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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.

            1. If you want coffee, there's nothing wrong with it. If you want good coffee, avoid at all costs.

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              1. re: alanbarnes

                A lot of negative responses to my question. Thanks to all. I have decided against spending $170 CDN for one.

                1. re: billieboy

                  Now that I've found a few excellent K-cups I find the Keurig to be a very good alternative to drip. The difference between the various K-cups can be dramatic. We've had a built-in machine at work for a couple of years that was only used sporadically. I brought in a box of good cups and they disappeared in a couple of days.

                  1. re: ferret

                    We have that problem at my workplace. I've tried to give the receptionist suggestions, but as it stands now there is one flavored variety that disappears in a day because the non-flavored ones have that bitter/burnt taste that doesn't appeal to many. I have one at home and have found 4-5 varieties I really like, but the difference between them and the others is pretty dramatic. A few come out smelling like they've been sitting in the pot on the burner for hours.

                2. re: alanbarnes

                  I respectfully beg to differ. I think that majority of the k-cups are not great (some are terrible), but there are some good blends and roasts available from reputable roasters who will ship it fresh. Now, if one is very very picky about their coffee, then no, this is not a good choice. But if one wants a consistent and convenient cup, it is absolutely possible to get a good one from a Keurig.

                  1. re: litchick

                    Very picky about coffee? Guilty as charged. I like to drink great coffee, and go to some lengths to do so. But good (as opposed to great) coffee is fairly simple - buy freshly-roasted beans, grind them immediately before use, and brew at approximately the right temperature.

                    Some k-cups may be better than others, but I've never seen one with a roast date, and by definition they are filled with coffee that's already been ground. Consistent? Sure. Convenient? You bet. But good? Not in my book. Why pay premium prices for a product that strives to achieve mediocrity?

                3. Sounds like you are already convinced that the Keurig is a bad idea, I just wanted to add more confirmation. They make terrible coffee. Get a $15 french press, find a place near you that roasts their own beans, buy them and enjoy.

                  Not to mention that the packaging and shipping of K-cups is an environmental catastrophe.

                  1. Hate the coffee it makes.

                    Frankly, if you're drip machine isn't making good coffee, I would suggest you may not be using enough coffee in the pot. I think that this is a common mistake easily remedied. Of course, your coffee machine could be bad, but you should experiment with quantities of coffee, regardless of the type of pot you use.

                    1. Keurig, Quite Possibly, The World’s Best Single Cup Home Coffee Brewing System

                      Ever Skeptical, I Just Received My Keurig Special Edition Brewer. This Unit Uses Prepackaged Coffee Canisters, Called K-Cups. Each One Produces One Cup Of Coffee In Three Different Sixes To Accommodate Cups And Mugs..

                      I Was Turned Of By Having To Buy Prepackaged. It Reminded Me Of The Polaroid Cameras, Cheap, But The Film Was Expensive..

                      For $14.00 I Bought A Separate Filter That Lets You Use You Own Coffee.

                      It Makes Fabulous Coffee. Fresh With No Hint Of Bitterness, Even When Making Strong Coffee Typed Like French Roast.

                      After Trying Their K-Cups, I Tried My Own Coffee And The Result Was The Same. It Did Not Tast Like The Same Coffee. U Suspect That The Other One Cups Makers That I Had Used May Have Brewed Too Long, Since The Water Seeped Through The Coffee Slowly. Unit Comes With 10-15 Samples K-Cups And Buy One Get One Coupons. For The K Cups.

                      There Is A Water Tank So You Do Not Have To Add Water For Each Cup, Just Replace Filter Or K-Cup, Press Brew, And Select Cup Size..

                      That The Water Is Heated To A Precise Temperature, 192 Degrees, And Then Pumped Through The K-Cup Or Filter Two Holes. The K-Cups Are Punctured As The Coffee Is Brewed.

                      Units Retail For About $70.00 To $180.00 And Above For Commercial Sizes. Through Amazon It Was $1232, No Tax And Free Shipping.

                      There Cheaper Models, But The Feedback Reviewed Indicated That They Were Noisy And You Could Only Brew One Size Cup. .