Single-serve coffee makers have sold millions of units since they hit the market a couple years ago. “Single serve” makes sense for many families that have different tastes (one likes decaf, one likes dark roast) or where only one member drinks coffee and it makes little sense to brew an entire pot.
The single-serving brewing units are often $100 or more (even at the discount stores), making a cup of coffee very expensive. (Depending on the price paid, single-serve for 365 days a year is about 30-70 cents a day just to pay for the brewer.) As if that weren’t enough, there is all the environmental waste associated with the individual-sized coffee pods. We do admit that a cup of coffee from a Keurig, Nespresso or Tessimo is less than a cup at Starbucks. It’s also slightly less than a cup at McDonald’s or 7-11, the nation’s three leading “coffee-ing holes.”
What seems to bother my clients is the lack of availability to get Wicked Coffees in the single serving pods. That market is all zipped up by large, commercial coffee roasters. But there still are solutions if you want the convenience of single serve and the devilishly delicious taste of Wicked.
Solution One: Use the “My K-Cup” adapter that either came with your more expensive Keurig, or is available separately in the less expensive models. This wire basket model will hold the coffee grounds of your choice. Once inserted into the brewer, the process is similar. It may work for you. It doesn’t brew exactly the same, so the results may disappoint. The difference is due to the mesh unit that allows the hot water to seep through more quickly, so some flavor may be lost. But many people like it and it’s worth a try. The My-Kap usually sells for about $15.00.
Solution Two: Wash and reuse the disposable pods. This ingenious solution allows you to use your favorite brand of coffee and seal the pod with a reusable cap. (Available from the folks at www.my-kap.com.) This solution is available as a reusable cap or reusable cap and brand new, reusable pods. Many testimonials on the site say they like the reusable cap more than the “My K-cup” made by Keurig.
This system has adapters for Nespresso single-serving units as well. Check the website to see what specific units my-kap is designed for.
Solution Three: No fancy equipment required. It’s the old fashioned pour-over method, used all over Europe for a really fresh single serve cup of coffee. These cone-shaped devices sit on top of your waiting mug and hold your favorite coffee grounds in a cone-shaped filter. Pour the just-off-boiling water over the grounds, enough to wet them. Wait for the grounds to foam a little. (It’s called “blooming.”) Then, using a steady stream, fill the unit with enough hot water to fill your cup. The aroma is wonderful! The clean up is a snap. No plastic to toss and each cup of coffee is even less expensive than the prepackaged coffee pods. And no coffee waste, either. Impress your friends and save yourself a load of money. That money would be better spent on quality coffee than an appliance that takes up a square foot of space on the counter.
Bottoms up, Wicked Fans!
ps… check out Kalita Kantan One Cup Drippers at Sweet Maria’s. They are disposable, paper and cardboard pour-overs, excellent for travel.