I went to Sacramento a couple of months ago for the Jazz Jubilee, and stayed at the Hyatt (a very nice hotel if you don’t count the expensively lame parking). In my hotel room I discovered an unusual single-cup coffeemaker. The ground coffee and filter were pre-packaged, and the coffee emptied right into your cup—no carafe. What did all this mean? It meant there was absolutely nothing to wash. I had truly found the coffeemaker of my dreams, and I had to have one.
I didn’t write down the model or manufacturer, but no matter. After a little Googling I learned my discovery was the CV1 One-Cup Coffee System from Courtesy Products. I ordered one, plus a 40-count box of their Colombian Supremo single-serving coffee packs. Everything arrived in short order and worked perfectly right out of the box.
It’s been a month since I first received my CV1 coffeemaker, and I could not be happier. Although the individual coffee packs are a little expensive, I discovered you could buy “coffee pods” at the supermarket. These work just as well (provided you save the used plastic brew baskets to use with the coffee pods), are less expensive, and provide a wide variety of flavors and choices. My favorite thus far is the Black Mountain Gold Costa Rican.
There are other single-cup coffee “systems” on the market like the Senseo and Tassimo, but these are expensive, take up a lot of counter space, and have parts that require cleaning. The CV1 was only about $30, is compact with a small footprint, and requires no cleaning. It is truly coffee convenience heaven.