Almost every home and some offices I visited in Canada had one of these coffee makers. How handy can life be - drop in a little sealed cup prefilled with any number of different coffees, push a button and voila a cup of very good coffee. They call them K-cups, however that conjures up an interesting visual image I would rather not dwell on so I will just call them cups. Throw away the used cup and you are ready to start over. No fuss, no muss, no feathers.
Ay, there's the rub. According to a recent article in the Grope and Maul, some 10 billion of these little non-degradable cups are filling nations' refuse heaps annually. Fortunately the article goes on to announce a company has begun making biodegradable cups.
The second rub is the cost of these little cups. Best deal seems to be fifty cents per. Which is fine for one person drinking one cup per day. However if you are a multi-person household, drinking multi-cups per day, it adds up. Keeping costs down while maintaining convenience becomes an earnest objective.
There is lots of "coffee" left in the cup after only one use. The recommendation is to shake it before using it again to loosen the grounds. Let me know if that works.
There are also all kinds of ways of reusing the cups with replacement lids or filling your own disposable cups. Amazon carries a number of these here. A second rubber seal is recommended so there is no leakage around the flimsy replacement tops.
There are refillable K-Cups complete with filter but there goes convenience. You could buy a couple dozen, fill them and keep them in the freezer but at $16 to $20 per, the initial investment might be a bit steep.
Then there is something called the EZ-Cup which used a disposable filter. Only $35 on Amazon with filters available from Wal-Mart at $5 for 50.
These coffee makers may be available in Ukraine in Kyiv where people might have the money to afford the little cups but it will be a very long time before they hit the small towns and villages. I will stick to my 12 cup coffee maker with paper-towel filters that makes four mugs of good coffee.