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posted by LaminatorX on Monday March 03 2014, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the Java-should-be-open dept.

r00t writes:

"Taking a page out of Lexmark playbook, the Keurig company, famous for it's one-cup coffee making system, now comes with new and improved 100% DRM. Apparently, Keurig is upset over re-usable third-party 'coffee pods' which allow the consumer to escape the Keurig throw-away models which carry a retail price 5% to 25% more. Keurig's CEO, Brian Kelly referred to the move as 'game-changing performance.' Perhaps this will finally be the year of Linux on the Coffe Maker?"

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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday March 04 2014, @02:01PM

    by VLM (445) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @02:01PM (#10620)

    "Not making the waste in the first place."

    The problem is I got mine because its way cheaper and also more environmentally friendly than my wife driving to Starbucks for each $7 coffee. The Keurig has completely broken her of her starbucks habit. It doesn't take very long to pay for itself compared to starbucks and although I don't drink coffee I'm told the Keurig has bean varieties other than burned and extra-burned.

    People are going to want a "premium" cup of coffee. Trying to talk them into not wanting a premium cup of coffee isn't happening, caffeine is an addictive drug. You'd have better luck trying to talk smokers into quitting.

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  • (Score: 1) by cykros on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:37PM

    by cykros (989) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:37PM (#10799)

    Keurig coffee is only "premium" if you're comparing it to garbage like DD or Starbucks. You have to pretty seriously go out of your way to try to get any worse...even 7-11 has drinkable enough coffee, something I can't say for the first two.

    French press or espresso machine is the way to go for making coffee at home if convenience is what you're after. Drip pots aren't exactly rocket science either...

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by VLM on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:40PM

      by VLM (445) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:40PM (#10847)

      Yes and even 7-11 is more expensive than a Kcup, especially when you factor in a quarter gallon of gasoline or so.

      And none of your suggestions make precisely one serving as far as I know (although I'm not a coffee drinker, which is why my wife only needs one serving...)

      I don't know of any fundamental reason single serving coffee couldn't be brewed at home using the technology I use for looseleaf tea brewing.

      Another interesting discussion point is she claims that the kcups taste vastly better than generic instant, which is what the kcups replaced. This makes sense to me, in that each serving is sealed, but it takes her weeks/months to use up a big instant coffee container so I imagine being an oil containing product it tastes pretty stale after a couple months exposure to air.

      Again I'm no coffee drinker but I believe the problem with the espresso maker is capital cost, aside from my wife not liking espresso. Aren't they like $1K, whereas the k brewer was about $100 and both last about 5 years?