Alternatives To Using a Keurig Coffee Maker

You really do not want a Keurig Coffee Maker. Is making coffee really that hard? I don’t think so. If you are considering buying a Keurig Coffee Maker, please read this article. I have faith in you and I think you can handle a coffee brewing method that is both simple and one that will yield a much better tasting cup of coffee.

Coffee brewing in a nutshell is about putting hot water over coffee grounds. The size of the grounds varies as does the amount of contact the hot water has with the beans. It really isn’t that much harder than slipping a pod into a Keurig. The big difference is when you take control of brewing your own coffee, you control the bean.

3 Coffee Brewing Alternatives to Using a Keurig Coffee Maker

1: A single cup ceramic filter

Put coffee into a paper filter. Set the filter in the ceramic holder over a mug. Pour hot water and wait. Very simple and much smaller footprint than the Keurig. And at less than $20, it is also much cheaper.

Cilio Porcelain No. 2 Filter Holder
Cilio Porcelain No. 2 Filter Holder (AMAZON.COM)

2: The French Press

You really can’t go wrong with a french press. Even the cheapest grinder can make a coarse grind ideal for the press pot. If you need help, look over my tutorial Troubleshooting French Press Coffee.

Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
Bodum Chambord Coffee Press (AMAZON.COM)

3: The Aeropress

The Aeropress makes a great cup of coffee. Penny for penny it may be the best coffee brewer one can buy. For step by step guidance, read The Upside Down Aeropress Coffee Brewing Tutorial.

AeroPress steep
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker (AMAZON.COM)

Making coffee isn’t rocket science. There is no need to buy an expensive pod machine that promises ease and delivers mediocre coffee. Get one of the three alternate brewing methods listed in this article and take control of your own coffee brewing. You’ll save money and your coffee will taste much better.

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Michael Allen Smith

Michael Allen Smith fell in love with coffee while attending college. Shortly after graduating college, he found himself in the Tampa Bay area far away from the good coffee he had at The Ohio State University. That is when he starting home roasting coffee. Less than a year later in April 1999, he launched the coffee website INeedCoffee.com. INeedCoffee.com has been going strong ever since with hundreds of articles and tutorials submitted by over one hundred contributors.

In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to two hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 600 coffee enthusiants. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.

Unrelated to coffee, Michael has a personal blog at CriticalMAS.com which covers several topics including fitness, cooking and finance.

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