December 22, 2015

Are Unfixable Keurig Machines Adding to Keurig's Troubles?

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Over at iFixit they’ve pulled together a post based on a post from a Washington-state coffee machine repairman, Joe Young. Joe has been making the rounds on Facebook—racking up nearly 30,000 shares in a few days about how unfixable Keurig single serve coffee makers are. Young posted a photo of a van stacked wall-to-wall with Keurig coffeemakers. All of them destined for the dump, because they cannot be repaired.

We do know however most of these coffee makers have lots of parts inside that can be recycled, so we don’t think you have to just throw a Keurig maker away. Our local elementary school recycles small appliances each spring and over the years we’ve donated many older single serve coffee makers to get recycled. 

But it does beg the question of how sustainable the Keurig business model is with K-Cups that are not recyclable and machines that are impossible or nearly impossible to repair. We’ll just have to see if Keurig responds to Joe Young’s claim of unfixable. We also know that many of the office Keurig machines of old were repaired all the time - so maybe it’s just the newer more electronic models that are unfixable.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 22, 2015 9:38 AM
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