This past Christmas, Hubby and I decided that rather than buying each other gifts, we'd buy a "together" gift instead. He had been trying out a Keurig coffeemaker at work and was raving about the coffee, so we decided to give one to ourselves for Christmas. If you're a reader of Pioneer Woman's blog, you know that she's a fan of Keurig too, so I'd already been familiar with their products through her. The Keurig coffeemakers brew a fresh cup of gourmet coffee, tea, or cocoa in less than a minute.
We picked out Keurig'smodel B60 Special Brewing System, set it up on our kitchen counter, and started enjoying various wonderful by-the-cup coffees. Keurig uses pre-measured portions in individual plastic cups called K-cups, which are available in many different varieties of gourmet coffee, tea, and cocoa, usually sold in boxes of 18 or 24. This model has a 48-oz. removable water reservoir and gives you a choice of 3 different cup sizes, including a 9.25-ounce serving for a travel cup (I use this one the most). See the little tray at the bottom where your cup rests? It slides away to give you ample room for the tallest travel cups.
A sampler pack of K-cups was included with our coffeemaker, and we dove in with glee! We took note of which we liked and which we didn't, then ordered more directly from Keurig. Their service was quick and efficient, and they offer a Coffee Club rewards program that rewards you for repeat purchases. Their large 24-cup box prices averaged $12.55 (or 52 cents per K-cup) after a club discount of 10% with the purchase of four or more boxes, plus they offer free ground shipping for orders over $45, and a free sampler pack when you buy six large boxes.
That first order was slurped up in no time, especially since Baby Girl was home from college over the holidays and liked the new coffeemaker as much as we did. Hubby had heard from a co-worker about a coffee service called CoffeeCow, so we tried them for our second order. Their large boxes averaged $10.99 (or 46 cents per K-cup), they provide free ground shipping for orders over $75, and they offer a "cow bucks" when you order $100 or more which equate to a discount of 5% off your current order to be applied to your next order. One problem...I really didn't care for their website; I had to scroll to the bottom of the page for information with each new page I viewed.
Then I found another K-cup provider called Shoffee.com that I'll be trying with our next order. Their large boxes averaged $9.98 (or 42 cents per K-cup), they provide free ground shipping for orders over $60, and they offer a free 12-pack of seasonal K-cups when you place a $75 or more K-cup order.
If we had it to do all over again,we would have gone up a level on the Keurig coffeemaker and purchased their model B70 Platinum edition. It has a 60-ounce water reservoir, four brewing sizes, and Quiet Brew technology (the pumps on all of these individual serving coffeemakers are a bit noisy when the pump is pulling water).
If you purchase a Keurig for your home, be sure to try their teas and cocoa too. My favorite teas are the Mandarin Orange Spice and the Lemon Zinger. Yummy!
Oh, I forgot to tell you the best part...no more cleaning up messy filters and coffee grounds. After brewing, simply lift the lid, pull out your used K-cup, and throw away...that's it!
Having previously tried the Senseo and Melitta at the shop (and returning them both), I can honestly say that the Keurig is the best single-serve coffeemaker that I've tried. And I think you'll like it too!