September 29, 2014
We reach the end of a long journey today with Part 3 of our 3-part Keurig 2.0 Mega Review where we discuss our main likes, dislikes & nitpicks about the new 2.0 brewers, our discovery of a hidden port under the machine (do we have your attention now?) & our final conclusion about the new 2.0 brewer series.
What did we like?
- Overall design/look of the new brewers. They seem to have a nicer, more modern look which appears to be a fusion of various design cues from the old Keurig 1.0 Series B70 brewers & the Keurig (1.5 Series?) Vue V700 brewers.
- The designing ingenuity which went into creating the retractable K-Cup piercing needle mechanism. As we noted in Part 2 of our Mega Review, this level of design is something we’d be expecting to see come out of Apple’s Cupertino offices… not Keurig Green Mountain. The fact that Legos inspired it further shows that amazing things can come from the most simple of ideas.
Continue reading: "Keurig 2.0 Likes, Dislikes, Nitpicks, Hidden Port & Conclusion"
September 24, 2014
If you’re looking for a Nespresso capsule alternative you may want to check out Mixpresso. Made in Italy, Mixpresso offers 4 different espresso capsule options and they also have their own single serve espresso machines:
- Ricco, made from 100% full drums Robusta. A powerful & contrasting rich flavor that's a perfectly smooth experience on the tongue. A cup of this full-bodied roaster is simply perfect to suit the expectations of true lovers of quality traditional Italian Espresso.
- Luce- best defined as an angelic light and easy speciality decaf. It's our classic lively yet gentle flavor on the menu. Luce offers a snappy crisp and citrus body from the Central American coffee bean matched with a complete depth and sweetness of an Ethiopian classic.
- Classe is Mixpresso's Superior Blend. A Perfect harmony of aromatic coffee from the Arabica species, similar to that of the Lungo but blended with an excellent natural, rustic coffee from the Robusta species. A creamy, full bodied and easy to work coffee blend with a complex yet persistent taste.
- Lungo, is the line for coffee purists, obtained by five selected components of 100% Arabica species of coffee from Central & South America and East Africa. Its intense toasted aroma is accompanied by a combination of slightly fruity flavors in which you can percieve gentle notes of Myrtle.
They have 3 different machines with the main difference being color. There’s Logan, Isabelle, and Steve. We’re pretty sure these machines are Nespresso capsule compatible as well.
September 22, 2014
We continue today with Part 2 of our 3-part Keurig 2.0 Mega Review (you can read Part I here) by checking out the new menu system, discussing how to brew various packs in the new brewers and we also cover new features which you’ll only find on the new 2.0 brewers. One thing we’d like to tackle before we get started (and something we forgot to mention in Part 1) is how you can determine whether or not K-Cups & Vue Packs are 2.0 compatible before you even open the box.
We’re all familiar with the old Keurig Brewed logo and while most people will think this automatically means they’re getting 2.0 K-Cups or Vue Packs… this is NOT the case. Instead, you now need to look for even NEWER logos on the packaging. The new K-Cup compatibility logo is a colored rectangle with a circled checkmark on top which contains the words “For use in all Keurig K-Cup brewers”. While we’re not entirely 100% certain if boxes featuring this new logo might still contain older 1.0 K-Cups (since the use of the word all can be considered somewhat vague), we can however confirm that all the new boxes with this logo in our latest online orders & in-store purchases DID contain the newer 2.0 K-Cups which feature the Keurig Brewed grey/white ring around the lid.
Continue reading: "Keurig 2.0 Menus, Brewing Various Packs & New Exclusive 2.0 Features"
September 15, 2014
When Keurig first announced earlier this year that it was working on a new brewer which could brew both K-Cups & full carafes of coffee, we were left scratching our head as we thought the whole point of a single serve coffee machine was to… well… serve single servings of coffee. Why would anyone want a single serve coffee machine to make an entire pot (or carafe as Keurig prefers to call it) of coffee? Single serve machines were built specifically to get rid of the old customs of brewing full pots only to have them go stale or burnt (if left on a hot plate) before anyone could finish drinking the entire pot. More often then not, we’d end up dumping more coffee down the sink drain than what would end up in our mugs throughout the course of a day.
When compared to K-Cups or Vue-Packs, the new K-Carafe Packs are considerably larger (think of an oversized Travel Mug Vue-Pack) and appear to contain much more coffee. When you first realize how oversized these things are, it comes as a bit of a surprise and makes sense why you only get 8 in a retail box. That wasn’t the only surprise that the new Keurig 2.0 brewer would hold in store for us. The very controversial decision to implement DRM and make the brewer only brew licensed/coded K-Cups caused much stir and vitriol from consumers & competitors alike. Companies which were already making several unlicensed K-Cups were angry that Keurig was effectively locking them out from being able to brew their products on the new machine. Anti-competitive lawsuits emerged and all sorts of issues arose around the matter.
Continue reading: "Keurig 2.0 Brewer Series Overview & First Impressions"
September 4, 2014
Both USA & Canada will be getting a Costco exclusive model of the Keurig 2.0 dubbed the K560. From what we can tell, there's no mechanical or physical difference between a K560 and K550 machine. There doesn't appear to be any extra features on the K560 and the K-Carafe is still the same type you'd get with a K550.
What IS different however is that the Keurig 2.0 water filter handle & 2 filter refills are included, plus instead of the "4 K-Carafe Packs and 8 K-Cups" standard sample pack, you get 4 K-Carafe Packs and 48 K-Cups. Final price is $149.99 USD.
Canadian Costco customers may have to pay higher ($169.99 CAD) but they also get a slight bit more as instead of 48 K-Cups, they get 60. Other than the higher price and 12 extra K-Cups, there's no difference between the USA K560 & Canadian K560 models on either Costco site.
Amazon.com also has the same K560 package as Costco USA, yet they're selling it for $199.99 USD instead.
News from early adopters is that there's a few issues with the machines:
- The hot water feature only brews 6oz of hot water at a time and you need to hold the brew button during the entire time it's dispensing the water. Workaround = cut off the top from a Keurig 2.0 K-Cup and you can brew up to 10oz of hot water while only needing to press the brew button once.
- The current maximum brew size for K-Cups is 10oz. Apparently 12oz, 14oz and 16oz brew sizes will be "enabled" in the future once newer K-Cups are released.
- Unlike previous Keurig 1.0 and Keurig Vue machines, you CAN'T adjust the brew temperature. The machine determines what temperature to use based on what kind of K-Cup/K-Carafe pack you use.
At Keurig 2.0 K560 Bonus Bundle
Update: We received some updated pricing and info regarding the Keurig 2.0 Bundle
- The Costco exclusive offer in the U.S. features the K560 brewing system, and also includes a 4-cup starter carafe, a water filter handle, 2 water filters, 4 K-Carafe packs and 48 K-Cup packs
- The Costco exclusive offer in Canada features the K560 brewing system, and also includes a 4-cup starter carafe, a water filter handle, 2 water filers, 4 K-Carafe packs and 60 K-Cup packs
- SRP is $149.99 in the U.S. and $159.99 in Canada
- The K560 brewing system can brew a wide variety of coffees, teas and hot cocoa from an extensive list of brands, such as Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, Swiss Miss, Bigelow and more.
August 25, 2014
CNET has a feature on Keurig 2.0 and the K500 model brewer. The full photo slideshow is at: The K500 is Keurig 2.0's flagship brewer and you can see their video review here. The K500 AKA the Keurig 2.0 550 model left them feeling bitter. What made them feel bitter? For them the only reason to buy the Keurig 2.0 550 brewer is to get the ability to brew a carafe of coffee, and since the DRM prevents you from using unlicensed K-Cups the value is just not their for this new brewer.
For us the ability to brew with the carafe is interesting, and being able to use the recyclable VUE format along with K-Cups is a plus. We'll have to see whether it leaves a bitter taste for us. We're hoping the claims of it also being a better K-Cup brewer hold true, and that brewing K-Cups in Keurig 2.0 makes better coffee, tea, and other drinks.
August 21, 2014
You can pre-order Keurig 2.0 at Walmart.com and have it by 8/25 - the same day it releases nationwide to all Walmart stores.
- Coffee fans can pre-order the Keurig 2.0 system, which can brew both a single cup and a 4-cup carafe, online at Walmart.com with the guarantee of it being delivered to their home on 8/25 - the same time it will first arrive in stores. As always, Walmart will lead in price.
- And, because of Walmart's advanced logistics system, Walmart will have the Keurig 2.0 system in its stores nationwide faster than other major retailers. The Keurig 2.0 brewing system will be stocked on shelves beginning Aug. 25.
Keurig 2.0, Keurig's most advanced hot beverage system yet, is the first Keurig brewer to brew both a single cup and a four-cup carafe. The new Keurig 2.0 system delivers everything consumers know and love about Keurig - and more.
You can also find Keurig 2.0 here.
August 12, 2014
The Bosch Tassimo Suny coffee maker is the compact coffee maker that follows Tassimo Vivy and is available in Autumn Red, Midnight Black and Pacific Blue. Suny comes with the Smart Start function and designed for the coffee drinkers with a wide taste in beverages.
- No warm up time and your first cup is ready immediately.
- Patented IntelliBrew system ensures that every drink is made with the proper amount of water at perfect temperature
- The coffee maker scans the necessary input from the optical bar code of the inserted T Disc scans.
- To change your coffee strength and intensity, you can manually shorten the brewing process.
The Tassimo Suny can make more than 40 hot and cold drinks, including many types of coffees and espressos, chocolates, teas and milk drinks. Price is around € 100.
At Bosch via Appliancist
August 1, 2014
Chefman My Barista is quicker than most other single serve coffee brewers. The Chefman My Barista is compatible with K-Cups and ground coffee. There’s a cartridge that holds both K-Cups and a filter for ground coffee. Chefman My Barista will fit up to 16oz travel mugs, and brews in just 6 seconds. It’s also very compact - the Chefman My Barista is coffee your way and on demand.
Availability is limited right now, but expect it to roll out to Amazon and others. You should be able to find it at a Tuesday Morning store as well soon.
Video after the jump.
Continue reading: "Chefman My Barista Single Serve Coffee Maker - Use K-Cups or Ground Coffee"
July 10, 2014
The Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker comes in 3 different colors, but is only sold at one low price - $99. This makes the Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker a very affordable way to get into Nespresso espresso and single serve coffee. The machine features easy insertion and ejection of capsules, and is made for use with Nespresso coffee capsules.
- Compact brewing unit technology
- Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
- 19 Bar high pressure pump 2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation
- Removable 24 ounce water tank
- Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
- Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules
- Energy efficient; A Class energy rating
- Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
At Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker