questionsare k-cups coffee worth it?

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no. not worth it.
coffee is supposed to taste like coffee. if you want it special add cream or sugar.
the different varieties available are great, except that you will never have the flavor that i want. (doesn't matter what flavor). also means spending about 15$ for 20 cups of coffee. also the bank guy said they have very short shelf life if you buy quantities for varieties.

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They are also hard to keep clean -- at least the one in my last office was. It grew algae in the water thank. Ew.

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Depends on what you like for the k-cups. The best deal, in my opinion, is the ekobrew cup, buy your favorite coffee and fill it up. It isn't because I am an eco-snob (although I sort of am) and that K-cups are evilevilevil (although the argument goes both ways on that), it's really because having owned one of these machines since November, I really haven't found all that many varieties I like.

To the machine itself, I don't know how well it does in an office environment - I just have one at home. Like any office machine, there's always the problems that come along with any communal device, and I can't see it being more or less a problem than a traditional coffee pot.

Although you probably would not have to clean a ton of coffee grounds spilled on the counter. Ew, hate seeing people not just take a paper towel and wipe that off.

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It depends on your usage. If you like 1 or 2 cups a day, through the day, then yes, a Keurig is for you. If you like to drink 4-5 cups in the morning before work and don't touch another cup for the day, then No, a regular brewer is for you. If you are an occasional coffee drinker that likes variation of flavor, coffee strength, and you entertain and would like to offer coffee to everyone (especially knowing you have 1 in the crowd that always uses decaf), then Yes a Keurig is for you.

It is important to follow the basic instructions, like cleaning the water canister with hot soapy water at least once a week. Running a cycle of vinegar once every other month. My recommendation is to buy it from Costco and keep the receipt. There is, unfortunately, an issue with some brewers due to Keurig having to decide to install a louder pump to do the job, or a quieter one that is actually too much for the machine to handle. Consumers wanted quieter and the ability to exchange for new machines.

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@inkycatz I have one at home and we have a community one here at the office. The one at the office appears to be on it's last legs after less than a year of use (or is it abuse). The one at home still going strong after 4 months (not that that is a long enough period of time to mean anything)

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We've got a Keurig machine at work. They're convenient, but seem to break fairly easily (although that's probably due to heavy use). If I was paying for the cups, I think I'd be concerned with how much they cost.

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We have one at home because my wife drinks coffee and I do not. We also through out the year have guests. The varieties help because everyone can enjoy a style they like.

We've never had issues with Algae, and it gets used maybe once every two days on average. We always keep the tank full. Though, every month or so my wife will dump it out and clean the hard water marks.

She really enjoys it because she can have a different kind of coffee every day w/o having to spend a fortune on different small bags of coffee.

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Too weak for my tastes. But very convenient to have on hand at the office whenever needed.

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I'm not fond of them for a couple of reasons. I like strong, flavorful coffee, and even on the strong setting, the coffees do not seem strong enough. The other thing is that I don't like the fact that they add a lot of non-biodegradeable plastic to landfills. If the cups could be made biodegradeable, I'd be much more in favor of them (I believe in being a good steward of our resources).

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I agree with the trash part, they are pretty wasteful. However, I am of the "one cup a day and it absolutely can't taste like coffee" variety so it works out for me.

I can also see it being painful in the office as you only get ~3 cups a refill. If you have people in the office who get all "you kill the joe, you make some moe!" then they are going to LOVE how often they will end up refilling the water tank.

In short: volume is the big decider for me. I have one cup a day and it's great. My co-workers drink one cup every half-hour, so the office has a 12 cup brewer which is still insufficient.

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I used K-cups at my previous workplace and it was great, but I think they're pretty pricey for single uses, and reusing the disposable cups results in some pretty gritty coffee. I also have a Keurig at home, but we use the reusable K-cup, so you can fill it with your own coffee, although I think it gets used for hot water more than anything else (big tea drinker household).

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If you're looking for just coffee, another option would be the pod machines. They're still single-serve convenient, but lower purchase costs for both the machine and the pods.

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I love love love my Keurig, and I'm a coffee snob & didn't expect to. K-cups are pricey, but 1) there's no waste, 2) they are ideal in an office situation (there are lots of beverage options, including teas and chocolate), and 3) you can get decent prices if you shop around (I like Newman's Best & score them at my Costco).

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Fan of k-cup here, also unexpectedly. To me the cost is a downer on principle but not prohibitive enough to stop me from continuing. The quality I've either gotten very used to or perhaps I've migrated to varieties that I now like just as well as drip coffee beans I used to buy and grind/brew. It's hard to begrudge someone who says they hate it as I remember hating it at one point too. It became a simple equation for me - I'll trade high cost and adjust to quality (I don't even feel I'm settling now) for the VAST convenience this gives me in prep and brew time. The few minutes of prepping my drip coffee machine and waiting for it to brew were some very low rated minutes of my day - now gone!

@mellielou your costco advice is golden - we've had 3 or 4 in 5 years in a home environment with 4 cups a day brewed and filtered water only. My first one was Amazon bought and Keurig gave me lip about using it wrong before taking it back - costco from there on!

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BKC (Before K Cups) I bought a Black & Decker Brew 'N Go for under $20 and put it in my office. I think this was at least 15 years ago, if not longer. It is still going strong. I bought DH one for his traveling bag since there are no glass parts, it's light weight, and it has a permanent filter. That one is still going strong, too. I just Googled it and found these as low as $11 online. Basically, it makes one (large) cup at a time, you use your own coffee grounds to get the strength you want, you dump out the permanent filter and rinse it when done (or add a few more grounds for a second cup), and that's it. I actually buy the #1 paper filters when I can find them because it makes it easier to dump the grounds, but those aren't really necessary. It comes with a thermal mug, but you can use any cup or mug that will fit under the drip. There's a review video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5IthEM6208. Not fancy but it does a GREAT job! At work, everyone brews their own.

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@belyndag: Oh, ignore the fact that the guy on the video carefully uses a measuring cup. I just fill the mug with water and dump it in. You get pretty much the same amount of coffee as the water you put into the machine, so that's a safer way to assure that you don't overflow your mug. (I guess I'm too frugal for that high falutin' Keurig thing!). In any case, I drink coffee with chicory (New Orleans blend) and the K cups don't offer that.

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My girlfriend has D cups and I barely know what to do with them...

Oh. You were talking about coffee.

My bad.

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@claudicina: I'm fairly proud of the fact that I resisted the urge to make a similar joke. Mine was going to be related to plastic surgery though.

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They were talking about these on the radio this morning. Apparently office employees tend to steal the K-cups and take them home. Something to consider.

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@lobstrain: That's nothing - we had an employee that even stole toilet paper from the bathroom! And it wasn't some name brand 2-ply ... we're talking the cheapest 1-ply "office grade" stuff.

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As a single man who enjoys good coffee, it is a very efficient way for me to drink it without wasting any. It also lets friends drink a different type of coffee so they don't have to settle whatever is in the pot.

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holy crap! check out the home.woot deal

hmmm maybe i have ESP

for $29.99 and my jumbowoot $20 coupon, I think i'll try the k cups!

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Back of the envelope math says that it's about 0.15 for each cup if I use my own coffee (assuming 5 lb bag at $36/bag), regular division says the k cups are 0.50 each (18 cups for 9 bucks).

Mine makes delicious coffee either way and there is no mess as with the antiquated coffee maker and the coffee is good.

No decision. Best day of my life was when I got a Keurig. (I am a shallow person.)

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Hands down one of the best investments ever!!!

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got the mr coffee keurig coffee machine from woot today. Made a few cups with the ekobrew and one with a k cup

nice and hot, a little small but it makes a solid 8oz cup of joe

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