The first thing that I noticed when I unboxed it was it’s sleek, modern appearance. While it’s countertop footprint is bigger than that of the standard coffee maker I was previously using, I was surprised by how nicely it fits. I thought that it would be a tight squeeze, but there is a gap of a few inches between the top of the machine and the bottom of my cupboards.
The next thing that I noticed was the cord. Neatly folded up into the back of the machine, the cord can be pulled out (and put back in) so that it’s just the length you need.
When I turned the machine on, I noted that that the digital touch screen panel is very user-friendly, with large easy to read print. I couldn’t wait to see what all the buzz was about with the carafe option! Without reading the instruction manual, I was easily able to follow the screen prompts and flashing lights on the machine that indicated the simple steps to prepare the system for use, and also to brew the beverage.
When you brew a carafe, you are offered the choice of making either a 2-3 cup serving size, or 4-5 cups. Wanting to get the most out of my pod, I selected the larger serving size and hit the start button. For the brief time that I stood there watching coffee stream into the carafe, I wondered if I’d made a mistake and would end up with a watery version of the Van Houtte Columbian roast that I’d selected to try first.
The coffee had a bold, rich flavour that was by no means watered down. I like my coffee fairly strong, and this was just perfect for me. And so, so fresh tasting! The only disappointment for me was that by the time I went to enjoy my second cup about half an hour later, the coffee had cooled quite a bit in the carafe. This shouldn’t be a problem if you are making the pot for more than just yourself, but if you’re going to be drinking it solo more times than not, I would suggest upgrading to the Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe.
Over the course of a week I experimented with different k-cup and k-carafe varieties. With the single serving pods, you can choose from a 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounce drink, and there’s even a check box you can click if you want it to brew a stronger cup of coffee! Each time I make a beverage the results are the same – no matter which cup size setting I select, the tea or coffee is always hot, fresh, and (while of course I preferred some brands over others) they all have a nice flavour. There are currently over 125 drink varieties for the Keurig 2.0 systems with more being added. You can choose from a wide range of coffee roasts, flavoured and specialty coffees, teas, hot cocoa, and cold beverages too!
I love that I can use the system to make a cup of hot water as well. It’s much faster than putting a kettle on.
Is there a coffee or tea lover on your list? I know a couple of people who would love to own a Keurig 2.0 brewing system now that they’ve shared a carafe with me!
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