Hard-core snobs won't like it, but for the coffee addict on the go, this is a heck of a lot better than most other single-serve machine on the market- and the price is right.
Positive Product Points
Fastest way to a single-serving mug of coffee out there. In addition to k-cups, you can also use fresh ground coffee and even coffee pods IF you go and buy a couple of accessories. It delivers a reliable dose of perfectly heated water for a single-serve French press or a small tea-pot.
Negative Product Points
It only brews 7.25 ounce cups (while more expensive Keurig machines offer larger and smaller drop sizes.) The machine can sometimes clog if you use a full 2 tbls of coffee grounds into the My K-cup filter basket kit. K-cups can be pricey.
OK- I know what some of y'all are thinking. You're a hard-core coffee geek who only drinks fresh-roasted coffee and there is no way a k-cup is going to be fresh enough no mater how well-sealed it might be.
If you're thinking that, you won't like ANY pod or k-cup system anyway. So move along now and save yourself the trouble.
For the rest of us who can sometimes sacrifice a bit of freshness for some convenience, let me assure you- k-cups make pretty darned good coffee. Not great. Not world class. Not uber-brew. But pretty darn good coffee pretty darn quickly and w/ no effort on your part. When you just need a cup of joe-juice and you don't have time or energy to get your snob on, this machine does the trick.
And when it is full-on coffee geek time, you can use this as the most convenient water source for your French Press you've ever used.
Bought at Target. Red shirts, kids screaming for toys, a Charbucks in the lobby which I never can pass without coughing up $4.00 for a so-so drink. You know the drill.