Keurig Qualifications or the K-Cup

Keurig Qualifications or the K-Cup

By:  Garland Davis


It will be a sad day for sailors in our new, modern, diverse, better Navy.  They will miss the joy of getting up a 0330 for the four to eight watch and having to drink the mess deck coffee that has burned and scorched since it was made shortly before midrats.  Or the Chief who has to make the tough decision whether to make a fresh pot and wait the interminable time for it to finish or to drink the dregs of the last pot made.  Or the officer who has to go without coffee because there is no one to make him a pot or fetch it for him.

What? You ask, will deprive sailors of stale coffee, the traditional drink of those who inhabit the early hours of the morning or wander through the ship at night.   The answer is the single service coffee POD or K-cup.  I have heard that they will soon be made available in the supply system.

The only early morning watch standers enjoying good coffee, if you consider “Black Gang” coffee good, are the snipes because the off going  watch always makes a fresh pot, otherwise the oncoming EEOW will kill them.

AUTHORS NOTE:  I learned as a night baker that I could trade pastries to the snipes for a good cup of coffee. Actually it wasn’t that good but it was fresher than any other and it saved me from making a pot and depriving sailors wandering around in the night the joy of drinking skunky coffee. END NOTE

Soon Wardrooms everywhere will be equipped with single serve coffee makers.  They are simple enough that even officers can operate them.  Officers will no longer be forced to drink old coffee because they couldn’t find a CS or Mess Attendant to make a pot for them.  They will be able to do it themselves.  Probably will become a requirement for their Warfare Qualifications.  Or, they may create a special qualification and a shiny new pin to wear.  We could call it the Keurig Qualification Device. A corresponding Enlisted qualification and device could also be authorized. It could be worn above their warfare device.

And of course a Keurig machine would be installed in the CPO Mess. No Chief would ever again have to drink stale coffee.

But soon after installation in the Wardroom and the  CPO Mess they would have to fall back to the old Bunn coffee maker, because the 3MC would discover that the machines weren’t covered by the PMS program and the machines would be tagged out while a comprehensive PMS program was developed for them.


4 thoughts on “Keurig Qualifications or the K-Cup

  1. Danny Fowler says:

    No self respecting Chief would ever drink that so called coffee coming out of a K-Cup machine. Probably be a big hit in the Wardroom.

    Danny Fowler
    NCCS, USN (Retired)

    PS – Love your stories!!!


  2. John Croix MMCS (SW) ('61- '88) says:

    It was good to know and take care of your night baker. My favorite baker enjoyed his coffee, but he liked “sh*t kicker” paperbacks better. I hoarded books for him used them to trade for pastries of fresh hot bread with lots of butter. The midwatch was a good watch for my section. Nothing like hot bread kept warm on top of the air ejector until it could all be eaten.


  3. Gerald E. Reilly says:

    See attached spreadsheet on storage calculations for K cups required for a Nimitz Class Carrier. I guess we could empty a Magazine or two. J

    Gerry Reilly USS Wasp CVS 18 IC/3


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