{3 Reasons I Said Goodbye to My Keurig}

September 29, 2014

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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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KyleK May 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm

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

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themcbaileys June 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

BINGO!!! 100% agree Kyle! 🙂

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Haha, shouldn’t you be charging for that kind of knowledge?!

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Ken January 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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.

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Aislinn August 27, 2015 at 2:38 am

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 :/

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Deb E. June 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

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.’

~Deb

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adam March 10, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Have you considered buying an espresso machine?

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themcbaileys April 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm

I’m not really an espresso gal – but I do love my old fashioned coffee pot! 🙂

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ericka January 25, 2015 at 8:12 am

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.

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themcbaileys January 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Ericka you will be LIBERATED by your “regular old coffee maker” – I PROMISE, we LOVE IT!!! 🙂

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Nate January 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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.

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themcbaileys January 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Good for you Nate! Nasty Keurigs. Ugggh!

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Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos September 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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* 😉

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themcbaileys September 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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?!?!

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Teena September 29, 2014 at 11:36 am

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. 😉

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themcbaileys September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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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