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(Marketwatch)   Sales of single-serve coffee have tripled since 2011. Your local landfill surrenders   (marketwatch.com) divider line 137
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2013-11-21 02:41:37 AM
I love my keurig, I really do and I have a box of kcups for when I need them, but I prefer grinding my own coffee and using the reusable kcup. It's cheaper and better tasting.

/New baby has been making use kcups for simplicity, however
//and the hot cocoa ones are delicious
 
2013-11-21 03:06:59 AM
It might be offset by the power used for drip coffee makers that keeps a huge pot warm for hours.

Single serves make sense if you just want ONE cup in the morning. You can use the reusable Kcup if you're worried about the landfill.
 
2013-11-21 03:07:05 AM
cdn.ebaumsworld.com
What?
 
2013-11-21 03:10:28 AM
Still use one of these.
imgc.classistatic.com
The coffee taste better.
 
2013-11-21 03:15:24 AM
Yep, re-usable cup here as well.  It's just vastly more convenient than my old coffee maker, and lets the wife and I get our preferred blends.
 
2013-11-21 03:15:36 AM
I guess it's better for the environment to waste an entire pot's worth of water for just one cup.
 
2013-11-21 03:19:12 AM
The San Francisco Bay cups are a bit more environmentally friendly and cheaper/cup at Costco.
 
2013-11-21 03:19:33 AM
We have one of them dealybobs but I'm the only one who uses the reusable cup.
 
2013-11-21 03:24:38 AM
I use instant Sawdust brand coffee with warm tap water.
 
2013-11-21 03:25:57 AM

phrawgh: Still use one of these.
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The coffee taste better.


Perculator?
No way.


csb time:
/my wife talked me out of a kuerig for this very reason 10 years ago.
//some hippy chicks are worth making concessions for.
 
2013-11-21 03:27:13 AM
Yet another yuppified product designed to bring coffee technology to an extremely limited discourse by providing a volumetrically inferior product for twice the price, wider variety and half the actual body and flavor of real coffee.
 
2013-11-21 03:35:17 AM
I like the Senseo Coffee Pads for single serving better, €2 for 20 pads, and same convenience of a Keurig. I did invest an extra €4 in a Coffee Pad Safe to keep them fresh since they are not sealed in plastic like the K-Cups.
 
2013-11-21 03:39:16 AM
The senseo coffee pads can be composted too.
 
2013-11-21 03:42:56 AM
I use a Mr. Coffee, make half a pot ("6 cups", but really 30 ounces or about 3 actual drinking cups' worth), drink the first cup at home, put the rest in a thermos, and drink it at work.
 
2013-11-21 03:44:37 AM
Single-serve coffee: boo
Single-serve beer: yay

Thanks, Fark.
 
2013-11-21 03:46:06 AM
 I like to brew my coffee strong enough that many people snivel about it when they pour themselves a cup, unsuspecting. I no longer drink an entire pot of it every day as I once did, but I'll be damned if I'm leaving the house in the morning before polishing off a second cup. Coffee is cheaper in bulk than in little plastic thimbles. That anyone would buy one of these devices is inexplicable to me.
 
2013-11-21 03:48:30 AM
Sure it's $0.60 per cup, but that's cheaper than going to starbucks!
Sigh.
If you're making coffee at all, compare it to other methods of making coffee, please!!!
Spending $100 on a specialized machine to enable you to make $0.60 cups of coffee at home...
Meanwhile,
I've got instant, milk, sugar and a bucket of cool-whip.  Makes a luxuriant beverage every time.
 
2013-11-21 03:52:26 AM
struckbyenlightning.files.wordpress.com
/Sees what we did there
 
2013-11-21 03:54:10 AM
I like my coffee like I like my women. Ground up and in my freezer.
 
2013-11-21 03:54:24 AM

optikeye: It might be offset by the power used for drip coffee makers that keeps a huge pot warm for hours.

Single serves make sense if you just want ONE cup in the morning. You can use the reusable Kcup if you're worried about the landfill.


The Keurig does use its heating element to keep a small amount of water hot and ready for brewing. Somehow I never thought of this until I went to turn off the office machine yesterday, and found the top of it to be rather warm. Who knows how much energy it uses, but at least it's got an on/off timer.
 
2013-11-21 04:05:23 AM

Matthew Keene: I use instant Sawdust brand coffee with warm tap water.


Army Strong!  Hooah!
 
2013-11-21 04:15:03 AM
Been using a Keurig for a few months now, and I have to say I love it. I tried the My K-Cup adapter, but didn't like it (coffee was too weak; the water just flows too fast through the filter), so I bought one of these:

birdsandbeans.com

Holds much more coffee than the adapter does (as much as 2.5 to 3 TBS if you tamp it down a bit) and makes for some nice, strong coffee. It fits right into the K-Cup holder too, you don't have to take it out like you do the My K-Cup adapter.

I've completely retired the Mr. Coffee at this point.

Speaking of which, now I want a cuppa cawfee. :)
 
2013-11-21 04:16:40 AM
Seriously, that shiat should not be on the market.

What's more, you could pour yourself a hellacup using a cheap gadget you put over your cup.

America is disgraceful in its insistence on being a disposable society.
 
2013-11-21 04:22:22 AM
My coffee is the unfinished cups that I find in trash cans and dumpsters here in DC.  It has never cost me a cent and it's damn good.
 
2013-11-21 04:25:31 AM

Southern100: Been using a Keurig for a few months now, and I have to say I love it. I tried the My K-Cup adapter, but didn't like it (coffee was too weak; the water just flows too fast through the filter), so I bought one of these:

[birdsandbeans.com image 300x401]

Holds much more coffee than the adapter does (as much as 2.5 to 3 TBS if you tamp it down a bit) and makes for some nice, strong coffee. It fits right into the K-Cup holder too, you don't have to take it out like you do the My K-Cup adapter.

I've completely retired the Mr. Coffee at this point.

Speaking of which, now I want a cuppa cawfee. :)


I just run the machine twice on the espresso setting to make it stronger.  This looks neeto tho.

/of course I'm not a caffeine addict.
//it's a psycho active drug people
 
2013-11-21 04:42:51 AM
Single use coffee cartridges go into the recycling bin depending on your local or you can send them back to the manufacturer, many of which provide recycling bags just for htis purpose.
Where is the problem?
 
2013-11-21 04:43:53 AM
You guys still have landfills? How quaint.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-21 04:44:53 AM

lewismarktwo: Southern100: Been using a Keurig for a few months now, and I have to say I love it. I tried the My K-Cup adapter, but didn't like it (coffee was too weak; the water just flows too fast through the filter), so I bought one of these:

[birdsandbeans.com image 300x401]

Holds much more coffee than the adapter does (as much as 2.5 to 3 TBS if you tamp it down a bit) and makes for some nice, strong coffee. It fits right into the K-Cup holder too, you don't have to take it out like you do the My K-Cup adapter.

I've completely retired the Mr. Coffee at this point.

Speaking of which, now I want a cuppa cawfee. :)

I just run the machine twice on the espresso setting to make it stronger.  This looks neeto tho.

/of course I'm not a caffeine addict.
//it's a psycho active drug people


I'm sure you've seen the problem with the K-Cup adapter that the water basically just travels in a straight line from the top to the bottom, leaving all the coffee around the circumference of the water path basically untouched. The neat thing about this adapter is the little "cone" thing at the top, it spreads the water out more efficiently through the grounds.

When I first got the Keurig & the My K-Cup Adapter, I was ready to send it back a few days later.. I just couldn't get the coffee strong enough. After searching Google for "keurig weak coffee" (which seems to be a recurring complaint with the Keurig adapter), I started running across (good) reviews & YouTube videos for the Ekobrew and the strong coffee it made. Figured I'd give it a shot before I sent the whole kit-n-kaboodle back - and it really made a big difference (at least to me).
 
2013-11-21 04:49:09 AM
I'd feel a lot more charitable towards the likes of Nespresso, Tassimo, Senseo etc. if the things used a standardized cartridge. But they don't. They're all designed to lock you into their proprietary format and expensive drinks despite the fact that they all do the exact same thing - force hot water through a measure of powder / leaves and into a cup. Probably the most "open" system is Senseo, not because they designed it that way but because they couldn't protect their patent and so some 3rd party pods and reusable systems have been developed for it. It's still a scam though.
 
2013-11-21 04:56:31 AM

Southern100: lewismarktwo: Southern100: Been using a Keurig for a few months now, and I have to say I love it. I tried the My K-Cup adapter, but didn't like it (coffee was too weak; the water just flows too fast through the filter), so I bought one of these:

[birdsandbeans.com image 300x401]

Holds much more coffee than the adapter does (as much as 2.5 to 3 TBS if you tamp it down a bit) and makes for some nice, strong coffee. It fits right into the K-Cup holder too, you don't have to take it out like you do the My K-Cup adapter.

I've completely retired the Mr. Coffee at this point.

Speaking of which, now I want a cuppa cawfee. :)

I just run the machine twice on the espresso setting to make it stronger.  This looks neeto tho.

/of course I'm not a caffeine addict.
//it's a psycho active drug people

I'm sure you've seen the problem with the K-Cup adapter that the water basically just travels in a straight line from the top to the bottom, leaving all the coffee around the circumference of the water path basically untouched. The neat thing about this adapter is the little "cone" thing at the top, it spreads the water out more efficiently through the grounds.

When I first got the Keurig & the My K-Cup Adapter, I was ready to send it back a few days later.. I just couldn't get the coffee strong enough. After searching Google for "keurig weak coffee" (which seems to be a recurring complaint with the Keurig adapter), I started running across (good) reviews & YouTube videos for the Ekobrew and the strong coffee it made. Figured I'd give it a shot before I sent the whole kit-n-kaboodle back - and it really made a big difference (at least to me).


I have not noticed that issue with the reusable cup myself.  That's totes bogus yo.

Have you noticed the Ekobrew leaking from the top?
 
2013-11-21 05:01:31 AM
lewismarktwo:

I have not noticed that issue with the reusable cup myself.  That's totes bogus yo.

Have you noticed the Ekobrew leaking from the top?


Not a drop. But then, I didn't have that problem with the Keurig adapter either (whereas a lot of other people supposedly have).
 
2013-11-21 05:10:37 AM
I don't know about subby but personally I prefer to drink the one time use coffee from a mug, then the used stuff from the spout under the zipper.
 
2013-11-21 05:11:10 AM

Lifeless: Single-serve coffee: boo
Single-serve beer: yay

Thanks, Fark.



www.happyhotelier.com
What a single serving of beer might look like to most Farkers.
 
2013-11-21 05:32:12 AM

Yes this is dog: Lifeless: Single-serve coffee: boo
Single-serve beer: yay

Thanks, Fark.


[www.happyhotelier.com image 300x298]
What a single serving of beer might look like to most Farkers.



pfft. and 40;s are weak too.

Introducing:

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South Korea earns serious props for its production of the Hite Pitcher!!! From the Hite brewing company, this baby boasts an amazing 1600ml aka 54.1024 US ounces!!!
 
2013-11-21 05:42:07 AM
It is now about six months since my wife and I retired the Kuerig, retired the maddness and the cost.

It was a true addiction. Where we once would have one or two cups per day, now we were drinking coffee at all hours. And tea. And hot chocolate. The damn thing was not convenient. It was not hyperconvenient. It was transconvenient.

We were spending USD30 per week, up from about USD5 per week.

Now we are back to a brick of Pilon, boiling water, a cone and paper filter, and a few more minutes.
 
2013-11-21 05:47:53 AM
Some of you assholes aren't thinking of the children.
 
2013-11-21 05:48:46 AM

Aar1012: I love my keurig, I really do and I have a box of kcups for when I need them, but I prefer grinding my own coffee and using the reusable kcup. It's cheaper and better tasting.

/New baby has been making use kcups for simplicity, however
//and the hot cocoa ones are delicious


Why is it called hot cocoa? Does anyone drink cold cocoa? Maybe if it's a hot cup of cocoa, the fluid is cold while the cup is hot?

And if the water is hot, why do you neat a hot-water heater?
 
2013-11-21 05:51:27 AM

whidbey: Seriously, that shiat should not be on the market.

What's more, you could pour yourself a hellacup using a cheap gadget you put over your cup.

America is disgraceful in its insistence on being a disposable society.


You sound like you are a lot of fun at parties.
 
2013-11-21 05:52:11 AM
I bought an espresso machine about a year ago. You can buy decent cheap espresso (I get Cafe Bustelo on Amazon), so it's cheaper per day than k-cups or even brewing normal coffee.

I'm baffled as to why more people don't do this.
 
2013-11-21 06:01:28 AM
I have a one cup melitta filter thing that I use with a kettle, a french press when I want to make a quantity, and a Bialetti for when I want a more real coffee. Sometimes I grind my beans, sometimes I just buy the cheapest crap available. I've given up being a snob.
 
2013-11-21 06:07:16 AM
I was rinsing out my keurig water tank awhile back at work and one of the accounting people came in with an armload of old dunkin donuts styrofoam cups to throw away.  He did ask me how I felt about how wasteful the k-cups were.


/true story, bro
 
2013-11-21 06:13:19 AM
I don't understand this landfill problem. You have places like New Orleans that have a sea level problem (being beneath it) Solution: Turn them into a land fill and raise them above sea level. Then build on top.
 
2013-11-21 06:16:53 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I guess it's better for the environment to waste an entire pot's worth of water for just one cup.


Actually, yes it is, water gets recycled. Andy why does it take an entire pot worth of water to make one cup?
 
2013-11-21 06:22:57 AM

whidbey: Seriously, that shiat should not be on the market.

What's more, you could pour yourself a hellacup using a cheap gadget you put over your cup.

America is disgraceful in its insistence on being a disposable society.


You sound like the guy at work that would send out all-hands emails about recycling Kuerig cups.

Anyone ever stacked a pile of used ones up at your desk? Just checking.
 
2013-11-21 06:23:22 AM
I was instructed to get a keurig machine at work. We went from about $50 a month for coffee to $300. And the warehouse employees whine if we run out of French Vanilla Creme flavor.
 
2013-11-21 06:40:15 AM

AMonkey'sUncle: Aar1012: I love my keurig, I really do and I have a box of kcups for when I need them, but I prefer grinding my own coffee and using the reusable kcup. It's cheaper and better tasting.

/New baby has been making use kcups for simplicity, however
//and the hot cocoa ones are delicious

Why is it called hot cocoa? Does anyone drink cold cocoa? Maybe if it's a hot cup of cocoa, the fluid is cold while the cup is hot?

And if the water is hot, why do you neat a hot-water heater?


Hello Jerry.
 
2013-11-21 06:52:07 AM
Yeah... I made a killing investing investing in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters during the recession/recovery.  Everyone was losing their shirt and I was laughing all the way to the bank.

/Also Halliburton and Dollar Tree.
 
2013-11-21 07:03:19 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I guess it's better for the environment to waste an entire pot's worth of water for just one cup.


www.papanicholas.com
 
2013-11-21 07:04:50 AM
Single-serve coffee?

Who serves coffee twice?!!
I mean other than Bear Grylls.
 
2013-11-21 07:09:12 AM
www.chud.com
 
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