I am thinking I'm getting one for my birthday. I'm not a coffee drinker, but heard they're good for tea and cocoa. I also think it would be nice for the coffee drinkers who do come to my house so I could offer them some coffee. Do you guys who have them enjoy them?
I'm a one cup a day coffee drinker, also. I have had my Keurig machine for several years, and just love it. Just remember that, when you make cocoa in it, you have to run a cup of plain water through afterwards. Otherwise the machine can get clogged.
I somehow lost the filter cup for my Keurig this past week. NO idea how I managed that. Probably one of my common: I'll put this away so I don't lose it moves and may never find it again.
I bought a new plastic insert filter for it at Stop&Shop. Surprisingly more awesome than the Keurig one I lost. It's a plastic reuseable k-cup. Snap lid up, fill, snap closed and drop it in the cradle like a k-cup. The original one you had to remove the cup cradle and then pop in the grey filter holder and it wasn't simple to refill either. Like this one MUCH more.
I got the Keurig as a Christmas present a couple/few years ago from my youngest. Complete surprise, never mentioned or wanted one. I used it to humor her, but turns out I really like it. I'm a heavy coffee drinker, but it's also handy for fast hot water too. Only downside for me is when I have company or family over...by the time yoou make 10 cups of coffee, the folks with the first 3-4 cups are done with theirs, LOL! So the percolater comes out. I never bothered having my coffee maker installed here (I have a big restaurant one, it requires being installed and hooked to a water line...now THAT one rocks but it's kind of overkill, LOL) so use a regular pot or percolater...percs make great coffee.
But I enjoy the Keurig...now every cup is fresh brewed. The k-cups get expensive for someone like me who drinks 4-6 mugs per day. But I use the filter and then it's a few pennies per cup.
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My dad has a Keurig, and my barn just got one. From a fellow non-coffee drinker but cocoa lover: the Green Mountain and Cafe Escapes cocoa K-cups are *gross*. The Swiss Miss ones are acceptable. The Ghirardelli ones are quite good. Well, as good as you can get without adding milk to your cocoa. (Important disclaimer: I'm kind of a cocoa snob. I have Askinosie cocoa powder, made by the only American small-batch producer that makes cocoa right from the cocoa bean instead of distilling it from cocoa butter.)
At 75 cents a pop, I greatly prefer to just use the Keurig as a glorified hot water machine and brew my own cocoa from powder. It's easier than having to clean out a reusable K-cup. If you're into the reusable K-cup thing, a lot of my coffee-drinking friends like the Solofill and Ekobrew reusables; many of them were frustrated by the Keurig brand reusable K-cup.
Personally, I would not buy a Keurig just for tea and cocoa. I own a $25 Black and Decker coffee maker that gets trotted out for guests, and that is a heckuva lot cheaper to own than a Keurig. I suppose you could also keep some Starbucks Via packets handy--it's a little pricey but it's very, very good-quality instant coffee.
We have one in our horse trailer (DH lives out of it when he's on the road for work) and it's AWESOME for that setup- doesn't take up much space, no/little mess and quick coffee/cider/tea/cocoa. There's also one at our boarding barn that sees quite a bit of use. I like them, they are great for only 1 or 2 servings but, as previous posters mentioned, not good for lots of people/social gatherings.
Love my keurig and have waxed lyrical on the subject on past ot days. I use it TONS during the colder nights for tea (never have bought the tea k cups, just use regular bags in the mug). Knock on wood ii haven't had any issues with it yet.
The best part of the keurig is that in the mornings it requires a fantastic lack of mental and physical cooperation on the user's part. A button, a lever, pop a cup in, and press another button. And no cleanup! It's almost fool proof for a half-asleep person like me. I say almost foolproof, because you DO still have to remember to put a mug underneath it..... oops! Yes, I'm terrible with mornings ;-)
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I have a love/hate relationship with mine. I love it because I drink a lot of real coffee and DH drinks decaf and it does away with fighting over what pot to make . I hate it because they are NOT reliable. I've been through three Keurig branded machines (all crapped out around when the warranty expired) and my current Cuisinart branded machine. The Cuisinart is still working, after two years, but it is PICKY. If I don't unplug it, not just turn it off, unplug it each night, it won't work for 48 hours. And, it needs a ridiculous song/dance/voodoo routine to get working again if it's left plugged in. Unfortunately, this is the only one I've found that continues to work long term.
They make OK coffee IF you buy "extra bold" strength cups and brew them on 8-10 ounces, not 12. Too weak otherwise. I can't really speak to tea and cocoa, as I don't drink those. My 10 year old loves the cocoa, but he's not picky at all about taste, I think he's more into the instant gratification thing.
Strangely enough, for once I was ahead of a trend and bought my Keurig about three years ago. I LOVE it and wouldn't be without it. It's a full-scale model, $89 at Target (shows how long ago I purchased it), because everyone I know loves coffee and it has a large water tank.
We got ours probably about 3 years ago as a gift, never had any problem with it (and I think I've de-scaled it twice?? lol) .... LOVE it as we can make our own coffee; I like dark, he likes coconut...and the glorified hot water machine deal, yep, we do that for cocoa, too. And tea.
I'm thinking of trying one of those new reusable cup thingies. We have the one from Keurig, the grey one with the filter basket, but they get their latch pieces eaten up by coffee grounds. We're on our 4 th one and they're $18 now! Started at $13....grrrr...
Is the red one such that you fill it and pop it in the brown holder used for the disposable k-cups?
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I would love to use the reusable K-Cup, but I can't seem to make the coffee taste as good as the stuff in the disposable K-Cups. Is there some trick to it? Is the newer reusable K-Cup better than the "official" K-Cup? Is it the grind of the coffee? I've tried coarse grind and very fine, and neither seemed to work well.
I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could give me some tips, as there're some really good hometown coffee importers/roasters here that I'd love to brew in my Keurig!