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If there’s one downside to Keurig’s K-Cups, it’s the fact that it can turn into a big plastic waste. Unfortunately, most K-Cups are still non-recyclable. But luckily, there are some brands that are working towards providing a great selection of K-Cups that are eco-friendly and recyclable. One of these brands is Intelligent Blends.

Intelligent Blends offers coffee and tea K-cup pods that are packed in Eco-friendly recyclable pods. That’s not the only great part, though. Intelligent Blends’ pods are also factory-direct, which means, you’re getting them for the cheapest price possible.

What Kind of Recyclable K-Cup Pods Can I Buy?

Intelligent Blends offer coffee pods, tea pods, variety packs, samplers and subscriptions.

What Keurig Machines Are These Pods Compatible With?

They’re compatible with Keurig, Keurig 2.0 and any K-Cup brewer from any brand. For Keurig 2.0 compatibility, confirm with the package before buying.

How Much Do Intelligent Blends Recyclable K-Cup Pods Cost?

Like we said, one of the great things about Intelligent Blends is that there is no middle-man, you’re buying factory-direct. The pods are available for as low as 39¢ to 49¢ per pod.

Which Pods To Buy? Here Are Our Recommendations:

If this is your first time trying out Intelligent Blends, here are our recommendations to start with:

Variety Packs:

Dark Roast Variety Pack:

This pack has 3 different blends of the darkest roasts. Roast profiles go from 8 (Darker roast) to 10 (Darkest Roast). If you like your coffee strong, this is going to be your favorite pack. If you prefer a milder taste, there are also variety packs for light and medium roasts.

Click here to learn more about this pack and buy it.

Organic Single-Origin Variety Pack:

This pack has 4 type of single-origin, organic and fair-trade certified coffee. These pods also contain 30% more coffee in each pod. The coffee origins are: Colombian, Guatemala, Sumatran and Ethiopian.

Click here to learn more about this pack and buy it

Flavored Coffee Collection:

For those with a sweet tooth, this variety pack contains 6 different blends of medium roast flavored coffee. The flavors are quite intriguing, and we imagine adding a hint of milk with bring out these flavors even better:

  • French Toast Roast: cinnamon with a taste of maple syrup and butter.
  • Sister Hazelnut: smooth flavor of toasted hazelnut and vanilla.
  • Gone Banana’s Fosters: Subtle notes of banana and vanilla ice cream with buttery brown sugar, cinnamon and dark rum.
  • Raspberry Choco-Latte: taste of raspberry blended with chocolate flavor and powdered sugar.
  • Hottie Biscotti Vanilla Almond: notes of Vanilla Ice cream with toasted almonds.
  • Jamaican Rum Yum: Notes of sweet molasses, caramel coconut and vanilla.

Click here to learn more about this pack and buy it

Organic Tea Pods Variety Pack:

Our tea loving friends, we have not forgotten you! This variety pack includes 4 tea blends:

English Breakfast, Passion Green Envy, Earl Grey, Peppermint Tea.

Click here to learn more about this pack and buy it

Sampler Packs:

If you’re not sure you want to buy in large quantities just yet, buying a sampler pack is the way to go. Sampler packs contain 8 pods of each kind, and you only pay for shipping and handling. This way, you get a taste of the coffee and tea pods before buying large quantities.

Click here to learn more about this pack and buy it

Of course, you can buy each type of blend individually and you can select from other variety packs as well. Visit Intelligent Blend’s website to see all available pods.

 

Keurig Vue is a one of Keurig’s versatile brewers that has been eventually discontinued and replaced by the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. As Vue uses its own pods called Vue Packs, it limits the type of coffee you can enjoy using the machine. Vue Packs should be available from most brands, but as the machine has been discontinued, you might find less and less Vue packs available. The Vue packs are also more expensive, so using K-Cup pod instead will save you money.

Does that mean it is time to upgrade your machine? Not necessarily. Read on…

Should You Upgrade From a Keurig Vue to Keurig 2.0?

We’ve covered the difference between Keurig Vue and Keurig 2.0 in a previous post. What made a Vue brewer special is the touch screen display and its ability to brew cup sizes up to 18 oz. Both of these things are available in the newer Keurig 2.0 brewers and more. Keurig 2.0 can even brew a full carafe, which is something Vue brewers didn’t do.

If it’s within your budget to upgrade to a new Keurig 2.0, then that would be a great option as it would serve you for a long time to come. But if you’re not in the market for a new machine. There’s a solution.

How To Use K-Cup Pods in a Keurig Vue Brewer:

In order to use any K-Cup pod in a Keurig Vue brewer, you will need a special adapter that you can get for mostly less than $20. Using this adapter, which looks like a refillable K-Cup pod but it’s shaped like a Vue pack. You place the K-cup pod inside the adapter and it will fit into your Vue brewer.

Pros of using a K-Cup to Vue Adapter:

  • You’ll finally be able to use k-cups in a Vue machine.
  • It is an affordable way to to continue to use your Vue machine with any K-Cup.

Cons:

  • It is not always reliable.
  • It can sometimes clog your machine (not all adapters, some).

Best Rated K-Cup to Vue Adapters:

K2V-Cup is a 2-in-1 adapter that allows you to use any K-Cup pod in your Vue machine and it can be used as a refillable pod to brew your own coffee ground. It works with Vue machines model: V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255.

Click here to learn more about the K2V-Cup and read the customer reviews.

Tikkes Cup For Keurig Vue is another 2-in-1 option that allows you yo use K-Cups in your Vue machine and to refill the pod with your own coffee. Compatible with machines: V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255.

Click here to learn more about the Tikkes Cup and read the customer reviews.

If you don’t want to use K-Cup pods for your Vue machine, this Solofill V1 is a refillable Vue pod only. This option is the cheapest on the long run since you won’t be buying any pods but simply using coffee ground to brew your cup.

Click here to learn more about the Solofill V1 reusable Vue pod and read the customer reviews.

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Starbucks Verismo V:

Verismo V is a single serve brewer by Starbucks that makes coffee, espresso and latte right at home. It uses pods made exclusively by Starbucks that are available in their famous blends. The Verismo is a system that was first introduced back in 2012, and the Verismo V is the new and totally redesigned machine that promises to brew a better cup than its previous model.

Features of Starbucks Verismo V:

  • Single serve brewer with dual pressure that allows it to extract espresso at high pressure or coffee at lower power.
  • Coffee cup size: 10 oz.
  • Quick start up time of 15 seconds.
  • With the use of the Verismo milk frother (sold separately), you can easily make your favorite coffee drinks like latte or cappuccino.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 77.7 oz.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it

Starbucks Verismo V Pods:

Verismo can only brew pods made by Starbucks for Verismo. The pods are available in a wide range of Starbucks blends, either for coffee or espresso. Each box contains 12 pods. There are also milk pods available that you can brew directly into your cup. However, these pods won’t make you an authentic cup of Cappuccino or Latte. For that, it is recommended that you pair your brewer with an electric frother, either Verismo’s or any other brand that you’d prefer.

There are no refillable pods available for Verismo. Also, as of the time of writing this post, there are no other brands that make pods compatible for Verismo. So, then buying a Verismo brewer, you’re committing to drinking Starbucks pods only.


Who Should Buy the Verismo V?

If you’re a Starbucks fan, this is a must-have for you, without a doubt. You will be saving a lot of money by investing in this system and brewing your own coffee at home. When brewing a Starbucks at home, your cost should be around $1 per cup. That’s about half the price of what you would pay at the shop.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewer:

Keurig is probably the most popular single-serve brewer right now. Keurig’s brewer can make you a variety of drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Keurig uses K-Cup pod only, however, K-Cup pods are made by so many different brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, and so many well known coffee brands.

Features of Keurig 2.0 Brewer:

There are 3 models available for Keurig 2.0 brewers, usually the difference between them is in the size of the water reservoir, touchscreen display and cup sizes. But here are some general features you’ll find in all models:

  • Single serve brewer for making coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.
  • Can brew a variety of cup sizes (4 to 10 oz cup) (12 oz to 18 oz travel mug) as well as a full carafe (up to 30 oz).
  • Automatic K-Cup pod recognition automatically optimizes the settings for you (you can reprogram it).
  • Easy to use touchscreen display for programming your machine.
  • Strength control setting allows you to make a bolder cup of coffee.
  • Auto on/off option.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pods:

Keurig 2.0 brewers use K-Cup pods different than the old K-Cups. The new K-Cups have a special labeling on the rim of the pod that allows the machine to read what pod you’ve inserted. Like we’ve already mentioned, these pods are available for many large coffee companies, so you’re more than likely to find your favorite coffee in the form of a K-Cup. And if you can’t find it, you have to option of using a refillable pod filter that not only allows you to use your favorite ground, but also save on K-Cup purchases.


Who Should Buy a Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

If you’re looking for a brewer with the most variety of drinks, then Keurig is your answer. Unlike other single serve brewers that force you to stick to their brand of coffee, Keurig brings so brand to the table. You’ll find pods from brands like Green Mountain, Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Caribou. You’ll also be able to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, flavored coffee, hot apple cider and more. The large sizes a Keurig can brew is also a very big advantage over other brewers.

Read our comparison between Keurig 2.0 brewers by clicking here.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Maker:

For this post, we’re adding Nespresso’s VertuoLine to the comparison rather than OriginalLine Nespresso makers, to make the comparison fair.

Nespresso has always been known for its high quality espresso and espresso drinks. But with the introduction of their VertuoLine machines, Nespresso can now make espresso as well as coffee. VertuoLine brews Nespresso capsules only, that are even different than Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsules. VertuoLine capsules are available for espresso and coffee in a number of blends and strengths.

Features of Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo:

  • Brews espresso and coffee drinks.
  • Automatic capsule recognition for blend-specific brewing optimization.
  • Uses patented Centrifusion technology for brewing instead of pump pressure. The machine spins the capsules rapidly while blending the coffee ground with water to produce the perfect crema.
  • Brews two up sizes: espresso (1.35 oz) and coffee (8 oz).
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 12 capsules before needed to discard them.
  • Can be bundled with Nespresso Aeroccino to create delicious espresso based drinks (cappuccino/latte).
  • Available in different colors.
  • Read our comparison between the Nespresso Evoluo vs. VertuoLine machines.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Evoluo, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso VertuoLine Capsules:

As we’ve just mentioned, Nespresso VertuoLine uses capsules that are entirely different than Nespresso OrignalLine’s. They’ve been fully redesigned to be used with the new Centrifusion brewing technology. VertuoLine’s capsule include over 12 varieties with the occasional release of limited edition capsules.


Who Should Buy Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo?

If you’ve ever tried Nespresso’s coffee, then you know it is really as high quality as they say. Especially when it comes to espresso drinks. If you like your Cappuccino and Latte, you’ll love the cup a Nespresso machine can produce. The coffee on the other hand, while it is good, it is different than a traditional cup of coffee and a totally new experience. Due to Centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 rotations per minute while blending the coffee ground with water, the coffee comes out quite foamy and different in taste than a traditional cup of drip coffee.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Evoluo, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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When buying a K-Cup brewer, you have the option of buying either a Keurig machine or a brewer from another brand. One of these brands that make K-Cup brewers is Mr. Coffee.

Why Choose a K-Cup Brewer From Another Brand?

Whether you choose a Keurig or another brand, it all comes down to what you want out of your K-Cup brewer and how much is your budget.

Choosing another brand could offer you a brewer at a price that is better than Keurig’s. Or you can get features that aren’t available in Keurig machines. For that reason, it is always good to see what options you have before settling on a brewer or a brand.

What Is The Difference Between Keurig vs. Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer?

Mr. Coffee’s K-Cup brewers are most comparable to Keurig’s K55 and K15, so we’ll do our comparison based on these models.

Keurig K55 vs. Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer – BVMC-KG6-001:

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TitleMr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 Single Serve Coffee Brewer Powered by Keurig Brewing Technology, BlackKeurig K55 Coffee Maker, Black
FeaturePowered by Keurig Brewed Technology
Uses Patented Keurig K-Cup Packs for coffee, tea or cocoa
Removable 40-ounce water reservoir for multiple brews without refilling
3 brew-size options (6-ouce, 8-ounce or 10-ounce)
Removable drip tray to accommodate larger cups or travel mugs
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz
48.oz water reservoir allows you to brew several cups before having to refill
One-touch simplicity with button controls
Auto-Off: Program your brewer to turn off automatically
Removable drip tray
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  • Both brewers can brew cup sizes up to 10 oz, like most K-Cup brewers.
  • The Keurig K55 has a water reservoir of 48 oz capacity. Mr. Coffee brewer has a 40 oz reservoir.
  • With both brewers, you have the choice of using your own coffee ground. However, refillable filters are available as a separate purchase.
  • Both brewers include a K-Cup sample pack.

The Difference?

  • The only difference here is the reservoir capacity. The Keurig K55 has 48 oz capacity, about an extra cup of coffee over the Mr Coffee.

Keurig K15 vs. Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer SC100:

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TitleMr. Coffee K-Cup Brewing System with Reusable Grounds Filter, Silver, SC100Keurig K15 Coffee Maker, Black (New Packaging)
FeatureBrews K-Cup packs or your favorite ground coffee
Make up to a 10 ounces serving to get you going!
Automatic shut off when brewing is complete
Includes My Grounds reusable filter
Removable, Washable drip tray collects drips to keep brew space neat and clean
Includes recipe booklet
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz
No reservoir - just add fresh water for each cup
One-touch simplicity with button controls
Brews in under two minutes
Product dimensions : 10.8"H x 6.9"W x 10.7"D
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  • Like Mr Coffee SC100, the K15 does not have a reservoir, but a water tank that you fill up fresh when you brew.
  • K15 can brew the same cup sizes as Mr Coffee, up to 10 oz.
  • The refillable K-Cup filter is an optional accessory for the K15, but it comes included with the Mr. Coffee.
  • The Mr. Coffee Brewer is taller, therefore, it can fit a travel mug under it. K15 can only fit regular mugs under it due to its small design.

The Difference?

  • Mr Coffee is taller and can fit a travel mug under it. It comes with a refillable filter.
  • The Keurig K15 comes with a K-Cup sample pack, Mr Coffee doesn’t.

Which One To Choose?

  • Is a water reservoir important to you? If yes, then your choice is either Mr Coffee KG6 or Keurig K55. Which one between those, though? They’re the same in features, however, the Keurig K55 has a slightly bigger reservoir and it comes with a K-Cup sample pack.
  • If a water reservoir is not a requirement for you, then we do recommend the Mr Coffee SC100 over the Keurig K15 for these reasons: It has more height and less width, it can easily accommodate a travel mug with the drip tray is removed, and it comes with a refillable filter. On the downside, it does not include a sample pack, so we recommend you buy some K-Cups with it.

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Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer

Whether you already have a Keurig 2.0 or thinking about getting one, you’ll love the fact that it is able to make Strong coffee. But the question is, what does the ‘Strong’ setting really do?

Before we tell you, let’s quickly recap the features of the Keurig 2.0 Brewer:

  • K-cup single serve brewer that can brew a single cup or a carafe.
  • Advanced brewing system that automatically adjusts the brewer to the best setting for the pod you inserted by reading its bar code.
  • Easy to use and navigate touch screen allows you to quickly customize your drink.
  • Strength and temperature control.
  • Brew different cup sizes,  up to 12 oz.
  • Carafe is included with some models.
  • Includes a K-Cup and K-Carafe sample pods.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Strong Feature on a Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewer?

As we just mentioned above, the Keurig 2.0 allows you to adjust temperature as well as strength of the coffee. But what does it really mean to increase to strength of a K-Cup pod? Since it’s an automatic machine and a pre-measured pod, it’s hard to understand how this feature works.

The Strong setting on your Keurig 2.0 makes the taste of your coffee stronger simply by increasing the time it takes to brew the coffee. On the regular setting, a cup will take less than a minute to brew. But when you choose Strong setting, it will increase the brew time to over 1 minute, which means the coffee ground steeps longer in water and therefore, you get a stronger tasting cup. To do this, the machine will release water in intervals instead of a stream to allow the ground to steep in water before it goes down to your cup.

Will this increase the amount of caffeine in your cup? No, since you’ll be using the same amount of coffee ground, the caffeine won’t increase. But the taste will certainly be bolder.

So there you have it! That’s basically how the Strong feature of Keurig 2.0 works.

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