coffee maker for students

Coffee might be just a drink you use to wake you up, but when you’re in school, you rely on it even more. Not only does coffee boost your energy level, it can improve your focus too. I was in university for 3 years before I decided it was time to buy my own mini 4-cup coffee maker. I lived alone so I didn’t need a large 12-cup coffee maker, and when I first set it up I wasn’t even sure how to make good coffee. I only had a cup when I woke up in the morning, but I couldn’t believe the difference it made for surviving early morning classes or how it helped me stay awake in the afternoon. Having my own coffee maker meant I didn’t need to leave my dorm room to kick-start my morning, and I saved a lot of money not having to buy it at the cafeteria too. If you’d like to make coffee in your own dorm room, take a look at the best types of coffee makers for students.

Why a student should choose a drip coffee maker

drip coffee maker

A drip coffee maker is a tried and true coffee maker that will do exactly what it’s supposed to – make coffee. If you’re a student, there are quite a few advantages to choosing a drip coffee maker.

Advantages of a drip coffee maker for students

The best reason for choosing a drip coffee maker is because they are so easy to use. Just add the coffee grinds, pour in the water, and you have a large cup of coffee in your hands in no time. A drip coffee maker is an appliance that won’t take up a ton of space on a counter in a dorm room or small apartment, and you can make a huge pot of coffee for yourself and your friends in the morning. You can choose a drip coffee maker with a carafe or hot plate, it will stay warm in the pot for hours.

Some drip coffee makers have a built-in grinder, and there are others with timers so you can prep your coffee the night before and wake up to the wonderful smell of fresh brew.

French presses are great for students

A French Press is a small, cylinder-sized coffee maker that has a plunger. To make coffee in a French press you add coffee grinds, add to water, and press down on the plunger to create a cup of coffee. It’s not much bigger than a travel-size coffee cup. Once you learn how to use a French Press, any student can make an amazing cup of coffee.

Advantages for students choosing a French Press

A French Press is small in size, you can make more than one cup at a time, and they don’t need electricity to work (though you do need to add heated water). With a French Press, there’s nothing to plug into an outlet and it’s small enough to pop in your backpack and take with you everywhere. It’s also inexpensive to buy. If you already have a drip coffee maker or an espresso machine, a French Press is a great back up coffee maker.

Single serve coffee makers for students

There’s a lot to love when it comes to single serve coffee makers, and for students, they can be a win-win. If you’re moving into a dorm room with a few other people and all like different types of coffee, a single serve coffee maker will let you make every kind. To use this type of coffee maker, all you have to do is add a coffee pod and water. You’ll tap a button and it will pour out a fresh cup of coffee.

The student advantage of single serve coffee makers

single serve coffee maker for students

With single serve coffee maker, you get instant coffee that doesn’t taste like instant coffee. It’s fresh, hot, and you can choose from a wide variety of different coffee pods including flavoured coffee, tea, lattes, and hot chocolate. Some types of single serve coffee makers also let you be selective about the strength and flavours you like. Single serve coffee makers are available in many sizes too. You can choose one that’s small enough for a tiny dorm room or opt for a larger model if you are sharing a dorm room with friends.

Single serve coffee makers are also available with carafes. They let you brew a larger pot of coffee into a carafe that keeps it hot for hours.

Why every student needs an espresso machine

An espresso machine will be a student’s best friend. The latest machines are similar to what you’d see in your local coffee shop, just on a smaller scale. They make amazing espresso, cappuccino, and lattes in a hurry, all without you needing to leave your dorm room.

Advantages of having an espresso machine in your dorm room

Great coffee every time – that’s the biggest advantage of an espresso machine. You can play barista for your friends and make everyone a coffee-shop quality beverage. Anytime you want to experiment with coffee or perfect the perfect latte, an espresso machine is up for the task.

espresso machine for dorm room

Espresso machines can brew up shot after shot of perfect espresso. You can find them in manual, automatic, or super automatic styles that do all the work for you, and if you’ve been up late studying the night before and you need to wake up in a hurry, your espresso machine will be ready and waiting.

Which coffee maker will you choose for your dorm room?

Out of all of the decisions you’ll need to make when shopping and packing for back to school, choosing your coffee maker may be one of the toughest. Once you narrow down your choices from drip coffee maker, French Press, single serve brewer, and espresso machine, you’ll be ready to face each new school day.

Take a look at all of the coffee and espresso machines and makers available at Best Buy.

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag


  1. Hey great article! I am a student and have very limited space for appliances. I recently bought a french press and it has changed my life! It doesn’t require electricity and it is so easy to store. Thank you for the suggestions!

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  3. Its really an informative blog. When I was searching for a coffee machine for my household purpose I came across coffee machines that are apt for any college or university. Nestle Professional provides complete range of hot and cold beverage solutions with diverse tastes catering to the needs of all the students and faculty.

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