RedEye9 wrote on Sep 7, 2022, 13:32:
Another proprietary coffee machine that's guaranteed to break as frequently as a Keurig.
But seriously, has anyone had a keurig last more than 2 years?
Yes, you need to spend the money on the commercial version. I have a model that's sold to be used in corporate break rooms and small cafeterias. It's mostly metal, not plastic, with more rugged pumps and plumbing since it's meant to be used a lot. I own this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWKEHU4
Mine is over 5 years old.
Pro tip: Use distilled water. What ultimately kills a Keurig (or any capsule coffee maker) is mineral deposits clogging the lines. I also personally believe coffee tastes better made with distilled water.
You can clean out the minerals using a special cleaning solution made for this (white vinegar also works, but you'll need to flush a LOT of water through it later and you'll still taste the vinegar for weeks), and I've rescued a few Keurig machines for friends and businesses that way. It involves a lot of patience. A quick rinse is not going to do it. The stuff needs to sit in the machine for weeks to dissolve the minerals completely.
Yeah, I realize I'm contributing to landfills, but so does all the plastic we toss away that the plastic manufactures claim is recyclable, when it's not. If you have single stream recycling (one container for everything) then toss your pods in there and don't worry. Single stream recycling uses high temp incineration, that's considered carbon neutral because the energy released is used to generate electricity. It's better than going into a landfill, but only just.
My family all drink different coffee and a pot won't do. I like strong Columbian coffee, usually with a shot of expresso. My wife likes weak donut shop coffee, and my dad drinks decaf.
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