I've been buying coffee from Boca Java for the past couple of years, using a Krups thermal carafe coffee maker. It is good but yesterday I heard a rave review about the Keurig K-Cup system. These make one cup at a time using little pods. No mess or need to clean coffee pots. The pods are sold by many sources and it would be about even in cost for me. Anyone use the K-Cups? You can also buy K-Cup pods with tea and hot chocolate.
I guess it's a great idea since it would be really fresh, however, Ron drinks a pot by himself every morning. Does Vanessa drink coffee, too? How about Jacob? I looked for something like that for years when I was single. I hated making a whole pot just for me, and I never found one. I haven't seen the coffee in Publix, but I haven't looked. I'll check it out this weekend.
I get my K-cups from www.greatcoffee.com and with the discounts it's about .40-.45 a cup (the best price outside of Costco, which is a few cents less per cup but without any variety, you have to buy what they have). My wife and I use this exclusively now. They have blends and flavors for every palate. I would rather use the machine to dispense hot water for my own cocoa, but I've heard good things about the tea (I believe the colonists had it right when they ditched it in Boston Habah).
Dave- I'm thinking along the same lines as you. The single cup maker. I REALLY thought hard about it this morning when I was cleaning the grinds out of the fresh grinding full pot coffee maker I have been using. I only drink one or maybe two cups in the morning and I'm the only one in the house that does drink coffee. Lisa is a hot chocolate person.
I have no more than two cups in the morning, and none for the rest of a day. Vanessa doesn't drink it. Jacob will have a cup every now and then. I'm going to try it. The greatcoffee.com website looks like a good place.
Vanessa might be able to get me a Christmas present I can use!
Consumer Reports doesn't rate the Keurig very highly. They claim the coffee was weak. But most reviews I've read rave about it. There was one report on the Target site where the Keurig was less than a year old and one morning it smoked and fried itself.
Sparky - what is your experience? How old is your machine?
we have this system at my company...you can't beat it for ease of use and clean-up
however, if you really care about the flavor of your coffee, and want to make it exactly how you like it, a traditional coffee maker might be better....the k-cup system does tend to producer a weaker cup of coffee and you cant add more coffee to make it stronger....also, the coffee has been ground weeks (or longer) before you actually get to drink it...you will never get that fresh, home-brewed flavor that you get from grinding it yourself (though i guess if you buy pre-ground coffee, there isnt too much of a difference)
so i guess thats the main trade off....the k-cups might also cost more in the end