Good to the First Cup, and the Last Cup, and Every One in Between


I’ve been researching several new coffee makers in anticipation of switching from the common drip brew thermal carafe I currently own to one of the increasingly popular single-serve brewers. I was shocked at how many are out there. This is a burgeoning market.

Naturally, when considering a purchase like this, you want to do your research but finding consistently reliable feedback and reviews can be daunting. So check out this great website – Single Serve Coffee. They have reviews on a wide variety of topics – single-serve brewers, K-cups, pods, hacking your brewer… yes, I said hacking your brewer. Lots of great reading material to digest while having your favorite brew.

And in case your wondering (and who wouldn’t?) I will very likely purchase the Keurig B70 Platinum model for myself. I’ll let you know…

Why would I choose this brewer? It has a generous 60 ounce tank – but so do some of the others. It uses proprietary coffee (K-cups) – like most other brewers (i.e. T-discs, pods, etc.). But this brewer comes with a reusable My K-cup for your own ground coffee and I’ve even seen ways to use pods from other companies in your Keurig brewer. The main reason I would choose this brewer over the many other formidable offerings is for the immense variety of coffee available – several hundred choices. And then there is tea and cocoa too! No other brand of brewer I’ve looked at so far can even come close. I also feel more confident that my purchase will only improve in variety in the future because the Keurig is a popular choice for hotels, offices and other businesses making it a more sustainable brand.

The big drawback – the ecological footprint. Single-serve coffee is having it’s effect on the environment. Some more than others. K-cups, which are used for my chosen machine, are particularly hard to recycle. They have a foil top (recyclable) with a filter (bio-degradable) insert which holds the coffee inside a plastic “cup” (recyclable). The problem is that you have to disect the little bugger to recycle it’s parts.