Sunday, November 4, 2012

Coffee Report: Keurig...

We go through coffee makers like nobody's business.  After a solid year or so of good service, it was time to retire the old Black & Decker autodrip brewer which has doubled  as an alarm clock, and try something new. 
In theory, the idea that you can select the individual flavor of your choice and make a perfect cup of coffee on demand is cool.  It's like having your own little Starbucks in your kitchen without all the hip music and weird baristas being overly cool and polite.  On the other hand, I always just order the basic coffee, none of that fancy frapa-mocha-chilled-latte business, so why do I need to select anything? 

You might think the answer is that Eva was pushing for this, but in fact, it was all my idea, so technically, I can't blame her if it gets to be a pain. 

The first thing I noticed is that even with three size settings, none of them put out enough coffee to fill a single one of my coffee mugs.  I haven't read the manual or anything like that, but there must be a way to calibrate the flow rate.  In the mean time, my strategy is to use the large setting, then re-use the same K-cup and run the small size through it - that fills the cup but sort of takes away from that whole idea of instant.

The other problem is, Eva is used to waking up to coffee that is already brewed.  This is going to take some training and getting used to for her.  Or what we may have to do is stick with our regular coffee pot and only use this Keurig for afternoon cups or if somebody fancy comes for a visit.  The little K-cups are a bit spendy - about $11.00 for a box of  16 or 18.  Not Starbucks prices, but compared to the regular Maxwell House that lasts us a month, you can see how I might want to find a coupon or look for some Craig's List black marketer selling boxes of coffee that fell off the back of a truck.

We did also purchase the little K-cup adapter that allows you to put your own coffee in the machine.  I tried a cup and the taste was fine, but it was just a hassle.  I probably won't use that again.

Finally, here is what you need to know.  The Keurig (and others like it) are nothing more than a hot water dispenser for instant coffee.  It is sort of like the printers these days for your computer.  You can go to Office Depot or Staples and purchase a nice printer for less than $100, but you'll be paying out the butt for ink cartridges to keep it working.  The Keurig is not cheap (we paid about $129), but they intend to make more money in the little K-cups for years to come.  A kettle and some Taster's Choice might have been a better route.

And before I could even hit publish, Eva was already busting out the old drip coffee maker.


Anonymous said...

Dude it sounds like you we're a victim of your own testosterone. You saw the gadget and were clearly seduced by all its wicked little bells and whistles! Lol! I guess bigger isn't always better!

Anonymous said...

Here's a tip - don't leave the used k cups in the machine. We now have ants in the keurig - yes ants! And we don't have an ant problem (except in the coffee maker) Google it - apparently it's a thing. Luckily I didn't throw out the old $15 Mr Coffee. So far no luck getting rid of the ants, so we have a $150. ant farm.