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I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was well into my twenties when I started working in DC and had a killer commute. Honestly, I can’t say I really even liked it when I first started drinking it and oh, was I bad at making a pot of coffee. Naturally when the Keurig machines came out, I thought I had found the ultimate coffee solution – one perfect (or so I thought) cup of Joe at a time. My Keurig was a tricky subject – more like a fair-weather friend (an expensive one at that) – some days it worked great and some days, not so much. Over the past ten years or so I have gone through at least 5 Keurig machines.
The top three reasons I have decided to break up with my Keurig:
- Let’s start with the expense! A basic Keurig coffee machine will set you back about $100 and the K-cups run $8-12 for 16 or so servings. I bought a very simple Bodum French Press for about $20 at Target and a bag of coffee specifically ground for the French Press for $8 and was amazed at how easy it was to make a beautiful cup of coffee and for a fraction of the cost.
- Let’s not forget the environment. K-cups are not recyclable and even the inventor of the K-cups regrets making them. The French Press method of brewing coffee does not create waste – as a matter of fact there are countless ways to reuse coffee grinds that are actually helpful!
- And the most important reason – TASTE! I thought my K-cup coffee was pretty good – especially if I loaded it up with flavored creamer – but I have started drinking my coffee black and that is where the taste difference really shows up.
I am by no means a French Press expert, but I’m learning quickly! One of the things I was worried about was that I would give up the “speed” of my Keurig brewer – which honestly is not that speedy. Since coffee is part of my morning routine, I have just made a few adjustments. I start by filling up and turning on the electric kettle (if you don’t have one, these are way cool). By the time I get my coffee cup out of the cabinet and put my coffee grinds in the bottom of the French Press, the water in the kettle has boiled. Then I pour the boiling water over the coffee grinds, give a quick stir, put the lid on it and set the timer. It does take about 5-7 minutes for the coffee to brew, but that is plenty of time to empty the dishwasher, get breakfast started, check my email or any number of morning chores.
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