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Man, I probably should have never gotten this thing. I've been swilling rotgut coffee for years, but after a few travel mugs of "designer coffee" I'm already addicted to this machine and it never says, "Sorry Joe, there ain't no more. You gotta go." This thing makes it way too easy to drink way too much good coffee in the comfort of your own home. They should give methamphetamine addicts one of these things when they've successfully completed their treatment program and are heading back home. Maxwell House, here I come....



 

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We discussed Keurigs a while back here:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12360&highlight=keurig

This is what I said then and things haven't changed. I've had issues with my machine but been able to get it going every time. It's very frustrating when you push the button for a large cup and only a half cup of water comes out. It got to the point that I usually run a cup of water first to see what it's going to do. You have to use it. If it sits idle the very thin water lines will plug up.

Some say that the coffee is expensive but then they don't have a problem paying $2 for a cup of rot gut in a cafe. Go figure.

Great machine - when it works so here comes some advice. Use the thing everyday even if you just make a cup of hot water. You have to keep that pump working and the water fresh. May depend on your water situation. I'm just using regular tap water. Also about every two months run some vinegar through it.

Best and cheapest place to buy K-cups is from keurig.com. Lots of selection and free shipping on $45 even to Canada although they charge $10 to Canadians for handling.
 

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They are pretty darned cool machines... :D

My fave flavor of all the ones I've tried so far is Hazelnut by Green Mountain Coffee.

http://www.keurig.ca/coffee/coffee-k-cup-portion-pack-green-mountain-coffee-hazelnut

I found out if you make the hot chocolate with it, you have to run a cup of water through it afterwards or it can plug the tip.
The wife's going to be making hot chocolate, so thanks for the tip. Ours will also do iced tea and I'm curious to see what that's like since I drink that stuff by the gallon.
 

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We discussed Keurigs a while back here:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12360&highlight=keurig

This is what I said then and things haven't changed. I've had issues with my machine but been able to get it going every time. It's very frustrating when you push the button for a large cup and only a half cup of water comes out. It got to the point that I usually run a cup of water first to see what it's going to do. You have to use it. If it sits idle the very thin water lines will plug up.

Some say that the coffee is expensive but then they don't have a problem paying $2 for a cup of rot gut in a cafe. Go figure.
Ah, I forgot about that thread. At the time it started, I wasn't planning on getting one of these things. I was wrong about that. I will be sure to share with the wife that it must be used or it will plug up. I figure 2 of the little cups (brewing 12 ounces of coffee each) is a worthwhile extravagance every day. I've found that with the stronger coffee, 2 of those in the morning is plenty. Amazing how much stuff I got done around here today......
 

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The Achilles Heel: I don't think it will be as effective as a regular coffee maker when it comes to cooking ramen noodles.

 

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The wife's going to be making hot chocolate, so thanks for the tip. Ours will also do iced tea and I'm curious to see what that's like since I drink that stuff by the gallon.
The iced tea is good as well, you just brew it with ice in the cup. Lol, I found that if you totally fill the tumbler with ice though, your tea tastes pretty watered down :).
 

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We discussed Keurigs a while back here:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12360&highlight=keurig

This is what I said then and things haven't changed. I've had issues with my machine but been able to get it going every time. It's very frustrating when you push the button for a large cup and only a half cup of water comes out. It got to the point that I usually run a cup of water first to see what it's going to do. You have to use it. If it sits idle the very thin water lines will plug up.

Some say that the coffee is expensive but then they don't have a problem paying $2 for a cup of rot gut in a cafe. Go figure.
I have to admit....I've grown fond of the machine :)
 

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Oh yeah !!! Mrs. Flash got a Cuisinart that uses the K-cups and holds 80 oz of water. You have the best one right there......Italian Roast, set it for 6 oz, add a little half & half or cream....ahhhh. She goes for the frilly flavored stuff and I have to say some of it is good, most of it is awful. I never thought I would like the K-cup thing over regular coffee makers but I'm sold now. BTW, the regular Folgers K-cups are surprisingly good.
 

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I thought I was the only 8-10 cup a day coffee swiller here!!!
I told the wife, I don't need one of them fancy crap machines, I drink Maxwell house and am fine with it! She bought one home and I see 8-10 cups going down at 50cents a shot......it really starts to add up if you compare it to a jug of instant....something I was very happy swilling back untill the fancy woman showed up! Now I have to limit myself to one cup of good stuff and two of the swill.....I still can drink the swill, but it just isn't the same any more!....You have ruined me....miss fancy pants!!!

There is still no way in hell I will go into a Starbucks and pay through the arse for a cup of their swill.....augh!!!

I have the very same machine pictured above.....3 cup sizes to choose from...I've almost worn the big size button off by now.....lol.

I also buy my coffee from Costco in the 84 bulk buy boxes.....and try not to look at the $35 price tag!!! AUGH!!!!:13:
 

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How much more, by percentage, does Keurig coffee cost than conventionally-brewed coffee? (What does Keurig coffee cost, by weight (e.g., per ounce), vs. bulk-marketed coffee? What's the unit price difference between the two coffees?)

MORE MEANINGFUL MEASURAND: How much does a single cup of Keurig coffee, consumed in the home, cost, compared with a cup of coffee made from bulk-purchase coffee brewed in an old-fashioned coffee pot or coffee maker? (Regrets if these questions are unfair; dismay if they are unanswerable. Acknowledgement, irrelevant for those whose sophisticated, epicurean gourmet tastes are satisfied only by Keurig coffee. Yet . . . if KLR riders drink Keurig coffee, what do BMW riders drink? :) )

Also, enviro/green/global warming activists, what's the "carbon footprint" of the little throw-away platic cups containing the roasted-and-ground coffee, in contrast to conventional coffee bags or containers? Comparable, "use of non-renewable energy resources?"

Hey, just questions! If you're stuck to/sold on/addicted to Keurig, enjoy! Yet I find a possible paradox, if one complains of high coffee house (e.g., Starbucks) or restaurant costs, yet indulges in more-expensive-than-conventional Keurig coffee at home . . . and on a continuing basis . , . not to mention "eco" considerations . . .
 

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I did some figuring as follows:

A 22.6-ounce "jug" of Folger's Classic Roast claims it can produce 180 6-ounce cups of coffee. At around $9 for the jug, that figures out to about .20 a cup.

A standard K-cup averages around 70 cents (according to my wife's usual price-per-unit analysis) but since you can get a 12-ounce serving out of a K-cup, you can also get 2 6-ounce servings. So, that works out to about .35 a cup whether you make two 6-ounce servings, or a 12-ounce serving like I do. I tried it and found the second 6-ounce cup not quite as strong as the first, but still completely acceptable.

I've also found that with my old Mr. Coffee, there would be mornings where I didn't drink all the coffee I brewed so it went to waste. The one cup at a time thing is nice.

So, to my way of thinking, the average cost is close to double if you usually drink a run-of-the-mill brand like Folger's.

I'm not exactly a "steward of the environment" so will pass on commenting on that facet of the machine since I really don't care. For what it's worth, my wife wants me to save the little cups so she can use them for paint when crafting, so at least they're doing double-duty here in the Planalp household.

I fear I may be becoming a Superior Hipster:

 

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Gentlemen if I may let me introduce you to a more excellent way to coffee, home roasting. Easy to do, cheaper and much better coffee no matter how it's prepared.

Sweet Maria's
 

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The paint will drip out of the little hole in the bottom after the machine punctures it....no?:13:
Oh, yeah. I guess she'll just have to turn the cups upside down......

There goes my little contribution to helping save the planet. For the record, it was her idea......
 

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You know though, in reality that little plastic cup probably contains no more plastic than the lid of a Timmy's (Starbucks for our American friends) coffee cup from the store. We have a reusable filter basket for our Keurig as well, you just put your own ground coffee in it.

http://www.keurig.ca/accessories/my-k-cup
 

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I have that plastic reusable filter for grounds....the biggest issue I have with that is....I have to wash the damned thing every time I have a coffee....yep...I'm a lazy arsehole...lol.
If I'm going to wash something I may as well make a full bucket of it and drink untill I start to slosh as I walk...lol.

I'm just not that much of a coffee specialist, can't even think of the correct term...maybe I need a better bean...?:13:
 

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I have that plastic reusable filter for grounds....the biggest issue I have with that is....I have to wash the damned thing every time I have a coffee....yep...I'm a lazy arsehole...lol.
If I'm going to wash something I may as well make a full bucket of it and drink untill I start to slosh as I walk...lol.

I'm just not that much of a coffee specialist, can't even think of the correct term...maybe I need a better bean...?:13:
I can't really talk... It's still in the box here too! ;)
 
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