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Jun 1, 2010 01:14 PM

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


      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.