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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 11:03:24 AM  
Relax. I burn my used K-cups and styrofoam plates so they don't end up in landfills.
 
2014-03-19 11:03:26 AM  
I am enjoying a K-cuppified coffee at this very moment.  I work in a small office with no kitchen area.  Which means cleaning the coffee pot would be done in a public restroom.  No thanks.  Sorry, environment, you lose on this one.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-03-19 11:28:52 AM  
I use K cups.

I don't work in a small office with no kitchen area, I just want to wipe that smug smirk off of mother natures face.
 
2014-03-19 11:31:25 AM  
Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.
 
2014-03-19 11:48:27 AM  
Using K-cups is not always bad...

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2014-03-19 12:23:36 PM  
No, I use the little re-fillable dealy, and fill it with Dunkin Donuts coffee.  It comes out to about a dime a cup.

I do use styrofoam cups though.  And paper plates, but I'm saving water from not doing dishes.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:36 PM  

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...


I'm feeling a reich rising in my pants.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:38 PM  
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.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:50 PM  

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

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Came for this.
 
2014-03-19 12:23:57 PM  

PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.


This is good to know, because my wife has been considering buying one of these machines but I don't like all the plastic throwaways. We currently have a french press but that thing is terribly annoying with how often we have to clean it up.

vpb: I use K cups.

I don't work in a small office with no kitchen area, I just want to wipe that smug smirk off of mother natures face.


Because it's so edgy to hate on the environment.
 
2014-03-19 12:24:36 PM  
I use these babies

www.whosaidnothinginlifeisfree.com
Convenient and eco-friendly.
 
2014-03-19 12:24:37 PM  

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

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I was going to go that route.  Glad you went for it!

/stay classy Blatz
 
2014-03-19 12:24:56 PM  

Banned on the Run


First image: I can understand why the mold is growing in the shade but how did it get on her face. Yes. She has a face.
 
2014-03-19 12:25:23 PM  
I don't see 1/100th the hate for, say, beer bottles (recyclable with quite a bit of energy, but usually downcycled at best), drink boxes, various plastic soft drink containers, and on down the line.

Not to say I like K-cups a lot, but perspective seems lacking.
 
2014-03-19 12:25:52 PM  
This is news? Anyone with enough brain power to drop in a cup and close the top of the machine knows they produced 10 times as much waste, and the coffee costs 20 times as much per pound.
 
2014-03-19 12:26:16 PM  

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.


Umm, you can still buy whole beans - in like every store I've ever been to. In fact you don't have to grind them in-store either - which makes the coffee go stale faster - instead you can take the whole beans home and grind them in a grinder or magic bullet.

Making coffee. Not rocket science.
 
2014-03-19 12:26:19 PM  
Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.
 
2014-03-19 12:26:49 PM  

PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.


We have 2 - one for my wife's coffee and one for my tea.  It saves about a Brazillian dollars a year not having to buy their crap.
 
2014-03-19 12:28:00 PM  
What the hell is a K cup?
 
2014-03-19 12:28:04 PM  
I throw my plastic bottles in to the garbage. That way, some kid in the Philippines can collect them all, build a raft out of them, sail to Michigan and redeem them for 10 cents each. That's jerb creatin'
 
2014-03-19 12:28:44 PM  
filters? grinding beans?

Sh*t, I inject whole beans directly into my bloodstream.
 
2014-03-19 12:29:06 PM  
Psh. I use a nespresso. Suck it.

/the cups are smaller
//that makes a difference right?
 
2014-03-19 12:29:24 PM  

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...


That's around the size when I can't look without wondering what kinds of horrible back problems they must have. Ouch.
 
2014-03-19 12:29:45 PM  
According to the box, the ones I buy are 97% biodegradable.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sniff my own farts in my Prius.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:27 PM  

bikerbob59: What the hell is a K cup?


No one knows and there is no way to find out.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:38 PM  

Enigmamf: Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.


Same here.  They last about 10 years.

That said, I can see where a single person might prefer a Single Brew over another machine.  Keeps the trash to a minimum.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:38 PM  
Only 50 bucks a pound, too!
 
2014-03-19 12:30:54 PM  

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.


That's my gripe.  The nearby mid-sized Kroger-owned store has like fifteen shelves of cups and pods of various kinds.  They've ditched the bulk-bin coffee and they're down to like 3 bags of packaged-whole-bean in the entire store.  Presumably the cups/pods have absurdly higher profit margins (the grocery store pushes the machines too).   Not that there aren't 100 other places to get beans in town, let alone online, but it has gotten a bit silly.
 
2014-03-19 12:30:55 PM  

flondrix: Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

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Came for this.


eww.
 
2014-03-19 12:31:14 PM  

Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...


In case of emergency, your K cup doubles as a flotation device
 
2014-03-19 12:32:57 PM  

zerkalo: Banned on the Run: Using K-cups is not always bad...

In case of emergency, your K cup doubles as a flotation device


this is completely pedantic, but if they are fake they sink like stones. Silicone don't float.
 
2014-03-19 12:33:00 PM  

CipollinaFan: I use these babies

[www.whosaidnothinginlifeisfree.com image 850x970]
Convenient and eco-friendly.


What is that, a leprechaun's derby hat?
 
2014-03-19 12:33:22 PM  
I don't get the fascination with coffee.

/41-year-old New Yorker that still feels out of the loop
 
2014-03-19 12:33:46 PM  

bdub77: 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.

Umm, you can still buy whole beans - in like every store I've ever been to. In fact you don't have to grind them in-store either - which makes the coffee go stale faster - instead you can take the whole beans home and grind them in a grinder or magic bullet.

Making coffee. Not rocket science.


yeah, this
we even bought an inexpensive (around $9) electric coffee grinder once because we accidentally bought whole beans at aldi one day and didn't want to take the coffee back for an exchange

Enigmamf: Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.


we have 2 cone-type metal mesh filters. our current mr coffee is basket-type. so, we can't use the reusables.
 
2014-03-19 12:34:32 PM  
Amateurs. When I want a fresh cup of coffe, I just buy a whole new Mr. Coffee. And I like my coffee fresh every morning.
 
2014-03-19 12:34:41 PM  

Enigmamf


Heck, I don't even use paper filters on my drip coffee. Metal filter FTW.


I wonder how the energy used over the lifetime of the metal filter (manufacturing, washing) compares to the energy used over the lifetime of the equivalent number of paper filters. That's not sarcasm, btw - I have no idea.


metal filter \m/
 
2014-03-19 12:36:07 PM  
K-Culs: the coffee of choice for douche bags who don't really like coffee!
 
2014-03-19 12:36:29 PM  

busy chillin': filters? grinding beans?

Sh*t, I inject whole beans directly into my bloodstream.


I find inserting the beans directly into my anus works well.
 
2014-03-19 12:36:53 PM  

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.


Stores still carry ground coffee and whole beans though. Unless you were getting your coffee from Bed Bath and Beyond, in which case, they've always carried just the k-cups and why the hell are you getting coffee from a BBandB?
 
2014-03-19 12:37:35 PM  

CheekyMonkey: busy chillin': filters? grinding beans?

Sh*t, I inject whole beans directly into my bloodstream.

I find inserting the beans directly into my anus works well.


Ahh yes. The mocholonic.
 
2014-03-19 12:38:14 PM  
I am forced to keep ordering the stupid K cups at my office because everyone loves variety in their coffee.  When I started, there was 2 big urns, one with regular and one with decaf. Now I have to buy the light roast, dark roast, medium roast, 2 flavors, tea, and decaf.  And keep track of how much we have of each.

I bring 1 cup of coffee from home.  I always brought coffee from home.  I never had any interest in the coffee except when running late or having a bad day.  Yes, I'm bitter.

darwinpolice: According to the box, the ones I buy are 97% biodegradable.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sniff my own farts in my Prius.


of course it is.  Considering 95% of it is the coffee beans inside the cup, it IS 97% biodegradable.
 
2014-03-19 12:40:00 PM  
Boy, hipsters sure have a lot of problems to deal with.
 
2014-03-19 12:41:43 PM  

CipollinaFan: I use these babies


Convenient and eco-friendly.


A shower drain cover filled with a lesbian trucker's pubic droppings?
 
2014-03-19 12:43:57 PM  
What are these K cups and filters you speak of?
ecx.images-amazon.com
www.greenmountaincoffee.com

My father gave me a Keurig for Christmas.  That was two weeks after I bought a new espresso maker and a generic crappy drip machine for making tea.  I gave it to a friend who loves it.
 
2014-03-19 12:44:52 PM  
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.
 
2014-03-19 12:45:02 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com

Love these. Bought 3 of them. Haven't bought a "disposable" K-Cup since. Takes 10 seconds to rinse & refill, and another minute to brew another cup of caffeinated ambrosia.
 
2014-03-19 12:45:07 PM  
We have a Keurig, although it's use has dropped off dramatically. We put it on our wedding registry at my wife's insistance; I'm the only one who drinks coffee regularly, but she insisted she'd drink it more often if we had one.

These days, she'll have the occasional cup of hot cocoa from the thing, but otherwise I'm the sole user, and I just use the refillable basket to make decaf every so often.
 
2014-03-19 12:45:43 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Banned on the Run

First image: I can understand why the mold is growing in the shade but how did it get on her face. Yes. She has a face.


images.sodahead.com
 
2014-03-19 12:46:17 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Relax. I burn my used K-cups and styrofoam plates so they don't end up in landfills.



Carbon that is biodegradable turns into CO2 slowly.  Carbon that is burnt turns into CO2 quickly.

Meh.
 
2014-03-19 12:47:19 PM  
Obvious tag is right.

That said, I wouldn't mind quite so much if the COFFEE WEREN'T SO FARKING TERRIBLE.  Keurig machines make horrible coffee.

If you must,

ecx.images-amazon.com

11 bucks on Amazon.

But you're much better off with this, good coffee, no grinding, no filters, no disposable parts at all:
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-19 12:47:33 PM  

PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.


And the point for having a "convenience" coffee machine would be?

I'm single, I have no kids.  I could care less what I leave for the next generation.  I didn't add to it population-wise, so I'm expending garbage my psuedo-kids would.

Suck it, you green hippies.
 
2014-03-19 12:48:29 PM  
How bad are tea bags?

/Like, literal tea bags. Not those other dumb things
//Or that dirty thing
 
2014-03-19 12:51:15 PM  

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
 
2014-03-19 12:53:01 PM  

JackieRabbit: K-Culs: the coffee of choice for douche bags who don't really like coffee!


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.
 
2014-03-19 12:53:40 PM  
K-cups? Grind your own beans?

I grow my coffee in my backyard from trees imported directly from Belize. Of course my climate is too arid to sustain them so I put a giant glass dome over it to create a greenhouse effect and re-create the tropical clime. Sure, the HOA griped but I fought them on it an won and people who live in HOA-planned communities are idiots and like every farker on this board I would never live in one willingly.

Anyhow, back to my coffee trees. So I pick my own beans, roast them in stone brick oven fueled by guano obtained from African bat caves. Then I grind them using a stone press I obtained off an old trader while wandering the Himalayas. Yeah the sonofabiatch is heavy but guess what? That's how a man drinks his coffee when he gives a shiat to have the best!

But you nancy boys and fancy lads go ahead and enjoy your little sissy K-cups and your French presses. Christ Jesus, every time a man says the word "Nespresso" his unit shrivels up just a little more and his testosterone levels drop exponentially.
 
2014-03-19 12:53:47 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Only 50 bucks a pound, too!


Poor people problems. We use the pods because they're incredibly convenient. Sorry.
 
2014-03-19 12:54:11 PM  
This whole article is false!  False.  False.  False.

We are all environmentalists up here and would never stand for one of our companies to bludgeon Mother Earth like this!

The K cups at my house never reach the landfill because I use the cups as fire starter in my wood stove!

There, problem solved!
 
2014-03-19 12:56:33 PM  
I don't get the appeal. The wife brought one home, and at first I thought it seemed like a good idea. It took me about 30 seconds to realize that those overpriced K-cups were just small containers of instant coffee. I can heat a mug of water in the microwave in about a minute, buy a big-ass tub of cappuccino mix, and achieve the same thing in the same amount of time for a lot less money and without having another damn appliance clogging up my kitchen. Ours was a free hand-me-down, or I'd be pissed that I spent money on it. It's going to disappear one of these days when she's not around.
 
2014-03-19 01:03:54 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.


What percentage of regular Keurig users, do you think, use the alternative reusable pods and scoop coffee into them each day?  Even though I posted a photo of one, I'm betting the answer is less than 1%.  The systems are environmental disasters AS DESIGNED and in practice.  And again, I wouldn't so much mind -- they provide a measurable convenience -- if they didn't produce such godawful coffee.
 
2014-03-19 01:05:58 PM  
I use a Tassimo, so I guess I'm like Hitler and Stalin having a CFC hairspray party at a book burning.
 
2014-03-19 01:06:04 PM  

mike_d85: I am forced to keep ordering the stupid K cups at my office because everyone loves variety in their coffee.  When I started, there was 2 big urns, one with regular and one with decaf. Now I have to buy the light roast, dark roast, medium roast, 2 flavors, tea, and decaf.  And keep track of how much we have of each.

I bring 1 cup of coffee from home.  I always brought coffee from home.  I never had any interest in the coffee except when running late or having a bad day.  Yes, I'm bitter.

darwinpolice: According to the box, the ones I buy are 97% biodegradable.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sniff my own farts in my Prius.

of course it is.  Considering 95% of it is the coffee beans inside the cup, it IS 97% biodegradable.


I never got this, people griping "but you don't have MY coffee!"

At my office there's a pot of regular, a pot of decaf, black tea bags, and green tea bags.

If you want anything else, bring it from home and use the hot water tap on the coffee pot.
 
2014-03-19 01:07:33 PM  
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
 
2014-03-19 01:08:23 PM  

Odd Bird: Harry Freakstorm: Banned on the Run

First image: I can understand why the mold is growing in the shade but how did it get on her face. Yes. She has a face.

[images.sodahead.com image 245x350]


The tower was the first thing I saw. Hmm.

Nice looking tower, too.
 
2014-03-19 01:11:09 PM  
You know who else was worse than Hitler?
 
2014-03-19 01:11:41 PM  
I just drink tea.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-03-19 01:12:00 PM  
Why is a cup of coffee referred to as a cup of joe?
 
2014-03-19 01:12:15 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


That will just stop people from buying the Keurig brand makers. The revolt will come when they can prevent other companies from making similar products in general, both cups and makers.
 
2014-03-19 01:12:43 PM  
My theory is that the dark matter of the universe consists of discarded coffee cups. Stephen Hawkings won't answer my emails (I kid).

8.3 billion k-cups though, that's a lot of waste to burn, bury or float out to sea and use to kill sealife from the albatross down to the bacteria on the sea floor a couple of hundred years from now. They do have a very good point.

I have purchased a couple boxes of coffee in cups to see if they made decent coffee in a regular percolator. When I am done using them I'll go back to the coffee beans. They're cheaper and can be ground fresh on the rare occasions I drink coffee at home.

I've made several attempts to cut down the environmental impact of coffee. Cups don't help (too heavy, too much washing needed, will take forever to amortize). I stopped taking sugar though. Milk or cream is plenty. I also reuse the paper wrappers that insulate the paper cups as well as lids. They don't last forever but re-using one just once halves the number needed.

That's about all you can do without going back to the XIXth century, but if you want to do that you can probably find a replica of an old hand-cranked coffee grinder. I have seen them very rarely.

A lot of modern convenience is expensive, wastes money, materiel and time, and involves more work than the labor-saving device supposedly saves. For example, a juice-squeezer replaces a $2 glass citrus fruit squeezer that can be rinsed under the tap. You just transfer time from squeezing to washing the machine out, and it takes twice as long to wash the machine out as it does to make orange juice the old fashioned way. The same is true of over-processed convenience foods and pre-packaged store-bought or take-out meals.

Save labor: always take clean-up time and the number of hours you have to work into account when buying labor-saving devices.
 
2014-03-19 01:13:18 PM  

KidneyStone: What are these K cups and filters you speak of?
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[www.greenmountaincoffee.com image 260x330]

My father gave me a Keurig for Christmas.  That was two weeks after I bought a new espresso maker and a generic crappy drip machine for making tea.  I gave it to a friend who loves it.


I have one of those stovetop espresso makers that's 40+ years old, got it when my family lived in Spain, except that it's about 3-4 times the size of the little ones. Finding gaskets is a biatch though.

Love Bustelo.
 
2014-03-19 01:17:35 PM  

waterrockets: JackieRabbit: K-Culs: the coffee of choice for douche bags who don't really like coffee!

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.


I started just by having a cup in the mornings when on vacation when I was about 25. It seemed novel and a fun way to start the morning. Then I would have one on the weekends. Then I realized I liked it and began to have one every morning.

My brother is older and still doesn't drink it. I never thought I would but here we are.
 
2014-03-19 01:18:41 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


People are going to be taken completely aback by this, and I have no idea why.  It's not like either RFID tags or the Razor-and-Blades business model are anything new.

If you don't like it, well, there are plenty of other pod coffee machines out there, some of which even use recyclable pods.  Or buy yourself a single-serving-sized French Press and spend the extra 20 seconds it takes to wash the mud down the sink after you've poured your cup, you lazy turd.
 
2014-03-19 01:19:40 PM  

spawn73: Why is a cup of coffee referred to as a cup of joe?


Because Joe DiMaggio was born in Columbia.  Little known fact.

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2014-03-19 01:23:30 PM  

Splish: 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

That will just stop people from buying the Keurig brand makers. The revolt will come when they can prevent other companies from making similar products in general, both cups and makers.


It's still going to piss a lot of people off when the first time they try to use their favorite brand k-cup and their new Keurig tells them no.


People get stabby when you interfere with their caffeine delivery.
 
2014-03-19 01:24:57 PM  

Apatheist: How bad are tea bags?


Terrible, just look at the environmental pollution it caused.

www.cr-cath.pvt.k12.ia.us

 
2014-03-19 01:26:42 PM  
There is just way too much packaging on everything. I recycle and I still feel like there is just so much waste.

This school needs more grads
http://www.packaging.msu.edu/
 
2014-03-19 01:29:33 PM  
Use a little machine from Hamilton Beach that brews from fresh ground coffee in a reusable basket into a 14 oz. container.   Now at the office, they just replaced the old drop machine with an abomination of a percolator.
 
2014-03-19 01:30:14 PM  

spawn73: Why is a cup of coffee referred to as a cup of joe?


http://www.snopes.com/language/eponyms/cupofjoe.asp

I always figured it was related to the origins of "americano" style coffee, but I guess nobody's really sure about it.
 
2014-03-19 01:31:16 PM  

spawn73: Why is a cup of coffee referred to as a cup of joe?


Mud
Go Juice
Mrs. Olsen
 
2014-03-19 01:33:10 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: HotIgneous Intruder: Only 50 bucks a pound, too!

Poor people problems. We use the pods because they're incredibly convenient. Sorry.


This.
 
2014-03-19 01:35:16 PM  

waterrockets: JackieRabbit: K-Culs: the coffee of choice for douche bags who don't really like coffee!

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.


It's free at basically every office job.
 
2014-03-19 01:36:02 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: 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.

Stores still carry ground coffee and whole beans though. Unless you were getting your coffee from Bed Bath and Beyond, in which case, they've always carried just the k-cups and why the hell are you getting coffee from a BBandB?


Because with those 20% off coupons theyre always mailing, its the cheapest place to buy K-cups?
 
2014-03-19 01:40:51 PM  
My work has a recycling bin for the K-Cups. The grounds become compost, and the plastic gets recycled.

The wife uses regular K-Cups at home, and they get trashed, but I like to experiment with coffee so I have a reusable K-Cup and a burr grinder designed to dump fresh grounds into it. Incidentally, the current beans are shade-grown coffee I bought at a zoo - it really does taste fantastic.
 
2014-03-19 01:41:13 PM  
K-cars okay?
 
2014-03-19 01:43:12 PM  
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.

Reusable pods solve the waste problem, and perhaps the taste (not sure, but I'd assume it'd be better with fresh beans), but I don't see how that's convenient.

Real convenience is grinding the beans before bed, setting the timer, and waking up to a fresh pot of coffee just waiting to be drank.

At work, a french press works great with the hot water tap.

Good coffee is not magic. It's rather simple.
 
2014-03-19 01:43:29 PM  

Far Cough: 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.

What percentage of regular Keurig users, do you think, use the alternative reusable pods and scoop coffee into them each day?  Even though I posted a photo of one, I'm betting the answer is less than 1%.  The systems are environmental disasters AS DESIGNED and in practice.  And again, I wouldn't so much mind -- they provide a measurable convenience -- if they didn't produce such godawful coffee.


Count me (and my gf) among the EkoBrew users (although I had no idea they came out with a stainless one.  WANT.).  I still have to get an EkoBrew cup for my office (although I use at most 1 K-cup per day here), and the cost per cup is far less with ground coffee than the pods anyway.

/my two cents
 
2014-03-19 01:44:51 PM  
Keurig just released a sustainability report announcing that the company plans to make all coffee pods recyclable by 2020, among other ecofriendly efforts. The company says it's evaluating the type of plastic used in the cups, exploring potential biodegradable and compostable packaging, and coming up with an easier way for customers to easily prepare them for recycling.

Bullshiat. They started a product in tyool 2010 or something knowing full well that its success would lead to people throwing millions of non-recyclable cups in the garbage and they steamed right on ahead because the environment takes a back seat to the inconvenience of a whiny crybabby who can't wash a pot with the same water used to fill it.
 
2014-03-19 01:45:17 PM  

Lawnchair: I don't see 1/100th the hate for, say, beer bottles (recyclable with quite a bit of energy, but usually downcycled at best), drink boxes, various plastic soft drink containers, and on down the line.

Not to say I like K-cups a lot, but perspective seems lacking.


IMO, it's because we already had a good method of making coffee that produced far less waste than this. K-cups move in the opposite direction of sustainability.

It'd be like if we all had kegs in our homes, then one day everyone started drinking bottles. All of a sudden, there's a huge increase in waste generation.
 
2014-03-19 01:48:28 PM  
I'm okay with that. We use a reusable mesh k-cup with some coffees, the plastic disposables for other and tea, or a single serve coffee dispenser for others. We take our caffeine consumption seriously.

/recycles more than we dispose
 
2014-03-19 01:50:13 PM  

mutterfark: K-cars okay?


You obviously never drove one.
 
2014-03-19 01:55:10 PM  

stewbert: Lawnchair: I don't see 1/100th the hate for, say, beer bottles (recyclable with quite a bit of energy, but usually downcycled at best), drink boxes, various plastic soft drink containers, and on down the line.

Not to say I like K-cups a lot, but perspective seems lacking.

IMO, it's because we already had a good method of making coffee that produced far less waste than this. K-cups move in the opposite direction of sustainability.

It'd be like if we all had kegs in our homes, then one day everyone started drinking bottles. All of a sudden, there's a huge increase in waste generation.


You're dealing with a generation that has voluntarily dumped phone calls for texts, which are much less information dense. Like the text, the K-cup makes sense in certain limited situations but adopting it for everything is a giant step backwards.
 
2014-03-19 01:55:12 PM  
/sits back and watches the idiots fight, while enjoying a cup from my grandmothers pot, from the 1940's given to me when she passed in 1997. Take that tree huggers.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-19 01:55:14 PM  
We've been through the full round of coffeemakers... old school stove-top percolaters, regular Mr Coffee drip types, french press.  We use the Keurig because we're not huge coffee drinkers.  Maybe a cup each on a weekend morning, or if there is some pressing morning appointment and someone needs a caffeine hit.  We tried the reusable things and the ones we bought didn't actually fit the machine.  I have somehow managed to live with myself.
 
2014-03-19 01:55:23 PM  
I've never used them for this very reason.  I don't expect you to care but I do love a good gloat now and then so neener-neener-neener.
 
2014-03-19 01:56:45 PM  

waterrockets: JackieRabbit: K-Culs: the coffee of choice for douche bags who don't really like coffee!

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.


I'm a big fatass, and I wanted to quit drinking pop without murdering everyone in the building due to caffeine withdrawal. Black coffee has even more go juice, and none of the calories. I'm not terribly fussy though, I'll drink just about any truck stop coffee you throw my way.
 
2014-03-19 01:57:58 PM  
I have this
www.hamiltonbeach.com
Half the price of a Keurig and comes with two scoop/filters. No need to go out and pay extra just to get a reusable K-cup.

/Plus you can brew a single cup, or a double cup to fill a travel mug.
 
2014-03-19 02:00:43 PM  
PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.

We have 2 - one for my wife' ...



I bought a 3-pack for myself, works well.  However, a few months ago, I got my first cholesterol warning from my Doc.  Apart from just being middle aged, the only real change in my diet has been unfiltered (paper filters) coffee which is said to extract cholesterol.  These k-cups now and, before that, a metal filter in my old brewer.

Anyone got ideas on if there's such a thing as paper inserts for k-cups?
 
2014-03-19 02:01:36 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: I have this
[www.hamiltonbeach.com image 398x314]
Half the price of a Keurig and comes with two scoop/filters. No need to go out and pay extra just to get a reusable K-cup.

/Plus you can brew a single cup, or a double cup to fill a travel mug.


Oh, if anyone's wondering, it's made by Hamilton Beach and runs about $50.
 
2014-03-19 02:02:28 PM  
img.fark.net
/turns k-cups into tulips and lightbulbs
 
2014-03-19 02:02:39 PM  

George_Spelvin: PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.

We have 2 - one for my wife' ...


I bought a 3-pack for myself, works well.  However, a few months ago, I got my first cholesterol warning from my Doc.  Apart from just being middle aged, the only real change in my diet has been unfiltered (paper filters) coffee which is said to extract cholesterol.  These k-cups now and, before that, a metal filter in my old brewer.

Anyone got ideas on if there's such a thing as paper inserts for k-cups?


Huh?  The Atkins/Paleo people keep shouting that dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with blood cholesterol?
 
2014-03-19 02:04:43 PM  

schnee: [img.fark.net image 480x640]
/turns k-cups into tulips and lightbulbs


Wow that's a lot of cardboard and black ink and plastic bagging.  At least they're consistent.
 
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.
 
2014-03-20 10:25:55 AM  
Yes it's "just" preground coffee but (a) it stales quickly and (b) you can't add enough coffee to make a decent cup even if the coffee were fresh. Yes, all of the coffee in the hundreds of styles sucks, because it comes out of that machine tasting like piss. Oh but you can make two small cups and... Oh farkk that. Percolators win.
 
2014-03-20 02:55:36 PM  

George_Spelvin: PainInTheASP: Spend the ten bucks and get the little mesh plastic "Eco-Cup".  Grind the beans & empty into eco-cup, place in machine, remember to rinse when done.

Bonus: co-workers rarely use it because it's "too much work", leaving your choice of beans unmolested.

We have 2 - one for my wife' ...


I bought a 3-pack for myself, works well.  However, a few months ago, I got my first cholesterol warning from my Doc.  Apart from just being middle aged, the only real change in my diet has been unfiltered (paper filters) coffee which is said to extract cholesterol.  These k-cups now and, before that, a metal filter in my old brewer.

Anyone got ideas on if there's such a thing as paper inserts for k-cups?


Yes, but they kind of suck. I got some so i could assemble my own k-cups using my own ground coffee, but drip grind is too course and the paper doesn't let the water pass quickly enough. K-cups actually use a little cottonball like filter, and the reusable ones use a metal mesh, both of which let the water pass faster. The build-your-own-kcup with paper filters just made a mess.

It was something like this.
 
2014-03-20 03:01:06 PM  

stewbert: 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.


Grind fresh beans into a reusable one, then you are getting fresh coffee. Also be sure you are using a high-wattage brewer, it will brew with hotter water (or at least more of the water will be hotter) and that helps body a lot. Many of the cheaper k-cup brewers are only 8-900 watts, where a proper one is around 13-1400.
 
2014-03-20 04:42:40 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.


Where would the chip be located in an RFIDed K-Cup? Would it be possible to snip one out and attach it to whichever third-party cup you wanted to use, and fool the machine into accepting it?

Just curious, in case I ever work at some place that has one.
 
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