Say Hello to my New Best Friend

Full disclosure: no one is paying me to say nice things. I received the product free from Keurig to review.

Keurig Recall UPDATE 12/23/14: If you have a Keurig K10, please note that specific model has a recall due to overheating and potential burn injury – If you have a K10 machine, call Keurig Green Mountain Inc. of Waterbury, Vermont, at 1-844-255-7886.  

One of the most exciting things happened when I was at BlogHer last month. I was given the opportunity to join some wonderful reps from Keurig and several bloggers for a special preview of the new Keurig 2.0 with a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, I, along with the other guests, discovered that I would be receiving my very own Keurig 2.0 K550 to review and share with you lovely people.

The other day, my replacement Keurig arrived, and now I’m totally ready to show you what it’s all about.

Keurig 2.0 Review Keurig 2.0 Review

The new Keurig has a lot of fantastic features, the most important of which is the ability to brew 4 cups of coffee. I received the Keurig 2.0 550 which comes with the machine, a filter and filter cartridge, a coffee carafe and samples of coffee to use with the machine. Obviously, as soon as it was set up, I knew I needed to try it out.

In the simplest form: I really love it. It puts my old Keurig to shame with its sleek design and touch screen. The modes and functions are all more advanced than my Platinum Brewer. The fact that I can have a stronger cup or a full pot to share (or not share) makes me immeasurably happy. Amazing small kitchen appliances make my day. The new Keurig 2.0 is no different.

Keurig 2.0 in actionI do have a few concerns, like what to do with the 50 billion old K-cups I have sitting around my kitchen, since I can’t use them in the new Keurig. (My solution is to obviously keep both machines – and potentially put one on my desk at work.) There’s also a funny noise that I’ve noticed when it’s operating, so it’s a bit louder than my old machine.

Look! I made it easy for you. With bullet points!

Reasons to upgrade to a new Keurig 2.0

  • The brewer can make a single cup and a carafe with the push of a button
  • Quality control with the new Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology that only brews Keurig-approved K-cups
  • Brews a stronger cup and saves your preferred coffee strength preferences
  • 80 oz water reservoir
  • Customizable brewers with changeable water reservoir illumination colors, night light colors (exclusive to the K550), and coming-soon skins for the Keurig 2.0
  • Hot water on demand (exclusive to the K550). This model brews up to 6 oz of hot water at a time (I use this to make tea and LOVE it)
  • Fancier space-age design with touch screen functions

Reasons you may want to hang on to your original Keurig

  • Because of the quality-control feature, your vast collection of old Keurig-approved and knock-off K-cups will not work in the Keurig 2.0 (of course I tried – wasted one of my favorite Brew Over Ice K-cups too!)

Can't use old K-cups in new Keurig 2.0All in all? This Keurig is fantastic. So if you’re in the market for an upgrade (or you’re not and you think this newbie is the bee’s knees), go forth and invest in one top notch piece of kitchen machinery.

What do you think? Are you as excited about the Keurig 2.0 as I am? Will you be upgrading to the new Keurig?

UPDATE (09/03/14): If you decide that the Keurig 2.0 is for you, the lovely people over at Keurig Customer Support are available to help you swap out your stockpiled old K-cups with new ones that will work in your new brewer!

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Um Girl Scout Cookie Flavored Creamer? WHAT?!

Last week, Brian and I bought several boxes of candy from our Girl Scout connection. I got to thinking about Girl Scouts and my own experiences…

I was a girl scout. And a boy scout (but that’s a tale for another time). And pretty much…I was awesome, apparently. I remember being in first grade, and joining up with Brownie Troop 182. I also remember when my mom became a troop leader, and got us into all sorts of crafts and fun things. So in honor of the new Girl Scout flavored creamers from Coffee Mate and their adorable new representative, Abby from River Falls, Wisconsin (the best cheese state on the planet,) I’m going to go ahead and tell you all of the great things I learned from being a Girl Scout.

  • Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. I’m not even joking you guys, I never would have remembered this if it weren’t for some flag ceremony we did in 1st grade in which I remember my one line of, “It was written by Francis Scott Key.”
  • How to make a pizza. My mom knew the manager of Domino’s Pizza, so we got to go over there and make our own pizzas! It was super fun.
  • Life long friendships? Totally possible. I know this because I’m still friends with my very best friend from grade school/the old neighborhood/ballet/Brownies/cheerleading. Even when you add new people to your world, you can always have the friends you started with.
  • How to identify animal tracks in the snow. We went out into some wildlife preserves and followed tracks. Mom’s kinda nature-lady…
  • How to sell like a boss. I’m not in sales, but let me tell you. If I was…LOOK OUT, world. I could sell sand in a dessert. Or Girl Scout flavored Coffee-Mate Creamer on a blog…not that I’m trying or anything. *wink wink* Seriously, though…unlike a lot of kids today, my parents didn’t sell the cookies for me. Even though they owned a bar, I had to march in there by myself and walk up to every. Single. Person. And ask them if they wanted to buy some girl scout cookies. I was persistent. And always sold a ton.

So about those creamers…

Girl Scout Coffee Mate Creamer

Omigod. SO good. We’ve got some SERIOUS coffee fiends in my office (Thank God for free coffee.) On my team, we drink a lot of coffee. And we were definitely tired of powdered creamer…so when these delightful add-ins arrived..thrilled doesn’t begin to cover it. We have Caramel Delight (caramel coconut) and Thin Mint in the office right now, and my entire team is consuming it super-fast (because I’m nice, and when I receive delicious free products in the mail delivered to my office from Coffee-Mate…I share them.) They’re definitely a hit with everyone! My one co-worker wants to pour the creamer over ice cream. I’m not going to lie…That’s in my plan of things to try in the near future.

When I was a kid, I would use my allowance to buy my own boxes of Caramel Delights. And then hide them so my boy babysitter didn’t eat them all in one sitting (like he did that one time…) This creamer brings me RIGHT BACK to that joy. That delicious cookie joy.

By the way, did you catch the commercial for Thin Mint Coffee-Mate? Because it’s HILARIOUS. Ambitious Girl Scout, Abby, rocked with her snarky ‘tude directed at corporate office guy. You can see the video on the Coffee-Mate website. Trust me. TOTALLY worth it. I like to think I was that sassy when I was 10.

For the record? Just because Coffee-Mate hooked me up with some tasties, doesn’t mean that these opinions weren’t all me.

Blog Friends, were you Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire Boys/Girls, Indian Princesses or the like? What did you learn?

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