We need to talk about how awful Keurig machines are


#1

I have one of their nasty coffee makers. Bought it at Arc for 15 bucks. I have replaced it with a Bunn and it makes great coffee. The time to brew 1 cup of nasty coffee vs a pot of good coffee. Yes, I did dispose of the Keurig into the recycle bin. I would never donate a piece of crap like this garbage machine.

People did get 1 thing right, It’s a piece of crap.

On Saturday, Keurig announced they would no longer sponsor Sean Hannity’s show after the Fox News host said things the coffee machine overlords did not like about the scandal Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has found himself in.

In response, lots of Hannity’s fans decided to smash their Keurig machines to show support for their favorite media personality. On Monday, Hannity called a truce and urged his listeners and viewers to stop smashing their machines after the coffee machine company’s CEO publicly apologized to the host.

I fully support the Keurig boycott for reasons that have nothing to do with the allegations of sexual assault against Moore or Hannity’s coverage of said allegations, but because Keurig machines make bad coffee.

There, I said it. I have never had a cup of coffee from a Keurig machine that was not watery or did not taste like chemicals from the plastic cartridge the grounds had been sitting in for God only knows how long. And it’s expensive! The machine itself is upwards of $200 for a decent model, a drastic increase from my $40 Black and Decker auto-drip machine that runs like a champ.

The individual cups are also pricey. Using K-cups can be five times more expensive than drinking coffee from a pot. In a 2015 interview with The Atlantic, John Sylvan, the founder of Keurig, admits he does not own a machine because it is too expensive. Sylvan also bemoaned inventing K-cups that were not recyclable, creating an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen.

“In 2014, enough K-Cups were sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe 10.5 times,” the narrator says in an ominous YouTube video Sylvan shows the reporter profiling him. “Almost all of them ended up in landfills. They are not recyclable.”

The water tank is also stupid small on most machines. My parents have one that my five siblings and I all use when we go home for holidays. Every other time I go to make a cup of coffee I’m stuck spending five minutes filling up the tank and waiting for the water to heat up before I get my single cup of subpar java. I may as well have made a French press of coffee or waited for a drip machine to do its thing. It would taste better, at least.

Keurig machines are also impractical when making a batch for a large group of people. Instead of making a pot for 12 or more cups like a regular drip machine, one must stand by the Keurig machine and wait for each cup to individually pour. I also have yet to find a Keurig model that allows you to set the machine on a timer the night before and wake up to fresh coffee like a drip machine does.

The Keurig machine deserves to die, because they’re charging us all an arm and a leg for coffee that does not taste good.
http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/14/lets-honest-keurig-machines-deserve-smashed-make-terrible-coffee/


#2

We have one gathering dust- was useful for a single cup of mediocrity at 5:45 am when I was getting ready to head to work, but not something to make a cup to enjoy. Even the famously liberal LA Times had an article "Mediocre coffee for $50 per pound."
We now have a Moca Master - absolutely amazing coffee.


#3

To make the Kuerig more affordable I used the replacement cup that allows you to use any coffee and bypass the Keurig cup. Still made lousy coffee.


#4

And, offense of offenses- it is ecologically a disaster- the cups are plastic and don’t degrade.


#5

Nor were they recyclable. Wonder if they changed that yet.


#6

I have a Keurig. I really like my Keurig. I won’t use it or buy Kcups, now.
I really like Panera. I won’t be going.
I like Einsteins. I won’t be going.
When I want a doughnut, it will not be a KrispyKreme.


#7

I’m actually getting rid of my Keurig. It has nothing to do with politics, or the whole Hannity boycott thing, or anything like that. I’ve just begun to notice that my coffee tastes like chemicals. I usually buy K-Cups in bulk on Amazon and I’ve never had a problem. I tried a new brand and after each cup I actually felt a little sick. My wife came into the room at one point and asked if I had been using paint thinner. I don’t know if it’s the plastic that gets heated up (as the article said) or just because it was from some unknown company. Either way I’m done. I ordered a regular drip coffee maker and we’ll just program it to brew half a pot in the morning. That’s actually a lot easier than sitting there and waiting to make a bunch of K-cups before we head out the door for our commute.


#8

I bought a Bunn.

Makes a pot of decent coffee in 3-4 minutes.