I'm a bit of a coffee snob. I lived in Seattle for 5 years. If you don't become a coffee snob they deport you. I drink a LOT of coffee. Here at the iHeartRadio studios, we get free coffee. It was either free coffee or health insurance. We chose coffee. (i'm kidding. Kinda) It's swill not the greatest coffee, but it's free! Weeee!
Denise (The Teacher) gave me one of these Kuerig "K-Cup" single cup coffee makers for Christmas. I should say she gave US a Kuerig coffee maker for Christmas.
As a matter of fact my new K-Cup coffee maker looks just like the one in the photo above. Same color and everything.
We had a regular 12 cup coffee maker before, and we wasted a LOT of coffee. Some mornings we'd finish the pot. Most mornings we didn't.
Having a single cup coffee maker just made sense for us.
I love this thing. The coffee is fresher tasting. More intense. There are 9 million different K-Cups you can buy. Even Starbucks, which has their own proprietary system, makes K-Cups of their 9 million different blends. You can even make K-Cup tea!
My favorite is a Kuerig flavor called "Donut Shop." I guess it's supposed to taste like the coffee you get at Dunkin' Donuts (which to me always tasted burnt) All I know is I really like it.
Now, the K-Cup downside...
The model I have goes for about $99. You can find K-Cup makers by Mr. Coffee for anywhere from $59 to $100 or more. Kuerig makers start at $100 and go all the way to $200+!
The K-Cups. Even Folger's K-Cups cost about $10 for 12 K-Cups. I can get the Donut Shop blend I told you about for $9 right now at most Bakersfield supermarkets. Still, you're paying almost a buck a cup for coffee in your OWN HOME!
And a word to the wise: Read your owner's manual carefully, especially if you buy a K-Cup coffee maker like mine where you have to add water for every cup you brew. Unless you follow the protocol to the letter, there will be residual water in the coffee-maker and you run the risk of your cup overflowing. Or you'll do what I did this morning and scald yourself trying to jam another coffee mug under the flow before you make a mess. See below.
Other than THAT little setback, I LOVE my Kuerig. I even went out and bought one of those goofy little carousels for the little cups. And if you shop around, or order online, you can find the coffee blend you want at a pretty affordable price.
You can also buy a little aftermarket cup thingy that allows you to buy regular coffee and make your own little single serves. There are many different brands. Some use filters, some have built in filters. There is one type that is just a little metal top that snaps onto a used K-Cup. I have one with a built in filter. It does save money, but it's messy and the coffee doesn't taste as good in my opinion.
As I said, I LOVE my Kuerig. But if $$$ is a factor for you, a regular single cup drip brewer might be best for you.