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Is K-cup coffee better than drip coffee?

May 10th 2022

Is K-cup coffee better than drip coffee?

K-Cup and drip coffee have a surprising amount of similarities. In fact, when you get right down to it, both ways of making coffee are just two different forms of filter coffee! This is because K-Cup pods actually contain a small filter, just like the one you would use when making drip coffee.

But is K-Cup coffee better than drip coffee? What are the advantages of both types of coffee, why were both brewing methods invented? In this post, we’ll answer all these questions and more. So, read on to find out the difference between drip coffee and the K-Cup single cup machine.

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What’s the difference?

The Keurig K-cup is a one-cup coffee maker. The K-cup makes your coffee using an individual pod that holds just enough for one coffee. First invented to combat the problem of that stewed, bitter coffee you get from the office pot, the K-cup turned out to be so popular that a home version was quickly invented. Today, around 40% of people own a single-cup system!

Drip coffee, also known as filter coffee, is simply coffee made by pouring hot water over a filter containing coffee grounds, allowing the water to soak through the grounds and extract that delectable caffeinated goodness. Drip coffee can refer to various brewing methods, including using a drip filter coffee machine. But, for the purposes of this post, we'll mainly be talking about using a coffee filter and carafe.

Which is faster?

Keurig fans, you're in luck - the K-cup is definitely the faster of the two options!

Sure, with drip coffee, you pour the water over and give the coffee flavor time to develop.

But with a Keurig, you just put the pod in and hey presto! Thirty seconds max.

Whereas, with drip coffee, first you’ve got to grind the beans, boil the water, add the coffee grounds to the filter, pour the water over, then wait for the water to trickle through the filter, at which point your coffee may have grown lukewarm.

Which has better flavor?

It depends what you’re looking for. With filter coffee, sure, there’s lots of room for experimentation. You can try different brands and varieties of coffee beans, play around with how fine you grind them, and spice it up with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or various flavored syrups. And then there’s that age old question - to add milk or not to add milk?

But with the K-Cup, there’s a diverse world of pods to explore! Of course, you can bring home your branded favorites. But you also get the opportunity to try lattes, espressos, or pumpkin spice without the need to go out and buy a whole new set of coffee-making equipment every time. And did you know there are tea pods, hot cocoa pods and mulled cider pods too?

Which is more eco friendly?

In recent years, the K-Cup has been widely condemned as bad for the environment. Sure, the packaging is recyclable, as long as you painstaking separate the materials first. But with so many K-Cup users disposing of their pods' packaging incorrectly, there were enough K-Cups going to landfill in 2013 to circle the globe 10.5 times!

But, if you use Keurig’s K-Cycle home recycling program, a K-Cup machine is much more eco-friendly than the waste of whole bags of coffee you might otherwise get.

Plus, the disposable paper filters and non-recyclable coffee ground packaging associated with drip coffee are hardly eco-friendly.

So, as long as you recycle them properly, the K-Cup could be the more eco-friendly option! There are even some reusable K-Cups.

Who is K Cup for?

If you’re like us, you can’t function before you’ve had your coffee, right? So how are you supposed to make your first coffee of the day? This is where the simple K-Cup is ideal. As you rush around blearily in the morning, just pop a pod in (and remember to place your cup underneath the funnel!), then wake up and smell the coffee!

The K-cup system is also ideal for people with a wide range of disabilities. Whether you struggle with grinding beans, using a spoon, measuring, lifting a gargantuan coffee pot around the house or executive dysfunction makes it difficult to carry out all the steps of producing filter coffee, the K-Cup is a less complicated and less heavy alternative.

Do you ever buy those small boxes of cereal so that they’ll stay fresh for those times when a young visitor comes over for a sleepover, or just to have a variety of fresh cereal options for yourself? K-Cup pods are similar. You can have a variety of different coffees and teas waiting for you, as fresh as the day they were ground!

And, of course, the neat, simple K-Cup machine is still at home in its maiden setting, the corporate world.

Who is filter coffee for?

With K-Cup essentially created to destroy the stale office coffee pot, drip coffee still remains popular in workplace settings across America, unfortunately for K-Cup’s creator!

Filter coffee is also ideal for those occasions when you have loads of coffee-loving guests coming over and you need a quick way to keep everybody caffeinated.

Pour over coffee from automatic drip filter coffee machines is also popular in restaurants and coffee shops from McDonald’s to Starbucks.

Drip coffee has also seen an increase in popularity for personal use in the home in recent years, as a simple way to create that fragrant coffee goodness.

So, is K-Cup better than drip coffee?

As we’ve just explored, both ways of producing coffee have their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. K-Cup is better when you just want one fresh cup of coffee, while drip coffee is a good way to quickly make a lot of coffee. So, with both coffee production methods having their own individual perks, it’s up to you to choose which type of coffee is right for you. 

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