Posted by Tim Stobbs on February 25, 2015
Over the holidays I have a well meaning gift to my wife and I of a Kurig coffee machine. It’s just one brand of several types out that that use disposal coffee pods and at first I’m completely admit my first thought was: what the hell am I going to do with this?
You see I already know from using K-cups at work that the little pods are not cheap like around $0.75 to $0.80 per pod. So when you have already been drinking dripped brewed coffee for years why the hell would I want to spend a small fortune buying little expensive coffee pods?
Yet cost isn’t everything in life so when my wife suggested we give it a try before making up our minds I thought: oh why not? If it is bad, we just get rid of it.
Anyways, during our initial use of the machine I had to admit it was handy to have around when you just want a single cup of coffee. My wife particularly liked it after lunch since she usually just heated up the old coffee that was made that morning…which is you ever microwave old coffee you know that isn’t that good. For her she was getting a much better cup of coffee after lunch and since she only drank that one cup it didn’t make sense to make a second pot of coffee.
Yet the cost of those K-cups was driving me nuts…there had to be a better way. So I turn to good old Google for a solution and come across reusable K-cup pods (which apparently won’t work with the new 2.0 machines unless you hack them…just Google it). I’m like, oh ya! More less waste and you can use your own ground coffee in them so you can even have the same old coffee that I’m used to in my morning pot of coffee.
Except it appears some of them by design are a bit of pain to use as you have to replace one section of the machine to use them, which seems sort of pointless to me. Anyway after digging around in Amazon’s website I come across one that looks just like a regular K-cup. No parts to change out, just put your coffee in close the lid and brew. Also you can get two of these little reusable K-cup in a package for around $15. So I decide to give it a try and order them.
Well when I get them I had a look at them and it seemed fairly easy to use them. We played with the amount of coffee you need to add to get a damn close copy to the taste of my morning drip pot of coffee. Yet after that is is all good. The reuseable is easy to use and saves you a small fortune in buying all disposal K-cups. The only real downside the reuseable K-cup is you end up using a bit more coffee per cup than you would with a traditional drip brewer. So there is a bit of an increased cost to using them, but it isn’t huge by any means perhaps 1/2 tsp extra per cup, but this mainly because we like our coffee strong. I don’t have exact values, but I would approximate our savings as 60% less than a regular K-cup.
In our case this is saved by making a smaller pot first thing in the morning, so overall it likely not much more coffee usage in the house by having the machine in the house. I estimate the reuseable K-cups are about 20% more expensive than our usual drip pots of coffee.
Then my wife has a brain wave which I love…why not just buy flavour coffee in disposal K-cups. After all you never really want more than a cup of flavour coffee at a time (ok, at least we do). Also to limit our spending on this we choose to only buy the disposal K-cups with our spending cash. It should be a treat, not a everyday thing.
So all in all, I have to say I’m surprised to be agreeing to keeping the machine in the house. I noticed in the instructions that it can go from stone cold water to ready in just four minutes. So rather than keeping it on and plugin all the time I put it on a power bar and shut it down when we aren’t using it. That helps keep the power bills down from just leaving it plugin all the time.
In the end, it is possible to have one of these machines in your house and not spend a small fortune on K-cups. Just buy one of the reusable K-cup and take the extra 15 seconds to fill it up and empty after you are done. Does anyone else use these machines regularly? Any other tips to share? I’m still mostly new to this.