A Keurig Birthday……
I’m pretty sure I am one of the last people in the United States to acquire a Keurig machine, but better late than never. 😉 I’ve been doing a lot of research on GMO and Non-GMO products, and just about lost my mind when I realized that “they” had gotten to my beans in Columbia and that even the coffee I was drinking was Genetically Modified. Don’t worry, I won’t go into a whole GMO lesson, that could take all day, but what I can say is that my husband is on board with me on our journey to start using as many Non-GMO products that we can to at least minimize our family’s exposure. When I told him about the coffee he decided to surprise me with a Keurig for my birthday today, along with a bag of organic, Non-GMO coffee, and reusable pods. He doesn’t even drink coffee!
We had crunched the numbers on the coffee together, and found that purchasing reusable pods would save us quite a bit of money in the long run. For 4 reusable pods the cost was around $13, that isn’t too bad when you consider what you will be saving in the long run. We also purchased a 12-ounce bag of Wild Jo Breakfast Blend organic coffee. For the 12 ounce bag the cost was $10.99 and I can get about 36 cups of coffee out of it. If I were to buy the same coffee in the K-cups it would cost $52.74 for 72 cups. So, using the pre-filled pods costs over twice as much! I don’t know about anyone else, but considering it only takes a few seconds to fill a pod with some grounds I will absolutely take the savings!
If you choose to buy the reusable pods, the answer as to how full do you fill them varies greatly. When I was doing my research I saw the answer of 10 grams, while other people said to pack the pod as full as you can for a strong cup. I found that filling the pod ¾ of the way full and just lightly tapping the grounds down brews a perfect cup of coffee. I am used to drinking instant coffee, but love hotel coffee. OK, let me rephrase that, the coffee that they leave in the rooms. Generally, the lobby coffee is awful. But I found making my coffee with this amount of grounds made the perfect strength which is reminiscent of the sachets, or pods, left in hotel rooms..
On to the flavor of the coffee. There are SO MANY different types of organic coffee, but the Non-GMO brands are much harder to come by. Yes, they should automatically be Non-GMO if they are organic, but there is always a slight risk. In the case of coffee, the chance of organic coffee NOT being Non-GMO is very slim. Morning Jo is a medium roast coffee that is stated to have an apricot, honey, crisp lemon flavor, with a clean finish. I can’t taste any of those flavors individually, but I can taste an amazingly relaxing, smooth blend. I will absolutely buy it again!
What is your favorite coffee?
Do you use K-cups or reusable pods?