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It's selfish, greedy, unethical, and spiteful - but those are pretty much the defining characteristics of successful capitalism.
I imagine they're planning some sort of magic chip similar to what the inkjet printers try to do with their ink cartridges.
Business opportunity: hacking coffee machines -- design new control modules for the Keurig machine that will take competitor "cartridges."
I don't think we'll be replacing our electric coffee pot (just used for boiling water) and Melitta filter holder, anytime soon.
In theory those little pods keep more-or-less forever. For the infrequent coffee drinker that likes having coffee on hand (assuming they like the taste of them) they could actually be a more sensible option than throwing away bag after bag of stale coffee.
I am by no means a coffee connoisseur, but a $30 Hario hand-burr grinder and a $30 french press make better coffee at a much better price than those pods. (If you are a wimp and don't like manly coffee, you can get an Aeropress or a Clever for comparable prices and less texture)
Convenience costs. Always does. Caveat Emptor.
I pay about 3 dollars a pound for coffee (because 90% of coffee drinkers can't tell the difference between $15 a pound coffee and Safeway brand). So no, 7 times the price is not "a matter of preference." It's about twice the price of normal "nice" coffee with a side order wastefulness.
All coffee pretty much tastes the same to me so I can't say if the quality is any different.
the fact that they are a normally-great writer, and that pods are actually cheaper than coffee at coffeshop, is making the little parts of exploded head re-explode
Bleached white paper cone or brown unbleached post-consumer recycled paper cone?
Be very careful how you answer...
Because requiring the use of little disposable cartridges with every single cup of coffee is just great for the environment.
Where? Even Folgers is $5/lb.
I use a Melitta, like #4 does, since I rarely drink more than 1-2 cups a day.
And I have a Keurig and an aero press and a French press and a baby gaggia espresso maker and a pour over filter and cafe sua cups and a percolater for camping.
If you're not growing your own beans and eating them off the vine, you don't know what good coffee is.
I sure am particular for someone that will pretty much drink any coffee ever. Even have a very special place in my heart for instant.
Also, fnarf and wisepunk's conversation is gold.
I wish Senseo hadn't pulled out of the North American market. The machines sell on Ebay for as much as they used to when new. Just not enough people who like European-style coffee I guess.
How is your aeropress holding up? mine developed cracks inside the outer cylinder after a year or so. Still usable but I don't know for how long.
gold filters are tolerated, but paper is better.
The REAL question is, yall are drinking only organic shade-grown rainforest-safe beans.....RIGHT?
@41: Even better - the civets get to play with organic shade-grown unbleached cotton toys when they're not shitting out my beans.
The sad thing is that even with multiple brewing systems, it STILL comes out cheaper than the pod stuff... and fresher. I just can't trust ground coffee that sits around forever... it's not Twinkies.
And Fnarf, just lie on your stomach. I hear that's how they used to do it in Europe. But then, they get like 2 hour breaks.
For instance - This thing you're tying on right now? Environmentally polluting strategic minerals dangerously mined by forced and exploited labor - not to mention the carbon spewing into the atmosphere by powering the thing. Oh. BUT you're vegan!
Golly, why bother, right?
And if there was a viable cheap alternative to getting across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in under several days, I'm all ears.
Some times we actually HAVE to travel. And since there are no great sailing ships to fairy us in environmentally sound ways across the oceans - guess we have to pollute and fly.
However nobody simply HAS to drink shitty Keurig coffee. There are literally better alternatives everywhere.