Vinegar is not doing its magic on my Keurig. I've been getting a slow drip, my indication that I should run a very heavy concentration of vinegar through with the water. We have very hard water, so its a given that there will be build up. This has worked a charm for me-a little putzy but after 6 cycles or so, then another 6 with just water, it has always acted good as new. I'm not having luck this time. There must be some really heavy duty clogging. My Cuisinart standard coffee maker has some crack or leak somewhere. It works, but I have to put the maker on a dish towel and I lose about a quarter of the water through a brewing cycle. It also doesn't work very well unless I make a full pot, which even I won't drink on a week day morning. I'm going to keep trying with the Keurig but this is probably the sign of impending death. Others have told me about the loss of their beloved machine when the tubing just won't work any longer.
I'm frustrated with both these appliances. I can't remember exactly, but I think the Cuisinart is maybe just over 7 years, and the Keurig just over 4-both might even be a year newer than that even. Both were gifts form DH. Shouldn't appliances that cost nearly $100, on sale, last for decades or more? My hard water has a lot to do with both I'm sure. I probably break every rule of coffee brewing by filling the water container straight form the tap. I really do not want to buy a new machine of either variety right now, but if I do, I hate to say, the Keurig will be second on the list. As much as I love the convenience in the morning, buying the wasteful pods is too tempting over the refillable filter, and I don't want to be back pondering the decision in another four years.
I'll limp along with the leaking machine and I've got the tea kettle on, and will settle for a cup of strong black tea this morning. I'll start reading recommendations, and try and figure out the best maker for the money because in my house, I can only limp along so long before my crankiness will kick in having to improvise. Maybe I'll move to a French press like the inexpensive Mr Coffee model at the top or splurge on a real French model and do away with tubes of any kind to make my coffee. Maybe I'll save and buy myself the Nespresso that will make little lattes for me each morning, and relive the experience I had in London where the Nespresso and a days worth of (recyclable) pods were provided each morning. Is anyone else as coffee obsessed as I am that the angst of no machine keeps you awake at night as much as the caffeine itself? Who has brand recommendations that have stood the test of time> Anyone a regular French press user and can tell me that is the way to go?
|Ours is a $12 Copco Kettle just like this one.|