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(East Bay Express)   Old and busted: cronuts and twogging. The latest craze and emerging moral dilemma is... Pod Coffee   (eastbayexpress.com) divider line 198
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2013-08-23 08:37:17 PM
But it's so convenient!

Actually, I drink too much coffee for those to be worth it to me.  My Keurig hasn't been used in over a year.  Too expensive.
 
2013-08-23 08:49:48 PM
What is a cronut and twogging!?

/too drunk RTFA
 
2013-08-23 09:31:49 PM
How else am I going to get that smooth taste that only brewing in plastic can offer?
 
2013-08-23 10:08:27 PM
It's not that difficult to use the reusable cup. Hell, I prefer the reusable because I like how I grind my coffee
 
2013-08-23 10:10:24 PM
Because coffee in a teabag would be passe.
 
2013-08-23 10:10:36 PM
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2013-08-23 10:10:44 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-23 10:13:18 PM
If you really need single cups, why not just get a kettle and a small french press like the rest of the planet?

Oh, and by the way, you're paying more to get many, many fewer brews than you would with either a french press or just making yourself a small pot. Ever heard of a 4 cup coffeemaker?

Actually, the real draw for these things seems to be the presweetened instant coffee drinks that you can make. You know, the ones that are basically just that instant cappuccino powder?
 
2013-08-23 10:14:11 PM
images.amazon.com

/you can even get a metal filter to avoid the disposable paper
 
2013-08-23 10:17:22 PM
The only acceptable pod:


www.jlhufford.com
 
2013-08-23 10:17:30 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: [images.amazon.com image 260x529]

/you can even get a metal filter to avoid the disposable paper


coffee.gurus.net
 
2013-08-23 10:21:29 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: /you can even get a metal filter to avoid the disposable paper


This was the single greatest purchase I ever made on Amazon. I look forward to every 2:00 at work, and get nothing but compliments on the aroma that's created when brewing.

Fark this makes me want a cup now.
 
2013-08-23 10:23:25 PM
Put me in the metal filter french press club. yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum. Sometimes I think coffee in general is too expensive, I don't see how those pod people justify the expense.
 
2013-08-23 10:24:19 PM

cptjeff: Vlad_the_Inaner: [images.amazon.com image 260x529]

/you can even get a metal filter to avoid the disposable paper

[coffee.gurus.net image 300x140]


I'VE BEEN DOING IT ALL WRONG
 
2013-08-23 10:24:51 PM
What is a filter?

/Turkish coffee, motherfarkers!
 
2013-08-23 10:25:00 PM
www.talkaboutcoffee.com

Beans, water, press button. What's so hard to grasp about this? It's cheaper in the long run.
 
2013-08-23 10:25:27 PM
i have a french press at work, but the issue is grinding the beans (kinda noisy) and also cleaning the thing (because I don't want to clog the sink, so I put the used grounds in the compost bin).

/office is too cheap to have a keurig machine
 
2013-08-23 10:26:42 PM
senseo
 
2013-08-23 10:28:59 PM

legion_of_doo: i have a french press at work, but the issue is grinding the beans (kinda noisy) and also cleaning the thing (because I don't want to clog the sink, so I put the used grounds in the compost bin).

/office is too cheap to have a keurig machine


Make it at home:

ecx.images-amazon.com


http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-Premium-Thermal-1-Liter-Stainless/dp /B 00004S56U
 
2013-08-23 10:30:16 PM
Every cup of coffee I'd had out of a pod coffee maker in an office has the flavour of someones Caramel Cheesecake flavoured coffee or whatever the last abomination they brewed in it was. The retain the artificial taste of those flavoured coffees no matter how many normal brews you put through it.
 
2013-08-23 10:30:31 PM
 
2013-08-23 10:30:48 PM

Punk Floyd: [coffee.gurus.net image 300x140]

I'VE BEEN DOING IT ALL WRONG


Like they should have called it a French Pull?
 
2013-08-23 10:31:13 PM
I started a new job and encountered these things. I felt a little conflicted about it, but given how slobby programmers could be, it seemed tidy and it wasn't my money to buy the overpriced pods. I did read the article and am going to go back to drinking my coffee at home before work.
 
2013-08-23 10:31:21 PM
There are 3,216 words in that article.  The author needs to switch to decaf.
 
2013-08-23 10:33:53 PM
And for the boring, stupid and unenlightened, not to mention the broke-we do a pot of good 'ol Folgers here on the weekends.  I take the cheap Vanilla creamer, the old man takes his black with 2 teaspoons of sugar.  We will drink a pot of it over the course of 2 hours waking up/conversation.  Don't talk to us before we are caffeinated and fully operational and also fully clothed.  Nobody wants that.  Kid, roommate, dogs, cats and turtle have all learned by now.

/single serve coffee would never, ever fly in my house.
 
2013-08-23 10:36:21 PM

Alphakronik: Because coffee in a teabag would be passe.


Not for me! Both Maxwell House and Folger's teabag coffee rotate through my cupboard.  Like a fresh pot everytime, don't need a coffee maker, and it's much cheaper than this crap.  And it beats either making a full pot and throwing half of it out or guessing how much to use to make a smaller pot.  I guess it doesn't look as cool.
 
2013-08-23 10:37:33 PM
Came in here to suggest a single serving coffee press, but I see that's already been taken care of.

I use one at work; sunday evening i grind enough coffee beans to last the week, and keep it in the freezer at work.  Remove the glass beaker from the press to heat the water in the microwave, but it back together when heated (alternately, just take an electric kettle), add ground coffee for a few minutes, drink.  Cleanup just takes a couple mins or so.
 
2013-08-23 10:38:07 PM
shoponline.melitta.com

Single cups? What's the point
 
2013-08-23 10:38:08 PM

legion_of_doo: i have a french press at work, but the issue is grinding the beans (kinda noisy) and also cleaning the thing (because I don't want to clog the sink, so I put the used grounds in the compost bin).

/office is too cheap to have a keurig machine


You have a compost bin at your office?  Doesn't that stink like hell?
 
2013-08-23 10:39:17 PM
I usually drink espresso and that is made in a high end espresso maker.  I also have a Keurig for the rare occasion when I want regular coffee.  It's wasteful for me to make a pot of coffee when I only want one or two cups.

Also, as with a lot of farkers.  I WILL FARKING HURT YOU IF YOU BUG ME BEFORE I AM CAFFEINATED!
 
2013-08-23 10:39:47 PM
I'm not a big coffee drinker (although I worked as a barista while in college in the 90's), but this is my preferred go-to when I feel like a little after-dinner treat.

2.bp.blogspot.com

Somehow, I'm managed to not blow myself up.  Bonus - it works great when camping, too.
 
2013-08-23 10:40:07 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: [www.talkaboutcoffee.com image 270x301]

Beans, water, press button. What's so hard to grasp about this? It's cheaper in the long run.


I hear ya.

www.jlhufford.com
 
2013-08-23 10:41:55 PM
www.dcwhawaii.com  +    idata.over-blog.com =


msnbcmedia.msn.com
 
2013-08-23 10:42:12 PM
You'll have to pry my Kuerig from my cold, dead hands. FWIW, we primarily use a reusable filter to make our own blend of coffee. But it's awfully nice to pop in a pod & have a nice cup of tea in about a minute.
 
2013-08-23 10:42:13 PM

legion_of_doo: i have a french press at work, but the issue is grinding the beans (kinda noisy) and also cleaning the thing (because I don't want to clog the sink, so I put the used grounds in the compost bin).

/office is too cheap to have a keurig machine


Pre-ground won't kill ya. And just put it down the sink, it's really fine.

But if it's the office, why not just buy a drip pot and make enough for everybody?
 
2013-08-23 10:45:01 PM
FTA : as expensive as single-cup coffee is for consumers, the costs to the environment are even higher

Stopped reading there.

It just went on and on...
 
2013-08-23 10:45:08 PM
We have a small espresso machine I got at a yard sale, decently made at least, we've been brewing every morning for a year or two on it. I figure that our morning double espresso ends up costing about .15 cents each, you really can't beat that. Tastes great as well!
 
2013-08-23 10:45:13 PM
Im loathe to admit how much i like our cheap Mr. Coffee brand Keurig. $.40 a cup, cheaper than mcdonalds drive through at least and almost no effort. I keep a bottle of shiat whiskey in the freezer, 2oz of that in the bottom of the mug and its the perfect temp to drink right away.
 
2013-08-23 10:47:13 PM

cptjeff: If you really need single cups, why not just get a kettle and a small french press like the rest of the planet?


My office doesn't have a kitchen.   What water we have we bring in.  Washup is kind of awkwardly done in the bathroom.  Yeah.  We had a little pot.  No one wanted to deal with it after a while, including me. The k-cups are cheaper, more consistent, faster, and taste better than going to Caribou, Starbucks or Dunkin, plus we don't have to deal with the attitude that comes with the baristas at the first two of those places.

Plus we order the cups bulk, so they're like 50c each, and you can get 10-12 oz of strong brew out of the good ones.
 
2013-08-23 10:48:10 PM
Proof that you're an idiot:

You've ever told someone they shouldn't like the taste of something because you don't like the taste of it.
 
2013-08-23 10:49:36 PM

MutantMotherMouse: You'll have to pry my Kuerig from my cold, dead hands. FWIW, we primarily use a reusable filter to make our own blend of coffee. But it's awfully nice to pop in a pod & have a nice cup of tea in about a minute.


This ain't no place for a hero

ts1.explicit.bing.net
 
2013-08-23 10:50:19 PM
I could buy a $20 Brazilian French Press, but instead I'll buy a $2000 Espresso machine!

What a predicament!

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-08-23 10:50:23 PM
The seasonal Golden French Toast K cups + Crown Royal Maple = best coffee and liquor drink ever.
 
2013-08-23 10:50:24 PM

Haplo127x: We have a small espresso machine I got at a yard sale, decently made at least, we've been brewing every morning for a year or two on it. I figure that our morning double espresso ends up costing about .15 cents each, you really can't beat that. Tastes great as well!


When I used an old style manual espresso maker, I wired up a remote control to it (to the power outlet).  I would set it up the night before.  When my alarm woke me in the morning, I'd hit snooze and the espresso remote button.  When the alarm went off a gain, the espresso was ready.

Now I have a super-automatic which is much more awesome.
 
2013-08-23 10:53:04 PM
Before I got my big boy job (accountant), I worked in a kitchen/home housewares store. We sold those things and I got pretty damn good at being a coffee snob despite the fact that I don't like coffee. The primary demographic was bored, stupid housewives from the next town over (that incorporated to take advantage of city access without the need for metropolitan taxes).

/I should've been given commission
 
2013-08-23 10:53:15 PM
I've been pretty happy with the Clever Coffee Dripper

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Put coffee and hot water in a filter, wait about 4 minutes, then put the dripper on top of a cup and the coffee comes out the bottom.  For cleanup, just toss the filter and rinse out the dripper.
 
2013-08-23 10:54:51 PM
Though Subby did update things a bit by throwing in the Cronuts reference. The pod thing is still big, but its craze came on several years ago. The patent ran out on Kruereg(??) earlier this year. And now anybody can make the design.
If you're a coffee drinker, you want that pot in the morning, not having to make cup after cup while your getting ready to go to work. The big boss at work insisted on having a Kruereg. He thought it would impress clients. Guess how that worked, when each client had to wait for their cup, while others were enjoying theirs, poor secretary was running in and out of the conference room every two minutes.
I guess it is fine for the person who enjoys specialty coffees, and a cup or two will do.
I really want a French Press now.
Had a double boiler in Japan for awhile. Really liked it.
 
2013-08-23 11:02:23 PM
OK, I think the internet needs to be put on pause for a couple of weeks. I just heard of a cronut a few days ago, and have no freakin' clue (until I go back and RTFT) what the other thing is.
 
2013-08-23 11:02:29 PM

Aar1012: It's not that difficult to use the reusable cup. Hell, I prefer the reusable because I like how I grind my coffee


Second.
 
2013-08-23 11:03:54 PM
Or your could cut coffee and cola out of your life and then when you really need a boost a cup of coffee would make a farking difference.
 
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