I’ve been using and recommending Keurig for a long time. That’s because brewing fresh cup of coffee is always easy with Keurig. In today’s brand new episode, we’re staying on our theme to talk about the Keurig Vue System.
As far as the operation and simplicity, the Keurig Vue is very similar to highly popular K-cup system. You just take the Vue pod, insert the pod in the machine, close the handle, press the button and your coffee is ready in less than a minute.
But, a really great thing about Vue is that it’s a completely programmable coffee maker. With Vue you can control the size, strength and the temperature of your drinks. You can adjust water temperature or set the timer to turn on the machine each morning for you, and much more.
The touchscreen on this machine is super simple to use. It offers three main drink options: coffee/tea, brew over ice and cafe drinks and you just need to choose the one you want. You can also adjust the temperature of your drinks, within 187 ºF and 197 ºF range (the default temperature is 192ºF). Depending on the pod choice, you can make coffee, tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee/tea and their specially designed cafe beverages.
For coffee, you can also set a desired strength, by choosing regular/ strong option.
And, my favorite thing about this machine is a huge number of cup sizes. Depending on the model you’ll have 7 or 8 different cup sizes to choose from: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 oz. For this reason Vue pods come in two different sizes: regular and travel mug size.
Please note: Even though the system itself is almost perfect, you’ll probably have to buy the pods online. For some reason, most grocery stores don’t carry vue cups even if they have a ton of k-cups in their offer.
Usual price for a box with 16 regular vue cups is $11.99 ($0.74 each) and $9.99 for 12 travel mug vue cups ( $0.83 each. these cups have 20% more coffee and are ideal for large cup choices like 14 or 16 oz).
At this moment, there are three different Vue home-use models: V700, V600 and V500.
All Vue brewers use the same technology why you don’t have to worry about the quality of the drinks. You can make: hot and iced coffee, regular or strong coffee, tea, hot chocolate. They have a programmable touchscreen with drink strength, temperature and size control. Removable water reservoir with flip-top lid and removable & adjustable drip tray, and energy saving mode (on/off).
There’s only a small difference in cup and reservoir size, dimensions and prices. Vue 500 has 7 cup sizes and 60 ounces water reservoir, while V600 and V700 have one extra cup size choice (18 ounces) and 74 ounces water reservoir capacity. The only difference between 600 and 700 is a color touchscreen on the 700 model.
Keurig Vue 500, $119.99: 7 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 oz; 60 ounces water reservoir; dimensions: 12.5″H x 8.75″W x 9.75″D / 11.64 lbs.
Keurig Vue 600, $139.99: 8 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 oz. , 74 oz water reservoir; dimensions: 12.52″H x 10.07″W x 11.8″D / 13.1 lbs.
Keurig Vue 700, $149.99: 8 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 oz.; 74 oz water reservoir, color touchscreen, dimensions: 12.52″H x 10.07″W x 11.8″D / 13.1 lbs.
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Vue vs K-cups, the difference between K-cup and the Vue, etc. ? The main difference are the pods and how they work. K-cup machines: After we place a k-cup 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& hot coffee goes directly into the mug. Keurig Vue: Vue is doing something better – it makes a specific combination of water pressure, timing and airflow, depending on our settings. This results in pretty much a customized, perfect cup of coffee.
Different from K-cups, vue packs have two layers – plastic cup and filter with coffee. There’s a free space between them and this is exactly where all the magic happens. While the K-cup maker makes holes on top and bottom of a k-cup, Vue makes two holes on the top and uses this empty space to redistribute water pressure and air differently – and, they are recyclable.
K cup or Vue, which is better? Although Vue is much more powerful thanks to all these cool features (huge number of cup sizes, temperature and strength control, air infusion system), the truth is that Vue and K-cup machines are not that different. They use coffee pods, which is super convenient, saves time and guarantees fresh & hot cup of coffee. Both can do regular coffee, tea and hot chocolate, but not espresso.
However, the pod choices, price and the fact that most grocery stores carry k-cups, but not vue cups, makes k-cup machine let’s say, a practical choice.
If you decide to get a k-cup machine instead, here’s a quick suggestion. I love my Keurig Elite ($119.00) and I can totally recommend it. It has a quiet brew technology, removable 48 oz water reservoir, 3 cup sizes – 6, 8 and 10 oz, auto off. If you want the best k-cup machine model there’s Keurig Platinum ($179.00). This one has a quiet brew technology, removable 72 oz water reservoir, 5 brew sizes 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz, programmable on/off timer, removable drip tray and display. This one is super popular. Read more about Keurig k-cup coffee makers.
Can you use regular k-cups with the Keurig Vue? Unfortunately, vue packs are not compatible with K-cup brewers, and vice versa.The good news is that k-cups and vue packs have almost an identical price. They can’t be found in over 200 varieties like K-cups, but the vue packs offer is very nice too (52 varieties, coffees/teas/ different brands).
However, there’s a small trick that you can use if you have an old travel size vue cup. Save the top layer ( plastic basket), get a k-cup, make a small hole at the bottom of you k-cup and place into the vue basket. Use as vue cup. Please note: It’s always best to use original cups since these things can sometimes damage your machine. But, for most people this is a good option to use a coffee maker with k-cups.
Does Keurig Vue do espresso? No. The Keurig Vue doesn’t make real espresso coffee. They have some nice extra bold vue cups you can use to make really strong coffee and use it as a base for your homemade iced and milky drinks. But, again, that’s not real espresso. If you want a Keurig that makes espresso, there’s Keurig Rivo $229.00. It uses specially designed Lavazza espresso pods and has a bult in milk fother which is great. But you won’t be able to make regular coffee with this machine. If you want a single serve machine that can do both , espresso and regular coffee, Starbucks Verismo $119.00 – $149.00 and Nespresso VertuoLine $299.00, might be just the right choice.
Do they make reusable vue packs? Can you use your own coffee in Keurig Vue? YES. You can use the V1 gold Solofill reusable vue cup ($18.00) in your Vue. Works with all Vue models: 700, 600 and v500.
Best grind for Keurig Vue? If you’re using a reusable vue cup, I suggest the medium grind level (try to get the texture that feels/ looks like beach sand).
Keurig Vue – discontinued? Officially, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Vue system. But in reality, people are having hard time finding the pods in grocery stores. They do sell pods online and you can use a reusable pod. If that’s fine and you really want that air movement and all the cool features Vue have, then Vue is definitely a machine for you. If you don’t want to take any risks, then you might want to think about a different single serve coffee maker system/ model.
Are Vue packs BPA free? According to Keurig, all parts that come into contact with water and Vue packs are BPA free (BPA: Bisphenol A).
How to descale Keurig Vue? Cleaning and descaling your Vue is not that hard, but it’s important if you want to keep your coffee maker clean and healthy. For this purpose you can use original Keurig Descaling Solution $12.99, Urnex cleaning liquid $9.95 or regular white vinegar. And, here’s a video showing how to descale your Vue brewer properly:
help & resources:
Vue brewers manuals online
Keurig customer service: 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739)
I hope this helps. Thanks so much for reading and contributing, as always! xoxo