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(Mother Jones)   Do you use K-Cups? Yes? Then you are worse than Hitler if he used styrofoam plates for every meal. I hope you can live with yourself   (motherjones.com) divider line 154
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2014-03-19 02:05:20 PM  

Wellon Dowd: mutterfark: K-cars okay?

You obviously never drove one.


K-cars = awesome, just need a turbo on em. Racing is so much fun when u pull up to a nice car in ur k car and burn em off the line.
 
2014-03-19 02:06:21 PM  

stewbert: My experience with K-cups is from extensive business hotels, which seem to love them. K-cups make poor quality coffee. I've tried buying fancier ones, but wasn't able to find one that made a good cup of coffee.


I think he problem is that most brew the coffee too hot and a bit strong.  If you put it in an insulated cup, it has a lot more time to turn bitter. I've started putting a bit of cold water in my cup before brewing and it seems to help a lot.
 
2014-03-19 02:07:31 PM  
You could use 20 "k cups" a day for the rest of your life...or not.

Either choice would not have any measurable detrimental effect on the environment.

Just like driving your Prius does not nothing but help the smug.
 
2014-03-19 02:08:15 PM  
I use Keurig K-1000 with a refillable filter, grind my beans by hand, roast them in my solar oven, and grow them in the backyard using my dinner waste compost and grey water. MY CARBON FOOTPRINT IS FRICKIN' NEGATIVE. All those other hipsters are just pretending.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-19 02:08:46 PM  
All the USA's garbage for the next hundred years could be buried in a 10 square mile landfill.

/Not that worried.
//we've already committed environmental suicide anyway.
 
2014-03-19 02:09:54 PM  
I use one of these puppies:

a.tgcdn.net
 
2014-03-19 02:16:58 PM  

busy chillin': this is completely pedantic, but if they are fake they sink like stones. Silicone don't float.


And saline implants would have neutral buoyancy at best.
 
2014-03-19 02:22:20 PM  

Boo_Guy: And the revolt will come when Keurig starts bringing in their new machines that will only make coffee from officially licensed Keurig K-cups.

Keurig Plans to Lock Out Third-Party K-Cups From its New Coffee Makers
 http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/12/keurig-plans-to-lo ck- out-third-party-k-cups-from-i.aspx

Keurig 2.0 machines to feature RFID-limited K-cups
 http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/keurig-20-machines-to-feature-r fid -limited-k-cups-030314.html


Just wait until some enterprising fellow invents the coffee equivalent of the Swap Magic.
 
2014-03-19 02:34:02 PM  
SO, I have one of these, so I am good right?

www.ilac-service.de
 
2014-03-19 02:35:35 PM  
We use the Keurig and love it.  One, convenience.  Two, choice.  She likes real coffee, and I'm a little girly man who only likes mild stuff.  Three, our 18-month old loves nothing better than to put the K-cup in, close the lid, then hit the button and 'help' us make coffee.  It's cute and makes me smile.
 
2014-03-19 02:37:32 PM  
Ugh.
More hectoring from the enviro-puritans.
Instead of wearing a crucifix on a necklace to show us how holy they are, modern moralists carry recyclable shopping bags.
We love our K-cup coffee.
So screw.
Also - it's not so simple RE: expense.
When we made out own, there was a lot of wasted coffee, wasted water during cleanup, disagreement about strength/flavor etc.
We'd often just drive down the road and buy ($$!) it at DD (Burning gas!!!!)
So we save money using K-cups.
 
2014-03-19 02:38:23 PM  
What's a K-cup? [reads article]. Oh yeah, fark those things. They make terrible coffee. They kind of make sense in offices, but for some damned reason they've taken off for home use. Why pay more for crappier coffee? Crappier than Starbucks, even. I wonder if it might just be a fad though. Two of the offices I contract at had them, but have since gotten rid of them. It's something that seems like a genius solution to the problem of the anonymous jerk who drinks all the coffee and doesn't make more, but after you've had it around for a while you realize it has bigger problems like cost. And the trade-off of convenience for craptastic flavour. And making coffee worse than the usual office brew is something of an accomplishment.
 
2014-03-19 02:40:30 PM  
We have this lovely thing at home:

www.everythingkitchens.com

The Gaggia Titanium Super-Automatic Espresso maker.  (For the win!)

At the push of a button it will: grind the beans, tamp them, steam the coffee at 12 BAR, and dispense it, all in under 20 seconds.  No issue with recycling anything, and a damn fine cup of coffee.
 
2014-03-19 02:41:44 PM  
If you aren't man enough to make a whole pot of coffee, then you should just use one of these in your Keurig:

galleryplus.ebayimg.com

It should be small enough.
 
2014-03-19 02:54:36 PM  
g-ecx.images-amazon.com

/ hot
// coffee, that is
 
2014-03-19 03:07:54 PM  
How long before Bloomnburg or Adams pass a city ordinance against it?
 
2014-03-19 03:30:30 PM  
Anyone else here ever read "An Economist Gets Lunch"?

If not: Sometimes disposable is greener, sometimes not. Circumstances and choices, people.
 
2014-03-19 03:30:32 PM  
after an unsuccessful campaign to raise money for a keurig machine for the office, i'd just started making sure i have the home coffee pot set to make my coffee before i leave for work.

on thanksgiving 2013, i purchased a $10 single-cup brewer at Bealls. it has a reservoir large enough to hold enough water to brew the amount of coffee my oversize mug can hold (my 1st strike against the overpriced keurig machine was the small amount of coffee it brews from 1 k-cup), and it has a little reusable filter basket, so no waste. it's a little slow, but it gets the job done just fine. wish i'd bought 2, so i could have 1 at home for those times i don't want to brew a half or full pot.

did i mention it was ONLY $10?
 
2014-03-19 03:40:10 PM  

syberpud: Oh great, this thread again...


The author doesn't realize they make re-usable pods that work with Keurig machines?  Plus you can use your own favorite, fresh stuff!

There is also a line of recyclable K-cups, so calm down.


Thing is, the whole K-Cup concept is aimed at people who value convenience above all other criteria, and even the ridiculously minimal effort required to rinse the grounds out of a reusable pod is beyond what the target market will accept. My previous job was at a large mortgage office that had a Keurig machine, and I was the only one out of the hundreds of workers there who used a Solofill Cup. Plus, everybody needs their drawerful of a dozen different flavors of French Vanilla Hazelnut Caramel Amaretto Mochaccino crap, and nobody's gonna make their own of any of that for a reusable pod. I would feel fairly confident in betting that a similar percentage of recyclable pods actually get recycled.

What I really don't understand is tea in K-Cups. The Keurig puts out hot water. The K-Cup has no price-justifiable advantage that I can see over a tea bag.
 
2014-03-19 03:41:04 PM  

byteme4321: Wellon Dowd: mutterfark: K-cars okay?

You obviously never drove one.

K-cars = awesome, just need a turbo on em. Racing is so much fun when u pull up to a nice car in ur k car and burn em off the line.


What a K-Car owner may look like.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-19 03:49:35 PM  
Brew at home; put thermos of concentrate in work refrigerator; reconstitute and nuke as needed.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-19 03:51:23 PM  

Grumpy Cat: I don't get the fascination with coffee.


waterrockets: How in the hell do so many people get started on coffee? My wife and I never drink it, but parents and siblings do. Impressive addiction out there.


Working the graveyard shift did it for me.  And then once you are hooked, it's just one more thing to geek out over.
 
2014-03-19 04:19:41 PM  

PainInTheASP: stewbert: My experience with K-cups is from extensive business hotels, which seem to love them. K-cups make poor quality coffee. I've tried buying fancier ones, but wasn't able to find one that made a good cup of coffee.

I think he problem is that most brew the coffee too hot and a bit strong.  If you put it in an insulated cup, it has a lot more time to turn bitter. I've started putting a bit of cold water in my cup before brewing and it seems to help a lot.


I don't think that would help me. It'd further dilute the coffee that I already think is too weak. There just doesn't seem to be any depth to K-cup coffee flavor. Even tried Dark and Bold cups, but never got the hit I was looking for.
 
2014-03-19 04:20:50 PM  
Note to self: everything in civilization will kill or poison you. Panic.
 
2014-03-19 04:23:50 PM  
I drink instant coffee because I'm lazy and cheap.

/the ultimate in minimal cleanup
//around 5 cents per cup
///Starbucks can suck it
 
2014-03-19 04:25:47 PM  

dj_spanmaster: I use Keurig K-1000 with a refillable filter, grind my beans by hand, roast them in my solar oven, and grow them in the backyard using my dinner waste compost and grey water. MY CARBON FOOTPRINT IS FRICKIN' NEGATIVE. All those other hipsters are just pretending.

[img.fark.net image 459x357]


Al Franken's son?

scarchin: Ugh.
More hectoring from the enviro-puritans.te
Instead of wearing a crucifix on a necklace to show us how holy they are, modern moralists carry recyclable shopping bags.
We love our K-cup coffee.
So screw.
Also - it's not so simple RE: expense.
When we made out own, there was a lot of wasted coffee, wasted water during cleanup, disagreement about strength/flavor etc.
We'd often just drive down the road and buy ($$!) it at DD (Burning gas!!!!)
So we save money using K-cups.


Because Dunkin Donuts doesn't waste coffee, or water, and magically makes a single brew that satisfies all of your various strength/flavor demands?  Cool.  And K-cups magically do the same thing, even though their coffee in all varieties tastes like watery sharts?  Nice.  Drink what you like.

SteakMan: Grumpy Cat: I don't get the fascination with coffee.


One does wonder whether he or she would be a mite less grumpy with some, you know, daily caffeine?
 
2014-03-19 04:47:23 PM  

Far Cough: Because Dunkin Donuts doesn't waste coffee, or water, and magically makes a single brew that satisfies all of your various strength/flavor demands? Cool. And K-cups magically do the same thing, even though their coffee in all varieties tastes like watery sharts? Nice. Drink what you like.


Ummm...right.

Except a K-Cup costs 45-60 cents and DD coffees are about 2.50.

And yeah - I like the taste.
I also like cheap beer, McDonald's, and shop at Walmart on occasion.
*shrug*
 
2014-03-19 05:06:00 PM  

CipollinaFan: QuillofNumenor: CipollinaFan:

What is that, a leprechaun's derby hat?

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:

A shower drain cover filled with a lesbian trucker's pubic droppings?


http://www.amazon.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Coffee-Rainforest/dp/B007TGD XM K

/A Papa Smurf's cauldron


Clearly The Sacko.
 
2014-03-19 05:06:38 PM  
I haven't yet found a variety of K-cup coffee that didn't taste foul.
 
2014-03-19 05:12:12 PM  

PainInTheASP: stewbert: My experience with K-cups is from extensive business hotels, which seem to love them. K-cups make poor quality coffee. I've tried buying fancier ones, but wasn't able to find one that made a good cup of coffee.

I think he problem is that most brew the coffee too hot and a bit strong.  If you put it in an insulated cup, it has a lot more time to turn bitter. I've started putting a bit of cold water in my cup before brewing and it seems to help a lot.


Um, you can change the temperature on a Keurig.
 
2014-03-19 05:14:48 PM  

bungle_jr: after an unsuccessful campaign to raise money for a keurig machine for the office, i'd just started making sure i have the home coffee pot set to make my coffee before i leave for work.

on thanksgiving 2013, i purchased a $10 single-cup brewer at Bealls. it has a reservoir large enough to hold enough water to brew the amount of coffee my oversize mug can hold (my 1st strike against the overpriced keurig machine was the small amount of coffee it brews from 1 k-cup), and it has a little reusable filter basket, so no waste. it's a little slow, but it gets the job done just fine. wish i'd bought 2, so i could have 1 at home for those times i don't want to brew a half or full pot.

did i mention it was ONLY $10?


How big is your cup?  My Keurig brews up to 14oz.
 
2014-03-19 05:30:40 PM  
I just bought a single-cup brewer 2 days ago.  It uses fresh ground, pods, or K-cups.  Very convenient and I can brew anything with it.  K-cups night be wasteful, and it's not even close to fresh ground beans, but it's damned easy when I'm barely awake.
 
2014-03-19 06:38:32 PM  
Yay! I'm not as lazy as people say!! I use a "coffee maker" and make only ONE CUP OF COFFEE!

Yes. it is true.

I, ladies and gentlemen, have figured out how to make ONE (1) cup of coffee from a normal coffee maker. Behold Canadian Ingenuity and bask in its life-saving, environmentally-sound-er knowledge.

No patents will be registered as "pending", since I will release such futuristic knowledge to everyone for a small U.A.M.* fee.

*Ur A Moron

/...for not figuring out how to use a COFFEE MAKER

(...muriccans...sheesh...)
 
2014-03-19 07:04:22 PM  
Or, you can just go with the heavy artillery:

www.lakesidepress.com
 
2014-03-19 07:05:42 PM  
Good news everyone. They're going to put chips in their new ones so you can't turn the machine on if you're using a third-party reusable cup.
 
2014-03-19 07:13:16 PM  

flamingboard: Good news everyone. They're going to put chips in their new ones so you can't turn the machine on if you're using a third-party reusable cup.


IANAL, but I would think that existing laws would prohibit this. IIRC, this was played out by auto mfrs who didn't like the idea of 3rd party parts.

I would also think this would spell the demise of Keurig due to backlash.

I don't have any farks in this race, so it'll be interesting to watch.
 
2014-03-19 07:29:50 PM  
F*CK you all... You can have my Keurig when you pry it from my iron grip. I drink coffee once in a blue moon, and damned if I'm going to wait for a damn drip or press to do it, or keep grounds around to get stale in an opened bag/can. Besides, the Keurig makes tea, hot cocoa, heats water lickety split (so I can make hot cocoa from packets), and other flavored-- even iced-- beverages. I can brew my hot beverages right into my travel mug. Bang, I'm out the door and off to work.

My Keurig sits on my counter next to my SodaStream Revolution, which I wouldn't give up, either. I love that damned thing SO much (especially since I modded it to let me get CO2 refills for $4 at my local paintball store). I use it every damn day.

What I waste in K-cups, I make up for in not buying cans or bottles of soda. It all works out in the end.

I can't believe I used to subscribe to the paper version of Mother Jones. I'm a little bit of a hippie, but some environmentalists just crow to see whose carbon dickprint is smaller.
 
2014-03-19 07:35:54 PM  

stewbert: flamingboard: Good news everyone. They're going to put chips in their new ones so you can't turn the machine on if you're using a third-party reusable cup.

IANAL, but I would think that existing laws would prohibit this. IIRC, this was played out by auto mfrs who didn't like the idea of 3rd party parts.

I would also think this would spell the demise of Keurig due to backlash.

I don't have any farks in this race, so it'll be interesting to watch.


It was also played out by printer manufacturers who got pissy about people getting refills, third party cartridges, or remanufactured cartridges instead of buying new first-party ink cartridges. They used to try to deny service on warranties because of third party ink, but the law now says they CANNOT prevent you from using third-party sources for ink. They can't void your warranty. They can't rig the printer to break if you use third-party ink. They CAN rig it to not work if you refill the cartridges, but if you (or your refill company) figures a way to defeat the lock-out, they can't deny warranty coverage or service based on this if it did not involve altering the printer itself (and it never does; It always involves altering the ink cartridges.)

So yeah... If Keurig does this, they'll end up on the losing side of a lawsuit, I'm sure.
 
2014-03-19 07:48:55 PM  

stewbert: My experience with K-cups is from extensive business hotels, which seem to love them. K-cups make poor quality coffee. I've tried buying fancier ones, but wasn't able to find one that made a good cup of coffee.



See, here's where I don't understand people. To me, all coffee tastes about the same, and all that varies is the darkness of it (and I hate bold coffee) and whether or not it's a flavored coffee (caramel, hazelnut, etc.) -- but otherwise, coffee is like beer to my palate in the regard that it's all the same and there's no such thing as "good" coffee. There's just coffee. It tastes like coffee. I don't care if it was hand-picked out of the droppings of rare marsupials in the Andes, and then refined in the vaginas of virgins before being ground by experts in the field of grinding and brewed by people who have a Master's Degree in brewing coffee, or if it was made by the 50-year-old industrial piece of tin at the 7-11. To me, it's still just coffee.

So I put about six creams in it, and chocolate or sugar, and drink it for it's medicinal value (caffeine).

To me, the Keurig brews coffee as well as the French press I used to own. But it also brews some really tasty tea, some decent hot cider, some yummy hot cocoa, and a variety of beverages that I do like. I have green tea, black tea, cinnamon tea, mint tea, and various brand names. I like having the variety without having to put on a kettle, dunk the bag, and wait. I don't drink it enough to care if I'm throwing out a K-cup.

But to say, even from the perspective of someone who allegedly likes coffee and can discern a difference between them, that the Keurig has no good coffee..? That seems ludicrous to me. I have a basket FILLED with various coffees, in various strengths, in various flavors. Surely, out of the thousands of coffees available in K-cups, there has to be one that coffee snobs like!
 
2014-03-19 08:05:26 PM  

Nix Nightbird: stewbert: My experience with K-cups is from extensive business hotels, which seem to love them. K-cups make poor quality coffee. I've tried buying fancier ones, but wasn't able to find one that made a good cup of coffee.


See, here's where I don't understand people. To me, all coffee tastes about the same, and all that varies is the darkness of it (and I hate bold coffee) and whether or not it's a flavored coffee (caramel, hazelnut, etc.) -- but otherwise, coffee is like beer to my palate in the regard that it's all the same and there's no such thing as "good" coffee. There's just coffee. It tastes like coffee. I don't care if it was hand-picked out of the droppings of rare marsupials in the Andes, and then refined in the vaginas of virgins before being ground by experts in the field of grinding and brewed by people who have a Master's Degree in brewing coffee, or if it was made by the 50-year-old industrial piece of tin at the 7-11. To me, it's still just coffee.

So I put about six creams in it, and chocolate or sugar, and drink it for it's medicinal value (caffeine).

To me, the Keurig brews coffee as well as the French press I used to own. But it also brews some really tasty tea, some decent hot cider, some yummy hot cocoa, and a variety of beverages that I do like. I have green tea, black tea, cinnamon tea, mint tea, and various brand names. I like having the variety without having to put on a kettle, dunk the bag, and wait. I don't drink it enough to care if I'm throwing out a K-cup.

But to say, even from the perspective of someone who allegedly likes coffee and can discern a difference between them, that the Keurig has no good coffee..? That seems ludicrous to me. I have a basket FILLED with various coffees, in various strengths, in various flavors. Surely, out of the thousands of coffees available in K-cups, there has to be one that coffee snobs like!


They're not coffee snobs.  They're coffee hipsters, meaning they are prevented by their religion from liking Keurig due to its popularity.  But yeah, I agree with most everything you said.  I drink exactly one cup of coffee a day and I don't need it to be The Most Amazing Sensory Experience Ever.  A pack of K-cups lasts me 2-3 weeks which suits me fine.

And stop calling me Shirley.
 
2014-03-19 08:15:43 PM  
Most of you are worse than Hitler anyway. I don't want to know any more about your disgusting rape of the planet.
 
2014-03-19 08:37:18 PM  
Articles like this make me want to buy a ton of K-cups, just to piss people off.

/Yes I'm trolling, why do you ask?
 
2014-03-19 09:14:07 PM  

cryinoutloud: Most of you are worse than Hitler anyway. I don't want to know any more about your disgusting rape of the planet.


Oh, shut up you ignorant fark.
 
2014-03-19 11:21:33 PM  
how about not drinking coffee , you farking tards lol
 
2014-03-19 11:27:50 PM  
I put them in the back yard and watch the squirrels on a caffeine buzz. So technically I'm not using them. So where good right?
 
2014-03-19 11:36:30 PM  
www.greenmountaincoffee.com www.hitlerpages.com
 
2014-03-19 11:40:20 PM  
Between shaving in the shower* and my extensive use of shelf-stable packaging and K-Cups**, I am single-handedly going to donkey punch this planet.

* Got the idea to shave in the shower from a Fark thread from years ago.
** I'd recycle that sh•t if I could.
 
2014-03-20 01:48:13 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: The real problem is that the stores used to carry ground coffee and whole beans, if you don't want your coffee to taste like pyramid dust.  Now they carry ground dust and k-cups full of ground dust.


ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-03-20 04:56:48 AM  
No I don't use that trendy bullshiat. When I only want a little bit of coffee, I put less coffee and water in my machine. I know, iknow... it sounds a lot less convenient than buying a pricey specialized machine and ordering specially made single serving cups, but I consider it just doing my part for the environment.
 
2014-03-20 09:19:19 AM  

Persnickety: Nix Nightbird: stewbert: My experience with K-cups is from extensive business hotels, which seem to love them. K-cups make poor quality coffee. I've tried buying fancier ones, but wasn't able to find one that made a good cup of coffee.


See, here's where I don't understand people. To me, all coffee tastes about the same, and all that varies is the darkness of it (and I hate bold coffee) and whether or not it's a flavored coffee (caramel, hazelnut, etc.) -- but otherwise, coffee is like beer to my palate in the regard that it's all the same and there's no such thing as "good" coffee. There's just coffee. It tastes like coffee. I don't care if it was hand-picked out of the droppings of rare marsupials in the Andes, and then refined in the vaginas of virgins before being ground by experts in the field of grinding and brewed by people who have a Master's Degree in brewing coffee, or if it was made by the 50-year-old industrial piece of tin at the 7-11. To me, it's still just coffee.

So I put about six creams in it, and chocolate or sugar, and drink it for it's medicinal value (caffeine).

To me, the Keurig brews coffee as well as the French press I used to own. But it also brews some really tasty tea, some decent hot cider, some yummy hot cocoa, and a variety of beverages that I do like. I have green tea, black tea, cinnamon tea, mint tea, and various brand names. I like having the variety without having to put on a kettle, dunk the bag, and wait. I don't drink it enough to care if I'm throwing out a K-cup.

But to say, even from the perspective of someone who allegedly likes coffee and can discern a difference between them, that the Keurig has no good coffee..? That seems ludicrous to me. I have a basket FILLED with various coffees, in various strengths, in various flavors. Surely, out of the thousands of coffees available in K-cups, there has to be one that coffee snobs like!

They're not coffee snobs.  They're coffee hipsters, meaning they are prevented by their re ...


All of the coffee I've tried from a Keurig tastes basically like pre-ground stuff like folgers. Which makes sense, as the k-cups are pre-ground coffee. Freshly ground coffee, or even recently ground coffee simply gives a deeper flavor. I drink it black, not with a pile of cream and sugar, and it really makes a difference.

I don't see why it's so hard to understand that freshly ground beans would produce a superior cup of coffee vs pre-ground that was packed into a plastic cup.

Coffee snob, coffee hipster, a guy who just likes a decent cup of coffee. Whatever.
 
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