June 26, 2008

Review: Keurig Mini B30 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Keurig Mini B30 will come in white, black, and red.

Keurig recently introduced the Keurig B130 commercial hotel and office coffee brewer, and we were disappointed it would not be available for consumers to purchase. We are disappointed no longer, as Keurig has revealed the Keurig Mini B30 designed for home and commercial use. The Keurig Mini B30 is very much like the Keurig B130, but it comes in red, black, and white colored casings, and also is My K Cup compatible.

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We received a red Keurig Mini B30 - can you say hot!

Besides having the smallest footprint of all the Keurig brewers, the Keurig Mini B30 single serve coffee maker is also very quiet. And yes - it's compatible with all K Cup coffees, teas, and other hot beverages including hot cocoa. So are there any issues? Is this brewer priced at $79 for everyone, or should one purchase a larger Keurig brewer?

Features Include:

  • Cup Sensors detect when mug is placed
  • My K Cup Compatible
  • Heats and brews in under 3 minutes
  • Brews an 8 oz cup
  • Add fresh water for each cup you make
  • Brew temperature is nearly the same as the larger B40, B50, B60 or B70 brewers
  • Comes in Red, Black, and White - Red online only at Keurig.com
  • Retails for $79
  • Travel Bag will be made available and will hold the brewer and some
  • K Cups Certified for home and office use - BIG BONUS
  • Very Quiet - doesn't feature Quiet Brew Technology, but uses a quieter method than the current set of brewers to make your cup of single serve coffee
  • 10 K Cups included with purchase

Brewing a Cup of Coffee with the Keurig Mini B30

Like on it's cousin the Keurig B130 making a cup is pretty straight forward. You simply push the button on the top to open, then insert a K Cup - then closing the brewer opens the water chamber. You next take your coffee cup full of water and pour it in. Next you place your cup on the brewer, and press brew. This heats up the brewer and in about 1 minute or so you'll have a cup of single serve coffee.

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Pop open the lid and put a K Cup in.

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Take your favorite mug and fill the Keurig Mini B30 with 8oz of water.

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Look at all that fresh water waiting to be brewed into coffee...

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Shut the water reservoir lid...

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Hit the brew button....

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And in about 3 minutes you'll have a cup of steaming hot single serve coffee.


Daily Use and Comparing the Brewer with Larger Keurig Models

The brewer is priced at $79, making it a perfect gift or gateway into the world of single serve coffee. Since the Keurig Mini B30 is My K Cup compatible, you'll have access to using ground coffee and any K Cup you want to put into the brewer. Daily use means making lots of cups of coffee in our household, and after a few weeks of trying to use only the Keurig Mini B30 over using the Keurig B70 brewer with a reservoir was a bit of a transition, but doable.

We think new single serve coffee drinkers won't miss a beat. Simply getting a fresh cup of water to use in the Keurig Mini B30 each time was not time consuming, and waiting for the brewer to heat up for the 3 minutes was also not that long of a time. The big difference being, you can walk away and then come back to a hot cup of coffee while you make your toast or oatmeal. On the larger Keurig models, coffee is much more on demand and immediate (in the 60 seconds range) than on the Keurig Mini B30.

We also tested several extra bold K Cup coffees, regular strength K Cup coffees, and even teas finding the hot beverages produced had no noticeable difference in quality when using the smaller Keurig Mini B30 over the larger K Cup single serve coffee makers. The coffee produced was both hot, flavorful, and fresh.

Who should buy the Keurig Mini B30

We think this is the real question. Just about anyone who enjoys a cup of coffee or tea is going to love the Keurig Mini B30. The small footprint, ease of use, and the price makes it almost an impulse purchase. We also think the brewer is very attractive, and because it comes in a variety of colors, it will also match the kitchen, office, or even your camper.

And that's one of the major advantages, Keurig will offer a tote bag allowing you to carry the Keurig Mini B30 wherever you want to go. And since it never holds water besides during the brew cycle, you can truly lug it wherever you want to go. It's very light, and also very well built. We took ours over to several friends houses just to see how easy it was, and indeed we could see bringing this to our camp, office, and other places where we would want fresh brewed single serve coffee.

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Small brewer footprint
  • No water left in brewer for fresh coffee every time
  • Great price at $79
  • Able to be used in both your office and at home

Cons:

  • You'll have to fill it with water every time

We recommend the Keurig Mini B30, and think you'll be happy with the coffee, tea, and other hot beverages it produces. The Keurig Mini B30 is a welcome addition to the current line of Keurig single serve coffee makers that include the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer.

The Keurig Mini B30 single serve K Cup coffee brewer will be available this August 2008 for a retail price of $79.

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Recent Comments

I have the Keurig K10 Mini Plus. The coffee does not brew hot enough. Once brewed, I am having to immediately transfer the mug of coffee to the microwave, to heat for approximately 40 seconds. Microwaving is not healthy.....I don't like that I am having to do this. Please help!


Posted by: Rhonda at August 2, 2014 10:20 AM

I am in Taiwan, and I would like purchase your Keurin mini b30 K-cup, where I can purchase it? Please kindly assist me.

Thank you.
Best regards.


Posted by: Phoenix at November 23, 2011 7:03 AM

I bought the B30 for my son for Christmas 2009. We both love it. We are occasional drinkers, and this is perfect. The coffee is hot, and it's not that noisy. The person who said the sound is maddening either has one that's defective or is extremely sensitive to sounds. I like this so much, I'm now looking for another one for my desk at work. Another plus: Use the grounds you like by purchasing the screen. The only problem is some of the grounds end up in your coffee (I use a lot because I like strong coffee). With the K-cups the first cup of coffee is strong, the second cup is a bit thin, so if you're making 2 cups, or filling a thermos, just use the same K-cup and mix it. I worked with someone that did the same thing. And yes, the Donut Shop coffee is nasty. Try the Green Mountain coffees.


Posted by: Casey at April 24, 2011 7:46 AM

Was given this at Christmas never thought about buying one before this. But once I tried it I love it I live in a RV full time and it is perfect size I would recommend it highly.


Posted by: C C at February 5, 2011 2:25 PM

I have had one of these on my desk at work for about a year. The tall mug problem -- simply remove the drip tray (which just slides out) and place the tall mug/cup in the usual location. Works like a dream.


Posted by: Sasha at April 16, 2010 11:00 AM

I just bought a B30 to replace the 2 B70s I have gone through since just before Christmas. Both B70 models would stop pulling water from the reservoir. This has been a well documented issue. I just love the concept - and had a bunch of Kcups - so I bought the B30 thinking that I would use it until the bigger machines iron out the motor issues - and then give it to my son to keep at college for his morning brew. Honestly - this guy works great - takes up less room, and if you don't mind adding water each time (I don't) eliminates the issues with scale buildup etc that you get with leaving water in the larger brewers. As a 1-2 cup a day family - this gem works just great!


Posted by: aje10 at March 12, 2010 3:46 PM

I received one of these little guys for Christmas. I am not sure why a previous poster had issues with the temperature as mine brews a very hot cup of coffee. Two cons were missed in the review:
1) It does not accomodate a travel mug.
2) Some coffees are best brewed on a 5 oz. setting. This model only brews 8 oz. cups.
3) No iced setting if you are into that.

FYI, for those asking about lattes, Keurig does not have any latte options. The closest thing is the Cafe Escapes Mocha, but even that tastes more like hot cocoa. A lot of folks use frothers or just heat their milk and mix it in, but I have not yet found a combination of k-cup coffee and milk that comes close to a Starbucks latte.


Posted by: gmurch at January 15, 2010 6:12 PM

This is one of the better looking and well designed applicance. Feels sturdy too. While it seems the only steps eliminated comparing to other technologies are getting a ground coffee into the coffee holders and discarding a messy filters after use (or cleaning permanent filters) still in the end overall it is simply more pleasant to use. Though occasional cleaning might take a little more efforts. THe quality of coffee is good - no worse than good dripping system and better than many. A little additional efforts getting k-cups or a little more spending for My K-cup (but then you are eliminating one convenience of having regular k-cup premesured and grounded coffee). Overall nice. BUT! According to the disclosure in the manual:

"WARNING: This product contains chemicals,
including lead, known to the State of
California to cause cancer, birth defects or
other reproductive harm."

Are you kidding me? Even if it's overstatement I'd rather brew coffee in my teapot than to take a risk. Could not Keurig find some other materials to use in a coffeemaker?


Posted by: Occasionl Drinker at December 30, 2009 3:53 PM

I just bought the mini yesterday and I am returning it today. The coffee is not hot enough for my liking. It was lukewarm. I did like the flavor of the Donut Shop coffee, but I like hot coffee and my Krups always gave me nice hot cup.

It may be the larger machines do a better job of heating the water. Any comments to that?


Posted by: DJA at September 13, 2009 7:54 AM

We purchased this last weekend and are extremely disappointed with the coffee that it brews. The different kcups that we put in just taste watered down as the end product. We are going to try the my kcup to see if that males a difference but overall the coffee this produces is too little and too weak. I am shocked at the positive reviews and am starting to feel as though I must be doing something wrong but can't figure out what I could be doing wrong.


Posted by: Michael at August 7, 2009 8:06 AM

Interesting that absence of the MOST OBNOXIOUS trait/flaw of the multiple brew models isn't listed as a "Pro" for the mini. The noise these models make is maddening. MADDENING!


Posted by: KJG at June 26, 2009 7:17 PM

I recently bought a B30 and the only problem was that the temp was not hot. I exchanged it for the same model and out came the same warm coffee. Anyone else have this problem?


Posted by: kay at May 16, 2009 5:28 PM

i was wondering if the keurig also makes cappuciono like the tassimo or flavia. does anyone know?


Posted by: adrienne at December 1, 2008 11:57 AM

I purchased the B30 and I couldn't be more pleased. I drink only one cup of coffee in the morning and I would rather use fresh water every time I brew. My first single serve coffee maker was a Melitta - it was loud, leaky, ugly and the coffee wasn't the best - and I am far from being a coffee snob. I loved the idea of a single serve machine and used the Melitta for two years before dumping it for the B30. Also, considering all of the options now available as an alternative to using K-cups, I don't see why K-cups are an issue for people anymore. The B30 absolutely perfect for me and I would highly recommend it.


Posted by: Koning at September 15, 2008 12:14 PM

We are using the KEURIG special edition model #B60.
The hot chocolate tastes watered down with the small mug so we tried the cup. Still the same. Most times a lot of cocoa is left untouched in the pod. Hence the watered down version of hot chocolate. Are we doing something wrong? We purchased it especially for the hot chocolate but are disappointed in the taste.

As for the machine:
It is very convenient and the water temp seems quite hot. The machine actually looks good.

New customer
Norma


Posted by: Norma Mossey at September 5, 2008 10:14 PM

the best thing about the keurig is that you CAN use pods, grounds, and the k cups.


Posted by: yoshi at June 28, 2008 8:20 AM

$80 for a single cup brewer you have to fill every time you want a cup? Pass. The Senseo machines are still practically free, heat up in less than a minute, and can hold double the water (quadruple if you purchase the bigger reservoir), and there's no plastic k-cup in the landfill. In addition to buying some great pods from on-line vendors, I make my own freshly ground Dunkin' Donuts coffee pods in seconds and they taste great run through the Senseo. My office has a Keurig and I've never been that impressed by it.


Posted by: Geetar Slinger at June 28, 2008 6:24 AM

it looks too small to fit a large travel mug. i chose this brand (keurig) out of all the single cup servers because of that feature. the senseo and braun were too short to put a travel mug underneath even if you took the tray out. it's very important when wanting to grab a cup and go.


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