What K-Cups and Vue Packs Work in Keurig 2.0?
We’ve gotten a bunch of write ins regarding Keurig 2.0, and what K-Cups and packs work with the new brewer. Due to DRM that the brewer uses to tell non-licensed K-Cups not to brew you may have seen the OOPS warning on your Keurig 2.0. Many of your current K-Cups and older VUE Packs will not work with the Keurig 2.0.
Keurig has also noted that many K-Cups have had the Keurig brewed circle on them since earlier in the year but VUE packs are current transitioning so many if not all current VUE packs will not work. According to Keurig Vue packs are currently compatible only with Vue Brewers. Over the next few months, all Vue packs will be transitioned to also be compatible with the Keurig 2.0 Brewing System. You’ll need to check back regularly, and Keurig will let you know when Vue packs can be used in your Keurig 2.0 Brewer on their site.
So this is what we know will and won’t work in Keurig 2.0:
- Doesn’t Work: Non-Keurig Pack with No Outside Brewed By Keurig circle or ring
- Doesn’t Work: VUE Pack with no colored circle on it. Most Vue packs won’t work at all.
- Doesn’t Work: Older K-Cup licensed pack with no Outside Brewed by Keurig circle or ring
- Works: K-Cup pack with outside ring
- Works: K-Carafe pack with colored dot
Let us know if you have any questions or find other K-Cup situations that don’t work with Keurig 2.0.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 17, 2014 7:48 AM
I've had a Keurig K75 Platinum for more than three years and have had nothing but good service from it despite the fact that I brew more than five cups a day with it. When Keurig came out with the Vue I worried they would pull all the K-cups from the shelves and I would soon be left with a dinosaur for my $200 investment. However, the opposite almost happened. The Vue, which by every metric is a much better machine, was brought to market only long enough to kill the Tassimo and then pulled from production. The Vue cups which were not widely available in stores initially are now exclusively the province of on-line retailers, but at least they are still available. Thankfully Keurig elected to allow their use in the 2.0 machines, which has helped owners of the Vue machines since they have little other choice of coffee pods. The 2.0 brewers were an attempt to corner the coffee pod business, an attempt that failed miserably. Keurig evidently underestimated the determination and hacking ability of dedicated coffee drinkers, a move that backfired in their face. I'm kind of wondering what Keurig's next move will be now that they have lost a fair share of the coffee market due to their recent blunders. Will they continue to offer 2.0 style coffee makers with modest improvements in hopes of slowly building their business back toward where it was a few short years ago; will they make another bold change in their hardware and further infuriate their dwindling customer base; or will they simply slip into irrelevance and cease doing business? I hope they will stay the course and continue to offer products that work and are friendly to existing users while being innovative enough to pull in new customers; however, their track record isn't conducive to such a positive outlook and I find myself stocking up on re-usable pods and filters in case Keurig becomes an after-thought and pods are no longer produced.
It amazes me that NO ONE including Keurig has made it clear on their site or review that the VUE pods have ALL been updated to 2.0 compatibility and they ALL work with the 2.0 K-Cup brewer. This means you make funky 2-stage cappuccino pods (doesn't meant they taste like it), funky "mode 6" caramel drip pods (also poorly reviewed, but they work) and "Mug" sized "2" mode and coffee "4" mode packs (hey some say they taste stronger/better than regular k-cups and are more easily recycled).
The point is the only thing keeping them from working was the circle ring that is now on the newer vue pods. I discovered the "vue menu" when I put my new "my k-cup" in my new K250 and the VUE menu came up. Sadly, the K250 manual made no mention that such a menu exists or what the numbers mean (found them online under Carafe & VUE pods). Mode 4 is correctly for my k-cup, although I guess you could use the travel mug mode (Mode 2) as well.
You'd think Keurig would advertise now that you can use the updated VUE packs with all 2.0 models as it would be a selling point (supposedly better/stronger coffee and better recycled). They say nothing. The site is poorly designed, IMO. You can plainly see, though the new VUE packs shown have the outer circle that makes them work with 2.0 machines (no "vue machine" required as the Keurig 2.0 machines all have a "hidden" VUE/Carafe Menu for those 1-6 "brew modes".
None of the these 2014 articles have been updated (that I've seen) to reflect the VUE updates or the fact there are both My K-Cup 2.0 and now even a My K-Carafe 2.0 to use your own coffee as well.
And why is no one (except Chock Full of Nuts themselves) talking about the newer K-Cup design by Chock Full Of Nuts that uses a fraction of the plastic of regular ones with a nifty new filter bag as well (probably no coincidence I find their coffee the best tasting "regular" coffee I've tried so far with my machine).
We've got a Starbucks 10 pack that has the Black Keurig circle on the front of the box and a 'white' ring around the K-cups that looks identical to the others we have that I'd call 'light-gray' or 'light-purple'? The 'white' ring ones bring up the OOPS on the display? Only box we had that did this, all others work fine?
The list of reasons I gave up on Keurig years ago just keeps getting longer. To be honest, my $9 Rival single serve machine from Walmart makes better coffee than Keurig can. That's becasue you can put real coffee in with the right water ratio. Keurig's sissy little cups just can't do it.