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Looking to Buy a Single-Cup Brewing Machine

submitted on October 17, 2012 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
I was wondering if any Buxr-ites have the Keurig or other brand of single-cup brewer that uses K-Cups, what brand you chose, and why you like or dislike it.

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    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on October 17, 2012
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    Keurig has a $20 rebate right now for their mini brewing system. It is $99, minus rebate so it is a decent choice http://www.keurig.com/brewers/.....ing-system
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on October 17, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Yes, I have that rebate form. But I see other brands available that use the same system, and wonder how they measure up. I don't even know how these brewers work or which model would be a good choice. I am really looking for your personal preference and why you like it. Then I can find the best deal on the one I pick.
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on October 17, 2012
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    I have this exact same machine and love it. I've had it for over a year and use it everyday and it still works really well. The only drawback is that you can only a brew a standard size cup of coffee -no tall mugs.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on October 17, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks, pablos17! Is there a model to brew a larger cup? I saw that you posted a good deal for model B31 that makes 6, 8, or 10 oz. http://www.buxr.com/deal/keuri.....ack_121717

      The last electric coffee maker we bought (drip style) did not make good coffee, so we are still manually boiling water to pour over coffee with a filter. (Melitta) Red Face
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on October 17, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    We have had Keurig B50 for about 2 years and I am very happy. The only thing I would add is an extra cup size option (it has 5.25oz and 7.25oz). A bit upgraded model - B60, has just that, it adds 9.25oz. It is very convenient: coffee in seconds w/ no mess or cleaning.

    We bought it from Costco together with two 12-cup packs and a reusable cup, which I have used a lot when I lost my job and finances got tough. I think the price was around $150.

    Something to be aware of - those k-cups can add up costs very quickly. We try to buy them in bulk from Costco, but regularly a 12-cup pack goes for $10, which is a bit expensive to my taste. We are not heavy drinkers though, a cup a day max. If you drink a lot single serve coffee maker is probably not for you.
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    psplove
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    Posted by psplove on October 18, 2012
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    Best price here in BUXR. $99 PLUS $20 rebate PLUS 30% off with Kohl's Charge & Free Shipping!
    http://www.buxr.com/deal/keuri.....hant/kohls
    http://www.buxr.com/deal/kohl-.....hant/kohls
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on October 18, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks for your input, everyone!
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    samm_is
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    Posted by samm_is on October 18, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Hi HouTex, I've been using a B60 for ~2.5 years now, and a B70 that I got for my tech at work (~10 months). They are both excellent machines, with a choice of 3 or 5 cup sizes. I also have the EcoBrew filter assembly (~$12 at amazon), that allows me to either use single serve sachets in the reusable, easy-clean filter, or insert my own coffee. The pods run ~$0.44-$1.22 each at Amazon. I now have several favorites, and the coffee comes out great every time - both smell and taste. For some pods, you do need to figure out an optimum volume - one size DOES NOT fit all.
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on October 18, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      AVOID the single size B31 class machines - I'd posted a deal for ~$52 for that machine - which puts it in the same ballpark as regular programmable 12-cup machines. However, after seeing it in action - and all the 'compromises' involved, I would not recommend it.
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on October 18, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Finally, if you like your coffee/tea to be frothy, check out the Philips Senseo (stores like Bed Bath and Beyond or even Target sometimes have demo units). The coffee is great (and pod packs at Target run to ~$6 for 14-20). However, the coffee and tea selection is more limited. There is a reusable filter pod for this too, but I have not tried it out. Also, volumes on this machine are more 'European', and tend to be smaller (demi-tasse - to- regular coffee mug size, my (basic) model has 2 options, but other models have 3).
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on October 18, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I meant single cup for the B31 - you need to pour water for every cup after removing two separate pieces, there is no electronic selector for temp, strength etc.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on October 19, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you, samm_is, lots of good information!
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    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on October 19, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Looks like everyone gave great info on single cup brewers. My two cents worth if you like great-tasting coffee think about trying a french press. This one on Amazon makes enough for 2 or 3 big mugs (Buxr mugs,lol). They also have a 3-cup version if you want to make less at a time. A lot of stores have coffee grinders if you don't want to buy your own grinder at first. Just make sure to use a coarse grind for French press.
    http://www.amazon.com/Bodum-Br.....ADS5FO/ref
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on October 20, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Very interesting suggestion, this may be something we would like. Thanks, tammy987! We do have our own coffee grinder.
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    • tammy987
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      Posted by tammy987 on November 19, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Hi HouTex! Just curious which way you decided to go and how are you enjoying your coffee? Happy Thanksgiving! Big Grin
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on November 19, 2012
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      I liked your suggestion, tammy987, since we wanted to make 2-3 mugs at a time. We enjoy mixing different roasts and can grind them as needed.
      Turns out that the cup size and cost of the K-cup products were not a good fit or value for us.
      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday too!

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