Keurig has a new coffee maker with a built-in milk frother. The $179.99 Keurig K-Cafe makes regular coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos on your kitchen counter.
Instead of sticking to the same tired look, Keurig opted for a very attractive, modern design. One the machine’s left side is a 60 ounces removable water reservoir, with the heating system and controls in the middle. The machine is 12.5″ tall and 15.3″ wide.
Controls sit on top and they are large and easy to access. There are 4 coffee sizes – 6, 8, 10 and 12, plus the Shot button (2 oz) for lattes. The machine also has a strong brew option.
Resting on the base on the right is the milk frother. The milk frother has 3 different frothing modes: latte, cappuccino, and cold froth. The frother uses fresh milk and allows you to use any of your favorite milk options like cow’s, almond or coconut milk.
The Keurig K-Cafe retails for $179.99 and is available exclusively on Amazon.
EASE OF USE
There are no surprises here. If you want a regular cup of coffee, you insert the k-cup, push the coffee button, choose desired cup size and press the K button to brew. You also have the option for a stronger brew by pushing the “strong” button.
To make a latte or a cappuccino, add fresh milk up to the cappuccino/latte line and select frothing mode. Next, insert the k-cup and choose the latte&capp option and press the large K button to brew. When you’re done, quickly rinse the pitcher with hot water and mild detergent, or put it in the dishwasher.
For an iced latte, fill a pitcher with fresh milk and press cold froth. Brew one k-cup at latte&capp setting directly over ice and add frothed milk.
While the machine doesn’t make real espresso (like their old Rivo machine), the Shot button brews strong concentrated coffee very similar to espresso so you can make tasty cappuccinos and lattes at home. So, it’s pretty much like having the Rivo machine with the convenience of using any regular k-cup pod.
The brewer uses all standard Keurig k-cups – Keurig branded and non-branded. You can use any of your favorite k-cups (use dark roasted k-cups for the best result), plus they now offer a few espresso roast k-cups.
The K-Cafe is compatible with universal Keurig reusable k-cup, so you can brew your own coffee. The machine is not compatible with Rivo pods, Vue cups, k-carafe pods, Nespresso or Verismo pods.
Keurig K-Elite vs Keurig k-Cafe
The K-cafe doesn’t have as many options as K-Elite – you can’t control the temperature, there’s no auto on and there’s no dedicated iced coffee button. That’s not to say that you can’t make iced coffee in K-cafe. While the iced coffee button on the K-Elite brews hot concentrated coffee directly over ice, you will use the Shot button to do the same with K-cafe. Plus, the built-in frother has cold froth option so you can make iced lattes with ease.
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
The Keurig K-Cafe includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. To keep your machine in good shape, it’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly and descaling it every three to six months. The machine has the maintenance reminder and will let you know when it is time to descale.
Quickly rinse the frother with water and a mild detergent after each use. The frother is dishwasher safe.
With this machine, you’ll have all the basic options, plus you’ll have a milk frother. The k-cup pods are widely available and they come in so many different varieties so finding the pods for this machine is not a problem. The frother uses fresh milk and that’s always better than powdered milk pods. The milk frother could be a bit faster and make slightly better foam, but overall it’s not bad at all.
Available exclusively on Amazon.