Waaaaaay back in the early Persephone days, I wrote a review of my Senseo machine, where I gushed about it like a lover. Shortly after I wrote that review, it shorted out and belched ropy jets of hot coffee all over my kitchen. I replaced it with a newer Senseo model, and it sucked.
The new Senseo made coffee that tasted like hot plastic, due to a design change. I took to the internets to find a solution, and tried everything from running an entire gallon of vinegar through the machine to swearing at it loudly. Nothing helped, my coffee still tasted like melted Legos and Barbie tears. So I switched to Keurig.
I loved my old, good Senseo, but my Keurig is my soulmate.
The Keurig uses “k-cups”, small, sealed, plastic cups to brew each cup of coffee. The K-cups come in over 100 varieties, including teas, cocoas, flavored and unflavored coffee. Through mail order, and the Keurig buyers’ club, the K-cups end up costing about $0.60 USD per cup, which is cheaper than Senseo pods but more expensive than coffee made with a traditional percolator.
The machine makes great coffee. It’s the right temperature, after I add my requisite sugar and half-and-half, and the machine offers two cup sizes (one is 10 oz., the other is 8 oz.) depending on how strong you like your coffee or if you need room for way too much cream, like me.
Like the Senseo, the Keurig went through a recent design change. The manufacturer replaced the motor that runs the pump that pulls water from the reservoir into the heating element with a quieter motor, but the drawback is that it isn’t as strong. Most users online describe the pot working great for a few weeks, then consistently making a really skimpy cup of coffee. This happened to me, as well, but the Googles taught me how to fix it. The problem starts when the pump doesn’t prime correctly, which leads to the short cups. The solution is a bit unconventional, but it worked for me. If your Keurig is making short cups, you need to lift the water reservoir up off the base and slam it back down into place. I was very skeptical, and somewhat worried about busting my $99 coffee pot, but it worked like a charm.
Cleaning the Keurig is simple. There’s an indicator light that comes on if the pot has too much scale built up. If you’ve got hard, crappy water like I do, you’ll need to run a few tanks of water through the machine without any coffee every few weeks. You can run vinegar through it as well, but make sure to run at least 4-5 reservoirs of water, or your coffee will taste like shit. By which I mean vinegar.
I love my machine. And writing about it makes me want to go make a cup right now.