So. I have this love of coffee. Some might say I have an addiction to coffee. Those people would not be far from the truth. I love me some coffee. I've been a fan of the drip coffee, the French press, the Vietnamese stout pot, the stove top - you name if, if it's not instant, I'm drinking it. Raw sugar, low fat half and half - I'm a happy camper. I'm just not a huge fan of the clean up of the grounds, but you've got to take the good with the bad, right?
About, oh, maybe 11 months ago, I bought a Keurig. The thought of it made me slighty weak in the knees - I'm not a fan of flavored coffees, but the single cup at a time and the easy clean up wooed me. I bought the refillable pod and proceeded to use the machine every day.
About 3 months after I bought it, the light came on to descale it. Whatever, no big deal. Except that it was a pain to fill the water basin with vinegar and run it through the machine until it emptied, let the machine sit for several hours and then remember to run plain water through until the vinegar flavor was gone -
yeah. One time I forgot to rinse it, and the resultant "Pickled Coffee" that I was served for breakfast the next morning was a memory that I'll always hold deep inside. Unlike the coffee, which came right back out.
In the past six months, I've descaled no fewer than 12 times. Every single time that light comes on, I descale it. After all, I paid a lot of money for this machine, and I can't afford to be lazy and ruin it - so when the indicator comes on, or when I try to make a cup of coffee and end up with just an inch in my cup - off I go to find the huge jug of vinegar (I've had to start buying A LOT of vinegar) and I descale. Which takes approximately 4864396 hours, and those are hours I am without coffee - but you've gotta do what you've gotta do, right? I thought I was having to descale more than average, especially as it says online that most people descale every month or two. I researched and saw that maybe the needle was clogged, so I have taken to scrubbing the needle out with a toothbrush after every use - but that stupid descale light mocks me every 5-7 days.
I last descaled on Friday. FRIDAY. Today, I made a cup of coffee. That flippin' Keurig machine gave me two inches of coffee - which took about 4 minutes to appear, drip by drip by miniscule meandering stream - and promptly lit up AGAIN to descale.
I'm almost over it.
Has anyone had any type of issue with their Keurig? I love the idea of the machine, and when it's freshly cleaned and I get a cup of coffee rapidly - I'm in love. The rest of the time - I'm just bitter.