Coffee Tastes like Plastic

Coffee Tastes Like PlasticIf your coffee tastes like plastic there are a couple of good reasons for this: One, your coffee maker is made from plastic. Two, you just bought a brand new coffee maker. It is unfortunate that even most expensive coffee makers are made from plastic. Plastic, particularly when it is new, contains chemicals which become significantly more active when hot water is added. There is nothing worse than tasting plastic in your favorite brand of coffee, especially when you just purchased a new brewer which is supposedly designed to extract the most flavorful cup of coffee possible. Unfortunately, there is no way to get around the materials manufacturers use to make their coffee brewers. There is, however, a fool-proof way to permanently get rid of the plastic odor and taste for good.

How to get rid of plastic taste in coffee maker

Getting rid of the plastic taste in your coffee maker is so simple, I wish I had thought of it. The only ingredients you will need are a bottle of 70-90% rubbing alcohol and a few minutes of your time. Don’t be fooled by the claims that vinegar works. I’ve tried it several times and it simply doesn’t do the job. Using vinegar will only make your coffee smell like both plastic and vinegar at the same time. The rubbing alcohol works and chemists have confirmed the scientific reasoning for this. The chemicals contained in plastic are soluble in the alcohol. More importantly, I’ve tried it on a brand new, Hamilton Beach Brew Station and the strong odor and taste of plastic have completely vanished. Here’s how I recommend doing it. Pour half of the bottle of rubbing alcohol in the bottom of your brew dispenser. Fill the dispenser with water, leaving room for the rest of the alcohol. Fill the top up with the remaining rubbing alcohol and brew. I recommend leaving the fully brewed hot water/rubbing alcohol mixture sit in the coffee maker for about 10 – 15 minutes before emptying it. Then, you will need to brew about 2-3 pots of additional water until you’re confident that the alcohol is completely diluted from your brewer.

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Gevalia K-Cups

Gevalia K CupsGevalia K-Cups are now available in just about every store. Being that I have never been a huge fan of Gevalia coffee in general, I hesitantly picked up a box of 18 at my local Target store for $11.99. I have liked some of the Gevalia Tassimo products which are advertised as being similar to Starbucks (Which they are), so I thought I’d give them a try.

Gevalia K-Cups Columbia Taste Test

Gevalia Columbia K-Cups are advertised as a medium roast coffee. Normally, I prefer dark roasts which are just a tad lighter than French or Italian roast coffees. The darker roast coffees seem less acidic to me and don’t give me the jitters quite as bad as lighter roast coffees. Perhaps, some of the caffeine is roasted out of them. Still, I often get tired of dark roast k-cups because they all taste roughly the same. The Kirkland Brand Pacific Roast is my favorite but only because it is a bargain in a box of 100 for just $37.99. Thirty eight cents a cup for a reasonable quality coffee is about as good as it gets for the Keurig. At $11.99 for a box of 18, the Kirkland is practically double that in cost. But for some variety, I thought I’d try something new and lighter tasting, so I went for the Columbia. The Gevalia Columbia roast is indeed lighter, but is very fresh and plenty strong enough using the normal-size cup setting on my Keurig. It is bold, but yet light at the same time and doesn’t have the sour after-taste of some of the cheaper, commercial Columbia coffees. Gevalia coffees have always been fresh and good quality, but they’ve always seemed weak to me until I discovered some of their larger, Tassimo brands. The Gevalia K-Cups are no exception (at least in the Columbia flavor). It is good, bold coffee that is just a tad lighter and richer than most of the dark roasts like Newman’s, etc.. Give Gevalia K-Cups a try if you like a lighter, rich cup of coffee.

Flor De Apia Coffee

flor-de-apia-k-cups-coffeeFlor de Apia Coffee comes from Colombia. Have you ever imagined how great the coffee must be in other regions of the world where conditions like climate and altitude are ideal for growing the perfect coffee bean? While American roasters do import green coffee beans from all over the world, how do we know we’re getting the real thing – the way coffee would really taste if we were sitting at a cafe somewhere in a place like, say, Colombia? I have to believe that drinking a cup of coffee from one of these ideal coffee-been growing regions of the world would be a vastly improved experience. Very recently, I was treated to two, authentic samples of the real thing: FLOR de APIA comes from Colombia, where the most perfect cup is made possible from altitudes of around 5,900 feet upon the most perfect, volcanic soil, climate and growing conditions.
Ironically, it was my never-ending search for finding a better, more convenient K-Cup that led me to the good fortune of trying FLOR de APIA for the first time. I was very fortunate to have stumbled upon a Colombian coffee distributor who sympathized with my desire to find better K-Cups coffee here in America. He understood my desire to find coffee with the true character of the land and atmosphere. The Keurig brewer is a great invention and for the most part, the coffee is reasonably fresh, tasty and very convenient. Unfortunately, I have yet to try a K-Cup flavor that is truly intense, unique and memorable. I’ve listed my favorite K-Cup brands here many times and while there are some good ones, none of them are truly special or unique.

Upon hearing about my dilemma with ordinary Keurig coffees, a distributor of the Colombian, Flor de APIA Coffee contacted me at once, insisting that I try the Colombian made coffee, FLOR de APIA. I was happy to oblige and received two bags in the mail. The two flavors were Cafe “Sybarite” and Cafe “Premium”. These are sealed, ground coffee beans which meant that I would have to break-out the Cuisinart Drip Coffee maker in my basement which, of course, I was more than happy to do.

Flor de Apia Coffee Samples

I started with the Premium which was the darker of the two. Before I describe the taste, I need to remind everyone about my displeasure with the drip-coffee makers I currently own, which eventually led me to buying a Tassimo and then a couple of Keurigs. There was no question about how incredibly fresh this coffee was from the moment I first opened the bag. After brewing the first cup and tasting my first sip, the overall freshness and smoothness of the Premium FLOR de APIA was unmistakable. There is an unusual and pleasant sweetness of chocolate and floral tones that compliment the overall smoothness of the flavor. Despite the fact I usually prefer darker roasted coffees, the Sybarite might be my favorite. The flavor is a bit more complex with some hints of citrus and floral overtones. I believe both of these coffees are excellent and could well become my favorite if they were brewed with the right coffee brewer at the right temperature. Most of the Colombian imported coffees I have tried in the past tend to be lighter and more acidic than I like. This is not true with FLOR de APIA which leads me to believe that the coffee really is better when you drink it in Colombia … or get it from an authentic supplier who really knows how to deliver the true experience.

So, where do you get a better cup of genuine, Colombian coffee and is it possible to find it in the K-Cup version for your Keurig? There is good news on both fronts.

Flor De Apia Coffee Sold in K-Cups

Now, for the best news of all – rumor has it that this truly great, Colombian coffee will be available in K-Cups.