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Anyone own a keurig? Returned it because of side-effects?

Answered on December 08, 2013
Created December 05, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Some say coffee is not paleo, but (at least I think) can be acceptable in moderation.

Anyway, I just invested in a Keurig K75 model. The first cup after rinsing the reservoir and water filter was great. That was yesterday evening. This morning I tried a tea and it came out with this rubber-plastic taste. I shrugged it off and took another sip and realized I couldn't anymore--the plastic was too overpowering and I felt nauseous. After doing more research than just the 5-star reviews on amazon, it seems like the plastics that the Keurig is manufactured with may be the culprit. I've tried cleaning it with vinegar, flushing, and the taste still lingers. So any tips on having my cake and eating it?

Are there better options for coffee out there? I'm not a coffee snob but I'd like my coffee and gut plastic-free. I've heard of people who had this problem switch to the "aeropress." What do you use?

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on December 06, 2013
at 07:07 PM

Yup! 'bad instant coffee'

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on December 06, 2013
at 02:59 PM

yeah. it's simply bad instant coffee. Plus they give you about 70% of what you need to make a decent cup. Watery, Instant coffee is not the way I want to start my day.

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on December 06, 2013
at 01:47 PM

This is the main reason to not have a Keurig. The coffee is terrible.

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on December 05, 2013
at 10:57 PM

It's getting the wet grounds out that's a PITA.

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on December 05, 2013
at 08:05 PM

Buy some PBW from a brewery supply store. Hot water soak with a teaspoon or so of that cleaner and let it sit several hours. Cleans almost anything, don't use on teflon coated pans however. You could also use OxyClean or similar which is not as effective but is cheaper and will clean glassware very well.

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on December 05, 2013
at 07:50 PM

A Moka pot is probably just as fast as a Keurig, I've not used one in years… xmas list idea!

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on December 05, 2013
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I have a French press with a glass beaker, but what a bugger to clean! The coffee grounds really like to stick in there! I also have a stovetop espresso maker--no paper filters or plastic, but it's a bit time consuming. I use it to make a decaf coconut milk latte after dinner on cold nights.

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on December 05, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Have you tried a french press by Bodum? No waste at all and it's quicker and more convenient than a drip filter. The 2-cup one costs just $12, although the beaker's plastic. The larger, more expensive one has a glass beaker.

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on December 08, 2013
at 04:13 AM

The Rogers Family Coffee Co. makes 98% biodegradable cups for the Keurig under the name San Francisco Coffee. They are also an incredibly ethical firm.

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on December 07, 2013
at 12:38 AM

Thanks for your answers everyone I'm still deciding which route to go! It's strange because my sister owns the same one and I used it multiple times without this taste. Maybe mine was just a dud? Anyway it's been dutifully returned to costco and I ordered an electric kettle last night. I think I might look into a coffee drip as that's what my parents use. Also thinking about the press and grinder. :)

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on December 06, 2013
at 06:17 PM

I salvaged a K50(?), I really don't recall the model for sure, from a neighbor who's kid ran milk through it tyring to make "richer" hot chocolate. It was a very simple model. The guts seemed to be stainless and I do not recall any plastic taste or smell or any side effects. My wife said that extra appliance "had to go", so it got sold in ebay or CL.

She makes the coffee in a french press or a drip machine with a SS carafe. Relatively quick, good coffee and minimal trash. I used the grounds in the garden.

I guessing that with the Keurig, the water reservoir might be the biggest source of the problem.

I'm not a fan Kuerig... since it's based on the computer printer model:

relatively inexpensive machine that uses lots relatively expensive disposables. :(

But... it does give near infinite choices / flexibilty.

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on December 06, 2013
at 05:55 PM

I use a french press with a manual burr grinder (to get a coarser grind). It works and tastes great. No plastic, disposable coffee filters, or electricity (aside from what heats the water itself).

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on December 06, 2013
at 02:24 AM

I bought the B60. Didn't have any side effects, but I returned it due to the fact that it made terrible coffee.

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on December 06, 2013
at 01:47 PM

This is the main reason to not have a Keurig. The coffee is terrible.

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on December 05, 2013
at 06:07 PM

Besides the plastics, there is so much waste. We use a Cuisineart thermal coffee maker. It uses Melita filters (unbleached) and the thermal pot is stainless steel. But the brewing cone is still plastic, as is the lid to the pot.

If I were a better person, I'd pour hot water through a ceramic Melita cone (these only cost $10) but it's time consuming and the coffee is not as hot.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 05, 2013
at 10:57 PM

It's getting the wet grounds out that's a PITA.

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on December 05, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Have you tried a french press by Bodum? No waste at all and it's quicker and more convenient than a drip filter. The 2-cup one costs just $12, although the beaker's plastic. The larger, more expensive one has a glass beaker.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 05, 2013
at 07:41 PM

I have a French press with a glass beaker, but what a bugger to clean! The coffee grounds really like to stick in there! I also have a stovetop espresso maker--no paper filters or plastic, but it's a bit time consuming. I use it to make a decaf coconut milk latte after dinner on cold nights.

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on December 05, 2013
at 05:39 PM

I have two, one at work and one at home. I haven't noticed any plastic taste- but I am concerned about all the plastic the hot water runs though as well as the plastic on the k-cups. It's definitely not ideal for the health-conscious, the best option is probably a stove top percolator.

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:47 PM

I've got an 8 year old Bodum Espresso machine, no longer made and jerry rigged to keep it running. I make a double shot, add boiling water and have a great Cafe Americano, after lunch I have one with half-n-half.

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