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(Slate)   "America's best barista tells you how to make the perfect cup of coffee in seven steps." Subby can tell you how to do it in two steps: put the K-cup in the Keurig and press the little button   (slate.com) divider line 123
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2012-11-13 01:11:32 PM  

Madbassist1: Ironclad2: You sound like a Bud Light drinker.

YOu sound like a pretentious douchebag you don't drink cat piss.


FTFY
 
2012-11-13 01:14:56 PM  

nickerj1: Marlys: I received a Keirug as a gift. It's ok. The k cups are ridiculously expensive though. $10-15 for a dozen? The best price I've found is 80 for $40 at Costco. I have the reusable, grind your own cup, but that's like making a tiny pot of coffee every time.

The Keurig system is piss-poorly engineered and sucks.


I should point out that all the water entering my keurig was run through a Mavea first.
 
2012-11-13 01:25:12 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: Donnchadha: Donnchadha: Jon iz teh kewl: 1. lay out line of anhydrous caffeine on table
2. snort

Is anhydrous grade really necessary? The ReagentPlus grade has the same water content (<0.5%) and it's cheaper ($181.50/kg vs $240.50/kg)

Ugh, HTM-Fail...

$78.95 on Amazon.com


That's not going to be analytically pure with certificates of analysis though
 
2012-11-13 01:42:13 PM  

topcon: ...and if you're talking about those pod coffee machines, it seems like a lot of people say Nespresso is better than Keurig, albeit at a higher cost and less variety.


That's because Nespresso makes espresso, Keurig makes drip coffee. Although Keurig is coming out with an auto-espresso machine I think. Either way, it's espresso-blasphemy.
 
2012-11-13 01:45:34 PM  
Nothing is better than a French Press. Period.

No filters (to suck up all the delicious oil), no mildewed "innards," no expensive pre-ground cups, no moving parts to break, and you can use it with no power.

Just: hot water, freshly ground coffee, wait three minutes, press down, pour, drink.

If you are too impaired to handle putting four spoons of coffee into the press and filling it with hot water, then maybe you should detox from caffeine for a while.

/has to drink decaf
//heart says caffeine is a no no
 
2012-11-13 01:50:26 PM  

nickerj1: Marlys: I received a Keirug as a gift. It's ok. The k cups are ridiculously expensive though. $10-15 for a dozen? The best price I've found is 80 for $40 at Costco. I have the reusable, grind your own cup, but that's like making a tiny pot of coffee every time.

The Keurig system is piss-poorly engineered and sucks.

1. The Keurig requires more preventative maintenance than a hooker. If you don't use the Keurig daily, and perhaps if you do, there will be mildew accumulation after a few months. Instead of making the keurig long-lasting and durable, they made it "convenient". It's a direct result of the machine auto-loading and heating another load of water from the holding tank and into the heating system (the insides) of the device immediately upon it finishing brewing a first cup. If you only want to make one cup of coffee, and don't immediately turn off the machine after it's done brewing, that water will load from the holding tank into the innards and marinate in a dark, wet environment all day (or until your next cup of coffee). The holding tank will also start growing fun bacteria and exciting fungi after awhile if water is left in it. Who knew that if you leave water in a tank without a cleaning system shiat would start to grow?! Apparently Keurig didn't.

2. The Keurig is impossible to clean. It's got those plastic tubes inside that run water from the holding tank to the heating system and throughout the inside. Those farkers are impossible to clean. Once mildew hits your system, it's virtually impossible to remove. I know, I know. You'll read hundreds of methods online about how to "clean a Keurig". None of them work. I ran 5 gallons of white vinegar through that farker, multiple times, over the course of a week. There was still mildew coming out when running a no-kcup test.

3. None of the "make your own k-cup" systems work. None of the refillable cups work. None. Of. Them. Work. Perhaps it's because the companies designing them are idiots ...


Just an FYI, if you get the "office" model, it offers a "drain water reservoir" feature. Handy for what you are complaining about. The pump also seems to be more durable than the home models. I have the office model at home and the home model in my office. I like the office model better.
 
2012-11-13 02:05:04 PM  
Just an FYI, if you get the "office" model, it offers a "drain water reservoir" feature. Handy for what you are complaining about. The pump also seems to be more durable than the home models. I have the office model at home and the home model in my office. I like the office model better.

It's still an aweful machine. I never liked the coffee out of the Keurig machines. It makes good hot chocolate though.
I've tried the Nespresso machines in store demo a couple of times and I was pleasently suprised at their flavor.While it's not quite real espresso, it still tasted better than the Keurig. The price of the machines and their machines quality was a let down though. I shuddered when the sales rep went on about how it had "18 bars of pressure".
I still haven't found an "instant" coffee system that I like, considering cost, features, and quality. If I'm looking for something quick, I'll use my espresso machine with a pressurized portafilter so I don't have to fiddle with grind settings.
 
2012-11-13 02:35:20 PM  
French press. It's easy and makes good coffee.

1 - Toss in grounds.
2 - Fill with boiling water.
3 - Wait a few minutes.
4 - Drink.

You can add grinding your own before step 1, if you're a snobby, puffed-up jerk like me, and even roasting your own if you're what I aspire to be. But the basics are easy.
 
2012-11-13 02:41:07 PM  
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^ That's what I use.
 
2012-11-13 03:05:23 PM  

new_york_monty: The holding tank will also start growing fun bacteria and exciting fungi after awhile if water is left in it.


If only the system included a way to boil the water for safety before use.


/who knows, maybe kombucha coffee will be the next big thing
 
2012-11-13 03:09:18 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: /who knows, maybe kombucha coffee will be the next big thing


Probably not with the kombucha mushroom people sitting around all day.
 
2012-11-13 03:32:50 PM  
My office just switched to a Wolfgang Puck machine with those little single-pack discs, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies...

// I'm pretty sure there's no caffeine in those things
// not much flavor either
 
2012-11-13 04:11:42 PM  
Eh, the KPacks are just meh, for me.

Dunkin Donuts when I'm on the road, in a hurry; Peets at home when I'm not.
 
2012-11-13 04:14:31 PM  
If you use a typical spinning blade grinder, spend the $25 and get a burr grinder from Costco.

That one move will completely change the flavor of your coffee.
 
2012-11-13 04:48:08 PM  

dmax: If you use a typical spinning blade grinder, spend the $25 and get a burr grinder from Costco.

That one move will completely change the flavor of your coffee.


I keep hearing this, and I'm completely skeptical. I love my fresh ground coffee from my ancient cheapo grinder. The beans I get are very oily. I just pulse my grinder though. I don't let it run forever. Not sure if that helps. Anyway, I'm not about to pay $25 to solve a problem that no one has convinced me I have yet.
 
2012-11-13 05:07:53 PM  

stewbert: dmax: If you use a typical spinning blade grinder, spend the $25 and get a burr grinder from Costco.

That one move will completely change the flavor of your coffee.

I keep hearing this, and I'm completely skeptical. I love my fresh ground coffee from my ancient cheapo grinder. The beans I get are very oily. I just pulse my grinder though. I don't let it run forever. Not sure if that helps. Anyway, I'm not about to pay $25 to solve a problem that no one has convinced me I have yet.


All I can do is preach, brother. One day the scales will fall from your eyes.

/$25 is a small investment for the thousands of cups of better coffee
 
2012-11-13 05:54:28 PM  
This made the best brewed coffee I have ever tried.

http://www.starbucks.com/coffee/learn/clover

Seriously

Used a Chemex for about a year but was a biatch to clean. French press and moka pot now. I wish my blade grinder would die...
 
2012-11-13 07:11:44 PM  

jurisenpai: Nothing will beat an Aeropress. It's the French Press 2.0 and makes the best damned coffee I've ever had at home. I encouraged my husband to get one and he is in love with the low-acidity of it.


Aeropress for the win. It is the Dyson of coffee machines, without the Dyson price.
 
2012-11-14 06:35:48 AM  
After reading this thread, I took the plunge (pun intended) and ordered an Aeropress from Amazon.

I hope you people know wtf you're talking about.
 
2012-11-14 08:21:38 AM  

ZureaL: After reading this thread, I took the plunge (pun intended) and ordered an Aeropress from Amazon.

I hope you people know wtf you're talking about.


uh oh. Thats a big leap, right there, sir.
 
2012-11-14 08:37:13 AM  

Madbassist1: Thats a big leap


I looked before I leaped. It's been on my wishlist for nearly a year, this just prompted me to finally pull the trigger. If that's any indication on how much I really trust you farkers.
 
2012-11-14 12:47:00 PM  

Donnchadha: Jon iz teh kewl: Donnchadha: Donnchadha: Jon iz teh kewl: 1. lay out line of anhydrous caffeine on table
2. snort

Is anhydrous grade really necessary? The ReagentPlus grade has the same water content (<0.5%) and it's cheaper ($181.50/kg vs $240.50/kg)

Ugh, HTM-Fail...

$78.95 on Amazon.com

That's not going to be analytically pure with certificates of analysis though


nice. replace the sugar at work with that.
 
2012-11-15 12:32:32 AM  
This:

www.openpantrynyc.com

got me through college and law school.

i172.photobucket.com
 
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