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Keurig coffee maker

Any opinions/comments on the Keurig? aside from the fact that those little 'pods'
cost about 50cents each!
How easy is it to use,to keep clean,etc....are you happy with it?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Don't know, but I have the Bosch Tassimo, so please be jealous. :) Just kidding.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Grangie,

      Have you considered other single serving coffee makers?

    2. The machine is easy to use and simple to maintain.

      The coffee it makes, however, is dreadful. I found it tasted stale with dominent plastic notes. Being as it was a gift, I wanted to like it and tried at least 12 to 15 different types of cups, some 3 or 4 times. Yuck! Each sip reminded me of the coffee from one of those vending machines you'd find in a Hospital basement after the cafeteria had closed.

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      1. re: MGZ

        Agreed that it's not very good coffee, though I do like mine strong, this tasted like coffee flavored water to me. They were brewing using the vendors own cups at BBB letting everyone try it one afternoon. I had been tempted by them for the office and was glad I had a chance to try it first.

        No thanks.

        I'll stick to my cheap non-fancy 4cup coffee maker for the office, and regular Cuisinart coffee maker for the house. I set it to 4cup brew when it's just me. I do like the coffee from the Cuisinart better, but the other is ok for just me at the office.

        Personal 2 cents.

        1. re: grnidkjun

          I was just reading through Consumer Reports, of all things, the other night, and their main complaint about pod coffee makers is the difficulty in brewing a stronger cup of coffee. However, they are far from experts on this kind of thing and I generally read most of their reviews with a jaded eye. This does seem like a simple and factual observation, however.

          1. re: RGC1982

            My husband loves the "Bold" Paul Newman blend we get at Costco, but I think the coffee's too strong!

            1. re: RGC1982

              I have tried several that are too strong for me, as well!

              1. re: RGC1982

                I think the main issue with the pods is that they don't have enough coffee in them to do a stronger cup of coffee once you get to the 10oz size. I've found that most cups are plenty strong at 6-8 oz, but for the 10oz cups there are only a few that don't come out tasting like water. I think Green Mountain has come out with a few pods meant to create a stronger cup at the 10-12oz settings, but I have yet to try them. For now I just stick with the Newman blend and Caribou Mahogany if I want to have a 10oz cup of coffee.

                1. re: queencru

                  that's funny, newman's is weak to me and I don't like strong coffee. there are many strong ones, but to be honest my Dad has the same model keurig as mine but his cups are smaller (making less) and mine is much hotter. even the pics of the cups are different. weird!

                  Emeril makes a Big Easy Bold and Timothy's makes a nice bold one, I can't remember the bold one my dad gets but it's strong (on the bigger size too).

                  1. re: lexpatti

                    I think every machine is different. I tried the bold Newman's from the Costco sample lady and it seemed to be weaker than the coffee that comes from my Keurig. I am not sure whether it just varies from machine to machine or whether it has to do with the water quality. Most of the stronger coffees I've found so far are just too bitter for my taste- like the Big Easy Bold.

            2. re: MGZ

              Have to disagree. While not the best cup I've ever had it's pretty good with the right K-Cup (see my other post). We have one at work that's plumbed to a water line and was putting out weak coffee that you could read through. Turns out the unit was defective and our replacement works well. Guests in our house have always been pleasantly surprised at the quality.

              1. re: ferret

                To be fair, I admit that I drink my coffee black, unsweetened, and prefer it very strong. In fact, at home, I only drink coffee I make in a French press. I found a couple of the K cups were sufficiently "dark," and used the smallest size setting. As noted, I simply found the coffee to taste flat and absolutely could not get past that bouquet of synthetic polymer. Suum cuique.

            3. I have one at my office, and using decent coffees (like Green Mountain), I think it's just fine for decent coffee. You might worry about the cost per cup, but it's still less than the nearby cafe. And I ended up looking to this because I got tired of making 6-8 cups in my own machine and really only drinking two. At the office, my days of tossing out unused coffee are over because of the Keurig machine.

              1. From the standpoint of having a fresh cup when you want one, the machine is really great. We like it for dinner parties when one person wants decaf and one wants regular. It's easy and quick to serve everyone. My DH really likes the Paul Newman coffee from Costco, though I am not a fan. My one gripe is that the coffee never seems to be hot enough. I am away this year and have gone back to Folger's drip coffee, and I have to say that I am really enjoying it and may use it again when I get back home.

                1. We have had one at home for a year and like it a lot - you can get the "My Cup" attachment with replaces the holder for the K-Cups and has a little filter in it - put 1 scoop of your favorite coffee in it, screw on the lid, pop it in the machine, and let er rip. Makes very nice coffee.
                  I only use the K-Cups at work (Green Mountain Breakfast Blend and Sumatran are my favorites).

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                  1. re: buttertart

                    We actually tried that early on, but I found it difficult to get the coffee to be the right strength. Plus, it seemed to have gunked up the little hole and we had to go through this tedious cleaning process. But my DH likes it so much he wound up getting one for his office. He drinks his coffee black, so I think his is hotter than mine with added milk.

                    1. re: roxlet

                      My husband is the coffee maker in our family, he deals with the issues with the my cup thingie. We both drink ours black - it's hot enough to satisfy me but he (who could drink directly from a percolator) says hewould like it a bit hotter.

                  2. We've had ours for over a year and my wife likes it so much she bought one for her office. She drinks 1-2 cups a day and I don't drink coffee at home, so it made sense for us. We buy the Coffee People Donut Shop blend (I think it's very good) from Amazon which runs about $18 for 50 cups on the subscription plan (you can cancel at any time and if you decide to rejoin you can pick a different coffee).

                    Previously she'd get her morning cup from Dunkin Donuts for $1.50, so this ended up being a good deal.

                    1. We've had ours for about a year and like it a lot. The coffee is decent, depending on the choice of pods. We also like the teas and especially like the ability to make fresh ice tea now that the weather is becoming hotter.

                      1. Thanks to all for comments....we are seriously considering buying it.

                        1. I’d rather drink a cup brewed through the socks off a dispossessed man from the homeless shelter. There’s only one name when it comes to automatic coffee makers… Technivorm!

                          http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmaria...

                          1. I've only had mine for about 2 weeks, but it's been a blissful 2 weeks. I don't find the coffee weak at all. In fact, I love how every cup seems to come out just perfect.

                            I find it easy to use and clean so far. I got the Elite version, and I think it was worth the extra $10-15 to have the water reservoir so you don't have to add more coffee to the machine for every single cup. Mine hold enough for about 4 cups of coffee before I have to refill it.

                            My machine came with either 10 or 12 K-cups to try as well. I found the warranty card and saw that Keurig offers a special deal when you register your machine online. You order 2 K-Cup boxes and get 2 free. Great deal! I placed my order on a Wed. night and the coffee arrived on Friday. However, I will say that there are cheaper sits out there for K-cups, so I won't use them again.

                            1. We love ours, often trying diff kinds but BJs sells a case of 80 of I think Green Mountain that we get often. Ours gets it very hot but my Dads doesn't and his has different sizes then ours (both have two but his is like med/small, ours is med/larg).

                              Mine too is the Elite. We really love it.

                              1. I have had mine for about three years now and I love it! I stopped purchasing the pre-made pods and purchased the little filter basket insert...best investment that I have ever made plus I can use whichever coffee fits my mood, It is fantastic for when the family visits...mom can always have fresh decaf...dad can have his extra dark....bro in law can taste all my different coffees in the coffee cubbie...I definately recommend getting a B-60 or higher so that you can choose your cup size. Enjoy!

                                1. I've had mine for about two years and like it a lot. I heat up my milk a little bit before putting it in the coffee because it tends to be a bit too cool if you try to put the milk straight from the fridge into a smaller cup of coffee. It may not be the best choice if you like strong, black coffee as it seems to be a bit too weak for most people. Still, it's a good choice if people in your house have different tastes in coffee or don't drink too many cups per day.

                                  I've tried the attachment and wasn't impressed. The few times I tried it, it just seemed like I was drinking water and I ended up grinding a few espresso beans just to get it to be strong enough. I like using the pods better than the attachment, although it can take a while to find pods that are decent. A lot of them out there are terrible.

                                  1. I'm going to side with the dissenting opinion here.

                                    I think personally think this machine makes TERRIBLE coffee... If you think about it from the brew time alone -- it's all wrong! Most good coffee brewing methods (for regular coffee) brew between 3-5 minutes; you're lucky if you get 30 seconds out of the Keurig (or any variation on this theme). Sorry, that's just not long enough to brew a good cup of coffee, end of story.

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                                    1. re: mateo21

                                      Will disagree with you on brew time for K-cups. Difference is Keurig brewers water is under pressure. Standard brewers need more dwell time just to get the water through the filtrate.

                                      What makes K-cup coffee a great cup of coffee is the coffee is Roasted and ground, then packed and sealed fresh in the cup. Oxygen is the enemy of a brewed coffee flavor. When you open a package of coffee, whether it is whole bean or ground, the flavor decline begins. That does not happen with a k cup. #1 rated kcup is Millstone Lively Colombian. I have tried it and it is very good!

                                    2. I have the B40, which has a small footprint and two size options for brewing. I really like mine given the circumstances. I don't have access to a kitchen at work, so I keep a Keurig in my small office. It's a great convenience, and keeps me from giving my $$ to starbucks across the street. It's very easy to keep clean, and I've had to do zero maintenance since getting it two years ago.

                                      Re coffee quality, I think the key is to really find a k-cup you like -- I go for Timothy's San Lorenzo Dark. There are a lot of bad/weak k-cups out there. I think you have to try a bunch and see what works for you. If you like strong coffee, always choose ones marked Bold, or you'll be disappointed.

                                      (I don't use a Keurig at home. I do americanos with a Starbucks espresso maker, or drip coffee with a great Zojirushi machine.)

                                      Tip: use Amazon's "Subscribe and Save" service for free 2-day shipping and a 15% discount off of list price for boxes of k-cups. I've found this to be the cheapest and most convenient procurement method. I end up paying $19.55 for 48 k-cups -- about 40 cents each.

                                      Here are a few semi-recent threads:

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5963...

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5872...

                                      1. Be aware that the "My Cup" attachment does not fit on all models.

                                        1. We've had ours since early May, and I love it! After the second baby, I just can't handle caffeine the way I used to, so I limit my regular coffee to one cup a day, after that i switch to decaf and I love the ease of making that switch, and my DH loves that he doesn't have to drink decaf after 9 a.m.

                                          1. I have had one for about two years and really like it. Mine you, if you are a coffee connoisseur this coffee maker is definitely not for you. I am a one mug a day, DH does not drink it, so it is perfect for me. You really have to try a lot of the K cups to find one that you like, and as I said they are not fantastic, but the quickness, the no clean up and the the easy morning coffee fix is perfect for me!

                                            1. have had ours for almost a year now. i was reluctant to buy it at first but my wife wanted one she'll drink 3-4 cups a week where as i'll drink maybe 1-2 so we bought it mainly for her. i was very surprised by the taste. is it as good as a fresh grind in a french press? of course not. the whole point of it is convenience and not to make the best quality coffee. the question is whether the convenience outweighs the hit in quality. for us the convenience wins out. you can have a cup of coffee in a few minutes w/o having to clean anything each time. i've pulled out on the driveway and ran back in the house to make a quick cup before. it's that fast. it's that vs measuring beans, grinding, cleaning the grinder, wait 5-10min to make, clean the pot, and clean the filter (we use a metal filter). Our coffeemaker sits in the basement storage now. I'd only take it out for parties and even that's doubtful.

                                              as for the quality, i like mine black and strong and it took a while to find one i liked. it does not excel in this area but i found a few to my satisfaction. keurig sells 5 packs on their site so I just bought a bunch of them to try. you pay a little more but then you know what you like. i found this better than the box samplers because you can choose a wider variety. try different cup sizes as well. smaller isn't necessarily better for stronger coffee. i found that that it's better to get a stronger type but stick to the standard cup size. after that we just order a bunch of boxes online every couple of months and we're golden.

                                              again, it's not a replacement for a perfect cup of coffee. it replaces a daily habit. i find it far better than office coffee or even duncan donuts for that matter. my only suggestion would be to try it first if you can. my friend had one and that's what sold it for me. i also got mine at costco so had some insurance that if i didn't like it i'd get my money back.

                                              1. I was lucky that my workplace offers a free Keurig coffee maker for our individual offices--actually, it's on loan as company property--so long as I order coffee through their vendors. It works for me, because I got very tired of making 6-cup pots of coffee and throwing out most of the pot each day, because after the first few cups I was not exactly in love with the old coffee, even though I transferred it to an insulated carafe.

                                                The Keurig makes respectable coffee, and I think I still save money with it, given the coffee waste it has allowed me to avoid.

                                                1. Nothing compares for convenience. However, as a former espresso drinker, it took some time to get my coffee strong enough. The trick: Use a bold coffee such as Green Mountain Dark Magic, and "pulse" the machine by lifting the handle once to pause brewing and wet the grounds, then drop the handle and complete the brew. If you dislike the pods, a bevy of inserts are available (I have Solofill and the My K-Cup) that decrease the convenience but reduce cost and waste while increasing your choice of coffees. I use Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso to fill them.

                                                  1. Mmmm . . . tastes awful and costs more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02... I've been trying to give mine away.

                                                    1. CI reviewed them recently, the Cuisinart one took top honors, and in fact brews a cup of coffee that meets the Golden Cup standard. This is the one I have now, works great.

                                                      There are lots of reusable pods available, I use the plastic EkoBrew one. It's available from Amazon.