I am not a major coffee drinker. Tom, on the other hand, could hook up a coffee pot to an IV line and happily infuse himself with the stuff 24 hours a day.
When we got engaged one of the few things that Tom seriously cared about picking out for our registry was a coffee maker. We registered for one that had a coffee bean grinder in it, so it could do everything in one machine.
I still remember the couple’s shower where he opened that. The heavens beamed a light through the roof of the house and onto his smiling face, while the angels burst into a round of the Hallelujah Chorus.
For two years, that coffee pot served us well. And by “us” I mean Tom. Because even if I made myself a cup of coffee, I would only drink about half of it. (Actually, that’s a weird thing I do with water too.) But after two years (and a few months), we needed a replacement.
Over those years, though, the “coffee station” in our kitchen became a source of constant frustration for me. This was mostly because it should have had a sign like this hanging in front of it:
Tom would dump the coffee grinds out in the sink, and they wouldn’t all go down, so I would always see grimy black junk all over the sides of the sink, the dishes I hadn’t gotten to yet, and the counters. Ick.
Then there was the coffee pot itself. It looked nasty. It was so stained looking, that it started to be opaque. I kept asking Tom why it was stained like that, and he said he wasn’t sure. Well, when we finally replaced it, I found out.
He never washed the thing. I never did because every time I wanted to, there was coffee in it, and he was going to drink it. Therein lay the problem. You see, he drinks so much coffee, that he never had time to wash the coffee pot. And it just got layer after layer of coffee building up on it. Double Ick.
When I washed it (finally) before putting it away, it came out of the dishwasher clear, the way glass should be. I was amazed. Then grossed out. Because I also had to tackle the coffee maker, and I couldn’t put it in the dishwasher. I did the best I could. That’s all I will say about that.
So. The replacement. Everywhere we turned, it seemed that people we knew were using Keurigs. And Tom LOVED them. Even I liked them, because they make a single cup of coffee, and it’s premeasured, so I can’t mess it up. In case you haven’t used one before, this is what ours looks like:
And if you want to fill a taller cup, you just slide out the little stand:
I got both of those photos off of the Keurig site. They have a TON of brewers, and you can see them all online. I love the variety, because you can pick something that suits your needs and your price range.
Anyway, what you do is you lift the little handle (right under where it says “Keurig” on the machine), and it opens that section. You put in something called a K-Cup, which is a plastic cup with a measured amount of coffee, tea, or cocoa powder inside it.
Then you close the Keurig again. Assuming you have a cup in place and water in the tank on the side, that’s all you have to do before pressing the button to start brewing. Easy, no?
For people who have a special kind of coffee or tea they like best, there are 233 different kinds of K-Cups to choose from (to date), so you are most likely going to find something you like, maybe even the same thing you already drink. On their site, Keurig has a list of all the K-Cups.
And you can search for the right kind for you by a variety of means, including brand, popularity, consumer ratings, amount of caffeine, type (bold, flavored, fair trade, etc.), roast, blend (for tea drinkers: black, chai, green, etc.), box count (how many K-Cups per box), cup size (regular versus travel mugs), and even cocoa flavor (milk or white chocolate). If you click on any K-Cup listed, it will give you all of that information for that particular one. Trust me, you are bound to find something you like.
One nice thing is that you don’t have to buy any of these products through their site. I buy Tom’s K-Cups at Sam’s in an 80-Count box.
He got his Keurig as a Christmas present, and his mom found it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and used a store coupon to score major savings. They’re carried all over the place, so you most likely can find it either on sale or with a coupon somewhere.
But the best part, for me? It’s that it is SO CLEAN in his little coffee station now. There’s a bowl holding several K-cups, and there’s a small, sealed container with sugar in it. They flank the Keurig, and after I implemented the “no spoons left out after stirring the sugar and creamer” policy to save my counters from constant stickiness (and dirtiness), I can honestly say it has made ALL the difference.
No coffee grinds. No spills from pouring the coffee. No messy filters. Nothing but an organized coffee station. (Those of you who have read about my organizational…umm..challenges…may be surprised, but the kitchen is my domain, and I like it neat.)
So, if you have a Keurig, do you like it? Love it? Miss your old coffee maker? For those who have a regular coffee maker, would you consider making the switch? If the answer is no, why not?