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Ready to throw my Keurig out the window

Remember when I said I finally joined the world of the hoity toity by getting a Keurig machine? Yeah, that might have been a bit premature. I’m already floundering here with the Keurig Vue V500 and wondering if these particular machines really are that sucky, or if I just need to find a different model. The tea was weak, the hot chocolate was AWFUL and a normal coffee brew was just, meh. I also can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that the water tank needs to stay half filled (!!!) for it to even work, meaning I get to pour liters of expensive and unused filtered water into the drain.

Am I missing something here? It seems like this particular model suffers from several design flaws that wasn’t an issue with the previous generation of K-Cup machines, so maybe I need to give those a try instead?

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5 Responses to Ready to throw my Keurig out the window

  1. DarthW December 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM #

    We have a K-cup at work I use a bunch. The only time I didn’t like it was when I brewed a 12-ounce cup of coffee. If I brew anyting at 10 oz. it seems to work great. Granted it has a continual water line, not the water reservoir. I’d be curious how many others like, or hate, their Keurigs.

    • Frank Swift December 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM #

      I’m wondering if the Vue models is just a way for Keurig to keep part of their line proprietary, since their patent on the K-Cup line expired last year. I might be better off trying a straight up K-Cup machine instead.

  2. an observer December 28, 2013 at 3:09 AM #

    Not the keurig! Maybe Jenny the chin could give you a few tips.

  3. Ashli December 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    I’ve had two Keurigs in the past and really they are pretty awful. I agree with you on all brew points.

    The best coffee I’ve made was in an old camping-style percolator, but it required too much of my attention and time to brew a premium pot. So, we bought a new drip coffee maker last year, and it’s definitely much better than the Keurig, not as good as the percolator, but is a happy medium between convenience and quality. For cheaper than the cheapest Keurig, I can have way more machine features (who needs to brew a cup in a minute when I can program it to brew and be ready before I get up?) and a huge selection of coffee.

    I was reluctant to give away my Keurigs (hundreds of dollars worth), but I haven’t regretted it at all. Keurigs really don’t allow enough brew time for coffee, and they are worthless for tea and cocoa.

    Good luck, dude!

    • Frank Swift December 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

      I’m getting the hang of it more, though I think I will ultimately wind up with a drip maker, or maybe a third party K-Cup machine. Last batch I made turned out to be pretty good, so it may be a trial and error thing until i find the flavors and settings I really like. Really disappointed that the tea/cocoa couldn’t turn out better. This weekend I’ll experiment with lattes and hope it doesn’t explode in my face.

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