Keurig Coffee Makers

by Rose

Everyone has heard of Keurig single cup coffee makers. The K cup technology is now used by other brands too. This page reviews all coffee makers that use K cup technology

Keurig are a Massachusetts company that make a popular range of Single Cup Coffee Makers using K-Cup technology to produce a perfect gourmet cup of coffee at home.

They've now licenced their technology to other coffee manufacturers like Cuisinart and Breville, so you can choose from a range of K-Cup machines.

This page aims to review all brands of coffee makers that use K-cup technology.

The Science Bit

Here is how K-Cup machines work:

You insert the k-cup of your choice into the top of the machine, fill the water tank with water, select the size of the cup you want made and then start the brewing process.

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The brewer then heats up the water and punctures small holes into the top and bottom of the k-cup. Hot presurized water is then forced into the cup.

Inside each k-cup is a paper filter holding the coffee and an air gap underneath between the filter and the bottom of the cup.

The water passes through the coffee and then through the filter to emerge  into the gap at the bottom, where the holes punctured into the cup allow the coffee to emerge.

The beauty of this system is that the cups are pre-measured, so you can't accidently put in too much or too little coffee (using the wrong amounts is the main reason most home brewed coffee doesn't taste as good as that found in a coffee bar).

K-cups come in hundreds of different varieties of coffee (and tea and hot chocolate). Once your coffee is brewed, you simply remove the cup and dispose of it, which means there is less mess making coffee with this brewer than with other types of coffee maker.

Keurig Coffee Brewers

Here are the range of Keurig coffee brewers and how they differ from each other:

Keurig B60 Special Edition Single Cup Coffee Maker: This has a 48 ounce reservoir and you can brew three different sizes of coffee: 5.25 ounces, 7.25 ounces, and 9.25 ounces. 

Keurig B70 Platinum Single Cup Coffee Maker: This has a 60 ounce reservoir with the option of brewing five different sizes of cup ranging from 3.25 ounces to 11.25 ounces. It has an iced beverage setting so you can make iced coffee if you want.

Keurig B30 Mini Coffee Maker: This comes in two colors, black and red. The water tank is small - it's just enough to brew a single 8 ounce cup of coffee. It's for those who don't have a lot of space in their kitchens or who just need to brew a single cup.

All the machines come with a 1 year limited warranty. For prices, see below:

Keurig 35 B30 Mini Personal Single-Serve Brewing System, Black

The Keurig B30 is an outstanding compact personal coffee brewer that users find perfect for the office, travelers, students, and just about anywhere that you want a gourmet ...

Only $89.95
Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System, Color: Red

Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System Heat and brew a delicious cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or iced beverage in under two minutes with the MINI Plus Brewing System by Keurig. ...

$99.99  $89.00
Keurig® Platinum B70 Gourmet Single Cup Coffee & Tea Brewing System Added Value: 60 K-Cups & My K...

Deliciously simple® in less than 60 seconds! Everyone's taste in coffee is different. You love dark roast while your spouse prefers light roast. Your best friend drinks decaf, y...

Only $168.19
Keurig Signature B60 Bundle

Meet the day with a cup of coffee or cocoa brewed fast and fresh - brewing time for this single-serve brewer is under a minute to help you get your coffee on a tight schedule. T...

Mr Coffee Single Serve Keurig Brewer

Mr Coffee make a small brewer powered by Keurig technology (i.e. it uses k-cups). This machine has an eight ounce capacity, much like the Keurig B30.

While it is not as stylish as the Keurig, it compensates by being cheaper.

Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Coffee Maker

The Cuisinart SS-700 is also powered by Keurig technology. 

It has a large 80 ounce water reservoir, charcoal water filter, and offers five different cup sizes: from 4 ounces to 12 ounces. It has an iced beverage setting and they throw in a re-usuable k-cup coffee filter and a 12 k-cup portion pack.

This machine has a 3 year limited warranty

Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Breville BKC700XL has a 60 ounce water tank, a charcoal water filter, can brew five different cup sizes and can make iced tea and coffee. It is made from stainless steel.

Breville also include a re-usuable K-cup and a sample variety pack. This model has a 1500 watt pump, which means it can make really good quality espressos. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty. 

My Recommendation

If you want the works (five cup sizes, water filter and so on), go for the Breville. It is made of sturdy stainless steel, unlike the Keurig B70 which is plastic. And the power of it's pump means it makes really high quality coffee.

If you want a mini brewer, then I would choose the Keurig B30.

You may also be interested in the following pages on tassimo coffee makers, other single cup coffee makers , thermos bottles and on stainless steel coffee presses

Some coffee drinks you can try

Here's how to make an Iced Caramel Macchiato in your Keurig:

Choose a strongish blend of coffee - the Green Mountain Extra Bold Dark Magic works well. Put your coffee and cream k cups into the machine. Next, put caramel and vanilla in your cup, together with chunks of ice, and then place the cup on the cup stand. Next set the machine to make coffee. The coffee will drip into the cup as required. 

This is known as the "brew over ice" technique. The reason you need a strong blend of coffee is that the ice will dilute the coffee..

 

 

 

Updated: 02/29/2016, Rose
 
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jptanabe on 11/01/2013

I have that red Keurig Mini, and I love it! Saw your article with its picture and I just had to come here and see what you said about it.

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