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The Pros and Cons of a Keurig Coffee Machine

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A New Way to Brew

For most coffee lovers, the Keurig is a dream come true. In just a few seconds, you have a hot cup of coffee ready to go. No waiting for Mr. Coffee to fill up a big pot or having to measure out those messy coffee grinds anymore.

If you haven't bought a Keurig yet, check this article out to see if it is the right machine for you.

Keurig machines are designed to quickly brew not only coffee but tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee and a variety of other hot beverages. The grounds are pre-measued into the K-Cup or Vue Cup, which are small pods. The machine delivers your selected brew within 20-60 seconds. The single pod must then be discarded, it is not good for more than one use. There are many models of the Keurig, ranging from the "Mini-Keurig" to the "Keurig Vue." Picking the right one all depends on how often you will be using your machine. Each water reservoir size is different, and each machine comes with different options.

The Cons

  • Pricey for the pods compared to making at-home drip coffee
  • The machine itself is pretty expensive
  • Only single serve, so when you have company it can be quite an expense if they are using the pods too
  • Lower-end Keurig models do not offer many features such as brew strength, heat strength and they have smaller water reservoirs
  • Only the new models have the right settings to make iced drinks, the other models it can be done with but the flavor will not be the same
  • The cappuccino and latte (found in the VUE only) are nothing like a real espresso machine
  • The variety packs do not actually have a very good variety
  • K-cups are not recyclable
  • Because it is not a drip machine, it can not offer you the thick, creamy flavor that some coffees have to offer
  • The VUE is a new machine so options are very limited with flavors right now

The Pros

  • Instant coffee without the instant flavor
  • A tremendous variety of flavors to choose from
  • It makes coffee, hot tea, cold tea, and iced coffee (when brewed over ice), lemonade, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and more
  • You can choose your size from a small coffee being 4 oz to travel size
  • Coffee in seconds, which makes it easy when you are on the go
  • No pre-programming to have coffee ready when you wake up
  • Pre-measured coffee, means no mess and no coffee wasted
  • You can choose your heat and strength settings
  • Heats up the water itself so you don't have to
  • Coffee tastes excellent and is less expensive than going to Starbucks
  • There is a reusable filter you can buy that you can also use with regular coffee (Folgers, Maxwell House, etc...)
  • Has most options as far as machines and settings over any pod brewer
  • Unlike previously, you can now purchase K-Cups in your local grocery store
  • Because the pods are always sealed, they always stay fresh, unlike when you open a coffee bag or container
  • There are commercial brewers that are excellent for office/business use
  • The new VUE cups are recyclable
  • Simple to make; requires no thought!

Keurig Mini

  • 6 oz, 8 oz, and 10 oz brewing
  • Single-use water reservoir
  • Personal brewer
  • Makes tea, cocoa, coffee, and iced beverages (when brewed over ice) in under two minutes
  • Perfect for the occasional coffee drinker
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Keurig Elite

  • Automatic
  • 8 oz and 10 oz cup sizes
  • Removable 48 oz water reservoir
  • Quiet Brew Technology
  • Makes coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and iced beverages in less than a minute
  • Removable drip tray for travel-sized mugs

Keurig Special Edition

  • Programmable water temperature and digital clock
  • 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz cup sizes
  • Removable 48 oz water reservoir
  • Quiet Brew Technology
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Removable drip tray for travel-sized mugs
  • Makes coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and iced beverages in under one minute

Keurig Platinum Plus

  • Fully programmable for water temperature, digital clock, and choosing your favorite cup size
  • 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, and 12 oz cup sizes
  • Removable 60 oz water reservoir, rinse cycle, and hot water dispenser
  • Quiet-brew technology
  • Blue backlit LCD display
  • Makes coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and iced beverages in under a minute
  • Award-winning design

Keurig Vue

  • Color touchscreen
  • Fully programmable
  • Strength and temperature control
  • 8 oz - 18 oz brew sizes
  • Removable drip tray for larger cups
  • Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, iced beverage, specialty beverages, and cafe beverages in under one minute
  • Removable 74 oz water reservoir with flip top lid
  • Brews frothy cafe beverages
  • Vue cups are recyclable
  • Vue cups are made in different sizes so coffee is never diluted
  • More settings than ever before when it comes to strength, heat, cup size, and beverage type

Considering the Pros and Cons...

Personally I find the pros strongly outweigh the cons. I use my Keurig VUE every day. The price is completely worth it to me because I get my money's worth out of it. I love being able to select any flavor at any time. I usually find bargains on purchasing the VUE cups on the internet. I enjoy the simplicity of how quick and easy it is. I love when I am in a rush and don't have to wait on my coffee while running out of the door.

Everyone that has tried my machine has gone out to buy their own. I love that I can make multiple beverages with just one machine. The market for this is growing rapidly and new brands, flavors, and technology will continue to get better. Keurig has truly impacted the market for coffee in a huge way, making it the top-selling single-coffee brewer today.

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