We broke up with Keurig.

Breaking up with the Keurig


Dear Keurig,

It's not me, it's you.

Peace Out,

Shauna

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We broke up with our Keurig coffee maker last week.

I wasn't sad about it one bit.

I know, it's sacrilege to you Keurig lovers out there but I'm just not buying the flashy tone it takes with me.

I've complained about the Keurig since we got it as a gift. Right off the bat my beef was that I couldn't really control the strength. So off I went to find a really strong Keurig K-Cup. Enter Dark Magic.

Dark Magic did the trick for the most part and it soon became our favorite.

This is the thing...

Coffee has a job to do. It needs to wake my ass up. I have two cups a day. One in the morning to resuscitate me back to life and allow me to function and one in the afternoon to keep me a happy wife and mommy through bedtime.



Flavored coffees are nice and fun but they're really meaningless to me if they don't work. It's like a waste of drinking if I'm drinking for the Raspberry Truffle flavor. I know what a Raspberry Truffle tastes like, I think. I don't need my coffee flavored with it to survive. Besides, that's what flavored creamers are for. Which we buy on the reg. 

Let's move on from flavors. The machine is glitchy! Our first machine clogged and we ended up with coffee grounds in every cup of coffee. Keurig was nice enough to send us a brand new one. It's glitchy, too. But, you know what? I'm over it.

It's probably user error (my fault) because I didn't clean it with vinegar seven times or I didn't clean it with mountain spring water or I didn't talk dirty to it. By the way, I did do the vinegar cleanse for the Keurig and it still smells like vinegar after several washes of purified water. Vinegar coffee. Yum. 

I'm sure it's my fault. But I don't care. Coffee machines shouldn't need as much babying as my own babies. For the price of a Keurig and their boxes of stupid little cups, they should not only make me a flawless cup of coffee, but they should maybe cook me dinner, as well.

And the cost! That's what broke this camel's back. My husband and I both drink two cups a day. The boxes of Dark Magic K-cups at Target are always $10.99. Even when they pretend they're on sale with their little white sale tags, it's ALWAYS $10.99. We were literally buying two boxes a week. We roughly estimated spending about $60-$80 on K-Cups a month. WTF?!?!?! And we ordered in bulk over Amazon a few times and that was still about $60 a month.

Not only is the machine glitchy and the coffee costly but there is so much waste! Now, I'm not Miss Earth Mother Recycle Nazi or anything, but these little plastic cups are everywhere! And we're lazy and garbage is not right next to the Keurig so they accumulate. Again, that's our flaw. But guess what isn't littering my counter tops with a regular coffee machine? Stupid plastic K-Cups, that's what.

And so it was decided. We finished our last K-Cup and for less than what it would cost us to buy another month of K-Cups, we bought a pretty decent coffee machine. Now we have a full pot for mass consumption again!



When I've told other Keurig owners about the break up, they look disappointed. Like I'm not part of the club anymore. And, again, I'm sure it's us. User error. We weren't good Keurig owners.

And we're not counting out Keurig forever. It did make a pretty good cup of coffee, I'm not denying that. Maybe we'll fire up the old Keurig later. Maybe we're not completely over.

We're just on a break.





24 comments:

  1. Fun Fact about Dana: I've never had a cup of coffee in my life. Not even one.


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  2. I stopped using my Keurig a couple months ago because of the waste and the cost. I hated buying the k-cups, especially knowing the cost is probably due to all the unnecessary plastic they use in making them! I invested in a small coffee company through KickStarter and got an AeroPress as part of my reward level. I only use that now. Plus, like you said, I like that now I can dictate how strong of a cup I want, where I couldn't with the Keurig.

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  3. I feel ya in those stupid cups, BUT I do not drink coffee, only my husband does. So, what annoys me more than k cups and paying for them? Cleaning out his pot of coffee every single day!

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  4. My firm has one of those machines in each conference room and each kitchen. It is easy to use for guests and they love the "flavors". I am not a coffee person, but tried the tea and found it just awful (I am a serious tea drinker, but found the earl grey very very strong). I can't wrap my head around the price. I guess for some who go to Starbucks daily, it is cheaper, but what happened to a pot of coffee. I make it for my guests in my pot and can get very good coffee cheaper, and adjust the strength etc. A friend of mine does use an empty KCUP which she fills with her own coffee. Works for her. I think it is a convience thing for most, but it is like cooking, convience is not necessarily better.

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  5. I've only been drinking coffee for about...3 years now, but to this day, remain a Community Coffee drinker with some cream (usually the Original Bailey's flavor or sweet cream). I love my Mr. Coffee - he is dedicated, versatile, and easy to operate!

    ~ RED

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    1. I feel the same way! That's the kind of coffee maker we just bought - Mr. Coffee!

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  6. My husband's office used to have a keurig machine and he was astounded by the waste for what he called a crappy cup of coffee. not strong enough and just full of sugar. he decided to save all the empty keurig cups for a 2 week period and had enough to build a giant x-mas tree from them! It was a good way to show how much waste can accumulate in a short period of time! I'm a bodum girl and love that I can change the strength if I want and that's it's just coffee and nothing else unless I add it.

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  7. I never considered buying one for all of the reasons you stated. I got to use one in a hotel recently and thought -eh, I don't get the excitement.

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    1. It's the convenience. And that's it.

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  8. I have a love hate relationship with our keurig. It was a gift and I loved our old Breville machine. It made great coffee. When we run out of K-cups I'm always tempted to bring it up from the basement and put it back on the counter.... But the convenience of a one button push to get my fix always wins me back.

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  9. I love having flavourited Keurig coffees when I go to my Aunt's house, but I don't think I will ever own one. Anything that takes a little bit of extra effort is too much work for me.

    I like making coffee with my vintage percolator. I fill it with coffee, put it on the stove, it brews, and when the pots empty I wash it out and put it away. Simple

    Or I'll buy coffee at Tim Hortons.

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  10. I have yet to drink coffee from a Keurig. I know I know...I have to have a whole pot when I drink it, not just one cup so for me it has never seemed like a good idea. I love everything about this post. :) Thanks for linking up for the Aloha Friday hop!

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  11. I'm sorry Keurig wasn't working for you! I love mine. I'm deeply in love with it. If it were to leave me, I'd be devastated.

    xoxo,
    Khloe
    www.kgstyleblogs.com

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    1. One day, soon, you will be. Because they all eventually stop working for no reason.

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    Deezy!

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  14. I'm thinking about breaking up with Keurig as well. I haven't had any issues with it. But it's just so expensive to keep buying those K-Cups.


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  15. Hey... Just popping over and following through GFC from the Aloha Friday hop. Would love if you can stop by my blog and follow back if you like. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

    I'm not a coffee drinker but sometimes I want to break up with my tea machine just because it is always in my damn way. hahaha

    xoxo,
    Melissa
    thisgirlslifeblog.com

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  16. So, I love my Keurig. 100% What I didn't love about it was the waste it creates. Then, someone introduced me to the reusable K-Cup, and I've never thought of going back to the regular K-cups or a regular coffee machine since. I buy my $6 bag of coffee grounds at the grocery store, and some creamer, and clean my mesh k-cup each morning (3 times to be exact, since I drink 3 cups usually). During the summer months, I even keep the coffee grounds and put them in my garden soil.

    So, I hope you'll give your Keurig another go, and try the reusable cup. It's fantastic!

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  17. I love my Keurig, but I'm also a weak coffee fan. I've switched to the reusable cup to save money and feel better about the trash from the plastic cups. Hope you'll go back, but as long as you brew a good cup that's all that matters! New follower via GFC, hope you'll follow back. Xoxo

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  18. I LOVE MY KEURIG! I’m addicted to coffee, but I was spending way too much money at Starbucks… here’s my Keurig story: www.weartostandout.com/blog/keurig xoxo, WearToStandOut

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  19. I ended up here because I was looking up how to drain my Keurig for a move, and while I don't care that you left Keurig (I've debated it myself because I drink more than 2 cups a day) cause I wasn't even aware there was a "clique" for it, I do want to offer a suggestion for any others who come across your blog post - I have a reusable refillable Keurig cup that I put my own coffee into. I can control the strength depending on how full I make that cup - basically it's like having a regular coffee maker, just making one cup at a time. It's been very cost effective for me cause I'm not doing anything differently than with my old brewer. And I think my favorite part is that I have a hot fresh cup every time rather than microwaving coffee that's gone old or tossing out half a pot! (What a waste!) It was I think 13-17 bucks for the refillable cup (and there's many varieties, way more than just the Keurig brand even) and all you do is wash and fill. Very simple and a lot more cost effective. While you've parted ways, hopefully anyone else struggling with this similar issue will see my comment and find a different alternative.

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  20. Keurigs are are ripoff, they all end up breaking sooner than later.

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