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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 9:28am
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 10:34am
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You're not missing anything.  It just puts more water through the same amount of coffee.  It produces fast easy coffee on demand, that's better than the communal pot of folgers that's been baking for a couple of hours on the hotplate.  That's it's draw.  It doesn't use magic, and it doesn't make a great cup of coffee.  To me it's barely acceptable and weak even at it's strongest/smallest setting.

Your aeropress produces coffee that's dramatically better, and I have a feeling even with kcups you can fill with good quality freshly ground beans, you'll be disappointed.  Your friends will likely be fine with it, as they're drinking (and liking) the prepackaged kcups.  One thing to consider is how the keurig or kcup is going to deal with bloom created from fresh grinds...?

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 10:42am
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Most regular K-cups are 9.5g, not 8g.  X-Bold K-cups usually are 11.5g to 12g.  More grounds equal more potential for extraction.  

An Aeropress is similar with low pressure and short extraction time, but not many complaints about cup strength with that device.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011, 5:18pm
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No worries - I looked at a box of 24 and divided the gram weight by 24.  It probably varies from flavor to flavor.  I agree the format is one of the more expensive ways to brew a cup of coffee.  The time cost you do not count when roasting for fun is the very thing most Keurig users are really paying for - speed and convenience.  The system is fast, and for most the results are completely acceptable.  

If you have them in the cross hairs already with your home roasting success, maybe suggesting a CCD or French press for the times they are not in a hurry will start them down the path towards becoming coffeegeeks themselves.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:52pm
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I gave my sister an Aeropress and a bag of fresh, locally roasted beans. She already had an old grinder stashed away (Solis Maestro). She's now a convert from her old Keurig, which went back to Costco for a full refund. The Keurig made weak, expensive coffee, created quite a bit of non-recyclable waste, and took up a huge chunk of countertop. I found the UI terrible with all of its blinking blue lights and confusing buttons to select cup size.

She found the Aeropress easy enough to use, kind of fun in its own way, uses zero counter-space, and makes a very enjoyable cup. She was often using the refillable K-cup in her Keurig. The AP is considerably easier to use and clean up after.

For Keurig friends who are interested in sampling your own home-roast, include an Aeropress or a pour-over cone and show them how to use it. I've given away three or four APs now, and they are often greatly appreciated. Even if you have to pre-grind your coffee for them, at least it is a start.
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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2012, 8:40pm
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You may want to consider one of the refillable k-cups.  I have been using a solofill for the last couple of weeks and have been getting good results (similar to a simple melita filter with more body).    Grind: very fine, near espresso, amount: fill coffee is near the max line of the solofill, brew: 6 oz.
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