I am a coffee drinker. Bill on the other hand, supports Diet Mt. Dew. Since I am the only one in the house that loves to drink coffee, I really struggled with having a regular size coffee machine and brew several cups of coffee that I may or may not drink. It seemed wasteful and I am quite frugal. A friend of mine kept suggesting a Keurig machine. So I began to look into them.
After reading reviews on line, shopping around at stores and surfing the internet for various models and varieties for what seemed like weeks Bill said I just needed to buy one. So, the tight-wad in me couldn't just go buy one. Whatever I decided to buy, had to be on sale and I needed to have a coupon. I wanted the best bang for my buck. That's just what I do...which drives poor Bill crazy sometimes.
Long story short, I went to Kohl's after deciding that I wanted the Cuisinart SS-700BK. It was on sale for $199.99 and I had a 30% off Kohl's coupon and some Kohl's cash. I wasn't about to pay anymore than I had to for this thing.
Folks, I have to tell you, I enjoy it. It is very easy to assemble and I purchased the model that came with the K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, so I can use my own normal coffee should I choose to do so. It has a charcoal water filter, which is a good thing, because we have well water. There on the left, is the water reservoir. The top, where it says "Cuisinart" in silver lifts up and you put the K-Cups in there. The menu allows you to brew into a 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cup size. You clean it completely every 60 days and the water reheats its self after each use. It brews at a set temperature of 192 degrees, but if you want your coffee cooler, it's adjustable.
It's even programmable!!! When it brews, it can be a little bit noisy, but that seems to be the only downfall of this machine so far.
Let me warn you now...there are literally thousands of K-Cups and brands out there. I personally, don't like strong coffee, so the two above are my favorite. I strongly suggest that you try out all of the samples that come with your machine before purchasing a case of these things. There were some varieties of coffee that I thought, "Hey, Emeril's picture is on that, so I bet it's really good." Wow, was I wrong. My favorite of these two is the Donut Shop and I did score a super deal for a case of 50 of them on Amazon.com.
Do you own a Keurig machine? What do you like or dislike about it? What K-Cups do you use?
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