I love tea, cappuccino and hot chocolate and pretty much anything else that is warm to drink – well everything but coffee! So, you are probably saying to yourself, alright why did YOU review a Keurig single cup coffee maker, if you don’t even drink coffee?!? Well, I have wonderful news for all of you, who are like me (non coffee drinkers), Keurig also caters to us, their single service coffee maker also has k-cups for a variety of teas, hot chocolate and cappuccino – YUM!
For review, I received the Special Edition brewer from Keurig and 4 packages of k-cups, and I love it! The Keurig machine is so easy to use, is always ready to go, it’s convenient and very fast. Since I enjoy a nice cup of tea, I tested out the Keurig with an English Breakfast tea. Tea can be a hard thing to get just right, beucase if you leave the bag in too long it will be too strong, and if you don’t leave it in long enough it’s too weak. The Keurig made my tea just right, not too strong or weak. So, I wondered, how does the system work to get it perfect?
Each little k-cup has either loose tea or coffee inside along with a filter. The Keurig machine has a reservoir of hot water just waiting to be used. When you place the K-cup into the machine it pierces a hole in the top and bottom of the k-cup. The hot water passes through the coffee and filter and straight into your cup. That is one of the biggest benefits of this machine, you can go from coffee to tea without having to clean your machine because the machine itself never touches the coffee. This means no staining the machine and no coffee taste for tea drinkers (hurray, finally a cup of tea that tastes only like tea, not tea with a hint of coffee).
I thought it would be interesting to bring this machine to work to get some input from my co-workers, and everyone that tried it loved how easy it was and also loved the variety of choices. Everyone got to pick their favourite coffee or tea, french vanilla and caramel cream were probably the most popular choices. I even tried the caramel cream coffee because it smelled so good, and although I don’t drink coffee, with cream and sugar it was actually delicious, but all the caffeine makes me anxious.
One thing that my co-workers did mention is that the system isn’t terrible environmentally friendly because there is a lot of waste with each cup. The good news is there is a reusable coffee filter currently available called My K-Cup. It fits into the K-cup holder and coffee drinkers can fill it with their own ground coffee. So for the environmentally friendly type – you can use the Keurig too and not feel guilty.
A few people also noted that this would be a little more expensive than brewing a pot of coffee which a few people could all drink from. K-cups around here cost about 50 cents each. If you drink 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day, or just want something extra special once in a while, the Keurig system would be for you. However if you are a regular coffee drinker (like my husband 3 or 4 cups a day), the price tag could start to add up. On the other hand, if you are spending money at designer coffee shops, the Keurig would be way less expensive. You just have to put things into perspective.
The machine that I received has 3 different size setting, small medium or large. The small is more for a cup of tea like my grandmother would drink about 200 ml, the medium is a little bit bigger at 250 ml and the large is just a little bit bigger at 300 mls, which I would say is just a little bit smaller than an average coffee cup. I did find the large setting not quite large enough. So what I do is brew a large tea and then use the same k-cup and brew a small cup it fits perfectly in my stainless steal travel mug this way. (I had to remove drip tray out for my travel mug to fit – it simply slides out).
Last week when I brought the Keurig machine to work my Mother kept asking me when I was planning on bringing my machine back home. I found this to be a rather odd question because my Mother doesn’t drink coffee, tea or anything other than water for that matter. However, she was planning on having a few friends over to my house (for those of you who aren’t regular readers – my mother takes care of my daughter at our house) and really wanted to give them their own personal cup of whatever they wanted. This is probably my favourite part of the Keurig system – it’s great for entertaining! It’s more than just a cup of coffee – it’s an experience.
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