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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 33
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2014-03-19 12:53:40 PM
3 votes:
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 11:48:27 AM
3 votes:
Using K-cups is not always bad...

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2014-03-19 11:03:26 AM
3 votes:
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.
2014-03-19 11:03:24 AM
3 votes:
Relax. I burn my used K-cups and styrofoam plates so they don't end up in landfills.
2014-03-19 08:05:26 PM
2 votes:

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 07:48:55 PM
2 votes:

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 04:47:23 PM
2 votes:

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 02:37:32 PM
2 votes:
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 02:35:35 PM
2 votes:
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 02:02:28 PM
2 votes:
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/turns k-cups into tulips and lightbulbs
2014-03-19 12:56:33 PM
2 votes:
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 12:25:52 PM
2 votes:
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 02:07:31 PM
1 votes:
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 01:55:12 PM
1 votes:
/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.

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2014-03-19 01:40:51 PM
1 votes:
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 01:26:42 PM
1 votes:
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 01:19:40 PM
1 votes:

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 01:12:15 PM
1 votes:

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 01:07:33 PM
1 votes:
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 01:06:04 PM
1 votes:

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 01:05:58 PM
1 votes:
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 01:03:54 PM
1 votes:

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 12:47:33 PM
1 votes:

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 12:38:14 PM
1 votes:
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 12:36:29 PM
1 votes:

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 12:30:55 PM
1 votes:

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

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Came for this.


eww.
2014-03-19 12:29:06 PM
1 votes:
Psh. I use a nespresso. Suck it.

/the cups are smaller
//that makes a difference right?
2014-03-19 12:26:16 PM
1 votes:

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 12:25:23 PM
1 votes:
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 12:24:36 PM
1 votes:
I use these babies

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Convenient and eco-friendly.
2014-03-19 12:23:36 PM
1 votes:

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


I'm feeling a reich rising in my pants.
2014-03-19 11:31:25 AM
1 votes:
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.
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2014-03-19 11:28:52 AM
1 votes:
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.
 
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