Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig
Our third Breville Single Cup Coffee Maker just died.
It is predeceased by a Keurig brand machine.
I have given up on these machines and I am now searching for a dependable drip machine.
I initially considered the Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker - but it doesn't get great reviews.
Call me crazy, but I brew great coffee in a Mr. Coffee drip. I have outfitted it with a gold basket, I grind my own beans, and clean it regularly. It was something like $20 after a coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond. I used to have a Krups before this, and it was good too.
Funny, but I just got a Keurig compact model for my daughter for college. She doesn't drink a lot of coffee, and ground coffee sitting unused to two weeks would turn my stomach, so I decided to go the Kcup route for her. It seems to do a decent job, and I don't expect it to get heavy use (at least until finals week!). I was surprised at how pricey these machines are, and also by the price of Kcups. Even at $12 to $15 per pound, my coffee been set up is a lot cheaper. Haven't done the math yet, but I get a lot more than 20 cups out of a pound of coffee beans, so it seems obvious. Hope it lasts.
I have almost the same setup for my AM caffeine fix and I like it. I also have a French press but it seldom gets used, except for when I am entertaining. I buy 8 O'Clock brown bag beans and grind my own.
I previously have a Krupp and I wasn't impressed with the design or build quality.
We really love our Capresso CoffeeTeam Therm. The new model is the CoffeeTeam TS (there's one with a glass carafe too, but the thermal carafe is a must I think) and it has been redesigned to be even more compact.
The CoffeeTeam has a quality burr grinder and is fully programmable, so we have it set to grind the beans and make the coffee fresh just before we wake up.
Only two minor complaints: one, the bean container only holds enough beans for two pots, at least at the strength we make it. Two, very oily beans like a French Roast can sometimes clog in the chute from the grinder to the filter, resulting in a pot of hot water. It's rare, though. The new design may fix that since the whole grinder to filter configuration has changed.
Totally easy to clean and take care of, makes amazingly great coffee.