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Posted Wed May 25, 2011, 9:03pm
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You are making coffee, not espresso, so there will little if any "crema."

As you mentioned no grinder, a clever cupper (a great little device) needs freshly ground coffee to do it's thing.

Truthfully, and may the CG Gods...or MODS not tear me a NEW ONE, a 1 device using the K-cup style coffee pods makes decent coffee. Still, the coffee is only as good as the "k-cups" you use.

I'd ask folks experienced with these machine to chime in regarding the errrr best tasting cup thingies.
Costco and Sams club have the best prices on bulk packs of these things, as well as the machines themselves.

STAY AWAY from Super Auto's. They are NOT serviceable by the owner, and must be sent back when they inevitably malfunction.

 
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 3:50am
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What about the Bunn MCP?
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 9:48am
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Sure, the MCP is a nice machine. Recently another member here got one. A few relevant threads:

"Machines: Tassimo vs. Keurig for Espresso Geeks"
"Bunn MCP Arrived and Well after Shaky Start"
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 12:17pm
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Sounds like you might as well go to the local coffee house instead.  No setup or cleanup involved :)

Trying to eliminate or avoid the coffee process kind of defeats the purpose of good coffee.

If you absolutely need the taste of coffee and the injection of caffeine without any sort of "hassle" (I don't consider prepping and cleaning up a hassle, so that's why I put it in quotes) then I guess the definition of "good" can be altered a bit.
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 12:31pm
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crayonshinchan Said:

Sounds like you might as well go to the local coffee house instead.  No setup or cleanup involved :)

Trying to eliminate or avoid the coffee process kind of defeats the purpose of good coffee.

If you absolutely need the taste of coffee and the injection of caffeine without any sort of "hassle" (I don't consider prepping and cleaning up a hassle, so that's why I put it in quotes) then I guess the definition of "good" can be altered a bit.

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Depending on the line of work and the work environment (unless you work at Starbucks) going out for coffee isn't always an option while on the clock.  These pod machines can make good coffee fast without the need for extra equipment. The best ones can be plumbed so the pod, a cup, and a minute of time is all that is needed.  With the right pod and machine having good coffee and convenient coffee need not be mutually exclusive.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 12:49pm
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" Truthfully, and may the CG Gods...or MODS not tear me a NEW ONE, a 1 device using the K-cup style coffee pods makes decent coffee. Still, the coffee is only as good as the "k-cups" you use.

I'd ask folks experienced with these machine to chime in regarding the errrr best tasting cup thingies.
Costco and Sams club have the best prices on bulk packs of these things, as well as the machines themselves.
"

(can't get the quote tag to work)

Sam's doesn't actually have the best "deal" when it comes to K-cups.  Sure, you can get a giant box of them, but they don't carry much variety, and typically I've only found "Green Mountain" brand, which is... gerneric.... to say the least. You're best bet for "good" quality K-cups is Amazon.  Be prepared to pay a few cents more per cup for the better quality.  Stick with Kona, Emeril's, and a few others for your best bet.  

If you just NEED coffee at work, and are willing to settle for a less than stellar cup, Keurig is a great option in terms of convenience, cleanliness, and price.
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 2:34pm
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jzuzphreek Said:

"  "

(can't get the quote tag to work)

Sam's doesn't actually have the best "deal" when it comes to K-cups.  Sure, you can get a giant box of them, but they don't carry much variety, and typically I've only found "Green Mountain" brand, which is... gerneric.... to say the least. You're best bet for "good" quality K-cups is Amazon.  Be prepared to pay a few cents more per cup for the better quality.  Stick with Kona, Emeril's, and a few others for your best bet.  

If you just NEED coffee at work, and are willing to settle for a less than stellar cup, Keurig is a great option in terms of convenience, cleanliness, and price.

Posted May 26, 2011 link

Excellent first post, Jessy!
Welcome to CG, and also welcome to the others new to CG.

Jessy...feel free to PM me and I'll walk you through the "quote" thing.
Lets not do it here.

 
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 3:38pm
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EricBNC Said:

Depending on the line of work and the work environment (unless you work at Starbucks) going out for coffee isn't always an option while on the clock.  These pod machines can make good coffee fast without the need for extra equipment. The best ones can be plumbed so the pod, a cup, and a minute of time is all that is needed.  With the right pod and machine having good coffee and convenient coffee need not be mutually exclusive.

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I stand corrected.  Given that I haven't tried a pod coffee, I should keep my mouth shut.
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 4:06pm
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crayonshinchan Said:

I stand corrected.  Given that I haven't tried a pod coffee, I should keep my mouth shut.

Posted May 26, 2011 link

ALL opinions are welcome, sir. But, as you say, an "informed" one IS a bit more useful. ;>D

I'm not a big fan of the Keurig type machines, but in an office they do serve a purpose. In their defense, the brew temps seem correct, and you're not getting 2 hour old burned on the hot plate dreck.

I believe I had a Dowe-Egbert (?) pod thing (what do they call those coffee refills?)
It was better than another brand I had...the flavored ones were beyond horrible.

 
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Posted Thu May 26, 2011, 4:25pm
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IMAWriter Said:

ALL opinions are welcome, sir. But, as you say, an "informed" one IS a bit more useful. ;>D

I'm not a big fan of the Keurig type machines, but in an office they do serve a purpose. In their defense, the brew temps seem correct, and you're not getting 2 hour old burned on the hot plate dreck.

I believe I had a Dowe-Egbert (?) pod thing (what do they call those coffee refills?)
It was better than another brand I had...the flavored ones were beyond horrible.

Posted May 26, 2011 link

Thanks.  We do have Nespresso in our office and that's what I'd recommend for anyone looking for a quick shot in an office setting.  So, giving this further thought, it does make sense to pursue a pod-type coffee for the same purpose.
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