I love my morning cup of coffee, and my afternoon cup of coffee, and sometimes there is another one in between. I recently got the Keurig 2.0 K300 from Cross Country Cafe. I have had the Keurig K145 for a little over a year and love it.
I was super excited when I un-boxed the Keurig 2.0. I couldn't wait to see how it stacked up next to the K145.
The first thing I did was fill it up and check out the Kcups that came with. I got a sample pack with 4 regular k-cups and 2 Carafe cups. So, since it was new to me, I made a carafe first.
The Carafe gives you the option to brew more coffee at once. Up to 5 cups at a time. When you put the k-Carafe pack into the Keurig 2.0 it will allow you to choose the size of the brew you want. Of course, if you pick the largest setting it could affect the strength of the coffee.
Another fun feature is the ability to dispense Hot Water. Now, I could do this on my old brewer by simply not adding a k-cup. The Keurig 2.0 has a touch screen that will recognize when there is not a k-cup in the brewer and ask if you want it to dispense hot water. Press continue, and you will be given choices on how much hot water to dispense.
This is the best feature for cup of noodles, oatmeal packets, and more!
The Keurig 2.0 is smart. Almost too smart. It only brews drinks with the official Keurig K-cups. If you try to use a refillable k-cup or other off brand you will get this lovely warning. Learn more about how to get rid of the Oops Keurig Message here.
If you are like me and get busy pushing buttons you will notice there is more than one brew setting on the K-Carafes. These are for products that have yet to be released. So basically useless now, but interesting to keep our eyes out for things to come.
So How's the Coffee?
Well, let's get down to the nitty gritty. How's the coffee? I was pleasantly surprised. I have always felt that some k-cups are a bit weak compared to traditional coffee. The pulse brewing on the 2.0 creates an evenly brewed cup of coffee. No more weak or watery cups.
Plus with the new sized options and even the option to check "Strong Brew", you should never have a weak cup of coffee again. There is also a button for "Hot Cocoa or Other" that makes those specialty k-cups even better.
I was also surprised about the K-Carafe packs. The coffee is really good! It isn't watery at all. Again, I think it is because of the pulse brew. It brews the coffee evenly and it has a very full flavor. Great for the breakfast table.
Where Do I Buy a Keurig 2.0?
You can snag a Keurig 2.0 K300 from Cross Country Cafe for $139.99 Shipped. Plus, Cross Country Cafe has the K-Carafe Packs and the K-Cups in a huge variety to go with it. While you are shopping, check out the Contigo Coffee mugs. It is seriously the most amazing mug I have ever owned. It keeps your coffee hot FOREVER, without spilling.
I am impressed with the quality of the coffee brew from the Keurig 2.0. I am a little disappointed with the inability to use my own refillable k-cup though. On the bright side by using only Keurig approved k-cups my warranty stays valid, and I know the coffee will brew correctly. I also love having the Carafe feature. Some days you just need a pitcher of coffee 😉
Is it worth it? If you don't currently have a Keurig, then yes. The Keurig 2.0 is amazing. If you already have a keurig and you have been debating the upgrade, it's totally up to you. If your machine is in good working order and you are happy then I wouldn't be in a hurry. However, I would plan on getting a 2.0 in the near future.
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