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Keurig vs Standard Drip Coffee – The Differences and Similarities Explained

Today, we’ll be comparing two of the most versatile and common coffee brewing methods around, drip coffee and keurig style pod coffee.

Drip coffee is an automatic method of making coffee that can be easily manipulated to produce drastically different results. Some machines even are much more convenient to use than others and some categorically make much better coffee than others.

For instance a basic Mr Coffee drip coffee maker will never make coffee as good as an OXO On Barista Brain but it sure will cost a lot less money!

Keurig coffee on the other hand comes from a single serve machine that specializes in making coffee practically instantly.

You may have seen coffee machines in lobbies and such where you pop in the flavor cup and water and brew away.

Those are Keurig Brewers.

Some are made by other companies but most brew Keurig k-cups and there are actually a ton of different non-Keurig brewers out there that are worth looking into.

These days the best Keurig out there is probably the K575 but it’s still probably not as good as the best drip machines on the market although it is much more affordable than many of them including the aforementioned Barista Brain.

K-cups offer many different tastes and options for your coffee. Many however would argue that Keurig coffee is too gimmicky and not actually actually good coffee, but that is personal opinion at it’s best. The quality of k-cup coffee really depends on the “K-Cup” you use and your own tastes. What’s clear though is that k-cups in generally are too small to produce a rich cup of coffee unless you brew uncomfortably small sized “cups” of coffee!

K-cup coffee has also been compared to instant coffee because of how quickly it brews, but it isn’t really instant coffee either. It’s just fast and convenient.

In this article we will look deeper into the question of whether or not Keurig coffee is it better than drip coffee, why and how.

But before we get into the heart of this comparison I first want to point you towards the best single cup coffee maker I’ve ever used. It’s not designed to do anything other than make single cup drip coffee. It doesn’t use k-cups or any other kind of coffee pod either.

If you care about making good coffee and want it one cup at a time you have to give this machine a look.

And now, on to the comparison or regular coffee and Keurig coffee.

The Differences between Keurig Coffee and Drip Coffee

keurig-coffee-makerBefore I talk about each method individually and why one is better than the other, we need to go over how they are different.

  • Keurig coffee is much quicker to brew than drip coffee, as it is single serve. It can get quite expensive because of the K-Cups.
  • Standard drip coffee has many different forms and many different machines you can use to brew it. Keurig coffee is produced by a single company, but there are still many different ways to brew it.
  • Drip coffee can be produced in much more mass than Keurig coffee.

Contrary to what many people believe, Keurig coffee is NOT the same as instant coffee. It is actually quite different from it.

Let’s go over Keurig coffee first.

Is Keurig Coffee better than Drip Coffee?

Is Keurig Better than DripThe answer to this is undoubtedly yes. Keurig coffee is much better than regular drip coffee in so many ways. One of the main reasons for this is how quickly it is ready.

For instance the newest Keurig, the K-Elite can get you your cup of coffee is less than a minute! The only thing faster than that is a strong lungo shot from the affordable Nespresso Essenza Mini, takes about 30 seconds in my kitchen.

Keurig coffee is great for someone who lives on their own. It doesn’t taste nearly as bad as instant coffee and yet, is ready just as fast. Most people think they have to make the trade off in taste to get quick coffee.

Click here to see a comparison of Keurig to Nespresso.

Now as I said, Keurig coffee is NOT instant coffee. Instant coffee is made from pre-brewed coffee. It melts into the coffee and has a bit of a sour taste because it is essentially dried-out brewed coffee.

Keurig coffee, on the other hand, is actual coffee grinds, rather than pre brewed flakes. K-cups take the optimal amount of coffee grinds for a single cup of coffee, and the Keurig machine forces hot water through the cup at a pre-determined pressure and temperature to provide an instant cup of hot coffee.

The K-cups have a special filter in them that prevents any sort of grind from getting through, so you don’t have to worry about any chunks or grit left over in the coffee.

The thing with Keurig coffee is that most of its sugar and flavor is determined by the type of k-cup you use. Unlike drip coffee, you don’t HAVE to add anything after the coffee has been brewed. It has a specific flavor depending on the cup, so it doesn’t taste like bland coffee on its own. Keurig coffee has a great “flavor profile”, much more so than drip coffee.

Keurig coffee is one of the most unique brewing methods I’ve ever seen and a Keurig coffee maker is a great office break room coffee maker.

If you are considering a Keurig coffee maker, take a look at this one. It’s the Keurig K55, one of their most popular models and these machines have many applications besides just coffee. There are Keurig machines designed for making tea, hot chocolate, and more. The Keurig machines are one of Keurig’s biggest staples on the market.

While the Keurig coffee makers are more expensive than most drip coffee makers, they are still rather inexpensive and are well worth the investment. Whether it is for a business or simply for home use, you can’t really go wrong with a Keurig coffee maker.

Is a Drip Coffee Maker better than a Keurig Coffee Maker?

Without a doubt, I have to say no. While drip coffee makers are beneficial in their own right and have the ability to make coffee in bulk, they don’t brew as fast as Keurig coffee and, although automatic, don’t provide the unique tastes that you can get from a Keurig coffee maker.

I will say that drip coffee makers do have a time and a place to be used. If you have company at home, it will be better to brew in bulk with a drip coffee maker rather than a Keurig coffee maker.

One of the bright sides of drip coffee is the machines are generally inexpensive and among some of the more expensive machines are those that can help you save a lot of time. There are machines that have internal clocks you can set to start brewing coffee in the morning, preventing the hassle of having to wait after you wake up. As soon as you get up you can go enjoy a cup of coffee with little to no hassle.

That is the big benefit to drip coffee. Most of their machines have little conveniences like this that make them more and more tempting. They definitely save a lot of time, if you’re in a pinch, but they don’t save nearly as much time as a Keurig coffee machine. Really, if you can spare the extra cash, I would trade in that old drip coffee machine for a Keurig coffee brewer. You can’t go wrong.

If you are looking into getting a good drip machine, I would recommend a coffee maker like this BESTEK one, it is inexpensive and has the programmable timer, as I mentioned earlier.

So Drip Coffee or Keurig Coffee?

coffee-beansIf you can’t quite afford a Keurig coffee maker, drip coffee will always suit you just fine. I firmly believe that if you have the opportunity to switch, the Keurig coffee maker will be much more worth it than hanging on to that drip coffee maker.

All methods of coffee brewing are healthy to a certain extent, I think drip coffee has a bit of a one-up there, as it doesn’t have the excess flavoring and such in it.

Keurig coffee makers don’t have a very high concentration of caffeine, however, so this can be a potential downside for those of you that really need your caffeine. There are some k-cups that have a higher concentrate, though.

In the end, drip coffee can’t really compete with the versatility of the Keurig coffee, but drip coffee is always the default backup when we don’t have the ability to get any other type of coffee at the moment, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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James Lambert

Owner and proprietor of the Gamble Bay Coffee Company. Its my mission to teach you how to make amazing coffee at home... no barista needed other than yourself.