I broke up with my Keurig for an old flame. An old- several years old- hand me down Krups to be exact. And I couldn’t be happier with it.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the near instantaneous one cup at a time magic of the Keurig, BUT I’m falling in love with my drip coffee maker again.
It started because my coffee intake went up (hello life with two babies under 2), and anyone who has bought K-cups for any length of time knows that gets expensive quickly. My husband and I are both two to three cup in the morning drinkers, and I very much enjoy decaf some evenings to wind down, relax, and savor something a bit sweet when the babies go to bed. We had already been buying in bulk but that still amounts to a lot of K-cups! So, when trying to figure out an easy way to cut costs without giving up my coffee habit- I jumped at the chance to take my mom’s old 12-cup Krups off her hands.
The top 3 reasons I love it:
3. I can control the strength. I know there are lots of varieties of K-cups out there, but at the end of the day it is the same amount of coffee in the pod. Some of the newfangled Keurig brewers have a slow-brew setting that is labeled STRONG, which is great if you have one of these. I do not.
2. It saves money. The reason we made the switch, of course. I can buy good coffee beans or grounds anywhere for less than K-cups. In our house we use around 6 pods per day if we are drinking morning and evening coffee. When there are 80 pods in a bulk box it means we need coffee about every 13 days. (I know I know, some are decaf- but let’s keep things a little more simple for comparison’s sake.) Typically that box of coffee runs about $40.
I accept that coffee has a real place in my life. I will embrace it.
On the flipside, we typically buy 12 ounce bags of coffee for anywhere from $7 to $10. Lots of variety falls in that window and I can find something that tastes good in just about any price range. We go through about 1 bag of fully leaded coffee a week and 1 bag of decaf every three to four weeks. So in the same time frame we can spend $18- $25 on bagged coffee. This was enough evidence for me, but there is more out there that suggests the savings may be even greater than what my quick calculations just showed.
I hear you saying- just use the reusable K-cup thingamajig… it solves these problems and you could still love your Keurig. Well, I would, except see #1.
And 1. My nifty coffee pot is programmable! I can set it up the night before with coffee grounds and water and then in the morning at a predetermined time, the coffee just starts brewing. What kind of black magic is this? What if you wake up before the coffee is ready you ask? Well, I did say I had two kids so that is a very fair question. I can just push the start button because I did the hard work the night before!
CONVENIENCE. The hottest commodity of a tired mother.
I’m not the only one out there, either. I was chatting about this with my friend Emily who has a totally different coffee maker- A Chemex. Her words, “The chemex is easy, fast, and really, REALLY good. Fresh, amazing flavor, no bitterness, and I can brew as much or as little as I want. And it’s cheaper than Keurig, even buying in bulk!”
Other friends of mine swear up and down by their french press. And don’t get me started on the cold brew phenomenon sweeping through. It’s yummy. Really yummy. Especially with a little bit of caramel.
So whether you french press, pour over, drip, or cold brew your coffee- the Keurig may not be the greatest option anymore. It wasn’t for me. Maybe someday I’ll drink less caffeine and single serve will make sense again. For now I accept that coffee has a real place in my life. I will embrace it. Savor it. And enjoy the heck out of it.