Well, since I have been on a roll with these reviews of super-automatic machines I think I might as well do a review of the six hundred pound gorilla in the marketplace: Keurig. This company, with its ubiquitous K-Cups, seems to be in every office, many private homes and even in many stores and restaurants! I even saw a machine in a movie theater in Montpellier Vermont, where they had a vending machine selling K-Cups for 75 cents which you would then stick into a machine nearby to brew coffee to order. Genius.
I have a couple friends that own these machines and they love them, and I admit I use them pretty often when I come over because sometimes coffee is not a “culinary experience” but rather just a way to get some extra energy or warm yourself when it’s chilly out. This quality by the way is quite possible my favorite thing about coffee: just how downright comforting it can be. I also like the variety of flavors you can get with a Keurig. I mean, if I want to try 20 different types of coffee (or different flavors) I can’t very well buy 20 pounds of coffee, that would be silly. Also, how can I possibly make myself a French Toast coffee like the one I’m drinking now? Or Cinnamon Doughnut coffee like the one I had yesterday?
See? Told you I wasn’t a coffee snob.
I guess that Keurig is the gold standard for single serve instamatic coffee. They make coffee better than what the majority of American’s are used to drinking (Folgers, instant coffee, etc.) and offer speed and convenience at an affordable price.
I’m going to go into detail soon about my thoughts on the various offerings of K-Cup, and also their stranger offerings (Chai? Hot lemonade? Weird…), but as far as the system goes: if you want instant single-serve coffee they really are the best.
Follow up: in between writing this and posting it I got myself a “Spicy Eggnog” coffee from the machine.
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