I’ve been using and recommending Keurig for a long time. That’s because brewing a perfect 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, this system is very similar to K-cup system we all love. However, the main characteristic of Keurig Vue is that it’s completely programmable. It has a touchscreen system which allows you to control the size, strength and the temperature of your drinks.
With so many options to choose from, the Vue is giving you access to making all kinds of drinks: coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Regular or strong coffee. Hot and iced coffees/ teas. Cup sizes from 4 oz to 18 oz! And with its new air-infusion system you can also create frothy, cafe style drinks.
In fact, the Vue system has just been recognized as a as a 2013 gold Edison Award winner in the consumer packaged goods beverage preparation category.
At this moment, there are three different Vue home-use models V700, V600 and their brand new V500.
All Vue brewers use the same technology why you don’t have to worry about the quality of the drinks. There’s just a small difference in size, options and prices.
- programmable touchscreen
– strength control
– temperature control
– removable water reservoir with flip-top lid
– removable & adjustable drip tray
– energy savings mode (auto on/off)
– makes hot and iced coffee, regular or strong coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Keurig Vue 500 : cup sizes 7: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 oz, water reservoir capacity: 60 oz. , dimensions / weight: 12.5″H x 8.75″W x 9.75″D / 11.64 lbs. , price: $119.99
Keurig Vue 600 : cup sizes 8: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 oz. , water reservoir capacity: 74 oz. , dimensions / weight: 12.52″H x 10.07″W x 11.8″D / 13.1 lbs., price: $139.99
Vue 700 : cup sizes 8: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 oz., water reservoir capacity: 74 oz., color touchscreen, dimensions / weight: 12.52″H x 10.07″W x 11.8″D / 13.1 lbs., price: $149.99
Vue vs K-cups, the difference between K-cup and the Vue, etc. ? It’s how they work. 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. But the Vue is doing something even better. It makes a specific combination of water pressure, timing and airflow, depending on our settings. It will actually customize the brewing process, just to make that perfect cup.
What are the Vue packs? Vue packs are individual portion packs of coffee, tea or hot chocolate used originally for Keurig Vue single cup brewing system. 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.
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 (60 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. However, 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 machine that makes espresso, you might want to check out these coffee makers.
Do they make reusable vue packs? 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.
K cup or Vue, which is better? As far as the machine & drink quality and all the extra features, the Vue is by far a better machine. 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. But, it’s really important to follow your own taste and just get the one you think will work out better for you. But, if you decide to get the k-cup machine, just a quick suggestion. Personally, I love my Elite ($119.00). It has a quiet brew technology, removable 48 oz water reservoir, 3 cup sizes – 6, 8 and 10 oz, auto off. And if you’re looking for the best k-cup 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. And it’s really popular.
ps. the holiday prep series continues… if you need help choosing the right model, or you’re in some kind of holiday-coffee-gifts dilemma, just post your questions in the comments below and I will do my best to help as much as I can.