Keurig Machines Any Good?

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  1. killvmain macrumors newbie

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    Hello there, I've seen many of you know well coffee, I'm trying to upgrade to something better than hot brewing coffee machines and got Keurig machines, does anyone know if them are good, ok, terrible, etc?

    I do follow the forums for a while but I never did post before so hello everyone :)
     
  2. GalFieri macrumors regular

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    Hey, I'm new too! Signed up only today actually.

    I tend to generally advise people not to get one because of environmental reasons. Also, aren't they the ones that tried to use DRM for their coffee pods?
     
  3. jerwin macrumors 68000

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    It's getting more and more difficult to find whole bean coffee at the grocery store, what with the metastasizing racks of coffee pods.
     
  4. kch50428 macrumors 6502

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    Get a reusable pod so you can get your own coffee... Or, screw the machine and get a French press pot and learn to use it well. :)
     
  5. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    We have a Keurig at home and I have a Verismo at work. Reusable pods in both.

    I prefer the Verismo. I think the water is hotter, and it's easier to refill the pods.
     
  6. jerwin macrumors 68000

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    I myself have an aeropress. Cleanup is easier than with a french press.
     
  7. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    Keurig Machine 2.0 do indeed use DRM, but let's face it, the cheap coffee that doesn't come with the chip tastes gross anyway. The newer machines do allow you to use refillable cups, but if it's a 2.0, it has to use the newer version.

    Keurig brewers are just ok, not great. My mom's smaller one heats up a lot more than mine does. The biggest thing is convenience. If you only want one or two cups, they are ideal.
     
  8. _ATR_ macrumors newbie

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    Keurigs are better than Nespressos for instance, though pod machines impose their own limitations and issues - ecological, financial - pods are expensive - and quality of coffee. If you are not that demanding they might be fine for you. I've seen a bunch of them in best of lists for budget machines, though I'm not sure I would afford one.
     
  9. Scepticalscribe, Mar 5, 2016
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    An excellent suggestion, and one that I'll second. A French Press is almost idiot proof, lasts forever, and you can buy coffee pre-ground if you don't wish to go to the trouble of having to grind your own.

    Actually, with a French Press, you are limited solely by the quality of the coffee you buy.
     
  10. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I went through 4 machines in the last six years. The pumps have a bad reputation of failing. This is what happened to all 4 of mine. I've since gone back to perked coffee, which in my opinion is far superior, and far cheaper than K Cups.
     
  11. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    Really? Our machine is over 4 years old and we've never had a problem.
     
  12. macquariumguy macrumors 6502a

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    I love our Keurig. I only buy the biodegradable San Francisco Bay pods.
     
  13. LizKat, Mar 5, 2016
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    I've had mine coming up on three years, no problems. I do only use it once a day though, the rest of the time it's French press for me. But at 5am I have to say I like pushing that button for the cup of java I need to figure out how to make real coffee.

    EDIT: As of August 2018 that same machine is still going... once a day except for when I clean it, which takes quite a few few presses of the button even on extra-large brew to get the vinegar and then the water processed through it. Anyway it's still in service. Don't know if I'd get another one. It's so convenient for that first cup in the morning, but I'm more or less kidding about not being able to put my FP together for a far better brew.
     
  14. zachlegomaniac, Mar 5, 2016
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    My wife and I had two, both in the mid to late 2000's and each lasted about 1.5 years. Now we just brew traditionally and have had that same machine for at least 6 years. The newer versions may be way better than the ones we had purchased, but they didn't hold up well back then.

    Edit: We did have three people in the house making at least one cup a day.... and probably up to 3 max (per person) so it was getting moderate use.

    Also, +1 for the French Press.
     
  15. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Our Keurig machine has served us well for about 6-7 years. We don't drink enough coffee to justify making more than a few cups, and since I drink decaf and my wife does not it lets us each make what we want without making more than we will drink.

    Unlike others in this thread, I did buy a refillable pod but I could never get it to work correctly, so I don't use it.
     
  16. jerwin macrumors 68000

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    That's one of those unlicensed manufacturers, is it not? And you know what that means, don't you?

     
  17. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a

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    We also have a Rancilio espresso machine that has worked well for us. Thought I'd mention that as well.
     
  18. Cobalt50 macrumors member

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    I have a buddy who uses a percolator. I use a french press. Another buddy uses an expresso pot. I'd take any of those methods over the Keurig pod coffee maker. For absolute ease of use, the Keurig wins. Otherwise, I prefer the other three methods.
     
  19. D.T. macrumors G3

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    Yeah, we were using a Chemex, then switched to an FP (for travel, nice dual wall stainless pot, and stuck with it). Even "grocery store" beans + any method that uses properly heated water is just terrific, really the only thing the Keurig provides is incredible convenience. I mean, the French Press requires about 7 minutes of water heating (using a GE liter electric), and 5 minutes to brew, I pre-heat the FP, grind the beans, prep everything including my/our cups while the water is heating, so it's really about 12 minutes for a fantastic cup :)
     
  20. The Hammer macrumors 6502

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    We have a Keurig at work and it gets heavy use. Had it for 6 years now. We use recyclable pods that come apart. Love it.
     
  21. Cobalt50, Aug 10, 2018
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    Oh, stop it! I love coffee! I drink too much. Probably the best I have had is from my buddie's expresso pot. He knows how to make it. But here is the weird thing. I've had all kinds of coffee. But I really like McDonald's coffee. I just like it. For a simple cup of regular coffee, McDonald's is my preference. Since it's a dollar for a 55 gallon drum of it, my coffee life couldn't be any better. McDonald's coffee is God's elixir. The people that serve it to me are angels from heaven.
     
  22. D.T. macrumors G3

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    @Cobalt50 McDonalds is a real anomaly, it's surprisingly decent, I think it's mostly very fresh since they go through it so quickly. We have a local diner that has amazing coffee, it's, well, "diner coffee", the whole joint has that smell :D
     
  23. Gutwrench Contributor

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    I have a Miele and Microcasa....

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    ....but only use the Keurig.
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  24. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    I have several Keurig coffee makers. They will make a decent cup of coffee. You are able to use many different kinds of coffee and can change up with each cup. Newer Keurig coffee makers can make a cup or a carafe. But when I want an awesome cup of coffee... I break out the scale, burr grinder, stop watch, and French Press.

    *Tip* There's a hack out there on YouTube that with one wire snip, you unlock the full menu of your Keurig 2.0 and can choose anything you want when brewing rather than the limitations of the pod you put in.
     

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