What do coffee aficionados think of Keurig machines?

What do coffee aficionados think of Keurig machines?

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  1. Its so easy to make a single cup of drip coffee with a filter holder and boiling water. You will save a lot of money and you will have a much better cup of coffee. You just put the filter in the funnel, add coffee, add water and you have a great cup of coffee without spending $30/lb or more for stale grounds.

  2. I own a Keurig. I like it because it’s quick and easy and creates a cup of coffee that is tolerable. (And on the occasions that I’ve needed customer service, the company has been outstanding!)
    But I agree that it’s not for aficionados. Given the choice I’ll go to a locally-owned coffee shop, or Caribou, or Starbucks (in that order). At home, I’d much rather brew a pot.

  3. K-cups are decidedly not for aficionadoes. They exist for a very specific reason: to make coffee quickly and easily. All other concerns, most notably taste, are secondary. NTTAWWT, but if you enjoy the process of making coffee and all the myriad variables that go into it, then this is decidedly not the device for you.
    That’s not to say a K-cup is bad. It’s not impossible to get decent beans in a K-cup, and although they’re pre-ground, they are at least vacuum-sealed. You could even potentially grind your own to ensure that you get the type of bean you want, from a reputable supplier, roasted the way you want, ground to the grind you want, in the quantity you want. But that’s taking away most of the advantage of a K-cup.
    The “fancy” coffees for the Keurig are to be avoided in general. The machine is incapable of producing a decent crema on an espresso; it lacks the proper pressure and temperature. What it calls a “cappuccino” should be the target of lawsuits by the Capuchins for defamation. And anything pre-sweetened is likely to have artificial sweeteners, even if not designed as low-calorie, simply because they can’t cram enough sugar in there and the artificial sweeteners are more powerful. They taste foul; you don’t have to be an aficionado of coffee to find them reprehensible. And flavors… well, I personally don’t care for them, but the main thing from a coffee aficionado’s point of view is that they tend to be made with cheap beans, using the artificial flavors to compensate. As one professional put it to me, “It’s coffee for people who don’t like coffee.”
    An aficionado doesn’t need a $11,000 Clover® Brewing System to make excellent coffee. A $25 Aeropress turns out excellent coffee. Not only can you control the beans as I described ealier, but it gives you control over temperature and brew time, crucial factors in getting the cup of coffee you want. You can also make great coffee with a drip cone or French press: again, you have control over the myriad variables that can affect the flavor.
    As I said, a K-cup is capable of turning out a decent cup of drip coffee, if you get the right beans (especially given that it tends to brew at too low a temperature, though at least it’s not boiling). As a caffeine-delivery system that doesn’t taste awful, there are far worse things in the world.
    But really, the thing that a coffee aficionado wants is some kind of relationship with the product. That’s the same for any aficionado of any food product: it’s more than just the thing that sits on your plate and or in your cup. Whether it’s wine, a slow-food meal, or the latest molecular gastronomy whiz-bang, it’s about more than just the flavor. It’s about having a connection to it that makes the process more than just consumption.
    That’s not about pretension. Pretension is having an opinion about how other people relate to what they eat. Being an aficionado is about how you relate to what you eat, and sharing it with other people who share your interest in the product as more than its final function. A cup of coffee can tell a story, a story that the Keurig abbreviates in the interest of getting you on your way to pursue what’s next. For the one who wants to appreciate the coffee in itself, for itself, there are better tools.

  4. This has all been very well stated already.
    I don’t particularly like K cups; as an answer to “waste” they are a fail; a regular coffee maker yields grounds I can simply add to my compost, but with the Keurig there are hundreds of little plastic cups filling the garbage. And no, I don’t take the time to gut them and then toss the plastic shells.
    The other thing is temperatures: it seems the Keruig water is never quite hot enough?
    As for me, I use a Technivorm for brewed coffee when we want a full pot, a Nespresso for a super quick but typically decent espresso, my espresso machine most of the time, but the simple French Press is far more preferable experience that the pallid K cup offering.When faced with only the K-Cup as an option, I pick the strongest level, and the smallest cup, trying to eke as much flavor out of it as possible.
    My absolute favorite machine was the Bodum electric vacuum coffee maker, which made better brewed coffee than the Technivorm, cost far less and was even entertaining…but I don’t think they make it anymore. ((If anyone knows where I can buy one, let me know!))

  5. My wife is the coffee nut, I am her fix it. She was drinking cream n coffee at 3 or 4 years old on her grandpa’s lap. In her early 70’s she wanted a Keurig to help minimize coffee consumption. Once a week she begs for a real pot of percolated coffee, which, it seems, only I can make. I study everything, and this machine has been a real hoot! Our kids got her a K-250. The hidden menu showed its firmware is ver. 200. It is a real marvel with at least 8 sensors and one of them is broken.
    Keurig is Junk. Do not buy one !!

  6. As a weekend coffee aficionado I would say that the K cup system has some severe limitations. The biggest being the lock-in to roasting companies that sell their coffee in these capsules. Want to try out that delicious local roaster or you read about in the city paper? No gonna happen in a K cup. Aside from supply issues, as well as environmental concerns (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2012/01/keurig-environmental-impact.html), there is the fact that the amount of coffee in the capsule is a compromise that favors packaging logistics over flavor optimization. For every cup of coffee there is something like an ideal solids to water ratio. In my experience the K cup does come close to this ideal with certain roasts at the smallest (6 ounce on the machine I use at work) setting, however if you want a larger or bolder cup you are out of luck. Investing in a decent drip pot or filter cone setup makes much better coffee more flexibly and with only slightly more time invested.

  7. A coffee lover wouldn’t be caught dead drinking keurig. A proper coffee is made one way. The espresso way. There is no other coffee. only waste water. hot pressurized water traveling through compacted espresso coffee grounds extruded through a portafilter. you can make it a standard pull, a ristretto, or a lungo. You can even make double shots (doppio)! Afterwards, you can add water to make an americano. you can add just milk foam to make a macchiato, or you can add milk and foam to make a cappuccino. And that is it. anything else (flat white, latte, blah blah) is american trash perverting true coffee. and trust me. once you’ve had the real coffee, there is no going back. It’s like waking up from the matrix.
    This is the real answer. forget all the others below. People who drink drip coffee of any kind are not true aficionados.
    Go to anywhere in europe and Coffee literally is just an espresso.
    Do yourself a favor. Get yourself a respectable machine like a gaggia symphony RS superautomatic and have good REAL coffee everyday at the push of a button.

  8. Keurigs are amazing for any coffee lover. All you need to do is get a reusable K-cup, and you can grind any bean and put it in there for a delicious single-serving experience. It’s just not ideal for bigger groups of coffee drinkers.
    In short it’s the best way to get a single cup of custom coffee that I’ve ever come across. Just stay away from pre-filled K-cups, as they are really wasteful.

  9. Pod machines do not make espresso. Instead, consider a super automatic espresso machine which produces real espresso (i.e. pressure extracted) at the push of a button. While it does require regularly adding beans and water and emptying grounds, as well as periodic cleaning, it is much less fuss than using a partly manual espresso machine and using it requires no skill. While espresso snobs look down on super autos, they give reasonable results with ease comparable to a pod machine, and turn bulk beans into bulk grounds with no expensive and wasteful plastic packaging. They can also steam milk.

  10. I agree with what Joshua Engel wrote about the pros and cons of making coffee with a Keurig.
    I am not a coffee snob, but I also don’t like to drink really bad coffee..for me, that’s coffee that is cold, weak, or tastes like soap (you know, like bad diner coffee). If you have the time and ability to brew or press good coffee, then that’s what I’d do.
    The Keurig (I own one of the little personal ones without any bells or whistles) is great for a couple of things. If I don’t want to or can’t take the time to brew a pot of coffee and I really want a cup, then it’s fine. Instances when you’re sleep-deprived and want coffee fast, the Keurig would be great…wish I had one 13 years ago when I had a newborn. Even without a newborn, I use mine at least once a day, often when I just want a cup of decaf in the afternoon or evening after work.
    It would also be great in your office if you don’t have access to a decent cup of coffee, without having to go out and get it. It takes no time, you’ll have a decent (if not great) cup of coffee, and there’s almost no clean-up. It’s cheaper to make a cup of coffee in the Keurig than to get one at most coffee shops. Most boxes of 24 K-cups will run you between $15-$18. You can also use your own ground coffee and not buy the disposable K-cups.
    Picking the right k-cup brand that matches your taste is something you need to experiment with, as some brands are bolder than others. You can read online reviews of all the brands to get an idea of what you would probably like. It will also make tea, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider although I don’t think any of them are better than decent, either. The cappuccinos or lattes in K-cups are so horrible I can’t drink them…maybe the fancier versions of the Keurig machine can do a better job, I don’t know. I just get straight coffee k-cups and use my own ground coffee in a my-K-cup, too.
    The Keurig is good for quick, cheaper than Starbucks, decent but not great coffee.

    Eight O’Clock

  11. I resisted the changeover for several years. My wife wanted me to cut my coffee intake and stop wasting brewed coffee, says she the non-coffee drinker.
    I woke up on a Saturday morning about three months ago and heard the TV on downstairs. Okay, not normal. Go downstairs, wife is watching QVC. Oh, shit, really not normal. Then I hear:
    “Honey, this is great deal, we really should try a Keurig.”

    What’s this “we” bullshit? You are not a coffee person.

    I basically said as much to her, to which she replied that she may end up becoming a coffee person after the baby comes. (Can’t say I would fight that logic.)
    I have since gone from brewing ten cups in the pot per day to having two or three K-Cups a day on the largest setting. The psychological hurdle here needs to be addressed…I am 33 years old and had my first exposure to coffee at the age of eighteen months. My mother made me a baby bottle of half coffee and half half-and-half when she noticed that I was cueing to her having her morning coffee. She was also pregnant through most of 1980, and she didn’t quit coffee for her pregnancy. I was exp…

  12. They are not worth the trouble and expense. My first one leaked the whole tank of water onto the counter/floor within a week. The replacement didn’t last a year. I’m back to old reliable and just bought a lovely stainless steel single cup cone that I know will last for many years. It makes a wonderful cup of coffee and is covered with tiny perforations so it doesn’t even need a paper filter.

    Victor Allen’s


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