Today I get to talk to you about one of my favorite subjects: coffee
I’m excited. Maybe it’s the combo of waking up – bleary eyed and groggy – and having the enticing aroma and coffee steam coat my face in a delicious fog. MMmmm…
My recent coffee interest was piqued just this past weekend. Because Ben and I created a wedding registry from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, we got invited to their quarterly “completion” event for newlyweds to shop the store and purchase any items that they still have left on their registry (or just whatever they want in the store) – all for 20% off.
Now I need to back track even more. One of my dear friends purchased a beautiful set of cookware for us from our registry. He’s a guy, doesn’t ever shop at BB&B (they don’t have one where he lives), so he had no clue about the 20% off coupons that exist. So, he purchased my set of cookware for full price ($399).
Through some interesting conversations I learned that not only did he not know about the coupon, but his store also wasn’t running a couple of fun promotions ($50 gift card plus an extra $189 everyday pan). So, we went back to the store with a coupon and got the adjustment made, along with the gift card and pan. The pan has since become Ben’s favorite thing in our entire kitchen. Go figure! A few months later, they ran a short-term promotion where the cookware was 15% off. I took my receipt back yet again and got the price adjusted. I was starting to collect quite a nice pile of store credit! But the gift didn’t stop giving. Because a few other Calphalon items were purchased for us, we made the $500 gift registry bonus and got yet another pan mailed to us along with a 7″ cutting knife. What a load of fun stuff!
Armed with our pile of gift cards (both from the cookware credits as well as wedding gifts), we went shopping with a childlike enthusiasm neither of us had experienced before. It’s pretty strange and really fun to walk into a store with the idea that you’ll fill in some registry gaps and then just find some stuff that looks cool.
They had cookies and bottled water when we arrived and we grabbed our registry list and started walking around. We already knew a few things we wanted to get and had agreed we’d just have fun and each find a few things that were random.
And now we’re caught back up to the coffee. A lady was doing a demo of the Tassimo coffee maker. It’s different from a standard Keurig because reads a bar code on the top of the coffee and can make a variety of different types of drinks.
I chose the cappuccino and Ben went with a Swiss hazelnut. My coffee required two small pods: the first was the milk for the cappuccino and the second was the actual coffee.
It was pretty good! It definitely felt more fancy because of the cappuccino foam. We looked around at the Tassimo cups though and, not surprisingly, they are even more pricey than regular k-cups. Anyone with a Keurig knows the two main problems with Keurig machines are the cost of the coffee cups and the fact that you only get one cup of coffee at a time (with a lot of packaging waste). We buy a lot of 8 o’clock coffee for our Keurig and also have one of the refillable cups where you can add your own coffee grounds and save some $$. Lately we have switched to making pots of coffee over the weekends to cut down on the cost. Ben’s also been drinking a lot of tea – another cheaper option.
Since we had $$ to burn and we both love shiny new things, we were drawn to the Keurig 2.0 machine. Have you seen it? It gives you the option to either make a full pot of coffee or use the single-serve method.
I won’t lie; it looked pretty swank. The motor on our machine is starting to sound a bit strangled… Then the research set in. And this is the point of my post: I’m sharing some info for those thinking of buying of gifting the new Keurig for Christmas this year.
A 16 count box of 8 o’clock coffee costs us $9. The Keurig carafe requires a larger k-cup that is sold in a box of 8 for $14.99. That part doesn’t seem too bad – especially if you plan to serve a group of people. The real kicker is the new k-cup technology. Keurig’s patent on the cup technology has expired, so now they added a new feature which looks for the white label & ink around the rim of the k-cup indicating it’s a Keurig-brewed brand. Those are the only ones that you can brew in these new machines!!
Up close on the new labeling:
I am a huge Amazon shopper and just looking at the variety packs makes me weary. You can see that you could be buying flavors that won’t even work. Evidently if you put one of the non-Keurig labeled cups into your 2.0 machine, you get an “oops” message and nothing happens.
A hodge-podge variety pack – some converted and some not:
Bottom line is just to be aware of this. I had heard you can go online and get a fake white rim that you can affix to your cup before brewing. That seems like a lot of hassle though. For the meantime, we’re sticking with our old one.
So we bypassed the coffee makers and sipped our drinks while giggling and picking random things and tossing them into the cart. We got napkins and placemats off our registry , way too many tablecloths (why??), a Zero Water filtration system, a super snuggly new blanket, a “Bar” sign (guess who picked that!), and a variety of other things.
While we stood in the checkout line waiting for our items to be rang up, we were announced as a door prize winner! We scored two latte cups (ironic, no?) as well as a blue apple that you put in the fridge and it keeps produce fresh longer. I’ll tuck that away for garden season!
All the couples also received a crystal ring holder. I love it!
Wow that store is dangerous. We threw things into the cart only to watch our eyes get bigger as the bill began to creep up. It didn’t seem like that much stuff!! LOL Oddly enough, when all the gift cards and discounts were processed, the total left to pay was… 45 cents. How does that happen!? I doubt we could have hit that close again if we tried. We are definitely feeling excited about all our new loot. It’s like Christmas came early this year! 🙂
Question of the day: Did you know about the restrictions for the Keurig 2.0? Would that affect your decision to buy one?