October 25, 2005

Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Impressions

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Thanks to the folks at Green Mountain, we received the new Keurig Elite B40 and Special Edition B60 to review. We've been furiously running mountains of K-Cups through the B40 and B60 to judge which new Keurig we like the best. We've also been running K-Cups through all of the Keurigs - B40, B50, and B60 to ensure they all make a consistent cup of coffee.

Here's how we did the testing:

  • We are currently doing some consulting work for the Fall at a local video game company so we took the Keurig Elite B40 there to get impressions and use the Keurig in a new setting
  • We replaced the B50 in our kitchen with the B60 and have made this our daily brewer besides the coffee's we've been testing on other machines
  • We used the B50 to compare the coffee flavors using Sumatra Extra Dark and Hazelnut Creme K-Cups prior to splitting up the triplets for comparison.

B40-SmThe Keurig B40 at Work

As we stated earlier, the Keurig Elite B40 is essentially the Keurig B50 without the digital clock and auto off features (you can read our review of the Keurig B50 here.) The B40 features a only an 7.25 oz Brew, a removable reservoir tank, and auto turn off after 2 hours which you can set on or off.

At first we really missed the clock the B50 and B60 have, but then at work that began to fade. For a single purpose - make me a great cup of coffee machine the B40 at $99.95 couldn't be better. The office coffee is terrible and the Keurig B40 was a welcome addition to the fast paced work environment. It fits travel mugs with ease, and though it doesn't make the other mug sizes - I really didn't miss it in this setting.

The coffee it produces is the of the same quality as the B50 and B60. We couldn't tell a bit of difference. Unlike the B60 where you can adjust the temperature, the B40 seems to come out at 192 F and brew a great cup of coffee.

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Update: Brew over Iced Coffee K-Cups and Brew Over Iced Tea K-Cups are available for summer, and we're pretty excited they came with enough time to order them for the upcoming hot weather. Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend and French Vanilla Iced Coffee in K-Cups are both available in this format. Both K-Cups are based on the popular hot versions of their namesakes, but are specially blended to provide full flavor when brewed into a cup of ice.

For iced tea lovers, two new Celestial Seasonings Perfect Iced Teas are debuting: Half and Half (part black tea, part lemonade) and Southern Sweet Tea. These new K-Cups join the four Perfect Iced Tea varieties introduced last summer: Sweet Lemon Black Tea, Sweet Peach Black Tea, Sweet Raspberry Black Tea and Black Tea Unsweetened.

More at Brew Over Iced Tea K-Cups and Brew Over Iced Coffee K-Cups

The B60 in the Single Serve Coffee Test Kitchen

Img 1488The Special Edition B60 features a 5.25oz, 7.25oz, and 9.25 oz setting for different cup sizes. It also features a programmable clock, blue back lighting and has the ability to adjust the temperature down 5 degrees from 192 F. (Thanks to Scott G for this info). The Keurig Special Edition B60 is priced at $199.95.

Img 1487What you initially notice is how striking the BLUE LED lights are on the clock face and the water tank. When you take off the water tank the lights flash under the reservoir (nice touch). When the reservoir is in place you have your reservoir tank lit from below. This is the most pimped out coffee maker we've ever owned. It's pretty amazing and simple what a few lights can do.

The handle on the K-Cup jaws also is tricked out with chrome. We like the look but aren't big fan of the finger prints. Overall the blue lights and the chrome are the only big visual changes but it's really quite a difference.

The only big difference in the LED features is the ability to adjust the brew temperature. We did adjust it down and up and it works. However, we are big fans of piping hot coffee and then reset it to 192 F.

Img 1432-1The other big difference is the Travel mug 9.25 oz setting size. We have really enjoyed this setting using the Extra Bold K-Cups from Green Mountain. We don't recommend this setting for regular K-Cups (the Rainforest and Hazelnut creme do hold up) and it's really nice to put a travel mug under the Keurig and then not to have to brew 2 K-Cups to get a full mug. We thought the travel mug setting was going to go to waste but we do use it everyday.


Quality of Brewed Coffees in the Keurig B40, B50, and B60

There really isn't any difference at the 7.25 oz setting in any of the Keurigs. This is the only oz setting common to all three machines. In the 5.25 oz setting on the B50 and B60 we couldn't tell any difference either. So it looks like if you're into a price point and features of the various models - you'll need to make your decision based on that.

Wrapping Up

We think all three of the Keurigs have their own pluses and minuses.

Unique Features of each Keurig:

The Keurig B40 at $99.95 is great if you like an 7.25 oz cup of coffee and don't want any of the auto-on features or to be able to adjust the brew temperature.

The Keurig B50 if you want to be able to have your Keurig turn on automatically and want to brew a smaller sized cup at 5.25 oz. Priced at $149.95.

The Keurig B60 if you want the travel mug brew setting and to adjust the brew temperature. Priced at $199.95.

Common to all three Keurigs:

  • All three make the same great cup of coffee.
  • All three have the same sized water reservoir
  • All three will fit travel mugs
  • All three will take any K-Cup you throw in them
  • All three will use the K-Cup reuseable coffee filter

We think depending on price and features all three Keurigs are a good buy. We really like the Keurig B60 because of the blue lights and travel mug settings the most. But we think you'll be happy with the B50 if you want the auto on features and two cup sizes.

At Green Mountain

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Recent Comments

I have the B60 Special Edition, got it at Best Buy on sale for $115. Here's a tip. Never remove the reservoir. Leave it attached, and fill it using a cup or bottle. I've heard from people who remove the reservoir to refill it, that after a while, the seal starts leaking. No removal, no leaky seal.


Posted by: Dave at December 20, 2011 2:45 PM

keurig b60 on sale at homeoutsfitters this weekend for 129.99 and then they give you 40 bucks in gift cards.


Posted by: karen at November 19, 2011 12:29 AM

keurig b60 on sale at homeoutsfitters this weekend for 129.99 and then they give you 40 bucks in gift cards.


Posted by: karen at November 19, 2011 12:28 AM

I have a B60 Special Edition (two in 12 months)and having trouble with the second unit after 8 months. It seems the bad reviews started coming with units purshased in late 2009 forward. I wonder if the popularity created a glut of orders which might have affected quality? When this unit works, it is Awesome...I will push for my 3rd unit in 12 months and I will continue to request a new unit everytime it breaks... If we continue to hound keurig about replacing units, maybe they will correct the root cause of the failures and finally put out a quality product again.


Posted by: Scott at January 1, 2011 5:21 PM

I bought the B60 in 12/2009, and like many others started having problems soon after purchase. The same issue where you hear the pump going, but no water comes out. I found the solution to be a good thunk on the top of the spout with my fist. I've been doing this for the past 10 months with no problem. What's interesting is I was just at an expo where Keurig had a booth. I told them of my problem, and the rep there immediately asked if I had the special edition! It's a "known" problem there, although in my current dealing with customer service they act like they've never heard of this before.


Posted by: Brian at October 6, 2010 12:20 PM

I have the Keurig B60, worked great for a few weeks and now won't make coffee. It has the problem where the pump keeps humming, but nothing happens.

Customer service is completely useless. I called them and was told I can only return a unit after speaking with a technician, but all technicians are busy. AFter 36 hours, still no call back.

I call in again, request a supervisor, and he is also completely useless an not empowered to do anything. I asked to speak with his boss,but he says he has no supervisor on site, they are at corporate along with the technicians, and nobody can get through.

I am returning the POS and getting another brand. I have zero confidence in Keurig's ability to provide the correct level of service for any future issues, and now I'm stuck without any ability to make coffee at my house.

I told the customer service rep that I would return this and get a Tassimo. The smart ass reply was, it will be obsolete soon. I said, I don't care, at least it will work. F them, I'm done.

Also, to anyone else who has similar issues, some corporate folks have their emails and phone numbers listed on the site. I took the liberty to send them a nice email detailing my very poor experience. Hopefully someone there will wake up because a good product with crappy service is a recipe for disaster, doesn't matter how good the product may be.


Posted by: Anthony at April 15, 2010 5:58 PM

I got the mid sized and after I had already bought it I was reading reviews and they were all horrible. I was hoping that mine wouldn't mess up, but less than a month it wouldn't fill water/ pump it correctly, I have used bottled water to make sure nothing happened. Yesterday March 8 2010 no matter what I tried it wouldn't suck the water up nor fill a cup of tea/coffee. When it works it makes a great cup of tea and coffee I love that but if it won't make a cup I will have to take it back. I bought mine at bed bath and beyond and they have a great return policy. I won't waste my time on another one I will try a different brand. I think I will try a Cuisinart.


Posted by: Kim at March 10, 2010 4:54 PM

I am on my second B60 in 3 months. Both were purchased at BBB for $130. Thanks god for their return policy, Kuerig customer service sucks. No return calls after 4 days. Both lasted a month. They would not pump water into the cup, it vented into the reservoir instead. I am not the only one with this problem. Last Kuerig product for me.


Posted by: Jim at February 26, 2010 9:51 AM

For everyone getting NOT READY message try this simple thing first:

1. Power the machine off
2. Empty the reservoir
3. Power machine back on.
4. While machine on confirm the unit says "Add Water",
5. Use a cup or jug and fill the reservoir WITHOUT taking it out.
6. The machine should start sucking water up and heating.


Posted by: Stacy at February 5, 2010 5:51 PM

My single (and only) complaint is concerning the K-cups and the fact that the cups are not bio-degradable. If they could come out with a bio-degradable K-cup, then the Keurig would be perfect. I received the Keurig Elite for Christmas and I am beyond thrilled with it. I love the variety of choices as my husband likes extra-bold coffee and I prefer milder and/or tea. We never had time in the morning to have coffee and with this, we now both have time to make a fresh single-cup of coffee in a matter of a few minutes. Plus there is no mess to clean up!! Could not be happier!! This was by far my most favorite Christmas gift!!


Posted by: Barb at December 29, 2009 1:32 PM

i wanted to know if you compared this with the pod brewers - i am wondering if K-cups will take over the pods eventually- i have a lot of pods (mostly for teas & decaf coffee for visitors) and have not found many teas or decaf in the K-cup. I am seeing the Keurig more, and not as many pod brewers, but I am not a coffee person. I have a Gevalia pod brewer at school, and am debating on getting a Keurig or a My Bunn Cafe Pod Brewer for home. what do you think? can i put pods in the Keurig's new empty holder thing?


Posted by: Tracie at December 28, 2009 3:41 PM

Have a B40 that is maybe 2 yrs old. We use it mainly for hot water in which we use a tea snap infuser, but sometimes use K Cups. It started dispensing small amounts of water and not working and clunked when closing. Thought I would have to buy a new one (have read many posts about this problem with no solution).

Well, now I have a solution. I took the insert out that has the lower spike. The outside had coffee grounds on it, and I could see dried up coffee grounds in the unit where it sits. I cleaned it all up, ran water through the insert, used a toothpick to make sure both spike holes were clean. Put it back together and it works fine. I suspect the insert became slightly unseated, or the top spike became partly blocked and the water flow reversed (as was posted somewhere else due to high altitude pressurizing the Extra Bold K Cups which then fill and block the top spike. So always puncture those on the bottom spike first). Hope this helps.


Posted by: Joe at December 1, 2009 12:49 PM

I'm getting one a B60 for Christmas as JCP had them on BF sale and my brother got me one. I noticed QVC has a B70, but after reading this I think I will be just as happy with the B60, thanks! No more messy and hard to find paper pods.. I can't wait!


Posted by: beta at November 29, 2009 2:07 PM

I see you saw the B40 fits travel size cups. Which travel size? I have a Brugo and it doesn't fit nor do any of the stainless ones I have.


Posted by: Buddy at October 28, 2009 10:25 PM

Shld I lower the temp on the keurig to make iced coffee or just keep it on the high temp per reciepes i have looked at??


Posted by: wendy at May 6, 2009 7:48 AM

Got my B60 out of the box, added water, and plugged it in and got the Not Ready blinking message. Cannot prime or clear the Not Ready message. Has been on for several hours with no change. Help! Any ideas?


Posted by: Carl P at December 26, 2008 9:42 PM

I bought a B60 for myself for Christmas and I love the it. I took it out of the box primed it and it has worked great. I love that I can do coffee, hot chocolate or tea. I also love that I can get the basket and use my own coffee. It is great to have a variety of coffees and not to worry about the grounds going stail before the whole bag get used.


Posted by: Stephanie H. at December 26, 2008 2:21 PM

Buy the Keurig Elite at your own risk. I bought one for my wife and it never worked. When I turned it on, all LED lights flash. I have looked at internet postings and see that this is a common problem for this unit that renders it unusable. Can't tell you how the coffee is, never got a cup out of it


Posted by: Scott at December 25, 2008 12:07 PM

I JUST PURCHASED THE B60 AND SINGLE FILTER ATTACHMENT. I TRIED BOTH BREWS FROM MY OWN BEANS AND THE GREEN MT PODS. I LIKE BOTH BUT MY OWN BEANS WITH THE FILTER ATTACHMENT ARE BY FAR THE BETTER TASTING MORE FLOVORFUL BREW. I LOVE THE NO MESS AND QUICK BREW, BUT I HAVE NOT WORKED WITH IT ENOUGH TO PASS JUDGEMENT ON THE COMPARISION TO THE CONVENTIONAL DRIP BREW. I AM SO HOPING TO BE SATISFIED WITH THIS EASIER METHOD!


Posted by: Lisa at December 23, 2008 11:28 AM

I have had my Keurig B60 for two years now and I loved it for the first year and half. But for the last six months it will not brew a full cup of coffee, sometimes nothing comes out at all. The descale sign never came up, but I did it anyway a couple of times and this didn't work. We tried all the troubleshooting methods and nothing. For the price I think it should work longer than two years. I had my Mr. Coffee for ten years and it was still going strong and it only cost me $19.99.


Posted by: Susan at December 21, 2008 12:46 PM

Can anyone explain K-cups? Everyone mentions them but no explanation. What do you do with them? No diagrams or anything.


Posted by: Sharon at October 27, 2008 9:32 AM

I have the Keurig B60, which I absolutely adore. I also have a closet full of K cups in just about every blend available. Today, as I was refilling the water resevoir, I thought to myself "this certainly looks like polycarbonate." I couldn't find the recyle number on it, but I am curious to know if it is #7, the one that is now thought to leach bispenol A into the water?


Posted by: Eileen at April 28, 2008 4:44 PM

We just bought the B40 today at Target. The thing vibrates a lot and is loud when doing so. Also, the coffee splatters as it's coming out. Is this normal?


Posted by: Dan at April 15, 2008 7:35 PM

I'm ready to make the leap to a single cup brewer from my Bunn Drip machine. I've narrowed it down to the Bunn My Cafe', the Grindmaster GPOD or one of the Keurig's. Is there a difference in taste quality between the good quality pod vs. K-cups? Or for that matter, from my regular drip machine?


Posted by: Cathy at January 15, 2008 6:20 PM

just bought the B60 on Amazon for $122.88. It's listed at $147.88 - free super saver shipping - coupon code CLEAROUT (-$25)= $122.88...which is a great deal with the B60!


Posted by: Jessica at January 22, 2007 3:18 PM

I am researching the B60. Has anyone tried brewing thier own coffee with the k-cup filter? How was it? Thanks!


Posted by: Suzanne at January 9, 2007 8:23 PM

I just bought the B40. I originally wanted the B60 but the B40 was available at Target and I realized I didn't really need the programmable clock, different cup settings, or temperature adjustments - I just wanted a quick and easy cup of coffee that tastes good (although I have to admit the LED does look cool). I totally love mine. I have to force myself not to drink too much coffee, but the Keurig just makes it too easy!


Posted by: Amy at January 8, 2007 12:43 PM

First I bought the "Home Cafe" single serving pod brewer...YUK! Then I tried the Senseo single serving pod brewer. This was a bit better, but not good and enough and way too expensive for everyday drinking. Then I bought my Keurig B60. I'm crazy about this thing! The machine is very well built. The coffee it brews tastes great. I've found all three sizes keep the flavor of the coffee and do not create a bitter taste. I've tried all the sample K-cups (except teas) that came with my system and all taste like gourmet coffees. The flavored coffees taste real and natural not like an office coffee machine. When you drink this coffee you feel like you are getting your moneys worth. The coffee is like fine restaurants and coffee houses. I am not just saying that either. My new B60 makes the pod brewers taste like cheap "just add hot water" instant coffee. My wife says the hot chocolate tastes wonderful, but wishes they were in K-cups instead of powder bags. I bought the My K-cup reusable filter but haven't used it yet. I recommend this brewer to anyone who loves coffee or anyone who likes a cup of joe without the cleanup hastle.


Posted by: Lee at December 26, 2006 1:19 AM

My father requested one of these machines for the holidays and I settled on the b60 version because of the flexibility of cup size (incl travel mug) and the teperature setting option.

I cannot wait for him to open it!!!

Thanks for a great review

mama kelly


Posted by: mama kelly at November 25, 2006 3:07 PM

We believe the Keurig B70 will also use the reuseable filter.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at July 14, 2006 7:20 AM

Does anyone know if the new B 70 will take the reuseables K cup filter


Posted by: Harry at July 13, 2006 9:15 PM

I finally ordered the B60 today from Amazon $199.95-$25 and free shipping and no tax!!
Will Ordered on friday and Should arrive Monday in time for the wife's birthday.

Thanks for the insightful reviews

Reggie


Posted by: Reggie at January 21, 2006 1:42 AM

I got this directly from Keurig

Dear Reginald,

Thank you for your inquiry. Keurig’s new “My K-Cup”, a reusable K-Cup that can be filled with the coffee grounds of your choice, is compatible with the Elite B40, Ultra B50, and Special Edition. You can find this new product at www.keurig.com under the “accessories” section. The entire assembly will cost $14.95, and a set of 2 filters costs $9.95. Each filter is good for over 500 brew cycles. We are temporarily out of stock on the My K-Cup, but will receive more in the beginning of next week.

Currently, the only brewer that comes with a My K-Cup included is the Special Edition B60 purchased from Williams-Sonoma. Brewers purchased through www.Keurig.com or other retail outlets do not include this accessory. The My K-Cup will not be available in retail stores until February 2006.

If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Zimmerman

Keurig Customer Service
At Home Division
(866) 901-BREW (2739)


Posted by: Reggie at January 14, 2006 12:39 AM

After our first taste of a Keurig coffee at a friend's house during a dinner party this fall, my husband and I were both hooked (we're the 3rd couple these friends have sold on the Keurig - each after only 1 cup). I purchased our Special Edition as a family Holiday gift and we are all extremely pleased with the range of coffee and tea flavors and marvel at the extreme ease of use. Now for the question: any rumours that Keurig will be coming out with Hot Chocolate or milk K-cups to rival the T-discs offered by the Tassimo? With 5 people living in the house - ranging in age from 54 to 13 - variety is always a plus. Thanks for all the news and info; I'll look forward to good tidings on the cocoa front!


Posted by: Jodie Ellison at January 6, 2006 9:41 AM

For the office? I would have to go the Keurig over pods.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at January 2, 2006 8:39 PM

Hi Jay-

I'm purchasing a pod based system for my office. we have less than 10 people in the office. I'm between the Simple Human and the Keurig (probably B50). Mostly care about a high quality very hot cup of coffee of an adequate size (I pretty much ruled out the Tassimo for this reason). Any thoght on which would be a better fit?

-Robert


Posted by: Robert at January 2, 2006 6:26 PM

I think the B60 is outstanding. I like it much better then the messy pod system. I am soo happy with this product.


Posted by: Lori at January 1, 2006 10:47 AM

Jay, If you your self were to purchase one (B40,B50,B60) which would be your choice?
Thanks, Mike


Posted by: Mike at December 9, 2005 8:26 PM


Great review.
I ordered one today.
No more senseo for me!


Posted by: plank at October 29, 2005 10:59 AM

I'm thinking no. But you never know. A totally adjustable brew size and brew temp like the Grindmaster would be interesting.


Posted by: Jay at October 25, 2005 9:16 AM

Jay, nice job on the comparison!

Do you think Keurig might change the cup size on the B50 to 8oz. and 10oz. instead of 6oz. and 8oz.? The 10oz. seems so much more useful than the 6oz. I wonder if there is something existing B50 owners can do to upsize their existing models 2oz. per serving setting. With all the extra bolds coming out, it seems that would be a great value proposition for the B50.


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