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Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

So, I'm planning on getting a Keurig coffee maker, and I was wondering if I could get some advice on the different models.

Amazon, right now, has a deal where the B70 is only $149. However, Costco has a deal on the B66, where it includes 90 K-Cups, as well as the My K-Cup resuable filter, for the low-low price of $139.

I'm just curious as to whether the high-end model is worth the price, or if the B66 is essentially the same thing.

So, differences in models? Thanks in advance...
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Originally Posted by invisiblegt View Post
So, I'm planning on getting a Keurig coffee maker, and I was wondering if I could get some advice on the different models.

Amazon, right now, has a deal where the B70 is only $149. However, Costco has a deal on the B66, where it includes 90 K-Cups, as well as the My K-Cup resuable filter, for the low-low price of $139.

I'm just curious as to whether the high-end model is worth the price, or if the B66 is essentially the same thing.

So, differences in models? Thanks in advance...
The only thing I see diffrent, is the one from Amazon has 4 cup sizes the one from Costco has 3.
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My advice would be: avoid the Keurigs altogether, and go with a pod coffee maker. Two main reasons: coffees I've had from every K-cup machine I've used (a few commercial models, with a variety of coffees) ALL taste weak and thin (regardless of coffee volume selected), except for a couple of extra-bold varieties (Sumatra was one, forget the brand), which were barely passable. And those stupid k-cups take up a lot of room to store. Silly design.

OTOH, the pod machines make a much better cup of joe in my experience. There are several levels of machines to choose from,and a huge variety of pods. The pods are flat and easy to store (imagine that!) in individual foil packets.

I would seriously recommend trying coffee from both types of machines before buying. Ijust don't understand how people who like coffee find k-cups acceptable.

Also, there's lots of good info (even from people who prefer k-cups, go figure!) at singleservecoffee.com.

Oh yeah, and by all reports, the 'reusable k-cup filter' sucks loads. Don't plan on using it if you go that route.
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Originally Posted by drmoze View Post
My advice would be: avoid the Keurigs altogether, and go with a pod coffee maker.
That is interesting because I had the opposite reaction. I used to own a Senseo coffee maker and I got rid of it for the Keurig. I think the Keurig makes better coffee and I like the selection of k-cops better. Plus I like the filter thing that allows you to use any coffee you like.
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I own a Senseo, a Krupps Coffee Pod, and a Keurig.

The Keurig kicks ass. The only one thing I don't like about it is the waste of the plastic tub things. But it works well and makes great coffee. The other two units have severe flaws IMO.
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Originally Posted by Jadzia View Post
That is interesting because I had the opposite reaction. I used to own a Senseo coffee maker and I got rid of it for the Keurig. I think the Keurig makes better coffee and I like the selection of k-cops better. Plus I like the filter thing that allows you to use any coffee you like.
There are several pod makers that are generally regarded as better than the baseline Senseo (although I like the foam!). Also, I hope you weren't basing your impression on Senseo pods. There are tons of great pods out there of all varieties. Many roasters/packagers make the same coffees for pods and k-cups. No lack of variety in either format these days.

BTW, the pod makers (like Senseo) are even easier to use your own coffee in. Just 2 spoons of coffee on a regular basket filter paper, fold the edges over into a pod-size square, insert into the large podholder and press with your thumbs, then brew. Takes about 10 seconds, easy to do, and you can use fresh-ground beans.
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I'm not a coffee drinker so I really don't use it much but we have a Keurig and we have the reusable filter. We haven't had problems with our filter like some reviewers have written. My husband likes to use that and my daughter likes to use the k-cups. The only thing is that we've only had ours since March (it was a gift) and for the last couple of months when you push the button you don't know which size cup you'll actually get. Sometimes you can push the button for the small cup and you'll get a large; other times it's the opposite. I need to call them and see if we can get it fixed.
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Can't help you with the differences but some opinions on the Makers themselves.

We have a commercial Keurig at work (water line runs directly to the machine, big collector bin in the back for empty cups) and I love the thing, it definitely kicks the ass of the Senseo I have at home. I'm a fan of the Kona K-Cups.

The reusable filters work fine here. Avoid the chocolate milk (using packets + hot water from the machine works better than the Pods themselves). At 4oz mode coffee can be pretty damn strong, but it's fun to experiment with it.

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I just got the Keurig Ultimate (B60??) as a gift.
I've got a question for you guys.
I like a larger cup of coffee - 16oz to 20oz size.
Have any of you just used the same k-cup twice? I realize the strength will be diluted somewhat during the second run through.
The largest cup mine makes is 10oz. and that's just not gonna cut it.
I figued you could just brew a cup twice as the next model up makes a 13oz size cup with the same size k-cups.
Any thoughts or experience with this??
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I drink so much coffee that a single cup maker just doesn't cut it at out house. All I've owned for years is a Bunn.
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Originally Posted by cverneau View Post
I just got the Keurig Ultimate (B60??) as a gift.
I've got a question for you guys.
I like a larger cup of coffee - 16oz to 20oz size.
Have any of you just used the same k-cup twice? I realize the strength will be diluted somewhat during the second run through.
The largest cup mine makes is 10oz. and that's just not gonna cut it.
I figued you could just brew a cup twice as the next model up makes a 13oz size cup with the same size k-cups.
Any thoughts or experience with this??
You can always brew twice. Depends how weak you like your coffee. 16-20 oz from a single k-cup will be pretty darned watery. (The regular 10-oz cups were usually too 'thin' for my taste as well.) You can always use a second k-cup for the whole mug if you like stronger coffee.

I think some k-cups are made for larger/stronger cups. Check singleservecoffee.com for lots of info.
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My cheap Gevalia does rather well.
Old 12-21-08, 03:22 PM
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YACT - Yet another coffee thread

someone here posted this link a couple years back

http://www.toddycafe.com/

I have been brewing coffee this way ever since and have still yet to find a better tasting brewing method. I have had the k-kups and the pods with all types of coffee, nothing beats the toddycafe for overall taste.

Coffee stays fresh for 2 weeks or so in the fridge, I bought an electric kettle too that can boil 32oz of water in like 3 minutes. Boil water, fill coffee mug about 3/4 way up, top off with cold coffee concentrate, perfect cup of coffee every time in a couple of minutes. Need it stronger one day use less water in the mix. Switch to cold coffee in the summer, mix with ice instead of hot water. Want something different, mix with milk instead of water. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmm
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just looked at the Senseo

at the price of the pods, you might as well go to starbucks
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The thing I hated about the Senseo is that you needed 2 pods for a good size cup of cofee. And you have to put the 2 pods in there just so, or all the coffee will leak out of the sides of the machine. I always found it such a hassle.
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
just looked at the Senseo

at the price of the pods, you might as well go to starbucks
Another al bundy classic quote.

Pods are much cheaper. My current favorite is the Cafejo line of pods (sumatra, adrenaline rush, kona blend). A box of 18 pods for under $5, or less than $0.30 per pod. Each pod makes a full-sized mug of full-strength coffee. How the hell does that come anywhere close to the cost of sbux? A "tall" costs around $1.50, or more than 5x the price of a single pod mug. How did you do your math?

Originally Posted by Jadzia View Post
The thing I hated about the Senseo is that you needed 2 pods for a good size cup of cofee. And you have to put the 2 pods in there just so, or all the coffee will leak out of the sides of the machine. I always found it such a hassle.
Did you really only use Senseo brand pods? That explains a lot. The Senseo pods come in a single bag, so all pods are exposed to air once it's opened and don't stay fresh very long. There are over a dozen brands of quality coffee pods, and they all come individually sealed. 1 pod makes a full, rich mug. Brands include Cafejo, Timothy's, Wolfgang Puck's, Baronet, java podz, Fratello, Reunion Island, etc.

Seriously, your statement is akin to saying: "My George Foreman grill sucks, because I used it to grill a crapburger, and it came out all greasy and tasted like crap."
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

I just bought a Keurig Mini. If I want to brew my own coffee with a reusable filter I heed direction. Do I buy a reusable cartridge and also a filter?
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

Twelve years later and I still agree with Dr. Moze ... Why anybody wants these atrocities is beyond me. Overpriced machine, weak overpriced coffee, needless pollution from plastic coffee pods, produces small watery cups ... but hey, status symbol!

$10 programmable Mr. Coffee works just fine and keeps me drinking any coffee as long as I like. Even if you want a smaller serving, you just make a smaller pot.

PS -- Welcome cool new member! Please stick around!
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

We have a 12-cup B&D Smart Brew ($15) and I use a single serve B&D Brew 'n Go (also $15) in the evenings. Don't want or need a Keurig or its expense.
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

Iíve gone old school and now use a Moka pot. I also invested in a Baratza Virtuoso+ burr grinder, so I have a great cup every time.
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

I have a Bonavita coffee maker and like it a lot. Don't really care for Keurigs because I can drink a pot of coffee all by myself. Brewing expensive single cup servings seems like a waste of time and money.
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

Be careful as a few of the Keurig models have copy protection. I forget which ones, you will have to look it up. Essentially if the pod doesn't have the correct barcode it won't run the water.
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

I got a mini Keurig a month ago. It's for those afternoons when I want a single cup of coffee and am too lazy to clean the coffee maker afterward. If you get a reusable filter, that is all you need, because it fits within an enclosed area in the machine. You'll have to do some checking before you buy a reusable filter because I read some reviews saying their reusable pods didn't fit the mini. The mini doesn't have Keurig's DRM ("copy-protection"); the DRM is in the full-size version with the LCD display.
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Re: Keurig Coffee Makers: Some Advice

A couple of my family and friends have been donating their Keurig machines away lately.

Are they not as popular as they use to be? I donít drink coffee so I donít know the coffee industry/market.

And my workplace constantly reminds employees that Keurig pods are non-recyclable and discourage people from using them. They like being ďgreenĒ.

Just curious, I like following product life cycles.
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