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Better result with the Keurig reusable filter (215.2) - Mark's Journal
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Better result with the Keurig reusable filter (215.2)
The Solofill refillable K-cup I talked about in my Keurig post a month ago doesn't work on our office Keurig, as I mentioned. Since Amazon refunded my money and didn't want the gizmo back, I passed it along to seity1 and guinness_duck to try in their home Keurig brewer.

But meantime, I picked up one of the Keurig-branded refillable K-cups that pkdan said were available at Target. I tried it briefly that week, but hadn't really gotten back to it until this morning, when I brought in from home the bag of Peet's Major Dickason's Blend I'd been pleasantly surprised to find at Wegmans on the Kosher for Passover shelves. (Really! Kosher for Passover coffee!)

I filled the filter with ground coffee and carefully fitted it into the brewer, after removing the K-cup holder from the machine. (This filter comes with its own holder.) Pressed the button, ready to toss a pitcher under the nozzle if it started spraying hot water, but it simply brewed coffee into my mug. Tasty, tasty Peet's coffee.

I'll keep buying K-cups, such as the Wolfgang Puck Sumatra Kopi Raya K-cups I got last week. Those are probably the best I've tasted so far, and I'll grab some more next time Amazon has one of their sales. Why not just keep using the refillable filter? Well, it adds prep time before and clean-up time after, and I am, by nature, lazy. (Also, I don't always have the several spare minutes when I want a cup of coffee, such as when it's time to head to a meeting.)

But when I'm in the mood to spend a few minutes on a cup of coffee, I definitely appreciate that I can trade the extra few minutes for the savings of using my own ground coffee (probably 15-25 cents per cup) rather than the K-cups (around 50-60 cents per cup).
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belmikey From: belmikey Date: May 12th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a fellow coffee addict, would you say that, in general, these one-shot cartridge-oriented coffee makers have finally come into their own? The early models all seemed to get reviews that averaged out to, "Great idea, but not really great coffee"...
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 12th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Keurig brewer we got at work certainly makes a good cup of coffee if you give it a good K-cup. The sole K-cup I found didn't make a good cup of coffee was the Timothy's Kona, which was a surprise -- I'd loved their espresso pods for my Senseo at home. It might do better brewed with fewer ounces of water, say six instead of ten. Everything else has brewed a perfectly serviceable mug at ten ounces.

The Senseo has mostly generated pretty-good-at-best coffee, though a few pods have worked especially well. I did buy their espresso pod-holder, which generates something that more closely resembles espresso, but it's still not quite to the level of the Senseo experience I first had at a friend's house in France. They handed me a cup of something I'd happily call espresso. I should ask them what setup they've got.

The Keurig, though, bothers me only for the relatively high cost per cup. It works out to a little over 50 cents, up to say 75 cents if I'm not buying as carefully. As I commented last month, their intent is that you'll compare that to the cost of buying a brewed cup at Starbucks or other cafe for $1.75, rather than comparing it to the cost-per-cup of brewing a pot.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 12th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I should add that I'm not thrilled with the environmental impact of the Keurig, either. Coffee is really easily composted, and even when landfilled, coffee grounds aren't a big deal. By contrast, tossing all these used plastic containers in the landfill doesn't feel good.
guinness_duck From: guinness_duck Date: May 13th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like our Keurig machine. Now that I've massively cut my coffee drinking down most of my options involved way too much work for just a single up of coffee. I've enjoyed the coffee selections that are offered (unlike Mark I liked the Timothy's Kona. Not a favorite, but it was very mellow and understated. Kind of coffee I like with eggs.), and found their lemonade and black tea mix over ice has been great on these warmer days.
belmikey From: belmikey Date: May 13th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kind of coffee I like with eggs.

Heh. I think we all get conditioned to this by diner coffee, which tends not to be all that strong, in my experience :-)
callusdew From: callusdew Date: May 12th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first system I've tried on the single serve is the Tassimo, which I liked, but they don't seem to have a great selection since the dissolution of the Starbucks-Kraft relationship.
retrev From: retrev Date: May 13th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are other reasons to like the refillable pod...you can use fresh ground coffee (in my opinion, this has more to do with the quality of the coffee than the brand, etc.) and it's more environmentally friendly.
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