Skip to comments.America loves K-cups, but instant coffee rules the world
Posted on 05/23/2014 11:51:51 AM PDT by EveningStar
In North America, Keurig is king. The rest of the world is Nescafé territory.
Keurig Green Mountain, the company behind the popular single-cup coffee machines and pods, is having a pretty excellent year...
In the rest of the world, Nestles Nescafé instant coffee leads the market, even though many of those regions drink more fresh coffee than instant. Nescafé is just so dominant in the instant category that its sales are higher than other individual brands...
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I don’t understand either trend. Give me good, old fashioned brewed coffee anyday.
If it’s not fresh brewed coffee grounds, forget it.
And tell that euro-weenie that my coffee will never be called “Johan”
I don’t use sugar and I find instant coffee very sweet , do they add sugar
These pod things are an incredibly expensive and wasteful way to make a friggin’ cup of coffee. Even my favorite coffee, Chock full o’Nuts, has succumbed to this ridiculous craze.
Alas, P. T. Barnum was right.
So what? Who cares what the rest of the world thinks, does, etc.? They'd probably like to emulate us, but instant coffee is much cheaper than k-cups.
Now that this is settled, the press should concentrate on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, our Marine rotting in a mexican hellhole, etc.
I've used the Melitta 1-cup drip cone for the office with the heated bottled water dispenser.
I was given some k-cups. I used them, um, the contents that is, in my French Press
I don’t think so. Most, if not all, instant coffee labels have “100% Pure Coffee” printed on the label. If sugar was added, the company would have to declare it on the label.
As a matter of interest, I believe that practically all instant coffee is made from Robusta beans, not Arabica beans.
What does instant coffee have to do with anything???
Nestle is taking on Keurig with their “Nespresso” machines.
Similar concept, although the cartridges are a different size and only fit Nespresso machines.
Not cheap - but its really high quality and they will give Keurig a run for their money.
Fresh ground beans and a twelve cup brewer every morning for me.
“These pod things are an incredibly expensive and wasteful way to make a friggin cup of coffee. “
Try the Costco branded k-cups ... San Francisco roast.
Keurig is brewed coffee. It is just brewed in single serve and prepackaged. You don’t open a can of coffee and let it grow stale.
Overpriced for my home, but I love it at the office.
The coffee in my K cups is not instant, it is fine-ground coffee. For coffee, it isn’t any different from any of the one cup brewers we’ve used in the past. Saves a lot of coffee too. Used to brew by the pot and always threw away at least half of the last pot, and after a pot cooks on the warmer for a while the good coffee taste turns to crap. Haven’t used a regular brewer for at least 8 years.
The cups can be found in various varieties on sale at prices that come down to 50 cents a cup for even premium coffees.
My personal favorites are Jet Fuel, Emeril’s and Revv.
For that one quick cup before church on Sunday, I like:
Basically ground coffee in a tea bag, each bag in a sealed pouch.
Never heard of ‘Keurig’ and I live in a coffee city.
>> Nestles Nescafé instant coffee leads the marke
That’s served on the Disney properties in Orlando. A tough swill if normally spoiled with regular brew.
What was the question?
I make a 14 cup glass carafe(currently a kitchen aid maker) of my own bean blend each morning.
I am not too hot on K cups. I miss my old perculator....but the drip maker is ok.
As the only coffee drinker in the house (single mom) my daughter bought me vanilla Nescafe and it wasn’t the crap coffee from the 80’s I remember. I liked it a lot!
I like fresh brewed coffee.. the stronger the better. K cups are OK, but they cost more than a can of Maxwell House.
My parents drank instant coffee for years for the same reason they bought the Formica and stainless steel kitchen table: because it was “modern”. Besides, using the old fashioned percolators is just about the worst way in the world to make coffee.
Yes, it is more expensive, but it makes coffee as good as you can buy already brewed anywhere at a fraction of the cost.
I’ve got a 4-cup Mr Coffee. Does this mean I’m not groovy, or whatever the word is today that describes a hip person?
I’d go back to a percolator, but I’m on a septic system & the septic doesn’t handle coffee grounds well.
D cups are more than adequate
Keurig makes decent coffee, but the major advantage is, it takes about 1 minute to brew and deposit in your cup.
Ah a French press—the only damned thing they ever invented that is so good for coffee. Use it every morning for my 2 cups of Folger’s Columbian.
ping to your expertise...
” K cups are OK, but they cost more than a can of Maxwell House.”
Try Costco San Francisco Bay Roast ... 32 cents each.
Nope, my boss takes the used one home to salvage the grounds for the garden.
You’ve never heard of Keurig? When someone says K-cup, you do know what that is, right?
You must not like coffee.
“Id go back to a percolator, but Im on a septic system & the septic doesnt handle coffee grounds well.”
My wife used to be a ‘everything down the disposal’ till she jammed it with coffee grounds.
But NOTHING beats my daily ritual of fresh grinding/brewing...
We've been happy Chemex owners since our first as a wedding present in 1972. Thought it was interesting to own a Chemist Beaker on steroids and still cooked coffee in a rocket-ship electric percolator. For reasons I don't remember, we tried using the Chemex a year later and the rest is history...
I didn’t know that many people still did instant coffee.
Regarding the K cups, I hated them and saw no use for them. I have my own gravity feed grinder at home and always fresh grind it.
However, a peculiar thing happened. I started working at a place where they had a couple of these K cup machines, but you had to buy your own coffee. Turns out that if you shop wisely you can get darned good coffee for $.32 a cup. And that’s a 14oz cup.
It’s so dang convenient that I’ve toyed with scrapping my brewer and grinder at home and just going for the K-cup machine. I completely turned in favor of them after using them for a while.
I wonder how that is wasteful if you only drink one cup of coffee a day. Most regular coffee makers will only do a minimum of 4 cups, but then I don't drink a "cup" of coffee, I drink from a mug, which is two and a half times a "regular" coffee cup.
If it came down to drinking instant coffee or no coffee at all; I’d go with no coffee at all.
You can always get your caffeine from iced tea or a soda.
“Fresh ground beans and a twelve cup brewer every morning for me.”
Same here! But found out this week that Walmart does not carry coffee beans. Not one, nada zip. But all kinds of Starbucks crap coffee grinds. Yuck!
My wife normally does the shopping, but I was substituted this week. It’s been a learning experience for sure.
The French have invented a number of decent things. The pressure cooker w/ safety valve, the Fresnel lens, the French 75 artillery piece, etc.
“My personal favorites are Jet Fuel, Emerils and Revv.”
I’m with you on the Jet Fuel; it’s wonderful. Now we’re on Amazon.com’s “subscribe and save” and receive a monthly delivery of San Francisco Bay’s French Roast, which also is excellent. We like the component of the cups. Instead of a rigid plastic cup, the bottom is soft — what filters are made of. We’ve been doing this for about two years now and have never had another issue with the Keurig machine being clogged. After openine one of the small packages, we keep those pods in an air-tight glass jar to stay fresh.
You’re right about the price, too. For an excellent cup of coffee, 50 cents is pretty good. And there’s zero waste.
I did order one box of a different brand because the price was SO low, and the pods had a disgusting glob of dry instant coffee in them. bleeccch. They went in the trash.
I think Rush created the great excitement about Keurig a few years ago after having used one in a hotel. He gave them to friends for Christmas, and raved about them on air.
When we ground our own beans, we loved the Columbian beans sold by Costco — I think is was “Suprema” or similar. Now we have no Costco near us.
Yep. My French press works just fine.
You can buy Keurig style cups that are refillable.
Best of both worlds, much reduced cost, and the simplicity of the system.
Downside—needing to periodically make up a batch of cups.
Upside—ability to sample many types of ground beans, etc.
Since there is a Keurig machine at my work, I have decided to buy a small quantity of refillable cups, make my own supply at home, and try them at work.
If that works out, come home and impose that upon my sweet bride of 46 years.
Never heard of K-cup ether. I brew my own coffee just by pouring boiling water through a coffee filter that has coffee grounds in it.
Never tried a French press. I’m sure not a morning person and the K cups work great for getting to work on time.
Recently, started back working out. Getting up about an hour earlier so I make a full pot. Been getting my coffee at Dollar General. Their “house brand” coffee is Clover Valley Farms(I think). Doughnut Shop blend is pretty dang good. And cheap...........
I must be doing something wrong with the Instant. I guess. Can’t stand the stuff.
I like the French press.. cheap and great coffee..
We used single serving drip coffee plastic filters at home...that way we both get drip coffee... I really like Gelavia coffee, which is very smooth, pre ground and available at supermarkets Wallmart and Target...
In a pinch I drink Starbucks Instant VIA coffee..what they call micro-ground coffee... It’s very good.. I buy the Medium House Blend, because I don’t go for bitter dark coffee beans normally one finds at Starbucks.
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