Does anyone have a Keurig machine?

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    Dec 02, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    I'm thinking of getting one so I'm looking to see what you like/don't like.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 02, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    I got one for a gift. I don't drink coffee and tea is easy to make without it. I gave it to my niece.
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    Dec 02, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    We have them at work. They're horrible. If you just want a quick caffeine fix, they're not bad. They're very convenient and quick. But if you're a coffee lover, then you'll be disappointed by the flavor. Or lack of, actually.

    Also, if you're a heavy coffee drinker, they're not a good value. I think these are perfect for casual coffee drinkers that drink only a few cups of coffee per week. The K-cups are like less than $1 per cup, when you buy them in boxes. But regular ground coffee is something like less than 30 cents per cup.

    If convenience is your main goal, get one. They're really cheap now. They start at $100 for the super basic model. And even if you don't like it, you can just keep it around for when you have guests come over or whatever.
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    Dec 02, 2011 9:25 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWe have them at work. They're horrible. If you just want a quick caffeine fix, they're not bad. They're very convenient and quick. But if you're a coffee lover, then you'll be disappointed by the flavor. Or lack of, actually.


    You can use any coffee you want... The flavor is fine if you don't use the shitty stuff that comes with the machine. Grind your own and put it in the little filter you can buy separately.... infinite uses.
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    Dec 02, 2011 12:19 PM GMT
    berry8330 saidI'm thinking of getting one so I'm looking to see what you like/don't like.

    My partner's been using one for nearly 2 years now, and loves it. I got him a model with a larger detachable water tank that's easy to fill, and also with an optional reusable filter module for ground coffee. That allows him to use his own favorite coffee brand, not the sealed, pre-filled coffee cartridges that Keurig supplies, a more expensive & limiting route. Naturally you can even grind your own if you wish with this option, or put tea in it, though that we never do.

    His biggest pleasure comes from the simple fact that he only has to make 1 cup at a time, and indeed 1 cup is often all he wants in the morning. He's never known a conventional coffee maker that can make a single cup well, so he'd end up making more than he wanted and throwing away half the brew, or else drinking too much. Imagine the savings over a year by not throwing away half the expensive coffee you buy. And he finds no problem with the taste the Keurig produces, though neither of us claim to be connoisseurs, more "utility" drinkers if you will.

    But don't throw away your old coffee maker. You'll still need it for guests, since making 1 cup at a time Keurig-style doesn't work well at dinners & parties when demand is higher. It's best as a personal coffee maker, for exactly as many individual fresh cups as you may wish throughout the day. It also avoids having stale coffee that's been simmering in the carafe for too long.
  • DanOmatic

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    Dec 02, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    Even though the concept is nice and convenient, don't forget that it creates a lot of waste--all of those little plastic pods that are not recyclable in most (or many) places. Not very environmentally conscious, all that packaging.
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidEven though the concept is nice and convenient, don't forget that it creates a lot of waste--all of those little plastic pods that are not recyclable in most (or many) places. Not very environmentally conscious, all that packaging.

    Again, as I and others have noted, you simply buy the reusable filter module to hold your own coffee, and don't use the plastic pre-filled cartridges. Then you discard nothing but the spent coffee grounds, as with any coffee maker.

  • Dec 02, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    I love mine. Great for a quick cup or two. Somewhat limited by the brands of coffee available, but there are some real good ones. They are somewhat expensive and there is waste with all those cups to throw away. I bought an after market attachment that allows me to put in my own coffee and it works good. Buy one with the bigger tank, you won't like if you have to fill all the time. And not great if you have a group to serve, use a regular pot for that. Overall, I've been happy with it.icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    Especially great if you have someone who wants Dark Roast, someone who wants Decaf and someone who wants HighTest!

    But buy one of these, too. Cheaper to buy your Dunkin Donuts and put it in the resuable k-cup filter system.


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    PS: Don't overlook your local grocery store or non-chain drug store for better prices on the K-cups.I've bought them for a little as $0.45 per cup.
    Or order online from http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/ in bulk.

    The hot chocolate isn't too bad, either.
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    I don't have one, but my younger brother, and his two sons have them. None of the are heavy coffee drinkers like I am, so the value isn't such a big deal for them.

    When I visit, I enjoy using the Keurig. It's convenient, and as someone said, anyone in the house can have any type of coffee or tea that they wish without having to wait on a fresh pot. They keep about 8 or 10 flavors on hand at all times.

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    Dec 02, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    Hey..... all these coffee makers are plastic and i don't think it's a good thing. The other thing you should be looking at is unbleached paper filters... if i don't use paper filters the oils from the coffee tear me apart. I no longer use instant coffee, but when i did i used paper filters for that too and it made quite a difference.

    I don't have one of those units... prefer to grind beans.... I use coffee instead of a puffer for asthma ( it was doctor prescribed) the only thing is it makes your cum go bitter if you have too much. So now i only have coffee when i absolutely need it......aaaaahhhhhhhhh
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    Dec 02, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    i have one, love it. buy the permament filter, so you can use whatever coffee you like, versus always having to buy k-cups. those get expensive
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    Dec 02, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    I love mine at home. I like the one in the office like a friend. I have had zero complaints about it over the years.

    Instead of the olde fashioned make one huge pot of coffee that is single-flavored and drink it down over the course of hours, you can pick a new flavor for each cup. It tastes way fresher and makes you feel special that it was made just for you.

    I am usually a heavy coffee drinker, in the olde pot of coffee way, but limit it more when the Keurig is around. It becomes less of a challenge to not be wasteful since you drink one cup and decide if you want another.

    And it is nonsense about the cost of the K-cups -- if you buy in bulk, actuarially it is much cheaper over the course of the year than buying the bags/tins of decent (e.g. Starbucks -- not illy) coffee AND corresponding filters even at the big box stores.
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    Dec 02, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    They are great for the variety you can get, including sweet iced tea and custom branded coffees.

    But if you like good coffee, I recommend Nespresso. Best I've had. They have Nespresso cafes around the world that use these same machines (I think there's one in South Beach too). You can add hot water for an Americano or steamed milk for latte drinks. Crossing my fingers I might get one for Christmas. icon_smile.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Dec 02, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    I own over 8 items for making coffee. I have a Single Serve Kurig for the office and I have the bigger version at home.
    the cups are mad convenient for not making a mess. I would always suggest filtered water for a better taste.
    To save money the have filter baskets where you can use your own ground coffee also.
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    Dec 02, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    i don't have one, but i sell them at Bed Bath and Beyond icon_smile.gif lol
    all the cool flavors they have for them make me want to become a coffee drinker icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 02, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    I'm sitting on the fence about one right now because there are 3 different types of these pod machines on the market right now.. The Keurig style, the Braun Tassimo and the Nespresso and the pods are not interchangeable between them. The Braun Tassimo pods look to be a little less expensive.
    About 10 years ago we bought a Melitta pod style coffee maker and thought it was great, they were selling them everywhere and then after about 3 years you couldn't find refill pods anywhere so you're stuck with a perfectly good machine that is useless.
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    Dec 02, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    great for work--and the pods i can buy for around 55 cents each at the grocery...but I STILL prefer to set my coffeemaker the night before and wake up to the aroma and sound of brewing coffee in the morning.
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    Dec 03, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidI'm sitting on the fence about one right now because there are 3 different types of these pod machines on the market right now.. The Keurig style, the Braun Tassimo and the Nespresso and the pods are not interchangeable between them. The Braun Tassimo pods look to be a little less expensive.
    About 10 years ago we bought a Melitta pod style coffee maker and thought it was great, they were selling them everywhere and then after about 3 years you couldn't find refill pods anywhere so you're stuck with a perfectly good machine that is useless.
    I suggest the Tassimo, if you want variety. They've got coffee pods from all the major coffee brands. Plus, you can make latte and tea drinks. Only drawback is that the pods aren't widely available. Target and most major supermarkets carry a few varieties. But your best bet is to buy the pods directly from the manufacturer or from Amazon.com, if you want a good selection.

    I heard the Nespresso machine is pretty kick ass. But that thing costs way too much.
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Dec 31, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    I'm a coffee nut. I have far too many means of making coffee/tea.

    In my office at work I have one of the single serve Keurig machines. I use both the K-cups and the K-cup reuseable filter (so that I can use other brands of coffee and not have to create so much waste for a single cup of coffee). It's convenient because you can have a variety of cups available for whomever you may be meeting with...

    When I buy the K-cups I buy them in bulk online and usually pay about 55 to 60cents per cup which isn't all that much. I don't recall the price of the filter (maybe 20 bucks?) but it can be used a million times.

    I'm a fan.
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    Dec 31, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
    I've used them in hotel rooms. They make weak, crap quality coffee. They're actually better at brewing tea than coffee.
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    I'm an iced coffee fanatic. They aren't cheap at a little over $1 per serving. But, no machine is required.

    Taste? Meh....

    Caffeine delivery system? A++++

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    I have to warn you that it's pre-sweetened.

  • LJay

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    Dec 31, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    I used to have a groovy little four-cup Norelco drip machine. f course their cups are smaller tahn mine, so it was just right. Made really great coffee. The filter was permanent and all I had to do was rinse it out.

    You might look for one in an office supply store.. Simple and cheap to use.

    All of the hype about Keurigs and such is simply a means of selling supplies as far as I can see. You spend more and then, one day down the road, they are discontinued and you end up with all the pieces.
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if your going to get one MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE CUISINART ONE THE ONES MADE BY KURIEG SUCK I SELL THEM!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if your going to get one MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE CUISINART ONE THE ONES MADE BY KURIEG SUCK I SELL THEM!!!!!!!!!!