If you’re looking for something deeply technical in this post, forget it. Go back over to Techmeme. Likewise, if you’re a coffee snob. The kind of person who only grinds their own beans (in a hand grinder, of course, to avoid the friction of motor driven grinders that can affect taste), makes sure the water is of proper quality and temperature and only used a French press or a $3000 Espresso machine, this isn’t the post for you.
Ok. They’re gone. Now let’s talk. I like coffee but I hate making it. Years ago, when I worked for Jupiter Research and our offices were down on Astor place we had a magic coffee maker. Or so it seemed to me. You just took a little pre-packaged coffee container called a K-Cup. Dropped it into the machine, pushed a button and in about 30 seconds you had one perfect brewed coffee. A few months ago, I found the vendor of the industrial version of the machine, Keurig had a home version. After raves from my sister and my experience with the work machines I had to try it. And I fell in love.
For me, it’s coffee nirvana. I can brew exactly what I need without making a whole pot and go back and forth between different type of coffee as I’m in the mood. French Roast in the morning, perhaps some Green Mountain Wild Blueberry in the afternoon (I know, it sounds terrible but try it) or perhaps some Timothy’s German Chocolate Cake. The unit is a marvel of simplicity and it just works. and works well. If you like coffee (but aren’t a coffee snob) and you don’t need or want to brew by the pot, you need to check this out.