Coffee-Gate: The K Cup Scandal of 2012 - Not All K Cups Are Created Equal

The Difference in K Cups Is Tremendous!
The Difference in K Cups Is Tremendous! | Source

So the wife and I were in our brand new Wal-Mart Super center the other day and needed to buy some coffee. We have one of those awesome Keurig K-Cup coffee makers and are glad that now more and more stores are actually carrying the individually sized cups of fresh coffee goodness! You know I'm a huge supporter of this coffee system, as I have found I actually drink less coffee because I no longer feel obligated to drink the full pot, have spent less money on my daily caffeine fix, and it's much easier to clean. While we were shopping, a box of K-Cups caught my eye, being almost $5 less than the box of name brand cups I decided to give them a whirl.

The first morning, I actually brewed my cup of coffee while I was on the back porch supervising my dogs in the back yard. It seemed like it took them forever to do their business, but I finally got back inside to enjoy my daily fix. I must admit that I was less than underwhelmed by the Grove Square coffee brand that I had just picked up for a bargain. I didn't think anything of it, but just thought it was a strange brew.

Later that day when I was rearranging the shelves, I noticed that the new Grove Square brand box seemed to be much lighter than the K-Cup boxes. I didn't hunk much of it, figured that the packaging was different and made of a thinner cardboard so no big deal. Well it turns out there was a reason for the difference in weight. The second day I brewed a cup I actually stared at my coffee maker in anticipation for m y morning fix. Something very odd happened. For the first 2 or 3 seconds a dark blend flowed from the coffee maker, then just clear hot water. I figured this couldn't be true, but by the time the cup was done, it looked like coffee and smelled like coffee, so I figured I had better drink it. It tasted just the same as the day before... I was underwhelmed...

After awhile I popped the chamber on the Keurig, and pulled out the used cup. It too seemed very light. I peeled back the metal foil and lo and behold something was missing! There was no filter, no used coffee grounds, just an empty shell! As it turns out, this was nothing more than instant coffee. That's right, I had been duped into purchasing nothing more than what my grandmother used to drink: Sanka! The entire point of the K-Cup system is to get a freshly brewed hot cup of real coffee.. Not a synthetic excuse for a cup o' joe! Well I suppose that is why they were in fact so darn cheap.. There was nothing to them!

So in my humble opinion I would not recommend the Grove Square Coffee K-Cups as it really isn't coffee. You probably spent a small mortgage payment on your coffee pot, the least your an do is actually make real coffee with it. When compared with Folgers, you can see the difference in the picture... Folgers is really coffee grounds, with a small little paper filter, the Grove Square is nothing but sorrow and disappointment.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

I had wondered about the off brands--thanks! I'm enjoying my melange special even more right now. :)


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RichardPac 4 years ago from Sunny Florida! Author

Sometimes, quality is worth the extra money :)


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Vampsdes 4 years ago from Missouri, US

I personally only drink coffee on a rare occasion. My mom however, drinks it everyday and also has a keurig coffee maker. She is constantly trying new flavors and brands. I will pass this warning on to her!

As you said, they aren't cheap, and she didn't buy it to get duped into buying terrible, essentially instant coffee. It was meant to enjoy! Thanks for this warning! Voted up!


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RichardPac 4 years ago from Sunny Florida! Author

The beautiful thing of the k cups is that you can use refusal coffee as well, its just more of a pain to fill up :)

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