Which model Keurig?

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    My old Hamilton Beach coffee maker died. Thinking about the Keurigs and joining the K-cup mafia.

    I want one that will brew two adult sized mugs worth of coffee in one throw. Would that one that accommodates the carafe? I usually drink one mug as I get ready for day, and take second with me to work.

    What model to look for? What else to know as I go shopping?
     
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    We have one of the more basic ones, it's more my wife's thing as I don't drink coffee.

    It has three buttons on it corresponding to 3 cup sizes. You push the button, it boils that much water in some internal tank, then dispenses it. The whole process takes under a minute, I wouldn't think having to do it in 2 cycles would be a big deal.
     
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    Most of those K-Cup things are instant coffee. And quite expensive. But many people like them. We used to have one. It was convenient to a degree. What I have now is the Ninja Coffee Maker - it is FREAKING AWESOME. best coffee!
     
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    YES but I do not have the glass carafe/heater. Just the stainless steel one without the heater. I make a 1/2 pot at a time which usually just once per day. It really does make incredible coffee.
     
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    I'm on the Keurig bandwagon. The model 60 has always worked for us, around $80 now. I don't know that there's a big difference between most of the models, other than they do make a single-serve brewer. I can't imagine why they'd make a single-serve when the only difference is the size of the water tank, but I digress. The K60 has always worked for us, is dirt cheap, so that's my suggestion.

    Every coffee company out there produces the k-cups now. My favorite is Starbucks Pike Place, but most of the time it's just a garden variety donut shop/medium roast. You'll find one you like eventually.
     
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    had one for about 3 years... kinda like it... wife has decided we need to move up to a Nespresso... What do I know... I'm just a guy... :confused:
     
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    This one then...

    Which per Amazon, isn't offered any more.... Amazon only offers the one I mentioned above with the glass carafe.

    Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer with Thermal Carafe (CF085Z)
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    Pressure brewing is the way to go but keurig’s are difficult to clean. Pod brewing is for me. No plastic k-cup, just a filter paper pouch. All surfaces contacted by coffee can go in the dishwasher.
     
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    The 2.0 are ones that take the caraffe pods. The problem is those are the ones with "digital coffee rights management" though you can disable that.

    The Keurig only gets dragged out for emergencies, etc.. I use the Jura with freshly roasted beans (care of my Hottop roaster) regularly.

    I'm confused about "cleaning" the Keurig. Never bothered to do that other than descaling the thing once. I've got it on softened water now.
     
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    I don't own one but if I did that's how I'd use it too. Things like beating a burglar over the head or smashing a window to escape a fire. I sure as **** wouldn't use it for "brewing" coffee.

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    +1 for the Jura. Once you go Jura you never go back. Have a Z9 myself.

    Have yet to start roasting my own beans, but I follow the 15-15-15 rule. (Coffee is to be had within 15 months of harvesting, within 15 days of roasting, and within 15 minutes of grinding).
     
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    One of the secrets to good coffee is keeping all parts of the brewer clean. You de-scale which helps on the upstream side. In my opinion everything downstream in the pod holder and piercer needs to be cleaned more frequently because the keurigs gurgle and splash all over as they deliver coffee. There are lots of nooks and crannies in the coffee path. The keurig at work was disgusting.

    In comparison a pod brewer has a combination pod holder and dump tube (which is also the orifice which allows brewing pressure to develop). There’s a seal on the top of the pod holder so everything above stays clean except for scaling. The pod holder can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The assembly that holds the pod holder is easy to wipe down, no nooks or crannies.

    Of course the pod brewer is a step down from an espresso machine. It’s a bit more convenient so it’s a compromise.
     
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    IME Keurigs make hot water that taste like plastic
     
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    Just get a mini expresso machine, way cheaper per cup (just expresso ground coffee and milk and any flavors like maple syrup or dark chocolate or whatever), way better, also greener if you're into that stuff. Takes like 10 minutes to figure out how to make a latte or mocha as good as Starbucks, minus I can't draw a leaf or skull or anything in the foam.


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    Save your money and buy a 4 cup brewer. I've had Keurigs for many years now and am thinking about switching back to a small brewer. My wife likes it because she drinks coffee all day and a brewer is a pain in the butt for that, but I drink coffee in the morning and that is it. The Keurig coffee is expensive and mostly not that great. I also shudder to think the amount of plasticizers I have consumed from the K cups.
     
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    Keurig (sp) coffee tastes terrible
     
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    Another brand, like Nespresso. Keurig is weak and tastes terrible, and if you want just hot water after using K-cups, you have to rinse about 3 full cups through the Keurig to clean out the detritus of your prior brews.
     
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    A lot depends on how much effort you want to put into making the coffee -- clean up a filter by tossing it out still means you need to clean the basket, clean the carafe, clean the scoop (maybe).

    We do a couple different things - drip coffee with max fill for Saturdays, and an electric tea kettle that can boil water in a surprisingly quick amount of time, and then a pour-over or French press or Aeropress to get single-cups. Note that "single-cups" for us are 16 oz stainless steel insulated tumblers.
     
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    We had a Keurig for a few years, then it just died and we didn't replace it. Didn't really make great coffee anyway, as others have pointed out it's just expensive instant coffee inside the little cups. Now I have a Cuisinart coffee maker with timer, grinder, and thermal carafe... I fill the hopper with whole beans once a week, set it up the night before and it automatically starts just before I get up in the morning and it brews just as much as I tell it to. Much better coffee than any Keurig.
     
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    So who makes a good, reasonably priced brewer that brews regular coffee and maybe espresso? Uses my beans that I grind with my burr grinder, and costs less than the house...
     
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    Keurig is a scam that the inventor has publicly stated he wishes he didn't invent.
     
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    None.

    They're stupid, wasteful, expensive and the coffee really kinda sucks.
     
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    Pretty sure this is ours:

    https://www.hamiltonbeach.com/12-cup-coffee-maker-46201

    works OK. I, sometimes, set it up Fri night and program it to start Sat am. It brews slowly, though, maybe that's supposed to be better?
     
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    No, "most" aren't. Some are. Most have coffee grounds in them. I've had a Keurig for about 5 years, on my second one, love it.
     
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    I vote for staying away for K-cups. A french press, AeroPress or espresso machine with fresh roasted beans roasted in my Huky 500 is infinitely better.
     
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    If you've been a hard-core drip coffee person, might I suggest you try some of the different Keurig coffees before committing to a K-cup machine. Until the Starbucks revolution, I really enjoyed the smell and taste of coffee. Some of the restaurant coffees were so perfect, I couldn't get enough. Brewing coffee at home was high art. I ended up grinding my own beans and trying to get the perfect grind vs filter vs water. When Starbucks became all the rage, it was just never the same. Coffees are so different, now. They seem to be much more acidic than they used to be, And restaurants mostly serve either very strong, or very weak, coffee with only room temp cream (or worse the little creamer packets).

    If I had my preference I would just have a pour-over with paper cone filters, and I'd grind my own. But, the wife is hooked on the big fancy Keurig with a pretty stainless display stand to show off all the Kcups. Oh well, its all too much bother. Just like when I was on deployment, I just drink whatever comes out of coffee urn (or Keurig), as long as it not that flavored crap (french vanilla, .....really?)!!!
     
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    I never liked the K-Cups but I've owned a Keurig for 9 years and love it for convenience. I grind my own beans and use this reusable basket: https://goo.gl/images/US9TCA
     
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    I love mine too! I only drink 2-3 cups in the am, love Donut Shop, a medium roast. Yeah, there's grounds in there, get some occasionally in my cup.
     
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    Hard to beat a french press for simplicity - but no espresso.

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    who likes coffee with his coffee
     
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    Any model works fine, and it's real coffee, not instant.

    We brew coffee in the morning an then use K when we need a hit later in the day.

    I drink abt 64 Oz of coffee a day.
     
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    We have one of the big industrial models at work. It's plumbed into the water supply and offers a choice of 4, 6, 8, or 10 oz. It also has a butter dish on the side. The guys who drink out of the big insulated tumblers just brew two in a row.

    IMO: 1)it is the most environmentally unfriendly household appliance devised. 2) it makes a good, but not superior, cup of coffee. 3) the machine and inventory of k cups take up more countertop and cabinet space than the drip maker and coffee can.
     
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    The only ones I've found with instant are the strange ones like the ones that also have milk and sugar in them (lattes). They're pretty awful.

    On the other hand, Gevalia makes a K-cup milk combo where you brew the coffee and pour in a packet of powdered milk/flavors.
     
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    Yes, I only recall one "caramel latte" that after the coffee was finished the k-cup weighed nothing, everything else I've tried, the used k-cup has weight because of the wet coffee grounds.
     
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    Buy the Jura refurbished. It's about 50% off.

    I've bought 2 refurbished Z9's from www.1stincoffee.com at different times over the last year or so. (One for the house, one for the RV...). On both of them I couldn't tell the difference between refurbished and new, it's pretty much in perfect condition with all of its accessories shipping as new in box.

    Was hesitant at first since it's still expensive even after the discount, but they're otherwise SO expensive that it's hard to justify. 50% off takes the sting out of it somewhat.

    Of course, the next thing you'll want with a Super Automatic coffee maker is a milk cooler... We buy milk once a week, pour it in the cooler that's connected to the Jura, and for about a week you have maintenance free fresh coffee - just push a button.
     
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    I agree on all counts. I can't understand why anyone would want to pay $60.00 - $80.00 a pound for a cup of mediocre coffee. I mean, it's not bad enough that I spit it out and swear, but it ranks somewhere below the average cup of gas station coffee, in my opinion.

    The Sam's Club I use serves free coffee to Plus and Business members during the early-morning shopping hours, using their own house brand, which I've found slightly better (and much cheaper) than the Keurig coffee. But I'm told that the newer Keurig machines will only work with their own overpriced, mediocre coffee. Sam's uses some other brand of machine that accepts the K-cups. If you absolutely must have that system, then I'd suggest an off-brand brewer so you're not locked into Keurig's racket.

    I have a bunch of coffeepots, but the one I keep coming back to is this one. It's an older model that's actually been replaced by at least two models since it was introduced. I don't know why Target still has them in stock. If it's old stock I may buy another. It's a cheap machine, but it makes coffee exactly how I like it. The temperature and drip rate are perfect.

    I didn't care for the first replacement model because the coffee seemed to have a plastic taste in the single-serve mode (but not in the full carafe). I still have it in the basement and break it out when I need to keep two carafes of coffee going at once. I keep the older one upstairs because I do use the single-cup mode a lot, and it works fine on the older model.

    As for espresso machines, I use this one, and it's a workhorse. Every guest who's ever had an espresso or cappuccino from this machine has said it was the best they ever had. Part of it could be my technique -- tamping the puck does require a certain touch -- but the machine itself has been phenomenal.

    I grind my own coffee. My two favorite daily drivers are the Member's Mark French Roast and Pablo's Pride, both available at Sam's Club. They're both very nice, very reasonably-priced everyday coffees.

    Based on the reviews, I'm also thinking about picking up and trying Peet's Major Dickason Deep Roast coffee this afternoon. I have to go to Lowes at some point anyway to buy a coax keystone insert. The trip isn't worth making for a $2.97 part, so I'm looking for other reasons to make it. A stop at Sam's Club would suffice for that purpose, and it appears they have that coffee in stock.

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