Keurig coffee maker. The Keurig uses prepackaged pods of coffee, and a reservoir you fill with water. When you want a cup of coffee, you drop in a pod, put your cup under the spout, and press the “brew” button. In less than a minute you have a cup of coffee.
The great thing is that it requires virtually no maintenance. Unlike a regular coffee maker, you don’t have to clean it each day. The pods don’t make a mess. Each pod is good for one cup, then you throw it away and put in a new pod. I don’t have to deal with a separate grinder, the kitchen sink, the stove, the 15 parts of my other coffee maker, or any of those things.
It’s perfect for those times and days when I just want to drink my coffee and don’t want to think about it or strategically plan my consumption.
This is important, because as we all know, the most difficult part of making that first cup of coffee can be making that first cup of coffee before drinking the first cup of coffee. The Keurig makes the process as simple as pressing a button, which even the most caffeine deprived can manage.
It’s clean. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s simple. But how does the Keurig coffee taste?
Not bad. It’s a little weak or watery compared to my French Press or my Cuisinart coffee maker. Overall, I’d rate the coffee quality as “adequate.”
The pods come in a variety of flavors, and I’ve tried a bunch. These are pretty good:
- Tully’s French Roast
- Timothy’s Colombian Blend
- Caribou Blend
These are not so good:
- Green Mountain Nantucket Blend
- Coffee People Organic
And this is just awful:
- Van Houtte Café French Vanilla
For my day-to-day coffee needs, the Keurig is just right. For lazy Sunday afternoons with the newspaper, when I want really good coffee, I’ll still break out the French Press. It’s still the best way to make coffee when you are willing to take a little time and care, and you are willing to do a few dishes.
The Cuisinart still has the most pieces and is the biggest hassle to clean. But it does have an automatic grinder and timer. And a 10-cup thermal carafe. When I want to make a larger quantity of coffee at once, the Cuisinart is that way to go.
But for when I realize I have a conference call in 5 minutes, the Keurig can’t be beat.