December 8, 2004
Keurig B50 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review
We were very excited to see that on December 1st (and from a fury of emails) that the folks at Keurig had introduced a new Single Cup/Serve Coffee maker in the form of the B50. We reviewed the Keurig B100 earlier in the year and we weren't that impressed for the money - at $249.95 the B100 was a little too expensive for most people looking at the Single Serve Coffee arena and was much better suited for Home Office use.
Buy the Keurig B50 Gourmet Single-Cup Brewing System
New Keurig B50 Details
The Keurig B50 is a smaller yet totally redesigned Keurig. From the way the K-Cups go in, to the look of the machine - it's a totally different experience than the B100.
- Less noisy - the Keurig B50 is almost totally silent when it heats up and brews a K-Cup
- It's much sexier in the design. The handle alone - to open and close the B50 gives us a feeling of quality and excitement
- It brews 2 different cup sizes like Senseo and others.
- It's the first Single Serve Coffee maker to have a LCD Clock!
- The packaging and the entire product experience is so much better than earlier Keurig efforts. It's like opening a iPod for the first time
Opening Up the Keurig B50
We were really disappointed last time that the product design/package design experience was so lacking from the Keurig B100 - this time it's not. The box is downright gorgeous for a coffee maker, and the materials and even the flaps of the inner box are printed with useful information. This makes for a total product experience.
Set up was a breeze. I'm not going to go into a detailed prep set up here - but it's good to note - you only need to brew one cup of water with the B50 to get started and the water reserervoir is really well designed.
Brewing a K-Cup Cup of Coffee with the Keurig B50
The B50 comes with a sampler pack of 18 K-Cups from Green Mountain coffee, other coffee makers, and also teas from Bigelow. The sampler pack contains a little bit of everything - so it will surely fit anyone's taste of strong to mild brews to get you started.
We picked the Dark Roast from Green Mountain Coffee and opened up the machine. We popped the K-Cup into the machine by pulling the machined aluminum handle up - and WOW. The K-Cup holder area is presented to you - it pops forward to allow you to easily put a K-Cup in. Really nice design here and very fun to pop the little cup in.
We then closed the machine and you get to pick from a 6 oz or 8 oz cup size. This is very important - I want a strong cup of coffee and the old Keurig B100 had only one setting. It's nice to be able to dial up the strength or dial it down by picking 4 or 8 ounces. Awesome work Keurig!
Brewing a cup of coffee is very quiet. The B100 was noisy and sounded like a duck going crazy - the B50 is almost totally silent. The coffee is produced in less than a minute and is piping hot.
Our Impressions of K-Cup Coffee
When we tested the different coffees in the B100 - we weren't that impressed. However - the B50 seems to make a much better cup of coffee, and the K-Cup is a pleasant surprise to use over wet pods that you need to throw away.
The Dark Roast Green Mountain coffee was excellent, along with the Van Houtte and others. I had my mother in law test the tea - and she thought it was much improved as well. Either we are tired of Single Serve Coffee and excited to have a cup of standard Joe - or the B50 is somehow much better than our first attempt at K-Cup coffee with the B100.
The Keurig B50 is a total winner. It looks great, it makes great coffee, and it's a fantastic design. We think aestheticly you can't get much better than Senseo - but when you put the two makers side to side, the B50 stands up really well.
We can't but recommend the Keurig B50 as a total must buy if you have the cash. It does cost $169.95 from Keurig - but unlike the B100 for $249.95 - we think it's worth it.
I wish they hadn't named it the B50, because it's not a step down from the B100 at all - it's a total step up, maybe even many steps up. We love the B50 and we are finally adding a second Single Serve Coffee maker to our Single Serve Coffee arsenal.
At Green Mountain Coffee
Update 08/30/05: We preferred the 6oz setting in most of the coffee's we've tried using the Keurig B50 over the past year. The 8oz setting will work for the darker K-Cups, but since we prefer a stronger cup of coffee we sometimes use the 6 oz setting for the darker K-Cups as well. See our review of the Extra Bold Dark Sumantran here.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 8, 2004 11:00 AM
My Keurig was a Xmas gift & I loved it until about 1 1/2 mos. ago when it started to shut off on me. I take out the water holder & rub the bottom & that'll help sometimes. Is it the water holder or the brewer itself that's causing this problem? Also, I tried the adapter to use my own coffee but that was a disaster ... the coffee poured out all over rather than just in the cup. If there is a quick remedy to fix my problem please let me know. Without these problems, I love the brewer.
My Machine will not always give me the cup that was selected. It will give me half this time and then overfill next time.
Has anyone experienced this? and what did you do to correct.
Talking to other users I know they also say their machine is possessed, and will be OK for a week and then act up!
I got a Keurig for Christmas this year and I can't imagine why anyone would think that what these things produce in any way resembles a good cup of coffee. It is weak, weak, weak, even with the extra-bold K-cups. I should say that I have been drinking French press coffee for 20 years, and so I am used to a rich cup of coffee, but I don't know why anyone would want a cup that wasn't rich. I've heard there is a refillable K-cup thing, so I may try getting one of those and stuffing it with finely ground espresso roast, but I'm not hopeful. Given what I know of the Keurig process I can't imagine how it would ever produce rich coffee. Think about how coffee is normally made: by French press, where the grounds steep for several minutes before pressing; by normal brewing methods, where hot water very slowly percolates through the grounds, or by espresso maker, where highly-pressurized steam extracts every bit of flavor from the grounds. Now think about the Keurig process, where moderately hot water is mildly forced down the center of a cup of grounds in about 30 seconds total. There just isn't enough time (or heat and pressure) for the water to extract the goods from the grounds. There isn't! It could never produce rich coffee. Never! The public has been scammed by a slick-looking toy (with fancy blue lights - ooooh!), and would rather put up with weak coffee than admit that it had been had. You've been had people! Get yourself a French press and kick the Keurig to the sidewalk because that stuff you're drinking is not what could reasonably be called coffee.
The instructions provided with the B50 state that for use with a travel mug, the proper procedure is to run two separate brew cycles into the travel mug after removal of the drip tray insert. In other words, you'll need to brew one K-cup into the mug and remove and discard the cup after one use. Then you'll insert a second K-cup of the same variety and run the cycle once more into your mug. That should fill it pretty close to full and keep that strong coffee flavor.
Hope that helps everyone who is having travel mug issues!
I also have the problem of the larger coffee cup settings producing coffee that is too weak. This is definitely something they should look into for the next model. Maybe have a k-cup holder than adjusts for larger k-cups (for travel mugs)? I always use a 16oz travel mug, but if I put it on the largest cup setting, the coffee is barely drinkable since I'm still only using a k-cup which seems to be better for a 4 or 6oz mug.
That sounds very odd. Perhaps you need to descale the brewer and clean it out. Also you might want to try the extra bolds for stronger coffee.
Have any other Keurig owners noticed that after awhile (for me its been about 10 months) the coffee isn't as strong as it was when machine first purchased? I sort of remember reading this on a review last summer when deciding which model to buy. The past few days the coffee tastes "watery" altho I have not changed anything in the way/size selection when I make it.
Nevermind. Apparently, after doing the above and letting it sit unplugged for a day did the trick. Not sure why it had to sit there for a while, but I'm not knocking it. Celebrating with a Coffee People K-cup with a smidge of Irish Creme... and happy to have my B50 in working order again! :-)
Anthony, I have the same problem -- my B50 won't brew and the menu is unresponsive. Do the connectors both have to be completely removed for this to work? I'm wondering if the vibration from the B50 caused something to need reseating.
The rear connector's in there far enough, though, that I'm afraid I won't be able to reseat it if I pop it all the way off.
Guess I don't have much to lose if I do pop it completely off at this point. Just wanted to double-check. I did reseat them (the blue wire's connector was almost completely off), but that didn't help.
B50 - love it - but has a fit once in awhile - support will tell you to unplug for some time - reconnect and sometimes it works. Up to today the LED screen would not permit brewing just went back to "Ready" mode no menu mode. Took the base cover off - detached 2 knife connectors to "relay" heard a click which was what I wanted to hear (power cycle) reattached 2 connectors - working just fine. Keurig Support no help.
I spoke with customer service this morning. I even had her listen to the noise on the phone. She said this is perfectly normal and suggested placing a rubber mat under the machine to absorb some of the noise.
I also got the B50 for Christmas. I like that I can have flavored coffee and my husband can have extra bold. Both fresh! As with the previous poster, my only complaint is the noise. The thing vibrates and is SOOOO loud. Is this normal? Do I have a defective one?
I bought the B50 for my husband's birthday which is a day after Christmas. I set it up and it is very loud before and after it brews. Is this normal? I know that is supposed to make a vibrating sound, but this is just so loud. I emailed customer service today, but it is Christmas Day, so I doubt I'll hear from them for a few days. Thanks!
My Husband purchased for me the B50 machine for an early Christmas present. I have had the Senseo machine and have loved the rich creamy taste. He said the Keurig machine would be impressive. Well, I have to say it brews the worst cup of coffee ever. Even on the 7.5oz size the only acceptable flavors are the bold. The hot chocolate tastes like hot water with a dash of something chocolate. When I first tasted the awful stuff I thought to myself there has to be something wrong with the machine, it seemed to be dispensing too much water? I contacted Keurig on December 10th and was told someone would contact me in 1 business day. A few business days passed and I contacted them again, I was told the same thing. I contacted them yesterday and finally had someone set up an appointment for a tech to call me around 5pm today. I left work early and waited and waited. I was told the department closed at 5:30. At 5:25 I called to see if someone was going to stand by their promise. Again, met by negativity, the only thing the customer line can do is repeat your name and address. There is ABSOLUTELY no support. No apologies just told again they were busy. I explained that I left work a bit early to make sure I was here to receive the call. I was told they were backed up. She put me on hold and tried to reach the tech department to find out why no one called me. She came back to tell me that the department was closed. Now this was the 3rd time they have ignored my request. I told the customer support person I would like to speak with a supervisor. They do not have supervisors I was told? Okay, then I would like someone to speak with someone at corporate. Nope, no one there either not even a phone number. The best she could do was have someone call me. The waiting game again. At that point I immediately decided to send the machine back, now it was just an issue of customer service. About 5 minutes from hanging up "someone" called me. I think someone finally got the message I was upset by no one answering me. She told me she had been trying to reach me all day and my phone was out of service. Nice excuse. Blame it on the customer. I told her I had received messages on my answering machine that day, it had to be on her end, she said uh huh. This person was very short and rude and quite nasty. She basically summed up that I knew nothing about coffee or how to run the machine. Yes, that is what she implied. Amazing. I would not purchase another Keurig machine if they were $1.00. The customer support is horrendous and down right deplorable. If you get a machine that is working correctly wonderful, enjoy. If you ever need customer support get ready for sub standard treatment. Your just a number or maybe someone who does not know coffee or better yet maybe your phone has been disconnected and someone has been feverishly trying to reach you.
I personally have a complaint about the Keurig B50. The first one I bought lasted about 6 months and then went caput. I am the only coffee drinker in the house and I only have a cup in the morning. The company provided me with a second one.(nice of them)..that has lasted two years. I have a problem with a coffee machine that is expensive and lasts only two years. They did offer to let me buy a better model but I get very upset when I go to get my coffee in the morning and the machine starts syphoning water out at me. My brother in law and his friend had the same problem.
through work I acquired one of these machines but, the faulty part had already been sent back and replaced for the clients with a new machine. So, I tried to send the machine back for service or to purchase the faulty part.
I am shocked!!!….they won’t let me purchase the part needed…they won’t take the machine back…and when I asked if I should take the machine (which by the way is in perfect condition less the one piece missing) to the land fill…she said yes. I am appalled that they want nothing to do with the machine b/c they already fulfilled there obligation with the customer who purchased it. I told her the reason I wanted to fix it was from an environmental standpoint…and she said there was nothing the company could do…the machine was useless to them now.
It's not so much the terrible customer service issue as it is the environmental impact. What kind of company allows for such a large carbon footprint?
I will make another call to the company and maybe talk to somebody who wants to help. Or maybe I will find out that Keurig could care less about our planet.
My B50 only shows "Not Ready" What to do? Menu and water descriptors seem accuarte but it doesn't work.
I have tried several coffee makers, including an ungodly expensive Jura machine, a Senseo and other "regular" coffee makers, but when I found the Keurig machine, I fell in love. The variety is unsurpassed as is the quality of the coffee or tea. And for me, shipping from Keurig only takes 2 days, so I've never run out of coffee. I loved it so much that I bought one for the office, too (and now, the entire office orders K-Cups and several have purchased them for their homes as well). I highly recommend this unit for someone who likes a wide variety of quality coffee (and the Tully's Kona Blend is awesome).
Thelma, your comment is interesting - I'm wondering if the brewer was defective or something (although I don't see how - defective *K-cups* I can imagine, but the brewer just shoves water through the K-cup...) I do like strong coffee (as mentioned above, and I'll add the Green Mountain Sumatra Gold to my favorites list - and Van Houtte Chocolate Almond - with sugar and whipped cream it's a delightful dessert coffee) But I'm digressing... Another person at work also is finicky about coffee and he likes it strong also - and he's praised the Keurig and K-cups and the blends we're getting (those I mentioned and a bunch of others) I'm not sure why you were getting weak coffee, unless you like it way stronger than we do. (I drink mine with milk, Dave drinks his black) I agree with your comment about Green Mountain's service, btw - they're fantastic folks. You might check with them again and see if they can figure out why you weren't getting strong enough coffee. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, you might try their Burundi coffee (ugly greenish label) - I found it a bit too strong with a 'bite' to it. I mix it with the Ethiopian fair-trade coffee. 2 parts Burundi to 1 part Ethiopian. I didn't like either by themselves but this mix is very good. (has even been praised by Dave at work! They call it 'Al's coffee' :) Funny part is I only mixed them the first time to get rid of them.
I tried the Keurig B60 with no such luck. I tried all different roasts of coffee with different settings (spent nearly $100 just on coffee K-cups alone - even Extra Bold versions) and the coffee tasted TERRIBLE. Just always way too weak. I returned the unit to Green Mountain (who were just fabulous about the return) but now I'm stuck with about 100 K-cups which I can't return. For someone who likes a strong cup of coffee, I don't think this will be the brewer for you. The convenience is GREAT, but the coffee tastes weak.
I am very fussy about my coffee and making a whole pot at a crack just doesn't cut it.
After going through three pod coffee makers which went obsolete, I have pretty much had it with pod technology. Yet, I do want a good cup of coffee without waste.
Well, I was shopping at Costco and found the B50 for $129.99, complete with 90 K-cups. Yes, not 18, but 90. PLUS a reusable coffee filter, to use your own coffee. Factoring in the amount of coffee and the filter, $129.99 didn't seem like such a bad price and I gave it a shot.
Plugged the pot at home, made a cup and ran back to Costco to buy another to replace my office pod brewer!
I have a B60 machine. We love the machine but quite often we get grounds in our coffee. The top of the K cup is bulged like the coffee is coming out the top. The lower peircing needle is not clogged. Any thoughts??
B70 with free reusable filter at Amazon for $160. Not sure what happened, I entered coupon code "novsaver" and went through a link for a Friday sale, plus I have amazon prime so I got 2 day shipping for free. I think ground shipping is free anyways.
The B60 would have ended up being $100 after promotions and would have also come with the free filter.
The Keurig B50 is on sale at BJ's for $129.99 with 90 K-cups.
What an awesome website!!! Just bought a Kuerig B50, at least I think thats what it is at Bed Bath and Beyond. I had no idea about Kuerig, just really loved the design. It was the last one they had, no box, no instructions, but at least I got a discount on it.
Came home and jumped online to see if I could get some info and BAM, found this awesome site and great info on the B50. If anyone knows where I could get the instruction manual for the B50, PLEASE let me know.
Good to know there are others out there as passionate about their coffee as I am. Long Live Coffee and this website!!!
Recently I've been enjoying having both machines. I haven't heard any rumblings of Keurig being able to do any latte action.
I was wondering,also,if there will be latte or hot chocolate k-cups in the near future. I'm trying to decide between Tassimo or Keurig. Does anyone have any preferences?
The first time I tried K-cups was five or six years ago at a new client's office. I was ready to go buy a commercial machine it was that good!
My wife and I bought a B100 a year or so later (now 3 or four years ago) - it *was* expensive, but we justified it as a Christmas gift to each other.
Since then, I've rarely gone out for coffee. I'll buy it with a meal, but won't bother getting a cup just to have coffee - I'll either take a cup with me or wait 'till I get home. Our coffee consumption *did* go through the roof the first couple of months!
Our B100 went belly-up last year; we replaced it with a B60 special edition; the three brewing sizes is really nice.
The coffee *is* expensive - about half-a-dollar (US) a cup - but compared with $1.50 to $3.50 at a coffee shop, it's well worth it.
Another recommendation - Van Houtte Cafe. We'd been getting Green Mountain coffee (which is darn good) but with our B60 there were some samples; the Kenya Kilimanjaro was phenomenal. Every sip I was saying "damn that's good!" (*really*! it was pretty funny...) It's become my standard brew now. (they renamed it Kenya Extra Bold now - I still call it Kilimanjaro... coffee this good deserves a name with character...)
I recently bought a Keurig B50 and am thrilled with it. I have used most of the K-Cups from the sample pack and have also found that some make a very weak cup of coffee. I also purchased a "My Own K-Cup" so that I can use my favorite Starbucks coffees because they have not come out with k-cups yet. It's a little messy, since if you want to drink a large mug of coffee, you have to clean the filter between the two brewings. For health reasons, I should only drink decaf and wish that there would be more flavored decaf K-Cups other than Vanilla and Hazelnut (although I sometimes cheat and make 1/2 decaf and 1/2 caffeinated). But, so far I am very satisfied with my new extravagance. Since I am the only coffee drinker in my family, it's perfect for just me!
Typically K-Cups have fresh by dates on them. It can last 2-3 months before starting the slow decline of freshness.
HOW LONG CAN THE COFFEE STAY IN THE K CUP, IS THERE AN EXPIRATION
I just bought a Keurig B50 at Best Buy for 72.99. I had thought it was supposed to be more expensive, and they told me it was a close out. When I took it home I was wondering whether it had been a return--I don't think it is--but when I opened the sample pack, a lot of the K-cups were out of date. I think that may be why the unit was on sale--so I am going to call Keurig and see whether they will update my sample pack. I am a tea drinker and almost bought the Tassimo because it had Twinings Earl Grey--but now I see that Twinings has an Earl Grey K-cup too--has anyone tried it yet? I also hope they come out soon with an orange non herbal spiced tea like the Tassimo has.
I'm in the market for a single serve machine & I've gathered tons of great information on this site already! The Keurig B60 is looking like the best option right now - especially since I can get a filter and not waste all the coffee I have in my kitchen! Does anyone have the filter? I am a little disappointed there aren't any latte or hot chocolate (for the kids) K-cups, this is what attracted me to the Tassimo. Any chance these options may be on the horizon? Thanks for a comprehensive and truly valuable site!
This is a neat site and I learned a lot from it. I just got my Keurig and was all excited to try it. We ran several cycles to insure it was clean. Used filtered water. My wife and I tried several of the K cups samples and what a huge disappointment. It was WEAK! It was zero snap. For 200 bucks I expected it to bring it to me in bed! My $65 Sensco is MUCH better and my $35 French press is better than both of them. I am really bummed out and I am returning it tomorrow. I am sorry if this sounds harsh but I am telling it like it is.
In the Keurig section we have a run down of the new brewer and differences. We will be reviewing the B60 reusable K-Cup in the New Year.
I was shopping for a Keurig B60 and saw that Williams & Sonoma has a B60 SE exclusive model that works with either disposable K-Cups or a reusable K-Cup and filter basket. Has anyone tried this model?
I just bought one to give as a present for my hubby. I was going to buy the Braun Tassimo because they have the option for latte and hot chocolate (so my little kids can enjoy it too) but changed to Keurig the last second as I figure Keurig has been out and tested. I heard about Keurig coming out with hot chocolate too. Does anyone know when it will be available or is it already available? Thanks.
I've had the Keurig B50 for about a week and I LOVE IT.The machine is very impressive to look at, classy/stylish and oozing "money" dont get me wrong, this machine is every bit worth the cost and as a bonus is so simple to use. I am still working out which flavor of coffee I like the best and at which strength (small cup or bigger cup)but it's a fun project.My biggest complaint is having to keep filling up the water resovoir as we love the coffee so much we are drinking gallons of it.I keep a beautiful crystal water jug next to the B50 as it just seems to be the perfect partner to such a classy machine. I am always running late in the mornings and having the ability to grab a piping hot freshly brewed delicious cup of coffee in about 30 seconds is an absolute joy.Would I recommend the Keurig B50? you betcha I would and I already have to all my friends.To those of you who think it's expensive, well maybe it is but so what, dont we all deserve to endulge in a little pure luxury every now and again? Just buy it, and if you have a bunch of people come over (that you think don't deserve a 35c cup of coffee)you can always drag out the old coffee pot and keep the "good stuff" for yourself. I could never go back to making a pot of coffee, I'll admit it, I've crossed the line and I am totally hooked. Absolutely Sensational.
I highly recommend the B60 if you have the bucks. The three cup sizes and ability to change the water temp - awesome.
Has anyone tried the new Keurig B60 limited edition? Also, I'm about to purchase my first single serve coffee machine and am torn between the krups 1010 and the keurig B50 or B60. Any suggestions?
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS BEWARE!
Although Keurig is happily marketing their brewers in Europe and the UK, the machines are not electrically capable of being used there, and they will not stand by their product outside of the U.S. & Canada.
Despite using a suitable 3-pring adapter, the machine shorted out instantly, and Keurig sent a short reply that they do not stand by their machines outside of the U.S. They would offer no return/replacement/refund for the machine, nor the $300 worth of patented k-cups purchased along with it. We are out of pocket $500.
After consulting two electricians, they both say the machines cannot be used in Europe/UK safely. Due to the construction of the machine, it is impossible to ground them without breaking them open. Keurig is well aware of this problem, but continues to ship the brewers internationally without warning, and without warranty!
I received my B-50 as a gift from my sister this past summer for my summer homes new kitchen. We just love it. It looks pretty on the counter and everyone how has had coffee from it just loves it. I think many of them are thinking of changing to a Keurig system.
i love my new keurig coffee machine the only negative thing i have to say is that i wish it made a bigger cup of coffee. it doesnt even fill my smaller cups to the top!
I have had the old Keurig for more then a year I promptly bought the new one and love it as well. I took the old one to our vacation home. My Mom has one and loves hers! My husband works at several hospitals and they all have the commercial keurigs!!!
I have had my B-50 for about a month and love it. I paid $149.00 for it on the net. However, yesturday I saw it at a Williams-Sonoma for $118 on sale.
It holds about a pot of coffee's worth of water. About 48 ounces of water - so about 6 - 8oz cups.
What is the volume of water that the B-50 reservoir will hold? Haven't seen one "in-person" but I'm about one mouse-click away from buying on-line. My husband makes a pot of coffee in the a.m. and drinks it all day. Bleech!!
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I received the Senseo for Christmas 2004, and I loved it, but my husband didn't. He likes a large cup of coffee and could not fit a large mug under the coffee dispenser area. We heard about the Keurig B-50 from my brother and decided to buy one. Not only can you remove the bottom plate and set a tall mug under the dispenser but it brews a fantastic cup of coffee. Clean-up is unnecessary, coffee selection is wonderful, www.coffeewhiz.com is fantastic to do business with and I love the single cup brewing system that allows me to have a great cup in the morning and a great decaf cup in the evening with dessert. Offering our guests a selection is fun too. I highly recommend this system!
We love our Keurig B-50, and are thrilled with the new "Extra Bold" coffee options (currently only in Green Mountain Dark Magic and Sumatran flavors). We like our coffee strong, and both of the Extra Bold choices remain full-bodied in the 8 oz. setting. Most others are excellent (esp. Green Mtn. roasts) in the 5-oz. cup settings. All the teas we've tried are wonderful in the 8-oz. strength. We, too, have found that CoffeeWhiz.com prices and service are best, and by purchasing through them, the coffee is less than .35 per cup. In the long run, this is no more costly than grinding/brewing a full pot of Green Mountain coffee(inevitably,we waste a certain percentage of pot-brewed coffee). And the ease, convenience, absence of any waste, and quality of product are huge advantages.
We highly recommend this unit - even for those who prefer strong coffee. For those who enjoy milder coffee, there is huge variety in K-Cups. I suspect that Green Mountain will also offer more Extra Bold options over time.
Note regarding Debbie's experience with two (2) B-50's breaking: I'm guessing that there's something wrong with the electric outlet, OR that she did not follow directions and dedicate the outlet solely to the Keurig appliance (this is an important instruction!). Her complaint is the *only* one I've heard of regarding it's functioning properly!
We've had a Keurig in the office since September 2004 and it is worth every penny for its maintenance-free operation, great coffee, and "no-clean-up" after using it! I can't imagine that the B50 is any less impressive. Perhaps that last post was from a jealous competitor?
I bought a B50 Brewer in January. By April it was defective. Keurig sent a replacement, and by May that was also defective. I sent both back and I don't want anything more to do with Keurig. It's a shame, because the coffee was excellent, it's just the machine that is unreliable and poorly made. I do not recommend this brewer at all.
My wife and I bought the B-50 for the office Last week,and promptly bought a second one to replace the Senseo at home. Some of the Coffee choices were a little disappointing, but we settled on the darker roasts from Van Houtte and Green mountain. The clincher was the tea. All in all we liked the machine over the Senseo. The Larger water tank, easier cleanup, as well as the larger coffee selction helped us to make the choice to switch. The only downside is that its a little harder to get the coffe that we like, typically have to order on line, and I miss that really rich Crema that the Senseo produced.
I've owned a Keurig B50 since early January 2005 and brew 5-10 cups per day with it. I believe the smaller size volume is 5 ounces rather than 4, and like one of the previous reviews stated, certain flavors/brands taste better with 5 oz, but to our taste most are better at the 8 oz size. We generally like our coffee "average" strength, not strong.
I have nothing but good things to say about the B50--very fast, well-designed, incredibly easy to use, allows us to make whatever we and our frends want without having to compromise (flavored or not, strong vs. mild, decaf vs. high-test, etc) in the same or less time than it takes to brew the same amount of coffee in a drip coffeemaker. Best of all, the quality of the coffee is very good-to-excellent.
As for cost, I regularly order from a very reliable website that has 50+ varieties from 4 different producers, doesn't charge for delivery for orders over $35, and delivers within 2-4 business days after the order is placed. Cost per K-cup is $0.35. A good chunk of this cost is defrayed by the fact we used to throw away a lot of coffee when we used a standard coffeemaker 'cause it sat in the pot too long.
I find some k-cups to be fine for 8oz - the darker the blend - and some better for a 4oz brew. It really depends on the blend. I have never though used 2 k-cups for 1 cup of coffee - too expensive.
Jay, or anyone else who has a B50,
When you're brewing up your favorite K-cup coffee, do you usually select the 4 oz. serving size? Have you found the 8 oz. selection to produce too weak a cup(on average)?
In other words, is an average strength K-cup really meant to serve a 4 oz. cup of coffee? And should one figure on using two K-cups and two 4 oz. brewing cycles, if one wants a nice, strong 8 oz. mug of coffee in the end?
Thanks! I know there are a lot of comments about using two pods or a double-sized pod for 8 ozs. of pod coffee...but there hasn't been too much talk about the K-cup in this regards....
You gave the Bunn My Cafe 3.5 out of 5(pods?) as a review score.
What score did you give the B50? 'Just curious....thanks!
Hi, great review on the B50, Jay! I've been looking at both the B50 and the new Bunn My Cafe, and am torn between the two. Now I see that Jay's just posted his review of the My Cafe, so now I'm off to read that review. Hopefully, I'll be in a better position to decide on which coffee maker to get after reading the Bunn review....Are there any others here who are also trying to decide between these two??
FYI: I was at the Williams Sonoma store last night & they have the Keurig B50 model set up in the store and you can try it out right there. They supply several different flavor pods to sample in store with the machine. Enjoy!
The K-Cups can be purchased online from Coffee Whiz. A box of 25 costs 9.50 shipping is free if you buy $38 worth. That works out to .38 cents each and makes a very rich 8oz cup. The new 10 grm size pods that make an 8oz cup are being sold online and run .32 cents and up for each.
I hope not. They have major players signed up. I think in order for them to be successful - they'll need to get the cost of the k-cup down in line with the pods.
I'd LOVE to buy a Keurig B50...but...do y'all think that the K-cup will go the way of the 8-track tape?? Can you use the generic pods in the Keurig without the coffee tasting like butt?? To me, that issue is more of a deterrant than the cost of the appliance. Please, oh please weigh in ASAP! Thanks ever so.
If anyone is interested, I THINK the B50 is being sold on Amazon.com for $124.99 ($149.99 - 25.00 discount through 01/31/05 + FREE shipping). The reason I "THINK" its the B50 is that they have it listed as the Keurig 00502. I presume it is the same, but they do not have a pic of it. Just thought I'd pass this FYI to ya'll. :-)
Okay, to update the last post, and to answer the principal question I keep getting: where, oh where, did I get the Keurig for a mere $120? I found it at a local Kaufmann's department store. They had it marked down to $149.99 (from an alleged MSRP of $199.99), and I then used a 20% off coupon sent to Kaufmann's cardholders.
Totally worth the $120, but not so sure about the $150.
Thanks for the comments, I saw the B100, and it was just too much money, but after reading y'alls comments (guess where I live)on the B50 it looks like a good buy, guess I'll drop a few hints.
I bought my B50 about two weeks ago on Black Friday. I was passing through a department store, and there was a demo going on - try a free cup of coffee from this amazing new machine! Being a Senseo owner, I figured, hey, why not try it? Well, the Gloria Jean's Hazelnut coffee was terrific. The Keurig solved the two problems I have with my Senseo: (1) limited choices on coffee; and (2) the inability to rest the water holder on anything other than the machine itself while you're filling it.
I've used the B50 regularly, as has my visiting mother-in-law. I think the coffee is good. Not necessarily great, but good. She thinks the Timothy's Italian Roast is perfect. Just strong enough, but not too strong.
Since I'm the only one in the house that drinks coffee, I rarely make pots of the good stuff in the morning (too much waste). That means that I rarely make coffee at home at all. Now, I have a cup from the Keurig on my way to work, and then enjoy the Senseo after lunch. If I had to pick one over the other, I'd have to go with the Keurig. The machine itself is nicer. It's easier to fill the water reservoir. It's easier to manage K-cups. I like the wide variety of coffees available. I like the fact it will make tea. But I don't like the fact that it's about 4x as expensive as the Senseo.
In the final analysis, was it worth the $120 I paid? Absolutely.
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