Why We Ditched Our Keurig
We recently ditched our Keurig; a decision that if you had told me a year ago I would have made I would not have believed you. Ironically back in 2011 I have a blog post here where I was talking about the fact that we didn’t have a Keurig and I didn’t think Keurig’s were very frugal at all.
Not too long after that blog post my In Law’s got us one and I fell in love with our Keurig for lots of reasons but mostly because the Keurig coffee maker is so convenient and quick for a couple on the fly all the time like us it was perfect!
Sounds like the perfect”Coffee Love Story” doesn’t it?
Well almost……but then a strange thing happened our Keurig broke out of nowhere. It just started leaking on our counter I don’t know how it started but it slowly got worse and worse each day. So I finally picked up my phone which I have on me all the time and cleared a few moments to call Keurig and after holding for about 10 minutes or so I got someone on the line and found out that my Keurig was not covered under warranty but that Keurig would be happy to give me special pricing and that it would not expire and to my surprise the price was even higher the local warehouse holiday special for a Keurig that included a case of Keurig coffee cups and yes I was frustrated. I also had not fallen out of love with my Keurig yet but I was slowly becoming disillusioned. That stage in the relationship when you realize things are kind of falling apart…but still have note embraced it yet.
So when I was on the phone with Keurig I asked them if their was a part I could order to fix what was wrong as you know the Viking and I love to fix stuff and do our DIY posts and they told me their was not a part available so being the Dynamic DIY Duo we opened up our Keurig and to what did our wondering eyes did appear….MOLD that’s right all in the tubing inside our Keurig. I had seen the posts on the internet and thought they were exaggerating but truly they were not you could not miss this mold. Even worse we were maintaining our keurig and running white vinegar through it (although The Viking has shared it will clean out a coffee maker but it won’t destroy mold). from time time and it didn’t help one bit.
Then I started seeing the posts on the internet about the Keurig cups how unsustainable they were and that’s when I didn’t feel too bad about that because we mostly reused the reusable Keurig cups. So once I spotted this mold I realized I didn’t want to go back to Keurig I realized we were going to have to permanently break up and I researched another coffee pot model that I ended up loving and we ordered it and it was so much cheaper and I can use real coffee again that I can see and place in the cup. The hardest part for me was getting used to how much longer it took to get a cup of coffee but in the end for better health and knowing what’s in my coffee is so much better!
Here is the coffee maker we finally ended up getting and we love! Click here!
(*this is an affiliate link however this is just one I chose and it works great for us but pick any coffee maker that won’t get moldy that would be ideal)
Everyone has to do what they think best but mostly I am thankful to Keurig because if they had sent me a new coffee maker I never would have known about the mold and bacteria that was hanging out in the tubing inside our Keurig coffee maker! If they had stood behind their warranty and their product I never would have known!
Goodbye old friend…..glad you’re gone!