable Coffee Maker

  • 1.5L LARGE CAPACITY】: The Grind Coffee Machine can brew up to 10 cups coffee. Set the number of coffee powder (2,4,6,8,10) through press " CUP 2-10 " button in the control panel base on your own needs. If not, the default number of cup is 10 cups.【NOTE: when making coffee, the amount of coffee powder added should correspond to the amount of water, otherwise it will affect the coffee concentration.】
  • EASY TO OPERATE】: Depending on your personal preference, choose coffee beans or coffee powder to make drip coffee. The coffee machine is equipped with a burr grinder, so you can brew a cup of fresh coffee with coffee beans. The coffee beans are gathered and ground by the burr grinder, retain the full flavor of the beans, then the coffee powder will fall directly on the filter.
  • OPTIMUM FLAVOR THROUGH BREWING SETTINGS】: With 3 strength control settings and 8 coffee grind control grade, create your desired drink. A conical burr grinder lets you choose from 8 grade, from coarse to fine, for the best results by bean type and desired drink. Three settings deliver coffee just the way you like it, with a choice of strong, medium, or mild for flavor customized to your taste. Press the "GRIND OFF" button if you need the coffee machine to stop grinding coffee powder.
  • AUTOMATIC START FUNCTION】: Entering the timer mode and setting the time you wanted to automatic start, the programmable timer will preset the machine start time and start brewing coffee at the specified time. There is a prompt bell after brewing. It helps to save time making coffee in the morning. After brewing, there is a warming plate design that the coffee can be warmed in the carafe lasts for 60 minutes.
  • PROMISE& SERVICE】: Consumers will get TWO-YEAR Promise of this Brew and Grind Coffee Machine. If you have any problem of this machine, please feel free to contact with us, we will give you the best solution as soon as possible.

General: Drip machines are by far the most common worldwide, and there is no doubt that they have been so successful for a reason. These machines are fairly low maintenance, create consistently tasting coffee, and make large enough amounts to share. 

But unless you drink 4+ cups per day or share with someone else, this may not be the most effective machine for you.

For you if…

  • Prefer a milder coffee flavor
  • Drink 4+ cups of coffee per day
  • You want to wake up to freshly brewed coffee every morning or can’t resist the simplicity of this classic brewing system (but a single cup brewer doesn’t make sense because you drink a few cups per day).

Final Thoughts: Best Coffee Machine for Condos

Depending on the type of coffee drinker that you are, you will likely prefer a different machine. I have found that these 6 machines cover 99% of what all coffee drinkers need from their coffee machines. 

Although there are different methods out there, they were all somehow derived from one of the models listed above. I am an avid coffee drinker and have at one point in my life owned all of these different appliances and loved them all. 

As your preferences in coffee change, so will the type of machine that works best for you.

(Last Updated On: March 28, 2020)