As a vacation rental apartment guest (4 guests max), what coffeemaker would you like to see in the kitchen?

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Keurig K-cup single cup coffeemaker
26% (10 votes)
Mr. Coffee-style 4-cup coffeemaker
5% (2 votes)
Mr. Coffee-style 12-cup coffeemaker
63% (24 votes)
Other (please elaborate below)
5% (2 votes)
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This article is on-topic: K-Cup inventor regrets inventing them

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LOL The thread that won't die. Just keeps perking along. 

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We have a Cuisinart that grinds its own beans. 12 cup. It keeps the coffee hot for hours on a low temp burner, then shuts itself off.

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Arkansas bagels.

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Tasty, not a bagel. Heck, not even breakfast food.

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 Our favorite! Bagels and doughnuts!  Yummy!

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Arks wrote:

and yet, with the amount of cream and sugar people put in their coffee it is not that far from ranch...less the herbs and spices

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That was my morning laugh.  While drinking (non-Keuig) coffee. 

A tenant left us a Keurig maker, so I purchased a few pods.  meh.  I'll put a standard maker in the new vacation rental.  I found an old Capresso cone filter grind and brew in ebay.  It should be here in a few days.  That should hold us while I search for the next maker.  I asked a friend with a much higher volume of service than us what maker he uses.  A Bunn, but with an imported Italian coffee. Didn't jot down the name, I don't have the volume to use his supplier.  I'll keep trying various coffees and grinds in the Bunn, and see if I come up with something I'm happy with, but for now the old Capresso will make great coffee, is perfect for us and I can keep up with guests and be happy to be serving a good brew (we brew then pour into a commercial sized thermos then deliver outside their rooms an hour before their chosen breakfast time). 

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A lot of the coffee flavor has to do with the water as well as anything else. So if the filtering on the system that broke is different from everything else you've tried even the same coffee won't taste the same.

We bagel snobs have the same trouble with learning to like bagels not made with NYC water. Or auntie's soda bread recipe never tastes like it did in the auld sod.

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A lot of the coffee flavor has to do with the water as well as anything else. So if the filtering on the system that broke is different from everything else you've tried even the same coffee won't taste the same.

I've thought about this with my wine and beer making. I always buy jugs of "spring water" at Walmart. I really should try the local tap water as it might impart good flavors from the natural "whatever" that's in there. Of course, like water for a fish aquarium, I'd probably need to let it sit in the open for a few days, to let the chlorine evaporate.

Probably should try that with coffee, too. Use unfiltered tap water, but let it off-gas the chlorine a few days first. I wouldn't go to all this trouble for just any drink, but coffee's important!

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Our water is over chlorinated. It's not as bad now as it was years ago but it's noticeable. All of my clothes fade, my lovely hair color fades in a week, this water is strong.

Gomez installed water filters on both kitchen sinks. Amazing difference in the smell and taste.

I don't like water purchased at the store as all the flavor and goodness are filtered out. Bottled water doesn't really quench your thirst either.

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American bagel... rolls with holes!

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4 bagels made in WV

 

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Rolls with holes. My grandparents, just rotated in their graves.

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Gomez found all kinds of new pods at the grocery store yesterday. One of them you have to peel the top off. Why, oh, why go against how everyone has been trained?

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Got our new biodegradable coffee pods in the mail today. Will report back once Gomez tries them out.

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Got our new biodegradable coffee pods in the mail today. Will report back once Gomez tries them out.

French Roast or what blend? Let us know. I love the french roast, in fact I am going to have one right now, thanks for reminding me. Tell Gomez Hi! 

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Yes, the French roast. We have to now figure out how to display them for guests to use.

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Yes, the French roast. We have to now figure out how to display them for guests to use.

Maybe you won't work out the display, and you'll "have" to drink them all yourselves!

How about putting a few in a glass canister?

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Here's what I'm thinking - will anyone want to use them if they realize everyone else has had their paws on them? And how do I offer multiple kinds if everyone is going to look at them and throw them back? Oh I don't want that one.

I could put tongs out I suppose. They'll use those like they use the ice scoop.

The glass jar is a start. Thanks.

 

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Something like the "tree, which holds it only around the top ring, or a wooden block with holes. They can see the top with the name, etc, but don't really touch it until they pull it out. Or maybe this? http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Holders-Dispenser-Coffee-Acrylic/dp/B00HQ1Q52I/

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I have a holder already but it's open at the back. I think the pods will lose their flavor out in the air. Or all the coffee will taste like bacon.

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I have a holder already but it's open at the back. I think the pods will lose their flavor out in the air. Or all the coffee will taste like bacon.

Contacted the pod maker and they are sending me a new style of pod to test out. WIll let you know what I think.

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Depends on how many you put out and for how long.

You could try getting some baby jars and keeping them individually in those jars. Scan the top, print it out and then podge it to the originally baby food jar cap.

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i have a kcup holder under the keurig and the keurig is often overfilled and i come in to discover it sitting in a puddle - the cups have not gotten wet inside the drawer.  i haven't studied the logistics of why but i'm happy with it.  

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seashanty wrote:

i have a kcup holder under the keurig and the keurig is often overfilled and i come in to discover it sitting in a puddle - the cups have not gotten wet inside the drawer.  i haven't studied the logistics of why but i'm happy with it.  

Good to know.

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I use these condiment caddies. They hold up to 18 k-cups in the drawer, so I keep an assortment there for people to pick from. I leave the drawer open just a little, so they realize it's there.

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Will the new pod style sit in there, tho, or will they all just tip over? And if that tray gets wet, there go all the pods.

This requires some thinking. I think the rack I have now is solid so the ring on the new pod may seal it well enough.

Thus the trial pack of pods I ordered.

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Back to the original topic, I can report after a year of having both the 12 cup coffeemaker and the Keurig machine in each apartment:
of those guests who make coffee, about 70% are using the Keurig and 30% are using the 12 cup brewer. 

Very few people staying just 1 or 2 nights use the 12 cup. I'd say I'm just lucky to have people who don't brew a whole pot to drink 1 cup, if they have the Keurig alternative (before I had the Keurig, they WOULD do that...brew a whole pot and leave most of it).

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We brew really good airpots of coffee each morning for the buffet and it's out at 7:30.  But we do have a Keurig for guests to use for decaf (which I don't brew) and for coffee 24/7 for those who are up early and which I started initially to save me from guests knocking on the door at 9pm asking me to make them coffee and then having to wait for my big Bunn machine to heat up and brew a whole pot.   I also just started adding StarBucks Verismo coffee makers in the larger guest rooms.  I like the coffee better and because no one has them at home, they don't empty out all the pods and take them home.  I have to say that I will never own a Keurig for myself when we're done with this business.  I don't feel that the coffee is that good compared to high quality local blends you can buy and I believe that the little Kcups are killing the planet - they could certainly make them recyclable but it's cheaper to not do it.  Higher profit and convenience.  And the little ideas for what to do with them - cute but still billions are going into the landfills.

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 - cute but still billions are going into the landfills.

  Used K-cups are the least of their worries.  My dad works at a landfill.  Buy it today or its in the landfill tomorrow.  He cries every time stores trailers comes and dump NEW STUFF in the landfill still in boxes and packages!!!!!!!  Season over...dump it....  Get on with the next display.

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  Used K-cups are the least of their worries.  My dad works at a landfill.  Buy it today or its in the landfill tomorrow.  He cries every time stores trailers comes and dump NEW STUFF in the landfill still in boxes and packages!!!!!!!  Season over...dump it....  Get on with the next display.

I was discussing this with my husband of 27 years just last night. Not the keurig cups, but the disposable world we live in.

I was thinking there is be a definite connection between throwing away babies, throwing away marriages when they don't meet our needs to throwing away whatever we "feel like" and never working to repair or save them. Feelings are fickle.

If you knew you could not throw it away...if you knew you would never be given another...would you work harder to repair and maintain what you have?

Yes all of this because we are reading the Love Dare for Couples each evening. And sometimes things hit me and I can't get them out of my head.

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yes Don't throw Himself away even when he drives you crazy!  There is only one of him.

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Amen.

I look at my divorce in my first marriage as a gift to him - a release from something totally incompatible and a mistake of youth. It sanded off a lot of rough edges off both of us. As "interesting" as things have been, Himself and I are still being "interesting" after 40 years because of many reasons, not the least of which is stubbornness.

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Duff2014 wrote:

 

  Used K-cups are the least of their worries.  My dad works at a landfill.  Buy it today or its in the landfill tomorrow.  He cries every time stores trailers comes and dump NEW STUFF in the landfill still in boxes and packages!!!!!!!  Season over...dump it....  Get on with the next display.

I didn't need to know that. That's just awful.

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Yesterday there was a post on uses for empty k-cups that included how to reuse them. I have several of the refillable k-cups and have used them for tea and coffee. They work just fine with my own fresh-roasted coffee. As for k-cups killing the planet, I am sorry but I have seen Mother Nature reclaim her planet when man turned is back for less than a decade. Unless you KNEW it was there, you had no idea such a large building was in that overgrown mass of vegetation. We each have our beliefs - and I am NOT sneering at yours any more than I hope you sneer at mine - but I personally think MAN has an over-inflated sense of importance in the scheme of Mother Nature and MAN. SHE beats the crap out of MAN every time we turn around.

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I believe that the little Kcups are killing the planet - they could certainly make them recyclable but it's cheaper to not do it.  Higher profit and convenience.  And the little ideas for what to do with them - cute but still billions are going into the landfills.

Perhaps not all k-cuppers are using little plastic cups. Perhaps some are using a more friendly variety like this. which actually has a really nice french roast, btw.

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Perhaps not all k-cuppers are using little plastic cups. Perhaps some are using a more friendly variety like this. which actually has a really nice french roast, btw.

My delivery was delayed due to weather between here and the shipper, but they finally arrived today. Made a French roast and it was good. But 6 p.m. coffee means I won't be able to sleep tonight. I blame Joey Bloggs for this.

On the other hand, I'll be able to watch a LOT of House of Cards episodes tonight. I credit Joey Bloggs for this.

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I'm still waiting for the next shipment after explaining to them my dilemma of how to store these for guests.

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How do you store the biodegradable pods? Do they lose their flavor being out in the open air until they get used?

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Perhaps not all k-cuppers are using little plastic cups. Perhaps some are using a more friendly variety like this. which actually has a really nice french roast, btw.

Great idea! In the grand scheme of things, k-cups aren't on the scale of major global problems, but if the landfill/ocean plastic problem can be lessened, why not do it!

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MtnKeeper wrote:

I believe that the little Kcups are killing the planet - they could certainly make them recyclable but it's cheaper to not do it.  Higher profit and convenience.  And the little ideas for what to do with them - cute but still billions are going into the landfills.

Perhaps not all k-cuppers are using little plastic cups. Perhaps some are using a more friendly variety like this. which actually has a really nice french roast, btw.

How well do they work in the machine? I'd buy these! Thanks!

I hate the plastic cups and all the waste. Did I mention the delivery of my towels? Each one in a plastic bag? Over 100 plastic bags?

Never mind. Read the reviews and placed an order.

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I believe that the little Kcups are killing the planet - they could certainly make them recyclable but it's cheaper to not do it.  Higher profit and convenience.  And the little ideas for what to do with them - cute but still billions are going into the landfills.

Perhaps not all k-cuppers are using little plastic cups. Perhaps some are using a more friendly variety like this. which actually has a really nice french roast, btw.

How well do they work in the machine? I'd buy these! Thanks!

They work great! My only recommendation is to keep them in the box or put them in a cannister vs letting them out in case of air issues. I have not done anything other than that to find out if they go stale or not, but the quality was really top notch. I like strong black coffee and it was perfect!

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Morticia wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

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I believe that the little Kcups are killing the planet - they could certainly make them recyclable but it's cheaper to not do it.  Higher profit and convenience.  And the little ideas for what to do with them - cute but still billions are going into the landfills.

Perhaps not all k-cuppers are using little plastic cups. Perhaps some are using a more friendly variety like this. which actually has a really nice french roast, btw.

How well do they work in the machine? I'd buy these! Thanks!

They work great! My only recommendation is to keep them in the box or put them in a cannister vs letting them out in case of air issues. I have not done anything other than that to find out if they go stale or not, but the quality was really top notch. I like strong black coffee and it was perfect!

Have to figure out a way to display them. I don't have room on the counter for boxes and I don't want guest pawing thru a big box to find what they want. Have to see how to make this work.

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For 12  1/2 yrs  have Grind& Brew coffee machines here. Beans in frig.

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Our old reliable Capresso 454 died and they don't make that model anymore.  The newer machines have basket instead of cone filters, and the coffee is just not as good.  Worse, the machine quite heating coffee after just a few months. 

Next we tried the Krups.  Good coffee but again the heating element died too quickly and reviews suggest this is a common problem. 

What machine are you using?

We need to replace, and are stuck on what to replace with, and are using our commercial Bunn in the meantime,    meh.

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We use the Bunn in the morning for brewed coffee and the Keurig for guests to help themselves later on in the day.

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BTW. I have a used one for sale. Hasn't been used in months! You can have all the capsules as well. Now, for the Nespresso machine (umilk or lattissima), that you can pry from my cold dead hands.

Isn't it odd how a few hundred KM in distance can make such a difference?

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I picked Kcups and the reason being, it can also do teas and hot chocolate. Now if you really want to bring it up a notch have Irish Cream!  wink  OMG have you ever had the Baileys Caramel in hot chocolate? 

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