How Keurig Coffee Makers Earn their Reputation
Keurig coffee makers are very popular because they are convenient and brew a wide range of beverages. Unlike the French Press or drip coffee machines, Keurig’s K-Cup technology require very little preparation.
In plain terms, this means convenience to busy individuals who are looking for the easiest way to enjoy freshly brewed coffee. With Keurig’s machines, the effort required to clean up after each use is also minimal.
Since everything that has been mentioned so far sounds all-well, does it make Keurig coffee makers as the ideal choice for everyone?
The answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. As to which is more applicable to you, it depends on what are your most important considerations. If you go through all the Keurig coffee maker reviews, you will learn that there are in fact a number of Keurig coffee maker problems that have been reported.
So, should you go for Keurig coffee makers? And if yes, which model should you go for? Let’s find out.
Is Keurig for You?
Like any coffee brewing method, Keurig has its die hard enthusiasts. The Keurig coffee maker reviews I watched and read were mostly positive, but not all of them.
Keurig K-cups leave large environment concern
The first most commonly raised issue against Keurig is the amount of environmental footprint that the K-cups are leaving behind.
What does this mean? It means if you are a green activist, you will likely think twice before getting a Keurig coffee machine.
Keurig k-cups are expensive
Based on the Keurig coffee maker review that we conducted, most Keurig coffee maker problems have to do with the Keurig’s K-Cup method of brewing and beverage selection.
Keurig K-Cups are small plastic cups of coffee grounds, tea leaves, or beverage mixes that the Keurig uses as a brewing basket. They are sold in large quantities, sometimes in mixed varieties, and cost about 35-50 cents USD per cup.
It depends on your budget scale as the price of Keurig K-cups can be quite pricey for some people. While they are convenient, office friendly, and represent the trademark feature of the Keurig; they are also the source of complaints for this brewing system. However, there is an easy solution.
If you are most concerned about the amount of waste the Keurig generates than the slight convenience of the K-Cup, or you prefer stronger/fresher coffee, small reusable brew baskets are available that fit the Keurig.
You can also go with DIY coffee pods but some argue that the hassle makes brewing so much less easy.
These baskets or DIY pods cut down on waste and allow you to brew the coffee you prefer. This is particularly useful for office environments where you do not wish to inconvenience your coworkers by bringing in a space consuming second coffee maker.
Keurig produces weak coffee: A myth or reality?
One Keurig coffee maker problem that has been raised in a number of coffee maker reviews is the weak coffee that is produced when a Keurig coffee maker is used.
Is there a truth to it? Or is it just a myth?
If you encounter such problem, then you might want to read our guide on how to make the perfect brew and take note of the golden ratio between coffee and water.
What you need to understand is the amount of coffee that is present in each K-cup pod and that should give you an idea on the ideal serving size for each pod.
If the ideal ratio is exceeded and you have a weak coffee to contend with, then the fault is not on the Keurig machines but you only have yourself to blame. Similarly, if the ideal ratio is not met, expect your coffee to be strong.
Keurig or Just K-Cups?
When you are considering a Keurig coffee machine, one question you have to ask yourself is whether you want the Keurig-branded machine itself or just the K-cup brewing convenience.
Understand the Keurig has been licensing its K-cup technology to various appliance makers. There is a long list of coffee machines that make use of the K-cup technology and it includes Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 which proves to be the best no-frill pod coffee makers.
With that said, I have to say that some Keurig brewers have indeed proven themselves to be among the best single serve coffee makers.
Based on this reading, you should have a clearer idea on how Keurig has earned its reputation. Does Keurig makes the best coffee makers that work for everyone? I certainly don’t think so.
But Keurig and its K-cup technology is certainly a great method for the casual or work oriented coffee drinker. Those of us who prefer richer flavors and the strongest brews will still prefer the French Press. But for people who just like a good cup of coffee in the morning or a hot cup of tea in the afternoon, Keurig is the way to go.
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