When I talk about “coffee” I mean REAL coffee, the dark, rich stuff, and not just “hot brown water”, my term of “dis-endearment” for office-coffee, church-coffee, or your average low-grade convenience store coffee. Yuck.
I generally prefer to use a normal drip coffee-maker, and I never make coffee with anything other than distilled or purified water (better) anymore to get away from the chlorine and fluoride, which influence the taste of the brew. I recently acquired a basic Keurig model (used; first generation), about five years after everyone else seems to have bought one. I like them – maybe even a lot – but they won’t replace my drip coffee-maker for the purity and quality of brew. Keurigs are convenient, but you pay a penalty in the quality of the brewed coffee in my opinion.
That having been said, the Keurig is very convenient for my morning coffee especially, when I am under more of a time crunch. Good coffee for me via K-cups these days comes from:
- Gevalia – Dark Royal Roast: Like liquid dessert, but not quite as good as Seattle’s Best, Blend No. 4
- Folgers – Black Silk: My daily standby in absence of the Gevalia
- GreenMountain – Dark Magic: Wow, that was strong…Wow!
- Cameron’s Coffee – Highlanger Grogg: Too light a roast, but delicious anyway
- Cameron’s Coffee – Cinnamon Sugar Cookie: Same; delicious
- McCafe – Premium Roast: As good as the drive-thru coffee; the other McCafe brews have a strange aftertaste, IMHO
That was in order of preference if I have all of them at the ready in my supply drawer. However, if making drip coffee, my hands-down preferences are:
- Seattle’s Best – Blend No. 4: Seriously, like drinking liquid dessert; *not* available in a K-cup as of early 2017
- Folger’s – Black Silk: Good stuff at a great price
Thought you might like to know my java preferences.
Agree / disagree? What do you think makes for good coffee?