Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Impressions
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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
What 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.
The 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.
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.
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