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    1. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      I will never, ever in my life understand single-serve coffee machines that are utterly useless paperweights unless you use their special proprietary cartridges. I can think of few other general-purpose machines that have no alternative whatsoever to using a dedicated cartridge from a dedicated manufacturer. Computer printers can use replacement cartridges from alternate manufacturers, cartridge razor users have a choice of the factory-built replacement or the generic store brand. Even cartridge fountain pens can use bottle ink with the commonly available proper adapter. When it comes to a gourmet cuisine appliance, it’s mind-boggling to realize that it shuts you out of all possible culinary creativity and discernment. When I choose a coffee or tea, I choose it for the sake of flavor and compatibility with my water and the time of day I choose to drink it. This means I have about ten different teas (from a rose petal brew to a smoky Earl Grey from Fortnum and Mason) and six different coffees (from a sullen espresso to a light, winy blend) on hand at any given time.

      I suppose this constitutes an “I make X at home myself” rant, lol… tl;dw

      • deejmer says:

        Many of these makers come with a filter cartridge which allows you to use your own grounds. This would allow you to get away from using their proprietary ones and get whatever flavor you desire.

        • jtheletter says:

          This. The adapter costs about as much as a 24 pack of the single serve cups but it works for tea or coffee indefinitely. Really the point of this device is for when you only need one cup of coffee at a time. I’m the only coffee drinker in my house and I want a cup for my commute in the morning without having to spend $2.50+ at a coffee shop every day. It takes much less time to use this machine and it’s easier to clean than a standard mini coffee pot. Also if you just buy one assortment pack of coffee cartridges you’ve always got something on hand for the occasional guest who may not prefer your day to day blend.

        • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

          I actually did not know that. Yes, that makes a big difference.

      • mikeyz says:

        I have a Keurig, and it is perfect because I drink ~1 cup of coffee per day. My wife loves it because it is also an instant hot water dispenser for her tea. Searching on Amazon, there are over 1,000 results for “K-Cups”; I also have a plastic doo-dad that let’s me pack and brew whatever coffee I feel like having. I imagine that the results are similar for Tassimo. I think your ire is misplaced.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          It’s different if you can pack your own coffee into the little cartridge, but I think what speedwell was griping about was that a lot of people let themselves get stuck to one type of catridge and that allows the companies to pass off generic or bland coffee. Or that people have started to get into the mindset that they just want the coffee, and they don’t care how they get it.

          • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

            That’s correct, thank you. Another commenter pointed out below that they do make user-refillable cartridges, which I was unaware of, and to me that’s a game-changer. I may or may not be in the market for a single-serve machine (I actually like the little ritual of using my French press) but it’s good to know about.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I think people forget that coffee is a food. It’s grown, harvested, and sent to you. Real coffee isn’t manufactured, it’s grown. It means that if there’s a drought in Africa, that might affect your coffee a month later. And I think if people realized this more often, they’d take more of an interest in knowing where their coffee comes from, and would be more discerning.

        But, alas, most people (whether they admit it or not) are Folgers people. They don’t care about the particulars, they just want a cup of coffee they like. My dad used to be a Folger kind of guy, but then I bought him really good coffee beans. He’s got a one-cup coffee machine for himself, but when there are more people over, he uses the better coffee beans, so maybe there’s a good compromise?

      • Murph1908 says:

        Option 1- Put in filter, measure out grounds, pour in water, turn on machine, wait 5 minutes, drink coffee, rinse and clean pot, remove filter and grounds.

        Option 2 – Put in K-cup, measure out water*, wait 1 minute, drink coffee, throw away K-cup.

        Even if your argument about only using their proprietary catridges was correct, this still seems like a good solution for those who only need one cup.

        *Installed machines can be hooked up to your pipes and measure out the water automatically.

      • Brunette Bookworm says:

        Eh, I have one at my boyfriend’s place for when I want coffee. He HATES coffee so I don’t need a whole pot of it there. Plus, I got the Senseo for free. At home I have a 12-cup pot and make at least a half pot each day and grind my coffee as I make it. The Senseo serves a purpose where it’s at but if I ever live with him, I’m using my regular coffee pot. :)

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        There are a ton of brands that seel the single-serve cups, and they all fit each other. So you actually have a lot of choice, just not 100% choice.

        I also thought I recently saw one of these machine with a metal cup you could put in the ground coffee of your choice and use it that one. But I saw it momentarily on a commercial and am not sure.

        • RobSmalls says:

          Keurig has a vessel you can use to brew with your own grounds. I haven’t used it, but I’ve seen it for sale at BB&B.

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    3. Underpants Gnome says:

      The forerunner watch sale on Ebay was cancelled and re-listed for $130, which is more than the Amazon price :-(