May 1, 2004
K-Cup & The Brewer from Green Mountain
This is an interesting little single serve coffee machine - the pods it takes are multi-use it seems. Has anyone used this machine? It's about $199.95 as well - putting it into the - THIS HAD BETTER BE GOOD COFFEE or ELSE category. Check it out at:
It appears that the coffee comes in a small "mini-moo" sized container that is inserted above the coffee. Looks like you can even get Teas as well.
The defining characteristic in this new "Single Serve Coffee Machine" arena is going to be what you can brew in any of these machines. Enough ranting - check out:
The Single-Cup Brewer by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 1, 2004 8:55 AM
Keurig and Senseo both have reuseable filters and they allow for use of your own coffee. Check out the coffee gadgets and accessories section.
I am wondering if there are any single serve coffee machines that do not require 'pods'? I woudl like to use my favorite coffees to brew, but it appears that all single serve machines require a specific 'pod'?
I just got my Keurig and was all excited to try it. We ran several cycles to insure it was clean. Used filtered water. My wife and I tried several of the K cups samples and what a huge disappointment. It was WEAK! It was zero snap. For 200 bucks I expected it to bring it to me in bed! My $65 Sensco is MUCH better and my $35 French press is better than both of them. I am really bummed out and I am returning it tomorrow. I am sorry if this sounds harsh but I am telling it like it is.
I have had my brewer for about two months and love it. It was great at a dinner party to make each cup strength and flavor for each guest. I have programmed it not to run all day to reduce noise and power consumption.
We just reviewed the B50 and are finally a believer - the coffee is really good and the brewer is perfect for the home.
I just bought the Keiug maching for my home, as my brother had bought one last year..I couldn't beleive how great the coffee was. I think thou you need to try different coffee's to see what you like..Green Mountain Lake & Lodge is Great and Timmothy's Moca Java is really rich and strong..The machine does it's job..for the price..Also with different schedules it sure is more cost effecient, rather than making two diffent pots of coffee everyday and thowing half of it away..I went from a Bunn to this and I'm very happy with my new Machine! Hopefully more coffee company's will catch on to the K-Cups.
I own a Keurig and use it every day. I like the green tea and peppermint herbal tea.
They offer several kinds of green tea and my favorite is the Celestial Seasonings. Compared to a green tea bag, it is remakably lacking of any bitter taste. Could this be a result of no oxidation? The k-cups are packed in nitrogen, which is air without oxygen, so no oxidation occurs.
I also make a lot of Green Mountain decaf coffee.
I love the convenience of a quick cuppa from this thing. My major complaint is that I wish it could make stronger coffee.
The other downsides are:
1. It's a lot more expensive than the pod machines.
2. It stays on all the time and so draws power periodically. This is how it's ready to brew at a moment's notice.
3. It makes an annoying boiling sound for a few seconds every couple of minutes. I wish they had insulated the water tank better so it wouldn't have to heat so often. I also wish they would heat to a temperature less than boiling so it wouldn't make noise. It makes the lights flicker in my house (the ones on a dimmer anyway) when it heats.
4. The k-cups are quite expensive. 50 cents each for a small cup of coffee or tea. I often use two k-cups to fill a large mug.
So, considering the price of the machine and the k-cups, I wish it were a little better than it is. However, it is good enough for me to keep it and use it. Maybe I'll add a pod machine too for those times when I want a really strong cuppa which Keurig cannot do.
That's good to hear. It's been very quiet on the keurig front.
Have you tried any of the teas or non-coffee type items?
So I bought one for my office. The convenience is wonderful! Just put water in, let heat, put the K-cup of choice into the machine, press the button, and you have a very hot cup-o'-joe. Pull out the spent K-cup and throw it away for absolutely no mess whatsoever. The downside...it's an OK cup-o'-joe, not a great one, though far better than anything out of the pot of a drip unit, even just brewed. And the coffee K-cup options produce very similar coffee, at least among the 3 styles I bought. I'm comparing, in fairness, to the coffee I make on my home Capresso C2000 machine which produces consistently superb java but at 6 times the cost of the Keurig and with more work and mess.