Let's Talk Coffee... Let's Talk K-Cups and Pods

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  1. dave kinogie

    dave kinogie

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    So I've invested in a single cup brewer as a gift for the house and I'm new to this K-Cup and pod stuff.

    I mean I've used them a bunch of times in offices and in waiting rooms at car dealerships, etc., etc., but aside from maybe 5 to 7 random blends I don't know much about brands, where to get the best deals on them, etc.

    What are some of your favorites?

    Anyone try any of the newer/off brands like San Francisco Bay Coffee or Brooklyn Beans or Organic Coffee Company?

    Where do you buy yours? What are the best websites or retail stores for deals?

    How about pods?

    They seem to be cheaper, are better on the environment and I've read people say they're all around better taste wise as long as you use them quickly.

    What are some good brands and blends?

    Where do you find these the cheapest?

    And I know, I know, K-Cups and pods are crap and I should be slow brewing or making espresso or whatever haha, but that isn't really feasible for us on the weekdays in the morning.

    I have a french press and buy my coffee coarse fresh ground for the weekends, I'm just looking to stay on this topic haha.
     
  2. dave kinogie

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    So no one here uses K-Cups or pods?
     
  3. dillbert

    dillbert Banned

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    it's a fad.

    a solution looking for a problem - such as a car showroom.....

    DW got one, went through a couple packs of assorted cups - "went through" as in tried that flavor, threw the others of that flavor away . . . currently gathering dust. 

    doesn't even make a decent imitation expresso.
     
  4. dave kinogie

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    LOL, you're killing me bruh. I was asking for recommendations on flavors and where to get them and the such. I've had many a cup of K-cup coffee and some are solid, none are great, many are turrible. I get that. I have a French press, I buy "expensive" beans and enjoy great coffee a couple times a week, a friend of mine makes outstanding cap's and latte's from great espresso, but that isn't the topic at hand haha.
     
  5. aunaturel

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    I can't claim to be a coffee connoisseur, but I am addicted to the stuff.  I love my Keurig.  For my household, the Keurig was one of those things you don't know you need until you get one.  Anyways, I get Newman's Own Special Blend in regular and decaf - I'd describe it as a well-balanced medium roast, if that's your thing.  (However, I do typically prefer organic, fair trade coffee, so that limits the options.)

    I have it on an Amazon subscription, and on the occasion that we run out before our next shipment, the hubby buys some cheap stuff in a pod instead of the k-cup.  I personally like the pod a lot better.  I think it has to do with being able to see exactly what's in there?  The k-cups have the effect of separating you from the beans.
     
  6. dave kinogie

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    Thanks for the review and suggestion.

    Also, I don't know if you've checked around recently, but there are a fair amount of organic K-Cups these days for reasonable prices, if not cheaper then the bigger brands. I can't attest for their quality, but I've been running across a lot of them the last few days scouring the net.
     
  7. dave kinogie

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    So I went with 2 variety packs to start. One from Brooklyn Beans and the other from Marley Coffee.

    Has anyone tried either of these brands?
     
  8. chefross

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    I decided to grind my own coffee and use the K-cup that came with my Keurig Platinum.

    I have a Cuisinart grind and brew for making larger amounts but just for me the one cup thing is great.

    I tried Starbucks, Millhouse, and the like. Some of their flavors are descent.....others not so much.
     
  9. koukouvagia

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    Green Mountain coffee is wonderful and I believe they make it available to these contraptions you speak of.  I don't know anything about them other than they're a waste of money.
     
  10. dave kinogie

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    Yeah I got the Bunn and it has a draw for ground coffee, I will be using that as well, but I wanted to keep some K-cups and/or pods on hand(it has a draw for pods as well) to give them a try and also just for simplicity in the morning before work and the such.
     
  11. epicurious415

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    I live in Seattle. There are lots of good coffee roasters here. Some names below and they are all good.

    Cafe Vita 

    Victrola

    Herkimer

    Lighthouse Roasters
     
  12. aunaturel

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    Good to know - thanks!!
     
  13. dave kinogie

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    You're up in coffee central huh, haha?

    Are these general roasters, or ones that do K-Cups?

    Never mind, to google!
     
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    They are general roasters but I'm sure they ship. Don't know much about K cups. You may want to check out Home-barrista site. LOTs of coffee/espresso info there; probably way more than you want.  :)
     
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    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    Dave I agree with you it is silly on the busy days of the week to spend 10-15 minutes when your barely awake trying to make a coffee. It should be quick and taste good. Now on the weekends I do use my Alex Duetto II to make great coffees but it is not a rush but more an enjoyment of making and drinking the coffee. As for k-kups I never went that route for home mainly because when I figured out the cost it is more expensive then some cheap coffee at Aldi. We just purchased a k-kup machine for our office and it seems to be working out well most of the blends are fine but still it never tastes fully brewed to me and often tastes watery. It just does not have that richness you get from a brewed coffee. From what I have tried I like the green mountain blends and the peets and seattles best.

    P.S. I have a pod adapter for my espresso machine which for many people would be un-heard of but for brewing decafe for my guests it is the best way to go.
     
  17. foodpump

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    Never figured out the pod and k-cup systems...I saw the pod system introduced in the early '80's and understood immediately that the user was dependent on pre-made pods specifically made for that system. I do know that freshly roasted coffee looses a lot of it's flavor after 10 days--no matter what type of packaging, vacuum, nitrogen flushing, whatever.   It seems like every k-cup I see has some kind of flavouring.   I'm a straight black coffee kind of guy and hate anything in my coffee--even sugar, so maybe I've been wrongly exposed to k-cups but flavoured coffee isn't for me.

    For me at home?  A cheap $10 electric kettle will take less than 4 minutes to boil a half pot, so by the time I get my my coffee in a French press the water is hot. My wife drinks tea and is equally dependent on hot water as I am.

    If Seattle has good coffee roasters, Vancouver has too! I count over 40 in Vancouver alone.  I buy my beans in 1/2 lb bags and must have tried over 30 varieties by now.  Still experimenting, but I have a few favorites.
     
  18. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    Acutually I think the espresso systems offer the best flavor for the pod based systems. I used one for many years and was very happy with it.