In terms of coffee taste, what is the difference between Mr. Coffee and Keurig?

In terms of coffee taste, what is the difference between Mr. Coffee and Keurig?

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  1. I use a Mr Coffee at home, even though I like percolators and their ilk less than other forms like Syphon, because of the ease of use. Keurig is even simpler, and I think that is where it’s flavour, or lack of, starts.
    Keurig uses pods, which have ground up coffee, but it doesn’t stop there, and the coffee being ground isn’t the why (all coffee uses ground beans as a base— duh). Those grounds have sat in a big vat waiting for the day they get podaged (podaged, my word, I like it) up in a tiny pod, and all the good bits sift their way down to the bottom of said vat. All the caffeine and flavonoids are in different spots and are not evenly distributed, so each pod has a varying degree of effectiveness in terms of caffeination, and different levels of tastiness.
    But it doesn’t even stop there, once podaged, they wait to be packaged into boxes, and those boxes wait to be trucked, and then those trucks travel in heat and/or cold, and then the packages are transferred to storage of the shop (Walmart or wherever— very likely a storage building waiting to be sent to the Walmart itself), and then— yes THEN— they get stocked onto the shelf.
    Where they wait for someone, someone like you, to adopt them into a loving home. FINALLY, those ground coffee beans have reached the spot where they will be brewed and enjoyed. Much staler, and much less flavourful.
    The pods are too tiny for a good strong cup (I like a good strong cup, not everyone does. Keurig’s attempt at pleasing everyone fails in my palate’s mind), and the coffee comes out flatter in taste, like soda that has sat too long.
    Whereas, my coffee has been shipped while a green bean, roasted here, and served to me within a month of roasting. I then take it home, grind it up as I use it, and yes, sear the sh*t out of it with incredibly hot boiling water.
    Flavour burned off moreso than Syphons, or a pour over model, but so much easier in a Mr Coffee than those.
    And THAT, good sir, is why Keurig, while good for time savers and non-snobs, is not allowed in my house.

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  2. I’m not a fan of the pod coffee simulator machines. I won’t buy one for myself. The only place I use them is a work (in desperation).
    The first time I saw a pod machine at work, the person giving me the tour of the office described it this way. “When you use a drip coffee maker (Bunn professional, Mr. Coffee, etc) and your in a hurry to get a cup, you move the pot and let the coffee drip directly into your cup. If you get it at the beginning of the cycle the coffee is stronger, at the end of the cycle the coffee is weaker. Pod machines are like the middle of the cycle. Drinkable, not memorable.”
    With a drip coffee maker (like Mr. Coffee), you can vary the amount of coffee or water you use to make your pot. You can change the bean or grind. The only thing the pod machines allow you to do is make one cup. If you want that, get a pour over coffee maker. I use this one (Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy) when I travel. It packs small, the mesh filter gets rinsed after use and it costs less than $10 on Amazon.

    In terms of coffee taste, what is the difference between Mr. Coffee and Keurig?

    There are other drip makers that are just as convenient. If you calculate the cost per pound of coffee, the pods are almost 10 times the cost of buying whole bean. Even with the cost of buying a decent grinder and a pour over set, you come out ahead after the 3rd pound of coffee. Not to mention the amount of plastic a k-cup user adds to the landfills.
    I know that if I microwave 16 ounces of water for 1 minute 45 seconds (in my microwave) the water is about 200F. Perfect for a quick cup.

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  3. I honestly haven’t tasted either, so I’m not best qualified to answer.
    However, I would imagine they’re fairly similar, but would add this:
    It’s the kind of coffee you use, more than the kind of coffee maker , that is the primary determiner of how the resulting brewed coffee tastes .
    With a Mr. Coffee, you can use whatever brand of coffee you choose, from among many coffee companies, and if it’s whole bean, grind it how you like. And better yet, get it as freshly-roasted as you like. Assuming you’re willing to pay more for better-quality coffees, fresh roasted coffees, and don’t mind the few moments it takes to measure and brew fresh coffee.
    With pod-only machines, pre-measured ground coffee in sealed containers, you are limited to coffee that is available in this format. Many coffee companies to choose from, as many have gravitated to providing this option for their consumers. This type of device with pre-measured containers produces a consistent, reliable brew. But the main barrier is freshness. The coffee was roasted and ground, long before it reaches your kitchen. Even sealed in an air-tight container, ground coffee only tastes good and fresh for so long.
    There are tradeoffs.
    If flexibility and variety are more important, choosing, grinding, measuring, and brewing your own coffee is quite easy. But not as convenient.
    If convenience is more important than variety and flexibility, pre-measured pre-ground sealed pods are about as easy as it gets.

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