Why Using K-Cups is Better Than Brewing a Pot of Coffee
We often ponder why using K-Cups is better than brewing an entire pot of coffee, and we come up with the usual list of suspects. We love the variety of each cup of single serve coffee cup after cup, and we love the fact the K-Cup supports households easily that want decaf and regular coffee in the same morning. We do know it costs us more for the privilege of using K-Cups every morning, but at .55 it's worth it. Imagine if you had to pay $2 a cup over at that crazy cafe - that would really add up after 2-3 cups. The time to brew is also amazing - with less than 1 minute to brew for K-Cups and over 5-10 minutes for a pot of coffee. We think we're pretty happy with single serve coffee, and we're going to stick with it. Why do you drink single serve coffee over brewing a pot?
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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 15, 2013 8:12 AM
I’m definitely a fan of single serve over pot brewed coffee. As a matter of fact, if it wasn't for the Keurig machine my wife purchased several years ago I probably wouldn't be drinking coffee today not to mention obsessing over it. Through that obsession I've owned almost every single serve machine and format known to man. After all that testing I've been able to find out some things about what I like in coffee.
I've found that I really don’t like flavored coffee. The flavors and nuances of the coffee get covered up and lost with all the sweet, syrupy artificial flavors. For that same reason I don’t like cream and sugar in my coffee. After finding that out about my coffee habit I was forging along happily with my array of machines. Then came a fateful trip to a specialty coffeehouse to demo the BUNN Trifecta. That became a life altering trip. OK, maybe not life altering but it definitely altered my coffee life.
While there I was able to learn about the different coffee growing regions and optimal roasts to get the ideal flavor profile from those regions. All brewed through a completely customizable machine that extracts the perfect flavor from each individual ground. This single trip changed the way that I looked at brewers and brewing forever.
Not able to afford a Trifecta I began looking for ways to mimic the flavors that I experienced that day. That led me to manual brewing methods that are less expensive and more flavorful than just about any machine I’ve ever tried. I now find myself buying whole bean, single origin coffee. I then grind about 22 grams of beans in a Hario hand grinder with a ceramic conical burr. I will then brew it through a pour over or an Aeropress.
Sure this method takes longer but it’s definitely more personal. It becomes an experience. From the aroma released as the beans are slowly crushed to the gentle foam of the gasses being released when the hot water makes contact. It is all out of love and respect for the bean and all it has to offer. If given the choice between questionable coffee and no coffee I’ll take no coffee any day.
So after all this I choose single serve over pot coffee every day. As all my machines have headed to garage sales and second hand stores there is one that has survived. I've added the new drawers to my BUNN MC and here it sits. It heats water quickly to the optimum brewing temperature for my manual methods and the ground drawer holds a full 20 grams for days I feel like using a machine to brew.
It has been a fun and winding road that I still look forward to exploring. And now I’m in the mood for an Aeropressed Guatemalan.