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Let’s talk about coffee.  If you are having a Mother’s Day Brunch, or any brunch, or if you live for that matter, coffee is probably important to you.  Ok, maybe not you.  Only 50% of Americans have a cup everyday.  But about 80% drink it occasionally.  I know it is important to me.  And, for his sanity, it is important to PTB.  Important that I start my day with a cup.

I actually didn’t own a coffee pot for quite some time.  I worked at Starbucks for about 5 years, and then next door to a Starbucks for another 4.  No need to have MORE coffee at home.  But then, I wasn’t working there anymore.  Luckily, I still had daily access to my Tall Vanilla Soy 140F Latte.  And then….I discovered the greatest thing ever.  Actually – I was introduced to it by one of my fabulous readers!  The Keurig.

Far less popular at that time, it was like I had been introduced to sliced bread.  Now, I can’t imagine surviving without it.  I am like a Keurig preacher.  The Keurig is a single cup brewing system.  It comes in a variety of sizes with different functionalities and features.  Mine is the Breville version.  It seemed like a good compromise after I had been eyeing a Breville espresso machine for a few years.

So let me tell you why you need one.  With a single cup system, everyone gets the type of coffee they want.  You don’t have to settle for a blend that, by pleasing everyone, pleases no one.  There are no multiple pots waiting to be brewed if someone wants decaf.  With any of the full size brewers (not the personal), you have a tank of water, which means, if the machine is on, you could have a cup ready in a minute.  It has been incredibly easy to maintain and clean.  The removable parts are all dishwasher friendly.  Since we only run filtered water through the tank that then filters it again, we have never had to descale it, but if I did, the machine tells me when it needs it!  I am not sure about the other models, but mine actually has a back spout that drains into the drop tray.  If the tiny pin that punctures the K-cup gets clogged, the water will simply drain to the drip tray rather than all over your counter.

I chose the Breville because of the built in water filter, the larger cup size (travel mugs), and the fact that it came with the My Cup accessory and built in storage for it.  I bought the carousel because….well, because how could I resist?  The My Cup is a metal filter that allows you to use your own ground coffee or loose tea, or if you are DARING like me…you just rip the string off the tea bag, stick it in the My Cup, and brew like that.  Oh.  Did I not mention that I use this to make the perfect cup of tea?  So now it is good for almost everyone.  You can get a huge variety of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa cups, so there is surely something to please almost everyone.

PTB only really drinks tea when I give him Sleepytime.  Since it knocks him out, this isn’t a regular occurence.  Once Keurig introduced their incredible Cafe Escapes line, the Keurig became useful for both of us!  He loves the chai lattes it makes!  More Starbucks savings!  I know a latte and a cup of coffee are not th same thing.  I still have the occassional latte as a treat…  but look at this math:

$3.60 Latte X 5 days a week = $72/month, $936/year

$250 Keurig + ($.40 cup of coffee x 7 days a week) + $1.69 creamer each week = $268.76 first month, $482.88 first year, $233.88/year after that

I have had my machine for well over a year now, so it has paid for itself how many times?  After the first year I am saving $700/year?!  Where did I get money for all that Starbucks?  And seriously – who are we kidding…we all know I drank more than one every work day.  And it isn’t like I went without on the weekends.  And since I am just having a bit of cream and a bit of sugar once a day rather than a cup of milk and a bunch of sugar and whipped cream multiple times a day….think of all the calories I have saved 🙂

One cup at a time!

** I have not been paid for this post – I just love my Keurig and wanted to share  🙂

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