My french press seems to be nearly as quick a a k-cup, especially when accounting for...
I photographed a french press for a company that was going to sell on amazon, so now I guess I have a french press, and it turns out that I love it. I'd always just done drip coffee, but I REALLY like this little thing. No filters to worry about, no filling a weirdly-shaped water reservoir, just a kettle and a beaker. Every K-cup machine takes a decent amount of time to dispense a cup, plus all the time that filling and cleaning requires, then like you said, the coffee usually isn't that good. My press takes less than a minute and a half from dumping the grounds in to pouring a full quart of coffee.