I need to start this post by telling you that for several years my personal opinion of single-serve coffee makers has been that they are frivolous, non-essential kitchen gadgets. I would see a giveaway for one online and think, “what a waste…especially for a large family.”
So, when my in-laws bought us one (a Keurig, as you can see from the photo) for Christmas, I was thankful, but really not sure I wanted to give up counter space for a “toy.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like coffee…a lot. In fact, my coffee and creamer is one of the few things I haven’t been willing to give up for Trim Healthy Mama. But one cup at a time? Just make a whole pot! My philosophy has been whoever gets to the coffee maker first, has the right to choose the coffee that gets brewed. Deal with it. But, I have to admit when Ty gets there first and makes that nasty chicory stuff, I’m sorry I’ve held to such a philosophy.
But, is that really a good reason to own a single-serve?
And what about the price of those single serve cups (K cups as Keurig calls them)? My husband really likes his Caribou Coffee – something we can’t get where we currently live – but is it worth it to buy the K cups? No, not really…but it sure is fun! However, that said, we’ve found a way around this by using reusable cups…more on that in a moment!
My 10 year old daughter prefers tea over coffee. She likes fruity blends like Grandma’s Garden. Several others in the family have started drinking tea as well – some loose leaf, some tea bags. Oh, and don’t forget the hot cocoa drinkers.
After mulling this all over, I decided to embrace this whole single-serve thing. It didn’t take my husband nearly that long to decide it was pretty awesome. Guys like gadgets. 😉
Now that we’ve had the Keurig for several weeks, I must say my poor coffee pot NEVER gets used. Having a single-serve coffee maker has made it where everyone can have exactly what they want, and switch it up as often as they’d like. I also don’t have to worry about a scalding hot tea pot on the stove or a wasted pot of coffee because it took too long to brew or we just plum forgot about it.
Let me give you an idea of how we’ve made it work…
For the tea bags and hot cocoa, the children simply push the button and run hot water through the machine. This is also how we brew our iced tea. Drop the bags (or powder) into the hot water and steep.
We do have some K cups, but we also purchased a reusable one (I want to get another one and keep our tea and coffee separate which is why I’m recommending this 2 pack). Having a reusable cup means you can use ANY coffee or loose leaf tea. We can often get 2 brewings out of each round as well, saving even more.
One quick note for you tea lovers…the Keurig doesn’t boil the water, so it doesn’t hurt the tea. We brew the tea and then let the cup sit for a bit to “steep”. It’s not a “perfect” cup of tea, but it’s pretty good.
We do have a K cup holder, but I wouldn’t recommend the one we have. The two shown below would be much better than what we have because they hold more, are more compact, and the cups are less apt to fall out all over the place.
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