{3 Reasons I Said Goodbye to My Keurig}

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Today is National Coffee Day and I love coffee. I mean, LOVE coffee. I can’t drink it past 2pm otherwise I’ll be up until the wee hours of the morning cleaning the tracks in my windows and having conversations with myself, but I love coffee. It’s part of my morning ritual. It gets me jazzed for the day. I love the warmth as it hits your sternum, the smell entering your nose and instantly hitting your tastebuds at the same time, and the way it warms up the entire house in the morning. I almost sound like an addict, don’t I? When we received our Keurig as a gift three years ago I thought my life was finally complete. No more brewing pots of coffee, wasting precious fuel because it wasn’t consumed, cleaning the carafe, emptying the grounds, messing up the measurements for the perfect tasting cup, you know, all of the annoyingness that comes with a traditional coffee pot. I sang the glories of the Keurig for years, until yesterday…

Yesterday, while sitting on the sofa drinking my cup of coffee, it just didn’t taste like the amazingness I remembered of my beloved coffee. And I had to fill up that freaking tank again because it was empty, after three cups of coffee {two for husband, one for me…and momma needed another one}. So, I started thinking about the Keurig and wondering if it was all it had truly cracked up to be. Which really means I started looking on the internet machine to “research” my beloved Keurig. What I found made me want to hurl. I actually did hurl, I hurled that cup of coffee into the sink. Noooo thank you Keurig.

Unlike a traditional pot of coffee, where the water completely expels itself, the Keurig sucks up water into the internal tank and it hold it there to heat it up for your next cup of coffee. It always has this coffee in the internal tank waiting for the next cup. Forever. Do you know what that means? Do you? Think about that….Yes, THAT. So for me, that meant that when my Keurig sat in storage this summer, for 4 weeks while we waited for our house to be built, there was water sitting in that tank. My bad on not emptying the internal tank. I totally didn’t think about it, until now. My Keurig was sitting in a box, in a storage pod, outside, in the South, in the summer. Are you throwing up yet? That means that water was getting all hot, and moist, and growing all sorts of moldy deliciousness that I just brewed right back into my first cup when we moved in. {insert gag face} And also, think about it. That tank inside has never, ever, been cleaned. In the past three years. {insert gag face + small bits of throw up} You can empty the tank, and you can run some vinegar or their branded cleaning solution, but is that truly going to remove the grime and slime? Does “emptying” it even matter really? I’ve run those vinegar cycles soooo many times. Not only is it extremely time-consuming, I’m not 100% confident it got that nasty internal tank clean. Oh dear…

Then, plastic K Cups. Can that be good for you? Hot, almost boiling water, pushing my water through foil and plastic holder, into my cup? I read this article, and they think not. Also, when I put those in the trash, since they aren’t recyclable yet {Keurig used to have a FAQ about this, but has since removed it from their site. I believe the are currently R&D’ing that with a year 2020 goal}, what in the world am I doing to the landfills? I’m no tree hugging gal, but I am a tad conscious about the amount of coffee the husband and I drink. I swear we could own a portion of Dunkin Donuts corporate at this point in our coffee loving lives.

So yesterday, while sitting on the couch, not loving my cup of coffee, I made the decision to go out and buy a traditional coffee pot. Yes, I’ll have to clean the carafe {I had to clean the external Keurig tank weekly and the internal tank once a month any way} and yes, I’ll have to empty the grounds {I had to throw out the KCups any way}, BUT, I won’t be worried about drinking hot mold, I won’t be worried about plastic dripping into my water, I won’t be refilling that dagon external water tank every 10 minutes, I won’t need to wait two cycles to fill up my travel mug, and I won’t be trashing the environment with my discarded KCups.

I realize these all may seem silly and miniscule to you, but yesterday when my husband and I were talking about it we both agreed the time had come to let the Keurig go. It was a sad sad day, but also {we felt} a wise decision. So while I didn’t technically throw in the trash, it is in a box in the basement. Don’t worry, this time I actually did empty the internal tank before I put it to rest {sometimes my blonde self CAN follow directions}.

What do you think? Am I being crazy? Do you think I made a mistake?

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23 thoughts on “{3 Reasons I Said Goodbye to My Keurig}”

  1. Thanks a lot for being my own teacher on this issue.
    I actually enjoyed your current article quite definitely and most
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    in my existence. Thank you.

  2. I’m on my 3rd or 4th Keurig. They are convenient, however they always break down. Called Keurig on my latest one that suddenly started giving us a high pressure warning. All they could give us is every excuse in the boom about what was wrong with our water.
    I’m going back to the old style brewing and getting rid of the old k-cup.

  3. So I just took my Keurig out of a 6 month storage and thought to myself, what IS preventing the internal tank with that little leftover water from creating black mold? I GOOGLED, and landed here… So I just ran the plain “hot water” cycle through 6 times waiting to see some tiny living creature, mold or SOMETHING to appear in the clear glass I put it in but “n o t h i n g” came out. Not even an old coffee ground. I am still not going to believe that it’s clean in there, it’s just scientifically impossible! So here is my problem/question:

    I had called Keurig for some tech support re: a little defect on the 2.0 clogging up and during this conversation I had inquired about the internal tank and it’s mystery contents. I found it very unsettling when Keurig tech guy laughed at me and saidthis: “Oh, you’ll never get the water out of there, at least not without braking the machine!” Ok, I was a bit… no I was a LOT queasy with that statement but the caffeine addicted part of my brain popped up and said “Don’t worry lady… It’s OK. Now make a cup of coffee for me.” So I did.
    Now I’m wondering how the other people in this post are emptying their internal tanks and mine is being held hostage in some sick little Keurig germ prison. Did Keurig lie to me? I’m pretty darn savvy with stuff but I CANNOT find a way to get to the internal tank and I keep thinking if I turn the machine upside down then water may get into the electrical and … and I’ll fry myself on a Keurig machine. Is it EVEN LEGAL to prevent a Keurig owner from being able to reach such an extremely important area of the machine ?!?
    Sorry for the long post. 🙁 But any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

  4. Megan, love the blog!
    Have you heard of a Dolce Gusto machine?
    They’re sort of a secret out in the market (not many people have heard of it), but we have one in our home in place of the Keurig and it is very energy efficient, as it uses pressurized brewing and only heats the exact amount you need and I’ve found the coffees to be amazing. Maybe worth a try!

  5. You can just pour a whole bunch of much cheaper grounds into a filter that costs a penny add a half gallon of water and have coffee all day.. That probably saves you time over the wasteful and inefficient keureg

  6. I am really surprised that many of you don’t like Keurig coffee machine. I never have problem with it.
    Everyday I always leave lid and cup compartment open to let it dry. I do drain any left over water in the tank by turning updown to let water out to prevent mold. Within few hours, then I close the lid and compartment. After I read all your commends, For now on I will let it run hot water without cup and see if the water is clear.

  7. I am about to be 19 and a college student and i told my parents that I wanted this because I have always wanted one. I thought it would be practical to have in my apartment but now I’m having second thoughts :/

  8. I’m packing up our Keurig today. I thought it would just be temporary, until fall rolled around and the desire for more hot drinks was stronger. After reading things like this post though, I think I’m fooling myself and it will be packed away for good. And it’s a shame since my son just got it for me this Mother’s Day. I’m not a coffee drinker until it’s a strongly flavored creamy kind. I love hot cocoa though. Hubby loves his coffee. I thought this machine would be so handy since we could each use it for our preferred drinks. The thrill quickly wore off though, having to refill that tank all the time, coming across cups that don’t work in our machine, just a lot of little things that seem to make the hassles outweigh the convenience.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who is giving up on this supposed ‘dream machine.’


  9. today is a sad day for us because I decided to get rid of our Keurige also. for pretty much the same reasons. Thinking of the chemicals leaking into my cup of coffee makes me sick. I loved it when I had it but it’s over now and I’m going back to my regular old coffee maker.

  10. I just tossed my Keurig Plaitinum after 4 years. I always used filtered water that I bought and would always run vinegar through it every 2-3 months. I used it daily. Within the last few months the pump started to sound like crap and the water just wasnt flowing though my Ekobrew like it once would. Coffee was semi weak.
    I read about using Lemi Shine which is pretty much citric acid to clean coffee makers.
    I ran the Lemi Shine through the Keurig, let it sit for 15 minutes as it called for and ran 2 full reservoir cycles.
    The following morning I went to brew a cup and everything worked fine…..until I added my half and half when the coffee curded. I thought maybe I didnt get all of the lemi shine out so I ran 3 more water reservoir cycles, smelled the water coming out and it smelled like strong mold/mildew. I ended up tossing the Keurig. Even though I used it daily and always used 8 stage filtered water it’s obvious with the water sitting in the tank for any long period of time with the humidity we have here the mold was on the elements and in the tank for who knows how long. The lemi shine broke it all apart. Nasty to say the least. Who knows how long I’ve been drinking moldy water. I went to another single serve maker that only brews the water you put into it and doesn’t store water. I’ll never use another Keurig again or any coffee machine that stores water inside.

  11. Holy mold-balls, Batman! Hehe. I too have the mini Keurig, so there’s no tank. But I will admit that there are plenty of times when I forget to do the cleaning cycles…. so… there’s probably tons of calcium buildup in there… yea… *hangs head in shame* 😉

    1. Yeaaaa about that tank. NASTY. And if you have one of the older models, there is absolutely no way to ever drain the tank. *vomiting* Maybe the Mini-K is the best of both worlds ya know?!?!

  12. I am not a coffee drinker, but I do have the mini Keurig machine for hot cocoa, tea and cider. Mine is the system that you pour in the amount of water each time, so it doesn’t store water in it. (That feature kinda grossed me out when the systems first gained popularity.) And since it’s not a daily use item, I don’t mind having to fill it when I want a cup. Again, since I don’t use it that much, I’m not overly concerned with the plastic cup waste. BUT… a friend of mine told me about a K cup option that you add your grounds to and it is reusable, which is perfect for coffee drinkers. I think it is even made by Keurig, if I’m not mistaken. (You’ll have to Google it to be sure.) But that is another option for those that might not be ready to part with their machines just yet, but are also concerned with the plastic waste. Just figured I’d toss it out there. 😉

    1. Yea the water tank thing finally got me yesterday. I’m not really into slime in my coffee. And you are exactly right! There is a reusable one {I have it} where you can put your own grounds in each time if you don’t want to get plastic poison {clearly I’m exaggerating}. 🙂 Love your face Teena! xoxo

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