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The Bunn MCU single-serve brewer is often compared to the Keurig K75, which is another single-serve brewer. So in this post, we’ll be talking about the features of each of these coffee makers and highlight their differences so you can decide which is better for you and your daily use.

Bunn MCU vs. Keurig K75 Single Serve Brewers:

We’ve talked in details about the Keurig K75 brewer in this post comparing it to the Keurig K65. So we’ll start our comparison with the BUNN MCU Brewer:

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

  • It’s a multi-use single-cup coffee maker that can brew K-Cups, ground coffee as well as E.S.E pods.
  • Cup sizes vary from 4 oz to 14 oz.
  • Brews in under a minute.
  • Ability to dispense hot water for other uses
  • Ability to adjust the flavor of the coffee or tea you’re brewing from mild to bold.

The BUNN MCU gives you a lot of variety when it comes to coffee or tea brewing. The fact that it can accommodate ground coffee, e.s.e and K-Cups allows you to choose from thousands of coffee and tea options, which is something any coffee lover would love. Being able to dispense hot water immediately also allows for instant preparation of things like noodles or soup.

Click here to learn more about the BUNN MCU, read customer reviews and buy it.

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How The BUNN MCU Brewer Works:

  • It has a fairly uncomplicated process and interface.
  • The machine features only two buttons, a Brew button and a Pulse button, which is used to slow down the brewing process for a bolder cup of coffee.
  • It brews exactly the amount of water you put in, the water tank is labelled with water capacity size to help you fill it correctly.
  • It has 4 interchangeable drawers for ground coffee, k-cups, e.s.e pods and for hot water dispensing.

Watch this video to see it in action:

How Is The Keurig K75 Different Than The BUNN MCU?

Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System

  • The Keurig K75 can only brew K-Cups. You can also use your choice of ground coffee by using a refillable K-Cup.
  • It has 5 brewing size options, from 4 oz and up to 12 oz. You can select the cup size from the LCD screen and it will automatically brew it.
  • It has a 72 oz water tank, so unlike the BUNN MCU, the machine draws what it needs for your required cup size and keeps the rest.
  • Comes with a water filter kit.
  • Ability to adjust brew temperature.
  • Clock and timer options available in the settings.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K75, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Which Should I Buy? The BUNN MCU or Keurig K75?

While the Keurig offers more advanced features, the BUNN MCU offers more coffee and tea variety, so:

  • If you want to have more options to the type of coffee you want to brew (K-Cups, Ground or ESE), and willing to overlook the simplicity of its controls, the BUNN MCU would be a good option for you.
  • If you’re looking for a more automated process, not having to fill the water tank at every use, you’ll be quite happy with the Keurig K75.

BUNN MCU vs. iCoffee, What’s The Difference?

iCoffee is an entirely new way of brewing a K-Cup pod, it is different than BUNN MCU and Keurig, as well.

iCoffee RSS500-MOZ 72 oz Mozart Single Serve Coffee Brewer with Spin Brew Technology

iCoffee’s single-cup brewers use a SpinBrew technology that allows the brewer’s needle to spin, steam and stir inside the K-Cup. According to iCoffee, this allows the coffee to brew faster, hotter and smoother.

So while the Bunn MCU is a single-serve K-Cup brewer (that also does ground coffee and E.S.E pods), the iCoffee is more comparable to a Keurig brewer, although it’s the only brewer with this SpinBrew technology.

Click here to learn more about the iCoffee Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it

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We’ve recently reviewed the new Keurig 2.0 single serve brewers, talked about their features and how each model compares to the other. Now the big question is, should you buy the Keurig 2.0 system just because it’s the newer version or should you stick to the old Keurig system?

What Is The Difference Between Keurig and Keurig 2.0?

Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer

To help you with your answer, let’s list the differences between the old and new version of Keurig:

  • Both are single-serve coffee makers that use K-Cup coffee pods available many different coffee brands.
  • Both can brew different cup sizes, but the Keurig 2.0 is also available to brew a full 4-cup carafe, which is a new feature.
  • The Keurig 2.0 has a more advanced brewing method that automatically adjusts the machine’s settings to match the coffee pod.
  • The Keurig 2.0 also has a touch screen control, colored or  black/white depending on the model, that is easier to use. This is available on the Keurig Vue system, and a few other commercial Keurig brewers.

But here’s what the Keurig 2.0 DOES NOT have:

  • You cannot use re-fillable K-Cups like you could with the older Keurig system. (looks like, it is now possible! Scroll to the middle of this page to find out)
  • Also, not all K-Cups are compatible with the new Keurig 2.0 system.

You can learn more about this issue in this post: http://coffeegearathome.com/keurig-2-0-review-k350-vs-k450-vs-k550-comparison-and-the-difference-between-keurig-2-0-and-vue/


Who Should Buy the Keurig 2.0:

If you’re new to the world of Keurig, I can say you’re pretty safe to buy the new Keurig 2.0 system. Since you don’t have any existing K-Cups laying around, you won’t be as mad about not being able to use them anymore as existing Keurig users. If you’re looking to upgrade the current Keurig system you have, have a big stash of K-Cups that you still want to use, then you’re better off upgrading to one of the older system Keurig machines, which should allow you to use your current K-Cups without any issues.

Is There a Way to Use any K-Cup with the New Keurig 2.0?

Apparently, some people have figured out a solution to use any K-Cup with the new 2.0 Keurigs. Have a look at this video:

To be honest, I do not recommend you follow this method even if it works 100% and here’s why: The idea of a Keurig machine, or any single-serve coffee machine for that matter, is convenience. You want to pop in a pod, hit a button and get your coffee. With this hack, you’ll be spending a few minutes doing a little crafts project to get the old K-Cup to work with the new machine, which will get tiring over time. If you insist on using the older K-cups, then simply do not upgrade to the Keurig 2.0. You can still get a great Keurig machine from the previous line that you can use with all ease and convenience to get the truly convenience push-button experience.

Here are some previous Keurig models you can consider:

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Keurig has finally released its new brewing system, the Keurig 2.0. In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know about the new brewing system, how it works and how it’s different from other Keurig machines.

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What Is Keurig 2.0 System and How Is It Different From Keurig K-Cup System?

Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer

Keurig 2.0 is an upgraded K-Cup brewing system that is not so different from the Keurig you already know but does offer many advanced features. The main differences that a Keurig 2.0 will deliver are:

  • An advanced brewing system that reads the bar code on the K-Cup’s lid to create the perfect brew every time.
  • New Carafe brew! Now you can brew a single cup or a full carafe, which has its own K-Cups (that include more coffee in them of course).
  • The Keurig 2.0 machines all include touch screens for easier control and customization of your drinks.

These are all great changes in the new upgrade, but there are a few downsides that you need to know of:

  • Not all K-Cups are compatible with the new Keurig 2.0. Although they are the same size, the Keurig 2.0 will only accept newer K-Cups that have the right bar code on them. There’s still a large variety of new K-Cups available, however. (note: here’s a way to use any K-Cup with the new Keurig 2.0)
  • a solution for a refillable k-cup pod for 2.0 brewers is now available. Please scroll below for more info!

**Here is our list of Keurig 2.0 Hacks that you might want to check out if you’re considering buying one.**

So, to sum up what a Keurig 2.0 system is:

It’s the same single-serve K-Cup brewer you know and love, but it now has the ability to brew different cup sizes as well as a full carafe. It uses a smart technology to read a bar-code on the K-cups to give you the optimal settings for each coffee pod. Therefore, the Keurig 2.0 cannot use old K-Cups, but has new K-Cups (available from many brands).

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

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What’s In The Box of a Keurig 2.0 System:

  • A Keurig 2.0 brewing system
  • A Keurig Carafe.
  • Water filter starter kit.
  • K-Cup and K-Carafe variety pack, includes 4 K-Carafe packs and 6 K-Cups.

Keurig 2.0: K350 vs. K450 vs. K550 – What’s The Difference?

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TitleKeurig K550 2.0 BrewerKeurig K350 2.0 Brewer, BlackKeurig 20231 K450 2.0 Brewer, Black
FeatureGray and black housing
Illuminated 80 ounce water reservoir with easy-fill flip-top lid
XL color touch display
Automatically reads K-Cup pack and K-Carafe pack labels
Brews the perfect beverage every time with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology
8 brew sizes from 4 oz. to a 32. oz. carafe
Carafe brews up to four 8 oz. cups
4 K-Carafe packs, 6 K-Cup packs
Water filter kit included
60 oz. water reservoir
70 ounce water reservoir
Color touch display
9 brew sizes from 4 ouces to 30 ounces
Brewer maintenance alerts
Brews a single K-cup or a 4 cup K-Carafe
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The main difference between these three machines is their water reservoir size and touch display:

  • The the K350 has the smallest water reservoir at 60 oz, followed by 70 oz for the K450 and 80 oz for the K550.
  • The touch display on the K350 is black and white, while on the K450 and K550 the screens are colored. The K550 has the largest screen.
  • The K350 is missing a programmable clock that both the K450 and K550 have.
  • The K550 is able to provide hot water on demand.

Cup Sizes:

  • The K350 and K450 have 9 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8 and 10 oz for K-Cup. 12, 14 oz  Travel mugs and Carafe Sizes: 2-3 cups, 3-4 cups, 4-5 cups.
  • The K550 has 10 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8 and 10 oz for K-Cup. 12, 14 and 16 oz  Travel mugs and Carafe Sizes: 2-3 cups, 3-4 cups, 4-5 cups.

Keurig K500 vs. K550 vs. K560, is There a Difference?

If you look up Keurig K500 in Amazon, you’ll find a choice between these three models: K500, K550, K560. Is there a difference between these three?

No, there’s not an actual difference in the machine itself. The difference is in what’s included with the machine:

  • K500 includes: 4 K-Cup Pods and 2 K-Carafe Pods
  • K550 includes: 6 K-Cup Pods and 4 K-Carafe Pods, Water Filter Handle and Cartridge
  • K560 includes: 48 K-Cup Pods and 4 K-Carafe Pods, Water Filter Handle and Cartridge

Make sure to check out the prices on each bundle, sometimes there’s only a tiny difference in price so you get better value when upgrading your bundle.

K550 vs. K575 Plus, What’s The Difference?

Keurig K575 Coffee Maker

The Keurig K575 features a few upgraded features, especially in its software:

  • It includes a new 12 oz single cup size.
  • It has 5 temperature settings.
  • Getting hot water is easier now and can be picked from the menu (instead of holding down the start button). You can also choose a cup size for hot water.
  • On the downsize, the K575 does NOT include the carafe like other models.

Every things else is the same as the K550. If you require carafe, you can buy one separately.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K575, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Keurig 2.0 K200 vs. K250, What’s The Difference?

Keurig K200 Series

The K200 Series is the latest release in the Keurig 2.0 line. The first thing you’ll notice about it is how slim and compact in size it is. Here’s it’s feature highlights:

  • 40 oz water tank capacity, so it is the smallest in size.
  • It can brew 9 sizes, including carafe size. Choose from 4 oz to 30 oz.
  • Strength control option.
  • Black and white touch screen display.
  • Available in 7 colors.
  • It does NOT include the carafe, you’ll have to purchase it separately.

Overall, the Keurig K200 is able to provide most features of other Keurig 2.0 machines. The compact size is perfect for a single user. If you’re purchasing for a family or a small office, we advice that you upgrade to a larger machine.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K200, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between K200 and K250?

We have spent a lot of time researching the difference between the two names K200 and K250 and were not able to find any. What we were able to find that on the box, it is labeled K250 but on its manual and start guide, it is named K200. So it is safe to assume that both are the same. Or that “K200” is the name of the series and K250 is the model name of the machine.

The Keurig 2.0 K-Cups and K-Carafe vs. Original:

The fact that you cannot use any of the old K-Cups or a refillable K-Cup will not be to many people’s liking. But many will still be pleased to know that the Keurig 2.0 has a large variety of coffee and other specialty drink pods available from brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Tully’s, Lavazza, Dunkin Donuts and many more. Here’s how you can tell the difference between the new and old K-Cups:

Keurig 2.0 vs Original K-Cups

As you can see in the photo, although the size and look of the pods are the same, the new Keurig 2.0 K-Cup features  a lid with a labeled rim which the machine can scan once you’ve inserted it. If you insert an old K-Cup (the one on the right), the machine will not find any info to scan on the lid and will not brew the pod.

Keurig K-Carafes Donut Shop

As for the K-Carafe pods, as you can see, they’re noticeably larger than a K-Cup as they contain enough coffee for a 4 cup Carafe.

 

Keurig 2.0 Refillable Coffee Pods:

Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0

Looks like a solution to Keurig 2.0 not able to accept refillable pods is now available. The Eco-Fill 2.0 is reported to work very well with old and NEW 2.0 Keurig machines. It should work with all new Keurig machines: K350, K450 and K550. However, there’s only a single-cup pod and carafe pods are not available yet.

Click here to learn more about the Eco-Fill refillable coffee pod for Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Eco-Carafe for Keurig 2.0, K300, K400, K500 Series

eco-carafe is a reusable K-carafe pod for Keurig 2.0, so it brews 4 cups carafe at a time. It is compatible with all Keurig 2.0 brewers, K350, K450 and K550.

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

How To Use Any K-Cup In a Keurig 2.0:

please note that we have not personally tried this, but all customers report that it works perfectly.

K-cup 2.0 Freedom Stickers for Keurig 2.0 Series Brewers

While browsing Amazon, I came across this thing called K-Cup 2.0 Freedom Stickers. Basically, what it is is this small orange sticker you see in the photos above. Sticking thing small label on your old K-Cups will somehow trick the machine and it will unlock all menu options and brew the K-Cup as if it’s a brand new one. What you’ll get a 96-count of stickers, each can be reused until the adhesive no longer works.

Click here to learn more about these stickers and read the customer reviews.

K-Mugs vs. K-Cups, What’s The Difference?

Keurig K Mug Pods

K-Mug pods are a new type of pods made for Keurig 2.0 brewers. These pods allow you to brew sizes 12oz, 14 oz and 16 oz, making them perfect for larger mugs and travel mugs. Click here to see available K-Mug pods. These pods have enough coffee ground in them to brew a bold, large mug without losing any flavor.

Keurig 2.0 vs. Keurig Vue, What Is The Difference?

Keurig® Vue® V700 Brewing System

We’ve written a detailed post about the difference between K-Cups and Vue Keurig Machines and found them to be quite different as they also use their own pods. But how does the Vue differ from the Keurig 2.0? They’re also entirely different machines when it comes to the pods they brew, but do have similar features. Both have color touch displays and offer higher number of cup sizes than the original k-cup, the major difference however is that the Keurig 2.0 is able to brew a 4-cup Carafe, which is a totally new thing to the Keurig line of machines.

Other Keurig Machine Comparisons:

We know as more options become available, your decision becomes harder. That’s why we’re already breaking down the features of popular Keurig machines to help you with your decision. Here are some posts that will provide you with information on other Keurig systems:

Should I Buy The Keurig 2.0 System?

You might come across a lot of angry reviews towards the Keurig 2.0 system. These are not aimed at the features of the machines or how it works, but mostly because of Keurig’s new compatibility limitation. Existing users of Keurig machines are not happy they won’t be able to use their old and favorite K-Cups right away as they might not be available for the new system, and they’re not happy the refillable K-Cups are not an option anymore. So when making your decision, these are things that you need to keep in mind.

If this purchase will be your first Keurig machine, you shouldn’t have any issues. You’ll be starting fresh with a new system and new pods. However, I will recommend you look at the available pods to make sure you can find your favorite ones.

Can Keurig Coffee Makers Make Cappuccinos and Lattes?

Many people wonder whether a Keurig machine can make them a nice cup of Latte or Cappuccino, especially when it is usually compared to Nespresso machines. A Keurig machine can make you a Latte, but it’s VERY different from a Latte than a Nespresso machine can make you. In a Keurig, the Latte ingredients are all in inside the K-Cup, so it would be similar to one of those Instant lattes or cappuccino packets. But in Nespresso or other espresso makers, you’ll be making your latte from a shot of espresso and freshly frothed milk, the way it is supposed to be made.

So should you buy a Keurig if you want to make Lattes or Cappuccinos? No, you shouldn’t. Keurigs are best as coffee makers, including flavored coffee. You’ll be better off with a Nespresso or a Keurig Rivo.

What To Buy With Your Keurig 2.0 Brewer:

Here are a few recommendations of some must-have accessories for your new Keurig 2.0 brewer…

Mind Reader "Anchor" Coffee Pack Drawer for Keurig K Cups

Mind Reader Anchor Drawer Organizer for K-Cups: This neat drawer allows you to organizer your K-Cups neatly in three separate drawers and you can even place your machine on top of it. If you prefer a different design for a pod organizer, see more suggestions here.

Click here to learn more about this pod organizer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Eco-Carafe for Keurig 2.0, K300, K400, K500 Series

This reusable pod allows you to use your own favorite coffee ground with your Keurig brewer. This is one of very few available refillable pods for the Keurig 2.0, and it’s available for carafe size and single cup size.

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

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Keurig Entertainer Variety Pack

Keurig Entertainer Variety Pack includes 48 K-Cups of single-serve cups. This variety pack includes a good selection of K-Cups to try out, it included coffee, tea and hot cocoa.

Click here to learn more about this variety pack, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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K-Cups have been developed by Keurig, but the system has been implemented by many coffee maker brands and is widely popular. In this post, we’ll be talking about the best three options for a single-serve K-Cup brewer, from Keurig and other brands.

Best K-Cup Single-Serve Coffee Brewers:

Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System:
Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System

  • 80 oz water reservoir.
  • choose from 5 cup sizes.
  • Programmable LCD display with Clock, auto on/off options and temperature adjustment options.
  • Includes a My  K-Cup reusable coffee filter for you to create a k-cup with your choice of coffee.
  • Hot water dispenser and rinse options.

Click here to learn more about this Cuisinart K-Cup brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function:

Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker

  • 60 oz water reservoir.
  • Quiet pump technology – unlike other machines, it does not make loud noise while brewing.
  • “showerhead” spray technology immerses the coffee with water evenly for the best extraction and flavor.
  • Offers variety of options for coffee strength and sizes.
  • LCD display with clock, auto on/off, temperature selection and size selection.
  • Includes a reusable My K-Cup filter.

Click here to learn more about this Breville K-Cup Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker:

Keurig K65 Special Edition Single Cup Coffee Maker

  • 60 oz water reservoir.
  • Choose from 3 cups sizes.
  • LCD control panel for all programmability including auto on/off and temperature settings.
  • Includes a water filter kit.
  • Read our comparison between the K65 vs K75 for more info.

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

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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has its own single-serve brewing system that allows you to brew delicious single cup coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate. So far, CBTL has three models, two most popular being the Kaldi 04 and Americano, which we will be comparing in this post.

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FeatureComplete beverage system
Choice of 6 cup size settings including a travel mug
Automatic capsule disposal
50-Ounce water reservoir
Adjustable drip tray
The only single-up machine that makes great coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and espresso
Compact footprint-fits easily anywhere
Match the color to your decor
Designed in Italy - the birthplace of espresso
Match it with our exclusive milk frother for wonderful latte's and cappuccino
TitleCBTL from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Beverage System, Americano BlackCBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer, Red
Height11.5 inch8 inch
Weight8 pound12.4 pounds
Width7 inch8 inch
Length13.5 inch16 inch
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How The Kaldi is Different Than the Americano, and Which Is Best to Buy?

  • Both machines have dual pressure systems that allows them to brew espresso (15 bar pressure pump) or coffee/tea (3.5 bar).
  • The Americano is a larger machine, requires higher footprint, and a larger water tank. The tank is 51 oz, it can accommodate different mug sizes including a travel mug.
  • The Kaldi has a smaller footprint, has a 40 oz water tank, and can accommodate different cup sizes, but cannot accommodate a travel mug.
  • The Kaldi is smaller in size, looks to be better designed that the Americano, according to many customer reviews.
  • The Americano offers 6 different cup sizes, although the Travel Mug size could water down the coffee a bit since the capsule has the same amount of coffee ground for all.
  • The Kaldi has three cup sizes ( Espresso 1.5 ounce / Lungo or Tea 3 ounces or Coffee 8 ounces) however, all sizes can be reprogrammable and automatically saved for next use.

CBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer

Click here to learn more about the KALDI , read the customer reviews and buy it (available in 4 colors)

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CBTL from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Beverage System

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

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Common Questions:

Can I Use K-Cups or Starbucks Versimo Capsules with CBTL’s Coffee Makers?

No, these machines use CBTL’s capsules only.

Can I use My Own Coffee Ground?

No, there are no refillable capsules available for CBTL’s coffee makers.

Where Can I Buy CBTL’s Coffee Capsules from?

You can buy them from CBTL local stores or their websites. They’re also available in many other websites and local stores like Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond.

What Other Capsules Brands Are Compatible with CBTL machines?

Any capsules that are labelled or compatible with CAFFITALY machines. You can see some available here.

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