So I fell into the cult of Keurig a few years ago, and I have to admit, I like the convenience, simplicity and I’ve found quite a few coffees that I enjoy. Basically you’re paying 10x what you would for a cup of drip coffee for the convenience of a tea bag, and a consistent cup of coffee.
It is wasteful (they’re promising recycle friendly cups soon), and the quality of the coffee isn’t always great.
So my Cuisinart brewer decided kicking buckets was fun and did that, so, sitting on around 200 unbrewed cups and not wanting to waste them, I went out and spend $150 on a shiny new Keurig 2.0 brewer at Costco – when they came out with the 2.0 brewer, they came out with 3 models, a low, mid and high end machine. The cheapest machine is the one they sell at Costco – oddly, also the high end version, which costs a bit more if you buy it from the Green Mountain people (Keurig). It has a huge reservoir, machine works like a charm, and it will even brew a pot if you want to spring for the brew a pot pods – tried it out, works quite well.
The Costco edition, which is again, the high end machine with the biggest water reservoir (for the same price as Green Mountain sells the low end version) comes with a bunch of coffee pods, 4 carafe pods, and a box of tea.
“Convenience of a tea bag”
That’s what I wrote up in the first line. Tea bags are just as convenient, inexpensive, and do single servings perfectly – I can make allowances for single serve coffee, 50 cents per cup if you buy Costco’s Kirkland brand, or find deals online for other varieties, but tea?
I’m sorry, but it’s cheaper and just as easy to brew a cup of tea from a bag – no mess, no fuss, and a biodegradable waste product. To add insult to injury, they come with English Breakfast tea – anyone who’s every brewed a cup of English Breakfast can tell you, stuff doesn’t even need to steep. You have a dark, rich cup of tea almost before you’re done adding water to the cup. Add some sugar and milk and off you go. There is no legitimate reason to replace something already super easy and quick with something roughly as easy and quick, with 10x the cost per cup minimum, as well as waste plastic.
I call myself a moron for making coffee that way some days. But tea? If I replaced every tea bag in my cupboard with K Cups I’d need a second bedroom in my apartment to store them all, and I’d have enough extra plastic waste I’d probably need to register as an environmental menace with some kind of international regulatory body. All to save no time, and get the same thing – in fact, if I steep the tea a little longer, I can make a 24 oz mug of tea (huge) with the one tea bag. I’d have to use 2 of the plastic cups to pull that off.
So yeah – stop with the tea already. That particular beverage has already reached a peak of excellent that a K Cup can’t even begin to approach, and it’s just overpricing for the dumb. Picking on dumb people isn’t cool, especially in such an obvious way.
Tea Bag > K Cup