Post # 1
I like coffee, and FH doesn’t, and since it seems like so much hassle to brew a pot and then throw most of it away, I rarely drink it at home. I haven’t gotten a single-use coffee maker because I heard the cost of the k-cups is outlandish. This weekend I was shopping and I saw that you can buy a reusable cup to put your own coffee in and save a lot of money. I read some reviews, and they are all over the place. So if you own one, please tell me:
whether you use the k-cups (if so, where do you get them cheap) or one of the reusable alternatives (if so, which one and how it works)?
how you like it and whether you would get the same model again?
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Maybe not what you were looking for but have you tried a french press? Mr. M. loves coffee but I like tea so he makes single cups in his french press and loves them.
Post # 4
@guitargirl: I am in the same boat…i have the smallest keurig (a red one) that my Fiance bought me last year for christmas….I LOVE IT!!!! As a matter of fact i am drinking a cup i just made. it is just a single serve, but i am the only one who drinks coffee but when it is cold outside and he wants Hot chocolate…they make cups for hot chocolate. i suggest ordering the coffee from their site it is the same amount in the store but you get i think it is 24 compaired to 18 that you get at bed and bath. plus you can order trials ones for like 2.99 for 5 cups so you can see what flavors you like. It is well worth the money 99 at bed bath but then you can find 20% off of them…such a great deal!
Post # 5
Sorry, this won’t be helpful. I received a Keurig as a gift and don’t use it hardly at all. I still buy starbucks every day. It got dirty inside somehow and flakes turn up in every cup so I never use it now.
Post # 6
We have one and we LOVE it. Fiance likes coffee and I like hot chocolate so we definitely got our moneys worth since they have all sorts of different kinds of k-cups. We have the Keurig Special Edition and we bought FI’s parents the Platinum for his dads birthday. I dont remember what the difference between the two is but the platinum was a little more expensive though the special edition works perfectly. We dont have the filter insert because we like the k-cups but the filter insert is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to have to keep buying k-cups, which definitely can get expensive.
ETA: Heres a pic of the one we have:
Another ETA: Fiance just told me that we get our k-cups from Shoffee.com. Apparently they are cheaper than buying them in the stores. They also have a HUGE selection!
Post # 7
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Post # 8
We have the special edition brewing system and love it. We use the one-use k-cups and buy them at bed bath and beyond (always using our coupons). I find we do not waste as much this way so the cost does not seem to high for us. We are buying one of the brewers for my parents because when they came to visit they loved it too. I haven’t invested in a re-useable kcup but our next door neighbors have it and they say it does cut down on the cost.
Sidenote–the holiday flavors (gingerbread, french toast, egg nog, and holiday blend) are to die for. I usually stock up this time of year to last me the rest of the year. Strange? Yes. But delicious.
Post # 9
We have a Keurig, not sure what the model is because it was a shower gift. It’s the middle size, it has a water resevoir but it’s not the top model. We love it! I’d get it again no question. We get K-Cups from several places like Target, BBB or Walmart. It’s not bad, it comes to about 50 cents a cup for us ($9 for a box of 18).
We just bought the reusable K-Cup (Keurig’s brand) for $17, but used a BBB coupon for it. Since we just got it a couple days ago I can’t review it, but I’m excited to try it out so I can use my favorite Dunkin Donuts coffee!
ETA: We have the same one as CaitMarae. Just an FYI, we always brew two cups, one large and one small for a cup of coffee because the large size turns out to be pretty small (but we do that from just the one K-Cup).
Post # 10
We received the Platium Model last year for christmas from my Aunt and LOVE it! We use both the k-cups and the refillable My-K-Cup. The My-K-Cup is good but I don’t feel like it make the coffee quite as strong as the regular k-cup but if you like a light to medium cup it is fine. I usually buy the k-cups either online (usually if you buy a few boxes the shipping is free) or at Bed Bath & Beyond. BB&B is especially a great because you get to use those great 20% off coupons on them too! Don’t buy them at the regular supermarket, they are way too over prices at most of them.
Post # 11
@twocatcupcake: You can descale to remove any build up. It usually just involves running a mixture water and vinegar through the system. Here is link that lists the different models and then the directions for each one: http://www.keurig.com/customer-service/brewer-registration-and-support/user-guides-and-help It is really easy.
Post # 12
I have tried both the Keurig and the French Press. I have to second the French Press for these reasons: 1. You can choose any type of coffee you wish to have and just get it ground for the French Press. 2. K-cups can be expensive to replenish unless you’re buying them on sale or at a bulk retailer like Costco. 3. We take our French Press when we travel (camping, visiting a relatives, etc.); it’s really convenient. Starbucks has a great one that isn’t glass. We’ve had it for 4 years.
Post # 13
I LOVE coffee and I totally prefer the french press over the single use machines (and I have had most of them). French presses are cheap comparitively so I would give one of them a try first.
Post # 14
i have a keurig (i think the same model as caitmarie) and use k-cups. i did the math once, and figured k-cups were actually cheaper in the end. i like my coffee really strong though, so maybe that’s why–i go through coffee fast when i brew it normally, like 3 scoops to a serving, whereas it’s just 1 k-cup per mug.
Post # 15
I have a keurig and I looooooove it! I use the reusable kcup with any old bag of coffee and yes, I save a ton of money compared to when I used to brew a whole pot and then dump it (what a waste!). I do buy the kcups sometimes just because I like the variety in flavors, but for the most part I just use the reusable kcup. It’s one of my most favorite things in the world! (I lead a very simple life, what can I say!) I’ve had it for 3 years and have had no issues with it at all. Mine looks very similar to the one @UpstateCait: has.
ETA: The french press is a good idea too… My Fiance actually prefers it over the keurig, I am just REALLY lazy (this machine is a lazy man’s dream) AND I’m always running late in the morning and can’t be bothered to boil water before heading out to work. I just pop the kcup in, hit a button, grab my coffee and run out the door!