What is the best coffee machine for a college dorm on a budget?

Students thrive on coffee especially when they are living in the dorms. It helps them be awake and active for long durations during their exams. It is definitely not feasible to buy coffee every time you need it in college, the viable solution would be to get a small affordable coffee maker to your college dorm which can be used by many and you will even save you money doing it. If you are looking for the best drip coffee makers for your college dorm, you might want to have a look at the Keurig Mini K15. It is by far the most compact, attractive as well as economic coffee maker you will find in the market.

Keurig Mini K15 Review

Below is a detailed review of the machine as well as its pros and cons, you can have a look at all of them and decide whether it’s apt for you.

Design

There are different types of coffee machines available in the market. Many of them vary from one another majorly in terms of design and you will love the modern design that the Keurig Mini K15 comes with. There are various types of colors and one can choose according to their taste. Keurig is majorly known for its well designed machines and this is certainly one of those. Even if you consider the best drip coffee makers in the market, this is among the most well designed ones.

Controls

The led lights in the machine indicate which step of setup and brewing process is on which lets you use the machine conveniently. Also, even if you don’t know the technicality you can easily operate the machine as it is very easy to do so. The overall UI is also pretty sleek and will let you carry out functions easily. The machine automatically gets switched off after 90 seconds if it’s not used for long time. This is a major security feature and can prevent misuse of the machine as well as electricity.

Advanced Modern Features

Most of the users love modern features and this machine is rich with such features. It is quick and can brew a cup of coffee just within two minutes. The drip tray is easily removable and eases the process of making coffee. There is a cord storage facility given in the machine which makes storing the machine quite convenient.

Pros of the Keurig K15 Mini Coffee Maker

  • Small in size can be easily stored in small areas like small kitchens, home offices and can also be taken along road trips.
  • You can choose 6, 8 or 10 ounces of coffee or tea.
  • Different flavors of coffee can be served.
  • Coffee is prepared within 2 minutes.
  • K Cups are easy to clean and has reusable coffee filters.
  • Turns off automatically after 90 seconds of inactivity.

Cons of the Keurig K15 Mini Coffee Maker

  • It produces limited amount of coffee per cup i.e 6, 8 or 10 ounces.
  • Coffee machine has to be cleaned regularly from exterior as well as from interior.
  • It doesn’t have an auto start button.
  • It has to be setup according to exact sequence which may cause confuse certain users till they get use of it.
  • It doesn’t have accumulation with hot water.
The Last Words

Overall, this is one of the best drip coffee makers available which is perfectly suitable for college students for keeping in their dorms. It comes with all the needed features and is quite convenient to use. Moreover, cleaning it is not a hassle which is an added advantage for the students as they don’t have enough resources to clean the machine frequently.

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A WINE JOURNEY, WITH LUCK IT NEVER ENDS

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My personal wine journey began comparatively late because I was raised in Utrecht, Netherlands in a home where my parents believed that I should experience spirits only when I became legally of an age. In the Netherlands, one can publicly drink at 18 but I was 22. I went on a business trip to Paris to meet a man who was crucial to signing off on a project I wanted badly to do. Instead of meeting in his office, this man, Frederic (who later became my best friend), drove me to a restaurant in Angers just south of Paris. There we shared a very long dinner that included several wines. From my first glass, I knew I was destined for a journey that would take me all over the world in search of new wines to taste, beautiful vineyards to see and companionable wine lovers to share experiences with.

Wine opens up a world of travel, people and memorable good times. Sometimes, I recall a dinner or sitting in a cafe with friends and even if I cannot remember the exact name of the wine we drank, I can always remember the faces of the friends and what we talked about. Wine is meant to be enjoyed in a context of relaxation and camaraderie.

When I moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2011, after vacationing here for several years with my wife and three children, I gave up my career in IT and transitioned into the hospitality business. That move greatly expanded the scope of my wine journey because now I am purchasing wines for two restaurants and a night club as well as my own cellar at home.

I’ve learned that the best expert on each bottle is the person drinking it. Drink what you love. Devise your own food and wine pairings, but learn all you can about wine because the subject is endlessly fascinating. Experimenting with wine can be one of the most enjoyable hobbies you can have. Toward that end, I’m increasing the number of wines by-the-glass in my restaurants to encourage guests to try something new and different.

Lately, I’m loving three wines I want to share. M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette has a nice history. The ancient vineyard that produces this wine was planted by a 13th century Crusader home of the wars who was given a hillside for his service by the Queen of Spain. He became a hermit and grew grapes. This dry white, which tastes of peaches, honeysuckle, white currant and even mango, is what I call flexible. It tastes light or hearty depending on the food you serve it with. This wine lets food lead the way. I enjoy it with fish, pasta, cheese, linguine and clam sauce. It’s about $100 a bottle in my restaurant, Cafe´ Americano.

Another favorite is the M. Chapoutier Hermitage Rouge Monier de la Sizeranne, which is also flexible. This medium-body red is wonderful with a club sandwich, a salad, pasta and most kinds of seafood. It tastes of berries and spices and never disappoints me. A fair restaurant price for this wine is about $100 and I stock it. A reliable Springtime table wine for me is Jankara Vermentino de Gallura, a white wine I drink almost everyday with lunch. Made with just the vermentino grape, this Sardinian wine recedes or advances depending upon what you pair it with. I enjoy this wine with bottarga, a hamburger, pasta, frittata, even a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. In a restaurant, it should retail for about $60 and you can often find it by the glass for about $9. Keep tasting!

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