A Win for Coffee Curmudgeons

As a long-time hater of K-cups and their associated machines, I feel quite vindicated after reading this:

In 2013, Green Mountain produced 8.3 billion K-Cups, enough to wrap around the equator 10.5 times. If Green Mountain aims to have “a Keurig System on every counter,” as the company states in its latest annual report, that’s a hell of a lot of little cups.

Plus, according to the article, with the single-serving k-cups, you’re probably paying over $50 a pound for coffee, which even most coffee snobs, such as yours truly, would ever do.

I’ve been a long-time hater of these machines.  For one thing, I have a knee-jerk hatred of single-serving things and our trend to take things that should be communal (coffee), and makes them individual.  For another, even as an individual, I usually want more than one small-ish cup of coffee at a time.  And lastly, as to that small-ish bit, k-cups prepackage the amount of coffee, so if you hit the “large” button or the “small” one there are the same amount of grounds; you’re just getting weaker coffee one way.  Bah.  A ridiculous device, and I don’t understand why people like them–it doesn’t take that long to clean out your coffee pot, people!

Well.  I’m glad to have some facts and Actual Reasons to use instead of just my crotchetiness* when we talk about potentially getting a Keurig in the office.

(via Grist)


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