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Keurig K-Cup - Glutious Maximus's Review
Posted: April 11, 2011, 2:03am
review rating: 3.5
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.0
Product Reviewed: Kurig/ELITE
Manufacturer: Keurig / Green Mountain Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $119.99 Cost vs. Value 1
Where Bought: Koles Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Black and Decker  electric caraf
Bottom Line: If you like 8 oz of coffee at over half a buck a pop this the overpriced instant coffee mixer for YOU!!
Positive Product Points

It matches the other black kitchen appliances...

Negative Product Points

COFFEE  BREWER!??? NO!!!! It does NOT brew
It mixes micro cups of coffee at about 65 cents or more a 8oz cup for the k-cups

Detailed Commentary

We  (read as my wife) purchased this to "SAVE MONEY" on buying Speedways Cappuccino (with a little Hot chocolate mixed in) on the way to work...
 Well... it does brew tea sort of, in that real ground up tea (yeah  I tore it open to check) is in the Celestial Seasonings Earl Grey K cup in a hanging paper baggie BUT the  water is NOT 212 degrees F so it really is not up to being able really brew anything. In point of fact this thing just squirts hot H2O into instant Coffee  in the K-Cups...  I concede the point that there are a plethora of flavors available... But as far as I can tell this is just a slick way of selling EXTREMELY over priced instant coffee/tea to a gullible caffeine seeking World to be used in an over priced instant coffee machine. Be careful if you fill the tank while it is on the machine the front edge is about an inch lower than the back. Place close to a source of water the water tank is small.
 Admittedly the "My K-Cup" reusable coffee filter allows for the use of ground coffee but you better  briefly break up the coffee beans wrapped in your neckerchief with the butt of your Colt 45 or buy very coarse ground coffee because what you run through your Mr Coffee or most electrics is too fine a grind and DOES NOT work HERE!! The results are spectacular... Well not as spectacular as trying to use Hills Bros Sugar free Double Mocha Cappuccino in the My K-Cup... Wow I did NOT know hot water could squirt from so many places east of Yellowstone!!! The water hits this admixture of natural and artificial flavors instantly transforming them into a dark brown sludge which coats the fine screen sieve inside the  My K-Cup causing the flow of hot water to stop! At least in this direction... A weak point of the Kurig system seems to be the rubber seal around the Elephant hypodermic needle used to pierce and deliver water to the standard  k-cup and is inserted in a hole in the top of the My K-Cup... This leaks using the My K-cup even without sludge forming powder added.
 I had tried Tea in the My K-Cup first using some loose tea it brewed a cup sorta (any tea lover knows get the water boiling HOT for best flavor(preferably at sea level)) tea water ran out the bottom into the cup then another small clear stream started running out the front dripping on the counter-- move cup out catch both. Then we tried the Hills Bros a Fiasco resulted in no coffee in the cup but LOTS of hot water squirting around like in a fountain.  For a moment there I thought  was revisiting my childhood trip to HOT SPRINGS ARK... So no more Hills Bros. Its Us off to the Mall for not over half an hour to visit the Snooty Coffee Nazi store get 2 samples of chocolate flavored coffee and get an intense stabbing pain in my wallet... After 6 other momentary stops we arrive home 4 hours later with coffee and stuff...  I make 3 shims to place under the edge of the My K-Cup at 120degree intervals and try tea then the ground coffee's the first one is Ok but the second must be ground too fine despite out best efforts at the store to emphasize coarse grind! On trying it coffee water drools slowly out the bottom into the cup the pump motor actually slows down from the pressure but NO LEAKS! and the cup slowly fills.
 Now here again I take exception my tea cup holds about 20 ounces my travel tea mug holds over 32ozs. Kurig has two selections on this model with a cup symbol and a mug symbol both have nothing in common with reality unless you drink your coffee from one of those small white foam cups. The  Kurig manual says 8.5 and 9.5 oz respectively some mug... So its back to Koles and check out the Platinum model  with 5 sizes  from a micro 4 all the way to a huge  11.5 ozs. according to its manual so no reason to BLOW $179.99 on that turkey... I looked at the bottom of one of the Kurig  Cafe Mocha (diacritic acute accent mark left out) brew cups to find a circular indentation about the same thickness  as my shims...  Cut out plastic bottom twice as large as dent and then made a hole in the center big enough for the elephant hypo removed the seal put in this new shim dent down replaced seal removed my original 3 shims and it works just as well...
If you forget and leave this thing on all day/night you should see a slight increase in your electric bill because it warms ( not boils) the water continuously.
Personally I think this thing is a bust my wife's ideal was  foamy latte cappuccino like the machines at Speedway  which take hot water and an instant power mix into a small  continuous feed horizontal high speed blender and drops it into your cup nice and foamy. Several years ago  I went to the trouble to track down the suppler and buy a bag of the cappuccino mix  and using a high speed hand blender reproduce the gas station instant cappuccino. She said it just was not the same...  Nether is this for a whole lot more...

Buying Experience

Some where between screaming Nightmare and being executed.

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