The last innkeeper in the woods...

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That would be me.

I bought it, yes I finally succumbed and bought it.

No not the farm, but a Keurig individ coffee machine.  For every negative reason to NOT have one there has been a positive reason TO HAVE ONE! I just wanted ot make it one cup size, put it in and go, not electronic with gadgets and confusion. Maybe I only get the "simple minded" guests, but have to keep it simple.

As I glanced at the plethora of brands from donut shop to green mountain to all the many others...I decided I would ask you all what you find guests enjoy the most? I will be purchasing at our local grocery store, since they seem to have them in stock full time now.

Our guests today will be the first, once I set it up. I have a sample kit of coffees for today.

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So what's the verdict JB? Are you liking your new machine? Positive feedback from the guests??

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Breakfast Diva wrote:
So what's the verdict JB? Are you liking your new machine? Positive feedback from the guests??

I have actually done something odd.

I know, you?  angel

I didn't print out directions and stick them by the machine. So far everyone who knows what it is uses it and it works fine.  No one has used a ton of coffee as I only put out a few at a time in a basket, and the little creamers as well. So far so good! 

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For what it's worth, Consumer Reports published their latest ratings on POD coffeemakers this week (remember that they consider cost in their ratings, so #1 isn't necessarily the best regardless of price; #1 is the best considering all factors they test for, including price):

  1. DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Genio EDG455T ($130)
  2. DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo ($150)
  3. DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo ED200T ($100)
  4. DeLonghi Nescafe DolceGusto Creativa Plus ($200)
  5. Bosch Tassimo T55 ($170)
  6. Keurig Vue V500 ($170)
  7. Starbucks Verismo 580 ($200)
  8. Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG5 ($80)

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yesyes

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Speaking of woods...

I am sliding this in here to let you see it, but not the gen-public, it is not released until Friday...but I was excited about what we found. We just got home yesterday.

I gave you a secret way in to view it. You may or may not know I do social media marketing for our state parks, and also write some blogs for them. I love to write them from our experiences at the parks. So when we take our vacation I always have a camera, notebook and pen in hand to write down possible articles (yes I get paid for them!)

 

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Very cool!

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Thank you for sharing. It is wonderful that you get paid for it too. You should be because you are SO GOOD at it!!

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I am still thinking about it. Might do it after the roof is done. Since the couple upstairs told me not to get up to make them coffee (they now leave for work at 4:30 AM) I moved it to the back burner. The get up at 5 was making me seriously think about it.

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You're not the last...I am, we just got ours today... will let you know how it goes... wink

 

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You're not the last...I am, we just got ours today... will let you know how it goes... wink

 

Had a guest say aloud when I pointed to it at check in walk through "We HAVE to make our own coffee!?"

 

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Willowpondgj wrote:

You're not the last...I am, we just got ours today... will let you know how it goes... wink

 

Had a guest say aloud when I pointed to it at check in walk through "We HAVE to make our own coffee!?"

 

"Of course not! You don't HAVE to have coffee at all . . . If you get my drift."  ;-)

 

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Oh, for Pete's sake, Joey!!! We can't win!!!crying

 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Willowpondgj wrote:

You're not the last...I am, we just got ours today... will let you know how it goes... wink

 

Had a guest say aloud when I pointed to it at check in walk through "We HAVE to make our own coffee!?"

 

Wow. Ours appreciate that they CAN make their own coffee whenever they want. What bozos.

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Madeleine wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Willowpondgj wrote:

You're not the last...I am, we just got ours today... will let you know how it goes... wink

 

Had a guest say aloud when I pointed to it at check in walk through "We HAVE to make our own coffee!?"

 

Wow. Ours appreciate that they CAN make their own coffee whenever they want. What bozos.

No one else has said that, and most people already have one, thankfully, so appreciate it. I thought that was pretty funny!

I also got a reservation with notes "Cannot find BOOKONLINE code" and I thought it humorous as I LITERALLY HAVE "BOOKONLINE" with the words USE THIS CODE right on it, there is NO WAY YOU CAN MISS IT! 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

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You're not the last...I am, we just got ours today... will let you know how it goes... wink

 

Had a guest say aloud when I pointed to it at check in walk through "We HAVE to make our own coffee!?"

 

Wow. Ours appreciate that they CAN make their own coffee whenever they want. What bozos.

No one else has said that, and most people already have one, thankfully, so appreciate it. I thought that was pretty funny!

I also got a reservation with notes "Cannot find BOOKONLINE code" and I thought it humorous as I LITERALLY HAVE "BOOKONLINE" with the words USE THIS CODE right on it, there is NO WAY YOU CAN MISS IT! 

"I can't see the forest! There're too many trees in the way!"

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I stocked regular dark roast, decaf, and a tea (or two).  I tried the Chai Tea and latte, but that proved to be too complicated since you have to use the tea/coffee pod plus the creamer pod.  haha.... 

I had the mini moos - regular and flavored - as well as all the sweeteners.

Only one guy really went for many, many cups of coffee with that thing - he was a young doctor.   

Honestly, if you offer too many choices, it does seem to confuse people.  LOL!

Congrats on offering another great amenity!  Smiling

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We're curious, how big of a cup a single pod makes.  We use coffee mugs, which are larger than a regular coffee cup.

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We're curious, how big of a cup a single pod makes.  We use coffee mugs, which are larger than a regular coffee cup.

Some machines give you an option of cup size, and some have led electronic stuff, and for that reason, I wanted the one cup size, no gadgetry whatsoever (as you know how people can be).

The one cup size is exactly that, one cup. To the top, it may be better to leave a little more room for cream, etc.

Update: had the dark sumatra and it was strong and really nice. had the italian roast, strong and really nice, as well as the french roast. I am happy with the result. I took advice from everyone here and didn't even get the chocolate or flavored coffee pods at all.

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Definitley stay away from the flavors. You're always stuck (like with the hot cocoa) with the flavors no one likes.

So, 'one cup' is 8 ozs or 6? Asking because most 'cups' used to be 6 ozs.

I really had to pay attention when buying our mugs. 11 oz was the smallest I could find. A lot of them were 14 oz.

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5-6 oz cups, as all coffee cups are measured. Hence the 12 cup carafe is 60 to 70 oz. Basically a tea cup. (Which is what I use... no mugs here!)

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Roast levels for dark roasts.... Vienna Roast, French Roast, Italian Roast, and then finally Spanish Roast. Dark roasts have very little acidity, especially by Italian roast. Vienna Roast should have more of a caramel quality to it, without having anything added to it.

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Proud Texan wrote:

We're curious, how big of a cup a single pod makes.  We use coffee mugs, which are larger than a regular coffee cup.

You can adjust the water from 4 ozs to 10 ozs on the newer machines. Mine does from 6 ozs to 10 ozs. The mugs I have are 11 ozs so it leaves room for cream. I set the knob at 8 ozs but everyone adjusts it to 10 ozs.

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My favorite: Jamacian Me Crazy. When we were in MA, there were different brands than what I can get here in the midwest. Most notably was New England Coffee. Can't get that around here.

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I sashayed (haha) into a Lexus dealership last year and THEY have the highbrow model with waterline hookup.  Put in your pod, press the button, it closes the hatches, pours the coffee, and disposes of the pod all by itself.  I looked for the "add cream and sugar" button....but ....not yet. They'll probably have a voice activated one some day.  Just say  "Bolivian Dark Roast please"....and whirrrrrrrr......it selects the pod, brews, spits, dumps the pod, and a chrome-plated hand elevates it into my palm.   You watching, George Jetson????

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Tully's any flavor 18 (ie breakfast or Italian roast etc) $10.98 at stuffmart. How does that compare to you all? It is $12.98 for Starbucks Pike Place blend 14 pods.

I decided on the Tully's which was a Seattle brand who came up against Starbucks in the coffee scene. There was a Tully's out in the middle of nowhere where we lived that bought out a local coffee house. We went there every Sunday afternoon for years, where we met up with a gaggle of friends, prior to kids and then with kids. It was part of our PacNorthWET lifestyle. After diving the Puget Sound "Tully's" after Costco "Tully's" it was always there. heart

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It's about the same price here thru the catalog. I get it dropped at the door the next day, which I just LOVE!

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i dogsat for my son and his wife last week ... they went to aruba ... and the only coffee making option was a keurig.  i warned them i'd use up all their coffee but she works for a supply house, gets it by the CARTON and always stocks up when there is a promotion running.  i noticed she had different kinds ... green mountain, newman's own, emeril BAM big easy bold, etc.  thank goodness, because making individual coffees i saw how much coffee i drink! he doesn't drink coffee. they had a few tea pods but i went for the tea kettle.

i am crazy for hazelnut and used the green mountain

the only thing i had to remember was to refill the reservoir. so you need a water supply nearby.  i didn't find the coffee weak at all.  

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We stock decaf and flavoured. We use reusable for the regular strong coffee, though we brew a pot of strong coffee.

Around here, it sits idle most of the time. The pods that did move best were Van Houtte Midnight Express, the Green Mountain Dark Magic, Timothy's Midnight Magic, Parisian Nights, Rainforest Espresso and Sugar Maple. Newman's Own Special Blend Decaf. Gloria Jean's French Vanilla and Butter Toffee.

I can tell you that anything with chocolate never moved. Same with anything fruity, like raspberry or blueberry. We stock a medium and a dark extra bold in decaf. And the only flavoured decaf we ever kept was vanilla. And it all moved very slowly around here. We found the pods, even on the smallest cup to be quite weak.

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That is what DH said "Too weak" but for those who want to get a cup at 6am and sit on the porch, I think it will be okay. The real coffee is out at the regular appointed time.

So do you keep mini moos as well near the machine or just the flavored coffee that have the creamer in them?

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

That is what DH said "Too weak" but for those who want to get a cup at 6am and sit on the porch, I think it will be okay. The real coffee is out at the regular appointed time.

So do you keep mini moos as well near the machine or just the flavored coffee that have the creamer in them?

I haven't chimed in here because I don't have a K machine, but I do have a different brand with different type of packets. You will love the feeling that you no longer have to worry about those early rising people! Just make sure every night you fill the reservoir up with water.

I have a small bowl on the table that has different flavors of creamer and mini-moos. The mini-moos and vanilla creamer seem to be the most popular.

Our most popular coffees seem to be the very strong, decaf and vanilla.

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I keep milk in the fridge for the guests. But, if I didn't have that I would have the mini moos, yes.

If DH is finding the coffee from the machine too weak, dial back on the water and get the stronger coffees. Italian roast or espresso.

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I just tired decaf by St  ar bu cks . WOW! It really tastes like coffee.  The first decaf I have found tastes so good they sell a few different kinds too. So when this one is done I am sure going to try another one of theres. I am not a decaf person I like mine good and strong. Most people from the Vancouver area like strong coffee.  We buy an assortments of different coffees and teas.  I also provide press coffee if they wish to have their coffee that way.

We tired the ice tea ones too. They were used a fair amount in Aug. when it was good and hot out. With our tea well let just say thanks to a great gal here we are also providing loose tea . They can use tea maker , it works great!!

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I have never used one since I don't drink coffee.  Do they taste good?  I was just looking at their website and it shows many different flavors like Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate and Tea.  Anyone try those?  I would be willing to try it just for the alternatives to coffee.

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scrambled_eggs wrote:

I have never used one since I don't drink coffee.  Do they taste good?  I was just looking at their website and it shows many different flavors like Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate and Tea.  Anyone try those?  I would be willing to try it just for the alternatives to coffee.

Don't get the hot cocoa, it clogs the machine. I haven't tried the other things. I don't drink coffee, either but I also don't stock tea pods. I have 20 different kinds of tea bags available. The pods make me crazy, throwing all that plastic out.

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BTW - you are not the last as I have yet to get one. Perhaps I will investigate those "baskets" mentioned. It will beat the heck out of getting up at 5 AM to make coffee for the long-terms. Hmmmmm!

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Green mountain French roast. Breakfast blend. Italian roast. Decaf French roast.

And we get Tully's to support the local guy who bought the company. Dr McDreamy.

So we have a dark roast, a lighter option and the breakfast blend.

Green mountain i's buying up a lot of the smaller companies and we can no longer find a lot of the blends we liked.

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When our Brit went back to England, she bought a Keurig for City Hall. It IS really nice. I recently went online to A-zon and bought an assortment for the office of all sorts. The City Manager and I prefer the Creme Caramel so i bought a box of those too. Cr a zy C up s coffee only 70 ct sampler was $36..48 plus s/h and a box of 24 cafe caramel  for Deb & me was $19.99 = $66.67 for everything.

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DH walked in and said "What is this! I thought we weren't going to cave..."  indecision

haha

Yes, I know...it is an amenity, I realize that. The horror stories of the couple using 18 pods in one day freaked me out. And people not being able to use them, but many people have them at home now, so it is okay. Right?  They are more affordable now, but I am only putting a handful out at a time in a basket. I decided against the fancy schmancy turn table of choices.

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We have the fancy schmancy turn table. Even with 17 guests last night only 3 pods were used last night.

Decaf. At night. Decaf. Geezers.

Don't get hot cocoa, it clogs the machine.

Turn table holds 36 pods.
If you have a wb mason supply the pods are cheap. Comparatively speaking.

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Decaf at night...geezers?!  Some of us drink decaf all the time because we have to!  Eye-wink

 

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Decaf at night...geezers?!  Some of us drink decaf all the time because we have to!  Eye-wink

 

Only said that because JB rarely gets decaf drinkers. (Unlike here where we go thru a pot a day.) If she's going to put out the pods, some people will want decaf.

Speaking of the pods, friends used to put out a carafe of coffee at night. Of course they got dinged for not having BOTH reg and decaf. Now they have the machine. And other friends have a $4000 espresso machine. If we all think it's hard getting guests to use the fairly popular Keurig, imagine the directions for one of those puppies!

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We buy whatever is the best price. Everyone finds something they like in the bowl. We especially use it when we have just ONE decaf coffee drinker for breakfast that usually only drinks ONE cup of coffee. Love it!

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We have them in all our Suites. We always put in regular coffee, decaf coffee, tea & decaf tea as well as different flavour Moo Cows.

 

We usually get more coffee than tea drinkers. To make sure they can do their own coffee, we have photocopied the instructions & made an instruction sheet with pics & placed them next to the Kerig Coffee Maker.

If you prefer to use your own coffee instead of buying pods, you can do so using the little pod style wire mesh baskets sold in WalMart & elsewhere. 

 

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