Say Hello to my New Best Friend

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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.

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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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25 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t call that quality control a plus. All they’re doing is trying to monopolize the market and get more money out of you. It’s bad enough that their machines are crap to begin with, and now they want to control what you can put in them. Luckily, I’ve heard that a company has already cracked their system. I sound like a negative Nelly. Sorry about that lol just not impressed with Keurig machines in general.

    1. I completely understand your point. I definitely think the system control is a negative, which is why I also listed it as such a negative above. For me, the other features outweigh that one tiny detail.

  2. I hate to pour a bucket of cold water on your parade – but this whole deal with the ‘approved’ K-cups can lead down only one road: Badly overpriced K-cups with low-quality coffee not really fit for human consumption. Same strategy that gets used with PC printers and razors; they won’t make the big bucks on the brewer, they’ll make it on the cups!

    1. Not feeling the cold water (then again, I have a tendency to dump cold water on myself…)

      I can see the strategy and understand it completely. Whether they can legally maintain it will only be told by time. As far as the quality, I rather enjoy my K-cup coffee, and I don’t spend more than 65 cents per K-cup. To me, that’s hella cheaper than going to a fancy coffee shop and way more convenient than brewing a full pot of coffee maker coffee.

      I may not be a fancy pants coffee snob, and that’s fine by me. Convenience works for me. And I think the K-cup coffee tastes great.

  3. I already think the cost of the k-cups is highway robbery so I’m guessing these one’s are much more expensive if they’re large enough to do a small pot. My issue is waste, if that cup is large enough to do a pot, and you’re using it primarily for single cups, that’s a lot of waste. I do like that you can adjust the strength because my primary issue with the k-cups is that if you use larger cups, the coffee was always a little watery.

    1. There are two different size K-cups now. The larger ones are enough to brew up to 4 pots (or a stronger cup in the larger sizes) and the normal size K-cups are the same as the old ones, but with the new digital rights management. For me, it’s cheaper than I would pay to buy coffee and I wouldn’t make coffee at home otherwise, so it works for me. But I know it’s not for everyone.

      1. I thought they had totally changed the size across the board. I get coffee free at my office so I don’t make it during the week and on the weekend I drink enough to justify doing at least half of a full pot so my system works for me.

        1. Nope, they just added a new size.

          That makes perfect sense. That wouldn’t justify it for me either. I drink my one cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning before I leave for work. After noon, I can’t drink coffee or I’m up all night.

  4. Damn. I was going to say send me the 50 million K-cups. Winter is coming and this girl needs her coffee! Haha.

    The 2.0 looks awesome but wouldn’t fit in my tiny kitchen. The small Keurig I currently have is perfect…until I want to drink way more coffee than necessary. =)

  5. Hi there, I’m wondering if you can tell me something. I use my Keurig primarily for hot water for tea and oatmeal. I understand that this is the only model that offers hot water only. What I’m wondering is what cup sizes you can get the water in? Is it only 4, 6, 8 oz, etc? Or can you get any quantity you want? Does this question make sense? LOL

    1. I don’t think that capability is limited to the 550. I just purchased a 450 and it will dispense 4 oz or 6 oz hot water if there is no k-cup in the machine. Since this thread is almost a year old maybe they have added this capability to the other machines. I am glad to hear that the pulsing noise is standard. Was worried about mine until I read this blog.

  6. I just got my Keurig 2.0 and absolutely love it! My favorite part is the programmable start time on the carafe of coffee! I definitely love this machine. I am glad to hear that the pulsating noise isn’t just my machine. It’s not loud, but just something I wondered about. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone!

  7. To override the Kuerig system, for old K cups, you need to put an used genuine kcup in 1st, when it says ready. Close it. When it says to brew, open the lid and take out the genuine kcup (keep this for future) and replace it w your generic kcup. Close the lid, pick your brew size and make your coffee. 🙂

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