Selected This Year's Christmas Gift Theme - Coffee

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    Dec 09, 2017 3:34 PM GMT
    I usually try to pick a common Christmas gift theme. It's always food-related, and this year already I've gotten him a wok he wanted, some pots, and various utensils. And as Christmas gets closer I like to go out shopping late, and get him personal apparel. I dunno, I just find it more Christmassy to shop later in December, rather than in July.

    But this year he also gets a new Keurig single-cup coffee brewer. With assorted extras. He uses his current one every morning, loves it, but after 8 years I can see it's having some problems.

    Also got him 2 steel thermos coffee containers. One smaller for the car's cup holders, the other a larger traditional thermos, for our longer trips. Holds 25 ounces, with an insulated cap that doubles as a cup. I rarely drink coffee myself, and not in the car.

    The larger will fit perfectly in a separate zippered compartment in a soft insulated party backpack that can be used in the car, for picnics, travel, or whatever. Will keep the coffee even warmer for longer.

    The new backpack comes complete with a fitted wood cutting board for cheese and meats, with a tool set of 2 knives for cheese and general purpose, a carving fork, and a sommelier's bottle opener, all in their own fitted slots. Easy to carry into a hotel and use. Or take on a picnic, with a tray having short folding legs that keeps the wood block a few inches off the ground.

    The main inside compartment can be partitioned for wine or spirit bottles. Or I think also a quart of half-and-half for his coffee. He always says we're taking our "portable bar" with us on vacations, but I find the thing we use rather unsatisfactory. This one will do the job, and I can further enhance it into something closer to a proper bar. And it compliments our luggage, no less.

    I think he'll be pleased. And use them on our next Key West trip in January, a delayed Christmas gift he already knows about.

    I love spoiling my guy. I hope you do yours, too. Not necessarily the exact way I do, or he does for me, but the way that works best for you guys. There was a time as a kid when all I thought about at Christmas was what I'd find under the tree for myself. Now I don't even think about what I'm getting, if anything, but am only concerned about what I'm giving.
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    Dec 09, 2017 7:41 PM GMT
    OMG, the Keurig just arrived today! (Saturday) They only got the order 4 days ago. And I requested standard free shipping, no rush. This totally surprised me.

    I thought with the holiday crush it would take more than a week, or longer. All the packages came in a huge box. Now I gotta come up with gift wrapping for all the separate packages inside. And quickly, to break down and take the big box down to recycling, before he can see it. It's got "Keurig" all over it. In our little condo I have no place to hide it, or even the little boxes.
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    Dec 10, 2017 7:38 AM GMT
    art_deco saidOMG, the Keurig just arrived today! (Saturday) They only got the order 4 days ago. And I requested standard free shipping, no rush. This totally surprised me.

    I thought with the holiday crush it would take more than a week, or longer. All the packages came in a huge box. Now I gotta come up with gift wrapping for all the separate packages inside. And quickly, to break down and take the big box down to recycling, before he can see it. It's got "Keurig" all over it. In our little condo I have no place to hide it, or even the little boxes.


    ok I'll bite. Coffee, I say Frangelico or home made Irish cream
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    Dec 14, 2017 11:41 AM GMT
    Antarktis said
    art_deco saidOMG, the Keurig just arrived today! (Saturday) They only got the order 4 days ago. And I requested standard free shipping, no rush. This totally surprised me.

    I thought with the holiday crush it would take more than a week, or longer. All the packages came in a huge box. Now I gotta come up with gift wrapping for all the separate packages inside. And quickly, to break down and take the big box down to recycling, before he can see it. It's got "Keurig" all over it. In our little condo I have no place to hide it, or even the little boxes.

    ok I'll bite. Coffee, I say Frangelico or home made Irish cream


    "Bite" is an appropriate choice of words. As for myself, on rare occasions I'll have iced coffee with Bailey's.

    But actually he doesn't take his coffee with alcohol of any kind. In fact, he hardly drinks at all. Which is why his custom of wanting to take a bar with us on vacations puzzles me. Especially since our favorite men's hotel in Key West has a quaint (and clothing optional) poolside bar, where we can have unlimited free drinks.

    But he also likes to do things on the huge upstairs roofed veranda outside our room. On one trip the hotel owner set up a banquet table for us, outside our French doors overlooking Duval Street. My husband made quiche in our kitchen, and other items, and we had 6 people at table for brunch. (The kitchen is complete with a full residential stove, pots & pan, utensils and dinnerware)

    So I could imagine our setting up our own small bar on the veranda, with cheeses and other snacks. In January we'll have a friend along we can entertain, and we always run into other friends we can invite. Our friend'll have his own room I arranged for him. But it's downstairs, where he'll be right next to the pool and hot tub. He can watch the naked guys frolicking in the water, that I know he'll enjoy, right from the comfort of his room, or sitting at the nearby garden tiki bar. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 14, 2017 5:42 PM GMT
    Why purchase such a HUGE environmentally hazardous product like the Keurig? Even the inventor says he wishes he had never invented it after realizing what it's doing to the planet. In fact, he doesn't even own one. So why can't you just make a friggin cup of coffee the old-fashioned way?
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    Dec 14, 2017 7:46 PM GMT
    Radd said
    Why purchase such a HUGE environmentally hazardous product like the Keurig? Even the inventor says he wishes he had never invented it after realizing what it's doing to the planet. In fact, he doesn't even own one. So why can't you just make a friggin cup of coffee the old-fashioned way?

    Because we don’t use plastic K-Cups. You might have asked that question first, before making false assumptions, and accusing us of something we don’t do.

    For this new Keurig, as with the one it replaces, I got a Keurig reusable cup. Into which you put ground coffee of your choice, from any source you wish, for as long as you own the machine. Just like you do with any other kind of coffeemaker. Much cheaper than K-Cups.

    And so is using a Keurig cheaper compared to a conventional drip coffeemaker, if you typically only make 1 cup in the morning, as he does. Drip machines aren’t designed for making single cups. Many work best with a minimum 3 or 4. In our case we’d throw out the rest, or drink more than he should, or keep the rest in the fridge to reheat stale the next day in the microwave. Plus I can’t see how wasting coffee is environmentally more friendly than just making what is consumed.

    These are the reasons I got the Keurig in the first place. To NOT be wasteful, or polluting.
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    Dec 15, 2017 4:38 AM GMT
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    Radd said
    Why purchase such a HUGE environmentally hazardous product like the Keurig? Even the inventor says he wishes he had never invented it after realizing what it's doing to the planet. In fact, he doesn't even own one. So why can't you just make a friggin cup of coffee the old-fashioned way?

    Because we don’t use plastic K-Cups. You might have asked that question first, before making false assumptions, and accusing us of something we don’t do.

    For this new Keurig, as with the one it replaces, I got a Keurig reusable cup. Into which you put ground coffee of your choice, from any source you wish, for as long as you own the machine. Just like you do with any other kind of coffeemaker. Much cheaper than K-Cups.

    And so is using a Keurig cheaper compared to a conventional drip coffeemaker, if you typically only make 1 cup in the morning, as he does. Drip machines aren’t designed for making single cups. Many work best with a minimum 3 or 4. In our case we’d throw out the rest, or drink more than he should, or keep the rest in the fridge to reheat stale the next day in the microwave. Plus I can’t see how wasting coffee is environmentally more friendly than just making what is consumed.

    These are the reasons I got the Keurig in the first place. To NOT be wasteful, or polluting.



    I thought the whole point of this machine was the single use cups. If that's the case, that's great you don't have to use those horrible plastic cups.
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    Dec 30, 2017 8:25 PM GMT
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    I thought the whole point of this machine was the single use cups. If that's the case, that's great you don't have to use those horrible plastic cups.

    You are correct. Single use is what got my attention years ago, seeing how he drinks coffee at home. Although this new one will also fill an insulated 4-cup carafe at a single brewing, when we have guests.

    And BTW, my apologies if I got snippy with you. I most dislike being accused of things I don't do, or of something wrongly intimated, when the exact opposite is true.

    Incidentally, he absolutely loves his new Keurig. Well, he loved his old one, too, after something like 7 or 8 years, when I talked him into letting me buy it for him. Rather a good life for a countertop appliance that sees 7-days-a-week use, year-in and year-out, except when we're on vacation. And we gave the old one to our cleaning lady, since it still works, if finally showing its age. She been cleaning it weekly, is pleased to own it next.

    For those interested, here's the link. He got the K575 Plus Series model, with the accessory pull-out storage drawer/wheeled base, and the reusable filter, as we're discussing here. As a disclaimer, I receive no compensation for mentioning this product, and have no financial interest in the company, so this is not commerical spam. Just our personal opinions.

    http://www.keurig.com

    http://www.keurig.com/content/reusable-coffee-filter
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    Dec 30, 2017 9:55 PM GMT
    Radd said
    I thought the whole point of this machine was the single use cups. If that's the case, that's great you don't have to use those horrible plastic cups.

    Oh, and a second follow-up to your valid objection: in addition to the reusable coffee filter I've mentioned, that we also had in our previous Keurig instead of using disposable K-Cup pods, the company is now introducing recyclable pods. Apparently they heard the same environmental concerns that you expressed.

    You do have to remove the foil seal yourself after brewing, and dump out the grounds, but the built-in filter can remain. The selection of recyclable pods is still limited, but increasing monthly as the production pipeline changes over. I might consider some of those for us, as the offerings increase. Just to have fancy designer coffees on hand for our guests to choose. We'll likely still use the ground coffee filter for the same reason we got one years ago - cost savings. Much cheaper than any pods are. The benefits to the environment (and I hate adding to landfills & pollution, recycling everything possible here) have been a happy side effect of our saving money.
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    Dec 30, 2017 10:22 PM GMT
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    art_deco said"Bite" is an appropriate choice of words. As for myself, on rare occasions I'll have iced coffee with Bailey's.

    But actually he doesn't take his coffee with alcohol of any kind. In fact, he hardly drinks at all. Which is why his custom of wanting to take a bar with us on vacations puzzles me. Especially since our favorite men's hotel in Key West has a quaint (and clothing optional) poolside bar, where we can have unlimited free drinks.

    But he also likes to do things on the huge upstairs roofed veranda outside our room. On one trip the hotel owner set up a banquet table for us, outside our French doors overlooking Duval Street. My husband made quiche in our kitchen, and other items, and we had 6 people at table for brunch. (The kitchen is complete with a full residential stove, pots & pan, utensils and dinnerware)

    So I could imagine our setting up our own small bar on the veranda, with cheeses and other snacks. In January we'll have a friend along we can entertain, and we always run into other friends we can invite. Our friend'll have his own room I arranged for him. But it's downstairs, where he'll be right next to the pool and hot tub. He can watch the naked guys frolicking in the water, that I know he'll enjoy, right from the comfort of his room, or sitting at the nearby garden tiki bar.


    He's not your husband. You aren't married.


    Radd saidWhy purchase such a HUGE environmentally hazardous product like the Keurig? Even the inventor says he wishes he had never invented it after realizing what it's doing to the planet. In fact, he doesn't even own one. So why can't you just make a friggin cup of coffee the old-fashioned way?


    Because the left is all about "do as I say, not as I do."

    Innit so............
    Notice how our half brother needs to scream out "my husband", as if it makes it Bona Fide.
    As Madame Deco has himself stated. It was once common place, out of political protest, to reefer to ones boyfriend as husband before gay marriage was legal.
    But now gay marriage is legal in America, and Australia. The game has now changed, because we can marry.
    Thus Deco making the lifestyle choice not to marry for a third time, and make his boyfriend his husband.
    It's now misleading to m do so. Like wanting the glory, without doing thr deed.
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    Jan 01, 2018 11:37 PM GMT
    Is it true, Deco found his Christmas spirit, on the liquor store shelf?
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    Jan 02, 2018 12:32 AM GMT
    Keurig K-cups, an environmental disaster!
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    Jan 02, 2018 12:38 AM GMT
    Chargermuscle said
    Keurig K-cups, an environmental disaster!

    A reason I've never used them. Rather, as I've noted above, I have a resuable filter cup for ordinary ground coffee in our Keurig.

    And as I also noted, Keurig now has begun a changeover to recyclable K-Cups. Hasn't yet reached the coffee brand we use, however. And even when it does, another factor for us is cost. Using ground coffee is much less expensive than K-Cups. and will remain so, whether recyclable or not.

    We like the Keurig machine, but we use it without the K-Cups. Have done so for the 8 years we owned the last one.
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    Jan 10, 2018 6:12 PM GMT
    Got the final component of the Keurig coffeemaker gift yesterday - a carafe. Actually an optional accessory, I held off until he confirmed he liked the new coffee maker. He loves it, and when I described the carafe, he wanted that, too, for the dinners he has here.

    It's insultated stainless steel. That only uses disposable K-Carafe pods, holding more coffee than standard individual K-Cups. Makes about 4 mugs, or 5 dinner table cups. All we usually serve when friends come over.

    Regarding the waste issue that was raised here, a legitimate matter of concern, these pods are recyclable. You peel the foil top off and the inner filter comes with it. The plastic body can be put into recycling. I already tried it to see, as well as learn the brewing routine before we have guests, and it recycles as claimed.

    Keurig is in the process of converting all their coffee pods to be recyclable. And what remains of the plastic pod, being the coffee grounds and the internal paper filter, is biodegradable.
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    Jan 11, 2018 9:36 AM GMT
    Absolutly fantastic Bob.