This past week involved much chit-chat about coffee and art – and so I decided to share this cool COFFEE ART “painting” by Hong Yi:
I also started this post to specifically share my view about Keurig k-cups. During my Buffalo trip last November, another unexpected highlight was visiting my cousin Kathy, and her husband Larry. I did not visit them on our August trip because I totally forgot they had moved back to Western New York. (Seems that so many folks move back to that area because it has many perks.) Anyhow, for decades Kathy and Larry lived in Southern California, and I actually stayed with them in fall of 1986 in Long Beach. Kathy and Larry were awesome because not only did they treat me like an adult – but they also let me freely use their 1965, honey gold, stick-shift Mustang to go back and forth to my new job. This was my second time living in Long beach and what fun it was – !!! Another memory from that fall was when my cousin Rollie, who was jamming to the newly released, “Peace sells, but Who’s buying” (if there’s a new wayyyy…) well he took me to a costume party at UCLA, with “Dear Yvette” playing (not a wholesome depiction of a different Yvette – lol) but at the party, I can still picture this girl walking around wearing a tan, silk “slip” – holding a sign that said “Freud.” 😉
So recently visiting (the now retired) Kathy and Larry was on my list even if I did not get snowed in – but the wintry weather led to more time with them – and with warm conversations about a variety of stuff – like misinterpretations of Bible passages, Larry’s award-winning home brewed stouts and ales, Kathy’s kiln, and the ubiquitous Long Beach area late 1980’s Dodge commercial, “Long Beach freeway… firestone exit…. Southhhhh – gate!”
During this cosseted visit, I also enjoyed using their Keurig brewer. I was hooked. In fact, twice I just had a cup of hot water, which was readily available with the large reservoir. (And I do like hot water at times – with lemon or even honey, because on a cold night you can only drink so many cups of tea – even if herbal you reach a limit).
It was after this visit when I realized there was something to this brewer. There was a reason why so many models can be found everywhere – and that reason is… “deliciousness.” My boys also got hooked in late December, when the drama club generously set out their carousel of k-cup options during long rehearsals of A Christmas Carol. There was something for everyone –coffees, teas, hot cider, creamy varieties, etc.
And here’s the thing – this machine works! It makes great tasting, high-quality hot beverages. Now my husb and I still prefer our well-used Cuisinart grind-and-brew machines (we even have TWO of these models because we like it so much), but K-cups are fun to enjoy in moderation.
K-cups pros and cons:
~The k-cups yield a high quality hot beverage. I guess it is because inside the k-cup, which not just anybody can produce, there is a tight filter along with the perfect “grind” of coffee, tea, or fruit pulp – and then the machine lowers down these small pins that release a bit of pressure to yield a rich cup of yum.
~The k-cups are good for variety – this may be nice for parties or for times when different family tastebuds want different things. It is also personally fun to just peruse the varieties, experiment, or select something you may only want once in a while.
~The k-cups are good for convenience -just pour in the water, which heats quickly, then select the size and press brew. No cleaning necessary, only easy descaling as needed.
~The k-cups are good for those on a budget – this applies to those who want to cut back on spending 2 to 5 dollars per day on a single cup to go – because most K-cups are under one dollar per cup.
~The k-cups (or pods) can be replaced with a reusable filter. For those who want to save even more $, and for those who want to reduce the waste from using k-cups, there are reusable filters, including a gold basket version, which can be used with the coffee or tea of your choice.
~The k-cups can be still be expensive – While the k-cups may be a cost savings to some (i.e. – those who already spend a lot each day on a daily cup to go) – it may be more expensive for those who drink coffee at home. Depending on the coffee you are using, it is usually a lot more budget wise to make coffee by the pot.
~The k-cups are adding stupid waste to the landfill. Let’s face it, each little plastic cup that gets tossed has an impact on the environment, and for this eco-unfriendly reason, our family will limit our k-cup use! I frequently point out how “the little things we do” in life really add up – well this applies to the environment too! Each time we refill a Naglene water bottle (or any other BPA free option) we not only help our health, but we minimize waste – and some say that the “reduce” is the most effective of the three R’s. Now don’t even get me started on aluminum foil, but each k-cup means a little bit of foil waste too. With that said, the amount of foil is small – and I think it would take 200 k-cups to equal the amount of foil than some people use to wrap up one steak for the grill. So… in moderation, the k-cups seem more than okay. Also, I think there are times when we can be environmentally aware, but still enjoy a few convenience comforts or fun items – they make life a little better and can be integrated into a lifestyle of mindful living. And so while I do not want to add unneeded waste to the landfill, I am glad the landfill is there!
~The k-cups are made of plastic and are sealed with aluminum foil, which could pose health risks. I would have to assume that the k-cups are made with high grade plastic that does not leech bad things – but even still, it is just wise to monitor our food contact with plastics (and foil)- especially when it comes to heating an item. Now I know, I know – there are so many differing views about this, and sorry, but FDA approved means very little to me – and so for that reason alone I will not have k-cups every day of the year. Also, the foil sealed tops may have an impact on health because aluminum is viewed as a “problematic metal” and should be avoided as much as possible (but again, the small foil lid seems very minimal here).
~The k-cups are not for espresso or capps. This has been a frequent criticism of the k-cups, that they do not yield good espresso, but I guess there are NEWER models out for just this!
In the meantime, with moderation, I think the k-cups offer some delicious-ness!
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