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    Post by wprager on Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:16 am

    Number Twenty Nine wrote:I've been a Keurig user for years. You did the right thing by buying at Costco. The machine will fail. It's not an if, but a when - usually 1 year after you bought it. Costco will take it back. I've replaced 4 of these already.

    We used to get Keurig cups from VanHoutte.ca and locally at Crystal Springs Water Company in Cornwall - they carry Timothy's.

    I now buy the Newman's own from Costco - $33 for 80 cups.

    When I want decaf, I use this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0065G59F4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00



    I got some Newman's Own yesterday and tried it this morning. Pretty nice. I have to admit, I started looking at the number of grams of coffee and Newman's had the highest (of the ones I looked at). Folgers has to be one of the worst -- not worth saving the 50 cents (on a pack of 12). In fact, I saw a box of Folgers (same price, mind you) which was so light that I had to read the details -- it was instant coffee. In a k-cup. Wow.

    Anyhow, I'm planning on getting a couple of those Eko-brew reusable ones (can get it on eBay.ca for under $14 for a single, including shipping, or slightly less if I get a two-pack). I use the re-usable one that came with the machine quite a bit and removing the insert is a PITA.

    Also, if you have the Ekobrew cups, you can then get really cheap selections in coffee discs from TweedAndHickory.com (they call them Kienna Pods and if you by two packs of 50 you get the k-cup adapter -- but you can just as easily stick them in the Ekobrew one).

    Lastly, why on Earth would anyone buy K-cups for tea? The cost of teabags is something like 1/10th of the cost of the c-cups, and you can very easily stick them into the reusable k-cup holder.

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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:45 am

    Number Twenty Nine wrote:I've been a Keurig user for years. You did the right thing by buying at Costco. The machine will fail. It's not an if, but a when - usually 1 year after you bought it. Costco will take it back. I've replaced 4 of these already.

    We used to get Keurig cups from VanHoutte.ca and locally at Crystal Springs Water Company in Cornwall - they carry Timothy's.

    I now buy the Newman's own from Costco - $33 for 80 cups.

    When I want decaf, I use this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0065G59F4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    My EkoBrew arrived yesterday. I tried it out this morning and was not a happy customer. It leaked on the sides.


    It has filters on the bottom and the sides. I think the ones on the sides are what's causing this. I took the insert out, held it over the sink, put my finger over the bottom hole and started pouring water from the top, and it started coming out from the sides. Almost like some kind of overflow control, I think. So it's possible I was using too much coffee or it was too fine a grind (it was a store-bought espresso -- didn't look too fine but maybe was); if the bottom filter is not draining it fast enough I could see how this could happen. Thing is it never happened with the supplied re-usable filter (its holder doesn't have any overflow side openings).

    I'll try with a different grind later.

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    Post by Riprock on Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:17 am

    Anyone looking for cheaper Tassimo coffee should check out PC's new line. They have Great Canadian, West Coast Dark, a Medium and an Espresso I think, all $6.99.

    Also the Loblaws here in Barrhaven has a Costco sized package of the Great Canadian they sell for $21.99 and has basically 4 packages of the $6.99 - so you get 4 for the price of 3.
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    Post by hemlock on Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:25 am

    Riprock wrote:Anyone looking for cheaper Tassimo coffee should check out PC's new line. They have Great Canadian, West Coast Dark, a Medium and an Espresso I think, all $6.99.

    Also the Loblaws here in Barrhaven has a Costco sized package of the Great Canadian they sell for $21.99 and has basically 4 packages of the $6.99 - so you get 4 for the price of 3.

    My problem with Tassimo is that I can't find a tea I like. :crossarms:

    I don't drink coffee, in any form, so the Tassimo for me basically is the odd Suchard Hot Chocolate.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:41 am

    I really don't get why people would buy K-Cups for tea. I take my teabag (which is about 10-15 cents a bag in quantity) and put it in the reusable K-cup. Saves me 80 cents over the K-Cups and let's me keep my green on. Teabags are a lot easier to clean out from the reusable K-Cup than coffee. And even if I don't buy in quantity, I can get all kinds of tea variety in smaller sizes and still save 50 cents or more over the price of the K-Cups.

    I'm not sure if there are reusable pods for the Tassimo, but if there aren't then I'd say the Keurig system is a lot more affordable for tea drinkers.


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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:54 am

    Tried the Ekobrew again with a regular grind, not over-filled. Toward the end of the cycle some of it started coming out around the sides instead of on the bottom. Not much, but still a bother.



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    Post by Riprock on Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:19 pm

    For tea I would just use a tea pot. I think Tassimo only sells Twinnings in store. They have more selection online, but that's the problem - it's online.
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    Post by TheAvatar on Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:18 pm

    Too much garbage for me. I'm addicted to my french press Smile It makes regular coffee, it makes decaf coffee and I could also use it to steep tea;
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    Post by LethalLehner on Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:23 pm

    I own both a Keurig and a Tassimo. I like them both for different reasons. My 11 year old Keurig recently died so I bought the Platinum version. I just ordered a EkoBrew to test it out. I prefer the hot chocolate from the Tassimo and I prefer the Keurig for tea.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:20 pm

    LethalLehner wrote:I own both a Keurig and a Tassimo. I like them both for different reasons. My 11 year old Keurig recently died so I bought the Platinum version. I just ordered a EkoBrew to test it out. I prefer the hot chocolate from the Tassimo and I prefer the Keurig for tea.

    I have the Platinum as well. I'd be curious to hear your experience with the EkoBrew. #29 said he uses it for decaf and how it's so much more convenient than the one that comes with the machine. Maybe the K-Cup holder in the Platinum has been modified (it is in two parts -- I cannot separate them but you can definitely feel some movement).


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    Post by LethalLehner on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:25 pm

    I am hoping to receive the EkoBrew this week so I will let you know. I watched a few of reviews on YouTube and it seems to work quite well.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:29 pm

    This is pretty much what happens with mine:



    Read up a bit and apparently it could be a faulty "O" ring.


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    Post by LethalLehner on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:35 pm

    On one of the reviews they mentioned that the manual discusses some issues if the coffee is ground too finely. It can clog up the mesh and cause the EkoBrew to leak and overflow. I am not sure if that is your issue though. Just a thought.
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    Post by shabbs on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:43 pm

    TASSIMO FTW!!!!!!
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    Post by LethalLehner on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:45 pm

    BubbaKeg FTW!!!!
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:09 pm

    shabbs wrote:TASSIMO FTW!!!!!!

    Calm down, old man.

    LethalLehner wrote:On one of the reviews they mentioned that the manual discusses some issues if the coffee is ground too finely. It can clog up the mesh and cause the EkoBrew to leak and overflow. I am not sure if that is your issue though. Just a thought.

    My first cup, maybe -- it was an espresso. The second one was regular. In that video the guy shows how the lid won't close properly; that could be an O-ring problem. Mine closes fine, however if I put in too much maybe when the water gets in and the grinds soak it up it will push the lid up. I'll have to play with it.

    Just came from WalMart. They had a box of 48 K-cups (a mix of Timothy's and A.L. VanHoutte, flavoured and regular) -- all for $10. I figured even if I end up throwing the flavoured ones out that's still 24 regular K-cups for $10. Just had one of the flavoured ones -- raspberry something or other, and it was only a quarter bad. My wife says she actually likes some flavoured ones once in a while, and my oldest (who doesn't really drink coffee) will have some once in a while. All in all, a good haul. I also heard that Farm Boy sells some K-cups at decent prices; I'll have to check them out.


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    Post by LethalLehner on Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:15 pm

    I have been told that the Farm Boy near me now offers a mix & match for k-cups. I am not sure of the selection or the cost but it might be something to check out if you like a variety.
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    Post by wprager on Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:41 am

    Damn, I tried it a third time with the EkoBrew. Made sure I didn't over-fill it. Still leaked.


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