I Hate Coffee, But I'm Still Absolutely Obsessed with My Keurig

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As an ecommerce writer, I've heard a lot about Keurigs, but considering I hate coffee, they never interested me. That was my attitude until a surprising discovery (and sale) led me to try one—and now I'm never going back.

A Surprising Find

First things first: I don't like coffee. I've tried all kinds in my 26 years—frappés, mochas, lattes, straight black—and it always ends up the same way: a partially scalded tongue, look of disgust, and $5 I wish I would've spent on tea instead. Daily Starbucks runs are not my thing, and I didn't own a coffee maker until about a few weeks ago.

I was shopping the shelves of Kohl's and saw a pack of chai latte K-cups. I was shocked! Not only are chai lattes my all-time favorite drink, but I honestly had no idea Keurig machines could make more than just coffee. Then the stars really aligned and the K-Select was on sale in "Oasis" (which totally matches my other KitchenAid small appliances), so my mother used her Kohl's Cash and suddenly I had my first coffee maker.

I was hesitant to try it at first. What if I didn't like it and discovered it was a waste? What it if it was too hard to set up? I know Keurig machines have been around for awhile, but as a coffee maker novice I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. I simply slid the water reservoir out, filled it, and plugged in the machine. It made some weird noises that turned out to be completely normal (the water has to heat up) and then it was ready to go. I brewed a small cup of water first to clean it, then I popped in the chai tea latte cup and selected the second smallest size. In about a minute I had my drink, and it was absolutely delicious!

My model features a removable drip tray that accommodates a thermos so I can take it on the go—perfect for my 30 minute commute to the office. Plus, it has the option to dispense hot water only, so I don't need to spend money on or take up kitchen space with a tea kettle. Honestly, I was so impressed with my "coffee" maker I contacted my editor and asked to write about it. I also convinced my sister (who shares my disdain for coffee and love of chai) that she needed one, too.

The K-Select brews four cup sizes (6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces), and I can usually get about four to five uses before filling up the 52-ounce reservoir. It also comes with a filter attachment if you're concerned about water quality. I personally don't use it, but it's an option.

As a young adult who enjoys hosting, I like that I can now offer my guests coffee with dessert or even a morning pick-me-up. I never thought I'd own a Keurig, but now I can't imagine life without it (that may sound a little extreme, but it really has made my mornings better). I got mine on sale, and with Prime Day right around the corner (July 15 and 16), hopefully you can score a deal, too. I've got my eye on the K-pods for sure!

To Buy: Keurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, from $99; amazon.com

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