I broke down and got one about a year ago - Mrs. Maven was complaining about brewing a pot and having it go to waste on the days I'd be out of the house early.
Being a bit of a coffee snob, I wasn't sure about it....
I've been fond of the stronger versions of Kauai Coffee for years (ever since sitting on their lanai on a beautiful Hawaii morning sipping freshly ground and brewed coffee while staring out over the Pacific ocean....). My favorite is Mundo Novo -
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So, I have 2 of the EkoBrew 'use your own coffee' cups, grind my own and it's great.
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Have tried lots of different pre-packaged versions - and have settled on these as the favs:
Caribou Mahogany (a dark roast that isn't too dark)
San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser (I like these because of the minimalist use of plastic, and it's a heavy 'regular roast').
Mrs. Maven occasionally likes a flavored coffee (which I never go near - anathema!!) - so this way we can each chose our 'poison' for the day without waste.
And being the coffee nut that I am - I got one of these for my last birthday:
Push the button and in less than a minute you've got freshly ground espresso - and you can control the amount of water used to effectively brew an "American style" cup if that's what you want.
I use Starbuck's in-house Espresso Roast (the 5-lb. bags they use in store - they'll sell them to you, you just have to ask). Having tried lots of different brands (Ilia, etc. etc.) this is the most consistent and to me has the best taste.
Ad astra per alas porci!!