Never say never. Ever since those Keurig coffeemakers came on the scene, I've stood with the opposition. Who would pay fifty cents a cup for coffee you drink at home? Nobody stops at one cup anyway, do they?
I saw a real bargain on the Keurigs last week and shared the link on Facebook, mentioning that I wasn't interested in something that was so costly to use; then my friend Nancy told me they use theirs for cocoa, tea, and soup as well as coffee, and they bought the reusable filters that allow them to use their own ground coffee.
This got me thinking.
I've been drinking less coffee lately. I've diagnosed myself with hiatal hernia, and am trying everything I think of to relieve the symptoms... don't worry, I will mention this little problem next time I have to go to a doctor. For a few days I've been settling for green tea, which I'm learning to like. So far I'm still having the 2 A.M. GERD., but the tea isn't bad. I had headaches for three days from caffeine withdrawal, because green tea has much less caffeine than coffee. But I digress.
I was doing without coffee, but still grinding and making coffee for Cliff because he wasn't sure how many beans to use, etc. It occurred to me that Cliff often just wants one cup of coffee, but drinks two because that's the least amount I want to make in our Bunn. During the winter months, Cliff likes instant hot chocolate, too, and Nancy had mentioned they use their Keurig for that. Cliff heats up water in the microwave and stirs in the envelope of instant hot chocolate. How convenient it would be for him to simply turn on the Keurig and get a cup of hot water.
My only experience using a Keurig was during our stay at the Grand Canyon. Finally, we had motel coffee that tasted good! I don't have a lot of counter space in this mobile home, but the one at the motel didn't need a lot of space, so it would work for me.
I found a deal at Kohl's that had the price, with discounts and free shipping, down to $80 and decided to take the plunge. I then ordered the reusable filters, a package of four.
Yesterday my coffeemaker arrived... about three times the size of the one I used at the hotels; in fact, it's as big as my Bunn coffeemaker! I scrounged around and found a spot for it. I have K-cups ordered, but they won't arrive until Monday, so I used regular ground coffee in the reusable filter. I've left the three free K-cups that came with the pot for Cliff. He still hasn't tried it, but today is the day!
We'll see how this turns out. Who knows, we might decide to store the Bunn until there are going to be several people around and use the Keurig all the time. Worse comes to worse, Kohls would take it back. Returns are a simple matter with them.
This morning I stuck a teabag in the filter and used the Keurig to make my green tea. It worked perfectly. I've learned, thanks to the Internet, that you can get the K-cups for as little as thirty-three cents each. That's still expensive by my standards, but if it fits our aging lifestyle, it works for me. I also learned that by registering my Keurig, they'd pay for half of my first order for pods.
I know in my bones that Cliff will love the convenience. I feel myself being swayed in that direction, too.