The perfect cup of coffee: Keurig vs standard coffee maker?

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The perfect cup of coffee: Keurig vs standard coffee maker?

Hope this topic isnt' too inane for this board!! Smile I'm pretty much bordering on coffee snobbery and am in search of the perfect home brewed cup of joe! Do you prefer Keurig, a more conventional coffee maker, or something else and why?

I'm thinking that the Keurig would produce a fresher cup of coffee more consistently since you use a new, sealed K-cup each time and there are no/less issues with stale coffee buildup on the filter basket, etc. It seems more expensive, but the variety of K-cups is appealing especially changing things up each morning.

Then again, there's nothing quite like a fresh brew using freshly ground beans. But keeping the grinder and the filter basket clean is such a PITA!

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I personally like to grind fresh beans and brew it. Maybe part of it is the smell of the beans freshly ground. I'm not a fan of the Keurig, but that could be because I am cheap!!! LOL And since DH and I are both drink multiple cups of coffee, it would get too expensive. And DH doesn't like flavored coffee, so I would be the only one to enjoy that feature of it. But I could see using it if DH didn't drink coffee.

That being said, I also like instant coffee. That's what I drink at work. LOL

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We got a Keurig from my inlaws last christmas and everyone raves about it. I think the cups are expensive to buy. We just got the refillable insert and it leaks water! I'm just irratated with the whole thing, but when we have coffee drinkers staying with us they rave about it!

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We have a grind and brew. I am a coffee snob and those cups just don't cut it.

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I prefer the taste of a brewed cup of coffee from a standard coffee maker to the Keurig. There is something about a Keurig cup that just tastes off to me, even though i can't pinpoint it.

You could give me a cup form a pot and a cup from a Keurig and i could tell the difference. If i were to try to describe it....the K cup has almost a more tangy or 'sour' aftertaste at the back/roof of my moth. Thats the best way i could describe it.

I did have a Starbucks K-cup at my hair dresser's the other day and it was one of the better ones I've had. I don't dislike K-cup coffee.....i just prefer a pot. I think french press coffee tasstes better too but I rarely do that.

ETA: I should clarify....i kind of do dislike K-cup coffee. I think its inferior and not as enjoyable. However its simply that I am not very picky and can eat/drink almost anything. So I will drink it when that is the option without complaint. I would never buy one myself.

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I really like the Kerurig, I thought the taste was superior to that of other coffee. My drawback was how expensive the k-cups were, but I only drink one cup of coffee a day (well I did before this pregnancy). Hopefully I can resume coffee after this kid!

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I have a Tassimo, and I love it for real coffee. I only drink one cup of 'real' in the morning, and then make a pot of decaf for the rest of the day (I love coffee). I like really strong coffee and their cafe crema is delish.

However, I do not like the Tassimo for fancy coffee which is what I originally bought it for. I find that they taste very 'chemically'. But my husband has one at work that is pretty much only used for the Chai Lattes and he says it doesnt have that flavor, so it may just be from my coffee.

Cost wise, if I was to do it over again, I would have bought a kurig, as they have the refillable basket, so I could buy regular coffee and cut the cost.

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We also have a Tassimo, but we also have a coffee maker that grinds the beans. During the week we always use the Tassimo since DH is gone long before I get up and we only have one cup before setting off. DH is pi$$sed that Starbucks no longer makes T-discs because he loved their strong variety (I preferred the milder one). Twinings is now making an orange pekoe T-disc which is heavenly. The Chai Latte sucks, IMO, but the cappuccino isn't bad.

We are considering a Keurig since the variety of coffees and teas is way better. All that said, there's not much comparison to a cup of freshly ground, freshly brewed 'real' coffee (with Baileys ;)) and when we have company for dinner we break out the big brewer.

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I hate coffee. Yes, that's right, I don't like ice cream or coffee. Sue me.

We have a Kuerig because when we make coffee (my DD loves cafe con leche) then I can just make one cup at a time.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

I personally like to grind fresh beans and brew it. Maybe part of it is the smell of the beans freshly ground. I'm not a fan of the Keurig, but that could be because I am cheap!!! LOL And since DH and I are both drink multiple cups of coffee, it would get too expensive. And DH doesn't like flavored coffee, so I would be the only one to enjoy that feature of it. But I could see using it if DH didn't drink coffee.

This is me as well. Only for work, I drink tea - lots of it. I couldn't justify purchasing and utilizing more space on my counter for a Keurig when we already have a ton of space used for coffee & cappuccinos already.

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I LOVE my Keurig. We only drink one cup of coffee each a day so we were wasting tons of brewed coffee in our regular coffee maker (I never figured out how to make only two cups properly). Plus, I HATE cleaning the carafe, filter, etc each time. DH also hates flavoured coffee but I love it. Keurig was the obvious fix for us!

As for cost, it's cheaper if you buy the k-cups in bulk. Most places sell them if you look around. We have a place in Canada called Timothy's and they sell 3 boxes of 24 per box for $39 (comes to 54 cents per cup). That lasts us about 2 months usually. Because I hated washing the filter and coffee pot we were always buying coffee out on the way to work (Tim Hortons) for about $3.50 total for two of us. This way it costs us about $1 if we take it from the k-cups.

Also, DH's department at work has a Keurig, so we bring k-cups to work with a mix of powdered milk and sugar I made. I work in the next building (same company) so it's nice if I want coffee, I just walk over next door to his desk/kitchen. Saves us so much!

We also have the re-usable filter, but I just hate cleaning it. It doesn't leak for us (as long as you use fine grind and don't overfill it). I've heard if you put a small muffin paper or small circle of filter paper under the lid before you screw it on, then the little needle thing peirces it and no spillage. I haven't tried that yet though.

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We used the Keurig for about a year and went back to grinding/brewing.

We found the cups to be both expensive and incredibly wasteful from an environmental perspective. The coffee was not hot enough, and their version of a "cup" (even the large one) was too small for our large mugs. We also found that it upped our coffee drinking ~ I would brew one cup at 2 in the afternoon where as I would never make a pot of coffee.....frankly we didn't need to up our caffeine intake as we both like to drink a lot in the morning.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

I hate coffee.

Me too. It's disgusting.

Ice cream is the best thing in the world though.

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I prefer grinding and brewing to any of the single serving coffee machines. I'm a coffee snob to some degree, and I like to try different varieties. I go so far as to grind differently depending on the blend. I agree with the comments that the cups made with the single serving machines are way too small. I want C-O-F-F-E-E in a giant-sized mug, not coffee[SIZE=3] [SIZE=2]in a whimpy little cup. ROFL

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I'm not a coffee drinker. DH is and he swears by a French press pot. I grind a pound of beans at the grocery store when I buy them, and he freezes most of it until he needs it. He keeps about a quarter pound in a sealed canister on the counter. The pot & filter go into the dishwasher so there's no buildup to affect the taste. He also insists on fresh, cold water brought to a boil every time. He has two different sizes of pot depending on how much coffee he plans to drink or if someone else will be drinking some.

I've often wondered if the little K-cups are recycleable? It seems very wasteful, even if they are.

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I prefer my French Press. We grind our beans, too. Easy and fresh. I've tried Keurig and Tassimo and it's fine, but I can't justify the cost.

That said, I prefer tea.

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I've never tasted coffee made my a Keurig... so I'm gonna have to go with the standard coffee maker! I love the smell in the house!

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"Spacers" wrote:

I'm not a coffee drinker. DH is and he swears by a French press pot. I grind a pound of beans at the grocery store when I buy them, and he freezes most of it until he needs it. He keeps about a quarter pound in a sealed canister on the counter. The pot & filter go into the dishwasher so there's no buildup to affect the taste. He also insists on fresh, cold water brought to a boil every time. He has two different sizes of pot depending on how much coffee he plans to drink or if someone else will be drinking some.

I've often wondered if the little K-cups are recycleable? It seems very wasteful, even if they are.

Hey, Spacers, I just noticed this post and had to pass along something the Starbuck's guy told me. I had always heard to freeze coffee, too, but he said coffee acts as an absorbent in the freezer, so it will pick up all the flavors that are floating around, kind of like baking soda. He said it's better to seal it and keep it in a dark, cool place, like the pantry.

ETA: I don't know how much of a difference it makes, though, since I don't drink coffee. I was buying for a gift. Smile

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"culturedmom" wrote:

We have a Kuerig because when we make coffee (my DD loves cafe con leche) then I can just make one cup at a time.

*Drool* I didn't know that you could make that (at least the version I've had) with a Keurig. My aunt (she's Cuban) has made cafe con leche for me before, but what she made was almost like an espresso in a little metal cup, and then added to milk and sugar and all that. Is that the same thing?

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We found the cups to be both expensive and incredibly wasteful from an environmental perspective.

This is what I've always thought about Keurigs too - just seems so wasteful to me to have all of those individual serving cups laying around.

Having said that, I am definitely not much of a coffee snob - I drink the store brand instant coffee most mornings. Biggrin

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"b525" wrote:

Hey, Spacers, I just noticed this post and had to pass along something the Starbuck's guy told me. I had always heard to freeze coffee, too, but he said coffee acts as an absorbent in the freezer, so it will pick up all the flavors that are floating around, kind of like baking soda. He said it's better to seal it and keep it in a dark, cool place, like the pantry.

ETA: I don't know how much of a difference it makes, though, since I don't drink coffee. I was buying for a gift. Smile

I might agree if the coffee were in an open container or if you have a particularly stinky freezer. The greater risk is condensation. I put the ground coffee in a sealed freezer bag with all the air removed, and put it way at the back so it's not subjected to too much temp changes when the door is opened & closed. And I don't have a pantry, my cabinet space is at a premium, and my backup storage for things that aren't being used right away is the cabinet above the stove, so in this kitchen, the freezer is the better option.

And I don't trust anything anyone at Starbuck's has to say about coffee anyway. Their coffee sucks. They hold it far too long at too high a temperature, you can smell the burn of it when you walk in the door. Sad I don't understand why they're still in business except that they do a good job of disguising it with all kinds of fru-fru dressups.