Update, September 2015: Some of the models mentioned below have been discontinued with a release of the new Keurig 2.0 series. To read more about the latest Keurig models that use k-cups head here. If you’re looking for a Keurig that makes espresso, not brewed coffee check out the Keurig Rivo brewer.
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Today I’m sharing a highly requested Keurig article and I’m so excited. Because, I don’t know about you, but choosing coffees and coffee stuff is sometimes overwhelming. There are so many different products out there…and, it’s the same with Keurig.
So, instead of doing a simple review, I decided to cover all those important topics like: what, where, how much, how to choose etc. So, hopefully it will be like a guide that you can really use.
k-cup vs. vue cup vs. rivo machine
At one point, there were three different types of Keurig brewing systems: the K-cup system, the Vue system and the Rivo system.
I probably wouldn’t recommend Vue system at this moment since Vue cups have been really hard to find lately. Besides temperature control and foamy drinks, Vue is not that different from the k-cup system. So, unless you truly want this machine (please note, regular k-cups won’t work in the Vue) you might want to look for something else.
It’s a lot easier with the Rivo system. The Rivo machine makes only espresso and espresso based drinks (lattes, cappuccinos…) while k-cup machine makes regular coffee. So it’s really an espresso or regular coffee choice. You can read more about the Rivo here.
the k-cup machine
If you like the K-cup system, here are just a few words on how it works, what are k-cups, how much they cost etc.
Now, my favorite thing about Keurig is that there is no grinding, measuring or cleaning. You just take the k-cup (which has just the right amount of coffee needed for one cup of coffee), insert it into the machine and press the brew button. When it’s done, just take out the empty k-cup and that’s it. Super quick, super convenient and sooo clean. That’s why people love Keurig and these small coffee pods so much.
Of course, your coffee is always fresh & hot, there are no leftovers (it happens! 😉 ) and you need to clean your coffee maker once in a three to six months. I love this.
As far as the pods, all k-cup brewers use the same k-cups (you can find them on Amazon, at your local grocery store…) so it’s really not important what model you choose.
K-cups come in over 250 varieties, including: dark, medium and light roasts, flavored, decaf, fair trade and organic coffees. There are also teas and hot chocolates and special brew over ice k-cups for iced drinks (even though, I use regular k-cups when making iced coffee). Brands: Green Mountain, Folgers, Maxwell House, Starbucks,…Obviously, the choices are almost endless. Depending on the brand, box size or store, the k-cups retail for $0.37-$0.68 per cup. Not as cheap as bag of Folgers, but it’s the cheapest choice in comparison with other single serve brewing systems.
And, there’s also a reusable k-cup filter that you can fill with your own coffee. This way you can use any coffee you like. Plus, it saves money.
Best Keurig Coffee Maker
If you think this is the right machine for you home coffee station, here are just few more details. Depending on the model, you can get your Keurig brewer for $79.00 to $200.00. They generally work the same. Price usually varies depending on water reservoir size, cup size choices and extra features.
From 2015, there are two different k-cup machine types: standard k-cup brewers and 2.0 k-cup brewers. Old models work with all kinds of k-cups, Keurig branded, non-branded, old labels new labels, different brands etc. New 2.0 brewers work only with updated labels and Keurig brand k-cups, but there is a reusable filter for the 2.0 brewers too. The main advantage of the 2.0 system is that it can do a single cup but can also do a carafe. Regular K-cup machines (Keurig Mini or Elite) won’t have this option.
How to pick the right one? Try to find the one that fits your budget, but also your lifestyle. For example, I love the Mini price $79.00, but it has a single cup reservoir. If you’re looking for a model with more cup sizes or you want a really large reservoir, there’s K550 but it retails for $199.99…
Here’s a quick price-features list for all the models available right now:
standard k-cup brewers (no carafe option but works with branded and non-branded k-cups):
Keurig Mini, $79.00: single-use water reservoir, 3 cup sizes (6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz), auto on/off
Keurig Elite $119.00: removable 48 oz water reservoir, 3 cup sizes (6 oz, 8oz and 10oz), auto on/off, quiet brew technology
2.0 k-cup series (brews single cup and a carafe, only works with Keurig brand k-cups):
K250: 40 oz. water reservoir, 9 cup sizes. $109.99
K350 model – 60 oz. removable water reservoir, 9 brew sizes, carafe included, $149.99
K450 model – 70 oz. removable reservoir, 9 brew sizes, carafe included, auto ON and OFF, color touchscreen, favorite settings, $169.99
K550 model – 80 oz. removable reservoir, 10 brew sizes, auto ON and OFF, color touchscreen, favorite settings, customizable clock, wallpaper and night light, $199.99
And, that’s it guys. I hope this helps and let me know if you want me to include anything else. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! love.