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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 38
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2013-08-23 10:17:22 PM  
5 votes:
The only acceptable pod:


www.jlhufford.com
2013-08-23 10:08:27 PM  
3 votes:
It's not that difficult to use the reusable cup. Hell, I prefer the reusable because I like how I grind my coffee
2013-08-24 07:40:52 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:01:18 AM  
2 votes:
farm6.staticflickr.com
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?
2013-08-23 10:45:13 PM  
2 votes:
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 10:39:47 PM  
2 votes:
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 10:31:21 PM  
2 votes:
There are 3,216 words in that article.  The author needs to switch to decaf.
2013-08-23 10:14:11 PM  
2 votes:
images.amazon.com

/you can even get a metal filter to avoid the disposable paper
2013-08-23 10:10:36 PM  
2 votes:
kristinhoppe.files.wordpress.com
2013-08-24 07:42:59 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:35:08 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:17:02 AM  
1 votes:
"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 02:45:05 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:40:36 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:38:05 AM  
1 votes:
Pod coffee is waaay older than cronuts.
2013-08-24 02:21:17 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:15:08 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:16:14 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:02:41 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:00:55 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:18:06 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:18:00 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:17:00 AM  
1 votes:
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
2013-08-23 11:52:34 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:44:46 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:31:47 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:30:24 PM  
1 votes:
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 11:11:50 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:09:22 PM  
1 votes:

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.



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2013-08-23 10:54:51 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:53:15 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:47:13 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:42:12 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:24:51 PM  
1 votes:
What is a filter?

/Turkish coffee, motherfarkers!
2013-08-23 10:17:30 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:13:18 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:10:24 PM  
1 votes:
Because coffee in a teabag would be passe.
2013-08-23 08:49:48 PM  
1 votes:
What is a cronut and twogging!?

/too drunk RTFA
 
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