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k-cup coffee, god help me

greeting folks, the office has just purchased a k-cup machine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Cup_Co...) and I'm hoping we can get a decent coffee to go with it.

I'm a coffee drinker and enjoy stumptown beans at home. Anyone out there know of a decent brand that makes these k-cups?

Yes, I've googled options but am not familiar with any of these brands so suggestions are welcome!

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  1. I personally have not used one, but in Europe, they are very popular. I have a good friend there that absolutely swears by them. And, I understand there are a wide variety of coffees that can be had. Try this link:

    http://www.keurig.com/shop.asp?mscsid...

    1. I think that for a medium roast coffee, the Kona blend has been the best I've tried. Don't remember the brand. My husband is partial to the Paul Newman bold that is available by the crate from Costco. I find it a bit stronger than I like in the morning, and since my gripe with Keurig is that the coffee tends to cool off very quickly, adding too much milk only hastens the problem. We bought our Keurig during a kitchen renovation, and it has been pretty handy, though I am looking forward to some greening of the pods, which I understand is coming...

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      1. re: roxlet

        We have one at work and while i like the Kona Blend, I actually found it to be too mild. We started getting Sumatra Reserve and it is a bold coffee. too strong for a couple fo the guys, but to me, if it's to strong, add a little more milk.

        I totally agree that it cools off quickly, which is weird, because I find it to be too hot when it first comes out. Maybe the machines vary, but I have to say, it is nice to walk in and have a cup within a minute

        1. re: roxlet

          I warm the milk in the microwave before brewing the coffee and it helps immensely with the quick cooldown problem.

          I really like the Kona Blend, Newman, and Caribou Mahogany the best. Sumatran Reserve is also a good choice for a bolder coffee. I find that Big Easy Bold and Dark Magic are a bit too bitter for me.

        2. I don't own a K-cup machine, but I have seen that there is an attachment for the Krups (I almost bought one on QVC) that allows for you to put your own grind in there. They might sell it at Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table .

          My company has one--they use Green Mountain and Timothy's. I just give in and go to Starbucks.

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          1. re: MrsT

            We have that attachment but the problem we have found is that it tends to gunk up the machine and then you have to go through a fairly labor intensive cleaning process.

            1. re: roxlet

              Now, I'm glad I didn't invest in one.

          2. I also have the K-Cup thing at work so I am well versed. Mind you I like stronger/bolder flavored coffees...here are my favorites (brand then variety), you can read the full description of each at the Keurig website:

            Tully's: House, Kona, Sumatra
            Van Houtte: Eclipse (one of my favs)
            Coffee People: Organic, Wake-up Call
            Newmans
            Caribou: Mahogany

            Green Mountain has been very hit or miss for me...French Roast, Dark Magic and Breakfast Blend are good. I have had some duds, like Lake & Lodge and Nantucket blend. It kills me to admit this, but the Emeril Big Easy Bold is quite good. Also, I have been less than impressed with Timothy's and Gloria Jean's brands.

            1. I find I need a bold coffee in the keurig. Normally I prefer a mild blend but the coffee comes out a little weaker. My favorites are Timothy's Midnight Magic and Emeril's Big Easy Bold. As for a decaf, I like Emeril's Jazzed Up Decaf. Btw, I find the best place to order from is Amazon. Although I have the attachment to use with your own coffee, it's not worth the effort.

              1. Get a cheap pour- over (hario V-60, or maybe a Clever), a hand grinder from orphan espresso and make your own decent coffee. Nobody should have to drink that crap!

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

                http://www.orphanespresso.com/

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                1. re: poser

                  Amen to your overall sentiment, but from what Tom Owen says, the V-60 takes patience. I'm a huge can of the Clever (as you put it) and own two, and can't for the life of me understand why they aren't more popular. People! Dump filter in Clever Coffee Dripper, add some coffee, pour in water outta an electric kettle (read: it's fast, and actually hot), wipe up the kitchen counter a bit, put a couple of things in the dishwasher, and what's that? In four minutes you have hot, truly respectable, easy coffee?

                  It's so stunningly easy. And cheap! Why drink crap?

                  1. re: Vetter

                    Well, I don't think it's crap or close to it. (At least the varieties I use.)

                    1. re: Vetter

                      I think there are a lot of decent coffee options with the Keurig, and for the workplace it is a lot easier than the process you mentioned. Some people don't have patience at work and just want an easy cup of coffee. Not all workplace kitchens have dishwashers either.

                    2. re: poser

                      I used one of these for a while. I'm pretty sure mine cost more like $10. It held up for a couple of year before I dropped it to many times. The seal around the plunger was pretty good so I never had too much grit.

                      1. re: corneygirl

                        Sounds like you had a french press. The Clever and Hario are simple individual pour over type brewers.

                    3. I was in the same situation five years ago and couldn't find good coffee for the K-cup machine.

                      You are in a much better situation today. I also vote for the Emeril's Big Easy.

                      You go online and order a couple of cartons and keep them under your desk. If your friends figure out what you have, it will run out quickly.

                      1. I tend to like strong coffee, so I only search the website and buy the 'extra bold' varieties. And then I set the Keurig to the small cup, and brew two of those, changing the cup, to get my morning coffee. If my french press is cracked I will grind very fine and brew in the blank cartridge, tamping fiercely, to get a nice muddy cup.

                        I agree that the Kona blends and what used to be the Newman brand -- they sold after his death, but the new mfr uses the name -- are good, as are the Coffee People extra bolds. The iced brew cups are also quite nice for summer.

                        1. The beauty of having a Keurig in the office is that you can have a variety of coffee to please everyone. Old man boss that likes to drink dirty dishwater can have his light roast k-cups, and whoever likes it strong can have the Jet Fuel (for real! http://www.coffeepeople.com/p-109-k-c... ... I like strong coffee but the Jet Fuel was too bitter for me). If you're in charge of ordering, peruse the Keurig site and order a few of the variety packs and see what everyone seems to like.

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                          1. re: irishnyc

                            Gosh there is so much more variety now than when they installed the Keuring five years ago. I recently visited a software developer (where they spoil the programmers with free snacks and drinks) and they had a huge variety of K-Cups. Ha, the Jet Fuel made me laugh when I saw it.

                          2. I enjoy Green Mtn. Dark Magic coffee. But, I can control it to make sure it's near perfect for me because I have a one cup Keurig and can put 3/4 cup(s) of water to make it stronger.

                            The single cup Keurig doesn't have a reserve, it despenses the amount of water you put in.

                            1. Love my Keurig -- it's saved me from wasting many half-full pots of cold coffee down the drain when I've only wanted a cup or two.

                              There's a great mom-n-pop shop online, based out of New Hampshire, that let's you build your own 25 k-cup mix, 5 cups per type. It's called Big Cat Coffees and we've been using them for years. Great variety and service with reasonable prices. This "create your own" mix has allowed us to try a range of brands and flavors. Even when we get a type of k-cup that we don't like, it's not so bad because we don't have an entire box of that flavor left to consume.

                              Enjoy your new toy!

                              1. Timothy's San Lorenzo Dark.