Let’s be honest, sometimes you need a quick coffee in a hurry, you might have missed your alarm, maybe you’ve lost track of time getting the kids ready for school, or you’re simply running late for a meeting. Whatever the reason, using a fast coffee maker can save you a ton of time and will deliver that much needed fix of caffeine when you need it the most.
A word of warning, like most things in life, saving time typically tends to a reduction in quality, so when it comes to a quick coffee maker, you’ll have to accept that quality is almost always sacrificed over speed.
However, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t get a great tasting cup of coffee. The question of quality typically comes down to actual process, because only some brew methods work well with speed-brewing. So choosing the right coffee maker for your home that can brew quickly but also preserve some of the quality is what you should be aiming for.
Luckily enough in this article, I have done the legwork for you and handpicked some of the fastest coffee makers that will cut your brew time in half without sacrificing quality. I’m sure there’s at least one coffee maker on my list that will please even the slowest of morning risers.
…So grab yourself a brew, sit back and let’s crack on.
Best Fast Brew Coffee Makers For That Quick Caffeine Fix
For those of you who cannot stand instant coffee read on because below I have picked out 5 of the best fast brew coffee makers to ensure you get that much-needed caffeine fix when you are running late.
My first fast brewing option is the AeroPress, anyone who already owns an AeroPress will agree with me I’m sure, it simply doesn’t get any faster than this with coffee brewing, and the great thing is you don’t sacrifice any quality for the speedy delivery.
The AeroPress is basically a hydraulic pump that uses pressure to force your brewed coffee through either a paper or metal filter to deliver some of the tastiest coffee you’ll ever have. This unique way of using pressure to brew coffee is a very efficient way of extracting all of the oils and flavors found inside of your coffee grounds.
Using the classic AeroPress brewing method as described in the instruction manual, it only takes a couple of minutes to brew up a single cup of delicious coffee from when you turn your kettle on to taking your first sip. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try the AeroPress inverted method.
The AeroPress has become a favorite with many coffee lovers and seasoned barista’s due to its outstanding brew quality and tolerance for tweaking, allowing you to change many brewing variables on-the-fly. However, the speedy AeroPress is not without its drawbacks. For starters you need to “babysit” the AeroPress from start to finish, this isn’t a push-button brewer by any means. Another limitation is that is can only brew 1-cup of coffee at a time. A deal breaker? I don’t think so!
The SterlingPro French Press
For those of you who enjoy a full-bodied cup of coffee fast, I highly recommend you take a look at the French Press. Even though this brewer requires a manual approach just like the above AeroPress it doesn’t need nearly as much babysitting.
Brewing coffee in a French Press can be summarized in three simple steps: Pour in your boiling water over your coffee grounds, let it steep for two to three minutes, and press down the plunger. It really doesn’t get any easier and quicker than this!
Just like the AeroPress, you can do some tweaking to your brews such as your coffee grind size and overall steep time. The one downside I find with the French Press is that you often will get some coffee grinds (sludge) inside of your cup that has slipped through the fine mesh plunger – you don’t get this when using the AeroPress.
The French Press comes in many different colors, designs, and shapes – take a look at some of my handpicked best French Press coffee makers.
The Hario V60 Drip Decanter
This is my daily coffee brewer at the moment after I transitioned over from using the French Press.
The great thing about the Hario V60 is that you can take your time with an elegant pour-over or if you need coffee fast you can speed up the process by adjusting your grind size and the speed of your pour – but you’ll undoubtedly lose some of the quality. However, that being said the Hario V60 is very forgiving, unlike some other pour over coffee makers.
The Hario V60 might look daunting when you first set your eyes on it, but trust me it’s a piece of cake to use. Simply grind your coffee (I use 30g), place in a paper filter, and slowly pour over your boiling water. If you have enough time, you can bloom the coffee, but if you are in a rush, you can get away without doing this.
Make sure to check out my V60 coffee brewing guide (with pictures!).
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
I’m not a fan of coffee pod machines, but if you need a fast coffee maker, they do serve their purpose as long as you don’t mind sacrificing some quality in your final brew.
The Keurig K55 is probably one of the fastest coffee makers on my list and the time between filling the water reservoir and taking your first sip of brewed coffee is around 2-minutes. Although the Keurig can only brew 1-cup of coffee at a time, there really isn’t any faster way to brew coffee at home.
The only one issue I can see with the Keurig K55, and all coffee pod machines, is the cost and waste. So even though the Keurig is a fast coffee maker that speed comes at a price. Here’s a quick breakdown: each coffee pod costs around $.70 and once used that pod is then going into the trash (not recycled). So if you’re a big coffee drinker, you don’t need to be a maths wizard to see how the costs can quickly spiral out of control.
However, that being said Keurig do offer this after sale reusable coffee pod which enables you to fill the pod with your own coffee grounds. There are some other better options such as these coffee makers that don’t use pods.
The BUNN BXB Velocity Brew
I couldn’t do a lineup of fast coffee makers without having some sort of drip coffee maker on the list. There are literally hundreds of drip coffee brewers but as far as I’m concerned the BUNN BXB Velocity Brew is the fastest brewing drip coffee maker of the lot – bold statement right, here’s why.
This speedy BUNN coffee maker can brew up to 10-cups of coffee in roughly 3-minutes (I told it was fast). I haven’t come across another drip coffee maker that can match the speed and capacity of the BUNN Velocity Brew?...have you? The unparalleled speed and large brew size make it the perfect option when entertaining guests.
A lot of thought has gone into the design of the Velocity Brew. The spray-head has been cleverly designed to evenly coat your ground coffee helping to ensure a more even extraction. This is not found on many of the cheap coffee makers and to be honest, it really does make a big difference.
It’s not all great news for the BUNN Velocity, and it does have one big drawback in my opinion. It seems like BUNN has had to make some serious sacrifices to create such a quick coffee maker when it comes to the perfect coffee brewing temperature. Ideally, coffee should be brewed somewhere in the range of 195-205°F, with that being said the BUNN BXB Velocity only seems to reach a temperature of around 170-180°F. Although the BUNN Velocity is consistent and fast, it is also under-brewing your coffee which may or may not be a deal-breaker for some of you reading this.
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