Single serving coffee machines - Tassimo or Keurig?

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  1. MSP

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    I'm debating getting one of these. Not to replace my coffee pot, but just to add some beverage variety and simplicity. Anybody have one, or have a recommendation as to which is better?

    So far it seems like the Keurig is cheaper to operate and has a wider selection of coffees, whereas the Tassimo allows for a wider variety of beverages, cappuccino, tea, etc.

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  2. Goofus Maximus

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    I tend to use this cheaper alternative... :) Just stick it on my coffee mug and slowly pour hot water from a tea-kettle into it. My variety comes from using either NesQuick & creamer, or a packet of Hot Cocoa & tsp of Hershey's Cocoa, with maybe a dash of cinnamon...

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  3. Sparky

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    Oohh, that looks like my best option. I was thinking about getting a french press, but this looks even easier. Is that part of a coffee pot or is that an actual product?
  4. czechrboard tassia

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    We have a Keurig at Taylors house and I love it (had one at a few places I've worked in the past, too). My only qualm is that the hot chocolate tastes weak, but maybe it's just the variety we get. The coffee and tea are both great.
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    It's an actual product!
    I can't seem to find my super-cheap plastic version via Google, though. There are ones that make more than one cup, and ones that are fancy. Mine is just a plastic hat for my cup! I put in the #2 cone filter, and put in the ground coffee, then pour boiling water from a tea-kettle in it.
  6. MSP

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    My brother-in-law was saying this morning that one of them had just come out with a capsule you could load with your own coffee grounds, anybody hear of that?
  7. tex

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    Yeah, I have a client that has one of those. They just keep a bunch of loose leaf tea and coffee and use the self-prep modules.

    I don't see the point of having one of these. Just get a damn coffee pot and you can get varities of coffee. We have 2 or 3 coffees plus a few selections of tea (this is a caffine fueled household.)
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  9. braaains

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    It's generally called a Mellita. I've been drinking nothing but cold toddy coffee lately myself. It's so smooth, and utilitarian. Ever since i discovered cold brew, my coffee days have been changed.
    And I do hear good things about those aeropresses, but i've never used one.
  10. couturedharlot

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    my parents have a Keurig and love it. I'm more of a tea drinker so I don't really have a need for it, but I do like that everyone can have their own kind of coffee when the whole family is home. I would say if you do a lot of entertaining or have a wide variety of tastes in your house regarding coffee/tea, then it would be great. the other perk is coffee in under a minute.
  11. mattdev

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    I hate the taste of single serve coffee. It just has this artificial flavor to it for some reason. They're also EXTREMELY wasteful.

    If you want variety, you could get a Moka espresso pot. Not the same as the real thing, but still turns out pretty good. A gravity pot or aero press would be awesome as well.
  12. braaains

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    How thick of 'espresso' does it make? I was looking into those for a bit because they seem to be ideal, but then I ended up finding an espresso machine at goodwill for $15 :cool:
  13. mattdev

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    Somewhere between a really strong coffee and average espresso. The crema is non-existent and it's not as syrupy as I'd like, but it's a great deal for $20.
  14. jake

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    I have a Tassimo that I got for Christmas last year. I barely use it unless I have a guest that really wants a cappuccino or a latte. For myself I use my french press. I don't really care for the flavor or the mountain of packaging that results from one cup of coffee.
  15. mistawiskas

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    When we were at the mall the other day, my wife was hinting bigtime about getting one. It's on the list and will probably be in the pile of new items recieved at christmas that never got used. But WTH, if she wants one I'll probably get her one. She's partial to the Keurig, mainly because she places alot of weight on advertising......much to my shigrin. :roll:
  16. MSP

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    I think I'm just going to get a nice, fast, small coffee machine and a bunch of stainless steel canisters for different styles of coffee. Cheaper, more flexible, etc. I guess that's my main gripe, my current coffee pot takes almost 10 minutes to squirt out a 10 cup pot.
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    I just try to indulge her in her 'wants' as much as possible. if for nothing more than the oportunity to say or cop the attitude of : " I told you so".
    every so often she comes up with a winner like the baterry powered one touch can opener. The side benefit is the (sort of) reciprocated indulgence of my
    whims :unibrow:. one of which, I did not allow to get wrapped and placed under the tree (again with the :unibrow: ).

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    I read a good story in the New York Times about them. These things are HUGE business. There's a war going on between some companies, I think Nestle, Kraft, and some other one. And, the patent on these things is running out this year or next year and Starbucks is going to join in. The machines are relatively cheap, I hear. The money is in the pods. Just like razors and cartridges.