You know you want a Keurig, but you’re confused with all the different models, prices & extra features?!
If so, this episode is for you.
In this post:
- the basics
- what are k-cups, how do k-cup work
- k-cup varieties
- the best k-cup machine models (price, features, popularity)
Okay, we all love drip coffee makers. But, there’s a reason why people are switching to single serve coffee makers, especially Keurig. With k-cups there is no grinding, no measuring and no mess. And, your coffee is always fresh & hot.
In fact, no matter what type of coffee you like, strong or those lively morning blends, you’ll always get a perfect cup – in less than 30 seconds. That’s because each Keurig K-cup contains just the right amount of coffee needed for one cup.
All actions we usually have to take to make coffee are replaced with just one move – putting a K-cup into the coffee machine. Did I mention NO mess?!
What are K-cups?!
K-cups are individual portion packs of coffee, tea or hot chocolate used originally for Keurig single cup brewing system.
After we place it into the machine, the machine makes small holes on top and bottom of the cup. Hot water is sent through the K-cup and fresh coffee drink goes directly to the mug. In about 30 seconds, brewing is finished and we just take the empty K-cup out.
I love this! No filters, no removable parts, no money throwing and no cleaning.
How much coffee does one k-cup make?
Normally, one k-cup equals one cup of coffee.
If you like your coffee strong, you make one k-cup at 6 oz setting. If you like large cups and mild coffee taste, you can choose the 10 oz setting. So, it’s really easy to control the size & taste with Keurig.
Is Keurig Coffee Good
Yes. In fact, you can find all popular blends in k-cup form.
If you like light, morning blends, you can choose from those nice breakfast blends, like Green Mountain’s,. Starbucks Veranda k-cup, etc. If you like really bold coffees you’ll love Green Mountain Dark Magic or Tully’s French Roast.
You can choose from over 200 varieties so I am sure you’ll find a k-cup that fits your taste. This includes Green Mountain, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Folgers, Maxwell House, etc.
Even if you don’t you can always fill a reusable k-cups with you favorite coffee. Although they are a little more demanding (they will give you that “regular coffee machine” mess) they’re still a great choice, especially if you like whole bean coffee or some special blend.
The bad thing about k-cups is probably their price. They usually cost from $0.50 – $0.70 per cup. But, that’s the price of the comfort we get with single serve machines.
Best Keurig Coffee Maker
Depending on the model, you can get Keurig brewer for $79.00 to $250.00. Each one will give a great cup of coffee in less than 30 seconds. Price usually varies depending on water reservoir size, cup size choices and extra features.
How to choose the right one? In my experience, an ideal coffee maker should fit your lifestyle and your budget. For example, Keurig mini is cheap, but single-use reservoir doesn’t work for me. Their latest model Rivo is amazing, but it’s not the best choice for those who drink regular coffee since it uses only espresso pods.
If you want to get both, good price and quality, I recommend Keurig Elite. We have Elite for about four years and I still love it – just perfect for our family.
Mr. Coffee K-cup coffee maker $79.00
24 oz water reservoir, two cup sizes (6oz , 10 oz), removable drip tray
Keurig Mini $99.00
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), energy savings mode – Auto On/Off, Quiet Brew Technology
Keurig Special Edition Brewer $149.00
programmable, removable 60 oz water reservoir, 3 cup sizes (6 oz, 8oz and 10oz), energy savings mode – Auto On/Off, Quiet Brew Technology
Depending on your budget and what’s important to you, you can choose among different models. If you’re in a dilemma or have any questions, feel free to ask. You can post your question in the comments below or via CoffeeStylish Facebook page.