Brewing a fresh cup of coffee is always easy with Keurig. And, in today’s brand new episode, we’re staying on our theme to talk about the Keurig Vue System.
Update 2015: Keurig Vue is a powerful machine. And, even though you can still purchase Vue brewers online (including all three models: Vue 500, V600 and V700), you will most probably have to buy the pods online too. That’s because most grocery stores don’t carry vue cups. It’s a different story with k-cups of course, which you can find almost anywhere. You can get a reusable filter for your Vue machine though.
I also don’t like the fact that they no longer sell Vue brewers at Keurig. com, nor you can easily find all the parts. That’s why I think that choosing a brewer from their k-cup line instead is a smart thing to do. As far as their regular k-cup line, right now I can recommend Keurig Elite ($119.00). It has a quiet brew technology, removable 48 oz water reservoir, 3 cup sizes – 6, 8 and 10 oz, auto off. If you want their latest k-cup models there’s Keurig 2.0 product line ($149.99 – $199.99). These machines use regular k-cups but can also do a 4 cup carafe.
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 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.
Even though the system itself is almost perfect and makes great coffee, you’ll probably have to buy vue pods online. For some reason, vue cups are not as easy to find at grocery stores as k-cups.
Right now there are 48 pod options to choose from (coffee, tea and hot chocolate). 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) . The travel size vue cups have 20% more coffee and are ideal for large cup choices like 14 or 16 oz.
Different from non-recyclable k-cups, the vue cups are made of no5 plastic so they are recyclable in most areas.
And, if you want to use your own coffee, there’s a reusable vue cup ($15.00) available. The filter works with all Vue models: 700, 600 and v500.
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 of course, their price. The Vue 500 $119.99 has 60 ounce water reservoir capacity and 7 cup size options. Both V600 $139.99 and V700 $149.99 have 8 cup choices (the 18 ounces cup) and a 74 ounces water reservoir. The only difference between 600 and 700 is the color touchscreen on V700 model.
Maintenance and support
The Keurig Vue includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. To keep your Vue in good shape, it’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly and descaling it every three to six months. The process is easy and the company also provided step-by-step instructions for descaling. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739).
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 simple white vinegar. And, here’s a video showing how to descale your Vue brewer properly:
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? Keurig Vue is a powerful brewer. However, the limited pod choices, brewer price and the fact that most grocery stores carry k-cups, but not vue cups is not good. I also don’t like the fact that they don’t sell Vue brewers at Keurig. com any longer nor they sell parts. Personally, I think that choosing a brewer from their k-cup line is a smart thing to do.
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 their latest k-cup model there’s Keurig 2.0 product line ($149.99 – $199.99). This machines uses regular k-cups but can also do a 4 cup carafe.
Can you use regular k-cups with the Keurig Vue? Unfortunately, vue packs are not compatible with K-cup brewers, and vice versa. 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.
Can Keurig Vue do espresso? No. Even though these brewers have an air-infusion system that gives nice, frothy drinks, they can’t do real espresso coffee. If you want a Keurig that makes only 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. However, if you want a single serve machine that can do both , espresso and regular coffee, Starbucks Verismo $119.00 – $149.00, 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 ($15.00) 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 nothing wrong with the Vue system. But in reality, people are having hard time finding the pods in grocery stores. And, the Vue brewers are no longer available for purchase at Keurig .com. They do sell vue pods online but if you’re thinking about getting a Vue, I would probably choose a different brewer from their k-cup line.
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).
I hope this helps. Thanks so much for reading and contributing, as always! xoxo