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Feb 15, 2009 09:36 AM

Should I buy a Keurig

I have been considering this coffee maker for a couple of weeks now, but hesitate to buy.
I am not going to live on their expensive coffee. I will buy the "My K-Cup" filter and use regular coffee in it.
Will it make better coffee than my drip machine which makes drinkable but not really good coffee.?

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  1. I'd buy a French press and an electric kettle. I've done a side by side test with my drip and press. Press won out, no question.

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    1. i bought the b60 model and i really like it. i like that i dont waste a whole pot of coffee when i am sometimes the only one having a cup. it works great when we have family gatherings and that one person wants a decaf. presto!
      i too cant stand the disposable cups so i have the K-cup. works great and i can put freshly ground beans in there.
      coffee is nice and hot as well.
      i personally cant drink coffee from a coffee press. for some reason my stomach cannot tolerate it.
      i highly recommend the Keurig!

      1. I have a Keurig and hate it. It is part of a pre-furnished rental apartment, so I didn't choose it. I find the quality of the coffee to be so lacking, I need 3 Keurig pods for every 'real' cup of coffee.

        If you really want a cup-by-cup maker, I recommend Nespresso's line, which is what I would get if I had the money to invest. The machines are aesthetic, and the coffee is divine. For now I'm back to my Italian stovetop espresso maker, although as others have mentioned, the French press is really the 'purest' way to go.

        Either way, both the Keurig and Nespresso machines are anything but environmentally sound. They create a lot of unnecessary waste, which is also part of the reason I haven't broken down and gotten one...

        1. I love mine. I work in a place where there in no coffee maker (and no kitchen, so no capability to install one), and the only other option is a Starbucks across the street. Not only do I not love Starbucks, I just couldn't justify giving them all my money. So I got a Keurig B40, and signed up for the k-cup subscription service from amazon so I get coffee at a nice discount. It has been SO worth it for me. I rarely hit Starbucks anymore, and the B40 is perfect for my office: I don't need to clean it, I just need to keep it filled with water. While a french press makes better coffee, I have no place to clean one.

          For me the trick was to find a blend I liked (I prefer my coffee black, dark roasted, and not too acidic). I've had good luck with Timothy's San Lorenzo Dark.

          1. We have one, but I can't imagine buying it to use only with the My K-Cup. Once on it will brew much faster than than a typical drip maker (just one minute) and directly into your cup. But you can find other drip makers that brew small amounts directly into cups if you want, for less money. The My K-Cup is just as inconvenient if not more so than a regular drip maker, so really to me, the only reason to get the Keurig is if you're going to use the prepackaged coffee. My coffee drinker girlfriend (I still don't drink it) finds some of the available varieties to be good (there are 100-odd varieties from several companies) and finds it comes out better than your typical out and about drip coffee.

            Using it only with the My K Cup erases that convenience of not having to mess with filling coffee, let alone grinding. (Indeed, we've given up grinding here. When she goes through bouts of using the My K Cup, she will get the coffee ground when purchasing it, making sure only to buy about one week's worth. But most recently she's been back on using the prepackaged cups.) The brew temp I believe is 192 which may be better than some cheapo drip machines. The water saturation is probably better than a cheapo drip machine. She claims without doubt that the coffee is better, all things being equal, compared to a regular drip machine. So, maybe that really is true. If you do go this route, we recommend getting at least two of the My K Cup filters so that you have a clean one handy when you want more than one cup. It doesn't clean out well until you have let the coffee dry in there, so as many cups as you would drink in a short period (mornings before heading out, for example), that's how many filters would be ideal to cut back on the inconvenience.