$WORKPLACE had a delayed Christmas party about a week ago and besides the meal there was a set of drawings. A few things attracted my attention and a few things did not. I was glad not to have wound up with a Minnesota Vikings carving and such. Not getting a 40-inch 1080p
monitor TV was slightly disappointing, but such things are expected. But I did walk out with a shiny new Keurig coffee machine. And for a week got asked if I'd set it up yet. I had not, as we had the Flavia machine and packets for it.
I hadn't been using the Flavia packets as I tend to think of them as Jay's, but he said go ahead and use up the Kona blend. There are more tea packets, but the Kona is gone now. Last night I cleaned up part of the kitchen counter (even under the microwave... that was overdue) and swapped out the Flavia and replaced it with the Keurig machine.
Jay did some checking and per cup, the cost for Flavia and Keurig is about the same. The Flavia packets take up less room than K-cups and I don't recall the Flavia machine having warnings about sharp bits to avoid. The K-cups are available locally and the Keurig's water reservoir is detachable and thus doesn't need another container to transfer water to it. I think the Keurig's water reservoir is smaller. I'm not sure which one uses more power than the other do keep the water hot, though the Keurig does have an option to let things cool after a couple hours idle and then would need a few minutes to heat up again.
I've a had few cups from the new machine now. Green Mountain's "Dark Magic" isn't excessively dark as I can drink it black, which is an unusual thing. Folgers Caramel Drizzle also works straight. And a hot chocolate gave a good accounting of itself. There's more to try, but I suspect I might go with Dark Magic might be my default "wake up" for at least a little while.