What are Combo Machines?

 
Combo Machines are coffee makers do at least double duty. They are all about convenience and ease of use. While Espesso Machines also do Lattes and Cappucinos, Combo Machines normally do a pot of Drip Coffee and at least one more function like Single Serve Brewing or Bean Grinding or both.
 

Here’s How I Use Our Combo Machine

 

Hamilton Beach 49983 2Way FlexBrew Coffemaker

Hamilton Beach 49983 2Way FlexBrew Coffemaker

At my home we use an older model Hamilton Beach combo machine similar to this one. It makes either a full pot of coffee or a single cup.
 
The night before I set up both the single cup maker and the full pot maker. Then I set the switch to the single serve mode so that it makes a single cup first thing in the morning using the timer.
 
After I get that single cup, I flip the switch to pot making mode and brew the full pot while I enjoy my first cup. This is also useful if I make a pot of regular coffee and my wife decides to have a cup of decaf.
 
One last thing. Ours came with a cup like this one but you can use any cup you want. The water tanks are separate and if you fill it from the cup you are going to use it will never overflow.
 
I love this thing!