Along with automatic drip coffee machines, coffee makers that use pods like Keurig and others are among the most popular ways to brew coffee in America.
There are reasons for that! They’re fast, super easy to use, easy to clean, and they make pretty good coffee as long as you buy good coffee pods!
Let’s just be honest… Keurig and Keurig K Cups have pretty much taken the world by storm in the last 10 years or so.
The main problem with Keurig that we’ll probably never solve is this…. is the word Keurig pronounced “KOO-RIG” or “KYUR-IG” or something entirely different that only Dutch speakers can pronounce correctly?
As the Tootsie Pop owl says, “The world may never know.”
Until then, we can all just keep boldly saying it however we please, confident that we are saying it properly… or at least that there are probably millions of others who are saying it wrong.
While Keurig the company has been around since the 90s, the home-use single coffee pod machines were put on the market in 2005 and gained popularity a few years later.
They are the original single-serve coffee brand.
So here’s some info about Keurig and coffee pods.
I also have a link at the bottom to the best flavor of K Cups!
What Are K Cups?
The idea may have come from the fact that it’s very difficult to make a single cup of coffee that actually tastes ok with an automatic drip coffee maker.
K Cups are single serve, single cup coffee “pods” that are used in Keurig machines or similar ones to brew one cup of coffee at a time.
It’s a quick, easy way to brew one cup of coffee at a time.
They come in all different kinds of flavors. From light roast to dark roast, everything in between, including some exotic and… unappealing flavors.
Some of the more out there flavors include Wild Mountain Blueberry, Raspberry Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Glazed Donut, Mudslide, and others.
Sure… I love blueberries, raspberry chocolate truffles, donuts, mudslide pies and other delicious fruits and desserts. But for me, I’ll just keep them as good pairings for coffee, not inside my coffee.
Anyway that’s not what this article is about.
K Cups are made with ground coffee, usually nine to 12.5 grams, and is nitrogen flushed and sealed for freshness. The coffee does indeed stay fresh, and it is actual ground coffee.
It’s pretty much impossible to make one cup at a time with a normal household automatic drip coffee machine.
Keurig machines and coffee pods are a great solution for that. You are getting real coffee, it’s not even instant coffee, it’s sealed air-tight and with the right brand you’ll get fine quality coffee.
Here are the pros of using K Cups and the single cup coffee pod system:
- It’s fast
- It’s easy to use
- It’s easy to clean up
- It’s pretty good tasting coffee
I think they pretty much speak for themselves!
If we were to sum it up, Keurig is a fast, easy and convenient way to make some pretty good coffee.
And here are the cons of using the K Cup system:
- The machines are a bit expensive
- The flavors are hit or miss
Those are the only cons I see about the single serve coffee pods. There’s also the fact that, in my opinion, it’s not the best cup of coffee you can make necessarily.
The fact of the matter is that as long as you have some good coffee pods, it makes fine coffee!
Will The Fad Last?
Basically, yes it probably will!
It’s a nice way to make coffee as long as the coffee pods are good.
The convenience factor is HUGE for most people. This is also the reason why regular old automatic drip machines are the most popular way to make coffee in America. Convenience!
I don’t see Keurig coffee makers and coffee pods going anywhere or being dethroned any time soon. They have created an amazing product in making something so easy to use and convenient that makes a single cup of coffee.
Convenience is also one of the reasons people like Starbucks so much. I mean… there’s practically one on every street corner! You’re never too far away from a Starbucks [Insert big, creepy smile here].
It’s hard to find something more convenient than a coffee maker where you put your cup down, put a coffee pod in, and it brews in about one minute flat. And the only cleanup is to throw the pod away!
My Favorite K Cup Flavor!
There are quite a few flavors to choose from when it comes to K Cups.
And like I said before, there are so far out ones!
I personally tend to stay away from the flavored ones, especially ones that are berry flavored or some kind of chocolate dessert flavored. But sometimes even vanilla or hazelnut coffee is a bit much for me.
My personal favorite flavor of K Cups is Dark Magic by Green Mountain!
It’s a great, robust, strong, bold, smooth coffee and when it comes to good quality coffee this K Cup is just awesome!
If you just want a nice solid coffee that’s bold, deep and intense this is the one for you.
It’s just how I like my coffee and if I want a quick pick me up that doesn’t have to taste weak, flat or processed than it’s my recommendation.
Dark Magic is a rich full-bodied coffee with a wonderful finish.
It’s a nice dark roast with dried fruit and chocolatey notes. And it’s honestly better than many whole bean coffees I’ve tried with pour over and other brew methods!
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