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Old 06-06-2013, 05:42 PM   #161
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the strength of your coffee is going to depend on the coffee k cups you choose to use in your keurig machine.
My concern revolves around the variable cup size feature. You can set it to brew anywhere from 4 oz to 10 oz cups using one k-cup. Clearly the smaller 4 oz cup will be stronger than the 10 oz regardless of the coffee you choose.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #162
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So that's actually about two mugs of coffee. Seems to tie in with most coffee makers. If it says it's a 12 cup you get 6 mugs.

I have some reservations with the Keurig. I read a lot of durability complaints and am concerned about getting a strong enough mug of coffee without using two K-Cups.
Yeah, somehow 5oz is a "cup" of coffee. Feh.

I chose this one because it was:

1) Cheap. (Under $20)
2) 20 oz of coffee (though I cheat and get an extra oz or so.
3) It all fits in my cup so there is no waste.
4) I can use good coffee without hassling with that silly k-cup things for good coffee.
5) It has a timer so I have coffee waiting for me in the morning.

The cost per cup out of those k-cups is insane. I buy good coffee, it runs about $14/lb for the blend and I drink coffee about 2 to 2.5 weeks on that. Daily (or more).

I know a lot of people are happy with those machines but they don't really make sense once you do some math. And I haven't seen one with a timer.

Good luck with yours.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #163
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My concern revolves around the variable cup size feature. You can set it to brew anywhere from 4 oz to 10 oz cups using one k-cup. Clearly the smaller 4 oz cup will be stronger than the 10 oz regardless of the coffee you choose.
Yes that's true. It's a one size fits all. If you are making the large cup size once or running it twice through one K-cup you would want to use a bold flavor or it will taste weak, but maybe some people prefer a weak cup.
Like I said, I used to run 2-6 oz cups through one, but I prefer 1-10 oz cup now. I've dialed it in. And some flavors lend themselves better to making larger amounts using one K-cup. You will need to play around with it for a while.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:49 PM   #164
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i like my coffee strong and black. through trial and error, but mainly from product descriptions on keuring brand k cup cartons, i soon found and eliminated the wimpy, light roasts, etc., which weren't for me. any of the remaining 'bold' marked brands are virtually guaranteed to brew a full-bodied, robust 10oz mug of brew using one k cup. you probably won't be aware of any effects of dilution until you go to brew 12, 14oz+, with that one k cup. anything under 10ozs., and you start getting an espresso-like effect.

i have been hooked on sanfran. fog chaser k cups for about 5 months. this is such a potent coffee blend that i can make a 12oz. mug with one k cup. it is actually overly strong when i do the straight 10oz. sf fog chaser also costs about 1/3 less than keurig brands. if you are starbucks fan, keurig has it in a variety of blends. very pricey and no better than my sf coffee, imo, not as good.
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What about using the refillable cups with your own coffee? Is there extra room so you can add extra coffee?
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:22 PM   #166
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There's extra room, Andy. I think they recommend filling them about 2/3, 3/4 or something like that. That is to allow for them filling up a little before seeping. In other words, there's extra room, but it's there for a reason.
Also, the size of the grind will affect using them, too.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #167
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Yeah, somehow 5oz is a "cup" of coffee. Feh.

I chose this one because it was:

1) Cheap. (Under $20)
2) 20 oz of coffee (though I cheat and get an extra oz or so.
3) It all fits in my cup so there is no waste.
4) I can use good coffee without hassling with that silly k-cup things for good coffee.
5) It has a timer so I have coffee waiting for me in the morning.

The cost per cup out of those k-cups is insane. I buy good coffee, it runs about $14/lb for the blend and I drink coffee about 2 to 2.5 weeks on that. Daily (or more).

I know a lot of people are happy with those machines but they don't really make sense once you do some math. And I haven't seen one with a timer.

Good luck with yours.
At this point I am with you in the too cheap to change camp.

If a timer is important you can plug a lamp timer into the outlet and then plug the coffee maker into that. It is kind of a Rube Goldberg contraption but it appeals to my frugal nature and it works fine. I use that method with an old electric percolator that makes great coffee.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:09 PM   #168
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I stumbled upon a coffee maker about 4 years ago and love it.



Coffee Makers - Coffee Maker, Optimal Brew

It will make anywhere from 2 cups to 10 cups by their measurements. Actual would be their 2 cups = 10 oz.

I make a full pot and use 3 scoops of coffee and my scoop is 1/8 cup.

The reason I love this one is 4 fold.

The water reservoir is on the left side and lifts out without having to move the entire machine around.

The grounds holder is on the right and slides out without having to move the machine around.

The coffee goes directly into a thermal pot so it will not continue to cook and turn "muddy".

It has a built in "clean me" alarm that gives you 2 full pots warning that it is time to clean the machine.

It also has the timer some of you are looking for.

Oh .. and the grounds holder also has a place for a filter that filters out bad water flavors and etc for any who use tap water.

It's fast, makes consistently good hot coffee, super simple to use and really doesn't take up much space at all.

When this one dies - which they all do - I will replace with another of the same model .. it's the best one I've ever had.
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I stumbled upon a coffee maker about 4 years ago and love it.



Coffee Makers - Coffee Maker, Optimal Brew

It will make anywhere from 2 cups to 10 cups by their measurements. Actual would be their 2 cups = 10 oz.

I make a full pot and use 3 scoops of coffee and my scoop is 1/8 cup.

The reason I love this one is 4 fold.

The water reservoir is on the left side and lifts out without having to move the entire machine around.

The grounds holder is on the right and slides out without having to move the machine around.

The coffee goes directly into a thermal pot so it will not continue to cook and turn "muddy".

It has a built in "clean me" alarm that gives you 2 full pots warning that it is time to clean the machine.

It also has the timer some of you are looking for.

Oh .. and the grounds holder also has a place for a filter that filters out bad water flavors and etc for any who use tap water.

It's fast, makes consistently good hot coffee, super simple to use and really doesn't take up much space at all.

When this one dies - which they all do - I will replace with another of the same model .. it's the best one I've ever had.
i like the looks of your coffeemaker, mrslmb. it has sleek, modern lines.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:16 PM   #170
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Andy, those K-cups marked "Extra Bold"are the coffees measured for the 10-12 ounce sized mugs. After that you check the roast: light, medium or dark.

I know there is a thread somewhere with a post I made where I sacrificed a regular and an "Extra Bold" to find out how much coffee was in each. You are supposed to use an espresso grind when you use the refillable cups.

If you want and you ask real nice I will sacrifice a couple K-Cups again...
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