Have you ever wanted something so bad, but when you finally got it you were indifferent? If you are anything like me you just had to have a Keurig machine. You know that wonderful machine that makes coffee quicker than a kettle, but hits you in the pocket because the cups are ridiculously priced. Well, my boyfriend bought me one and I was ecstatic to try it. I am aware, that I am late to the Keurig party. I’ve owned my mine for about 6 months and only decided to get one after visiting a friend.
I wanted to write a honest review, so others will know what to expect if they are considering investing in one. They really are trendy little machines. However, I’ve noticed that K-Cups or pods can set you back an average of $10 for about 12 pods. You may be thinking that less than a $1, but if you drink 2 cups and have others that drink coffee, well you tend to run out of cups relatively quickly. The cost can trickle up to $40 or more on coffee a month. That amount doesn’t include stevia or creamer.
I noticed my list of cons are more significant than the pros of owning one. Don’t get me wrong its trendy and heats up quicker than a kettle, but I still find myself using my kettle or the microwave to reheat my coffee or tea. The electric kettle that cost me $15 heats up hotter and I seldomly have to reheat my tea or hot chocolate after adding anything to it.
I decided to compile a list of pros, cons, and tips on owing a Keurig machine below, in the event you own or really want one.
- I can put a pod in the night before and hit press in the morning
- If you are a coffee drinker, unique flavors are available
- You can still make tea, by placing a tea bag in your cup or purchasing tea pods
- The water doesn’t heat up as hot as a electric or stove top kettle
- The price of the cups are a little ridiculous
- I can’t find a wide assortment of tea K-Cups
- Another con is, I like my coffee and sometimes my tea with sugar-free creamer or unsweetened vanilla almond cashew milk, so because of this I have to frequently reheat my coffee or tea in the microwave.
Tips on Owning a Keurig Machine Like a Pro
- Remember to clean your machine every couple of months with vinegar, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria
- Invest in disposable coffee cups like the ones in the picture below or a reusable one
- Buy ground coffee to use with the disposable coffee pods
- Alternate between tap and filtered water, it cuts down on hard water stains.
- Use tea bags
- Buy store brand K-cups to bring down your cost
- Alternate between mugs and disposable cups (make it easy to grab on the go)