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Old 12-14-2010, 06:29 PM   #21
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I started using Keurig machines about 3 years ago at Fidelity, 2 of our banks have it and the local Midas too. If money is no issue, they're great machines and make a great cup of coffee. Just know they make several different models and the commerical ones are much sturdier than the retail units. The unit at Fidelity lets you choose the water used between 6 -12 oz, the others don't have this option. The guy at Midas said his home unit shakes a lot more than the commerical unit. I know we make excuses to just "stop on by" Fidelity and the 2 banks that have these just to get a good free cup of coffee! Doesn't hurt that they also lay out a nice cookie spread at these locations either!
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:33 PM   #22
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I got one a few months ago. Its already paid for itself since I don't get $2 cups of dunkins every day.

Check out Amazon for good deals on the K-cups. Once you find stuff you like, you can sign up for the automatic ship option and save an additional 15%.

One of the biggest things it has going for it is that it makes a consistent cup of coffee. You always know what you will get.

The Tullys Kona blend is pretty decent. I use the Newman's extra bold and run them twice to make a big mug of coffee for the ride in.
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I know we make excuses to just "stop on by" Fidelity and the 2 banks that have these just to get a good free cup of coffee! Doesn't hurt that they also lay out a nice cookie spread at these locations either!
Ha. I told my son that first thing in the am I walk over to Trader Joe to get a free cup, then past my credit union downtown for another, then after lunch before heading home I stop at Fidelity of the 6 oz Keurig. So I cover about 5 miles sampling coffee.

His comment-"Dad, I think you may be old."

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Last year I gave DH a Keurig for his "office" in our house and he loves it (he drinks more coffee than I do so the single serve is perfect for him, and he likes the flavored stuff sometimes). And you can buy a refillable little coffee grounds holder at places like Bed Bath and Beyond, but he doesn't have one.

This year he's getting this Nespresso machine--maybe the same machine WesternSkies is giving his DW? DH really wanted an espresso machine last year but at the time they cost more than our refrigerator--this one is $249 including frother thingie, not as cool looking as the newer Nespresso but the same machine on the inside. Lattes for everyone!
That is the exact Nespresso machine we have and we love it. We order the pods direct from Nespresso and they are always delivered promptly never had a hiccup.
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Ha. I told my son that first thing in the am I walk over to Trader Joe to get a free cup, then past my credit union downtown for another, then after lunch before heading home I stop at Fidelity of the 6 oz Keurig. So I cover about 5 miles sampling coffee.

His comment-"Dad, I think you may be old."

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Heh. You werejust describing it incorrectly. You should have characterized it as your morning exercise regimen.

I have had these machines at various workplaces for years. I haven't paid to usethem, but I have seen the astounding prices they charge for machines and pods. Money aside, I happen to think that they do not produce as good a cup of coffee as drip or French press. The coffee seems less intensely flavored, somehow.

We use a drip machine at home, and a stainless french press when camping (can heat the water directly over fire or stove in the body of the press). Like both ways, but the french press coffee is more intense.
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I happen to love French press coffee too (especially when I get to be the one to push the press down) but I have to say in my experience the product is not to everyone's taste and it is certainly not as fast or convenient as the Keurig.

I remember my parents had a vacuum coffee maker that they used on the stove and that made the most satisfying sound when the water moved between the two chambers.
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I suppose those posting here would be horrified to know that I recently donated my Mr. Coffee to GoodWill, and I am using a Maxwell House coffee bag in one cup of microwaved water, for my allotted one cup of coffee these days.... honestly, with a shot of fresh creamer this coffee isn't that bad and it opens my eyes. Cleanup is non-existent.
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We also have the Keurig machine a work. The coffee as others have said is ok, but not great.

Ours probably makes 10 cups a day, and in the 6 months we've had it we have had to return 3 of the machines due to them breaking.
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If what you want is the best possible 1-4 cup home brewer buy an Aeropress from Amazon and call it a day. If you want drip coffee ease, learn to boil water (ain't hard) and get one of these one cup cones from the best coffee info source on the web:

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A small French Press (the "2 cup" or 12 fl. oz. size) is also a good choice. Keurig and the rest of the single cup brewers cost a fortune on a per cup basis and deliver mediocre coffee while trashing the environment. No plusses other than convenience, and if that's what you want go to Costco and buy Starbucks Via instant Colombian, which cost aside is actually quite good.
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Wasn't the Aeropress getting good comments here about a year ago?

Amazon.com: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker: Kitchen & Dining

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Cheap, and you use your own beans, no 'pods'. Supposedly very easy to use and clean. I love my French Press, but cleaning is a bit of a pain. I may ask for an Aeropress, but I need a good burr grinder too - any suggestions?

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Wasn't the Aeropress getting good comments here about a year ago?

Amazon.com: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker: Kitchen & Dining

AeroPress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cheap, and you use your own beans, no 'pods'. Supposedly very easy to use and clean. I love my French Press, but cleaning is a bit of a pain. I may ask for an Aeropress, but I need a good burr grinder too - any suggestions?

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My son has one of these, and I really like it. Better than the keurig under discussion. Once or twice he has made a mess by letting the cup or whatever-(I can't remember what catches the coffee) tip a bit as he pressed down and blewie! coffee all over the place!

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One thing we have found to make a huge improvement in the taste of the coffee is using bottled water in the Keurig.
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I'll represent the coffee snob. Freshly ground, French Press, precise temperature, etc. I think a french press is pretty easy to clean and quick.

That said, if coffee is an accessory and not something you want to be OCD about; the Keurig is fine as long as you are using the refillable piece and your own coffee. If I am somewhere and they have one; I won't turn down the coffee, it is pretty good.
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One thing we have found to make a huge improvement in the taste of the coffee is using bottled water in the Keurig.
Gumby! For shame! What about the environment? You can't use bottled water, you're enabling the totalitarian oil regimes and threatening our childrens future! Everyone knows most tap water tastes like raw sewage, but we all have to do our part...
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My son has one of these, and I really like it. Better than the keurig under discussion. Once or twice he has made a mess by letting the cup or whatever-(I can't remember what catches the coffee) tip a bit as he pressed down and blewie! coffee all over the place!

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Thanks, I think I'll try one out. I did read that it can be tippy, but they said to use a good wide based stable cup, and you do have to pay attention to avoid spills. But of course, if something can happen it will.


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While replacing my old machine recently I went through a bad case of lust after a pod machine. "So pretty, so easy, so modern", I said to myself as I drooled over them. But while trying to decide which machine I wanted to buy I decided I wanted none of them.

The cost was a factor, but not the overriding one. I'm not a foo-foo flavor coffee kind of person, so any pods I would buy would contain the same kind of coffee readily available at the grocery store. Except I would be paying a heck of a lot more for the same coffee because it came in a pod. And I know I can make my own pod with the refillable thingie, but how is that very different than just using a drip grinder?

Ultimately I decided that I didn't want to invest that much money for just one way to make coffee. I'm not so much a coffee snob, but more of a coffee aficionado. My coffee drinking comes in different styles depending on my mood, setting, time available, etc. In the mornings it's usually some fresh ground run through a drip machine. Unless I'm leaving and in a hurry - in which case it's a Folger's bag with hot bottled water from the instant water heater on the coffee machine. In the evenings I might have espresso or latte from my espresso machine. Or a cold can of Starbucks double shot. Or a very dark mixture through the french press. Every now and again a White Russian does a nice stand in.

After reading this thread I feel the call for a nice Turkish coffee. Dark as hell and sweet as an angel's love. It's off to the kitchen to make it before pan rattling disturbs family members going to bed.

IMHO, the pod machines are great for people who are looking for convenience, don't really want to fuss with making a really good cup, or who like the occasional cup of Mocha/Macadamia Nut/Irish Cream/Hazelnut foo-foo not-really-coffee-stuff, etc. It was just too much money for what I think is a limited coffee producing ability. When they make the star trek coffee food replicator that can whip out a nice shot of espresso, followed immediately by a Turkish coffee, etc. - then I'll be the first guy in line. Heck, if it can drop a wee bit of Irish Whiskey into the mix on special occasions I may just fall in love.
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I suppose those posting here would be horrified to know that I recently donated my Mr. Coffee to GoodWill, and I am using a Maxwell House coffee bag in one cup of microwaved water, for my allotted one cup of coffee these days.... honestly, with a shot of fresh creamer this coffee isn't that bad and it opens my eyes. Cleanup is non-existent.
I was having similar thoughts... after 20 years of Navy engineroom coffee, which is probably pumped directly out of the bilge anyway, it's hard for my palate to tell the difference.

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When they make the star trek coffee food replicator that can whip out a nice shot of espresso, followed immediately by a Turkish coffee, etc. - then I'll be the first guy in line. Heck, if it can drop a wee bit of Irish Whiskey into the mix on special occasions I may just fall in love.
Would there be any downside to a world full of hypercaffeinated Trekkies?
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We use a percolator whenever we camp in the RV and made coffee in it every morning when we lived aboard the sailboat. It is my favorite way to drink coffee, but too much trouble for everyday use.
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I'd love it, if someone else was buying the little doohickies for me. But I can't possible justify it with my LBYM lifestyle. I've used other folks' models and thought it was quite nifty, but for everyday, I can't stomach buying the single serves.
I fall in your (e.g. "cheapo") camp, and quite proud of it - thank you very much...

DW does not drink coffee at all (tea, iced or hot). I, on the other hand have my two "mugs" in the morning which are supplied by my trusty "Mr. Coffee" (e.g. 4 cup = 2 mugs). That's the only coffee I drink the entire day.

While I do like these new gizmo's (I've used them while traveling, or know other folks that have them), I'm not a "coffee snob" and satisified with my home brewed Folgers ...

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In my experience, the Keurig makes a decent cup of coffee, and I'm happy to use one that someone but me bought.

I wouldn't pay $200 bucks for one, though, and if I did, I'd use my own coffee.

I had a $12 Proctor Silex that lasted several years. Suits my cheap bastardhood... Currently have a "Cuisinart*", which is about average for a $40 drip machine.

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