In today’s ever changing world one thing that seems to stay consistent is people still want their morning cup of coffee. According to a 2005 study by the National Coffee Association more than 32 million people in the United States admitted to drinking specialty coffee on a daily basis. With this type of demand for quality coffee comes a hefty price tag. The cost of going to your local coffee shop can get expensive, and if you are like me you are trying to save money where ever you can. Now I not suggesting to give up coffee all together or abandon your favorite coffee shop. But if you are looking for ways to curb expenses you might join the ever increasing trend of opting to brew your own coffee at home.
One of the benefits of frequenting your local cafe is experiencing quality fresh coffee and having a variety to choose from. You might ask how can I experience quality coffee and variety at home?. Well the good news is that the a cafe type experience, can be attainable with the latest single cup brewing systems available on the market today.
When we talk single cup brewing systems, K Cups are the way to go. You might ask what are K-Cups? This is the latest in brewing technology, brought to you by Keurig, that allows you to experience gourmet coffee one cup at a time. A K-Cup is a small plastic container that is lined with a miniature coffee filter. This plastic cup is then filled with fresh ground coffee and sealed with a foil lid locking in the coffees freshness. The plastic cup is then placed into the Keurig coffee brewer, where the sealed foil lid is punctured on the top and bottom allowing hot pressurized water to be forced through the k cup. This process allows you to experience the freshest coffee possible one cup at a time.
Gone are the days of throwing away dirty coffee filters as they drip all over the counter. No more wasted pots of coffee and no more coffee pots to clean. With the k cup system the clean up is a breeze. Just take the spent k cup out of the brewer and toss it in the trash. How easy is that! Not only is this system easy to keep clean, you can also control the variables that make a quality cup of coffee. These variable are temperature, extraction time, and water quality. With the Keurig brewers you can adjust the temperature of the water. This allows you to brew your coffee at the optimum temperature to extract the maximum flavor out of each coffee. You can also control the brew strength by adjusting the amount of water that flows through the system. Some models have up to four brew strength selections. Another feature that these brewers also come with, is a water filtration system that ensures that the flavor of the coffee reaches its optimum taste profile. In my opinion this is one of the most important factors. If you have bad tasting water you will have bad tasting coffee unless it is filtered properly. Another benefit of this system is the flexibility it offers. You might want to drink like a light roasted Kenya but your friend prefers a dark roasted blend. You are able to accommodate this request by being able to brew a single cup at a time. This not only gives you flexibility but decreases potential waste as well.
There are many websites online where you can order a variety of K Cup coffees and brewers. There are even K Cup variety packs that allow you to try out a bunch of different coffees for a reasonable price. The K cup coffee brewer may not replace your favorite coffee shop completely, but it can provide you with a quality coffee experience at home that is less expensive and more convenient than standing in line at the local $4 bucks.