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josephnl Apr 5, 2011 08:00 PM

I love the convenience of a single cup coffee maker. I generally drink a regular "American" cup of coffee rather than espresso.

I am currently using a Tassimo coffee machine, and although the coffee is ok, it's not great. Since the have terminated their relationship with Starbucks and Seattle's Best, pretty much the only decent coffee they offer is Gevalia.

I am considering getting a Keurig machine which has a greater choice of coffees in their K-cups, and which also allows the user to put any coffee into a refillable cartridge...but there goes the basic advantage of these machines...convenience.

Does anyone have an opinion re Keurig vs. Tassimo?

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    paprkutr Apr 5, 2011 08:21 PM

    We have the Keurig. My husband loves it, because he doesn't drink a lot of coffee. It gives a wide of variety of coffee, teas, chocolate, practically anything. As you said you can use anythng in the Kcup. I have used it for loose teas and it comes out great.
    If you are going to buy one, just look at how much you drink or your household drinks, so that would determine you water reservoir. Good Luck

    1. tracylee Apr 5, 2011 09:25 PM

      Major edit. Just read that this was specific to Kuerig vs. Tassimo. My apologies

      1. amyzan Apr 5, 2011 09:49 PM

        I had a sample cup from a Keurig at Costco the other day. We decided against the $150 machine, because we are really more regular tea drinkers than coffee. But, I will say that it made a nice cup of American style coffee, smooth, not at all bitter or overbrewed, which I ususally find with drip coffee, for instance. I don't know all that much about the Keurig process, but based on that cup of coffee, if I was more of a coffee drinker, I'd consider it. For now, I'm sticking with my press pot.

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          Nocturnalbill Apr 5, 2011 10:24 PM

          We own and love our Nespresso machine. Technically, an espresso machine that does that rather than coffee, it does what it does simply, reliably and well. Pods are relatively cheap and available by mail order. Please excuse the sales pitch tone, I sold them for too long at Williams Sonoma and it slips out. They are still a good machine.
          oops-noticed you didn't want random suggestions...sorry.

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            josephnl Apr 6, 2011 12:16 PM

            I've previously had a Nespresso machine which I liked, but I really want something that makes an American style 6 or 8 oz. cup...thus am considering the Keurig.

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              ferret Apr 6, 2011 12:43 PM

              My wife swears by it. It has replaced her daily Starbucks/DD fix in the mornings, but the secret is in the coffee. Some K-cups will give you watery flavorless coffee. Stick with Medium Bold or Bold cups, especially if you add milk or cream.

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                scarsdalesurprise Apr 6, 2011 12:48 PM

                I'm very happy with my Keurig. I've been using it for over two years. It's convenient (no pot cleaning involved) and there are many types of coffee to choose from.

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                Nocturnalbill Apr 8, 2011 08:08 PM

                I forget how, but you can actually make a 6 or 8 with the Lungo pods from Nespresso, because our long pour button now does that automatically. D/W figured out a way to do it a year ago and can't remember what she did.

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              baseballfan Apr 6, 2011 12:51 PM

              We love our Keurig. It consistently makes excellent coffee. Wide varieties available in stores and online. We love the fact that each person can have exactly the coffee they desire. Some balk at the pricing of the K cups but it is still far cheaper than buying coffee at Starbucks or elsewhere.

              1. Bada Bing Apr 6, 2011 02:48 PM

                I use a Keurig at my office and recommend it for making decent coffee without the waste I was making before. My earlier routine had been to make a half pot (six cups) in the morning for myself, but in fact I almost always ended up throwing out much of that. The Keurig is zero waste, something to keep in mind when you're tempted to think of the K-cups as expensive, and it also spared me the cleaning of filter baskets and carafes. For regular users, it eventually pays for itself even compared to brewing your own pots, to say nothing of buying at Starbucks.

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                  paprkutr Apr 6, 2011 04:46 PM

                  Costco carries large boxes of Kcups. Also Bed bath beyond carries a large variety, and you can use a 20% off coupon, or if you have a five dollar coupon, you can use that.

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                  1. re: paprkutr
                    baseballfan Apr 6, 2011 04:56 PM

                    Costco carries Paul Newman Organic Kcups which are quite good. They also carry Folgers. BBB works out well with the coupon. Target and Macys also have a decent variety and they occasionally go on sale.

                  2. kaleokahu Apr 6, 2011 07:13 PM

                    OK, my inlaws have (I think) a Keurig, and I like the coffee. The blue light causes me seizures, but that's what electrical tape is for...

                    What I want to know is... What is the cost-per-cup for these single-serving machines?

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                      Dave5440 Apr 7, 2011 06:23 PM

                      We've got the Keurig and i think it's great, depending on where you buy the k-cups it can be 50 cents a cup and up

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                        kaleokahu Apr 7, 2011 08:14 PM

                        Thank you. Quite reasonable. Next dumb question: I'm no coffee geek, but realistically speaking, what's the reasonable shelf-life of the pods?

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                        Bada Bing Apr 7, 2011 09:22 PM

                        Dave's answer is good about price. A cup will not get much cheaper than 50 cents, even if shopping in bulk warehouses. An important issue, however, is the volume and composition of your setting. For one person who wants a cup every so often, even several times a day, it pays nicely to do a single cup system. But I have a sister with herself, a husband, and three coffee drinking kids in the house. They've remarked on how much they're spending with their Keurig. They'd be better of with a thermal carafe kind of system, making two or three pots a day.

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                          kaleokahu Apr 7, 2011 09:46 PM

                          Thanks, Bada:

                          I'm more of a small kine coffee guy these days, so it would work if I could get over my single-purpose antipathy. Gradually (and heretically) shifting over to tea. My wife DID buy some fancy German thermal carafe the other day that keeps stuff warm for a spooky length of time, though.



                          1. re: kaleokahu
                            Bada Bing Apr 8, 2011 06:11 AM

                            Actually, you remind me of one other thing: at home I am happy to make a mug at a time using a cone and filter Melitta-style: just heat enough water for a cup and then let it drain into a mug. But at my office, cleaning up grounds and washing the cone was a pain (no handy sink). Aeropress is a bit better for cleanup, but still I don't like to use it without a sink nearby.

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                        ziggylu Apr 8, 2011 08:49 AM

                        I used to sell cookware/housewares and as such have had all these machines - Nespresso, Tassimo, and Keurig- through my house at some point.

                        Between the Tassimo and the Keurig I'd recommend the Keurig due to the availability/variety of pods. We actually found Tassimo offered bolder/stronger coffees but I see you indicate that they've gotten rid of the Starbucks adn Seattle's Best so that would really narrow the options with them.

                        We used a Keurig at home for a bit. I ended up going back to my French Press. I couldn't find a pod that rivaled what I could do in the French Press and at home I don't mind pressing and cleaning the pot. Storing the pods and then the waste involved with them also made me crazy.

                        My husband has had both a Tassimo and now a Keurig on his desk at work. The real selling point on these single cup machines is the ease and convenience of brewing with little (or no) cleanup. For his desk, it's a perfect option for fresh coffee anytime he wants. Particularly given the dreck available in his office break room. We buy the pods for his machine at Costco or through Amazon depending on mood and what Costco has available. Definitely stick with Bold roasts...overally I found the coffees to be fairly weak.

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                          Eiron Apr 19, 2011 11:33 AM

                          "Definitely stick with Bold roasts...overally I found the coffees to be fairly weak."

                          +1 on this! No, wait... let's make that +2. Or maybe even +3.

                          I got to use a Keurig machine for the first time about two months ago. I was visiting a sub-contractor's facility & they had one in their break room; 75¢ for K-coffee, or 50¢ for regular vending coffee. I detest dark roasts, but I couldn't get ANY decent brew from the K-unit unless the kup was labeled "bold."

                          As a point of comparison, I also got to try the Nespresso capsule system about four months ago. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better it was at producing a decent shot than Charbucks is. I haven't tried the Tassimo, but it sounds like the Betamax to Keurig's VHS. If I was going to get a single cup brewer for my desk, it would definitely be the Nespresso over the Keurig. Either that, or the Saeco Odea super-auto. Greater versatility than either the Keurig or Nespresso, with less waste, but with a bit more "neighbor annoyance" factor due to the per-cup grinding.

                          1. re: Eiron
                            josephnl Apr 19, 2011 11:41 AM

                            I had a Nespresso machine which produced a decent shot of espresso, but it's not great for those of us who prefer an American style cup of Joe. Simply adding water to the Nespresso espresso to make an "Americano", did not make a great cup.

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                              Eiron Apr 19, 2011 12:05 PM

                              Yes, I understand what you're saying.

                              I only had the one cup from the Nespresso machine. It was nice, but it's not a regular cup o'Joe. And I didn't get to experiment with brew options. The Saeco super-auto allows flexibility in brewing, but it's not a regular American cup, either.

                              I don't recall, have you had the chance to try the K-brew? If you have any kitchen stores nearby, they might offer K-brew that you could sample. I'd just be concerned that it won't meet your brewing expectations if you're used to the richer brew of the Tassimo.

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                          malkazanie Apr 8, 2011 09:23 AM

                          My office has a Keurig, and I like it so much that I'm considering getting one for the (sadly few and far between) times I get to have a cup of coffee at home. I live alone, and even when I use my press I end up making way more coffee than I need.

                          Big fan of the Donut Shop XBold and the Gloria Jeans flavored KCups - unfortunately all of the hot chocolates I've tried are terrible.

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                            ferret Apr 8, 2011 10:11 AM

                            Tea and hot chocolate in a Keurig seems king of pointless to me, as there's typically no "brewing" involved in the process otherwise (and yes, it's arguable whether the Keurig "brews" anything). The Keurig is handy for pouring a quick cup of hot water (sans K-cup) for a teabag or a regular preparation of hot chocolate but it's a waste to use K-cup tea/coca.

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                              rexster314 Apr 8, 2011 10:15 PM

                              Costco sells the Folgers cases and they are averaging about 35 cents a kcup

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                            raplum Apr 17, 2011 12:32 PM

                            We are on our second Breville Single Cup Brewer. First one had problems; stopped brewing, brewed a fraction of a cup, etc.... Breville replaced that unit and now this one is dying. Sometimes it sounds like it is going to explode. The other day it took me over an hour to get a cup of coffee to brew....very frustrating. I like the single cup idea, but this machine is very unreliable and I find it difficult to find a k-cup that is bold and not bitter....tried soooo many. I am considering a Tassimo machine.

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                              raplum Apr 17, 2011 12:41 PM

                              One more note....much of the coffee that I do actually like in K Cup Variety is no longer available. An online retailer explained to me that Green Mountain is buying all of the smaller coffee house vendors; e.g. Tully's. I loved Tully's Kona and Sumatra and they have now been discontinued. I do not like any variety of Green Mountain Coffee.

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                                josephnl Apr 17, 2011 08:00 PM

                                I am the op, and although the Tassimo machine operates flawlessly, the available coffees are not great . They originally offered Starbuck's and Seattle's Best in addition to their signature Gevalia coffees. They were pretty good, but now they have terminated their relationship with Starbucks and Seattle's best, so only Gevalia is available. I really don't like Gevalia, thus I've been considering a Keurig machine, but it seems like these are plagued with mechanical problems...so I don't know what to do!

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                                  lesliej Apr 20, 2011 03:54 PM

                                  Wow - the same thing happened to us with our (multiple) Keurig machines. The customer service rep said it was due to our having softened hard water, so I'm wondering if you have hard water as well. We were told to de-scale it at least once per month but that didn't seem to have any effect. I just switched to a drip coffee maker.

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                                  ShawnPA Apr 17, 2011 08:54 PM

                                  I have had my Keurig(B70) Since November and I love it. I got it as the TSV on QVC for a good price. I would check out QVC if you get one as they offer bundles where you get a few accessories like the my k cup and some extra boxes of k cups, for cheaper than most places sell the brewer alone.
                                  Anyways...I have had no mechanical issues so far, but when I was researching before buying one, it seems like Kuerig has good customer service and will easily replace machines. I actually read that they don't really make any money on the machines..its the k cups that give them the profits.

                                  I think they have great coffee and a good variety to please anyone. You mentioned you like starbucks for the tassimo..... Starbucks k cups are coming soon...as are dunkin donuts.
                                  I like coffee people donut house and Tully's Kona blend the best, but sadly all kona blends are being discontinued due to a problem with the kona crop.

                                  If you do get one....you are better off to order k cups online as they come in a 24 pack rather than 18 sold in stores. But I hear you can get good deals with Bed Bath and Beyond coupons too.

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                                    rexster314 Apr 18, 2011 08:54 AM

                                    We've had out B70 now for almost 6 months. A month after purchase I got two of the My K Cups. I've been using freshly ground coffee since then. Haven't bought a Kcup since the ones that came with the maker have been used up. Kona, Blue Mountain (when available), all have been made in the My K Cup.

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                                    CoffeeKing Apr 19, 2011 06:40 AM

                                    I would recommend the Keurig single brew system. It has the widest range of coffees and teas to choose from and offers a relatively inexpensive entry brewer to "try-out" the system. Costco, BJs and similar big box stores do offer K-Cups at discount prices but you'll find a much broader selection at online single serve coffee sellers.

                                    I've been using Keurig brewers at work of over 6 years and at home for over 3. My wife and I normally have three boxes of coffee K-cups and 2 teas going at any particular time. Though I am not thrilled with the disposal of the k-cups themselves, the convenience and flexibility of the system is tremendous.

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                                      thursday Apr 19, 2011 11:51 AM

                                      I don't have a single cup system myself, but many of my clients do (I freelance and go to their homes), so I've quite frequently been offered a cup from the Keurig, which seems to be the brand they all have.

                                      For convenience, it's definitely a plus. It's nice for them (and nice for me) to be able to offer me a cup of coffee and not have me feel guilty that they're going to a lot of trouble, or, frankly, for me to accept and then get presented with instant which I just find undrinkable.

                                      However, if you're used to good drip coffee, I've found them a bit of a letdown. I'm not looking gift horses in the mouth, mind you, and appreciate my clients' generosity, but if I really want a nice cup of coffee, I stop by Peet's before I get to the client's house. I've tried lots of different brands and roasts with the Keurig, and they're all quite weak and a bit blah. They do the job for a caffeine fix, but they're not particularly enjoyable.

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                                        CoffeeKing Apr 19, 2011 01:07 PM

                                        I would agree that the majority of k-cups produce a weak cup of coffee for my tastes, especially the Green Mountain varieties. I find the dark roasts by Coffee People and Tully's to be quite good. Starbucks will soon be producing K-Cups and I have heard rumors about Peet's, too. I am eagerly awaiting both.

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                                          josephnl Apr 19, 2011 02:58 PM

                                          Peet's is definitely my favorite amonst the coffee chains. If they do start making k-cups, that will seal the deal for me to buy a Keurig machine.

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                                        raplum Apr 20, 2011 05:07 AM

                                        Well after spending much of this week researching....I returned an unopened Tassimo Machine and shipped back the temperamental Breville and await it's replacement. In reading loads of reviews, their seems to be pump issues across all brands. So, this morning Starbucks Via Instant coffee until i receive my new machine. Purchased a Cusinart Single Cup Brewer yesterday at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but will return it today since it's reviews are just as shaky as all the others......

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                                        1. re: raplum
                                          josephnl Apr 20, 2011 11:23 AM

                                          Interestedly, the department manager at our local Bed, Bath & Beyond said that the Breville was the most dependable of the k-cup machines. BB&B has amazing customer service. They will take anything back for refund or exchange at any time...even months (perhaps years) after purchase.

                                          You were smart to return the Tassimo. Although the machines made by Bosch are great mechanically, there is very limited choice of coffees since they terminated their relationship with Starbuck's and Seattle's Best.

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                                            raplum Apr 20, 2011 11:29 AM

                                            Yes, on the plus side, Breville is taking my second machine back and sending me a brand new one. So, drinking Via until I receive my new Breville. I am impressed with their customer service; seems that all Keurig machines have their issues, but no better options right now.
                                            Can't wait to try Starbucks K Cups!

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                                              ShawnPA Apr 20, 2011 01:38 PM

                                              I read somewhere that the patent for K cups ends in Sept 2010 so I am wondering what Keurig will come up with next. I love my B70. The only thing that tempted me about the tassimo was that you could make cappuccinos and stuff with the milk discs. How are those?

                                              1. re: ShawnPA
                                                ferret Apr 20, 2011 01:39 PM

                                                Tempted by "milk discs"? Aim higher.

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                                                  josephnl Apr 21, 2011 10:27 AM

                                                  Have had very poor results with the milk disks. They do make reasonable foam, but they make a mess on the machine. I have an Aeroccino that came with a Nespresso machine that I no longer use. The Aeroccino works great, is available separately, but costs ~$100.

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