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Consumer Reports tests pod coffeemakers

Testers recommend DeLonghi coffeemaker

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Coffeemakers that use a pod to make a single cup of coffee are gaining in popularity because they are fast and convenient.

Consumer Reports tested 21 pod coffeemakers from popular names like DeLonghi, Keurig and Mr. Coffee, as well as the new single-serve Verismo machine from Starbucks.

The fastest tested made a cup of coffee in about a minute. A Hamilton Beach model took three minutes.

As far as the Starbucks Verismo, you can make Starbucks' espresso, cafe latte and brewed coffee, but it's pricey.

"For a coffeemaker that costs 200 dollars, it's really very basic," said Consumer Reports' Bob Markovich. "For example, you can't adjust brew strength, and the manual says you should flush the machine with water after each brew."

Consumer Reports found that the $150 DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo is far better for less money.  It brews a cup in a minute and makes cappuccinos, espressos and other drinks.

If you want a smaller pod coffeemaker that takes up less counter space, Consumer Reports recommended the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo that sells for $100.


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