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Our Latest Addition

by Meghann on July 27, 2012

Special Delivery!

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Look what Mr. UPS (or Mr. FedEx?) left at our doorstep yesterday.

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A BEAUTIFUL brand new Keurig! And just in the nick of time too. ;)

Truth: I make HORRIBLE coffee. It’s bad, really bad.

Ask Derek, he refuses to drink it. In his words, “you know something isn’t right when, no matter how much creamer you add, the coffee doesn’t get any lighter.” Fair enough. I’m not a fan of drinking the stuff I make either.

I’ve only been a regular coffee drinker for about a year now, and in that time my experience with making coffee has been limited. The few pots of coffee I have made, were done unsupervised and without instruction. I just did what I’ve seen everyone else do for years and hoped it work. It didn’t. It failed. And after several pots of trying (the majority of which went right down the drain), I’ve learned to accept it.

I had just about given up on making coffee at all, when the fine folks at Keurig contacted me. They had come across my frustrated coffee-related tweets, and thought they could help. They invited me onboard their ambassador program and offered to send a Keurig and monthly samples in exchange for blogging about my experiences with the machine. I just about kissed the computer screen with that email.

A Keurig was something Derek and I had already been researching for our wedding registry. His parents and brother have one and we always love using them when we visit. They’re so easy to use, that even I can get a decent cup of coffee out of one. Sign me up.

The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System arrived yesterday ready to go.

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I think most people are already familiar with the way the traditional K-Cups work, so I’ll skip that little tutorial. Instead I wanted to focus on something new-to-me that came with the system: special brew-over-ice k-cups.

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Yep, iced coffee right from the Keurig with no need to cool anything down. The K-cups are specially designed to brew hot over ice, no special equipment required.

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I prepped the machine as I would for any other cup of coffee, only I removed the insert at the bottom and replaced it with a fresh cup of ice.

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And pressed the big button.

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There it goes!

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Really love how fast it makes the coffee – almost zero waiting around time.

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The K-cup came presweetened with cream. I’m not a big fan of sweet coffee, so while the flavor wasn’t bad, I would prefer an iced coffee without sugar. However, Derek loved the sweetened flavor. He said he prefers the all-in-one K-cups because it makes it easy on him not having to add the extra stuff. He can basically just grab the drink and go.

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It was nice to have instant iced coffee. These cups were specially designed to brew right over ice, which means they were somehow missing that watered-down taste. I’m almost curious to see how a regular K-cup would fair. Has anyone tried that before? Does it just water the coffee down?

I’m already researching other flavors I want to try. I’ve heard it’s a good idea to buy k-cups at Bed, Bath, and Beyond using the 20% off coupons. I’m also looking into the reusable k-cup options.

Do you have a Keurig? What are your favorite K-cup flavors?   

I’ve been slacking at the pool this week. I had to miss Tuesday’s team practice to take Derek to work and Wednesday night I had to work late. I was all set for this morning, but got word late last night that practice was canceled. Bummer.

It was canceled for a good reason, the rest of my teammates are competing in the Top Gun Triathlon tomorrow and need their rest. Understandable. However, I’m not competing, so I headed to the pool this morning anyways to make up for lost time.

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Love that top right photo. Swimming while the sun rises always takes my breath away. :)

Since I had no coach, I had to make up my own workout. I basically took one of my favorite patterns and added my own twist to it.

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I added the kick to give myself a little break between sets. It worked out well. :)

After my swim I had a bowl of overnight oats.

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  • rolled oats
  • greek yogurt
  • milk
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • walnuts
  • PB2
  • raspberries

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It hit the spot. :)

Today is a BUSY day on the HLS front. Are we really only a few weeks away?!?! Eekkkk….. so much to do, so little time. Better get on it!

Have a great Friday!

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1 CampingGirl July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

I have a Keurig machine at home and we have one at work. My fav flavour of coffee is Cinnamon Pastry. I have not yet tried to make iced coffee with it but I will now!
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2 Kaitlyn July 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

We don’t have a Keurig, but they look ridiculously easy. Probably too easy. I know that I would be drinking way more cups than necessary with that in my house. We french press, which is really simple and easy too.
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3 Elisabeth July 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

Yay! I have the exact same Keurig. It’s actually our 2nd one in 6 years. The first probably would have lasted longer, but we had VERY hard water (even with a softener) when we had it, plus we just wanted a pretty, new one! There are actually iced coffee cups that don’t include the sweetener already – the Green Mountain Nantucket or Green Mountain French Vanilla are both good. The Green Mountain Coffee website has a LOT of choices, but we also buy from Bed Bath & Beyond because they do free shipping on K-cups (GMC does, too, if you buy 4 or more boxes). The GMC website also does sales/coupons. Our favorite coffees are: GMC brew over ice French Vanilla, GMC Caramel Vanilla Cream, GMC Rainforest Nut, Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy, Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut…and some more. Ha!

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4 Elisabeth July 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

Forgot, Timothy Cinnamon Pastry, too! We do have a My K-Cup to add your own coffee to, but we’ve only used it 2x because the pre-packaged are so convenient (especially since only about 2 cups of coffee per day happen in our house). :)

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5 Krissy @ Shiawase Life July 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

We love our Keurig!

We usually buy K-Cups through bigcatcoffees.com (you can create multi-packs and try lots of different flavors) but I also buy them here and there if they’re on discount @ Kohl’s and I have a coupon + Kohl’s cash – with this method, I purchased 36 cups this week for less than $10!
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6 Lisa in IL July 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

The least expensive price for k-cups that I’ve found is Costco. Although if you’re not already a member then joining just for the k-cups is kind of silly. B, B & B using a coupon is my 2nd choice. Also keep an eye out at TJMaxx & Marshall’s they frequently have blends/brews that aren’t normally found elsewhere & are cheaper per cup.

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7 Amanda July 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

I have the same keurig! Isn’t it great? For the longest time I used a french press, I had it down to a science but it took so darn long. I’m so spoiled with my keurig. My favorite k cup is caribou coffe, just the original. The starbucks k cups are great too! But only if you like a richer, darker roast.

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8 Julie July 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

I hate keurig. We went through 3, all of which made coffee that tasted like plastic no matter well we cleaned it out. I think they have started making machines with cheaper materials or something. Also, they are very wasteful and environmentally and economically unfriendly.

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9 Liz July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I have to agree on the environmental waste part – I get that it’s convenient, but it creates SO MUCH TRASH!
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10 Becky July 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I agree. I just don’t believe people can’t figure out how to brew a pot of coffee. Add coffee grounds to the top. Add water to the reservoir. Turn on. Sorry, but I can’t get on board with such a wasteful, unnecessary device.

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11 Krissy @ Shiawase Life July 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

When we first purchased our Keurig, it was actually to stop wasting so much coffee! Hubs would brew a whole pot and only drink 1 cup – I’d have to clean it out at the end of the day and would end up pouring a lot out, which was so wasteful.

I know you can brew a smaller pot, but – alas – you can’t rain a husband like you can train a dog. Since we went to Keurig, coffee is never wasted.
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12 Rachael @ Happy Healthy Runner July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

That’s the exact same reason we got one! We always would end up throwing out coffee at the end of the day that we didn’t drink, and it’s hard to gauge how much coffee either my husband or I would want on any given day, which makes the single K-cups a lifesaver.

I get that it’s probably a little more wasteful, but it’s wasteful every time someone chooses to throw out paper products or aluminum cans (both of which I recycle), so I think you just have to pick your battles and do what works best for your family.
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13 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I know people who will burn a can of soup if they try to make it on the stove top, or can’t properly poach an egg. There are just weird things that certain people can’t do. I make awful coffee. I know i’m not the only person in the world who makes awful cups of coffee, it happens. I agree that excessive k-cup usage is wasteful, which is why I’m looking into reusable options. Check out this great resource I discovered http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2007/05/refilling_kcups/

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14 Liz July 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Glad to see you’re considering the reusable route. I hunted a bit on Amazon, and they seem to have re-usable ones already – which might help with the convenience factor (I hate it when DIY projects end up just being total time sucks).

http://www.amazon.com/Keurig-K-Cup-Reusable-Coffee-Filter/dp/B000DLB2FI

http://www.amazon.com/Keurig-2-Pack-Reusable-Coffee-Replacement/dp/B001PKX4H0/ref=pd_sim_k_2
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15 Krissy @ Shiawase Life July 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I just wanted to chime in – there is a reusable K-cup you can purchase to put in your own coffee grounds :)
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16 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Yes! Which is what I plan on getting to test out too!

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17 Krissy @ Shiawase Life July 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I think you’ll enjoy that, Meghann! I have been able to enjoy ‘destination’ coffees that I’ve picked up with it (Kona from our Hawaii trip, local grinds, etc.)
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18 Rachael @ Happy Healthy Runner July 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

We have the reusable one too! It has worked perfectly every time we’ve used it!
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19 Stephanie July 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

When you get the refillable one, underfill the filter portion a little bit. Otherwise, when the stream of water hits, the grounds explode everywhere and it doesn’t filter properly. Trial and error lol.

I actually have a keurig and a regular pot. Keurig comes out Fall/Winter for hot coffee, and the regular one comes out for iced in Spring/Summer. I’m not a big fan of the brew-over-ice coffees.

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20 Christine @ BookishlyB July 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

I love the idea of the K-cup, since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house, but I just can’t get on board with the price compared to making it myself (I don’t mind how the stuff I makes tastes, so I can’t use that as an excuse). It is fun when they’re in hotels, though! Oh, and, interestingly, my inlaws and sister-in-law have one each and they both broke a year or so into ownership. Fingers crossed it was a fluke.
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21 Kt July 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

I’m so glad you are going to look at reusable cup options. I never understand how people can not feel guilty throwing away so many of those little cups! Plus I think it’s creepy pouring hot water through plastic (not that I know this is bad, but after the whole BPA thing I try to avoid it).

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22 Stephanie July 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I actually disassemble the k-cups and recycle them after use. The filters and grounds can be composted, and the plastic and foil can be thrown in our recycle bin (at least w/ our recycling provider).

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23 Beth (Running with the Sunrise) July 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

Congrats on your new arrival! I had no idea that Keurig does iced coffee, but that’s perfect for the summer months. I hear that the K-cups are a good deal at Costco, if you have a membership there. My boyfriend’s sister has one of the reusable cups and she says that works just fine, so that might be the cheapest (and most environmentally friendly) way to get your K-cups.
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24 Tracy July 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

Love, love, love the Folgers Vanilla Biscotti k-cups! so delicious!!! just tried the Folgers carmel drizzle this morning. it was good, but not as good as the vanilla.

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25 Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer July 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

I loooooove my Keurig!! The Brew Over Ice Cups from Green Mountain are my favorite. I like Hazelnut with a splash of SO Delicious Coconut creamer. We also have an Eko reusable cup that is pretty neat. Love how quick it can make a cup of ice coffee that would normally cost like $4 at a coffee shop.
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26 Whitney July 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

In a NYC apt with limited kitchen space I chose my Keurig over a microwave. I’m awful at brewing coffee despite loving it! I went for the iced coffee feature and love how easy it is. I’ve tried most of the cups but now use a reuseable one so I can try out different blends….I prefer my coffee darker with milk & can’t have any of the pre-sweetened options (I hate when companies do that).

Enjoy it!!

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27 Erin July 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

My favorite KCup is Coconut Mocha!

I do have to say that I am a little fed up with my Keurig though. I absolutely love it, but it died on me yesterday! Less than two years old. While perusing the Internet for a new one I read a bunch of reviews others had written about the same thing happening. So while I love my coffee, I’m hesitant to buy a new Keurig. It’s a lot of money to spend on an appliance that doesn’t seem to last very long!

TJ maxx also had KCups for $9 a box!

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28 Sizzle July 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Um, it’s one tablespoon of coffee per cup of water. Not really all that difficult.

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29 Jules July 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I love my Keurig! Have the same one as you. I do the “subscribe and save” deal with amazon, and that’s cheaper than the 20% BBB coupons. Also, for iced coffee, I recommend just ordering a bold blend (I like Paul Newman’s), brewing the medium size (I think it comes out stronger that way) over ice, and then adding milk or cream (I love Coffee Mate Natural Bliss). Heavenly!

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30 Dani July 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

They make reusable cups? Good to know. I turned down a Keurig gift from my parents a few months ago because I hate how wasteful they are. I also highly doubt its any cheaper than brewing regular coffee on a daily basis, but I could be wrong.

I make a huge pot of coffee once or twice a week, pour it all into a large glass pitcher, and stick it in the fridge. Voila–perfect iced coffee all week.

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31 Jenna July 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love the Keurig…my favorite flavors are the Gloria Jean’s butter pecan and Hazelnut. So good.

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32 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

ahhh I’m so excited for my first HLS this year! And I LOVE my keurig! Although to save money (k-cups really add up) I got the reusable coffee filter and just put foldgers in it! Soooo much cheaper and just as fast!
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33 AJ July 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Is it really that hard to read the side of a bag of coffee? I’ve only been regularly drinking coffee for a year or so, too, and by following the instructions on a bag of beans have made some perfect pots of coffee.

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34 Heather July 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I do make iced coffee with the regular ones, but I brew extra strength-the smallest option. I also sometimes brew two like that into a big cup of ice with a bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk or regular 1% milk depending on what is in the house that day. That is actually what I drank on the way to work this morning and will probably have another cup here soon since I am back at home working.

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35 Hope July 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Wow you sure are an ‘ambassador’ for a lot of products

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36 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Right now I’m associated with Brooks and Keurig.

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37 Nina July 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Are you not with Attune anymore?

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38 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Nope. I had a year contract with them that ended in December. :)

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39 LizP July 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Verizon? Reebok?

40 Sloane @ Life Food and Beer July 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I just started drink coffee too in the last year. I’m 27 too! I love the almond chocolate flavor. I can drink it black or with just a dash of cream. FAVORITE! I wish I knew about coffee when I worked in the ER and had days I had to get up at 445 to be at work at 630. Life would of been a lot easier and I’m sure my coworkers would like me better.
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41 amy July 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

iced coffee k-cups!!! I agree though, would be better if not pre-sweetened! I wonder if this is just common thing to do with iced coffees, because Starbucks iced coffee via packets are pre-sweetened as well.
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42 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I always wonder the same thing too! I wish they had un-sweetened Starbucks iced coffee packets, I might actually buy them for traveling that way.

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43 Sara July 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Man, I hate that Starbucks pre-sweetens their iced coffee packets – they’re so awesome for camping/hiking trips, but way too sweet!
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44 Lisa July 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

You can use the regular VIA for iced coffee – just use cold water! (Can you tell I used to work at Starbucks?)

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45 Sarah S. July 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

If you register your Keurig on keurig.com they will email you a coupon for buy 2 boxes of k cups and get 2 free!

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46 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My future mother-in-law told me that. Good to know. :)

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47 Meghan @ Run With Meg July 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I have the My KCup thing to make your own thinking I would save money but once I started using the premade Kcups they are SO convenient I can’t go back. I always buy mine at Costco they usually are pretty well priced there and I go through enough coffee to make it worth it.
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48 Em July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I like the Green Mountain coffees – Nantucket and Breakfast blend. I haven’t tried too many and I don’t really like flavored coffees since I drink it black. I only drink a cup or two once a week so I don’t throw away a ton of cups. I also have a resusable cup but I haven’t tried it out yet.
I have seen bulk Kcups at Sams club. That seems to be the best deal. Next was Kohls when I’ve had coupon + Kohls cash.

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49 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I’m new to the coffee drinking front, but don’t have a coffee maker of my own. I’ll be interested to read your reviews of the Keurig. It seems like a snazy little machine, but also seems pretty pricey with the price of the K Cups. I’m holding out to make a coffee maker purchase until I can do a little more research!
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50 greenbean July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

i couldn’t make a good cup of coffee either…until i decided to follow the instructions.

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51 Hayley July 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I bought a Keurig a couple years ago and I am never turning back. LOVE IT. My favorite one is Gloria Jean’s Hazelnut K-cup. It doesn’t taste too hazelnutty, but the aroma scents the entire kitchen for a good hour and it is to die for.

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52 Beth July 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I love my Keurig! I like experimenting with lots of flavors by buying a mixed box on Amazon.com, then I can invest in a box when I know I like the flavor.

If there’s one flavor you just love (for your everyday, morning cup of joe) Sam’s Club has a (limited) variety of huge boxes of K-cups. I think you get close to 80 cups for $36? That’s the cheapest I’ve found them. I get the organic coffee for that price, but the Starbucks K-cups are a few dollars more. Still cheaper than buying the smaller boxes from Bed Bath and Beyond just without the variety.
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53 Meagan July 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I brew the regular K cups and make iced coffee with them. I have my Keurig timer set to come on at 6:10am (I get up at 6:15). Alarm goes off, run to the kitchen and push the start button, pour a little creamer in, then stick the cup in the freezer. It cools down pretty quickly while I am in the shower. When I get out of the shower I plop a few ice cubs in the cup and drink away. A little more labor intensive than just brewing over ice, but it doesn’t get watery this way.

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54 Kim@hungryhealthygirl.com July 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

You are going to absolutely love the Keurig!! I would gladly be an ambassador. ;) They are so convenient and tasty with a gajillion options. Hazelnut is my fav. and I usually order them online at the Keurig website. Costco is another option. Enjoy!!

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55 Carrie July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I love the Dunkin’ Donuts K-cups. Since I live in Canada, the only way for me to get them is to hand some money to a friend when they go across the border to shop.

Cinnamon Pastry flavored coffee is another favorite, its like the cinnamon dolce flavor at Starbucks.

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56 Candice July 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

That new coffee machine looks awesome! I have been thinking about investing in one for a while. Reading your post today may push me even more to just make the purchase! Enjoy it :)
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57 Sara July 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I thought that I couldn’t make coffee…but then I realized I just don’t like the taste of cheap coffee maker drip coffee and bought myself a French Press. I love it because it’s so small (no counter space needed – I just keep mine right on the stove!), doesn’t need liners or cups or anything and the coffee tastes SO good. I’ll admit that when visiting friends who have Keurig machines, the convenience of them is tempting…but I don’t like how wasteful the cups are (I’d definitely have to go the reusable route!) and how much space they take up.
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58 Carrie July 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

You can recycle the K-cups, you just have to dump out the grounds. It just depends on your area.

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59 Cait's Plate July 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

We had a Keurig as well. I found myself using it on weekdays because it was so simple but it definitely doesn’t beat freshly brewed coffee in my opinion :)
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60 Nicola July 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

How can you not make coffee? Seriously, you are a grown woman… it’s not hard.

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61 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I love my Keurig, and now I really wan their new Vue! It looks so awesome! In a moment of iced coffee desperation, I did try brewing a normal K-Cup over ice. I used a really strong, dark one…I think it was actually their espresso/coffee blend, and it was still too watery. Stick to the designated Brew Over Ice K Cups. I believe they have ones that aren’t pre sweetened. The Brew Over Ice iced teas are really good too!
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62 Theodora July 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I always used to hate the coffees that came standard with Keurigs (or maybe just the ones my offices had), but I love that Dunkin’ Donuts makes k-cups now! Except, of course, my current office doesn’t have a Keurig.
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63 Fallon July 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I love my Keurig as well. You can find iced coffee k-cups without sweetener and creamer. I buy those and they make the best iced coffee. I’ll add in almond milk and a little agave if I want it sweet.
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64 Laura B July 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I tried the Keurig at my in-laws several times and the coffee always tastes too weak, no matter how I change the cup size. Does anyone else have this problem? I usually drink mild coffee so it’s not that I need super dark coffee. It just seems to taste funny. Maybe it’s just me though? Also, maybe you can convince Keurig to make plastic cups that could be recycled, then I might consider buying one. That is a real drawback for me. I look forward to hearing what you think of the Keurig!

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65 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Re: recycle. The cups are considered recyclable in certain areas, I would check with your local recycling center. Also, my grandmother sent me this link on how to recycle/reuse the cups at home http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2007/05/refilling_kcups/ I guess that’s how she and my grandfather reuse their k-cups and they’ve never had a problem with it.

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66 Melissa July 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I used the reusable k-cup when I was still living with my parents. I was not a fan. It was watery and it got grounds in the coffee every time. It also doesn’t make nearly enough – I had to fill it a second time just to get a decent grande size out of it. Not really quick and easy like you want a k-cup to be!

As for the ice, I found that regular k-cups got watered down too fast. I make regular pots of coffee at home now, and I use the leftovers in the pot to make coffee ice cubes. That way I can ice my coffee and it stays nice and strong. :)
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67 Ashley V July 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Geez. Tough crowd today…..

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68 AmyD July 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Do your goggles leave super impressions around your eyes? If not, can you recommend what you wear. I like swimming in the mornings, but I hate going to work with raccoon eyes. :)
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69 rae July 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Try speedo vanquisher s….they rock!

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70 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles July 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I’ve had two of those machines (both in my office) and they both worked for about 2 months before breaking (just not turning on no matter how many times you hit the button). I don’t think the coffee’s as good either, but people love it so maybe it’s just me.
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71 Steph July 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I can’t believe people are getting so worked up over not being able to properly make coffee! You’ve talked about deeper topics than coffee! Craziness! Go on with your bad coffee self. We all have things we can’t do well, even if there are directions to follow! As a teacher, I know that sometimes things just don’t click!
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72 Heather July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Meghann,

I don’t want this to come off as completely negative, but just more some feedback. I used to read your blog first thing in the morning. Every.single.day. Over the last 6 months-year I have come back a lot less frequently. And it seems every time I come back some company is sending you on a trip or sending you a product to check out. I guess…I’m not really a fan. I liked reading about YOU, not the freebies that are sent to you.

Hope you can find some better balance soon!

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73 Megan July 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I agree w Heather. Your blog used to be my favorite and I obviously am still reading, but a lot less frequently. I understand monetizing your blog, since this is your job and your income, but I feel like your posts are sponsored and you review so many products. It’s always about one company or another and so.many.freebies… If that is the direction you’re taking, that would obviously be what you think is best. But, as a longtime reader (I’m talking baby blog graduate meghann days) it is a much different vibe than what your blog used to be. I respect you as a blogger a lot and hope you understand this is well-intentioned feedback. Just because you are only with 3 companies right now, you have been with others recently and do lots of product reviews.

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74 Angie @ Losing It and Loving It July 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Oh yea we LOVE errr are obsessed with Keurig. We are on our 2nd one and have also bought one for my stepson. It is one of my favorite things ever. We got rid of our coffee pot and now only do Keurig and French pressed (Blue Mountain from Jamaica of course).

As for K cups, my favorites are Butter Toffee, Island Coconut (limited edition, SAVE the Island Coconut lol) and I like Nantucket. And no the Jamaican Me Crazy does not even compare to the Island Coconut in case you ever wonder. We are constantly buying the coffee (I try to use the Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon every time we go because boy does it get expensive). But it’s sooo worth it.

I would love to try the instant cups because whenever I have tried the iced coffee it always feels too watered down. Kev loves the Raspberry iced tea though.

Enjoy!
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75 Janet July 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

The iced coffee k cups are double brewed, so they will not weaken with the added ice. Regular k cups do not have that quality so they will not taste as good iced!

Hope that helps!

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76 Heather July 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Another great thing you can use your Kreug for is hot water. It’s quicker than the microwave. I use it to make my hot tea in the mornings, fill my daughters lunch thermos to pre-heat and for instant soups. Just make sure you take the last cup out first. :)

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77 AmyD July 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Yikes folks! If you don’t like the direction the blog is currently heading, don’t read it! Problem solved. Can’t we all just get along! :)
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78 Lindsay July 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

One scoop of coffee per cup of water. But a Keurig is nice. How could I have guessed you only would have gotten one for free, though? It would be nice if you labeled your posts sponsored at the beginning so I could skip them or realize to take your recommendation with a grain of salt. Of course, that likely would involve me not reading your blog at all since every post seems to be sponsored these days! Would love it of you went back to majority unsponsored posts.

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79 Kristi July 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I’m not sure if someone already mentioned this, but I’ve seen that Amazon has great deals on K-cups from time to time, especially in their warehouse section.

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80 heather July 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I am same as you, i make terrible coffee, but love my keurig. I buy most of my k cups at bbb with coupons but target outs them on sale a good bit as well.
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81 Andrea August 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Holy cow people. Get over yourselves. There is no need to be so critical or negative. Wow.

Anyways, I love my Keurig! I am the only coffee drinker in my household so we have the single cup brewer. I love Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee. Yum! I am going to have to look for the brew over ice kcups. I love my coffee sweet, so this might be right up my alley!
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82 LaVonne August 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Coming by to say congratulations on your newest addition! :) I love Keurig. Don’t have one, but want one! I do have a SodaStream so that is cool. Got that for writing a post about them.

Actually I read about you in the CNBC article online. Kuddos! So happy for your success. Keep it up!
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83 Meghann July 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Yes, I forgot about Verizon, but I do not have an ambassadorship with Reebok. I’m exclusive with Brooks on the shoe and apparel front.

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84 Martha July 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

What about the Whole Foods cherry/mango thing?

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85 Meghann July 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

That’s not an ambassadorship.

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86 Martha July 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Ahhh. Maybe you could do a post about ambassadorships/promotions/stuff like that to explain the differences and what influences you to choose one company over another? That might be interesting :). PS- when I saw the title of this post (before I read it), I was sure it was a pregnancy announcement and got all excited! But I suppose a Keurig is a better addition to your family currently than a bebe :)

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