When I first put up my listing I thought a lot (too much probably) about the coffee situation and finally made the decision based on a combo of what-most-guests-will-want-or-expect and what-I-like-best-personally-or-think-is-okay-and-not-so-expensive-it-matters (this combo has served me well for all the other decisions I’ve made for my listings along the way). I ended up with 4 coffee making options. It may have cost a little more when I bought it all at the same time but, just like shoes, having more options lessens the wear and tear on each option and I haven’t had to replace any of them since opening.
I provide a really simple Mr. Coffee type machine because a lot of people either like them or are used to them from working in offices and stuff and it makes decent enough coffee and a lot at once with little effort. About 1/3 or more of my guests use it. There’s a small percentage who don’t clean it well but I’ve gotten good at it.
I provide a French Press and a lot of my guests express that they are really excited about it, so it has more than paid for itself. Nearly 1/2 of my guests choose to use it. It also does dual-duty for some of my tea drinkers (and I get a lot for some reason) so that’s a bonus. I bought pretty ones so they also look nice sitting out on open-shelving, so triple-duty technically. Again, not everyone cleans it well but I have gotten good at it.
I provide a stove-top espresso maker (aka Bialetti Moka but a different brand that is stainless instead of aluminum). This is how I prefer my coffee so provided it because I think it’s the best way to drink coffee ,) It doesn’t get a lot of use but the few guests who have used it have been over the moon that it’s there. And a lot of guests who haven’t used it have expressed how impressed they are that it’s there. Lots of kudos from this coffee maker and it won’t ever break and is good-looking and seems to give my listing that “this place is extra cool” factor that I enjoy.
I provide a pour-over coffee maker. It takes up hardly any space and cost $9 on Amazon and came with enough filters for maybe ever. It only makes one cup at a time but then coffee isn’t wasted if only one person wants it. I’m surprised by how often it gets used (about 1/4 of my guests) and I never have to re-wash it because it’s so easy to clean. Self-professed coffee nerds have left me personal thank-you notes and raved about my place in their reviews more than I think they may have if it wasn’t present. Go figure. I personally don’t care to use it but considering how cheap, small and easy to clean it is, I can’t see why every listing doesn’t have one - one of my best purchases ever.
I don’t provide a Keurig because I don’t like them, don’t like the coffee they make and don’t want to provide those little cups or encourage those little cups either. Only one guest ever has asked if I have one and they just brought their own and were still happy so I don’t worry about it.
I have no idea how similar or not our guest-base is but I don’t think you could lose with a French Press. If I had to decide to have just one I would stick with the French Press, it gets used the most and has the best cost/return ratio (except for the little pour-over thing but people who don’t want that won’t want it at all).
Just some ideas!