If you didn’t like Keurig before because you could do just one cup at the time, you will love this new brewer. This small and compact 2.0 brewer can do a single cup, a to-go travel mug and it can also do a carafe.
The Keurig 2.0 K250 is the only model with the water reservoir on the back side, which I think looks pretty good. It holds up to 40 ounces and can be removed for easy cleaning.
On top, there’s a 2″ black and white touchscreen with super easy controls. Because of the new scanner, the machine will automatically know what type of pods you’re brewing. Just pick a favorite brew size and press brew button. The drip tray is removable of course. Use it when brewing single cups, or replace with Keurig 2.0 carafe when brewing multiple cups.
The K250 retails for $129.99 and is available in seven colors: black, orange zest, sandy pearl, strawberry, turquoise, violet, and white. The carafe is sold separately ($30.00).
These models are also available:
K475 model – 70 oz. removable reservoir, 9 brew sizes, auto ON and OFF, color touchscreen, favorite settings, carafe included, $149.99 (now $40 off on Amazon)
K575 model – 80 oz. removable reservoir, 10 brew sizes, auto ON and OFF, color touchscreen, favorite settings, customizable clock, wallpaper and night light, carafe included $179.99
If you like the design but you prefer classic series Keurig coffee makers, new Keurig K-Select is a good alternative.
USABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Brewing your morning cup with Keurig K250 is simple. No messing with grinding coffee beans and using filters.
To make a single cup of coffee, insert the k-cup of your choice, select the brew size (4,6,8 or 10 oz) and press flashing BREW button. The mechanism to insert the pod will feel familiar if you’ve used Keurig machines before. Once preheated, the machine brews a 8 oz cup in about 49 seconds.
With Keurig K250 you can also brew new Keurig k-carafe and k-mug pods. To do a carafe, remove the drip tray and insert the Keurig carafe securely in its place. Make sure to place the little cut out in the slot at the bottom of your machine.
Then, take one k-carafe pod, place in the pod holder and close the handle. Select a brew size (2-3 cups, 3-4 cups or 4-5 cups) and press brew button. That’s it! The machine needs about 2.30 minutes to brew an entire carafe.
K-mugs are ideal if you need more than a cup in the morning and you love travel mugs, because they do make a stronger brew. Like with k-cups, just insert the k-mug into the machine, choose 12 or 14 oz brew size and press brew button. The K250 is pretty tall and it fits travel mugs just fine.
available brew sizes
What about the bad? When you turn the machine on, it will need some time to do an initial preheating. A full reservoir (40 ounces) heats up in about 3 minutes. But, once that initial heat up is completed the heating process speed up significantly. The machine needs maybe 10, 15 seconds to heat up between brews. That’s pretty good.
Keurig 2.0 K250 is compatible with three different Keurig pod options: k-cup, k-mug and k-carafe.
As you probably already know, k-cups come in 500+ varieties, from more than 75 brands. The k-cup line includes coffees, teas, hot chocolates and iced drinks. But you have to make sure to buy Keurig branded pods that have white outer ring, and the black Keurig Brewed seal on the lid.
K-mug is ideal for brewing 12 – 14 ounce travel mugs because it makes a stronger brew. They have no2 on the label and normally a 12 ct k-mug box cost $13.99. Right now there are 5 k-mug varieties to choose from.
To brew a carafe, you will need a k-carafe pod. They have a no1 on the label and right now there are 16 k-carafe varieties. A box of 8 k-carafe pods usually retails for $12.99.
K-mug and K-carafe pods are partially recyclable, as the plastic cups are constructed from polypropylene #5.But you do have to remove the lid and filter. K-cups are still not recyclable.
Starbucks Verismo pods, Nespresso or the CBTL pods won’t work in Keurig 2.0.
How to use non-branded k-cups or reusable k-cups in Keurig 2.0
You should know that Keurig 2.0 brewers only work with Keurig branded k-cups or more precisely – the one with updated labels. Keurig 2.0 scanner won’t brew old Keurig branded k-cups (the one without an outer ring and Keurig brewed seal), non-Keurig brand packs or old type of reusable k-cups. However, there are few things that you can do to brew any k-cup brand in Keurig 2.0:
1. You can cut the top of updated Keurig branded k-cup or k-carafe and attach it on top of your non-branded k-cup.
2. Cut the left side of updated label and attach it to the left side of any k-cup you want to brew
3. You can even buy special stickers ($5.00) for this purpose
4. You can attach a part of the label over the scanner itself.
Good news: For those of you who want to use their own coffee in Keurig 2.0 or simply prefer eco-friendly options, you can purchase Keurig 2.0 reusable filter for $14.99. This filter works with all 2.0 series brewers and it’s optimized for brewing a k-cup size (4 – 12 ounce). If you want to brew your own coffee as a carafe, you can get a different, reusable carafe filter.
Maintenance and support
All Keurig 2.0 brewers include a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739). It’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly using a wet cloth and descaling your machine to keep it in a good shape (here’s a step-by-step guide). The system also has a new maintenance alert feature and will let you know when it needs to be descaled or when to replace water filters.
40-ounce removable reservoir
black and white touchscreen
9 brew sizes (same for all 2.0 models):
for k-cups 4,6,8 and 10 ounces
for k-mugs 12 and 14 ounces
for k-carafes 2-3 cups, 3-4 cups, and 4-5 cups.
The difference between Keurig K200 and K250? When the K250 was first released there were two different offers, the K200 and K250. It’s important to know that the two machines are absolutely the same, it’s just about the accessories that come with them. The K200 usually was only a brewer, and the K250 also included descaling solution, k-cup variety pack, filters etc. It’s a same with the K400/475 and K500/575. It’s just about what accessories are included in the box.
There are few cons I should mention too:
Quality: If you want a machine that is built to last, Keurig probably should not be your first choice. These machines do not last very long. If you’re lucky, your machine might last a year or two but in most cases, you will start having issues with your machine after just a few months. The company has a really good customer service and they are always very helpful though.
Hot coffee: If you like your coffee really hot, Keurig will underperform. K-cups are brewed at 192° F and k-carafes at 197° F . The k-cup brewing temperature is below the optimal brewing temperature (195°–205°F) and for some, this is a really big flaw.
If you already own a Keurig, try running one cup without inserting the pod to preheat the unit really well and also rinse the mug with hot water to preheat it before you brew the coffee. This will save some heat and the coffee will be a bit hotter.
Cleaning: Even though you only need to descale your Keurig every 3,4 months, keeping your machine nice and clean on a daily basis is a bit more complicated. Cleaning the brew head is complicated and time-consuming. It always better to choose a coffee maker you can clean quickly every day.
So, even though it offers a huge convenience and a ton of different pod options, Keurig might not be the best choice for everyone. If you want a machine that is built to last and make good, hot coffee, I would rather recommend one of these coffee makers.
The Keurig 2.0 K250 is the smallest and the most affordable 2.0 brewer. It can do 9 different cup sizes, it’s fast, easy to use and with 7 different colors to choose from it will look awesome anywhere (I love the white one). So it’s a great choice if you want a Keurig brewer and don’t want to overspend. If you need a bigger water reservoir or an auto ON feature, I recommend K475.