Consumer Reports: best pod coffee-makers

(WMC TV) - Single-serve coffee-makers that use coffee pods are gaining in popularity, and everyone wants a piece of the market, including Starbucks.

Consumer Reports just tested the Starbucks Verismo machine and 21 others, ranging from $25 to $300.

They're supposed to rush your caffeine to you quickly.

But the Hamilton Beach Personal Cup 4997 took three minutes to deliver that first cup, the slowest of all the machines tested.

As for the Starbucks Verismo machine, you can make Starbucks' espresso, café latte and brewed coffee, but it's pricey. It starts at $200, and it's pretty basic. For example, you can't adjust brew strength, and the manual says you should flush the machine with water after each brew.

Far better -- and for a lot less -- Consumer Reports recommended the $150 DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo. It brews a cup in a minute and makes cappuccinos, espressos and other drinks.

If you want a smaller pod coffee-maker that takes up less counter space, Consumer Reports recommended the Piccolo in the the DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto line. It retails for $100.

But be aware:  buying a pod machine is just the beginning. You have to buy the coffee pods, too -- and keep buying them, up to $1 a cup.

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