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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
kristinhoppe.files.wordpress.com
 
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

i41.photobucket.com

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.
 
2013-08-23 11:04:22 PM

jim32rr: [shoponline.melitta.com image 199x297]

Single cups? What's the point


I F*cking LOVE that coffee...   :-)

/black with a pinch of sugar
 
2013-08-23 11:04:25 PM

AGremlin: [nirvana pic - msnbcmedia.msn.com image 600x450]


t.qkme.me
 
2013-08-23 11:04:41 PM
I can't drink machine coffee hot. It's just not coffee to me. It's great for iced coffee, though.
 
2013-08-23 11:06:33 PM

kevinatilusa: I've been pretty happy with the Clever Coffee Dripper

[i41.photobucket.com image 300x283]

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.


Vietnamese coffee press is better and requires less effort.
 
2013-08-23 11:09:22 PM

that was my nickname in highschool: I can't drink machine coffee hot. It's just not coffee to me. It's great for iced coffee, though.



encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-23 11:09:36 PM

Tony_Pepperoni: jim32rr: [shoponline.melitta.com image 199x297]

Single cups? What's the point

I F*cking LOVE that coffee...   :-)

/black with a pinch of sugar


Yeah great stuff, had to start ordering online after a local grocery chain got bought up by another chain and they dropped Melitta. Fargin bastages
 
2013-08-23 11:11:44 PM
I love the coffee in little plastic pods craze.  That way I can continue to mock the "save the planet" generation for such an abysmally wasteful concept.  It's awesome reading about all the little justifications people use to do something stupid.  Me, me, me!
 
2013-08-23 11:11:50 PM

8Fingers: 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.


We started with one Keurig machine at work.  Now we have eight.  Techies drink so much coffee our old coffee maker (a 60 cup commercial unit) never had stale coffee in it.   I'm not kidding.  i don't have any idea who thought a single cup dispenser would save money.  We barrel through those boxes of 25 cups at the rate of 3 or 4 per day.
 
2013-08-23 11:13:45 PM
Wow.
I wanted a Kuerig many years ago, my hippie wife (actually my hippie gf at the time) talked me out of it because of the waste.

I've already been in this debate... back in the aughts...

I lost.

Welcome to 2006 mutherfarkers!
 
2013-08-23 11:15:30 PM
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah


I don't farking know. Seemed just as relevant.
 
2013-08-23 11:18:40 PM
The new hot market is for Urolagnia coffee.  Just piss in a cup and Urolagnians are more than happy to pay a bundle for it.  I wish everyone had my clairvoyance.
 
2013-08-23 11:18:41 PM
Meh.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-23 11:19:29 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


And making my own mix.
 
2013-08-23 11:23:38 PM
I'll worry about this once it becomes one billionth the issue those damn disposable plastic water bottles become.
 
2013-08-23 11:25:31 PM

OgreMagi: 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 image 400x400]


Damn dude, that's kick-ass. Does it make the ends of your mustache twirl and untwirl like those things at parties?

It looks like it could.

My Saeco is on its last dregs, it needs a complete gasket overhaul, a temperature calibration and possibly a new pump.

If I can't do these repairs myself, a newer machine is in the cards.
 
2013-08-23 11:25:43 PM

rhiannon: I'll worry about this once it becomes one billionth the issue those damn disposable plastic water bottles become.


That's the spirit!
Keep wasting because that other guy wastes more than me!

/sound logic indeed.
 
2013-08-23 11:28:03 PM

tuna fingers: rhiannon: I'll worry about this once it becomes one billionth the issue those damn disposable plastic water bottles become.

That's the spirit!
Keep wasting because that other guy wastes more than me!

/sound logic indeed.


Sure.
 
2013-08-23 11:30:09 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


Done in four!
 
2013-08-23 11:30:24 PM
Wah Wah  People pay for convenience!

or is it

I'm douchier then you, I use *insert random archaic way of making coffee* to brew my coffee.
 
2013-08-23 11:31:47 PM

Lsherm: 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.


Depends on the situation.  I used to think that my office was insane for having single-cup coffee makers.  But then I remembered all of the shiat that comes with pots of coffee.  "Don't drink that.  Bill made it.  He always makes to too strong."  Or, "Kate left 2 ounces in the pot again and now it's burned."  Having the single-serve system eliminated a whole range of animosity and bullshiat.  People drop in the packet, push the button, then get back to work.

Of course, it led to hoarding of the good packs.  I'm not going to name names but a coworker did see my stash of mudslides.
 
2013-08-23 11:34:46 PM

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

Done in four!


I use this too. Only downside is that cup gets farking hot. Every once in awhile my husband wants a cup after I make one and I burn my fingers off trying to make a quick second cup.
 
2013-08-23 11:34:50 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


I can never manage to hit the sweet spot with my blade grinder... I'll eventually have to pick up a decent burr grinder. Until then I just buy it from a local coffee shop and have them grind it which is working out well. Good, fresh coffee that hasn't been sitting on a shelf for weeks or months, and no waste. I bought the reusable cup at the same time as the Keurig and still haven't finished the sampler pack that came with the maker.
 
2013-08-23 11:35:25 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: 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 image 169x200]

Somehow, I'm managed to not blow myself up.  Bonus - it works great when camping, too.


Yep.  I've one of those for espresso.  Awesome.  You win the thread.
 
2013-08-23 11:36:23 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: OgreMagi: 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 image 400x400]

Damn dude, that's kick-ass. Does it make the ends of your mustache twirl and untwirl like those things at parties?

It looks like it could.

My Saeco is on its last dregs, it needs a complete gasket overhaul, a temperature calibration and possibly a new pump.

If I can't do these repairs myself, a newer machine is in the cards.


I highly recommend the Juro Capresso brand.  I've had it about five years and it still makes espresso like a champ.  It's recently started leaking a very tiny amount of water, but not enough to have me worried.  It's on the sink anyway.

I got mine at http://www.jlhufford.com/superautomatic-espresso.asp.  They occasionally offer factory returned and reconditioned models for about half price.  It came with a full warranty and was actually brand new.  They just couldn't sell it as new because it was a return (there was the chance it had a defect that had to be fixed).
 
2013-08-23 11:36:29 PM
I worked with a biatch that would dump sugar into the communal pot of coffee. What a farking whore.
 
2013-08-23 11:38:32 PM
I just wish it was easier to get the Black Blood of the Earth where I live. That stuff's awesome
 
2013-08-23 11:41:30 PM

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

Done in four!

I use this too. Only downside is that cup gets farking hot. Every once in awhile my husband wants a cup after I make one and I burn my fingers off trying to make a quick second cup.


I bought a four pack of the reusable cups for under $10...worth every penny.  I wouldn't even own a Keurig if it weren't for the reusable cups.
 
2013-08-23 11:41:46 PM

shtychkn: Wah Wah  People pay for convenience!

or is it

I'm douchier then you, I use *insert random archaic way of making coffee* to brew my coffee.


or better yet, how would a IPA fan make his coffee?  With hops. Lost of hops. I can hear it now:
"My hoptastic espresso made with the right selection give me 140 IBUs.  Of course the only way to to do it is that you have have harvested brass from WWII era unexploded mortar shells.  That goes into a cask heated by burning Jack Daniels aged barrel oak.  Now my friends, that is only way to drink coffee"

l
 
2013-08-23 11:41:52 PM

Tony_Pepperoni:   /black with a pinch of sugar

specialkae:  black with 2 teaspoons of sugar.


Jesus H. Christ!
We've lost the meaning of "black coffee" to the younger, stupider generation.

From wiki:
Black coffee may refer to:
Coffee, served as a beverage without cream or milk or sugar.
 
2013-08-23 11:42:27 PM

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

Done in four!

I use this too. Only downside is that cup gets farking hot. Every once in awhile my husband wants a cup after I make one and I burn my fingers off trying to make a quick second cup.


This is why we just bought two of them to start with, though I still wind up cleaning them most of the time.
 
2013-08-23 11:43:31 PM

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

Done in four!

I use this too. Only downside is that cup gets farking hot. Every once in awhile my husband wants a cup after I make one and I burn my fingers off trying to make a quick second cup.

This is why we just bought two of them to start with, though I still wind up cleaning them most of the time.


Genius. Why did I only buy one?
 
2013-08-23 11:43:36 PM

AGremlin: The only acceptable pod:


This. Best coffee ever.

Also, invest in a basic coffee grinder for $10. Never buy Starbucks again.
 
2013-08-23 11:44:27 PM

Roja Herring: 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.


Third. I've made hundreds of cups and all the waste goes in the garden or down the disposal.
 
2013-08-23 11:44:46 PM

mrswood: I worked with a biatch that would dump sugar into the communal pot of coffee. What a farking whore.


I would cut that biatch.
 
2013-08-23 11:50:14 PM
These coffee pod machines are very big here in Australia. I actually just made myself an espresso from my Lavazza Amodo Mio (or short black as it is called here in Melbourne) to sit down at the computer  with. Here is a photo of the coffee I just drank.

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For something to drink at home they are great, but you you want a real short black you need to get it from a $10,000 espresso machine that uses single origin beans. I pay $3 every day during my morning break to have a short black or a macchiato from one of the many coffee shops around my workplace.

I love the coffee culture in Melbourne, and the wholeItalian standing at the counter drinking your coffee thing is starting to become a little bigger here.
 
2013-08-23 11:52:34 PM

mrswood: I worked with a biatch that would dump sugar into the communal pot of coffee. What a farking whore.


Wtf?

No.

NO.
 
2013-08-23 11:55:58 PM
I had thought about buying a Keurig but the pods are so expensive that I decided on a french press.  Some of them are almost a dollar each, which is a little much compared to the cost of making it in a french press.  Although we have a Keurig at work and a good variety of coffee and it's pretty good.
 
2013-08-23 11:58:13 PM

megarian: mrswood: I worked with a biatch that would dump sugar into the communal pot of coffee. What a farking whore.

Wtf?

No.

NO.


That kinda shiat will start a fight around here.
 
2013-08-24 12:01:04 AM

wraith95: I just wish it was easier to get the Black Blood of the Earth where I live. That stuff's awesome


She sounds fat. Like Orca fat
 
2013-08-24 12:01:18 AM
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This is all I've ever used for years and years and I love it.

Kraftwerk Orange: 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 image 169x200]

Somehow, I'm managed to not blow myself up.  Bonus - it works great when camping, too.


I've been wanting to get one of these but let me ask, why would you blow yourself up?
 
2013-08-24 12:01:22 AM

ElLoco: megarian: mrswood: I worked with a biatch that would dump sugar into the communal pot of coffee. What a farking whore.

Wtf?

No.

NO.

That kinda shiat will start a fight around here.


Do not taint the communal pot. That's how people get hurt.
 
2013-08-24 12:01:46 AM
Costco.
Kirkwood.

Fine, thanks.
 
2013-08-24 12:01:52 AM
Our office JUST got a Keurig. Like Wednesday. This evening I did buy a dozen pods with which to experiment. If I can get it to brew strong enough that it doesn't become dishwater when iced, I'll buy the reusable filters and my own coffee. The fine line for me is: as a single person who would drink about 24-30 oz a day of iced coffee, which is LEAST wasteful, from both a financial and environmental perspective? A large package might be cost effective at time of purchase, but will go stale. Factory-sealed pods are less likely to go stale, but are expensive and fodder for landfill.
 
2013-08-24 12:01:53 AM
Hands down, the most convenient way to wake up. Same dosage every time.
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-08-24 12:07:25 AM

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


This. I get the feeling a lot of people just really like generating trash.
 
2013-08-24 12:07:34 AM
Because I can pop in a pod and press a button, and coffee magically appears in the cup. It solves the conundrum of being awake enough to make coffee so you're awake.

I put some coffee in the pot once I get to work, but it makes all the difference in the morning.
 
2013-08-24 12:07:37 AM
Never wanted to own a Keurig, as I prefer espresso type beverages.

That being said I do own a CBTL / Caffitaly system.

Best part: when you buy in bulk, it's cheaper to order the far superior Julius Meinl pods from Austria than to buy pods from my local Coffee Bean.
 
2013-08-24 12:08:19 AM
Nespresso for the douch-ey win!

I have this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5JBNxCzDeQ

And the all aluminum capsules run about $0.70 each. But on this version, the milk frothing is worth every penny.

It's the humvee of waste when it comes to coffee making.
 
2013-08-24 12:17:00 AM
Meh. Never understood the pod thing.

This...this I could get into:

editorial.designtaxi.com

/partly because my dishwasher is always half full of coffee mugs
//that and, yum
 
2013-08-24 12:18:00 AM
I'm pretty sure the only wedding present my husband is aware that we received is our Keurig. He uses that thing 2-3 times every day. Saves a farkton of money at Starbucks, and we don't have to argue about what to brew - he'll drink it black (golf pro's don't dick around when it comes to coffee), and I'm the one who wants chai lattes all day long.

I'm the jackass that shows up to work first thing in the morning with my own coffee, and neglects to start the communal pot of black swill. Yeah, yeah, I'm a terrible person.
 
2013-08-24 12:18:06 AM
Bunch of pantywaists in here. I grab a hand full of beans, pop them into my mouth and chew them up, follow with a cup of hot water.
That's how coffee gets done.
 
2013-08-24 12:21:32 AM

SVenus: Nespresso for the douch-ey win!

I have this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5JBNxCzDeQ

And the all aluminum capsules run about $0.70 each. But on this version, the milk frothing is worth every penny.

It's the humvee of waste when it comes to coffee making.


LOL!
/NTTAWWT
 
2013-08-24 12:22:21 AM
Pods are definitely not my thing. If anything I continue to go back in time with my coffee consumption, as I've now moved to a percolator.  Favorite coffee is millstone columbian, coarse ground.  I love the simplicity of the percolator, I could care fark all about the environment though I do love to call out people who want to biatch about the environment while on their third keurig cup of the day at work.
 
2013-08-24 12:23:57 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Bunch of pantywaists in here. I grab a hand full of beans, pop them into my mouth and chew them up, follow with a cup of hot water.
That's how coffee gets done.


Oh, you chew them?

Well. La-de-da.
 
2013-08-24 12:24:53 AM
img96.imageshack.us

Bought a Rancilio Silvia in ~2006. A few months later I hacked on a PID controller. Easily the best coffee investments I've made.

/also own a Rancilio grinder
//and a Nesco coffee roaster
 
2013-08-24 12:27:08 AM
what? so gay people are wasteful and produce copious amounts of trash?
 
2013-08-24 12:30:02 AM
I've tried about dozen different flavors from different companies and the only the only thing that's come out of the Keurig that I've genuinely enjoyed was at someone's house who was using good coffee in a reusable filter. Hell, freshly ground cheap Dunkin Donuts beans taste good out of a Keurig. The stuff that's been sitting in those pods for months does not.

I get that it's cheaper and more convenient than a coffee shop, but it's also more expensive and less convenient than cold brewing which is my easy method of choice.
 
2013-08-24 12:30:26 AM

MrEricSir: //and a Nesco coffee roaster


Oh, and before anyone asks -- if you want to try roasting your own coffee, check out Sweet Maria's. They sell raw, unroasted beans and have a ton of great info on their site.

Also you don't *need* to buy a special roaster, you can use certain types of popcorn poppers, a toaster oven, or even a stovetop. But I wouldn't recommend any of those options if you live in an apartment or condo as they really stink up the place. Devices made just for roasting coffee are a better bet if you care about the smell.
 
2013-08-24 12:31:41 AM

phedex: Pods are definitely not my thing. If anything I continue to go back in time with my coffee consumption, as I've now moved to a percolator.  Favorite coffee is millstone columbian, coarse ground.  I love the simplicity of the percolator, I could care fark all about the environment though I do love to call out people who want to biatch about the environment while on their third keurig cup of the day at work.


Percolated coffee is pretty damn close to cowboy coffee (water and coffee bean bits heated on a skillet).  I've had to break out my camping percolator when between the standard coffee makers.  It's ok, I don't mind a few grounds up in my grille.

www.ladyandtheblog.com
 
2013-08-24 12:33:29 AM

TheRameres: 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.


+1

The best coffee I've ever had at home was with the Aeropress.
 
2013-08-24 12:36:27 AM

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


I got one last Christmas, it's pretty fricken awesome.
I brought it to AK for the boat, as we drink endless amounts of coffee. It provided great coffee, and entertainment as it looks like a bong/junkies rig/penis pump....yeah, we are immature idiots.
 
2013-08-24 12:37:58 AM
Coffee from a Keurig sucks.  Forget about the waste and all that.  It's just not any good.  If you use your own coffee it gets better, but the pods suck.

Be a real person and spend 45 seconds making your coffee, if you need coffee in the morning.
 
2013-08-24 12:38:02 AM
I just finished drinking a refreshing expresso drink.

4 oz espresso from my super-automatic (good beans, of course)
A few ice cubes
Fill the shaker with Irish Cream.
Shake until the ice is melted

Poor in a pint glass and drink

I think I'll have another.
 
2013-08-24 12:38:22 AM
plain old french press works fine. it is really good grind and water, at the proper temperature.
 
2013-08-24 12:38:40 AM

OgreMagi: I just finished drinking a refreshing expresso drink.



I should be whipped for that.  Espresso, damn it.
 
2013-08-24 12:41:59 AM

Ker_Thwap: I love the coffee in little plastic pods craze.  That way I can continue to mock the "save the planet" generation for such an abysmally wasteful concept.  It's awesome reading about all the little justifications people use to do something stupid.  Me, me, me!


Er, you do realize the "generation" you're complaining about has been around for like 40 years?

Obligatory XKCD
 
2013-08-24 12:43:39 AM
what grinds my gears are dickwads at work that drink the last cup but are too lazy to start a new pot.

farmers brothers (i think it is an institutional brand) is darn good.

of course i would like blue mountain all the time....
 
2013-08-24 12:44:40 AM

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


This. When I got my Keurig (Christmas gift from Mrs. Addict), she had the forethought to get the reusable filter. Sure, I use the KCups when I'm in a hurry, but when given my druthers, I'll grind up some fresh and REALLY enjoy it.
 
2013-08-24 12:44:46 AM

TOSViolation: 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.


I told one of my fellow alter boys that he should avoid father Murphy cause his balls tasted like bushmills and cabbage farts, I was just trying to protect him...guess I'm an idiot?
 
2013-08-24 12:47:09 AM
I stick my tongue into a small jar of freeze dried Folgers and dissolve it with saliva in a pinch.  You have the right to feel superior in comparison now.
 
2013-08-24 12:54:21 AM

megarian: I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah


I don't farking know. Seemed just as relevant.


His voice is rich, smooth, and dark....like a well brewed cup of coffee.

/or a NBA player at the club at an away game on ladies night.
 
2013-08-24 12:55:40 AM
Popular Opinion:
of course i would like blue mountain all the time....

That's the only thing I put in my espresso maker.  It's my one great indulgence.  In my defense, when I first started drinking it I was getting it at the low price of $50 for three pounds, which really isn't that much more than regular coffee beans.  The bastards keep raising the price and I keep buying it.

http://www.jablumcoffee.com/product_info.php/100-jamaica-blue-mounta in -whole-beans-16oz-espresso-roast-p-59
 
2013-08-24 01:00:55 AM
when i was working overseas (wales), the staff got upset that the building management was replacing the nescafe instant coffee with some no-name brand.

i couldn't believe they drank instant coffee, every day, on purpose, not because they ran out of real coffee, or were sailing on a boat....

but they were right. the cheap stuff was worse.

i learned to drink tea. i even was able to drink it with milk and sugar it somebody made it that way.
 
2013-08-24 01:02:20 AM
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2013-08-24 01:02:41 AM

Popular Opinion: when i was working overseas (wales), the staff got upset that the building management was replacing the nescafe instant coffee with some no-name brand.

i couldn't believe they drank instant coffee, every day, on purpose, not because they ran out of real coffee, or were sailing on a boat....

but they were right. the cheap stuff was worse.

i learned to drink tea. i even was able to drink it with milk and sugar it somebody made it that way.


I remember being in a private home in Budapest and being offered Nescafe as if it was some kind of big deal.  I politely accepted and choked that nasty shiat down with a smile because in real life I am not an asshole (unlike on the internet).
 
2013-08-24 01:03:32 AM

OgreMagi: Popular Opinion:
of course i would like blue mountain all the time....

That's the only thing I put in my espresso maker.  It's my one great indulgence.  In my defense, when I first started drinking it I was getting it at the low price of $50 for three pounds, which really isn't that much more than regular coffee beans.  The bastards keep raising the price and I keep buying it.

http://www.jablumcoffee.com/product_info.php/100-jamaica-blue-mounta in -whole-beans-16oz-espresso-roast-p-59


i'm jealous. =/
 
2013-08-24 01:05:28 AM
It's worth it to me because I never drink a pot of coffee and nobody else in my house likes the stuff.  They do make filter pouches that create less waste and they also taste better.

aspAddict: she had the forethought to get the reusable filter.


I have one of those and for whatever reason it just doesn't work very well.
 
2013-08-24 01:11:35 AM
anyway...i'll drink a whole pot of coffee, or half a pot at least, if i make it in the morning.
and i don't really drink coffee in the evening, unless maybe if i am eating out and have coffee with dessert.
i'd have to pop 3-4 or those pods at least.
 
2013-08-24 01:16:14 AM

louiedog: I've tried about dozen different flavors from different companies and the only the only thing that's come out of the Keurig that I've genuinely enjoyed was at someone's house who was using good coffee in a reusable filter. Hell, freshly ground cheap Dunkin Donuts beans taste good out of a Keurig. The stuff that's been sitting in those pods for months does not.

I get that it's cheaper and more convenient than a coffee shop, but it's also more expensive and less convenient than cold brewing which is my easy method of choice.


Cold-brew FTW.  What's your recipe?  I use 75g of the most coarsely-ground beans I can get with 650 mL of water.  Run through a french press after 8 hours of chill-time yields 500mL of final product (+/-25mL).  This is enough rocket fuel for two to three days for me.  I really, really like it, but I feel like I could (should) get more than one batch out of the coffee.  But then I worry that the second run would be far too weak...
 
2013-08-24 01:43:39 AM
Emerging since 2002 no less.
 
2013-08-24 02:00:36 AM
I like tea.
 
2013-08-24 02:07:59 AM

whatshisname: 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.


In my old office was some sort of leftover french roast or hazelnut aroma crap in your coffee, no matter what strength of regular coffee you attempted to brew -- it tasted like 'lifestyle coffee'.

Like many here,  I thus discovered the coffee press,  and a nearby hot water dispenser. Life was good. New jerb, I'm working with engineers, and we brew regular coffee as an expression of defiance to the 22 flavored coffee machine down the hall.
 
2013-08-24 02:15:08 AM

ravenlore: Our office JUST got a Keurig. Like Wednesday. This evening I did buy a dozen pods with which to experiment. If I can get it to brew strong enough that it doesn't become dishwater when iced, I'll buy the reusable filters and my own coffee. The fine line for me is: as a single person who would drink about 24-30 oz a day of iced coffee, which is LEAST wasteful, from both a financial and environmental perspective? A large package might be cost effective at time of purchase, but will go stale. Factory-sealed pods are less likely to go stale, but are expensive and fodder for landfill.


Never quite understood the problem of stale coffee. Keep whole beans sealed, keep grounds frozen.
Brewed coffee is good for 2-4 hours. Sometimes I'll drink it next day if it's there and I'm feeling lazy. No biggie.
Folgers from the drip machine is $0.04 per cup, so even if I throw out half, it's still far cheaper than k-cups.
 
2013-08-24 02:21:17 AM

E5bie: Folgers from the drip machine is $0.04 per cup


They're going to have to pay me a lot more than four cents a cup if they want me to drink that shiat.
 
2013-08-24 02:38:05 AM
Pod coffee is waaay older than cronuts.
 
2013-08-24 02:40:36 AM

Landis: Cold-brew FTW. What's your recipe? I use 75g of the most coarsely-ground beans I can get with 650 mL of water. Run through a french press after 8 hours of chill-time yields 500mL of final product (+/-25mL). This is enough rocket fuel for two to three days for me. I really, really like it, but I feel like I could (should) get more than one batch out of the coffee. But then I worry that the second run would be far too weak...


The place I used to work at was like.. 5 pounds / 3 gallons, at room temperature for 20 hours, then drain. That works out to 130 g for 650 mL. But it comes out really strong and you can dilute it 1/3 or pour it over ice.
 
2013-08-24 02:41:55 AM

Dragonflew: 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.


What's wrong with this cronut thing? I just looked it up, and it sounds pretty good. A light, flaky donut? I'd try that. I often get a donut or a muffin for breakfast during the workweek, and I'd have one of those if I saw one at the store. I'm not sure why the concept has offended you.

Twogging, on the other hand, that's just Republican-grade stupid. "Twerking" on your dog, I can't even understand what would make this a "thing" even for one person, let alone enough to make it a "craze that's sweeping the Internet", as the story I just read assured me that it was. I'd shoot my kids if they started doing something so idiotic, because it would be a mercy. Nothing says "I can't get a job other than standing on the street corner with a "Open House" sign." like shaking your ass on your dog for the sole purpose of putting a video of it on the internet. Of course, I think the whole twerking thing is pretty stupid in the first place.
 
2013-08-24 02:43:42 AM
cdn.ebaumsworld.com
What?
 
2013-08-24 02:45:05 AM

cptjeff: 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?


Ever heard of an office where you don't really have a place to store your french press or plug in 4 cup coffee makers for 125 different people? Sorry, I see where these things come in handy, and I don't even drink coffee. If I did, I sure wouldn't want to have to compromise with a bunch of other people on what I drank, as well as synchronize my schedule with them.

I'm also curious how much less coffee and water gets wasted this way...
 
2013-08-24 02:51:08 AM

johnnieconnie: What is a cronut and twogging!?

/too drunk RTFA


Apparently, a cronut is basically a donut made with croissant dough. Not sure why Subby thinks it needs to be mocked next to Twogging, which is doing that twerking thing with a dog involved. Subby's mockery towards THAT is fully understood.
 
2013-08-24 03:25:56 AM

Lsherm: 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).

You have a compost bin at your office?  Doesn't that stink like hell?


California.

We have like 4 or 5 different kinds of garbage to sort. Seriously, even at McDonald's, you go up to the trash, and it's like utter madness because you have to read through the garbage instructions so you put the right garbage in the right bin.

At the office (not McDonald's. I don't say "Do you want fries with that" as part of my job)... Paper towels, coffee grounds, certain other things go in the (green) compostable bin. Then the plastics & aluminum in another bin. There's the office paper bin. Then there's the landfill bin.

(Presumably, the janitorial staff has collection bins for all of that stuff. They could dump every bin into the same garbage bin for all I know.)

Of course, the offices I've been in with the keurig... it's one trash bin, and maybe a blue bin for recycles, because fark the planet or whatever.

/I also have a reusable canister thing for my keurig at home
/nuke the whales!
 
2013-08-24 03:40:54 AM

legion_of_doo: Lsherm: 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).

You have a compost bin at your office?  Doesn't that stink like hell?

California.

We have like 4 or 5 different kinds of garbage to sort. Seriously, even at McDonald's, you go up to the trash, and it's like utter madness because you have to read through the garbage instructions so you put the right garbage in the right bin.

At the office (not McDonald's. I don't say "Do you want fries with that" as part of my job)... Paper towels, coffee grounds, certain other things go in the (green) compostable bin. Then the plastics & aluminum in another bin. There's the office paper bin. Then there's the landfill bin.

(Presumably, the janitorial staff has collection bins for all of that stuff. They could dump every bin into the same garbage bin for all I know.)

Of course, the offices I've been in with the keurig... it's one trash bin, and maybe a blue bin for recycles, because fark the planet or whatever.

/I also have a reusable canister thing for my keurig at home
/nuke the whales!


I'd say odds are 50/50 that all that stuff gets dumped into the same container and then gets sorted at a facility.  I have yet to work on any public project that trusts the public to do what's expected.  People could throw plastic into the compost bin, then what?

After the ridiculous cost of the pods, I tried the reusable copper filter for the Keurig, but again, if you drink a lot of coffee, it doesn't make any sense.  You're cleaning a filter for every cup you make.  It just got tiring.

I had an old Cuisinart Grind and Brew that made coffee directly into a thermal carafe:

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and I went back to it.  Keeps the coffee hot for as long as I need to drink it and makes all I need in the morning.  I'm lazy, so I quit using the grind because I didn't like cleaning out the grinder or the chute.  But using regular ground coffee like Yuban?  It works just fine.
 
2013-08-24 03:53:53 AM

MrEricSir: MrEricSir: //and a Nesco coffee roaster

Oh, and before anyone asks -- if you want to try roasting your own coffee, check out Sweet Maria's. They sell raw, unroasted beans and have a ton of great info on their site.

Also you don't *need* to buy a special roaster, you can use certain types of popcorn poppers, a toaster oven, or even a stovetop. But I wouldn't recommend any of those options if you live in an apartment or condo as they really stink up the place. Devices made just for roasting coffee are a better bet if you care about the smell.


I prefer Gillies for green beans.  I get a single region bean in the 25 pound size and end up paying less than $4.00 per pound for fresh roasted coffee...delivered.  Currently it's Tanzania Peaberry.

I use a popper/Galloping Gourmet grill roaster in the shed.  I can run it inside with the vent fan running full tilt.  It's the older style vent hood with a jet engine that actually vents out the roof.  Try it in an apartment, and you're going to piss a lot of people off.  You will also end up picking chafe out of things for the next 5 years.
 
2013-08-24 04:05:11 AM
Kona+french press=ftw
 
2013-08-24 04:15:27 AM

kevinatilusa: 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.


Totally with you on this. Had a boarder leave his behind a few months back. Used it every morning since then. And yep, the cleanup takes all of 6 seconds.
 
2013-08-24 05:22:32 AM
Apparently there's 6 of those little baskets in this box.  It's less than $9.00 at amazon.

Pack me a bowl.

snag.gy
 
2013-08-24 05:35:09 AM

tuna fingers: phedex: Pods are definitely not my thing. If anything I continue to go back in time with my coffee consumption, as I've now moved to a percolator.  Favorite coffee is millstone columbian, coarse ground.  I love the simplicity of the percolator, I could care fark all about the environment though I do love to call out people who want to biatch about the environment while on their third keurig cup of the day at work.

Percolated coffee is pretty damn close to cowboy coffee (water and coffee bean bits heated on a skillet).  I've had to break out my camping percolator when between the standard coffee makers.  It's ok, I don't mind a few grounds up in my grille.

[www.ladyandtheblog.com image 213x213]


My bad coffee is partly responsible for my extended bachelor status, but it did reveal to me the secret of the Monolith Monsters.
 
2013-08-24 05:47:52 AM
Cronuts and

twogging don't even deserve to be in the same paragraph.  Cronuts sound kind of awesome.  Twogging would be something straight out of Idiocracy, if not for the difficulty in suspending disbelief that humans could become that stupid.
 
2013-08-24 06:48:15 AM
i915.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-24 07:04:41 AM
you need the giant economy size
s13.postimg.org
 
2013-08-24 07:09:42 AM

TomD9938: 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...


I carried on reading for a while but came to a screeching halt after this:

One Keurig patent lists the K-Cup components as a blend of polyethylene, ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), and polystyrene. These are all commonly used plastics, but there are known health issues associated with styrene. Styrene has been shown to migrate from containers into food or drinks and accumulate in our fatty tissue.

If you can't be arsed to do the scant few seconds of fact-checking to learn that polystyrene and styrene are two different compounds then I can't be arsed to read your article.
 
2013-08-24 07:15:10 AM

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

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


This thing makes the best possible cup of coffee.
 
2013-08-24 07:17:02 AM
"The health effects of drinking something that's made by forcing scalding water through a flimsy plastic cup are unclear.

Glass and or Stainless steel only.

steamykitchen.com
 
2013-08-24 07:35:08 AM
Can someone explain to me the "pour over" nonsense I'm seeing at a lot of coffee shops these days? Is there something to it or is it basically "drip coffee done manually/expensively". It's hard not to see it as the latter.

There's an awful lot of ceremony to the whole thing too. Probably makes people feel better about their $6 coffee.
 
2013-08-24 07:40:52 AM
The health effects of drinking something that's made by forcing scalding water through a flimsy plastic cup are unclear.

Your mom is a flimsy plastic cup, article typer (I can't consider that writing).

Keurigs are fine for what they do. Provide a quick and easy 4-18 oz cup of coffee (you can double brew if you like you coffee lighter). Its great for the workplace because for 50-75 cents a cup and access to decent water there is almost no clean up and you don't have to bicker about whose flavor/brand of coffee gets used. No point in paying someone $20+ per hour and having them waste any of that on cleaning coffee makers, arguing over who used the last of the pot, or who stole the coffee fund money and left Twix wrappers in the can.
Just wash out your mug when you're done unless you like velvety floaties in your brew.
 
2013-08-24 07:42:59 AM

subfactorial: Can someone explain to me the "pour over" nonsense I'm seeing at a lot of coffee shops these days? Is there something to it or is it basically "drip coffee done manually/expensively". It's hard not to see it as the latter.

There's an awful lot of ceremony to the whole thing too. Probably makes people feel better about their $6 coffee.


I think they're jealous of the Japanese tea ceremonies and want a little "japanese steakhouse" style showmanship with their overpriced bean squeezins.
 
2013-08-24 08:08:50 AM
Massive amounts of trash??  So the "moral panic" is just more environmentalist nonsense?

These panics over little things that become fads seems to be more of a "STOP DOING WHAT I DON'T LIKE" sort of thing and less about anything realistic.
 
2013-08-24 08:18:17 AM

Darkridr: No point in paying someone $20+ per hour and having them waste any of that on cleaning coffee makers, arguing over who used the last of the pot, or who stole the coffee fund money and left Twix wrappers in the can.
Just wash out your mug when you're done unless you like velvety floaties in your brew.


And when Keurig rolls out their line of upscale cup-o-noodles, no more squabbles over the office fridge and microwave!
Yay progress!
 
2013-08-24 08:20:09 AM
What ever happened to coffee flavored coffee?

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www.coffeecouponsprintable.net
 
2013-08-24 08:46:00 AM
http://www.amazon.com/BUNN-MCU-Single-Multi-Use-Brewer/dp/B009PLQ5H2/ r ef=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377348125&sr=8-1&keywords=bunn+mcu

Stores up to 16oz hot water ready to go, has a K-cup, pouch, hot water and TWO SCOOP RINSIBLE MESH BASKET that works like an espresso charge basket - much better than the K-crap.
The basket makes stronger coffee with a half scoop than ANY k-cup can make, if you're S&M put in two scoops.  rawr.

Coolest feature is no matter your cup size, if its under 16oz what you pour into the machine from it is what you will get out.   I use the fridge's oz meter to put 10oz of water in for making noodle cups!
 
2013-08-24 08:51:42 AM

Dafatone: Ker_Thwap: I love the coffee in little plastic pods craze.  That way I can continue to mock the "save the planet" generation for such an abysmally wasteful concept.  It's awesome reading about all the little justifications people use to do something stupid.  Me, me, me!

Er, you do realize the "generation" you're complaining about has been around for like 40 years?

Obligatory XKCD


I'm old, that's the generation I'm making fun of.
 
2013-08-24 08:55:39 AM
My go-to workday coffeemaker is my Senseo. I'm on my third one over the last dozen years and four countries. You can pack your own pods or buy ready-made pods (made of coffee filter material) for a lot less than K-Cup money. And it tastes better.
When I'm not making coffee at 0515 with my eyes closed, I have a Bodum press, a burr grinder, a Vietnamese coffee filter, and Indian filter pot, and a Melitta CuppaJoe single pour filter. You can get good beans here. Life is good.
 
2013-08-24 09:09:03 AM

Popular Opinion: what? so gay people are wasteful and produce copious amounts of trash?


Is that you, Jon is teh kewl?
 
2013-08-24 09:10:55 AM
I originally bought our Keurig when Mr. Wonder was on Active Duty at the nearby installation. He would stop in twice a day at the Starbucks halfway between our house and the fort (sometimes more when he had 24-hour staff duty) and get a Venti Mocha to the tune of $5.50. I would also go to the Starbucks and get a similar expensive drink for around the same price. Between the two of us, we were spending $15-30 a day on coffee for about three years. So when hubby deployed, our coffee maker at home died (along with most other machines in the house), I decided to give the Keurig a try. Husband was pissed I bought one of those machines, until I pointed out that we spent $0.50 a pod/cup of coffee from Sam's Club vs $5.50 for a cup of coffee at Starbucks. He likes the pods just fine. That being said, when the Keurig finally does on us, I'll probably switch to a French press and a burr grinder. Artisanal coffee roasters have recently come into their own around town.

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2013-08-24 09:21:59 AM

wildcardjack: 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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/my apologies.  Haven't had my caffeine yet.
 
2013-08-24 09:24:15 AM
This plus some fresh ground TJ's beans is my method of choice. Way WAAAY cheaper and "green" than the coffee pods, and you don't have to take any parts out of the Kuerig.

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2013-08-24 10:04:22 AM
People who buy the pods must be certifiably insane.  It makes no sense to pay 4x as much for something for a very minor improvement in convenience.  Have we all become so fat and lazy that tossing a few grounds in a coffee maker is too much work?
 
2013-08-24 10:37:43 AM
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I picked this up at a thrift store for $25, works perfectly and was barely used, still has the plastic on the drip grate.
 
2013-08-24 11:05:44 AM

Ker_Thwap: Dafatone: Ker_Thwap: I love the coffee in little plastic pods craze.  That way I can continue to mock the "save the planet" generation for such an abysmally wasteful concept.  It's awesome reading about all the little justifications people use to do something stupid.  Me, me, me!

Er, you do realize the "generation" you're complaining about has been around for like 40 years?

Obligatory XKCD

I'm old, that's the generation I'm making fun of.


Yeah, it just dawned on me that it's not like today's 18 year olds are all over Keurigs.  Or maybe they are.  I have no idea.
 
2013-08-24 11:05:53 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: Because I can pop in a pod and press a button, and coffee magically appears in the cup. It solves the conundrum of being awake enough to make coffee so you're awake.

I put some coffee in the pot once I get to work, but it makes all the difference in the morning.


That's why my 10 cup drip coffee maker has a timer.  The coffee starts brewing as soon as my alarm goes off.  I wake up, get dressed and my personal assistant has my coffee waiting on my desk by the time I am downstairs.

/If the kid is over 18 and lives at home, they are no longer a child.  They now get the title of personal assistant.
 
2013-08-24 11:32:24 AM
FTFA   "There's a dearth of data available on the amount of waste generated by single-serve brewing systems, " Quoting the authors brain "But that's not going to stop me from writing a brazillian words at  $0.05/word"
 
2013-08-24 11:35:37 AM

karst: FTFA   "There's a dearth of data available on the amount of waste generated by single-serve brewing systems, " Quoting the authors brain "But that's not going to stop me from writing a brazillian words at  $0.05/word"


This is the age of Twitter.  They get paid by character.
 
2013-08-24 12:00:21 PM

Derkins: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 290x500]
This is all I've ever used for years and years and I love it.

Kraftwerk Orange: 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.

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Somehow, I'm managed to not blow myself up.  Bonus - it works great when camping, too.

I've been wanting to get one of these but let me ask, why would you blow yourself up?


www.remodelista.com
There's that little pressure relief valve there, in case something goes terribly wrong and you've overtamped the grounds or they get stuck in the chamber or something.  I've been warned that they can blow up, maybe even more likely after some age (mine's like 20 years old, and they go back decades before that) and the aluminum pot begins to suffer metal fatigue.

Never heard of it happening, but I've been warned.
 
2013-08-24 12:11:05 PM
I used to buy bulk whole bean coffee and grind it at the store, but ever since pods took off, my local Superstore removed the bulk coffee display and grinder to make room for the pods.  I find that sad.
 
2013-08-24 12:33:22 PM

Mikey1969: cptjeff: 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?

Ever heard of an office where you don't really have a place to store your french press or plug in 4 cup coffee makers for 125 different people? Sorry, I see where these things come in handy, and I don't even drink coffee. If I did, I sure wouldn't want to have to compromise with a bunch of other people on what I drank, as well as synchronize my schedule with them.

I'm also curious how much less coffee and water gets wasted this way...


If you work in an office with 125 different people, you have enough demand for a real coffee maker. One of the industrial ones with multiple pots, even. You don't need single cup brewing of any kind.

And wasting water and coffee grounds is a whole lot less wasteful than wasting plastic. Water gets recycled. Coffee grounds rot and turn into dirt. They're renewable. Plastic is not, and takes quite a lot of water to produce. Also, given the amount you're paying for those pods, using twice as much coffee as you actually drink will still put you out ahead.
 
2013-08-24 12:53:24 PM

Mikey1969: Dragonflew: 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.

What's wrong with this cronut thing? I just looked it up, and it sounds pretty good. A light, flaky donut? I'd try that. I often get a donut or a muffin for breakfast during the workweek, and I'd have one of those if I saw one at the store. I'm not sure why the concept has offended you.


I have no idea where I said I was offended. I read my post several times, trying to find any speck of implied offense, and all I see is me asking the internet to slow down with these things so I can catch up.  I bet I would enjoy the hell out of a cronut (but I certainly wouldn't use one to replace a hamburger bun).
 
2013-08-24 12:56:37 PM

Billy Bathsalt: Popular Opinion: what? so gay people are wasteful and produce copious amounts of trash?

Is that you, J__ i_ t__ k___?


Careful, I was banned for calling him out on his idiocy. He's Fark's little precious snowflake.
 
2013-08-24 12:59:14 PM

mrswood: I worked with a biatch that would dump sugar into the communal pot of coffee. What a farking whore.


WTF?!??!?!?!?!?  Did she think it was tea and was this bammy?

Worse crime than Mai Lai.
 
2013-08-24 01:06:47 PM
I've been pretty much caffeine free for the last 5 months... My keurig is buried under a lot of crap on my counter, and my aero-press is collecting dust at my office.

I sleep much better now and don't have issues waking up.
 
2013-08-24 01:07:45 PM

jtown: Lsherm: 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.

Depends on the situation.  I used to think that my office was insane for having single-cup coffee makers.  But then I remembered all of the shiat that comes with pots of coffee.  "Don't drink that.  Bill made it.  He always makes to too strong."  Or, "Kate left 2 ounces in the pot again and now it's burned."  Having the single-serve system eliminated a whole range of animosity and bullshiat.  People drop in the packet, push the button, then get back to work.

Of course, it led to hoarding of the good packs.  I'm not going to name names but a coworker did see my stash of mudslides.


Plus it also allows for variety. We got all kinds of Coffees, teas, and hot chocolates. Granted I have the same thing everyday (the Picard), so it doesn't help me that much.
 
2013-08-24 01:34:29 PM

Derkins: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 290x500]
This is all I've ever used for years and years and I love it.



---- Thanks, came for that.
Keep it simple.
 
2013-08-24 02:27:22 PM
I like my AeroPress for single-servings.  The coffee doesn't get all nasty and acidic as it cools the way drip does, and the chamber part squeegees itself clean.  It's pretty neat.
 
2013-08-24 02:55:57 PM
It depends on what im doing as to which I use...
Plain old auto drip for iced coffee made in bulk, pod if im in a hurry and french press for coffee made for the express purpose of having a really good cup of joe
 
2013-08-24 03:42:38 PM

Ima4nic8or: People who buy the pods must be certifiably insane.  It makes no sense to pay 4x as much for something for a very minor improvement in convenience.  Have we all become so fat and lazy that tossing a few grounds in a coffee maker is too much work?


I was going to reply with a simple "Yes." but after thinking about it, the convenience is really appreciated after I've been working way too late.
 
2013-08-24 03:44:12 PM

Mikey1969: I'm also curious how much less coffee and water gets wasted this way...


Lots in our house, but it certainly doesn't save any $$ :)
 
2013-08-24 03:49:13 PM

cptjeff: If you work in an office with 125 different people, you have enough demand for a real coffee maker. One of the industrial ones with multiple pots, even.


Gross. Also, you have it all turned around.
 
2013-08-24 03:51:59 PM

GoldSpider: [gs1.wac.edgecastcdn.net image 500x333]



Pod People got no reason to live...
 
2013-08-24 04:04:40 PM

thamike: cptjeff: If you work in an office with 125 different people, you have enough demand for a real coffee maker. One of the industrial ones with multiple pots, even.

Gross. Also, you have it all turned around.


Que? What do I have turned around? Do you think that 125 people isn't enough to finish a full pot of coffee? Does decent coffee made in larger quantities somehow taste worse than decent coffee made in small quantities?

Did you perhaps mean to quote a different comment?
 
2013-08-24 04:16:04 PM

cptjeff: Que? What do I have turned around? Do you think that 125 people isn't enough to finish a full pot of coffee? Does decent coffee made in larger quantities somehow taste worse than decent coffee made in small quantities?

Did you perhaps mean to quote a different comment?


125 people can't agree on a single coffee, which means more Starbucks runs, lost man hours, and languishing pots of scorched coffee. That's why you see all these Kuerig machines in offices. That's also why police station coffee tastes like sh*t.  My office has two Kuerigs, and an entire cabinet of different coffees and teas.  It's cheap, easy to maintain, it takes just a few seconds, there's variety, and it tastes fresh.  An industrial coffee machine with multiple pots replacing that would be unacceptable to everyone involved.
 
2013-08-24 04:31:26 PM

thamike: cptjeff: Que? What do I have turned around? Do you think that 125 people isn't enough to finish a full pot of coffee? Does decent coffee made in larger quantities somehow taste worse than decent coffee made in small quantities?

Did you perhaps mean to quote a different comment?

125 people can't agree on a single coffee, which means more Starbucks runs, lost man hours, and languishing pots of scorched coffee. That's why you see all these Kuerig machines in offices. That's also why police station coffee tastes like sh*t.  My office has two Kuerigs, and an entire cabinet of different coffees and teas.  It's cheap, easy to maintain, it takes just a few seconds, there's variety, and it tastes fresh.  An industrial coffee machine with multiple pots replacing that would be unacceptable to everyone involved.


Police station coffee tastes like shiat because they use the cheapest crap they can find. Use a decent medium roast and I bet most people would be fine- and 125 is plenty to keep the coffee turning over and reasonably fresh. And you could have a $30 kettle and a full stock of teas- far cheaper to buy teabags than to buy the keurigs, by the way, and everybody would be fine. If anybody has a problem with that setup, your office if filled with lots of stuck up and entitled people.
 
2013-08-24 04:42:30 PM

cptjeff: Police station coffee tastes like shiat because they use the cheapest crap they can find. Use a decent medium roast and I bet most people would be fine- and 125 is plenty to keep the coffee turning over and reasonably fresh. And you could have a $30 kettle and a full stock of teas- far cheaper to buy teabags than to buy the keurigs, by the way, and everybody would be fine. If anybody has a problem with that setup, your office if filled with lots of stuck up and entitled people.


Do you even work in an office with 125 people?  You're talking about kettles and sh*t.  Have you ever seen a water cooler?  Have you ever seen the average size of an office kitchen?
 
2013-08-24 04:46:29 PM

cptjeff: If anybody has a problem with that setup, your office if filled with lots of stuck up and entitled people.

  Busy people.
 
2013-08-24 04:51:07 PM

ElLoco: Meh.

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Do you do the whole pack it in sand thing while on the stove? I've wanted to try Turkish coffee but reading about it, it seems so complicated.
 
2013-08-24 06:07:50 PM
My work has one of these:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAm61Kgw0qM&feature=c4-overview&list=U U 80oCx8mJ8makbytneq7t1Q

It grinds the beans, and pours out a cup of coffee, all in one go.  The filter media comes on a long toilet-paper like roll.  When the coffee is dispensed, the waste paper & beans are ejected into a waste bin underneath the machine.

Not sure why a lower end consumer version couldn't be created.  Just make one that can't dispense a carafe's worth of liquid, or make hot chocolate.

On second thought...  maybe not.  The thing breaks frequently :P
 
2013-08-24 06:31:07 PM

thamike: cptjeff: Police station coffee tastes like shiat because they use the cheapest crap they can find. Use a decent medium roast and I bet most people would be fine- and 125 is plenty to keep the coffee turning over and reasonably fresh. And you could have a $30 kettle and a full stock of teas- far cheaper to buy teabags than to buy the keurigs, by the way, and everybody would be fine. If anybody has a problem with that setup, your office if filled with lots of stuck up and entitled people.

Do you even work in an office with 125 people?  You're talking about kettles and sh*t.  Have you ever seen a water cooler?  Have you ever seen the average size of an office kitchen?


Or a water cooler. Whatever. I use kettle as generic for "source for hot water".

And I've been in office kitchens before. They vary widely in size. But regardless of how small (and I've been in some tiny ones), they're large enough to fit an industrial coffeemaker. They don't take up that much space.

No, I'm not working in a huge office now. But I did work at a law firm with 30 lawyers and about the same number of support staff for a while. 60ish people, and that created enough demand for 3 industrial coffeemakers spread over three kitchens, each with 2-3 pots on each at any given time, all kept reasonably fresh by turnover. People seemed happy with it. But no, you don't think a 125 person office would have enough coffee consumption to justify making full pots. I mean, lawyers probably drink twice as much coffee as the average joe, and they were also getting coffee for clints coming in for meetings, but really.

thamike: Busy people.


So it's faster and more convenient for busy people to run a keurig or leave for starbucks than it is to pick up a pot of coffee and pour themselves a cup? And with a serious heavy duty coffeemaker and those premeasured packs (not the greatest coffee, but if speed is important), brewing a full pot takes barely more time than it takes to make one cup on the keurig. About the same if you have to fill the keurig's water supply.
 
2013-08-24 07:07:34 PM

cptjeff: So it's faster and more convenient for busy people to run a keurig or leave for starbucks than it is to pick up a pot of coffee and pour themselves a cup?


And preferable.

cptjeff: lawyers probably drink twice as much coffee as the average joe


Maybe lawyers like the same kind of coffee too.  it would never work in my office.  I'm not saying your idea would never work in every office, just refuting your assertion that if any office uses kuerigs it's most definitely less efficient, significantly more expensive, less tasty, less convenient, and somehow more snooty than a big industrial coffee machine brewing pots all day.  Keep in mind that since there's only one kind of coffee going on, only a certain demographic from the office will be drinking it regularly.

The quality and variety gives the people less reason to duck out for a trip to Starbucks, the speediness keeps the area from getting jammed up, and the small size leaves room for other things.  I can't honestly look at that situation and say that it's the opposite of reality.  You aren't a trial lawyer are you?  Because that would make sense.
 
2013-08-24 08:23:28 PM

thamike: You aren't a trial lawyer are you? Because that would make sense.


Nah, I'm in politics, nonprofit advocacy these days. I'm still thinking about maybe doing law school someday, but it would mainly be to provide an option for law or academia should I want to do something other than politics. The law firm job was a short term thing.
 
2013-08-25 03:47:32 AM

Dragonflew: Mikey1969: Dragonflew: 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.

What's wrong with this cronut thing? I just looked it up, and it sounds pretty good. A light, flaky donut? I'd try that. I often get a donut or a muffin for breakfast during the workweek, and I'd have one of those if I saw one at the store. I'm not sure why the concept has offended you.

I have no idea where I said I was offended. I read my post several times, trying to find any speck of implied offense, and all I see is me asking the internet to slow down with these things so I can catch up.  I bet I would enjoy the hell out of a cronut (but I certainly wouldn't use one to replace a hamburger bun).


In my defense, you put both of these in the same post, and the elemental forces of chaos would find that damned twogging thing offensive in a 'stability of the universe' kind of way, I had to play it safe. Kind of a guilt by association thing.
 
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