I admit it. I get sucked into watching QVC now and then and once in a while, I get thisclose to buying something from the shopping channel. In the years I’ve been flipping channels and stopped to see what was being showcased, the two things I’ve purchased have been a Junior’s Cheesecake and this ingenious invention: The Drop Stop seat filler for the car. Click on the link to see what I mean.
Anyway, this past weekend, QVC ran a Today’s Special Value for the Keurig single-cup coffee maker. These coffee makers seem to be all the rage because all you do is pop in a plastic pod, close the lid, push a button and voila! Your own perfect cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cider. Fresh, instant and no waste. Well, almost zero waste: those plastic pods pop out and go—you guessed it—right into the trash. Millions of these pods go into the trash to go sit—forever–inside a landfill. It’s such a conundrum, the New York Times even did a feature piece about.
So, I sat there and watched and kept looking at the Keurig expert open the machine, pop in a plastic pod, brew a cup of coffee, pop open the machine and discreetly toss the plastic pod under the table. Away, I thought. Away into the trash. Away into the landfill. Away to never be thought of again. I decided my french press at home, which I would put freshly ground coffee beans inside, brew hot water on the stove, pour the water into the press, wait for it to seep, plunge, and then pour myself a cup of coffee would simply be my 25 minute ritual every morning to get the very best cup of coffee possible. Hmm…25…minutes…each…morning. Has to be a better way….
And then the QVC host mentioned this: you also get the My K-Cup insert with your purchase. In other words, instead of using one of the plastic pods of coffee you buy at the store, you can grind your own beans, fill up this reusable insert, and brew your own cup using the fast, time-saving machine. So, hold on… you might have me here, folks.
My initial thought was that the My K-Cup Insert has to be disappointing. Didn’t I hear that these refillable pods leaked or left grinds in your coffee or just were plain difficult to use?
But the reviews I’m finding online seem to praise the My K-Cups. Just grind, fill and go. In fact, I could buy a few of the My K-Cups and pre-fill them when I have guests or family visiting. They rinse our clean and you can use them over and over again. The best part? I’m not wasting coffee each morning when I make a giant vat of pressed coffee.
So, my faithful Daily Danny readers: Should I get the Keurig coffee machine with the My K-Cup refill inserts and promise to never, ever for as long as I live to ever buy a package of the plastic pre-filled disposable pods?
Yes, this is the type of conundrum I’m having today. And in my drama-filled world, I’ll take it.