It's a Review
Notice: I received this product for free through Influenster and Keurig to test and review. All opinions expressed here are mine (and one of my husband's).
About a week and a half ago, I received an email notice from Fed Ex that I had a package coming from Influenster. I always take my surveys from Influenster, but I really couldn't remember the last one or what types of products it could be. That is until I received another notice that it was some type Keurig. Holy smokes! Really? A free Keurig? I had only gotten my first one back in February from my parents as a birthday gift. I loved it because there was never wasted coffee. Coffee is generally expensive and I cannot stand to waste it.
I was excited, but I had no idea that it would be this mack daddy Keurig. It arrived on Thursday in a giant box. I couldn't wait to rip it open and set it up. I was going out of town that weekend, so I knew I wouldn't be using it until I returned.
Sunday afternoon upon my return, I pulled everything out of the box and began setting it up. At first glance, the shiny new Keurig is beautiful! One of the first things I noticed, though, was it seemed cheap in comparison to the smaller one I have. Very plastic, shiny, but plastic. I immediately wondered how the carafe would hold up and hold heat.
If you've ever had a Keurig, then you know there are some things that need to be put together and prepared for use. There's a place for the water filter. As with any filter, it needs to be soaked and rinsed prior to use. The plastic housing that holds the filter was very difficult to pull apart. There is a plastic snap on each side of it; however, neither side seemed to want to work in tandem. That said, mine ended up breaking off on one side.
I tried to superglue it back together, but it was having none of that. I was able to add the filter and snap the one side back on with no problem. It snapped into place inside the water house and I was ready to brew.
Now, despite that I felt this machine was a little too plastic, it has plenty of bells and whistles. So many, in fact, that it really won me over.
First of all, it's digital with day-glo.
With all kinds of settings, too. An automatic filter reminder in case you never look at the water filter setting inside the machine. Lighting options are a favorite. There's a small light in the bottom of the water house that can be used as a kitchen nightlight.
Green, Red, Blue, and White options for the lighting I mentioned earlier. Of course, I selected my favorite color--green!
Now ready to be filled up with water to brew my next morning's cup-o-joe.
Did I mention it's programmable? Yep, no need to wait for the water to heat up to brew that perfect pot. You can set it to brew. I used this feature every day and woke up like I was in a Folgers commercial to the yummy smell of fresh brew.
The machine came with a box of 8 of 2.0 K-cups. These are a bit larger than the regular ones so you can make a pot. The pot will make up to 4-5 cups. Not your standard pot of coffee, but great for someone who drinks about that much in the morning. I am one of those people. I have one to one and half cups while getting ready in the morning. Then I fill my travel mug to head to the office. The 4 -5 cup setting was a perfect match.
The only down side of that, is there are two of us, so we would have to use a second K-cup to brew more or use the single servings. My husband noticed that the large cup setting for the single serve would leave about an inch and a half to the top of his travel mug. I have not verified that he used the correct setting, though. I always think that sometimes it's user error. I know my smaller Keurig does the same thing, though.
The first morning, I had it set for 6 a.m. and by 6:07, my coffee was ready for consumption. It made a delicious cup of coffee, too. Hot and tasty. I'm a big fan of the doughnut shop blends and that is the majority of what was sent. A few other flavors, too. Breakfast blend, French Vanilla, Hazelnut....all very tasty and ones that I had tried in the single serve.
Overall, I think the product is great. It makes a great cup of coffee. I like that I can use it when I don't need to make a full pot or if I am in a hurry and don't have time to wait. The 2.0 gives you the option for making a single or a small pot. I also love the coffee and the options they offer are yummy.
There are also things I don't like about it, but some of it is generalized for the product itself. First, I don't think it's economical or environmentally friendly. Look, I'm not a die-hard tree hugger, but I don't think Keurig is real concerned about their carbon footprint.
I think because of the K cups individual nature, they are expensive and wasteful. I've shopped them on line, on sale, and at Costco and the bottom line is: they are expensive. If my husband and I use this machine daily, we are going to use 2 of the 2.0 Kcups a day. A box of 8 is $13.99 ($12.59 as a Keurig member on their site). I think I could go to Starbucks every day for a regular cup and have someone else make my coffee. I do have a reusable single filter for it, but honestly having to clean it out each time to reuse....not worth it.
As for the machine itself, I don't thing the carafe keeps the coffee warm enough for long enough. After all, it's plastic and a stainless steel carafe (available for purchase for $29.99 on their web site) is going to work much better for retaining the heat. I have had to reheat my coffee in the microwave on numerous occasions. Knowing I can get a stainless makes it that much better though. After all, they sent this to me for free, so I would gladly spring for the upgrade.
I have enjoyed using this machine for the past week. I am now out of the 2.0 Kcups, but I have a few individuals left to use. I haven't decided if I'll use them this week or save them for when I run out of coffee and don't have time to get to the grocery. I know one thing, though. My regular Colombian Folgers is not going to be half as delicious as the Donut Shop coffee.
I highly recommend a Keurig for a single person or if you live in a house and you are the only coffee drinker. This model would also be great on hand for company. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this thing also brews a fabulous cup of tea and hot cocoa. So for the versatility, taste, and ease of use, my dear Keurig, you get a 10!
Thank you to Keurig and Influenster for letting me try out the new 2.0. It was truly a great experience.
Happy Tuesday, y'all!