Interesting article Chuckanut. Also interesting that no mention has been made by anyone of Tassimo.
A discussion over which brand of coffee is better is pretty much a waste of time. I mean there are people who swear by Folger's Instant and buy it in those humungous Orange plastic containers.
The advantage to a single serving machine is that you brew a single serving and it is far more convenient to do that with a machine than in any other way. Price is not the deciding factor. After convenience, comes selection and that is why I am surprised on one has posted to say 'forget Keurig, I'm a Tassimo man'(or woman).
That some people have changed the primary factor from convenience to price (pre-made vs. refillable pod) just goes to show you that some people will turn anything into a question of price if they can.
The other thing I find amusing is the tempest it has apparently caused over the DMR issue for their new model. Tassimo has had bar coded pods since day one. It is how the machine knows how to vary the process. That means, refillable pods have never been on the table.
We have been using a Tassimo for around 10 years now, since they first came out in Europe. We are now on our third machine. Keurig has never even been on our radar when buying a new one simply because they cannot make a Latte which is our morning drink of choice.
I drink only one each morning and no more coffee products all day usually. My wife likes another in the early evening and sometimes has a Cappucino instead. We had a contractor in doing some work on our house and he appreciated being able to get a double espresso to get him going in the morning. We appreciated it getting him going. Try getting your Keurig with or without your refillable pods, to do that. Or how about a Caramel Latte Macchiato or a Crema or Mocha.
If Tassimo had introduced a machine that just made coffee in Europe, it would probably have gone nowhere. Here is a current comparison.
Keurig vs Tassimo - Difference and Comparison | Diffen
So for me it's not about which flavours or brands as originally asked, that's a pretty pointless question since it depends on individual taste preferences. For me it's about do you want the convenience of single cup brewing in a couple of minutes ignoring price per cup and also want to be able to brew espresso, latte, cappucino, crema, mocha, or only coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
You couldn't get me to give up my morning latte no matter what price per cup you told me your Keurig refillable pods brews your coffee in.